Shooting the Yukon Quest 2011: Dawson City

Dawson City was our first real break on the Quest. The mushers were spreading out, which meant I had a little downtime between each shooting excursion. This usually meant I got to do some quick editing and uploading, but I also got a chance to sample some of the amazing food local volunteers had cooked up. Mmm….

I also got a hotel for a night, but proceeded to sleep on the floor of the visitors center for the rest of my time in Dawson. In fact there was a lot of sleeping on floors during the Quest! But I was close to the action – that’s the main thing. Continue reading

Shooting the Yukon Quest 2011: Gear List and Lessons Learned

The 2012 Yukon Quest is fast approaching, and I often get asked what gear people should bring along to take photos of the Quest.

I don’t expect people to run out and buy the latest, greatest camera or lens, since photographers have gotten great shots of the Quest no matter what gear they use. Bring what you have!

However, I’ve learned that there are certain pieces of equipment that are going to help you out immensely. Continue reading

Whitehorse Girls Super Volley Finals: Porter Creek Rams vs. Vanier Crusaders

Porter Creek Rams vs. Vanier Crusaders. Photo by Rick Massie / Yukon Sports Photographer.
Porter Creek Rams vs. Vanier Crusaders. Photo by Rick Massie / Yukon Sports Photographer.
Here’s a selection from the Girls Super Volley Finals on November 18, at FH Collins High School here in Whitehorse. More photos from the game will be posted at Rick Massie Photography / Yukon Sport Photos on facebook soon. Continue reading

Vanier Crusaders vs. Porter Creek Rams: Volleyball Finals

Volleyball photos from Whitehorse, Yukon. Photo by Rick Massie / Yukon Sports Photographer

Volleyball: Vanier Crusaders Vs Porter Creek Rams. Photo by Rick Massie / Yukon Sports Photographer

Last night I headed out to the volleyball finals at FH Collins here in Whitehorse. There was a great crowd, and lots of exciting gameplay.

I managed to capture some great moments, and hope you enjoy the selection of highlights below. If you want to see more photos from the game, please visit Rick Massie Photography on facebook.

Volleyball photos from Whitehorse, Yukon. Photo by Rick Massie / Yukon Sports Photographer

Volleyball: Vanier Crusaders Vs Porter Creek Rams. Photo by Rick Massie / Yukon Sports Photographer

Volleyball photos from Whitehorse, Yukon. Photo by Rick Massie / Yukon Sports Photographer

Volleyball: Vanier Crusaders Vs Porter Creek Rams. Photo by Rick Massie / Yukon Sports Photographer

Volleyball photos from Whitehorse, Yukon. Photo by Rick Massie / Yukon Sports Photographer

Volleyball: Vanier Crusaders Vs Porter Creek Rams. Photo by Rick Massie / Yukon Sports Photographer

Volleyball photos from Whitehorse, Yukon. Photo by Rick Massie / Yukon Sports Photographer

Volleyball: Vanier Crusaders Vs Porter Creek Rams. Photo by Rick Massie / Yukon Sports Photographer

Volleyball photos from Whitehorse, Yukon. Photo by Rick Massie / Yukon Sports Photographer

Volleyball: Vanier Crusaders Vs Porter Creek Rams. Photo by Rick Massie / Yukon Sports Photographer

Volleyball photos from Whitehorse, Yukon. Photo by Rick Massie / Yukon Sports Photographer

Volleyball: Vanier Crusaders Vs Porter Creek Rams. Photo by Rick Massie / Yukon Sports Photographer

Volleyball photos from Whitehorse, Yukon. Photo by Rick Massie / Yukon Sports Photographer

Volleyball: Vanier Crusaders Vs Porter Creek Rams. Photo by Rick Massie / Yukon Sports Photographer

Volleyball photos from Whitehorse, Yukon. Photo by Rick Massie / Yukon Sports Photographer

 

Dancing in the Dark

Dancers leap into the air.

Dancers leap into the air at the Northern Lights School of Dance in Whitehorse, Yukon. Photo by Rick Massie / Yukon Sport Photographer

This was a tough shoot. Why, you ask?

A) The walls and ceiling were either very bright white, or very light pink. This means lots of spill, and possibly pink color casts bleeding into the pictures.

B) The wall on the left is not a wall. It’s a huge mirror along the length of it! This causes more light spill, and stray reflections that might leak light into parts of the photo where I don’t want it.

C) The wall across from that? It’s all windows. And they run along the length of the room. And no blinds.

Hmmm….I was envisioning dancers against a dark background. How to pull this off? Continue reading

Shooting the Yukon Quest 2011: Circle City pt.1

Dallas Seavey arrives in Circle City

Dallas Seavey arrives in Circle City, Yukon Quest 2011

It was cold. Somewhere near -50, if I remember correctly. A few of us were getting antsy, and knew Dallas would be arriving shortly, thanks to GPS tracking devices.

It’s always a bit of a gamble to head out too early. At -50, your body, your camera, and your lenses will all hate you if you head out too early. Nobody wants to spend an hour outside at those temperatures. (though you have to wonder – how do those mushers do it?)

And if you head out too late – you’ll miss the shot.  Continue reading

Biking Shot at Long Lake

A biker on trails near Long Lake in Whitehorse, Yukon.

A rider hits the trails around Long Lake in Whitehorse, Yukon.

The assignment:

“Get an action shot for our front cover”.

Alright – that’s pretty wide open for an assignment. So I called up my friend Kirk,  who is into biking some local trails, and he was up for a little photosession. Continue reading