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

Canon EOS-1D x Announced!


Here is the press release from Canon: 

Canon U.S.A. Introduces The New Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera, Re-Designed From The Inside Out

Featuring a Completely New 61-Point Autofocus, Fast Shooting up to 12 fps, 18-Megapixel Full-Frame CMOS Sensor, Full HD Video Recording and Much More


The Canon EOS-1D X
Canon’s new pro-level camera the EOS-1D X replaces both the 1DMKIV and the EOS 1DS3

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Shooting Hockey Players

Here’s a shot from a photosession with the Kwanlin Kanucks here in Whitehorse. It was for a cover shoot for What’s Up Yukon.

Shooting Info: Underexposed the background by about 2 stops. Placed 1 large shoot-through umbrella (with a 580exII flash) high above, almost directly behind me. Placed another 580exII behind the players, camera right, as a rim light. You can see the stand behind the guy on the right.

Shot with a Canon 5D.

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