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

Fun With Fire!

Winterval Fire Twirlers At LePage Park in Whitehorse, Yukon. Photos by Rick Massie / Yukon Sports Photographer

Winterval Fire Twirlers At LePage Park in Whitehorse, Yukon. Photos by Rick Massie / Yukon Sports Photographer

Disclaimer***Ok, so this post is not strictly sports-related, but it definitely falls into the “action” category, and offers some tips that can be used to capture cool nightime sport photos.***

How do you take a photo of people and fire together, and make it work? 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

 

Upcoming DSLR Photography and Lighting Workshops: Filling Up Fast!

**(Update: The off-camera flash workshop is now full. however, you can still sign up for the waiting list by emailing info@archbould.com)

I’ve teamed up with Archbould Photography to offer some exciting workshops this fall and winter. If you’ve got a DSLR, or if you want to learn how to use your flash, we’ve got some fun learning opportunities for you.

  1. Basic Digital Photography – Bringing It Into Focus: Learn how to get your DSLR out of “auto mode” and take control of the features of your camera. Date: Dec 3, 2011.
  2. Introduction to Flash and Off-camera Flash Photography: Get your flash off your camera and learn how to take control of light! Date: January 23, 2012.
If you are a photographer living in the Yukon (or outside even!) and either of these courses interest you, please visit http://archbould.com/workshops or email Cathie Archbould to register today. Spaces are filling up fast!
Both courses are offered in Whitehorse, Yukon.

Whitehorse Oldtimer Hockey League: Air North vs. Performance Centre

Whitehorse Oldtimer Hockey League: Air North vs. Performance Centre. Photo by Rick Massie / Yukon Sports Photographer

Whitehorse Oldtimer Hockey League: Air North vs. Performance Centre. Photo by Rick Massie / Yukon Sports Photographer

I decided to head out and brush up on my hockey-shooting skills.

The Whitehorse Oldtimer Hockey League offers some great action for sports photos, and the lighting in the Takhini Arena is, surprisingly, not too bad. Well, not too bad as far as non-NHL rinks go!

I also got the chance to try out my 400mm f/5.6 lens as an indoor sports lens. It’s amazing! Mind you, it required me to shoot at ISO 12,800 to get proper exposures, but I’m very impressed at the quality of the photos at such extreme ISO speeds.  Continue reading

Shooting the Yukon Quest 2011: Circle City pt.2 – Inside the checkpoint

Sebastian Schnuelle talks to the media while eating breakfast in Circle City

Sebastian Schnuelle talks to the media while eating breakfast in Circle City

Generally, most of the excitement and amazing images of the Yukon Quest come from the sweeping vistas and mountains while the race is on.

However, as a photographer rushing from checkpoint to checkpoint, you spend a lot of time inside those checkpoints, trying to make things look interesting. The Circle City checkpoint was pretty busy – firetrucks, gear, coats hanging up, picnic tables around, media and volunteers all about.

That in itself can make interesting pictures.

But to take things a little beyond the ordinary, you can use little tricks to do something different.  Continue reading

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