Monday, 28 January 2013

Books, Books, Books and Books!

Books, they have power that can draw us in and take us away from our everyday life. They can stir up conversations between people, and they make us smarter. I do believe that one book in particular has changed my life, not because of what the book said but because of the bond that it created. That book was Choke, By Chuck Palahniuk.

Since meeting my Fiance, books have become a big part of my life. She absolutely loves collecting them and loves reading them even more. By association I have become a reader now and have read some really good books. Our library (well, her library) is constantly growing, and I have a feeling it will never stop. Also, if you wanted a good recommendation or review on a book see's really awesome).

Starting to expand my photo knowledge I have been searching for a series of photos that I could work on. Still life photography is something that always catches my eye. The composition and perfect lighting can make some amazing photos.

Enough with the writing, here is the series so far.

The book that changed me.
Soft light reading.
Banned Books
Quoting Chuck.
I call it checkered Chuck
That's the series so far. Hope you've enjoyed it and I will hopefully get to round 2 soon.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Post From The Past

Just to get the ball rollin' (yeah! What up!) on this blog thing, I'm going to start it with a story and a day that changed my life.

I've made it a tradition that we go to Montreal on our (you'll find out later who "our" is, but i'm sure you'll figure it out before I get to that part) birthday's every year. We both absolutely love the city and as far as photography goes, there is always endless opportunities right in front of you, so of course I brought my camera.

We stayed in our usual hotel which is right downtown. We also have our favourite restaurant we ALWAYS go to (best garlic butter ever!) in Old Montreal near the port. After we had finished our meal we took a walk around the streets and ended up in the middle of Place Jacques-Cartier.

Now at this point it had been hours since I had this expensive surprise in my pocket for a little over an hour now. We had gotten to this point where we stopped, and then I looked at her and I asker her to marry me. Of course, she said yes. My life changed for so much better, not that is was bad before.

So on top of this already amazing weekend, my birthday was the next day. My parents came down to take me out for dinner. They also very much surprised me with an amazing new lens. This led to my most memorable photo ever.

Oh yeah, the rest of the weekend was pretty awesome!

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

This will be Brilliant

Photography to me has been a wavering aspect in my life. I started to get interested in it after going to Quebec City with my parents on vacation one summer. When we got back, I uploaded the photos on to the computer and after pulling up the photo of Montmorency Falls, I heard from behind me, "that's incredible!" Of course, it's one of those things your parents have to say. After that I would take my dad's Minolta point and shoot 3.2 megapixel camera (WOW! Who knew those even existed now!) and would go take photos of flowers and anything I could find within walking distance to my home.

Montmorency Falls, yes the "Incredible" photo.

The low point to photography in my life is that it would always take a backseat to sports, be it soccer, basketball, or biking and snowboarding. Never was it a prominent thing in my everyday lifestyle. Out it went from my life for a while.

Then came my last year of high school, oh cool, there's a photography course! This might be something I could get used to doing for the rest of my life. Half the year went and it came to that wonderful time where we had to apply for college. Thinking that this photography thing might be what I want to do, I applied, I got in.

The wonderful months I spent in that course, being the stupid teenager I was, thought I just couldn't hack it. I dropped out. Photography was on hold for a few months after that.

About a year later, cars took over my life, and suddenly taking photos came back into the picture (hah!). I would go on photo shoots with my baby (car) and get countless portraits of her. Every time I would go back home to look at the photos, I would get that same response from my parents. Yeah, that same one they gave me about the Falls. I started to get back into taking my camera out on a regular basis and snapping away.

Now with the addition of some new gear, and a lovely fiance to encourage me, I get out more and more often. Showing my pictures off on websites (500px) and getting feedback from friends, I think to myself maybe I can hack it as a photographer. And creeping up on my late 20's I should probably figure out what it is that I want to do career wise with this crazy thing called life.

Now that the above, long winded, horrible piece of writing is finished (BTW,thanks for reading it), the weekly photos and stories begin. I will be sure not to go AWOL and keep on top of my schedule so that you readers will stay interested.