Nov 29, 2009

TTC streetcar using new Canon 5D MkII for low light conference and trade show shooting

Canon 5D streetcar f4 1-30 ISO 1600I just added a Canon 5D Mark II camera with 24-105 mm lens to my equipment list. The full frame image, with noise free high ISO shooting will make it possible to deliver high quality available light photos at conferences and trade shows. The 24-105 lens has a maximum aperture of 1:4, but image stabilization makes it compete well with 1:4 lenses. And the 24-105 lens is sharper than my old 50 mm f1.4 lens. When this camera will be used with my 70-200 mm 1:2.8 lens it will absolutely rock.

This photo of a Toronto TTC streetcar at Danforth and Main at night was taken at f4 1/30 second at ISO 1600. Amazing clarity, even through the car windshield. More at flickr

Low light shooting was one reason to add this camera. Amazing low-light 1080p HD video capture is the second reason. Look for a demo here, soon.

Nov 8, 2009

Ed Bartram Landscape Artist in the Shadow of the Group of Seven

Ed Bartram, Toronto area landscape painter and print maker, exhibits his work at the McMichael. His work features the shores of the Georgian Bay, often extreme, abstract close-ups of rock formations. He talks about his studio and describes some of his techniques used in making the prints.

Ed Bartram also reminisces about the Gallery in earlier times, when A. Y. Jackson sat in front of the fire there. The video is encoded for YouTube

Inuit Art anniversary at McMichael

The 50th anniversary of the founding of Cape Dorset's West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative brings a new exhibition of Inuit art to the McMichael. Based on the theme of mapping, the exhibition examines mapping of the past, the spirit and the present over three rooms. I interviewed Anna Stanisz at the Gallery as she speaks about the work, and how her own interest in mapping finds parallels in the art.

This video presentation features a thumbnail slide show of the work on display to highlight that Inuit art takes many expressions to entice viewers to come to the Gallery.

The video is encoded for YouTube

Nov 2, 2009

Charles Taylor Prize Winner Tim Cook @ IFOA

Tim Cook, author of Shock Troops, part of a two volume set on Canadians fighting in World War I, spoke about his work and read from his book at the International Festival of Authors in Toronto. Tim was the Charles Taylor Prize winner for this non fiction work in 2009. I taped Tim's reading for posting on The Charles Taylor Prise YouTube channel

Low ambient light and low sound board volumes made this a bit of a challenging shoot.