Cavalier, North Dakota 2019

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Cavalier August 2019

Despite little going on on this blog, the camera has been fairly active this summer.

Every single year, Cavalier’s Icelandic State Park promises hot weather. This summer was no exception — with temperatures hovering in the high 30s with humidity (low 100s for my imperial system readers), Cavalier roasted our poor skin.

Conversely, the campground at Icelandic State Park is treed in such a way as to provide fantastic light for shooting photographs. Rain or shine, that campground seems to produce our favourite family photos each summer.

And as our little girl grows older (and as she develops more — what’s the word — “personality”), it’s these photos we keep coming back to time and again.

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A Collection of Toronto Street Photos

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Toronto Street Photography

I’m not much of a street photographer, but a recent Fujifilm X-Pro 2 purchase meant I had to give the genre a shot.

Street photography isn’t my particular strong suit. A take a lot of product photos, photos of my daughter, and photos of buildings (especially when I travel), so street photography has never made it to the top of my shoot list.

However, a recent Fujifilm X-Pro 2 purchase begged for a few “shoot-from-the-hip” style photographs.

I saw a Youtube video once where the gentleman shot with a Leica. He set aperture and manual focus ahead of time, then walked down the street and made conversation with random strangers as they walked by. Throughout the conversation, he’d shoot different photos of the stranger, often coming up with the most candid, most personal shots of a happy stranger in need of a compliment. The shutter of the camera was so quiet and the conversation so bubbly, the subject never knew they were being photographed.

It was one of the coolest ways of shooting I’d ever seen. (Although, perhaps, not a method I’d recommend, as it’s not the coolest thing to be shooting photos of complete strangers without their knowing.)

Now, I didn’t do this in Toronto — I don’t have the type of personality to strike up random conversations with busy city-goers just trying to get home after a long day of work. Instead, I shot from the hip and flew by the seat of my pants.

Some came out looking neat. Others, well — I still have some learning to do.

(Made with the Fujifilm X-Pro 2, Fujifilm 23mm f/2 WR and Fujifilm 16mm f/1.4 R WR lenses.)

Toronto's Craft Beer Scene

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Although only a smattering on display here, Toronto’s craft beer industry is impressive. I didn’t find a beer I didn’t enjoy.

(Made with the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 and Fujifilm 50mm f/2 WR lens.)

Another from the Waterfront

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

How about another?

(Made with the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 and Fujifilm 23mm f/2 WR lens.)

I stated way back that I’d start to post Instagram photos here on the blog. That habit never stuck, apparently.

But this time, it’s for real: I’ve deleted Instagram (and Twitter) from my iPhone, meaning I have nowhere to share photos other than right here on the blog.

Let’s see if a little Josh-made Instagram regulation is what makes this habit stick.

Toronto’s CN Tower From the Waterfront

Monday, August 26, 2019

We were in Toronto to celebrate a wedding this past weekend. There’s nothing quite like spending a weekend in a photogenic city with five other photographers.

(Made with the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 and Fujifilm 23mm f/2 WR lens.)

Derrick and Amy

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Derrick and Amy

Derrick and Amy are set to tie the knot later this year. For the complete photo gallery, check out my portfolio page.

Our close friends are getting married later this fall and Jaclyn and I are ecstatic for the two of them to start their life together.

Derrick and Amy curiously asked me to shoot some photos for them and, while I assured them I had no idea what I was doing, I think the light shone down in such a way as to make it impossible to take a bad photo. Anybody with a point and shoot could have taken a beautiful photo of these two that evening.

For the complete photo gallery, check out my portfolio page.