Spinnin’ | Brenda & Amanda

Posted on 27th December 2016 in lifestyle

Brenda Holmes (aka. Ms Blenda, fb, instagram) asked me to shoot her, then she said she has a friend, Amanda (instagram), with a place that would work great to do a shoot in, and that Amanda also wanted to shoot. Then she said they wanted to shoot together! So, naturally I was very excited for this shoot.

When I first walked into Amanda’s place, I could only see large windows everywhere – a photographer like me dreams of locations like this. My job is then to find the angles that work, of course. Not only the big windows attracted me to her place, but her neighbor had a brilliant herb garden I should have taken clippings from to add to my dinner later.

I love shoots like this: when I walk in and the model(s) has the clothing we had brainstormed already out, paired, and awaiting review. Brenda also happens to be a clothing designer and Amanda has a fashion boutique Supercolour, so it was pretty damn easy work for me to ‘approve’ clothing choices. In fact, I suspect I probably said something like: “You two got this thing! You don’t need me here.”

So, I busied myself doing a bit of re-arranging to make the photographs magical.

tech specs // Sony a7 / Super Takumar 55mm f1.8 / Super Multi Coated Takumar 28mm f3.5

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The Strait of Georgia

Posted on 3rd December 2016 in adventure, nature

I cross the Strait of Georgia frequently. Back and forth, back and forth. I find that when I’m heading back to Vancouver Island I catch the best kind of sunset, if it’s not raining. On the way over, it’s usually around noon when I arrive – not so fine for them golden hour captures, but that’s all right. My trips over to the mainland are, for the most part, to do some photoshoots. If I’m lucky, I get to see a few friends.

There’s this funny thing I’m observing with myself, when I have photoshoots ahead of me, I tend to leave my camera in it’s bag and let the landscapes pass by with just my eyes watching, not my lens. I guess at the moment I’m ok with this, a focus of some sorts. But the idiom keeps popping up in my head: can’t see the forest for the tree.

This trip home I had just picked up a new to me 135mm lens from Russia, probably a 50 year old fully manual lens, so I was pretty eager to sit on top of the BC Ferry and catch some landscapes.

I’ve got to say, these are some of my favourite photographs of this crossing I’ve ever captured.

tech // Sony a7 / Jupiter 11A 135mm f4

Strait of Georgia from a BC Ferry by Ned Tobin
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