Mushrooming with Leiah Luz

Posted on 12th October 2017 in lifestyle, micro adventure, wandering

I asked Leiah Luz (previous posts, instagram, fb) if she would go on a Micro Adventure with me through North Vancouver, and she agreed. It was hard for me to really explain to her what I was interested in shooting, since it’s much different than a regular shoot. Leiah’s so rad though, she’s always been keen on shooting if she’s around, so she was pretty easy to convince I guess. At that time, I wasn’t calling them micro adventures, more a hang-out-session-afternoon-walkabout-thing. Like a romantic date filled with adventure. Instead of deliberating over clothing choice, we deliberate over where the most interesting location would be to adventure to.

Adventure was what we wanted, through the great outdoors. We wanted to stick to the West Coast theme, that much was clear, and wanted to try and capture all of the elements: earth, air, water, fire. We literally captured this by traveling on the Sea To Sky highway. Oh, and we found oyster mushrooms. I have been looking for them for a long time now, and we just stumbled upon a whole bag full of them without even trying. A good omen?

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

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Coast to Coast Part II

Posted on 26th September 2017 in adventure, nature

During the summer of 2017 my father and I traveled 20000 kms from Vancouver Island to Nova Scotia and back again. The crossing itself is about 7000 km, and we spent a considerable amount of time driving around in Nova Scotia, too. My initial plan before I left this summer was to go from Vancouver Island to Nova Scotia back to Vancouver Island and then back to Nova Scotia where I would move into our new house. Well, the second part of the journey across didn’t really happen since we ended up buying land without a house, so now I’m sitting here trying to decide what to do for the winter.

For the entire journey we stayed in Canada. Canada actually has quite beautiful roads – the trans-Canada for the most part has double lanes and smooth roads.

The order of these photographs are in the order that I took them, so you can kind of follow our path along as we went.

One of my challenges of this journey was to try and get some lifestyle photographs, which I really did fail at horribly. I am trying to train my eye to see casual settings to take photographs of, that I am a part of. I know it exists somewhere in remote triggering with my phone and setting the camera up on a tripod, but I still definitely haven’t come close to mastering that. Maybe I just need a sidekick with a camera…

Do you have any locations I should go to next spring when I’m doing the trip?

 

Canadian Rockies

Canadian Rockies

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Victorian Rose | Gidget Gravedigger

Posted on 8th June 2017 in fashion

Gidget Gravedigger (fb, ig, podcast) is a fascinating human. Her and her sister have a podcast where they talk all things horror films; clearly by her name, she’s a horror themed human. Sometimes when I talk to Gidget, she says she’s doing something like practicing her ‘horror makeup application…’ she has tarot reading nights, and she likes her bourbon sours.

I always reflect (maybe wince a bit) on whether or not I let people be their true selves when I’m shooting them. I really am trying to stay away from telling them to do things like: “Be a hipster,” “Wear those casual pants there,” or even: “Just do natural makeup,” when they’re clearly not a casual type of person. Some people are, which is totally awesome (cause that’s the way I lean), but some people just don’t get to excited about being casual.

Fortunately for me, Ms. Gravedigger also likes Victorian themed photoshoots in rose gardens – I think it was her who actually suggested we try and do something spooky in the rose gardens of Stanley Park, Vancouver while they were all just thorns, and not blooming. I’ll let you comment down below to approve if we nailed the spooky part, but we definitely got the look down.

tech specs // sony a7 / Super Takumar 55mm f1.8 / Helios 44-2 58mm / Jupiter 11A 135mm f4

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AUKEY 30000 mAh Power Bank

Posted on 27th May 2017 in tech

I’ve been experimenting with various power banks or batteries over the past years. What this means is both recharging my devices with portable power banks, and also trying to switch all of my devices over to USB rechargeable, which usually means they have a lithium battery inside of them.

Without a doubt, this AUKEY Power Bank is pretty damn impressive. It’s got 30000 mAh, which means about 15 phone charges for my Samsung phone. Comparatively, those smaller ones you see that look like a lipstick container can probably recharge the phone once. This AUKEY Power Bank can very easily fit into my day bag and is hardly any heavier than most other power banks out there.

Needless to say, living life as a nomad, with electronics (phone, camera, speaker, flashlight, tablet) having a power bank is indispensable. Nobody wants to be stuck running out of time, power dying on the phone, and the only directions to the place tonight is on the phone.

Head over to Teition to read my full write up about the AUKEY battery power pack (a site better suited for the full details!).

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Tristan & the Soskas

Posted on 6th May 2017 in artists, portraits & headshots

This is a case of rad humans doing rad things. The Soska Sisters are movie directors and actresses. Just to give you an idea of their radness, a few days after the shoot I was chatting with Jen who said she was just at a farm practicing how to be put on fire. Tristan Risk (previous, instagram, fb, fb page, twitter), the mutual friend who brought this all together, is good friends with and acts with the Soskas in movies, all around bring a rad human doing pretty rad things. For example, I’ve photographed Tristan spinning fire before.

The Soska Sisters, being fairly specifically horror film directors, and Tristan, being primarily of the occult, made accessories to this shoot fairly easy to choose. They all come with a big bag of tricks.

Makeup done by the talented Sarah Moon (fb)

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

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