When I gear up to put my passion into action, I only use the absolute best in optics & digital technology.
As a digital photographer I enjoy using software applications like Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom to bring my creativity to life with an overall natural look-and-feel. To achieve the best possible outcomes in quality, all my work is performed in a RAW imaging format (*.cr2) that I then later convert into a computer-friendly format (*.jpg) for my clients.
Yet, even with all the power and might of modern-day photography gear, equipment alone can never replace the eye and mind of your photographer! Much like the Kodak film days of yore, digital photography remains a real labour of love that requires skill and calculated effort to perform well. Photography at the professional level is an expensive business venture to maintain and grow. But, rest assured, I have invested heavily in my gear and skills, so that I can capture your moments with “picture perfect” quality!
My primary camera is a Canon EOS 1Dx. This 18-megapixel, full frame, $7,000 dollar CMOS digital single-lens reflex (SLR) camera can burst up to 14 frames per second. A speed that is so fast I can photograph a CF-18 Hornet thrusting off a runway. Altogether, a special camera for special events!
My secondary camera is a Canon 6D Mark II. This 26.2-megapixel, full frame, CMOS digital single-lens reflex (SLR) camera serves as my trusty sidekick, so that I never miss a beat!
When the time comes to flash the place up with controlled bursts of light, I use Canon’s flagship speedlite system: the 600EX-RT! This wonderful equipment allows me to perform “off camera” flashes by activating my equipment via radio signals in lieu of wires. For maximum impact and versatility, I will use up to four speedlites to successfully manage just about any lighting challenge.
This is my all-time favorite telephoto zoom lens - I never leave home without this star performer! This lens sports the latest in image stabilization technology and optical coatings. When I want to create a sharply framed foreground with a diffused background, then this is the lens I will use. If I could only own one camera lens, then this would be the one!
This is my general purpose, pro-grade, walk-around zoom lens. When I am on the road, or travelling the world, this is the one lens that I will carry with me to keep my options open and the weight in my backpack down. The human eye has a visual perspective like that of a 50mm lens. So, this versatile zoom lens sits nicely in the middle to offer a balance between some telephoto and some wide-angle photography.
With this specialized zoom lens, I can take ultra-wide-angle images like no other lens in the mainstream market. This lens is one of the widest rectilinear zoom lenses available on the planet and is about as wide as you can go before entering a fish-eye perspective. This lens amps up my creativity to a whole other level, and to date it is the most expensive camera lens that I own—clocking in at approximately $4,000 bones.
With this specialized lens I can work in tight spaces to take ultra-wide-angle photos. What makes this lens so special is that I can use it to perform some complex in-camera shifting, tilting, and rotating techniques to create, control, or correct various types of optical distortions. This lens is mandatory when it comes to my real-estate photography.
With this specialized lens I can work in tight spaces to take wide angle photos. What makes this lens so special is that I can use it to perform some complex in-camera shifting, tilting, and rotating techniques to create, control, or correct various types of optical distortions. This lens is mandatory when it comes to real-estate photography and large, multi-row group photos.
With this prime-time lens I can take spectacular wide-angle images in incredibly low light. The 35mm format is one of my most favourite perspectives to work in. This is one of my go-to lenses in my event photography work.
WWith this prime-time lens I can take spectacularly sharp portraits in incredibly low light. This is my newest lens, and the 85mm format is a time-tested classic for head and shoulder shots. This is without a doubt my go-to lens for portraiture work, and only my 100mm would be sharper!!
With this specialized lens I can get really close to small items – like wedding rings, butterfly wings, and painted eyelashes – to make them optically appear larger than life-size on film! In addition, this prime lens also allows me to take razor sharp pictures with a shallow depth of field! I will most often use this lens when I need to create the sharpest possible picture.
With this mini lens attachment, I can functionally extend the focal range of the lens I thread it onto. I extensively use my 2x extender on my Canon EF 70-200mm to instantly double its focal range to 140-400mm, which is a very noticeable boost! I used my extender extensively when I toured Canada’s High Arctic in 2010 to photograph polar bears from a distance. When I just cannot get close enough to get the shot, I want, this is a little gadget that you will see me pull out of my camera bag!
This little gadget is basically a hollow tube with no glass. It allows me to physically extend my lenses away from my camera body by an additional 25mm, which allows me to increase magnification factor of the lens I attach it to. This comes in handy when performing up-close macro photography. And, when I attach it to my dedicated macro lens, I can obtain a full 1.5x magnification boost factor! WOW, now that is some exciting details for a photography guy!
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