Saturday, November 13, 2010

Kris LaBelle Presents - Full House Comedy Show

WOW!

That's really only one word that can describe last night for me. Kris put on a comedy show at the Big Sky Showroom at the Stampede Casino. This was Kris's first show so some hiccups were expected. People weren't seated in the right spots at first, and he ran out of tables and chairs to seat everyone. That was quickly sorted out thanks to the casino staff and Kris's volunteers!

While that was going on, I was taking photos in the "green room" of the comedians and hanging out with them. I must say, that I was impressed...they were all a great bunch of guys and hilariouis even when they're not on stage!!

It started out with Ben Morgan, an AMAZINGLY funny local, Calgarian comedian. Next up was Chris Gordon, another accomplished local comedian. Dave Merheje from Toronto provided a great show, then the headliner Ron Josol made the crowd almost cry! (actually I'm quite sure I saw a couple of girls and guys crying with laughter).

The after party was a little quieter than I thought it would be, but I got to chill out with some other comedians that were in the crowd, and the comedians from the night. Handed out a lot of cards so hopefully this will pay off in the long run. :)

Not only was this a special night for me (ended up shooting 1505 photos!!!!) as I was photographing my first live comedy show (and got a photo in the Calgary Sun on Friday!), I got to meet a TON of new people, whom I hope will become friends. It was also a special night for Kris, who's energy, enthusiasm, and motivation, really goes to show that if you want something, you just have to take it.

I will have photos up on my site, and on facebook soon, so please check both sites next week. As always, I would like to hear your feedback on both the positives and negatives of my shots, so please feel free to comment.

Cheers!!!

Neil

Monday, September 6, 2010

Labor Day trip to Kananaskis

Hello everyone!

Again, it had been far too long since I last went out on a photo drive/trip, so since it wasn't raining I figured I'd head out to Kananaskis for some specific water shots at my favorite waterfalls. The first stop was O'Shaunnessey falls. This is a roadside waterfall, with a pullout area on Highway 40 in Kananaskis, yet surprisingly doesn't get a lot of traffic except for photographers. While there I met Jim and his wife Sheena. Their photos are amazing and Jim even teaches at SAIT! After a short stay there, my next stop is an un-named falls towards upper Kananaskis lake. It's about 50feet below a bikepath, but there's a well travelled trail to the top of it. I don't think many people know about it and even travel down to it, but it provides some very good water shots.

After that waterfall, I travelled towards the top of the Highwood Pass, the lush green grass and trees started turning white with snow. about 15 minutes before the summit, there was a few inches of snow on the side of the highway. Surprisingly far more snow at this time of year, than there has been in the past. At the summit in parts there was a foot of snow!!! Amazing for early September, but I guess it's been colder and turned the rain into snow.

From there, I continued my total of 365km, and 5 hours on the road, through to Longview, across from Black Diamond up Highway 2 back home. All in all, a great day trip, although disappointingly only a few mountain goats were seen for wildlife. A nice Grizzly or Black bear would have made the day!!! :)

Pictures up in the next hour or so: www.flickr.com/photos/nyphotosca

Cheers!

Neil

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Downtown Walk 8.18.2010

Now that I've purchased a condo in the beltline area, just off the always wild 17th Avenue area, I've been finding some great old buildings and architecture to photograph. Last night I decided to go for a walk all the way down to Olympic Plaza, as I hadn't been there in quite a few years. Driving by it every morning I see they have the fountains on, and they have large orange sticks in the garden area with names of the different parks and such. Not sure if it's for an anniversary of the city, but I'm going to have to do some more research on that. They also have a wall with (for some silly reason..) pink, plastic, ground squirells poking out of holes in it. I again, have no idea what the heck they were thinking when spending the money on something like that. I didn't get any photos of that as when I got there, there were a couple of very young girls sitting on the non-operational fountain kissing (obviously lesbians...not that there's anything wrong with that), and there were some crack users amongst the gang of about 20 young kids there.
I was able to finally get some good photos of the new BOW tower going up, 8th Avenue Place which has had stop work orders 3 or 4 times due to safety issues, and old sandstone buildings in the beltline area.

I have a few photos up from last night on my flickr photostream, but keep checking back to see some more!
www.flickr.com/photos/nyphotosca

cheers!

Neil

Monday, August 2, 2010

Photoshoot! 8-1-2010

I had already done one photoshoot with Dannielle and the photos turned out really good. This time, I had scouted out a couple of different locations. The locations we used this time were:
1) The University Of Calgary Research Park (pond and treed area)
2) Burns Memorial Gardens
3) Central Memorial Park
4) Graffiti Alley next to Mona Lisa's Art Supplies

Now that I had the back windows tinted in the CRV, they provide a good "mobile changing room" which we were lacking at the first shoot. With a black sheet hiding any view through the windshield, it provided a nice private changing area which turned out to be very handy.
Dannielle brought 3 or 4 outfits and the downtown shoots she ended up just changing at my condo since it was close to the locations.

It was another thoroughly enjoyable afternoon, and as always, Dannielle was a pleasure to work with. Although we both don't have a lot of experience doing this, we work well together and the photos show that she likes being in front of the camera.

Thanks again, Dannielle! I look forward to our next shoot...we're planning on doing some "themes" for the next one.

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Cheers!!

Neil

Sunday, July 25, 2010

FINALLY!!

Hello everyone!!

So finally, after a few months of not being able to head out on a photo trip (due to the purchase of a condo in downtown Calgary, and all of the fun packing and unpacking that goes with moving), I was able to head out today.

I decided to head out early and get up to Jasper, up the 93 north, in hopes of seeing a bear or two as last year I had a lot of luck and personal record bear sightings! I saw a few hawks on the way out of Calgary, and a couple of Deer...for wildlife, that was it. I did get some nice scenic shots as it was a gorgeous 27 degree, Celcius, day.

Check out my flickr photostream for some of the shots. I should have some posted tomorrow (Sunday 7.25.2010).

Cheers!

Neil

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Banff, Lake Louise & O'Shaughnessy Falls - February 6th, 2010


Since it had been longer than usual (due to a soccer injury to my left thumb, and the weather) for me getting out on a drive, I knew I wasn't going to waste today sitting inside. When I got up, there was light snow in Calgary, and the skies were white with no signs of any blue color entering the picture. Heading west, near Cochrane it started to brighten up and the sky was turning blue with very few clouds. This meant it was going to great lighting and I was excited about being out of the big city and heading off into the wilderness. The question still remained - "Where am I going to go?".
Well, since the bears aren't out yet, and I hadn't been up there this winter, I thought my first stop would be Lake Louise. Got a few shots of the new ice sculptures which are all based on the Olympic theme this year, and a few shots of snow-shoers and the guy flooding the ice for skating on the lake. It wasn't surprising that there weren't a huge amount of people out there, as in the shade of the bowl, the temperature quickly dipped down and since I had forgotten my gloves and hat in the car, I couldn't stay out on the ice for much longer. After thawing out at Lake Louise, I stopped in at Banff and with it being sunny and very warm (definitely on the plus side of things, as I was even able to drive around Banff with the windows down!), I wanted to get some shots of the original railway station. It's used by a tour company now - I have seen on the net that there is a rail tour that leaves there and head out to B.C. and back in a day. I have still yet to find actual history on the station, as to when it was built and such. I'll continue searching for that information and update this when/if I obtain it.
After quite a few shots of the station and surrounding rail line, I started to head back to Calgary, but wanted to stop off at O'Shaughnessy falls in Kananaskis. I've always liked this roadside waterfall/creek, as especially in the winter, provides some great ice formations on the trees and logs. I tried a couple of different new points of view, but unfortunately got a couple of splashes of water on the lens that I didn't even think of looking for, and didn't see until I got the pictures on the monitor at home...I'll have to redo a couple, but luckily, it's not far away! :)
Well, that's my latest trip, and remember, more photos from this trip can be seen at http://www.flickr.com/photos/nyphotosca
Until next time!
Fotoman

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Kananaskis - Spray Lakes - Canmore loop : January 10, 2010


I awoke this morning after another great night of sleep thanks to the remainder of my cold I have. I felt great this morning, and even better when my room-mate told me it was a beautiful warm morning! I did some tidying up around the house, then figured HEY! I've been inside for a couple of days (excluding yesterday) with a cold so I'm going to get out and take some photos! Plus it helps gets my mind off things and lowers my stress level :)
I decided I'd drive down Highway 40 through Kananaskis country. This meandering, popular highway, weaves through the mountains, by Kananaskis Village and Nakiska (which is where they held the downhill skiing for the 1988 winter Olympics). At this time of year, the "Highwood Pass" is closed via a snow gate. I saw some ravens feeding on a dead coyote at the side of the road (obviously "road kill"), but again, like last weekend, the normally dosile ravens wouldn't stay feeding when I stopped my car and got out. Then, the only other wildlife sighting down the "40" was one young mountain sheep. When I turned onto the Spray Lakes road, I was hoping to see some moose as I've seen an increasing number down this road in the winter. Luckily, I saw one near the Chester Lake/Sawmill area. At the time, I didn't realize she was pregnant until I saw the photos on my monitor at home, but it was well worth the effort of struggling through almost waist high snow. A group of snow-shoers were at their car and I told them about the moose. They were quite happy I did that, and I told them that I really needed a pair of their snow-shoes as the snow was waist deep. They laughed, but brought out their point and shoot cameras. It's amazing that people, although out in the wilderness, don't see the wildlife. Although I do have to admit - those moose blend in VERY WELL and I have been extremely lucky to see the ones I have seen. More photos from today are on my photostream at http://www.flickr.com/photos/nyphotosca
Enjoy! And thanks again for tuning in!
Cheers!
Fotoman.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Old Barns - January 9th, 2010


Happy New Year!!! Yes, 2010, a new year, is upon us. I can't wait to see what this years trips have install.

The last couple of days I've been under the weather with a bit of a cold, but today was a nice +7 celcius, so I wasn't going to waste it indoors!

I headed out on a trip to take some photos of some old barns and old abandoned houses that litter the Alberta country side. I went from Calgary, north to Innisfail, East towards Big Valley, south on Highway 21, all the way back to Calgary. Photos from today's trip should be on my flickr photostream, tonight.

I'm hoping to bring along some new "guests" on some of my phototrips this year. Not only to help educate about photography, but also to show people the lovely country here in Alberta, and to educate people, even more, on wildlife.

I hope you continue to follow my adventures!

Cheers!

Neil