James Fund 2015

Car Control School’s 2015 Exotic Car Ride Charity Event in support of the James Fund at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto was another huge success. Read more about it on their site at www.carcontrolschool.com.
It was a pleasure to photograph for this charity event.

Images from the event are below.


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James Fund Day 2015 -Instructors

Images of the instructors doing what they do best.


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Next photo book (from Kinetik 5.5) out soon

K5.5-Photo_Book_Cover-Preview-v1.02The Kinetik Festival 5.5 Photo Book is nearing completion. Not much longer till it will be available for purchase.
This year I’ve made an effort to get it done earlier then in previous years, and it’s release will hopefully coincide with the announcement of the 2014 festival and band releases.

The book will contain nearly 60 pages packed full of images of all the performing artists at the 2013 festival.

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Kinetik Festival 5.5 Phase 3 Preview Photos


Phase 3 of the Kinetik Festival 5.5 had a larger artist base and took place on Saturday 25 May 2013.
The  lineup included Displacer, Cenotype, Decoded Feedback, Terrorfakt, Aesthetic Perfection and Tonikom.
This festival get better every day.

Photographer’s notes:

Didn’t change anything from last night’s setup. Flashes still in same location. Just explored more visual attributes with the locations of the flashes.

Equipment used was a Canon 5Dmk2, Canon 50mm f1.4, Canon 85mm f1.8, Canon 135 f2 two Canon 550EX flashes, PocketWizard FlexTT5 (x2) and MiniTT1 flash triggers and my AF Assistant.

The Photos:


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Kinetik Festival 5.5 Phase 2 Preview Photos


Phase 2 of the Kinetik Festival 5.5took place on Friday 24 May 2013.
The  lineup included Nitronoise, FGFC820, Suicide Commando and Frontal Boundary.
What an incredible show. Stellar performances by all the bands.

Photographer’s notes:

This night I moved the 3rd flash to the right of the stage, and clamped to a metal pipe. The pipe is near the back of the stage, but it has allowed me to get some interesting ligthing effects like having a light behind the artist.

Equipment used was a Canon 5Dmk2, Canon 50mm f1.4, Canon 85mm f1.8, Canon 135 f2 two Canon 550EX flashes, PocketWizard FlexTT5 (x2) and MiniTT1 flash triggers and my AF Assistant.

The Photos:


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Kinetik Festival 5.5 Phase 1 Preview Photos


Kinetik Festival 5.5 has started last night.
The thursday lineup included MyParasite, Projekt F, Life Cried and closing out the night was DYM.

Continue reading »

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Shooting at Kinetik Festival 5

I typed this up last year, but never posted it for some reason. Well here it is.

It’s been 365 days since the last Kinetik Festival, where I shot my first 5 day music festival. I had learned a lot over those 5 days, and I kept a loose log about what types of things I came across that weekend, in hopes to document my learning. That documentation took shape in the form of two posts: post 1, and post 2.

I came to Kinetik this year with some new knowledge about lighting, some new equipment and a desire to experiment and learn some more.

As it is to be expected, the lighting at most concerts is all over the place, and Metropolis was no different. From barely enough light to too much light, and from one color to another, it can all change in seconds. And then there’s the artificial fog….

This is my account of the experience I had at Club Metropolis in Montreal over the Kinetik Festival 5 music festival. Continue reading »

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Light Setup at God Module show

Shooting at Club Neu+ral used to be no problem. That is until I stopped shooting there. I think it’s the low ceiling that makes the space feel smaller. And with smaller spaces come creative solutions to lighting and shooting. Continue reading »

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God Module Seance Tour in Toronto June 2012


The show that Mordacious, Twitch the Ripper and God Module put on was amazing. The audience was totally immersed in the experience and the energy was contagious. Incredible night. Continue reading »

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Neurodance 3.06


Neurodance events don’t seem to be able to disappoint, and this night was no different.
The beats were pounding in both rooms, the crowds were alive and the energy was incredible. What a night. Continue reading »

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My prespective on concert photography

Proof-IMG_8389I was speaking with a friend the other day about some of the photos I recently took at the Kinetik Festival 5 a couple of weekends ago. One of the things that came up in conversation was the general lack of wide-angle shots in my photography, which is normally what most people associate with concert photography.

My interest however  when photographing artists is slightly different. I am more interested in tight closeups. The big picture doesn’t interest me as much. Continue reading »

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Pushing through the pain

Proof-IMG_1230I just watched a wonderfully inspirational video and thought I’d post some of my own thoughts on the topic. I’ve read and heard many motivational material over the years, but some things have stuck for one reason or another.

One of my earliest motivational quotes that I applied to photography was a quote by Arnold Schwarzenegger from his Mr Olympia body building days:

“The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides the champion from someone else who is not a champion. That’s what most people lack, having the guts to go on and just say they’ll go through the pain no matter what happens.”
– Arnold Schwarzenegger

For me in photography (specifically club and concert photography) that means that 1/2 way through the shoot, when I think to myself that I’ve got enough good images and that I should put the camera down, this is the time to push and keep taking more pictures. Deal with the fatigue and lack of desire to photograph, and push through to continue taking pictures. And from experience I’ve noticed that the next day looking back at the images shot I almost every time see a progression in the quality of my images right up to the end of the photo shoot. This means that had I stopped early, I would not have created some of my best images. Continue reading »

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