Archive for April, 2009
Well the snow is on it’s way out, pig flu is on it’s way in, the temperatures are rising and the rivers are slowly starting to fill for the summer. The rivers and creeks around the Squamish area are still low in relation to how warm it has been, it seems it may be another week or so before the season truly begins. Maybe the first of the rains will open the season with a bang ?
At present the Whistler area is slowly moving, but things like the Calaghan Creek are still too low, maybe a week or so will see them coming into the low end flows. Vancouver is starting to move and the Ashlu area maybe offering low Box Canyon flows.
All too soon the rivers will go from trickles to raging torrents and the start of the spring madness begins ! Spring kayaking always feels a little bit sketchy as you are often not as fresh as you are mid summer and the rivers are at their highest and most challenging flows. Spring in the Whistler area, usually means lots of laps on the super classic upper Cheak and high flow Calaghan runs, both offering big volume fun creeking…..
Anthill films are a Squamish based action sports film company, producing high end film products from commercials to action sports movies. They have a huge list of credits to their name but are perhaps best known for their work as part of the ‘Collective series’ leading the way in Mountain bike Cinematography.
I have recently been working alongside Anthill whilst they shoot for Tourism Whistler’s ongoing B-roll campaign. It has been a fantastic experience to watch the team at work producing world class images from around the sea 2 sky area.
Sometimes the best things are right under your nose. The view from the office window in Squamish after the rain stopped….
Some interesting words from Doug Menuez, who has an interesting take on how to cling onto the greasy pole that is the photography industry. His blog is well worth a read and has allsorts of different views on common business issues in the photobusiness. Check out his blog
…If you create a book [portfolio] that you think will get you work based on your perception of what sells, or on the advice of anyone who steers you away from your core, you have a complex problem ahead. Yes, you may find some work that way, which is really tempting short term, while you tell yourself you’ll do the real stuff on the side or in the future. “Show the work you want to get” is a lasting truism and if you have chosen to show work other than the purist version of your creative vision then whatever jobs do come in will be based on that work. There are many shooters who do this exact thing and end up with a middling level of success, stuck on a financial and creative plateau, slowly starting to run out of gas. After a few years they hate their their work and life in general. They are getting divorced or leaving the business or pursuing whatever diversion eases the pain. They are not living the dream. They are not challenging themselves creatively because they did not give themselves permission to be who they are as photographers in the first place. This is the road to being a burned out, bitter hack. Boring. But by defining what you show based on what you truly are and what you want to do, you create a self-selection process: you are not for everyone. You are different. Be courageous enough to show that you see in a way no one else does…
The Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival 2009, just passed through Whistler ending winter and signifying the start of Spring.
Well, to be honest, it has been a longtime coming, I have been avoiding it for ages, convincing myself that it isn’t worth the bother…….
Maybe it isn’t, maybe I have just been reading far too much Chase Jarvis of late ! Anyway for better or for worse, I thought I may aswell enagage with the wacky world of web 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 wherever it is at nowadays and see what all the fuss is about.
The shooting has been as varied as the weather this winter, with me covering everything from skiing in the back country to kids groups to general Whistler stock.
This winter has only been my second year on skis and it has been a steep learning curve to say the least. Not that I am complaining, it has been amazing , ever day has been an adventure and despite Whistler having a less than stella snow year, I have had a ball. I am already excited about next winter !!
So is this blog worth reading ? Who knows, hopefully I can post some ok images to look at and pass on any interesting goings on in the world of web 2.0..