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Here are a couple of shots from the past few months. The fast lens gives me the look I like for portraits as well.
This will be my last equipment post for a while. Promise!
As a photographer I had been looking forward to shooting the trip, but as it turned out we were just too busy to fish or shoot. So I just strapped my camera to my bow and hit 'record' whenever anything vaguely interesting appeared. Sadly I had an SD card fail on me ('Kingston' brand, avoid!!), so I lost the first week of footage. In the end I only had a week or so of video, so I pulled out a few clips and put together this little montage.
Camera was a Lumix GF1, with the 7-14mm lens in a 10Bar housing.
Update from March. Here is another little video I made while paddling in the mangroves on Koh Phayam earlier this month.
Projects included hydro (micro, mini and up), geothermal, wind, methane reclamation, LED & CFL lighting and lots more. The book should be out by March or April. I will post an update once it comes out.
In the meantime, here is a shot I took in the Philippines while traveling to a village up in the mountains. It's a guy doing back breaking labour, loading sugar cane onto a truck. Tough way to make US$1.50 per day.
I have been derelict in my blogging. Since my Namibia trip in May of 2009 I have spent a few months photographing kids a few countries both east and west. I have shot some nice weddings in beautiful parts of Canada.
So, after 15 yrs of putting it off, I finally visited Bangladesh during January and February 2010. With the highest population density in the world, it is a perfect place for a people photographer. 160,000,000 people living on a flood plain the size of Iowa, each making a $1/day.
Bangladeshis are the warmest people I've ever met. With basically zero tourists, they want everyone to leave with a positive impression of their beautiful country.
I shot a number of projects for international aid organizations in Bangladesh. For Helen Keller International I worked with the ethnic minorities in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. A nasty conflict between these hill people and Bengali settlers exploded a couple of days after I left and some of the villages have been burnt down.
Family Health International needed images of people at risk of HIV/AIDS, as well as the services available to them. So I photographed hijras and female sex workers in Dhaka. We also spent time with intravenous drug users (IDUs). Being a destitute junkie in the alleys of Old Dhaka for 25 years is a hardship I cannot imagine.
For CARE Int'l I visited a number of projects in the north. CARE has a massive presence through their partnerships with local NGOs.
And for Save the Children (USA) I photographed rural rudimentary schools in the north and haor regions.
A few of my favs below, a larger gallery can be found here.
While most competitors were normal folks just aiming to finish, there were a small number of elite athletes in the field including Marco Olmo and Ryan Sandes.
It was cold. And hot. There were stinging plants, scorpions and poisonous snakes. I have some nasty chewed-up feet shots you don't want to see.
See more images, VDO and results here.
More images here.
My image of Ana getting ready just won top photo in a competition between 240 wedding photographers worldwide on www.photo.net, the oldest and still largest site for sharing info about photography. This being their first contest of this type, they didn't really get it together to actually make an official announcement, so all there is is this.
I was the Featured Photographer on photo.net for the month of March 2009.
The deciding judge in this contest was Jeff Ascough, often named as the world's top documentary style wedding shooter. (My favorite for sure.)
The B&G had been planning on having their wedding in Chiang Mai, Thailand, but had to find a new venue at the last minute due to political unrest in Bangkok shutting down access to the country.
As far as last minute venues go I don't think they get much better than this! A few images from the event.
In other news, the recently published Rich Bride, Poor Bride: Your Ultimate Wedding Planning Guide has been published and they have made nice use of a few of my images. A few samples below.
Wedding season is off to a great start. I have shot a couple of beautiful events in the past several weeks, I will be posting some samples soon.
Also, the Toronto Star is running a couple shots from a recent rural event as its featured wedding this week.