Every year on April 20th, everyone comes down to the Whistler Village to smoke a big joint. April 20th translates into 420, which was the 70’s era penal code designation for marijuana possession, and has become kind of a marijuana rights day of action. I found this guy and asked him if he would let me take his picture for the whistler Question newspaper. I got so much second hand smoke I could barely walk after this.
I was planning on taking it easy for a few weeks until my summer weddings start up in June, but oddly enough, I’ve been quite busy. Here’s a selection of some of my favourite photos from the last couple of weeks.
Rapper Nas played a terrific show in the Whistler Village as part of the Whistler Ski and Snowboard Festival. It was pretty cold out, nearly freezing, and Nas was giving it so hard he was literally steaming.
The crowd at the Nas concert was going wild. These guys in wheel chairs got to do some great crowd surfing. The light from a jumbo-tron display that I was standing in front of lit the crowd up beautifully. I could barely see over the crowd, so I climbed up on an aluminium crowd barrier, and held my camera with a 17-35mm lens on it over my head and just mashed the shutter, hoping for the best.
Another great event at the Whistler Ski and Snowboard Festival was the roller derby match between Whistler’s Black Diamond Bettys and the Squamish team. The Bettys won a close match.
As well as shooting the ski festival for the Whistler Question, I’ve also been busy shooting asian restaurants in the Vancouver area. This is IllMak, and Red Chicken Korean restaurant just off Robson Street in the Vancouver’s West end.
I was heading home after shooting at IllMak and stopped in for a coffee at Starbucks. Tucked in behind the Starbucks is Yakiniku Ya, the restaurant I was shooting at two weeks ago. As I walked by, I noticed the owner was putting up a huge print of one the photos I shot for them. I grabbed my camera out of the car and grabbed a quick photo of the print, as it’s one of the largest prints of my work I’ve ever seen.
On a technical note, this was shot on a 12mp Nikon D3 camera, and they cropped about half the file away to get a vertical image out it, and it still looked great. Just goes to show you don’t need a mega high resolution camera to get really big prints.
One thing I haven’t done in a while is shoot video, but in January I sprung for a new high resolution video camera. I’ve been so busy this winter that I actually hadn’t had a chance to use it for an actual job until Brandon Barrett from the Whistler Question asked me if I could video his interview with singer Prevail from the rap group Swollen Members. The video turned out pretty well, but it did take about two days for my ears to stop ringing after the filming the concert at Moe Joe’s.
Camera: Nikon D3 and D700
Lenses: Nikon AF-S 17-35mm f/2.8, Nikon AF-S 28-70mm f/2.8, Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8
Lighting: Nikon SB-900 flash.