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The Whistler Question, Winter 2013

Idle No More Protest - The Whistler Question Newspaper
Idle No More protest in the Whistler village.
It’s been a good winter for a Whistler photographer at the Whistler Question newspaper this winter. I’ve photographed political protests, raging fires, world class athletes, and all sorts of artists and entertainers. I’ve placed second in the Canadian Community Newspaper Association for feature photography, and I’m on the short list for an award from the BC & Yukon Community Newspaper Association for feature photography (more on that when I find out which images actually won). The real fun starts in the spring when people can get outside. Still to come, the Whistler bike park, Whistler Ski and Snowboard Festival., and lots of other cool stuff.

New Year's Eve in the Whistler Village - The Whistler Question Newspaper
New Year’s Eve celebrations in the Whistler Village.

Puppeteers Jessica Gabriel and Chloe Z. at the Mind of Snail puppet show at Dusty's Bar and Grill. - The Whistler Question Newspaper
Puppeteers Jessica Gabriel and Chloe Z. at the Mind of Snail puppet show at Dusty’s Bar and Grill.

Whistler firefighters fight a blaze at the Snowberry condominium units, in the Blackcomb Benchlands. - The Whistler Question Newspaper
Whistler firefighters fight a blaze at the Snowberry condominium units, in the Blackcomb Benchlands.

The Unstoppable Connie Smudge, MC at the Texas line dancing at Buffalo Bill's night club in Whistler.  Winter pride 2013.  - The Whistler Question Newspaper
The Unstoppable Connie Smudge, MC at the Texas line dancing at Buffalo Bill’s night club in Whistler. Winter Pride 2013.

Whistler parents and their babies participate in the weekly Singing with the Babies event at the Whistler Public Library. - The Whistler Question Newspaper
Whistler parents and their babies participate in the weekly Singing with the Babies event at the Whistler Public Library. Singing with the Babies is organized by the Youth Services Department of the Whistler Public Library, and happens every Saturday morning from 11:00 to 11:30.

Fire & Ice show at the skier's Plaza. - The Whistler Question Newspaper
Fire & Ice show at the skier’s Plaza.

St. Luis Blues right winger T.J. Oshie high fives local kids at the Meadow Park arena - The Whistler Question Newspaper
St. Luis Blues right winger T.J. Oshie high fives local kids at the Meadow Park arena during an open practice in Whistler.

St. Luis Blues right winger T.J. Oshie high fives local kids at the Meadow Park arena - The Whistler Question Newspaper
Skaters carrying flash lights leave trails at the Olympic Plaza ice rink. The lights were turned off for an hour for Earth Hour. Saturday, March 23rd, 2013.

Slideshows
With the new Layar implementation at the Question, I’ve been working on doing some multimedia slideshows.

Idle No More.


Singing with the Babies.


Wounded warriors in Whistler.


The Harvard Din & Tonics

Tech Stuff
For the photo from the snowberry fire, I got a call from a friend of mine who was DJing at a local bar. The bar tender was a volunteer fighter and got called out in the middle of his shift, and Paul thought it might be a big fire someplace.

With the Fire and Ice show, I wanted to get a shot with the crowd in the background, so hiked up the skier un a few hundred metres. Most of the photos you see look into the empty ski run on the other side of the blazing ring. Later, i was standing right beside the jump when they set off a huge fireworks charge which nearly set me on fire.

For the photo of Luis Blues right winger T.J. Oshie, one of the parents had told me that the players were handing stick to the kids as they skated off the ice. I found a spot in the bleachers where I had a good view of the bench. Oshie was the second last guy off the ice, and gave the kids a big high five.

For the shot from Earth Hour, it was supposed to be a candle light skate, but nobody thought to bring any candles, so the skaters were just going around in circles bumping into each other in the dark. I had a Petzl headlamp with me, so I gave it to a kid who looked like he could skate and told him skate around as fast as he could while I left the the camera shutter open.

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, SU-800 controller, and a small softbox on a light stand.





Whistler Question Photos – Whistler Photographer David Buzzard