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The Whistler Question – Summer and Fall

Whistler Kids
Children dress up on a rainy sunday afternoon.
I’ve had a really busy six months at the Whistler Question. I’ve put specific blog posts up for things like the Ironman Race, Crankworx, and the Blackcomb Fire, but this is just some of my favourite odds and sods. About half of these photos didn’t even make it into the paper.

Kids dive off the dock at the Point, on the shores of Alta Lake.
Kids dive off the dock at the Point, on the shores of Alta Lake.

Grade 12 student Aaron Ryan on the first day of school.
Grade 12 student Aaron Ryan on the first day of school. I know a bunch of the high school students, and one of the local traditions is to face paint all the new students on the first day of school.

Whistler lake clean up day.  Volunteer scuba diver Joe Noonan searches the lake bottom just off the beach at Rainbow Park.s
Whistler lake clean up day. Volunteer scuba diver Joe Noonan searches the lake bottom just off the beach at Rainbow Park.

Singer Hannah Georgas in concert at the Whistler Olympic Plaza.
Singer Hannah Georgas in concert at the Whistler Olympic Plaza.

Bearfoot Bistro executive chef Melisa Craig.
Bearfoot Bistro executive chef Melisa Craig.

South Coast Bat Action Team project manager Erin Rutherford checks a captured brown bat at Alpha Lake Park.
South Coast Bat Action Team project manager Erin Rutherford checks a captured brown bat at Alpha Lake Park. The Whistler Bio Blitz

Aude Ray dances on the dock at the Point as part of the Flag Stop Festival.
Aude Ray dances on the dock at the Point as part of the Flag Stop Festival. I finishing up shooting the band playing at the Flag Stop festival, and found Aude dancing on the dock, in the light from a spot light spilling out from the stage.

Wanderlust yoga festival in the Whistler Village.  Acrobatic yoga performers Chelsey Korus and Matt Giordano.
Wanderlust yoga festival in the Whistler Village. Acrobatic yoga performers Chelsey Korus and Matt Giordano.

The Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival Men's winner Clayton Tinkley gives two thumbs up after crashing hard into a hay bale during the final race.
The Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival Men’s winner Clayton Tinkley gives two thumbs up after crashing hard into a hay bale during the final race.

I had just arrived at the event in time for the last race. This guy finished first, but slammed into the hay bales at the end of the course. There were a few photographers there, and we all had a good laugh until we realized that the guy might be seriously hurt. It was a really tense moment until he gave a two thumbs up signal. They ended up sending his prize to the emergency room at the clinic.

A motorcycle lies crushed under a load of logs after a logging truck flipped over and spilled it's load. The rider was killed in the accident.
A motorcycle lies crushed under a load of logs after a logging truck flipped over and spilled it’s load. The rider was killed in the accident.

I thought I’d left my days of covering events like this behind when I came home from South Africa. Frankly, I’ve covered enough death an misery to last me two lifetimes. One of the attractions to coming back to the Question was that things like this don’t happen that often. Mind you, when they happen, as a journalist, you have an obligation to cover it.

CBC Radio presenter Jian Ghomeshi in conversation with Canadian author Will Ferguson at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler.  Whistler Writers Festival.
CBC Radio presenter Jian Ghomeshi in conversation with Canadian author Will Ferguson at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Whistler Writers Festival.

I shot this just after Ghomeshi called me a paparazzi. I don’t mind so much, as it got a great laugh, and I had people I didn’t even know coming up to me for days kidding me about it. And hey, at least I wasn’t in Moxy Früvous.

Tech Stuff
I’m big on travelling light. I don’t have to shoot much field sports, so I don’t carry a long lens, such as a 300mm f/2.8 (I have one, but it’s a manual focus model I bought back in 1991). There isn’t much you can’t shoot with a really basic amount of gear.

Cameras: Nikon D3 x 2
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.





The Whistler Question – Photojournalism – David Buzzard Photography