Tommy Africa bartender Miles Wilkinson blows fire during the Tommy Africa Bartenders Challenge.
I’ve been getting back to my roots as a newspaper photographer lately, shooting for the Whistler Question newspaper. It’s been a lot of fun for me, as I started free lancing for them in the 1980’s before I was hired as a staff photographer at the old Whistler Citizen.
Here are a couple of my favourite shots from the last couple of months
Stand up paddle yoga instructor Kristy Wright performs a yoga pose while riding a paddle board in the middle of Nita lake. This was part of a story on the Whistler Yoga Festival.
A participent in a swift water rescue course dives off the top of a sunken car, in the Ruthorford Creek kayak course.
1st Annual Flag Stop Theatre & Arts Festival at the Point Artist-Run Centre.
Cat ‘DJ Ninelives’ Mazza. Whistler Zombie Walk.
The Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team (ERT) responds to a suicidal man with a hand gun who had holed up in the forrest between the day skier parking lots and the skate board park. The man eventually shot himself, but not fatally, and is expected to recover.
The shot of the ERT swat cops was tricky, as it was nearly dark outside, and the police line had us several hundred metres back of the event. When Question editor Tanya Foubert called me, I grabbed my old 300mm f/2.8 (bought it in 1992), as well as a 1.4X teleconverter, and a Nikon D2x, which has a 1.5x magnification factor, as I headed out the door. That gave me an effective focal length of 630mm, enough to see right across the day skier lot. It was so dark that I pushed the ISO to 6400 (H2 on the D2x), and was still down near 1/30th of a second, so it’s a miracle that I got anything sharp at all.
Camera: Nikon D3, D2x, 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, Nikkor 300mm f/2.8
Lighting: Nikon SB-900 flash