Donna Zazulak of Zazulak Marketing & Communications Inc. requested that I document Pure Pride Edmonton as produced by her and Greg Burns. I invited Corey along. The little Albertan homophobe in me was a bit apprehensive at first but I am glad that I accepted Donna's offer. Even though I am not a member of the target audience of this event, even as a regular attendee and not as a photographer I would have enjoyed the entertainment, atmosphere, and lighting. Oh yeah, lighting and sound by Axe Music. Below are two shots of the setup taken before an evening where my ass was slapped no less than five times.
Shot on Kodak Portra 160 NC with a jade green Toyo VX125 and the Schneider 72mm F/5.6 Super-Angulon XL at F16 and 10s exposure time. I think it's first generation Portra 160NC . . . most of my other film has version number markings next to the film type. Light is unfiltered since most of the light is designed around white LED equipment.
Both images were scanned with a Howtek Scanmaster 4500 driven by Aztek's Digital Photo Lab Professional software. Film mounted in Kami mounting fluid sealed within an optical mylar sheet. All colour corrections were done in the scanning software yielding what I believe is a mathematically flawless tone curve in the original scan file.
Lighttools and Lightrein are hosting a lighting presentation and demonstration at Grant MacEwan Community college's Robbins Theatre on April 25, 2009 with Nick Vedros and David Montizambert. It's a full day affair and I booked off the day over a month ago and will definitely be attending. Check out their work and see for yourself why two of the world's coolest lighting companies would book in these photographers for a day in Edmonton. I have been casually told that the usual refreshments will be provided but there will also be lunch so that attendees can spend as much time as possible with the presenters and with representatives from the sponsoring companies. I hope to see you there.
I have waited two years for this day. We are here again Koelnmesse, at last.
It's 8euro (about $12) per hour for wireless internet access so I will likely be blogging more during the evenings but I am uploading videos to Youtube with very brief descriptions of interesting things I come across. Looking up videos with "Photokina" in their name on my Youtube page: http://www.youtube.com/profile_videos?user=Klyment
I feel that I should post this entry sooner rather than later and I apologize for not having yet delivered any of the previously-promised entries. Consider this entry my official offer for agents (preferrably Canadian) and media organizations (Internet or any physical geographical location) interested in Photokina 2008, arguably the world's largest and most important imaging trade fair, but may not be sending someone themselves. I spent most of my time in Photokina 2006 talking with manufacturers about printing and lighting and now I am looking for agents who are interested in importing products which may be presented at Photokina who would like me to research and relay product information and commentary back to the agent as well as for news organizations who would like to explore Photokina beyond consumer and small format digital capture products. My interests in Photokina (including, but limited to, some companies that I know I will be visiting at Photokina):
Large format digital printers (primarily Epson, Canon, HP, and Roland for photography and fine art but also for signage)
Raster image processors (RIPs) for large format printers (EFI . . . upon first glance, no other dedicated RIP companies will be represented)
Color management (X-rite, Barbieri, Datacolor)
New printing substrates (Breathing Color, Sihl)
Medium format SLRs and view cameras (Arca-Swiss, Linhof, Sinar, ALPA, Silvestri, Franke Und Heidecke/Rollei, Hasselblad, Mamiya)
Medium format digital capture products (Phase One, Sinar, Leaf, Hasselblad)
Medium format optics (Schneider, Rodenstock, Fujifilm, Nikon)
Continous lighting (Dedolight)
Strobe lighting for both studio and location work (Aurora, Balcar, Bowens, Bron, Hyundae Photonics, Elinchrom, Photoflex, Profoto)
Light modification (The above brands plus Chimera and California Sunbounce)
Computer displays for photo editing and softproofing (Eizo, LaCie, Samsung)
What I need from agents: an opportunity to influence products that may be available to my fellow printers and photographers in the future.
What I need from news organizations: documentation fulfilling these guidelines Photokina has created to qualify journalists for the event. It could be as simple as a letter on your letterhead stating that I am collecting information and reporting back to you. I also welcome the opportunity to work with one of your journalists in the fields of interest above so that I may learn and assist by inquiring and offering insight.
I will be online almost continuously with wireless Internet access from the tradeshow floor and can send relevant information to those I am collecting information for live with Skype chat, voice, or webcam or in digested text, photo, and possibly video form. I am also fluent in Mandarin Chinese and can offer some translation which may be useful for agents wishing to communicate with a Chinese manufacturer.
Please contact me via e-mail or by phone. Contact information link is at the bottom of this page.
Postcards were printed on a 100% post consumer waste paper from Unisource.
Hahah . . . I have no idea why the colours on the front and the back aren't the same. Could be something on my end . . . the cards ripped and printed just fine. Regardless, I like the design. Design by Travis Park.
Unisource's calculation for natural resource conservation using a 100% post consumer waste paper as opposed to using virgin paper. The recycled stock is suitable for many applications. While not ideal, the card stock that I used does print reasonably well in a colour laser printer. In addition, 100% post consumer waste stocks from Unisource seem to be thicker at the same basis weight compared to their non-recycled counterparts. These papers also happen to be around the same price as good virgin stocks. Check them out.
It's that time of the year again - ten days of some of the best improv you'll see. More information at Rapid Fire Theatre's website. But in short, it runs from June 14 until June 24 8pm every night except for Sunday and Monday. Friday's and Saturday's there will also be 11pm shows. There's also a puppet improv matinee somewhere in there. Check it out! Here are a few photos from the opener. You can see the full gallery here.
Michael Phair cutting the red ribbon to "open" Canada's largest improv comedy festival while Crad looks on. Phair's far from my favourite city councillor and councillors are far from my favourite people. But that's just my opinion . . . coming from a family that pays a significant amount of property tax which, coincidentally, contributes to councillor salaries.
Seattle, WA. The same scene in three different genre's.
RFT . . . Edmonton. Kevin playing an elephant in an animal allegory explaining how elephants, specifically African elephants, got their big ears.
Quiksilver, Antwerp, Belgium. I think some of the team hasn't yet arrived so to form the two other sides of the square the team created some instant Belgians.
Tonto's Nephews, Toronto, ON. An interesting open scene.
Impro Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia. Replace Mark with Patti Stiles . . . there's a shot of both team members but this teams opening game involved other teams and I felt this photo gives a better idea of what the game involved. The person sitting on the box plays the "guru" and the other players ask questions to stump the guru. If the audience calls bullshit on the guru, the question's poser becomes the new guru.
Dad's Garage, Atlanta, GA. Improv ballet?
Becky (Toronto) licking a frozen chicken pot pie that Lee (Regina) just gave her.
Kurt (Toronto) playing the most enthusiastic abused child I have ever seen.
Here are a few samples from one of the first three galleries to enter into the new gallery system. I won't be writing about the other two until a bit later but you can dig around the gallery and find them for yourself. You can see the rest of the photos here.
Fashions by Nazila Couture. They have some really, really awesome women's stuff. I have absolutely NOTHING to do with any of their photographic advertising. It's all by the dude with the puffy hair in the black shirt holding the camera that's staring at one model's ass.
Red velvet jacket by 4you. No idea who designs the rest of the stuff but all but the sunglasses are available at Derks.
A university friend . . . and his mom. Hahah, Chuck, your mom's hot. If you see this, tell her to reply her e-mail. The last sentence and the sentence before it are completely unrelated.
Jasmine, there's no way you're finishing even half of one of those by yourself.
A couple shots from Whyte Ave. after the game. There are lots of others but I'm sure that none of my visitors would be interested in photos containing tasteless nudity.
There's a whole series of these photos. The male police officer throws bits of his candy wrapper at the guy on the pole to get his attention and other weird stuff. If you want to see the whole series just comment here or e-mail me and I'll send it to you.
Another dude on a pole. Corner of Whyte and 105 St. where we'd always use to go to visit Starbucks . . . I mean Chapters . . . after our days in high school. I can almost taste the chocolate brownie frappacino just thinking about it.
It took me a good half hour to see the humour in this shot.
Glad to see my tax money contributing to the assurance that we have adequate amounts of organized oppression.
Front of post card advertising the Bachelor of Fine Arts program grad show for 2006. Card design by Jeff Kulak
Back of the same card. The cards are full bleed and provided as postscript files. They look much cooler than this but I did a lousy job rasterizing the files and saving them for web so you'll just have to take my word for it . . . or visit the grad show.
Same number of cards printed as for the BDes/BFA silent auction postcard so I'm reusing this calculator result.
Two days ago Bill Rancic, first winner of NBC's The Apprentice, Patrick LaForge, president and CEO of the Edmonton Oilers hockey club, Jim Dinning, past minister of Education and Provincial Treasurer of Alberta, LuAn Mitchell-Halter, Chatelaine and Profit Magazines Canada's Number One Female Entrepreneur three years in a row and chairperson of Mitchell's Gourmet Foods, and Kelly Hrudey, full-time analyst on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada and former NHL player with the New York Islanders, LA Kings, and San Jose Sharks, spoke at the Alberta Professionals & Entrepreneurs Conference. I've included some photos and a short video clip. Photos are a bit bigger than normal at 250px tall. They'll be back to normal once the excitement of shooting with a P&S camera that can produce dSLR-like photos wears off a bit.
Wide angle environmental shot of the auditorium, Winspear Centre. ISO 1600, F/2.8, roughly 1/8s with Fuji F10 hand held from third balcony.
People always have different interpretations for what is appropriate business attire. Here, LuAn Mitchelle-Halter illustrates that it is really alright to wear a costume crown and Snow White's evil step mother's mirror. Maximum zoom on Fuji F10, F/5, ISO 1600, 1/75s from about 150' away. In the full resolution photo the speaker's face is recognizeable.
Whoever said that "there is no such thing as a stupid question" obviously never met the old guy to the right. Well, maybe his question wasn't as stupid as it was rhetorical or attention-mongering. Thanks for taking floor time away from people with more insightful questions. Like the one about whether or not Donald Trump's hair is real.
Cover of a Queen CD less one person. Left to right: me, George who graduated from high school with me, and Scott who graduated from the U of A with me. Making hand-held self-portraits is a double-edged sword: one may think that they can do a better job than anyone else but when one does a shitty job, there's no one to blame it on. Man, I need a nose.
Right click and save a short clip of Bill Rancic's account of his life as an entrepreneur during post-secondary school and beyond. Going into the conference, I wasn't sure what to expect. In fact, I'm not a big fan of Donald Trump and wasn't interested enough in the series description to ever watch an episode of The Apprentice. But now I'll be looking for the show.
Rapid Fire Theatre's TheatreSports and Chimprov is back in session at the Varscona Theatre (103 St. and 83 Ave.) Shows are 11pm Friday and Saturday respectively and run for about an hour and a half to two hours. I'm tired so here's a list of some coming blog entries for which I already have photos:
Theatresports Opening Night
Chimprov Opening Night
Sold my S2 Pro - tribute to a special camera
Purchased S3 Pro - some bitching about Fuji, Nikon, McBain Camera, workflow and other stuff