CIS Finals 8 – A Business Trip

I planned on posting something last week, however the Charlatan kindly sent me away for the weekend to cover the Canadian Interuniversity Sport basketball finals, where the Carleton Ravens won their 8th national title.

Carleton Ravens' Willy Manigat take on the Alberta Golden Bears in the 2012 CIS Finals

The championship was in Halifax, only 2h away from Ottawa if you’re lucky enough to be flying there. The newspaper sent two photographers and two writers to cover the event, so the workload wasn’t so bad.

We would wake up, and either go straight to the Metro Centre, where the games were happening, or go take a walk on the beautiful coastal city before the day’s games.

Raven's Phillip Scrubb was chosen the CIS player of the year for his performance.

The Ravens walking in for their first game on the tournament.

It was great experience, I met some great photographers, like Andrew Von (who has worked for the Canadian Press in the maritime’s for over 25 years, and is an all around awesome guy!), had time to just walk around the city taking photos, etc.

It was a good break, and well worth it. The photographs were great, and some of them will definitely make it to my portfolio (like Willy’s one on the top.).

Here are some more shots, including the one with the trophy. By the way, never get in front of photographers when they’re trying to get celebration shots, really, you’ll regret it.

Ravens vs. Bears

Ravens' coach Dave Smart after the team's first victory.

The Ravens celebrating their 8th national title.

A long time, and a lot of photos.

Yes, I know it’s been a long time since I last posted here, and I am sorry.

A few days after my roadtrip to kingston I left to spend half the summer in Brazil, my home country, and while I was over there my editing capacity was very limited (my laptop broke a few months back and so I had to rely on my ol’ gramma’s desktop).

I spent two awesome months there, and of course, took several photos. On the following weeks I’ll post all the different moments of my trip, starting with something very special:

Botafogo Bay and Sugar Loaf

This is where I was born, the Botafogo neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro.

I was lucky to get as a gift from a family member a helicopter tour over the entire city, and it was amazing to be able to see, and photograph, all those views I grew up with, from a different angle.

A different view of the Sugar Loaf, famous mountain in Rio.

The famous Copacabana Beach seen from the helicopter

The two brothers mountain, beside Ipanema beach.

The Lagoon, in the middle of the city.

Kingston, a road-trip (in HDR)

A couple weeks ago I went to Kingston with four good friends and decided to go around taking photos, specifically, taking three bracketed photos (unfortunately the D90 only brackets three, and not five as it would be ideal) under and over exposing by 2 stops.

All the HDR tonemapping was made on Photomatix Pro.

Baby Ducks on the Kingston bay.

I started taking photos as we walked on the shore, and those baby ducks were sitting there with their mom.

Canadian Boat-Home?

Boat on the harbor

After photographing the two boats that were worth it, we decided to walk through downtown Kingston, and see what could we shoot. Luckily after the big train stationed near the harbor, there was this nice looking Harley Davidson, asking to be shot.

Everybody Loves Trains. (HDR)

Harley B&W HDR close up

Full Harley (HDR)

Passing the Harley, there was a nice classic capitol on a church, and across the street a very interesting abandoned church.

Classic capitol (B&W HDR)

Abandoned Church (HDR)

And before calling it a day for photography, this very nice car was parked a couple clocks down.

HDR old car

It was a fun day, with plenty of good photo-opportunities, and I definitelly will be shooting more HDR. Some other random photos taken that day:

Church 
Runner
Train

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