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.

Work in Progress

It’s been a while. I must admit, I’ve neglected a bit my photography, because since the end of the school year, I’ve been working. I’m working 8h a day 4 days a week, and it’s a very hard job, so when I get home I’m exhausted.

However I decided to start to bring my camera to work, since I work outside, and maybe take some shots on my lunch break or on my way back.

Yesterday this paid off, for I was walking through the most gorgeous meadow and then through a very nice road. Those are the 2 keepers from the 30 photos I took:

Going home

After a long day

Sacred Art – On Assignment

Hey folks, how’ve you all been?

I’ve been pretty busy with finals, essays, etc. and of course, lot’s of assignments to get better and better at photography.

Saturday I got an assignment I was pretty excited about, to shoot a Christian Tattooist in Orleans. Reverend Dave has his own place called Sacred Art, and I thought it would be a nice place to shoot.

I was going with the writer Oliver Sachgau to shoot stills and video, we had an interview schedule with the guy at 5pm.

Like the good journalists we are, we met at 4:45 at Place d’Orleans, and were at Dave’s studio at 4:55, ready to do our interview, take the shots and head home to enjoy our Saturday evening. Of course it could not be that easy and as we went inside, the guy came out, greeted us and said:

“Yeah, about the interview, I was going to call you because I’m running late…”

We said that there was no problem, we could wait, for which he replied:

“You might want to come back later, I will only be done in one hour, at 6. And after that I need to go home to let my dog out, so I’ll only be available at 6:30.

Oh snap. I live downtown and Oliver in Nepean, no way we could come back later… So we did a tour of the place by ourselves, took some photos of him doing his job, and went to the shopping centre decided to come back at 6, just to get a comment from the guy being tattooed, before doing the actual interview.

Here’s the shots I took then:

We came back at 5:55, perfectly on time, to find out that Dave was still late. He only finished the tattoo at 6:30. We grab a quick comment from Luke about the place and Dave left to let his dog out, saying he would be back by 7:05.

Me and Oliver were tired and did not want to walk to the mall, so we decided to go around the neighborhood, where I found this beautiful church to photograph, it was worth the time:

Church in Orleans, near the Tattoo Parlor

Same church with a dead tree in front of it

After walking for half an hour we went back to the place, and as you can predict, at 7:05 he was not there, only arriving at 7:15.

Finally after two hours and fifteen minutes of (almost) wasted time, we finally could sit the man on the studio to do the interview, and take some portraits. I admit, I was tired, grumpy and did not put all the possible effort into it, I just wanted to go home. We were done around 7:50, because Reverend Dave insisted on redoing several takes that he did not like…

As a final balance, it wasn’t bad, I got the shots of the church that I really like, and some of the minister/tattooist. He has a good spirit, but thinks way too much about himself, and he thinks he’s very funny, which he is most definitely not. I just hope to do not have to wait 2h15m ever again for a photo, luckily Oliver was there and at least we could chat.

To wrap it up, here are the two staged shots of him:

Rev. Dave and his piercings.

-30-

Canadian Museum of Nature

Yesterday coming home from school I passed by the Canadian Museum of Nature, and took a photo with the sun passing through the “Queen’s Lantern”, the name of the new glass tower. I used f.22 so I’d get the nice sunstar, and the 18-55mm lenses.

 

Canadian Museum of Nature (Victoria Memorial Museum)

Specs: 1/100s at f.22, ISO 200. 20mm (18-55mm)