Magnolia Time

I love these flowers but they responded very slowly to light and temperature, look closely and you can just make out the flowers expanding as the morning passes.

Blue Blood

We got invited to “Blue Blood”, not to eat the $250, 4oz steak! Yeah, that would be nice, but we were the first the shoot there, a week  after they opened, Prince would have approved ; )

Follow Your Focus

I’ve been waiting for more than 2 years for this incredible follow focus from Bright Tangerine and by pure luck I’m the first person in Canada to own one, thanks to Fusion Cine in Vancouver, I nabbed the first unit they got, “Sorry Guys”!

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Fall Magic

Sean Mulcahy make these Birch look spiffy for a late fall creative last year on the Toronto Islands. We got lucky with the weather and shot late. Having the battery operated LED LitePanels was great for this kind of shoot and the shots look sweeeet!

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New Diggs on King East

Less than three weeks ago this space was two units, you can clearly see the division in the wall and beam color. December is probably the toughest month for a commitment from a contractor but some how we did it. The dry walling is almost complete, plumbing and electrical tweaks next, follow by 2 or 3 coats of paint and we’ll be up and running, not a moment too soon

The North light is fantastic, can’t wait for our first food shoot.

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Ubisoft’s Over Byte

The printers, painters and photographers that occupied these studio spaces on the fourth floor of 224 Wallace Avenue have been swept aside by their neighboring tenant, the digital juggernaut Ubisoft. With a quarter Billion (yes, that’s a B) dollars in Provincial tax credits they are unstoppable! Good thing I’m moving out at the end of the year ; )  The last 12 years here have been great, but bigger and better things await at the new space on King Street, can’t wait to get going.

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Skyy Vodka

These are screen grabs from a video project exploring time lapse and product photography. The Milky Way element took five trips to an observation area West of Bracebridge before I was able to get the desired result. Clouds, ice and midnight dew all had to be over come, and I will never forget the sound of the lonesome freight train as it slowly rumbled  through the landscape of lakes and Canadian Shield, a beautifully evocative sound. The video is part of a larger project due in the Spring, stay tuned!  ; )

 

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New Tools, New Choices

Going on location is expensive and can be a logistical nightmare. “There’s got to be a better way!” Digital locations are always available, easily redecorated and photo-real, the possibilities are endless!

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Alaska or Bust

And for our next magic trick we will turn this dump into a beautiful Alaskan wilderness. It will be interesting to see how it all turns out as a flight to Alaska wasn’t in the budget…this time! 🙂

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The camera path is automated, and you guest it  ” there is an app. for that!”

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In this mock-up a digital double stands in for Patrick, to test the environment.

Spring Training

Got the chance to experiment with the beautiful Magnolia Stellata (star). Tested some time lapse setups and the under slung mode, for a classic overhead perspective. Mr Super Beetle made a cameo appearance, working with insects requires a lot of patients. Here are a couple of stills from the 650 Gigs of footage we shot.

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