I’m still recovering. The last few days have had me running (literally, at one point), but it has been both fun and educational.
The insanity started with running my first 5K race of the season in unseasonably snowy conditions, to the point I questioned going at all, but approaching it as an adventure and laughing with other runners about the craziness actually made the race that much more fun. The four inches of slush underfoot weren’t, but for that we made the evening news.
The Professional Photographers of Canada are having their annual conference on our doorstep in Banff this year. I spent a day attending classes and catching up with friends, notably political cartoonist and insanely talented digital painter Patrick LaMontagne (whose revamped website is a wonderful showcase of his work!). Courses were taught by industry icons such as Art Wolfe and David Ziser, and they must have been expensive to bring in because the pricey lunch turned out to be a bagged one. Oh the sacrifices we make. 😉
The entertainment peaked in helping a fellow photographer on a shoot. In university, I did some research for a cardiologist and quickly learned that when you do research, you are often offered up as a guinea pig. More than once I went home with EKG leads stuck to my chest even though I was working primarily with animals in the lab. Photography isn’t different. He was staging a red carpet scene and needed paparazzi — who better to use than real photographers! We were dolled up Oscar-worthy and got to play with our cameras outside a local boutique hotel, albeit in the freezing twilight of this unending wintry cold. I had brought a long lens and a flash he could trigger with his equipment, and because I was actually too close to photograph the model I set the camera’s focus to manual and didn’t pay much attention to what was in the viewfinder, only to trying to create the right look for the shot. There were a couple of curious accidental photos that evening, of which this is one, straight out of the camera: