RCMP Motorcycle

Sometimes, in fact many times, simplicity can be the photographers greatest ally. I was drawn to this RCMP motorcycle one hot Canada Day because of some elements that really caught my eye. The colours aren’t specific to these Harley Davidson machines as you will find them on all the police vehicles but I liked the shape of the gas tank and how the stripes went off into the distance. I used a large aperture (small number!) to minimize the depth of field and placed the bison head logo right in the middle of it. The seat adds some shape to the left side of the frame creating a sense of the pocket where the rider sits. In honesty, the one thing that bothers me about this photo is Continue reading RCMP Motorcycle

Rodeo Ropin’

If only I had shot this photo in Rimbey or Redwater I could have a nice stream of alliteration for the post title but I took this at the Strathmore Rodeo. There was only one day in my life that I went to the rodeo with the ‘big gun’ (large camera with long lens) and I sure came away with some images that I really like. In the post “Great Places” I had found a comfy spot to shoot from and what was interesting was that there wasn’t just one place to be, one had to move around for each event. The barrel racing location wasn’t necessarily as good for calf roping, for example. It was certainly fun to watch the other photographers jockey around the fence poking their long lenses through the rusty bars trying to create something.

I found out that day that I should probably start some Continue reading Rodeo Ropin’


Since I became involved with the Air Cadet program I have come to realize how valuable it is to young people in their development not only for themselves, but for society in general. I took this photo some years ago at a Rememberance Day ceremony here in my small town where the local squadron takes part by placing a poppy on the cenotaph for each local resident who lost their life fighting for our country. Then they escort others to the front to lay a wreath.

The repeating vertical lines, the reflection in the floor, and the small peek at the poppies in this photo are key to how it it works functionally, but more important is (read more)