Teaching at the Banff Centre this summer a “shooting in the Performing Arts course. It’s a great location in the mountains to learn with access to all the artists to photograph.
Here is the class.
I was asked by art director Scott McKowen to take a photograph of a donkey for Theatre Calgary’s upcoming production of Midsummer Night’s Dream. Who would have thought an hour away from where I was working at the Shaw Festival there was a donkey farm.
Meet Bob Ray who was our model.
We were lucky to get a fearless Toronto actress by the name of Alexandra Ordolis who managed to cuttle with our donkey for two hours. Here’s Scott’s sketch for the final poster.
We had a few lucky frames that were at the end of the shoot when they both seemed in love!
A shoot in January at my studio where Joe McNally discusses light and his new light shapers.
Check his blog post.
Just announced, a performing arts photography workshop at the Banff Centre this summer.
I started taking pictures as a teenager and had the opportunity to take a summer photo course at the Banff Centre when I was 17 years old. I traveled by CN train from Toronto for three and a half days sleeping in my seat in the dome car. In those days there was a simple wooden residence for the students and if we wanted to leave campus we needed written permission from our parents. We went on field trips to Moraine Lake and hiked in the local mountains. We could process our film in the Banff darkrooms, which were massive and the best I had ever worked in. When a teacher liked my image of a grove of beautiful trees on a contact sheet, I remember him giving me 16×20” paper to make my first large print. There was nothing like seeing a print develop in a tray compared to working digitally. I still remember that smell of Dektol and Kodak fixer on your hands after a long day working in that red safelight.
A recent short film made with Linda Arkelian using available light and a sheet of diffusion gel.
Time lapse of Joe McNally shooting Ballet BC with dancers Alexander Burton and Gilbert Small.
Joe McNally was in Vancouver last week shooting local dancers
for a Kelby training video. Here is his assistants setting up and
Joe shooting. Another full day of shooting dance with speed lights.
Joe McNally was in town shooting a lighting video on
dance for Kelby Training. He travels heavy with a lot
of gear and light shapers. He started the shoot with a
local dance company, the 605 Collective. He’s one
of the first to shoot with a Nikon D4.
I was the DP for a small PSA video shoot in our studio this week
working with Brandy who is a new photographer in the studio.
She is creating this piece for an AIDS organization.
We shot on a 7D and 5DmII and used Alzo dimmable florescent lights.
Key light through a 3X3 Lastolight panel flagged off the background,
a side back light and a light on the background with a grid. Nice to
not use flash for a change. Sound was recorded on a Zoom with a
mic on a boom overhead. Interesting using still equipment to
make a high quality video. Sound was synced with Puraleyes in FCP.