That was the year…

A look at 2015

It flew by. 12 months. In no time.

As 2015 winds down, I am posting a look back at my year. Ironically, with more work photography, I had less time to shoot for myself this year. I hope to swing the balance more toward the personal side in 2016, including a lot more MF film photography. In the meantime, I’ll spare you most of the work photography because, well, it’s work.

Reviews

A lot has happened on the camera and lens development side for Fujifilm and I had the opportunity to use a number of new products this past year. While my X-T1 and X-E2 have remained the workhorses of my work photography, I did review a few lenses and cameras. The XF50-140mm f/2.8 lens has to be the highlight for me. I use it constantly for work and it has always produced great images under all circumstances. In fact, I was shooting an outdoor event last week with temperatures hovering around 3 degrees C., where my hands were visibly shaking. Image stabilization to the rescue; all the shots were sharp at 1/125 sec.

Have a read of some of the year’s reviews:

I’m looking forward to testing whatever new gear is available next year and writing reviews of a couple of lenses that I have used for work during the past few months.

Film

This past year I shot more film than I have in… forever. While I dabbled with a found Fujica 35-ML, I really enjoyed shooting medium format film. After a year of exploring with the Fuji GW690 III and a test of a Mamiya RZ67, I look forward to expanding my film shooting in 2016. More long exposures. More portraits. More fun!

 

Documentary

Another area that I would like to expand in my personal work is documentary photography. While much of my work photography has an element of observational documentation in it, the one true documentary project I tackled was the end of printing at Queen’s Printer.

A few posts this year did document life on the coast, something that is important to me personally and greatly informs my photography. Here is a look at Life on the Edge, Pt. 1 and Life on the Edge, Pt. 2.

Performance

Shooting theatrical performances is a real pleasure. Animated, engaged subjects, dramatically lit, can make for compelling photos. I had the pleasure to photograph the talented folks at Fear No Opera for a couple of performances as well as to work with them on promotional material. Toward the end of the year, I also photographed a performance for the Belfry Theatre, a company that produces consistently wonderful theatre, year in and year out.

Exploration

Sometimes on the street or in the garden or by the water’s edge, I explored the fringes of photographic sharpness and (certainly) mass appeal. No matter, these accounted for some of my favourite images of the year. Oh, and there’s a rant in there too.

Last word

Finally, I am reminded of one of my favourite photographic experiences of this past year. The wedding of Natalie and Michael, on one of the local Gulf Islands this past August. I haven’t had the opportunity to post any photos from their wedding yet, so I thought I would close with a few images from a really great day.

By the way, thanks for reading in 2015 and Happy New Year!

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  1. I can’t remember if I commented on this on Twitter when you first posted it Don, but I’ve loved your work this year. If you’re ever in Vancouver I’ll buy the first round!

    Cheers,

    Ian

  2. An excellent selection, Don. Very much enjoyed…

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