Hustling (a lot)

Waiting (a little)

First Nations Leaders Gathering 2016

This week, I spent three days at the Vancouver Convention Centre making photos during the First Nations Leaders’ Gathering. As you can see from the Government Flickr album, this is standard conference fare. Not a lot of art, just a lot of visual documentation of speakers and meetings, sprinkled lightly with a few candid shots. The candids are definitely my favourite shots from any of these events. Think street photography with a telephoto lens.

Speaking of ”street” photography, I find that spending time as an observational documentarian on the street is one of the best ways to sharpen event shooting skills. Of course, when I’m on the street, the focal length is somewhere between 14mm to 35mm, not 50mm to 140mm. But the mindset is the same. I’m looking for great light, human interaction and dark shadows.

Included here are two outtakes illustrating what most people seem to be doing during the conference, hustling to the next meeting or waiting. Given that I walked nearly six kilometres each day, I was more in the hustling camp. They also illustrate the great light on that side of the conference centre, where I shot many of my candids.


“Hustling” and “waiting” captured with the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 and the XF16-55mm f/2.8 lens. I also used a pre-production X-T2 and the XF50-140mm f/2.8 lens during the three days.

2 responses to “Hustling (a lot)”

  1. There is a sense of time passed in the long shadows you captured in the photo of the people waiting; and they contrast with the bright light in the same way time passing and anticipation contrast while waiting. Great photo with wonderful narrative.

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