The best camera is the one you have with you...

I recently became the owner of a Samsung Galaxy S Android phone. The phone itself is great, Android is a cool if not geeky OS. First thing I did was check out the 5mp camera. I've read and seen photos taken with the iPhone 4 and was hoping that the Galaxy would also have a good camera. Not shockingly it was okay at best. Then I discovered an app called Vignette. This app can mimic various style such as a lomo or toy camera. So trying to mimic what is essentially crappy quality cameras turns out to be a good use for this mobile phone camera.

Since I have my phone with me all the time, I haven't thought twice about pulling it out if I think I can capture something some what interesting, and it's actually been fun trying to see what results I will get.

My phone will not replace my Canon 7D but I have received some positive feedback if not a lot of views on Flickr in regards to photos taken with my phone. Check out the slideshow below to see what kind of images can be pulled off with Vignette for Android.


Paris 1994 Photo Project

A small group of photographers got together to capture a choreographed dance routine. The idea is to have the thousands of images taken put together into a video montage. Of the 1125 photos I took this is a small selection of my favorites.

This was my first time shooting a person, not my usually subject matter and it was an interesting experience. I look forward to doing it again.

Dancer: Danielle Baskerville
Choreography: D.A.Hoskins 


Night at The Ex

Some random footage from the 2010 Canadian National Exhibition, a.k.a The Ex.

This is only the third or fourth time I've used the video recording function of the 7D, the second time using it at night. I must admit that it seems the 7D's video quality takes a hard hit at higher ISOs but this is still an area I need to play with and explore more.

In any case I hope to post another edit from a few months ago of footage I shot with my 7D, at night and of fast movement. Can't post yet as this footage was for a show open that has yet to air. I will say that footage was a lot more impressive then what I got from shooting at The Ex, so it more likely means that problems was with me and not the camera this time around!


A day at the museum...

Some photos from a visit to the ROM in Toronto, Canada.  7D + 10mm - 22mm = fun times.



Chrome Speed Test

Very creative use of high speed footage. Shot with a Phantom v640 High Speed Camera at 1920 x 1080 at 2700 fps.


Emmy Award winner, I didn't even know I was nominated...


This week the 31st Annual Sports Emmy Awards were held in New York. Big Studios, the shop I work at was nominated for three Emmys this year and walked away with one for work done for the MLB Network's MLB Tonight show package.

This was the first big job I helped with after my one year sabbatical in Australia - my first all-nighter in a while but it seems it was worth it.  This is Big Studios 4th Emmy win, so kudos to the team on a job well done.



The Gift, by Carl Erik Rinsch

An interesting mix of film making and advertising, reminds me a bit of the shorts put out by BMW a few years ago (in terms of quality/production value). This was interesting enough that I will forgive the Philips TV product placement (they did pay for this so it seems fair). This is now in the process of being turned into a feature film, shocking.

This is one of five shorts that are part of a campaign called Parallel Lines, you can view the other film over at


Life in an 8-bit world...


Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Handover Animation

Great animation for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Handover from the Vancouver closing ceremonies as well as the logo presentation.


Photos of an old bus...

What do you do when you come across and old dilapidated bus?  Why take photos of course.  Here's a small sample of photos taken with the Canon 7D, most with the Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM and a couple with the Canon 10-22.

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