Weekend Adventures

Weekend Adventures | Three Days Grace

Concert photography is something I have always had an interest in but never had much opportunity to try. Getting a media pass to a show can be tricky if you are not a member of a media outlet. So when a friend offered up the chance for me to photograph Three Days Grace the next time their tour came close by I was understandably thrilled.

My chance came when 3DG stopped in Toronto at the Budweiser stage for the labour day weekend.

For some, heading into the media pit might be an everyday thing. But for me it was a new and exciting experience. The media pit is the space that resides between the stage and the gate that the audience stands behind. The pit is filled with security, concert staff and of course eager photographers like myself. The minute the band walks out onto the stage a picture taking frenzy begins with photographers pushing pass and crawling over each other to get the best angle. I discovered I needed to be a contortionist with cat-like reflexes to get my desired shots of the band. Was it fun? You betcha.

My goal was to get at least one shot of each band member, which proved tricky when it came to the drummer. The stage was pretty high to begin with and the drummer sits behind an elevated drum kit. Overall, I was fairly happy with the photos I got. Lucky enough to get a ticket for the concert, I sat with friends for the remainder of the show, which I throughly enjoyed. Three Days Grace knows how to rock.

Weekend Adventures | IceStorm Photos

On our way to the Dublin airport last spring we got talking to our cab driver about the weather. Ireland had a decent snow fall some weeks before, enough that in made a considerable impact on the transportation in the country. It wasn’t long before the topic of Canadian weather came up and the infamous ice storm, something our cab had never heard of, most notably, the Icestorm of 1998. The effects of its destruction could be seen for years in the trees that bared the scars of torn and broken branches that dragged down power lines and crippled the power grid in four providences for months. However, out of that damage came photos that told an incredible story of what was considered the storm of century.

While most don’t care for Icestorms, I on the other hand enjoy them for their photographic possibilities. With a little creative lighting the possibles are endless.

Weekend Adventures | Amherst Island

It can be a challenge to get out your camera in the winter. The landscape can feel drab at times and the blowing snow, icy winds and falling temperatures can test even the toughest of Canadians, however wild weather can often lead some of the best pictures.

Sunday’s weather did not disappoint when it came to dramatics and despite a rough wind the thermometer hung around a not so bitter -3. With a little bit of convincing, my mother joined me for a small adventure. Hot travel mugs and cameras in hand we made our way to Amherst Island with the hopes of finding Snowy Owls. These feathered beauties are one of the main reasons photographers bundle up and take the chilly ferry ride to the Island. Riding the ferry in the winter feels a bit like an arctic expedition getting under way. The ice smashes against the front of the ferry the whole way there and the deck is usually full of onlookers with cameras and binoculars despite the bitter wind.

Several people on the ferry, some first timers like ourselves and others more seasoned, where hopeful of spotting a Snowy Owl, in particular those of the short-eared variety. While we didn’t find any of the feather friends we hoped for, we did find some fantastic sites worth photographing and made some great acquaintances along the way. A couple that were visiting from out of town became our companions in a way, traveling along behind us taking photos with us through out our journey. One of the great things about taking photos on the island is that you can stay warm and just shoot from your car making winter shooting a very comfortable trip out.