Cementerio de la Recoleta

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La Recoleta Cemetery – Buenos Aires, Argentina

In November 2016 we travelled to Buenos Aires, and our accommodation afforded a view of Recoleta Cemetery. It is set on 5.5 hectares and contains over 4000 vaults/crypts, all above ground. There are many mausoleums, elaborately designed in marble with statues and in a variety of architectural styles from Art Deco to Baroque to Neo-Gothic. Many Argentine presidents and statesmen/women were laid to rest here including Eva Perón, First Lady of Argentina.

I started by photographing the changing light of the cemetery from our balcony over several days, then moved inside the cemetery to discover some of the amazing vaults. As it was the beginning of the Argentine summer, the light was usually hard and direct. I had originally thought an overcast day would make the images more pleasing, more textured, but I was drawn to the bright highlights and deep, delineated shadows.

I began to see that most of the entrance doors to the vaults were secured in some way. Many had shiny locks, rusted locks or chains, and yet others were secured only with a wilted flower or a piece of wire, pushed through the clasp. Some doors were broken at the hinges, an act of vandals, but were still secured with a lock. These locks were there surely to prevent theft but I began to think that perhaps the locks were also used to keep the souls of loved ones inside…safe.

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All images were shot with a Fuji X100s. RAW files were converted in LR then exported to Silver Efex Pro2 (except colour images)  Slight adjustments were made back in LR including subtle split toning using a formula that Fuji X photographer, Kevin Mullins shared on his blog.

Buenos Aires

One year…and 4 minutes

Going through some of my files at the end of 2016, I noticed I went out on December 30th, 2015 and 2016 and shot these two images 4 minutes apart….and one year.

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December 30th, 2015 – 4:39:59 PM PST

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December 30th, 2016 – 4:35:57 PM PST

Both images were taken with a Fuji X-T1 and XF 10-24mm f4 R OIS lens

WTNC – JULY 26, 2016

DSCF3275xSprinting for the win in the Men’s 1/2 race (click on image for hi-res version)

This was the penultimate night for racing on the UBC course for 2016. Great evening light, warm temperatures and good racing!

As usual, all these images were shot with a Fuji X-T1, XF50-140 f2.8, XF10-24 f4 and XF55-200 f3.5-4.8 lenses. Fill flash provided by a Canon 580 EX2. (click on any image below to start slideshow)

WTNC – July 19, 2016

It was Tuesday night racing at the Glenlyon course in Burnaby this week. Great conditions for racing…or taking photographs. The images below were all shot with the Fuji X-T1 and the XF50-140 f2.8 or the XF10-24 f4 lens. Camera was set on jpeg using my new favourite film simulation, Classic Chrome.

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Gastown Grand Prix

I went to the 2016 edition of the Gastown race to watch and photograph the races purely for my own enjoyment. No media pass or requisite finish line photos for a magazine required. No pressure! I found a spot on Carroll at Cordova where I’ve never shot before and decided to make up for lost time…and never really left that corner.

Here is a selection of images I captured from that spot. I used a Fujifilm X-T1 paired with the XF50-140 f2.8 zoom, all shots are jpegs using the Classic Chrome film simulation. I made some very minor adjustments and cropping in Lightroom. That’s it!

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Elite Men

Elite Women

Youth

WTNC – July 5, 2016

FUJI X-T1 | XF50-140 f2.8

I usually shoot in the RAW format but decided to shoot jpegs with the Monochrome+Green filter simulation on the Fuji X-T1 for the races on Tuesday. The jpegs from the Fuji cameras are outstanding!  I did some minor adjustments and cropping in Lightroom and applied a very subtle split-toning to each image. The 50-140 zoom is a very versatile lens for photographing bike racing. Extremely fast and sharp and just the right focal lengths so that one can shoot everything with just one lens. (click on any image to begin slideshow)

False Creek

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Fuji X-T1 | XF10-24 F4 R OIS @ 10.5 mm | 1/25 sec. @ f4.5 | ISO 200

I hiked to mid-span of the Granville Bridge to get this shot of the imposing clouds over the West End and English Bay. Shot RAW and processed in Lightroom. (Click on image to view large)