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See how each book is made & shipped: http://www.blurb.ca/video_stories/behind_the_scenes.

NUNAVUT | From Summer to Winter |

This barren and beautiful place called Kiyuk Lake is just one of many bodies of water that dot the stark Nunavut landscape. It's a thousand miles from nowhere and I'm happy to have visited it twice this year during two very opposing seasons. At Kiyuk Lake, Prosperity Goldfields operates a fully stocked and functional camp with all the comforts of modern life in the hunt for northern gold. The camp is supported by many supply runs from planes of all sizes with an ice runway handling large aircraft in the winter, and the thawed lake requiring smaller float plane assisted deliveries in the summer. However, with supplies leaner in the summer time, the hungry angler need not worry, as most of these lakes (Kiyuk include) have never seen a fishmerman's hook. As I witnessed, there are plenty of fish to be caught, and I'm sure that a cigarette butt would be sufficient for bait.

Here's hoping to a few more trips in 2013. Maybe I'll bring some cigarettes.

A Great Victory For Canadian Photographers

Via CAPIC:

November 7, 2012

At last, Canadian photographers own their copyright.

The Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators (CAPIC) would like to congratulate all Canadian photographers in Canada on this important date and pivotal achievement in the photographic industry. As of today, Canadian photographers now officially own the copyright to all of their work whether the photograph is commissioned or not, thanks to the new Copyright law.

The principle of protecting photographers' ownership rights started 65 years ago by Henri Cartier-Bresson, who founded Magnum with Robert Capa and David Seymour. Magnum assured that a photographer's image belonged to the photographer and not to the commissioner of the work.

In Canada, all other artists have already owned the copyrights to their work and thanks to this new law, Canadian photographers, albeit the last in the industrialized world, now have all legal rights to their images.

CAPIC has been working towards this monumental achievement in Canada for more than 20 years through lobbying efforts and could not have achieved this truly important mission without the support of its members, who have contributed financially, morally and offered countless volunteer hours towards this major effort led by CAPIC National Copyright Chair, Andre Cornellier.

The Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) were a valuable partner in this achievement as well as the lobbying firm Temple Scott Associates for their work in Ottawa.

''I would like to thank the team that worked so patiently and for so long,'' commented Cornellier. ''Finally we have won a right due to us as artists. Thank you to Canadian photographers across the country for your support and patience and to André Amyot and Brian Boyle of PPOC for your work. It has been worth it.''

CAPIC will be providing more information on the direct effects of the law for Canadian photographers in the week to come as we celebrate this important Canadian achievement.

For more information: André Cornellier Copyright Chair CAPIC, The Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators andre@cornellierphoto.com tel.: 514.933.4000

Last Ride of The Year

The white stuff is adding up fast and I think it's time to hang up the bike for the year. This was the third "last bike of the season" that I've done lately and I have the feeling that it's going to be the one that sticks. Bike, you've been awesome and carried my ass down some great trails this year. Enjoy your hibernation. I'll miss you, but it looks like snowboard and I have a little love affair brewing for the next five months or so. No hard feelings.

Nelson, B.C. |  Rider: Viktor Olynyk

11/11 - Honouring Those Who Have Given Their Lives

One year ago today I covered our National Remembrance Day Ceremonies in Ottawa for Canadian Geographic magazine. This was my first opportunity during my photography internship to show the editors what I could bring home from an assignment. I had never attended an 11/11 ceremony previously with more than a few hundred people and here there were thousands willing to freeze their bodies to honour Canada's fallen. I was both intrigued and awed by the many faces I met. Below are some of my favourite images from the day.

Full audio/visual experience of the ceremonies click here.

NASA Photographer & Astronaut Donald Pettit Shoots In Space

I've always been intrigued by anything space and here's the closest example of something I could seemingly contribute to future NASA missions (minus of course the qualifications necessary to be an astronaut). In any case, I'll keep dreaming and you can watch the vid to learn about Donald Pettit's work, equipment, and what it takes to spend 370 days aboard the world's most expensive, orbiting, mobile home. This one is seriously upscale.

[Found this via blog.chasejarvis.com. Chase is one of my favourite photographer's on everything from the business end to the creative end of the industry. He is the strongest advocate I know of sharing knowledge and getting out of the protectionist bubble that many artists are stuck in. More than several times have I read something on his blog that's kept me going in this uncertain business. Check him out.]

POW! Get out and vote!

The Presidential election is tomorrow so if you can vote do it! (nudge-nudge Olynyk sisters) There are some large issues at stake including climate change. Who are you voting for tomorrow and what are some issues that are important to you? Get involved at www.protectourwinters.org/

Photo of The Every Other Day 10.15.12

South Columbia Search & Rescue(rs) Allan Moreau & Shilo the dog are training for the upcoming winter season. Shilo needs to be in great shape to get to people in distress quickly and efficiently, insuring the best chance possible to save their lives. Allan ran her ass off when I met them this morning. Shilo gets an A++ for cardio.

Photo of The Every Other Day 10.12.12

I'm going through many tree planting images right now in preparation for a presentation with Charlotte Gill on her award-winning book Eating Dirt: Deep Forest, Big Timber and Life with the Tree-planting Tribe at the upcoming Banff Film & Book Festival. My images will be accompanying her forty minute presentation where she will be talking about her book and tree planting as a whole. If you're in Banff to check out the festival you can catch Charlotte Gill and my photos on November 1st at 10am in the Max Bell Auditorium. I'll also be volunteering at the festival for the week so I may just usher you in to the show.

Canadian Geographic magazine, October 2012

I'm proud to announce my first Canadian Geographic magazine feature in this month's issue. The story covers the Yukon's second gold rush that is currently going on. I was really lucky to work with some of the key players around the gold rush including: Shawn Ryan who's methods have revolutionized contemporary gold exploration, and Adrian Fleming who's company Underworld Resources was responsible for finding the gold deposit that set the whole thing off.

A big thanks to the now retired CG Photo Editor Kathy Frankiewicz (who guided me through the whole process from pitch to payment), and my fellow CG intern Nick Walker for editing and re-editing my proposal. Also thanks to fellow ex-intern Scott Berdahl for some great writing to bring the whole thing together.

Canadian Geographic magazine, October 2012 issue.

Noorduyn Norseman, Nunavut

After shooting some very buggy photos up in Nunavut this past july, I had a great flight out from a remote camp on an awesome Norrduyn Norseman airplane. It was a 6 am departure with fantastic light over the beautiful Nunavut landscape. Flying over you realize that everything looks quite peaceful until you have your feet on the ground and the black flies close in on you. The Norseman ceased production in the late 50's and my pilot told me that there are only a handful still in operation in the world. Apparently it's kind of an art to keep these planes going so I count myself as lucky to have flown in one. This particular one has been "metalfied", which means its original fabric (yes fabric!) exterior has been retrofitted with metal. I would've loved to experience what flying in a fabric covered airplane would be like, but I'll take this in the meantime.

Photo of the Every Other Day 09.24.12

O Gretzky, where art thou? I can't say that I'm much of a hockey fan, but as a fan of sport I want to pay tribute to the folks who are definitely missing their ice time right now with the NHL lockout. This photo is from one of my first assignments for Canadian Geographic magazine, where I covered the 2012 NHL All Star Fan Fair at the Ottawa Convention centre.

For the full gallery click here.

Reader's Digest, June 2012

Great Canadian Burgers! I had the pleasure to be published in the June edition of Reader's Digest Canada in conjunction with an excerpt from Charlotte Gill's tree planting memoir Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe.  Winner of the B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, Gill writes beautifully about a life in the clearcut. I began my tree planting career with her in the interior of B.C. when she was already a wily veteran;  it's nice to come full circle and work together again.

You can catch Charlotte Gill presenting her book at the Banff Film & Book Festival on November 1st.

Polaroid SX-70

Recently I went through some old film and photos and found these Polaroid SX-70 prints. I hardly use this camera anymore since Polaroid phased out it's SX-70 "Time Zer0" film in 2006, but finding these photos made me remember how fun it was to use. Simplicity at it's best! Compose, click, and wait for the image to pop up instantly. Picking up the reins in 2010, a group called The Impossible Project purchased the production machinery from Polaroid and opened up shop in the Netherlands to produce their own versions of compatible instant film. So with the emergence of TIP I think I'll be trying it out again.

The Polaroid SX-70 camera dates from the late 70's to early 80's and has became a cult classic with photographers ever since.

Lea Needles Ferry sx70
Lea Needles Ferry sx70
viktor-Planting sx70 01
viktor-Planting sx70 01
Viktor Wasteland SX70
Viktor Wasteland SX70