I label myself as a nature photographer. It’s what I love and where I focus my efforts but at the same time, I’m also first in line and eager to try something different. Covering a quickly progressing live event can be much more challenging when accustomed to carefully setting up a single landscape image on a tripod. The following was one of those times. Happy Halloween.
A couple weeks ago, the Atlantic Canada International Air Show returned to Prince Edward Island for a two day display of ground and air performances headlined by the US Navy Blue Angels and the RCAF Snowbirds — one of only two shows to feature both in 2012. My small obsession for flying had me camped out at the Slemon Park Airfield for the full weekend. Maybe my love for flying, aerials and mapping software accounts for why I approach my landscape photographs often with a very wide angle looking for the big picture scene.
Today’s Image – True North Strong & Free
The 2012 CF-18 National Demonstration Team painted in this years “True North Strong & Free” theme.
“This year’s Demo Hornet will display tail and dorsal art featuring 13 distinctive snowflakes representing Canada’s provinces and territories, as well as the 13 Wings across the country. Created by veteran graphic design director Jim Belliveau of 410 Squadron at Cold Lake, Alberta, each snowflake also represents a unique northern theme. “
The sounds of snapping whips and loud cheering crowds filled the air to a full house at the Red Shores Racetrack and Casino Saturday night to end a full week of harness racing.
Today’s Image – Old Home Week Harness Racing
Crowds gather at the Charlottetown Driving Park for the 53rd edition of the Gold Cup and Saucer Race. Regardless of what you think of the sport, it continues to hold it’s popularity. At least for me, I brace myself for each and every lap praying not to witness a deadly accident.
The following are some more images from the past few years.
Last year, PEI enjoyed the return of an Air Show to Slemon Park, Summerside and although mother nature forced a cancellation on Sundays activities, Saturday surely did not disappoint with several high adrenaline performances of death defying stunts. With the United States Navy Blue Angels headlining the show this year, every aviation fan will want to be in Summerside August 26th. The Air Show Atlantic Insider members already have their tickets and general tickets go on sale this Monday, July 9th at airshowatlantic.ca.
Today’s Image – Atlantic Canada International Air Show 2011
The duo of Gary Ward Airshows and Bearfeat Aerobatics. The green MX2 puts on a show jam packed with gyrations that range from zero speed hovers to dives in excess of 250 mph. The red, white and blue Skybot 300 is the only air show airplane flying that was built in the living room of a condominium.
Here are a few more images from last years show previously shared on Facebook.
This past weekend, wrestlers from as far away as Ontario gathered in Charlottetown for the 2012 Canada East Wrestling Festival. Over the course of two days, several hundred matches took place and I joined Spin Photo Sports Photography and The Picture Guy as an additional shooter on the mat.
Today’s Image – Wrestling at Cody Banks Arena, Charlottetown, PEI
After 8 hours of not stop coverage shooting from mat level, I feel like I might have been in a match myself. This and the next 25 images are some of my favourites from what I shot on Saturday.
The color files and prints are available from the Spin Photo website.
This is primarily a nature and landscape blog and will remain my subject of choice because it is what I enjoy photographing the most. But that doesn’t mean I need to be exclusive and very much enjoy event photography in the form of concerts and sports. Similar to a great sunset or a perfect storm, there is no second chance.
Today’s Image – Al Stewart Protecting The Ball
The National Basketball League of Canada was new for 2011 and made up of 7 teams from the eastern provinces. One of those teams ended up in my hometown of Summerside. For a very small city, the support was surprisingly good with several games selling out at 4000 plus and an average attendance of 2000. It’s hard to believe that hockey was bumped to #2 in a hockey focused province.
This Friday March 2nd will be the last home game of the season.
Here are 18 more photos from the season.