Shooting with a Leica III and black and white film

I recently put a roll of 400 T-Max Kodak black and white negative film through a 1934 Leica III and developed the film personally. It’s the first roll of film I’ve developed myself in around 15 years. The resulting images aren’t bad for an 83-year-old camera, wielded by a photog who hasn’t shot or developed […]

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iPhone photos thanks to a new bicycle

I’ve started exploring Calgary’s pathways this summer, thanks to recently purchasing a new bicycle – my first in more than 20 years. Here are some photos taken and edited with my iPhone. Feels good to be back on a bike – it’s been too long.

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Calgary Foothills FC – First Season Photos

Calgary Foothills FC recently completed their inaugural season in the Premier Development League – the third-tier of North American soccer. They finished mid-table in their division. The club is the latest attempt in Calgary to build and maintain a high-level footballing presence in the city – all past attempts have eventually puttered out and failed. But those involved at […]

Farewell to the Herald

Farewell to the Herald from Stuart Gradon on Vimeo. After 10 years, today is my final shift at the Calgary Herald. I’m leaving to take a full-time web design course. Not an easy decision, but the right one – with the future in mind. Working for the Herald has afforded me a front row seat […]

Horsies – Two days at Spruce Meadows covering the ‘National’

Mexico’s Nicolas Pizarro Suarez, atop Crossing Jordan, competes in the CN Reliability Grand Prix World Cup Qualifier during the ‘National’ in the International Ring at Spruce Meadows in Calgary, Alberta Saturday, June 8, 2013. The ‘National’ show jumping tournament took place at Spruce Meadows this past weekend. The annual competition opens the Spruce Meadows Summer […]

Recent work – mostly work photos

A stargazing self-portrait at Lake Okanagan in British Columbia Sunday, June 2, 2013. Here are a few single images from the last few weeks. All are for work – except one. The stargazing, with hands-on-hips, self-portrait (above) was taken during a recent four day getaway and was my first ever attempt at capturing the night’s […]

Wrestling is Shakespeare – WWE in Calgary

Randy Orton plays to the crowd during the WWE Raw live event at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta Monday, May 27, 2013.  Wrestling is Shakespeare. (I know I know, but please bear with me) It’s often forgotten that Shakespeare wrote his plays to be performed for the masses. At the time they weren’t necessarily […]

On sacred ground – students honouring students

Cole Shaigec, grade 6 student at Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School, releases a butterfly in tribute to residential school students on the memorial grounds of St Joseph Industrial School, a Catholic residential school, south of Calgary, Alberta Wednesday, May 22, 2013.    As part of their Aboriginal Awareness Week studies, students from Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School, visited the former site […]