2 weeks of work: Jan. 1 – Jan. 14

We’ll see how it goes, but in an effort to apply some personal reflection on photos that I’ve gathered, I’m going to start throwing some images up on the blog from the previous two weeks (or so).

I haven’t had much success in scheduled retrospectives in the past – I suffer from a severe case of PADD or Photographers’ Attention Deficit Disorder. But hopefully a 14-day time period will give me enough time to get my lazy-self in line and publish routinely.

Here are some images from first two weeks of January – with the occasional insight and accompanying pages worth showing.

TUESDAY, JAN. 3, 2012

Was sent out to a mobile home park to meet reporter Tony Seskus for a story he was working on about tax adjustments being made to mobile home properties. By the time I arrived Tony had found Ivan Clendenan, a mobile home resident.

Personally I liked the closer horizontal image compared to the farther vertical which ended up in the paper. But due to the preferred layout format used by the Herald, vertical, or square images, will always trump horizontal images when it comes to section fronts. (As you’ll see farther down the post)

Ivan Clendenan, 88, in Mountview Mobile Home Park in the community of Red Carpet in Calgary, Alberta Tuesday, January 3, 2012.

Calgary Herald City section front page – Wednesday, January 4, 2012.

THURSDAY, JAN. 5, 2012

Here’s another example of how publishing space dictates how photos are run. The published version of this photo of the executive director of the Independent Power Producers Society of Alberta, taken at the Calgary Energy Centre, was adjusted to fit the section front that it was printed on.

Even while shooting it I knew there was little chance of it running as is, but sometimes you gotta satisfy your artistic urge.

Evan Bahry, executive director of the Independent Power Producers Society of Alberta, at the Calgary Energy Centre north of Calgary, Alberta Thursday, January 5, 2012.

Calgary Herald Context section front page – Sunday, January 8, 2012.
Later in the day I covered the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship final between Sweden and Russia. The photo of the Swedish player celebrating his overtime winning goal is a personal favourite from the night.

Click Here to see earlier blog post on 2012 IIHF World Junior Final

Sweden’s Mika Zibanejad, right, celebrates scoring the overtime winner against Russia with Petter Granberg in sudden death overtime of the gold medal game of the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta Thursday January 5, 2012.

FRIDAY, JAN. 6, 2012

Friday was a somewhat slower day. In the end my images leaned towards the daily goings on of Calgary.

The Islamic Supreme Council of Canada offers Fateha, for the victims of Chinese aggression after Chinese police demolished a mosque in northern China, during Friday prayers at the Magnolia Banquette Hall in Calgary, Alberta Friday January 6, 2012.

Dog walkers walk along a ridge at a dog park east of Bridgeland in northeast Calgary, Alberta in the early evening Friday January 6, 2012.

MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2012

A simple portrait. This time the subject was allowed to carry on with the interview as snaps were taken and the hanging light gives something a little different to the resulting image.

Bob Dhillion, of Mainstreet Equities, in Calgary Monday, January 9, 2012.

TUESDAY, JAN. 10, 2012

On Tuesday I had a couple jobs, one for business and one for sports, squeezed into the schedule prior to getting to the Saddledome for that night’s Flames vs Devils NHL game.

Peter Flynn, Balancing Pool president, with analyst Jordan Persaud, right, at the Balancing Pool headquarters in Calgary Tuesday, January 10, 2012.

Megan Lang, of the University of Calgary women’s basketball team, in Calgary Tuesday, January 10, 2012.

This isn’t a great hockey fight photo – can’t really see their faces, don’t see any fist contact. But the body language and the fact that it’s Jarome Iginla, ‘Captain Calgary’, helped it on to Sports front page, I suspect.

The Calgary Flames’ Jarome Iginla drops the gloves with the New Jersey Devils’ Adam Henrique during the first period of their NHL game at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary Tuesday, January 10, 2012.

Calgary Herald Sports section front page – Wednesday, January 11. 2012

THURSDAY, JAN. 12, 2012

Needed some photos to accompany a story on a young girl who was adopted by a Calgary family after the Haiti earthquake of 2010. The young girl has adapted well and loves nothing more than to play with her big sister, whom she apparently idolizes.

At first the photos looked a little too formal family portrait like. So I took the girls aside and suggested, in a whisper, that,”when I say ‘Go’, spin around and jump on daddy’s back.” They seemed to take well to the idea.

The result was some genuine joy, if a little coerced.

Robin Bauer with his children Kaiya, 7, and Betchilove, 5, in Calgary Thursday, January 12, 2012. The Bauer’s adopted Betchilove from Haiti two years ago shortly after a 7.0 earthquake hit the country.

Calgary Herald A section front page – Friday, January 13, 2012
It was then off to the Dome for some more hockey. The game coverage had to take a quick backseat as Calgary forward Rene Bourque was traded to the Montreal Canadiens – the announcement coming in the first period.

This was the first time I’ve ever covered a media conference during a game.

The Calgary Flames’ Miikka Kiprusoff, left, has to deal with the Anaheim Ducks’ Corey Perry during the third period of their NHL game at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary Thursday, January 12, 2012.
Rene Bourque speaks to the media regarding his being traded from the Calgary Flames to the Montreal Canadiens during the Flames’ game against the Anaheim Ducks at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary Thursday, January 12, 2012.

FRIDAY, JAN. 13, 2012

Occasionally you don’t need to apply the precise timing needed for sports images or the creativity needed for well lit portraits to get an image that’s going to get good play.

Anyone can do it – put your flash on the camera, point your camera at your subject and press the button. Click, instant front page. As in the case of this photo of reacquired Flame Michael Cammalleri.

The Calgary Flames’ Michael Cammalleri, who was traded from the Montreal Canadiens, holds a jersey with his new number during a media availability at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary Friday, January 13, 2012.

Calgary Herald A section front page – Saturday, January 14, 2012.

And in a Media Moment: For the ten to fifteen minutes prior to Cammalleri’s arrival, the gathered media provided themselves with some chuckles while scrambling for positions and realizing that it appeared that we were there to interview an empty jersey.

Calgary Sun photographer/videographer Mike (The Dude) Drew, left, appears to direct traffic while media await the arrival of the Calgary Flames’ Michael Cammalleri for a media availability at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary Friday, January 13, 2012.

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