Flash Photography

December 30, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

I have been thinking back on some of my favourite images I have made this year, and I noticed a startling, though not overly surprising pattern. 

Life & Death on the PrairieLife & Death on the Prairie

I always thought that the phrase "Caught with your pants down" meant to be caught doing something wrong, but in my case, the more literal interpretation applies a little too often.  Quite a few of my favourite images were made on days I accidentally mooned people.   

Life & Death on the PrairieYep, mooned some people this day too.....

Now I don't know who Murphy is, but I can say with absolute certainty that I'm not a fan of his law.  
After driving for an hour without seeing a single soul last winter, the second I stopped for a bathroom break on the prairies....you probably already know how this ends.....  A  lone farmer drove by and witnessed me scrambling to pull up the half dozen pairs of pants I chose to wear that frosty morning.  Not an easy task at the best of times, but almost impossible to do while rushing and trying not to fall down a ditch at the same time.   Subtlety was never one of my strong points, my only regret is that I wasn't able to charge admission to the show.

Morning LightMorning Light

Speaking of Murphy's Law, Canada Day at Moraine Lake began the same as any other day I head out to photograph a sunrise - with a nice shower, so a few graceful and well placed steps deep into the creek later that morning barely saved me from taking an unnecessary bath. The road into the lake had been eerily quiet all morning, and I thought nothing of changing out of my wet pants beside my truck.  My bare spindly legs stuck into comically oversized hiking boots were poking out of the bottom of my jacket when the first tour bus of the day rounded the corner and drove past me giving the passengers a good look at the local wildlife...

Moraine out of the MistMoraine out of the Mist


 2015 was a classy year.....and a bit drafty.   In photography, timing is essential and I guess the same can be said of changing out of wet clothes or trying to sneak a roadside bathroom break. I like to think that I traded in my daily allotment of good timing in exchange for a shot at a decent photographic opportunity.  



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