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 Grande Prairie Alberta photographer Randy Vanderveen is an award-winning photographer with two decades of experience. Editorial photography, commercial photography, institutional photography, aerial photography, documentary and humanitarian photography — whatever your photographic needs are in the Peace River Country of northwestern Alberta and northeastern British Columbia or beyond I can help. The right licensing package can make custom photography affordable and extremely effective whether you are a national corporation, a local business or a non-profit or NGO. I would like to sit down and talk with you about how I can meet your photographic needs. Call (780) 897- 6478 or email me for a quote on a job or licensing fees for photos. Feel free to check out the weekly Viewfinder blog.

 

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Tuesday
Jan242017

Dancing in the Dark

Photo Randy Vanderveen A Citie Ballet dancer performing in Jacinto and Love Articulated at the Douglas J Cardinal Performing Arts Centre at Grande Prairie Regional College Saturday Jan. 21/17.

I had the opportunity to photograph Citie Ballet performing at the Douglas J. Cardinal Performing Arts Centre Saturday evening.

It was a fantastic performance which also had dancers from The Academy performing two sessions early in the show.

I was also amazed with how rapidly camera manufacturers have improved the quality of high iso photos taken by available light.

To stop dancers you have to have a fast shutter speed and with the limited light during the performance I was forced to shoot photos at ISO 10,000 f 1.8 at a shutter speed between 1/250 and 1/640 of a second.
I am showing my age when I say I remember when ISO 400 speed film didn't even come close to the quality of these images.

While the tool doesn't make the carpenter and the camera doesn't make the photographer it can sure be a big help to have the right tool for the job and in this case that means a newer model digital camera.

I hope you enjoy the black and white conversions.

 Photo Randy Vanderveen Citie Ballet dancers performing in Jacinto and Love Articulated at the Douglas J Cardinal Performing Arts Centre at Grande Prairie Regional College Saturday Jan. 21/17.Photo Randy Vanderveen A Citie Ballet dancer performing in Jacinto and Love Articulated at the Douglas J Cardinal Performing Arts Centre at Grande Prairie Regional College Saturday Jan. 21/17.

Photo Randy Vanderveen A Citie Ballet dancer performing in Jacinto and Love Articulated at the Douglas J Cardinal Performing Arts Centre at Grande Prairie Regional College Saturday Jan. 21/17.

Photo Randy Vanderveen Citie Ballet dancers performing in Jacinto and Love Articulated at the Douglas J Cardinal Performing Arts Centre at Grande Prairie Regional College Saturday Jan. 21/17.Photo Randy Vanderveen A Citie Ballet dancer performing in Jacinto and Love Articulated at the Douglas J Cardinal Performing Arts Centre at Grande Prairie Regional College Saturday Jan. 21/17.Photo Randy Vanderveen A Citie Ballet dancer performing in Jacinto and Love Articulated at the Douglas J Cardinal Performing Arts Centre at Grande Prairie Regional College Saturday Jan. 21/17.Photo Randy Vanderveen Citie Ballet dancers performing in Jacinto and Love Articulated at the Douglas J Cardinal Performing Arts Centre at Grande Prairie Regional College Saturday Jan. 21/17.

Photo Randy Vanderveen Citie Ballet dancers performing in Jacinto and Love Articulated at the Douglas J Cardinal Performing Arts Centre at Grande Prairie Regional College Saturday Jan. 21/17.

Photo Randy Vanderveen A Citie Ballet dancer performing in Jacinto and Love Articulated at the Douglas J Cardinal Performing Arts Centre at Grande Prairie Regional College Saturday Jan. 21/17.

Wednesday
Oct142009

Watching the world die

Photo Randy Vanderveen, Graffiti on a bridge in Yuma, Arizona.

Several years ago when my wife and I were in Arizona visiting her folks, we came across this artistic creation painted under one of the bridges in Yuma.

The artist is very talented and is wasting his or her time doing graffiti, however that is not what I am going to write about.

It is the saying beside the eye. Watching the World Die. Are we sometimes guilty of that?

When we hear of needs here in our  home town, in Canada, in North America, and around the world do we just sit on our hands and watch the news stories or do we take action and try to do something.

Often it is easy to just sit back and think," The government should do something" "It would be good if (fill in the blank) would work at getting food to those people". We have an obligation too.

The past few weeks the news has been filled with plenty of stories about people around the world who need our help both financial and prayer. Indonesia, the Philippines, and Japan all were hit by tropical storms, Samoa and American Samoa by a tsunami and east Africa by a famine that continues to grow daily.

We just finished Thanksgiving in Canada and our American neighbours will be celebrating their version in November. Christmas falls close behind. During a time of thanksgiving and giving now is the perfect time to stop watching and start doing. The only thing worse than the watching is to close our eyes and try to ignore the work that needs to be done.