About Randy Vanderveen

 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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Entries in Randy Vanderveen photography (8)

Wednesday
Jun202018

World Refugee Day

Today, June 20 is World Refugee Day. Remember those who are forced from their homes by war, persecution and famine. Why not send a donation today to one of the many organizations big and small that are working with refugees around the world.

If there is someone you know in your community who is a refugee, try and get to know them — being ripped away from friends and family is one of the many impacts for refugees.

Photo Randy Vanderveen Lebanon A Syian refugee hugs her daughter in one of the many settlements in Lebanon. One of every three people in Lebanon is a refugee. Photo Randy Vanderveen 2015-11-30 Lebanon Beqaa Valley Zacharia is just one of the millions of children around the world who are refugees. The unknown forces them to deal with worries that most adults would find difficult to bear. Photo Randy Vanderveen 2015-11-30 Lebanon Beqaa Valley Photo of a refugee settlement in Lebanon.

Monday
Jun182018

World Cup

It is no wonder the quest for football's (soccer's) World Cup has the name it does. It seems no matter where on the globe you go soccer is played, while other sports have just geographic areas that they are popular in.

In recognition of the battle for glory in Russia among football teams from all over the world, here are a couple of photographs from Rwanda which demonstrates how it reaches all classes of people — from the footballers with huge financial contracts in Europe to these players who live in poverty.

Kigali, Rwanda 2015-11-22 Photo Randy Vanderveen Boys play soccer in a Rwanda neighbourhood in the shadow of Stade Amahoro Stadium, the national stadium located in Kigali.Rwanda, May 2015 A young man in the Musanze District of Rwanda holds up his football made of twine and whateever he could salvage to make the piece of equipment. Other youngsters will play football with a ball made of banana leaves demonstrating a creative ways to make it possible to play "the Beautiful Game".

Wednesday
Feb282018

The Outsiders

Photo Randy Vanderveen Rwanda A young boy peers through the window of a church to catch a glimpse of what is taking place inside the walls of the sanctuary.

There are so many in the world who are on the outside looking in — as individuals in society to entire areas of the globe (the developing world, especially in sub-Saharan Africa) – who are often forgotten as we go about our daily busyness of life.

We rush along swept up in what singer Wayne Watson calls: The Urgency (of the Generally Insignificant) forgetting about what really matters.

We need to take the time to see those around us who are on the outside looking in because of loneliness, depression, finances,  substance abuse, race, gender and age. We need to reach out and welcome them in because it is not only those on the outside who are poorer because of it — we are all a little poorer when we keep people out.

 

 

Monday
Feb202017

White background

A few photos from the past month with a common white background.

Photo Randy Vanderveen
Lake Saskatoon, Alberta, Canada
Heavy hoarfrost forms a delicate backdrop as a curious horse checks out the photographer near Saskatoon Island Provincial Park Monday morning. The frost will last either as long as the temperatures remain cold or until the first brisk wind.

Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada A small Canada flag and the red mailbox flag provide a splash of colour to anotherwise monochromatic landscape in the Lake Saskatoon area Monday morning.Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada A ruffed grouse hen watches the photographer carefully before taking wing and flying off to safety.Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada A raven appears to be enjoying a morning of teasing, tormenting and harassing a coyote west of Whispering Ridge Monday. Every time the coyote would move the large black bird would chase it from the air and then land when the coyote stopped. The bird was smart enough to keep its distance.

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.