Sometimes, you just have to run wild at sunrise with a flash and your favorite lens. Good friend of mine, the photogenic Christian Hill, joined us on the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada for some early morning hero shots as we at Captivate get back into the swing of things for this summer!
Canada Day weekend brought with it a horrid heatwave by Canadian standards with it reaching as high as 35°C and 44°C with the humidity index. Now is as good a time as any to take advantage of cooler temperatures in the mornings to get your shoots done if you plan on doing location oriented work.
As photographers we cannot always control everything in our environment but we can sure as hell try. In this case, it meant getting out at around 5 a.m. with a single flash, a stand, and my camera. It may take some extra initiative for some (I am one of those people) but just know that you’re not the only one who hates early-mornings. Personally, I hate the heat way more than I do waking up early. It’s a no-brainer for me.
So get out there and enjoy the morning. Your results will be worth it. I shot these images on a Rebel T5i with a Canon 35mm EF lens. You can get away with using any type of flash you have on hand so long as it isn’t your built-in. Mount that baby above your subject, pointing down at them and you have a recipe for magic.
Happy shooting and be sure to keep up with the blog as we are going to be releasing a lot more content over this summer!
In January 2016, the all Canadian singer-songwriters series NAC Presents celebrated 5 years of loving Canadian music with a live show entitled #FOMO featuring A Tribe Called Red, U.S. Girls, Mehdi Cayenne and The Lionyls. Fantastic live art was provided by Ariane Beauchamp and Robbie of Ottawa’s Fall Down Gallery. Seeing a national institution continue to surprise, inspire and reinvent itself up close through excellent curation, programming and execution is both awesome and encouraging. It was a blast to be a part of the event and to try and distil the energy that was in the National Arts Centre that night into a brief film. There was so much fun footage to work with that it was difficult to encompass a wide ranging showcase into 1 minute and 20 seconds, but I’m delighted with the results, and hopefully it succeeds in it’s task of giving you a case of #FOMO. Filmed by Alexander Vlad and Alex Brazeau for the National Arts Centre. Music by A Tribe Called Red.
Follow indie rockers Lost To The River’s recording process at Gallery Studios in Ottawa, Canada through a three part mini documentary. Formerly known as Miss Polygamy, it has been an honour, and frankly a ton of fun to document the band over the years and to witness their evolution into a more mature, cohesive unit. Shot and edited by Alexander Vlad, with additional camera by Val Volfson, look out for the second episode in the coming days! Check out Lost To The River online at LTTRMusic.com and discover some incredible new music.
Over Halloween weekend, Alexander Vlad and Christopher Eades had the opportunity to be the official media lads for the 2015 edition of the Ottawa Wine & Food Festival. Over the last 30 years the event has transformed into an institution, and in addition to industry folks, it consistently draws a curiously well dressed cross section of the general public. The event video is in production now, but here are some of our favourite stills from the show.
It is that time of year once again, Movember. To launch the beginning of Movember, my friend Jeffrey Rafuse (House of Barons) was asked to come to the office of the mayor of Ottawa to give him a straight razor shave. Matt (GM of House of Barons) Jeff and I brought everything necessary for a proper shave including an over 100 year old barber chair to the brief case/shave kit. During the press conference held by mayor Jim Watson, he was sat down and shaved in the boardroom infront of the local press. Thanks for bringing me along.
The day after St-Patrick’s day is usually associated with calling in sick and stepping around puddles of green hurl, but this year (and please for every year after) it was all about rock & roll. Ottawa bad boys of rock and longtime collaborators, Iconoclast, teamed up with Kelowna-based The Wild to rile the crowd up for tour headliners One Bad Son, who in turn blew the roof off of Maverick’s and brought signs of life back to a deeply hungover Rideau Street.
On a blustery March night, Dear Blackwolf (Arturo Portocarrero and Joseph Perry) took to the stage at Irene’s in Ottawa to drive home the final leg of their tour with The Wicked Mercy and Brandon Allen. Described as a “high octane blues rock due” they blend roots and rock genres to create something guitarist Joseph calls rumble music. Photographed by Alexander Vlad.
Check em out online, they’re definitely worth a listen!
I’m a really big fan of aggressive, hard light, so when a brief came in to shoot some bold looking food images to promote an event series called The Supper Club, I decided to take a swing at making bare bulb work for food. Photographed by Alexander Vlad for Antidote Magazine.
This was one for the books. The Ottawa Craft Spirit Society threw a stellar tasting party at Maker Space North, featuring a tremendous amount of small batch liquor from all over the world, including several in our region. Music was provided by Ottawa’s finest, DJ Dusty. Photographed by Alexander Vlad.
Trying to continue this trend of photographs from warmer weather, here’s a strobist portrait of Ottawa DJ/producer Michael Wayne. Two speedlites bracketed together on Mike’s right, each on 1/2 power and another on his left also at 1/2, triggered with Pocket Wizards. Due to silly lack of an ND filter in the kit at the time, it was shot at f20, 1/160. Photographed by Alexander Vlad with assistance from Alex Brazeau.
Shooting Glowfair 2014 was such an awesome experience. In addition to working with some of my favourite production creatives, the event itself was a giant success and filled with vibrant performers. Here are some shots of some of the cyber-circus performers during Hex Hector’s Bank Street DJ Set, which later turned into a several thousand strong silent disco after free headphones were distributed for the entire audience. Mark Glowfair 2015 into your calenders if you are in the Ottawa region in July!