Sep 26, 2013

Community Futures' Portraits and Advice on Social Media Profile Photos

I had a great time this past summer updating the profile photos of our local Community Futures Group. 14 staff portraits completed at the site of Grand Forks' new Boundary Museum. They are a vibrant and fun group of people which made me sigh a little as sometimes working as an entrepreneur is a little lonely.

The headshots will be used on their website, community Linkedin page, and Facebook.

Screen Capture from Community Futures website - see above for link
Susan Green was one of the staff that was very pleased with the outcome and decided to buy a license to use her portrait on her linkedin page and facebook profile. Very nice of her to give a recommendation. Thanks Susan!

Two other staff, James and Andrea have used their portraits for Community Futures' page on Facebook.

A professional headshot is a good way to get noticed on social media. Clean background with a focus on the eyes. The goal for social media is to put a face to the name and the presence you give online. A side idea is to include a prop of what it is you do. For instance my current linkedin headshot is my camera and I. Although, I think my shot tells you what I do it won't help you recognize me around town! I'll have to redo my profile with perhaps my camera off to the side so the viewer can see my eyes! Add that to my to do list ;) Please contact me or call (250) 442-4285 to book a new social media headshot!

Aug 29, 2013

Into the Pacific for some wave shots

If I had any sense for my gear this shot wouldn't exist. Salt water isn't ideal for electronics. My passion for waves, surf, and the westcoast scenery took hold of me and I couldn't resist the temptations to capture the view. You see, I don't live on the coast anymore and although I savor every moment I am within reaches of the Pacific's watery grip I needed something to sustain me until the next time...

This evening shot is of Frank Island from South Chesterman. August's, relatively, warm temperatures, make hanging out in the Pacific surf tolerable. My wetsuit helped as well. I do have water resist armor on my gear but even then the unpredictability of waves keeps you on your toes. The camera was about 6 inches off the surface of the water to give a ocean's perspective.

Aug 2, 2013

shíshálh Nation Photo Walk

I drove from the Interior of BC to the coast and caught a ferry from West Vancouver to the Sunshine Coast. I didn't grow up here but it is like a home as my parents moved here after I, the youngest in the family, graduated. So I've been visiting for almost 18 years. There is a strong maritime and First Nations presence on the coast. The shíshálh Nation. My son and I started our walk on the beach where the vast Georgia Strait laps up over the tiny pebbles. 5 totems face the shore erected at various times over the past 30 years. They are very weather beaten and I admire the way the way they are aging. Moss, cracks, grit... Not sure whether the shíshálh Nation mean to or not but they are just letting the totems be. Not attempting to preserve them as far as I can tell. On one hand I am glad that BC has examples of beautifully crafted totems in the museum of anthropology at UBC. Seems a shame to let these works of art disintegrate. On the other hand, my intuition tells me that the totems were meant to fade in time just like the hands who sculpted them. Trying to hold on to something beyond its natural life could be a denial  of its meaning and purpose. Not allowing it to move on ... in this case to disintegrate and return to the earth.

Totem facing pebble beach on shíshálh Beach

Raven ground art by Marnie Maxwell. A non native local artist in Sechelt

shíshálh Nation boat by Gibert Joe mounted  undercover near the Raven's Cry Theatre

Jan 21, 2013

Ice Crystal Shot on CBC Online

Last weekend, during a snowshoe adventure down to our river I came across something I'd never seen before. Puzzled, I emailed Mark Forsthye from CBC's BC Almanac. He and I exchanged few emails and after a some research I discovered a plausible answer to my mysterious crystals.
Thanks to Kenneth G. Libbrecht, Caltech webpage I learned that these ice dendrite stacks grew complex branches because of a high pressure system that day and rapid changes in the temperature (cold cold night and direct sun on the surface of the river). Possibly fog along the river's surface, sun melt on the surface layer of the river all contributed to this bizarre natural phenomenon. From Kenneth's website:

"When the branching instability applies itself over and over again to a growing snow crystal, the result is called an ice dendrite.   The word dendrite means "tree-like," and stellar dendrite snow crystals are common.  So consider a flat ice surface that is growing in the air.  If a small bump happens to appear on the surface, then the bump sticks out a bit farther than the rest of the crystal.  This means water molecules from afar can reach the bump a bit quicker than they can reach the rest of the crystal, because they don't have to diffuse quite as far. 
With more water molecules reaching the bump, the bump grows faster.  In a short time, the bump sticks out even farther than it did before, and so it grows even faster.  We call this a branching instability -- small bumps develop into large branches, and bumps on the branches become sidebranches.  Complexity is born.   This instability is a major player in producing the complex shapes of snow crystals."

The original shot