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2017 January



On Assignment: First Ministers Meeting



Note: I’m behind in these posts and am still populating the website. Bear with me, today’s post is about an assignment that is 6 weeks old.

For a first week doing work for the National Observer as a freelancer, it was one hell of a week. This assignment was taking me to the First Ministers meeting, held in Ottawa at the Diefenbaker building, not to be confused with the bunker. There was an extra treat that day, coming along with extra security; for some reason, Joe Biden was to take part in the morning session.

While photojournalism is a recent thing for me, I couldn’t ask for better events to start with. I was going to shoot all the premiers, the prime minister AND Joe Biden.

The Vice President of the United States of America was obviously one of the main targets of the day. While I did capture a few shots of the man, I must admit that I failed to capture something I was satisfied with. The National Observer editors were happy with what I provided, but I wasn’t. I didn’t get that shot I’d be happy to toss in the portfolio.

It was an interesting experience as a whole, getting packed with the photographer pool, sharing small dedicated podiums with the TV cameramen, generally having to contend behind them.

Oddly enough, Brad Wall, the Saskatchewan premier, and Christy Clark, the BC one, were the two people I ended up getting the most satisfying pictures of. I got a handful of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as well, including a great profile shot that I’m rather happy with.

That week, I was trying out post-processing approaches, trying to crush some blacks with the tone curve and then pumping up the contrast, along with a healthy dose of clarity. It’s given me some interesting results, some better than other, but is probably more on the over-processed side of things. It’s part of my current learning curve.

In any case, here is a gallery some more of my favorite images from that day of nearly 3000 images taken, including a few not yet published by the National Observer.