Jan 192014
 
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Kaska, one of the female polar bear cubs rescued from the wild, munches on a treat.

One New Year’s Resolution was to post on this blog consistently, so here we go!
Some favourite images and videos from the couple weeks I’ve been back at work after the holidays. Polar bears always win! An update on how new polar bears were faring at the zoo. Two orphan female cubs arrived last year from Churchill, and one male who had been involved in an attack in Churchill. The three new bears joined Hudson, the polar bear raised in captivity in Toronto who arrived in 2012.

Hudson, a two-year-old male, looks menacing when he squishes his snout against the fence of his enclosure.

Hudson, a two-year-old male, looks menacing when he squishes his snout against the fence of his enclosure.

 

The video was a quick edit,  general update from a curator at the zoo. Unfortunately it’s just the cubs who are housed together, and neither of them were in a very playful mood while I was shooting. Still, they were adorable. Hudson towered over us when he stood on his hind legs at the fence. I had to cut out my “Oh my goooossh!” behind the camera. The story is here.

 

Aurora, a female one-year-old cub, snuggles into the snow.

Aurora, a female one-year-old cub, snuggles into the snow.

 

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Kaska stares from inside her enclosure.

Aurora the cub toboggans down a slope.

Aurora the cub toboggans down a slope.

 

 

The week before I was on another tour of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. I think this is the fourth time I’ve toured the museum, which recently completed the construction phase and is moving on to building galleries and attractions. The design and engineering that went into this building is supremely impressive. It’s hard to capture and explain in a quick turn-around video, but we try. And even my 16mm wide lens wasn’t enough to capture the huge open spaces and mix of concrete, steel, basalt and tyndall stone that makes up the building. Here is the story.

Jan 152014
 

 

Waiting for the bus on Main Street. Nov 20

Waiting for the bus on Main Street.
Nov 20

Between Oct. 19th and Dec. 7th I posted a photo a day over at 50witha50.tumblr.com. It was a chance for me to have some fun making photographs every day, with a limitation on the choice of lens. 50 photos with a 50mm lens for those 50 days.

Shooting with no cropping, I realized just how much I relied on it! Cropping is a function of storytelling  (especially when things are moving quickly) and it’s the norm for news photography. When I started my brain was locked into the idea that I’d be able to crop the sign in the corner out, when I couldn’t. But once I paid attention to that, it became second nature to be more careful – mostly. I hope that heightened awareness sticks around.

Brandon, Manitoba.  Nov 26

Brandon, Manitoba.
Nov 26

I did come to hate the 50mm a little by the end of the 50 days. The focal length is close to what the human eye sees, which meant I couldn’t take advantage of the compression of a long lens or slightly kooky space of a wide angle lens. Also there were a few times I just couldn’t get a frame to work because of that damn frame.

Beginning in the fall was meant to keep my creative brain going when everything was a muddle of grey, brown, orange and dark and cold. A lot of my photos ended up being taken at night. In November it was getting dark by 4:30! I made a whole bunch of long exposures, which I don’t normally do, so that was fun!

The Osborne Bridge and Legislature. Nov 4

The Osborne Bridge and Legislature.
Nov 4

At the end of my first post (as a joke) I wrote “If you are from Winnipeg, well you might end up in a photo, because it’s a Winnipeg thing.” I was 5/17 correct. Ok, I suck at math. Anyway, out of about 17 pictures of strangers, four of them ended up being someone who knew someone I knew, and one was someone’s sister’s dog. A city of about 700,000 people, where practically everyone knows each other. Proven. And that’s science. See three of the strangers who know people outtakes below.

Another photo of Polly. Nov 29

Another photo of Polly.
Nov 29

An outtake of the bulldog Churchill. Nov 11

An outtake of the bulldog Churchill.
Nov 11

 

An outtake of Mabel and her parents. Dec 4

An outtake of Mabel and her parents.
Dec 4

I really enjoyed making and sharing the photos. Who knows, maybe I’ll try it again with a whole other lens or just a different season. Sometimes I made more than one photo in a day I liked, but because it was too similar to another photo, or not quite right, it didn’t make the cut. Instead of purgatory on a hard drive, I thought to post them here. Thanks to everyone who was willing to have their photo taken in the snow or the dark, and thanks for coming here to see these photos. 50 high fives!!

 

Main Street near Dufferin. Dec 2

Main Street near Dufferin.
Dec 2

 

Visitors inside the MB Legislature before the throne speech. Nov 12

Visitors inside the MB Legislature before the throne speech.
Nov 12

 

Prairie snowboarders and the first snowfall. Nov 17

Prairie snowboarders and the first snowfall.
Nov 17

 

Crossing Albert St. Nov. 22

Crossing Albert St.
Nov. 22

 

A dog walk at a roundabout in River Heights. Nov 24

A dog walk at a roundabout in River Heights.
Nov 24

 

A tree on Garbage Hill. Nov 23

A tree on Garbage Hill.
Nov 23

 

 

Dec 082013
 
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Kaitlyn Lawes is congratulated by her emotional Mum after winning a spot on the Canadian Olympic curling team.

The last day of my 50 with a 50: Winnipeg project was the women’s finals at Roar of the Rings Olympic Curling Trials at MTS Centre. Winnipeg-based skip Jennifer Jones and her team won big in front of a hometown crowd. They will represent Canada at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. I stuck around with the family after the win and caught some sweet moments between team members and mothers.

Team Jones walks the ice

Big ovation for Team Jones as they walk the ice to receive their medals

 

After the medal presentation there were lots of MUM HUGS!

 

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Kaitlyn Lawes’ emotional hug with her Mum Cheryl.

 

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Skip Jennifer Jones hugs her Mum Carol.

 

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Dawn McEwen gets a big hug from proud Mum Jane.