Publications: A Selection
                                
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Akita/Equtak Drilling Ltd. Advertising Brochure

This is the shoot that pretty much whetted my appetite for a career in photography. The late afternoon had me photographing a dog team backdropped by an Akita drilling rig against an expansive tundra  winter scene (later published in the NY Times) and the evening photographing the scenes seen above in steady - 45 Celsius temperatures, that eventually got the better of both of my camera’s electronics that completely froze in spite of several rounds of fresh batteries. I kept warm in my North Face winter parka, MEC overpants and my incredibly warm down mitts over my fingerless wool gloves.



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The Alberta New Home Warranty Program - Annual Report

We spent several fun and challenging days with our client photographing several of their warranty properties throughout the City of Calgary. This was a quick grab shot when I spotted the wonderful symmetry of the row of homes under construction. Sometimes the least expected images are the ones that eventually adorn the covers of the Annual Reports!



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ATCO Energy Annual Report

ATCO Power’s 760 megawatt Sheerness Generating Station steam turbine blades were brought to life by raking warm gelled Profoto strobes on grid across their angled surfaces making for striking image.



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Canada Towers - Advertising Brochure

Every few years Canada Towers brings us back to their facility to capture their latest mega lights and towers, that make for terrific subjects against a winter cobalt blue sky. It is quite simply a goldmine of stunning subjects.



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Canadian Water Technologies Ltd. - Advertising Brochure

Don’t ask me how these contraptions work, but I expect only an engineer would be able to design these massive water filtration units! Many times, we have photographed these various units against our photographer’s supplied large pure white background. Challenging to say the least given the white and multi-reflective surfaces. The setup is very elaborate and typically involves the use of at least 5 powered Profoto strobes with various light modifiers.

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Cargill News

It was an interesting and insightful day photographing at the Cargill High River beef processing plant. Here lovely Genalyn, is nicely smiling for the camera on the walkway above the main processing area.

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myCostco 2018 Annual Catalogue - Inside Cover

We spent a day in Three Hills, Alberta photographing Billy Coles, owner Billy’s Construction and Painting, for Costco. It was most delightful finishing off the day photographing Billy and his wonderful family in their home. The greatest challenge of the day was getting that little guy running in front of his wife to cooperate just the way we wanted, so we finally had to take the perfect shot of him from one image where he cooperated but someone else wasn’t quite captured the way we were seeking and clone him into this image!



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G2 Architecture - RAIC Submission

The devil is in the details and location, timing, lens choice (500 mm Nikkor) and getting that perfect exposure was challenging, indeed. This was one of several images shot for G2 Architecture’s RAIC Awards of Excellence for Innovation in Architecture of the EDT University of Calgary Education Tower.

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myCostco 2018 Catalogue - Front Cover

A simple headshot of Billy Coles, BCP Construction, Three Hills, Alberta taken for the cover of the Costco catalogue? Nope! This was shot in a 3 sided, glass walled office with all the attendant challenges of reflections and space - I am jammed against the back wall between my tripod and the wall and lighting Billy was beyond problematic but somehow we managed it. Thank you for your patience Billy!




Enerplus - Advertising Brochure

We spent most of the day at the Enerplus head office shooting for their Annual Report, sales literature, print collateral and advertising campaigns and to finish off the day we photographed this team of workers on Stephens Avenue, Calgary, Alberta for their Enerplus Careers brochure. Lots of fun crawling around on the pavement, bringing out the smiles and finding a cool perspective with the buildings providing a great backdrop!



FNOGR Cover
Far North Oil & Gas Review - Front Cover

In the heyday of oil and gas production I spent countless hours on rigs, helicopters and driving the ice roads in the Mackenzie Delta in the area bordering the Beaufort Sea. Warm clothing and camera gear efficiency were paramount. I must say I loved everything about those shoots although the noise factor on those rigs was a nuisance with having to constantly place and pull out those ear plugs. I finally got myself a few pairs of the headphone style and whey, do they ever nicely work.



Westeel
Westeel - Advertising Brochure

For years I have been returning to Westeel's Olds facility to photograph their manufacturing processes and workers and as part of those projects we annually photograph their new products just off a gravel road in a field adjacent to the plant. The greatest challenge was placed on Stan, the amazing forklift operator who had to delicately and expertly place the tanks 'just so' to capture the best background, keep the tanks horizontal and most importantly to deal with whatever ambient light position to optimise the our lighting and composition.




Alberta New Home Warranty Program - Annual Report Cover

Days spent travelling all around Calgary, photographing properties under construction, inside and out. While stumbling through the mud I came across this shovel from a digger and loved the grittiness of it to show what actually starts the process of construction on these properties.

 

 

The David Watt Photography Blog

I came across this item in Kevin Dooley's Flickr blog posting and it very much resonated with me, and have decided to share it here. This is something that I have been tossing about in my mind for the past few years and am going to follow up this blog posting with others along the same subject. Constructive feedback will be most welcome!
I recently was hired for the challenging and exciting task of flying to several major centres across Canada to photograph executive environmental portraits and employee headshots for a major Canadian engineering firm. For obvious budget considerations the logistics were challenging as on-site scheduling was very tight, I had to work without an assistant and of course, photography gear had to be kept to an absolute minimum. These are a small sampling of the environmental executive portraits I captured. Typically, I only had a only a day or two at each location to capture anywhere up to 18 or so environmental portraits using a single Profoto Octagonal softbox. I met the challenge and had a very satisfied client!
This was one of the more satisfying architectural shoots I had the pleasure of completing for my client, Morguard.
I was pleased to learn that one of my images from the DMD Ltd Toronto design firm photo shoot of the Swissport Aspire Lounge at the Calgary International airport was published in the January/February 2019 issue of Canadian Interiors.
This was a challenging area to shoot in, not only for the monochrome look to the room, but avoiding the powder coating spray.

11/29/2016

While meeting with a new client the other day, she related that she almost steered away from my photography services upon first landing on my web site. She had perused my portfolios, checked out my client list and after her initial favorable reaction her inclination was to move on, ‘as probably too expensive for our present budget constraints.’
As a photographer who has been plying his trade full-time in Calgary for over 15 years, it has often crossed my mind that I may be in a unique position to provide relevant and perhaps not readily obvious information to those often finding themselves tasked with seeking a photographer for a photography shoot, be it for corporate head-shots, an industrial on-site shoot, architectural or any of the other plethora of photography needs.
I was recently wading through hundreds of my archived images when I came across an image of a Brocken Spectre surrounded by rings of glory, (my climbing partner with arms extended) taken from the summit ridge of Mt. Slesse many, many years ago. It reminded me of another amazing Brocken Spectre that I had observed a few years ago while my BA flight was descending into Berlin. Our 737 was casting its shadow against the mist which had formed into a magnificent Brocken Spectre surrounded by a circular rainbow. Who saw it?
This was a cool photography session at the Alberta Children's Hospital, where I was introduced to #Medi, a robot using humanoid technology created by the #RxRobots group to help alleviate a sick child's pain, assist in the child's education in managing their health and act as a companion for the child. Very cool, indeed!
As New York ad agencies endeavor to portray a perception of excellence on their web sites, surely they would display outstanding images of their people alongside visually stimulating content relating to their work and company culture?
HDR tone mapping has become increasingly popular amongst photographers as a post-processing technique, where several exposures at different shutter speeds are combined to produce an HDR image, followed by a tone mapping operation.
The longer I am in this business the more it gets driven home how vitally important preparation and planning with absolute client commitment is to the successful outcome of a photo session.

Publications

Publications: A Selection
                                
Akita1.jpg
Akita/Equtak Drilling Ltd. Advertising Brochure

This is the shoot that pretty much whetted my appetite for a career in photography. The late afternoon had me photographing a dog team backdropped by an Akita drilling rig against an expansive tundra  winter scene (later published in the NY Times) and the evening photographing the scenes seen above in steady - 45 Celsius temperatures, that eventually got the better of both of my camera’s electronics that completely froze in spite of several rounds of fresh batteries. I kept warm in my North Face winter parka, MEC overpants and my incredibly warm down mitts over my fingerless wool gloves.



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Alberta-New-Home-Warranty-Program.jpg
The Alberta New Home Warranty Program - Annual Report

We spent several fun and challenging days with our client photographing several of their warranty properties throughout the City of Calgary. This was a quick grab shot when I spotted the wonderful symmetry of the row of homes under construction. Sometimes the least expected images are the ones that eventually adorn the covers of the Annual Reports!



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ATCO.jpg
ATCO Energy Annual Report

ATCO Power’s 760 megawatt Sheerness Generating Station steam turbine blades were brought to life by raking warm gelled Profoto strobes on grid across their angled surfaces making for striking image.



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Canada-Towers.jpg
Canada Towers - Advertising Brochure

Every few years Canada Towers brings us back to their facility to capture their latest mega lights and towers, that make for terrific subjects against a winter cobalt blue sky. It is quite simply a goldmine of stunning subjects.



line72px.jpg
 
Canadian-Water-Tech2.jpg
Canadian Water Technologies Ltd. - Advertising Brochure

Don’t ask me how these contraptions work, but I expect only an engineer would be able to design these massive water filtration units! Many times, we have photographed these various units against our photographer’s supplied large pure white background. Challenging to say the least given the white and multi-reflective surfaces. The setup is very elaborate and typically involves the use of at least 5 powered Profoto strobes with various light modifiers.

line72px.jpg
 
Cargill.jpg
Cargill News

It was an interesting and insightful day photographing at the Cargill High River beef processing plant. Here lovely Genalyn, is nicely smiling for the camera on the walkway above the main processing area.

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Costco-2.jpg
myCostco 2018 Annual Catalogue - Inside Cover

We spent a day in Three Hills, Alberta photographing Billy Coles, owner Billy’s Construction and Painting, for Costco. It was most delightful finishing off the day photographing Billy and his wonderful family in their home. The greatest challenge of the day was getting that little guy running in front of his wife to cooperate just the way we wanted, so we finally had to take the perfect shot of him from one image where he cooperated but someone else wasn’t quite captured the way we were seeking and clone him into this image!



G2 Arch
G2 Architecture - RAIC Submission

The devil is in the details and location, timing, lens choice (500 mm Nikkor) and getting that perfect exposure was challenging, indeed. This was one of several images shot for G2 Architecture’s RAIC Awards of Excellence for Innovation in Architecture of the EDT University of Calgary Education Tower.

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myCostco 2018 Catalogue - Front Cover

A simple headshot of Billy Coles, BCP Construction, Three Hills, Alberta taken for the cover of the Costco catalogue? Nope! This was shot in a 3 sided, glass walled office with all the attendant challenges of reflections and space - I am jammed against the back wall between my tripod and the wall and lighting Billy was beyond problematic but somehow we managed it. Thank you for your patience Billy!




Enerplus - Advertising Brochure

We spent most of the day at the Enerplus head office shooting for their Annual Report, sales literature, print collateral and advertising campaigns and to finish off the day we photographed this team of workers on Stephens Avenue, Calgary, Alberta for their Enerplus Careers brochure. Lots of fun crawling around on the pavement, bringing out the smiles and finding a cool perspective with the buildings providing a great backdrop!



FNOGR Cover
Far North Oil & Gas Review - Front Cover

In the heyday of oil and gas production I spent countless hours on rigs, helicopters and driving the ice roads in the Mackenzie Delta in the area bordering the Beaufort Sea. Warm clothing and camera gear efficiency were paramount. I must say I loved everything about those shoots although the noise factor on those rigs was a nuisance with having to constantly place and pull out those ear plugs. I finally got myself a few pairs of the headphone style and whey, do they ever nicely work.



Westeel
Westeel - Advertising Brochure

For years I have been returning to Westeel's Olds facility to photograph their manufacturing processes and workers and as part of those projects we annually photograph their new products just off a gravel road in a field adjacent to the plant. The greatest challenge was placed on Stan, the amazing forklift operator who had to delicately and expertly place the tanks 'just so' to capture the best background, keep the tanks horizontal and most importantly to deal with whatever ambient light position to optimise the our lighting and composition.




Alberta New Home Warranty Program - Annual Report Cover

Days spent travelling all around Calgary, photographing properties under construction, inside and out. While stumbling through the mud I came across this shovel from a digger and loved the grittiness of it to show what actually starts the process of construction on these properties.