the story behind - 'Hestitant Step'

This is a story of a marriage between 'lady' luck and 'master' planning. The intent of the image below was simple - to capture an interesting rock jutting out of the lake, with a long exposure softening distracting details in both water and sky.

Unfortunately, as I set up I found the rock occupied by a group of boys using the rock as a jumping point. No problem - I set up and fired off some test shots to ensure settings were optimal prior to the installation of a 10 stop ND filter.

Then it was a matter of waiting............, and once the boys drifted off to their next exciting adventure I had the rock to myself.

It was only after reviewing the images at home that I realized that I had captured a young lad as he was hesitant, seemingly pondering the jump ahead. Whether the timing was dumb luck or an innate sense I can't say, but I feel that merging both fast and slow images produces a result that is far greater than the sum of each individually.

BTW - each time I look at this I see a face in the rock, almost squinting toward the boy. If you see the same please contact me and let me know that I'm not going crazy (or at least not alone....)

The Hesitant Step



the story behind - larger than life

These images of the late Leonard Cohen hold a deep emotional tie for me. All were captured during a weekend trip to Montreal; one of those weekends you plan to get away from your everyday life and see other cultures.

Adding to our Montreal 'todo' list my wife had suggested visiting the Museum of Contemporary Art, where they were exhibiting 'A Crack in Everything' - a tribute to Leonard Cohen on the first anniversary of his death. I knew little about Cohen as I entered the museum (other than perhaps his writing of the song 'Hallelujah') but the exhibit and his life story left me deeply moved. Understanding how his battle against depression, lost love, and outlook on life shaped his words formed a deep impression. I could see why this son, poet and songwriter of Montreal was so revered and missed.

It was on a visit to another Montreal museum on the following day that I came across this towering mural. The 9-story painting covers over 1,000 square meters of a high rise building, inspired by a photograph captured by Cohen's daughter, Lorca. The weather that day was an unforgiving mix of snow and freezing rain which I feel casts a fitting and somber mood to the scene.  

These images for me act as a reminder that life is not about sitting at home but getting out there, exploring and finding new inspirations - whether that be from beauty in the world we see or the story of some old guy that speaks to your inner soul.

In parting I'd like to finish with some of my favorite poetic lyrics from one of Leonard's songs - 'Dance Me to the End of Love';

"Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me through the panic 'til I'm gathered safely in
Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove
Dance me to the end of love"

-Leonard Cohen

Rest in peace Leonard - larger than life, even in death.....




the story behind - from pain comes gain

It was not my intent to take these images that day, nor was the idea of heading to the beach at noon under clear blue skies. Unfortunately fate had thwarted plans for an early morning/later afternoon session as my son had broken his leg just days earlier slipping on a wet rock. However, at the prompting of my wife to take a break from patient care I thought I'd at least scout ideas in the hope of a chance to return before our vacation ended.

As I approached the beach I couldn't believe the conditions; a thick sea fog enveloped the beach with the glow of the sun producing a beautiful ethereal glow on those waiting it out..Foreseeing the fog lifting I rushed the length of the beach capturing what I could, some of which I present above.

So my gain comes from my son's unfortunate accident, but it just goes to prove that we never know what is around the next bend so we best be prepared