I was born not far from Montreal, Quebec, then lived in Detroit during the 60’s and early 70’s returning to Canada at age 18 in 1974.In 1986, I pursued a 2 year professional photography course at Montreal's Dawson Institute of Photography, then worked as a lab tech in a ProLabhandling C-41 and E-6 film. I eventually moved to Kingston, Ontario where I made the switch to the digital medium, and joined the Kingston Photographic Club (http://www.kingstonphotographicclub.ca/) earning the title "Nature Photographer of the year" 2 years in a row (2010 & 2011). After my wife suffered a brain injury in 2012 during surgery to address a tumor, I retired and moved us back to her hometown in Cape Breton to further her recovery in early 2013. A quaint Acadian fishing village, Cheticamp, Nova Scotia, its situated on the Cabot Trail and near the entrance to the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
There’s no shortage of photo opportunities here, the moose, bear, seals, Bald Eagles and other wildlife provide plenty of subject matter, as does the lobster and crab fishing industry. We’ll spend our days touring the area with camera’s in hand which has proved to serve as as a terrific tool in my wife’s therapy for her injury. Meeting up with the tourists in the summer allows us to continue in the making of new friends and love introducing visiting old friends from afar to the Cabot Trail.
My work is sold in the local gift shops during tourist season. My work has sold internationally and at this writing, have a collection of 1463 images on the FAA website. I now have a small studio as well which allows me to also provide portrait services. For local clients, I do all of my own printing on an Epson R2000. Recently, I was featured in the March issue of More of Our Canada, a national magazine published by Readers Digest.
I shoot primarily with Canon equipment, all full frame bodies, my go-to lenses include the 24-70L 2.8 on a 5DMK2, 70-200L IS II as a walk around lens on a 6D, and the 300 2.8L IS II with the 2x TC III on a 5DMK3 for birds. For moose I’ll usually take the TC off the 300mm. Of late, I enjoy mixing a selection of varied textures with my images, looking for the right blend.
My subject matter ranges from architectural, landscapes, seascapes, macro/close-up's, nature, as well as portraiture. Wildlife subjects include Bald Eagles, Bluejays, Cardinals, deer, moose, owls, snakes, and much more. There's something for everyone! My main areas of interest are portraiture and wildlife photography.
Life is good here in Cheticamp, being back here has us close to her family and old friends which has been a blessing for my wife’s recovery, and I have to say that there’s nowhere else I’d rather be living. We have a nice home on a small peninsula which gives us both ends of the property on the water right in Cheticamp Harbour.
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