Antarctica-In Depth 2019

 The Timberline Theatre,  NIC Campus, Campbell River January 29, 2019.

The Malaspina Theatre, VIU Campus, Nanaimo, January 21, 2019.

Working as a Photographer in residence aboard expedition cruise ships in Antarctica this visual presentation is the culmination of 4 yrs of travel at the bottom of the world.  Antarctica-In Depth strives to not only entertain but to help create ambassadors of the audience with first hand information of this unique and fragile region of our planet.  Humorous yet thought provoking, Boomer’s laid back presentation style has won audiences over at capacity filled venues each time he has presented. Consisting of both stills and video, this 1 1/2 hr  presentation invites you to explore the “white continent” with it’s foreboding landscape, mountainous icebergs and unique polar wildlife including the ever loving penguin, various whale populations, seals and pelagic sea birds all captured in front of the camera lens. 

 

South Georgia, nicknamed the “Serengeti of the polar region” for it’s incredible concentration of wildlife lies in a remote area of the Southern Ocean, remote and inhospitable yet teeming with wildlife, the King Penguin colony at St. Andrews boasting close to a quarter million Penguins alone! 

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Along with incredible wildlife images, audience’s will also learn about the historic shore based whaling stations at Grytviken, Stromness and Leith Harbour, haunting reminders of a bygone industry that decimated the local whale and seal populations in the early 19th and 20th century. For those history buffs the lecture also touches on Shackleton’s epic struggle for survival which played out on the shores of Elephant Island culminating with his epic 1500km dash across the Southern Ocean to the shores of South Georgia.   Partial proceeds from these presentations goes to The Georgia Strait Alliance and The Greenways Land trust for they’re ongoing conservation and protection of our environment!

I hope to see you, and look forward to spending this exciting evening together!

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Boomer, thru his great open personality has the ability to connect with people and to be able to teach to both beginner and advanced photographers alike.  Boomers portfolio demonstrates his innate ability for storytelling no matter what the subject is!

                                                              Daisy Gilardini

                                                             “BBC Wildlife photographer of the year”

                                                              Canadian Geographic, Photographer in residence

‘Trying to find new ideas in photography is very hard so its always a pleasure to meet someone who sees the world through a fresh lens. It’s been a joy to be shooting alongside Boomer, sharing perspectives on photos and learning how he operates. He’s a thinker and this makes you think . . . and that’s the best route to taking better pictures’

                                                                                  Chris Packham ,

                                                                                  BBC Broadcaster and Photographer

Antarctica - In Depth Lecture

 

Presentation Dates: Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, Malaspina Theatre, VIU Campus Nanaimo

Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, Timberline Theatre, North Island Campus, Campbell River

Time: Doors open at 6:30pm, presentation starts at 7pm. 

Tickets:  Advance tickets are available online at Strathcona Photography $18.00 ea   $20.00 at the door, cash only.

 

The interesting people I meet on my travels…

A recent trip to Campbell River found me photographing a very interesting fellow balancing rocks near Willow Point at low tide, a past time he has been doing his whole life. Brad had travelled specifically from Vancouver to stay at the Travel Lodge across from the beach for the sole purpose of balancing rocks, he says “it is hard to find good decent rocks to balance and I have found Campbell River to be the best around the world (that is of course in my travels), and the biggest reason is that they are glacially formed sculpture, millions of years of being ground under tonnage of ice into shapes we don’t normally see”.

Balancing Rocks

Brad carefully and efficiently creating a family of balanced rocks, when he was done, his creations numbered about twenty or so and could be seen until the tide returned. This family of rocks were the only surviving members of the high tide!

What a pleasure it is to meet and experience such amazing people doing what they love to do! Check out Brad’s funky video he put together of his most recent “rock adventure”:

Cheers,
Boomer

Tourism Vancouver Island 2015 Publications

Tourism Vancouver Island’s 2015 tourism publications have just hit the stands, nice to see three cover shots I produced from last year’s contracts.  This year finds me shooting mid-island including Strathcona Park, should be interesting with the low snow pack this winter.

Always nice to see your pictures in print, Little Qualicum Falls captured with a slow shutter speed.


 

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Momma grizzly with four cubs (out of picture) was actually blocking our only way out of this small tributary making for an unsettling situation as we negotiated past her in our boat on a falling tide.


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Two hikers arriving at the second beach at San Josef’s Bay, a popular day trip along the Cape Scott Trail.

 

Winter Issue BC Magazine ~ Potlatch Celebration

BC Magazine has run a story I recently photographed in Alert Bay in their Winter Issue.  It’s a fascinating look into the culture of a First Nations Potlatch celebration.   I knew I was in for something really different and thought provoking when I was woken up from my slumber @ 4:30am on the day of the celebration to the slow cadence of a drum beat that went on for a good 5 min.  Upon waking up later in the morning, I asked Beau Dick, the well known Kwakwaka’wakw carver and host of the potlatch (and whose house I was staying at) what the deal was with the drums starting so early in the morning.  He looked at me slowly stroking his beard and said, “you heard that?” and he proceeded to mimic the exact cadence of the drum beat I had earlier heard, I said, “yup that was it!”   He looked me in the eye, paused for a moment and said that what I was hearing was in fact the Elders of previous generations calling their ancestors to the potlatch and that as an “outsider: I was not supposed to hear such things!”  The hair on my scalp bristled after I heard that,  and I knew I was in for something special.

After completion of the Forest Dance, Beau Dick burns masks he carved in the central fire of the Bighouse, a decision not favored by everyone involved with protocol and procedures for the potlatch.

After completion of the Forest Dance, Beau Dick burns masks he carved in the central fire of the Bighouse, a decision not favored by everyone involved with protocol and procedures for the potlatch.

 

Canadian Living Photo Shoot ~ October 2014 Issue

I headed up to Strathcona Park this past summer for a shoot for Canadian Living Magazine (October 2014  Issue). I had the opportunity to work with Dave Cuddy, an amazing young man and co-founder of Education is Power, a charitable organization working to improve access to education for students in East Africa. Dave has recently been nominated for the Me to We – Canadian Living Educator Award, an award that recognizes Canadians doing extraordinary things to change the world. A very inspiring young man! You can learn more about Dave’s work on his website: http://educationispower.org/

Education is Power co-founder, Dave Cuddy, and recent 2014 Me to We - Canadian Living Educator Award recipient ~ photographed at Strathcona Park, BC

Education is Power co-founder, Dave Cuddy, and recent 2014 Me to We – Canadian Living Educator Award recipient ~ photographed at Strathcona Park, BC.

 

The World is Small!

The world we live in is truly a small place! I was recently contacted, early one morning by a heavily accented voice asking if I lived near the little village of Sointula.  Turns out it was an agency named TransTerra Media, a media outlet for video and photo storytellers based in Beirut, Lebanon with over 250 media outlets all over the world. They were working with a client in Finland needing images from Malcolm Island to run with a story on the Finnish utopian colony that was originally founded on the island.  You never know what a phone call can bring in this business!

Small World BLOG

 

Successful Hornby Island’s Autumn Seascape Workshop 2014!

A big hats off to the participants this year on Hornby Island’s Autumn Seascape workshop hosted by myself and Karen McKinnon . A lot of fun (our trademark) was had by all, night shooting, scavenger hunts, rainy forests and early mornings were the norm and as usual we came away with another great experience as photo educators inspired by the energy of our participants.  Check out a few of the images created by our talented participants!  Keep in mind that when these folks first arrived most had mentioned that they were program shooters only and didn’t really understand how to take pictures manually!

Creativity at night, light painting, ghosts and spectors!!

Creativity at night, light painting, ghosts and spectors!!

We were greeted with an incredible sky at Herron Rocks on our first morning!  Everyone up before 6am, light is awaiting, nice shot Sherry!!

We were greeted with an incredible sky at Herron Rocks on our first morning! Everyone up before 6am, light is awaiting, nice shot Sherry!!

Group shot on Chrome Island, what's with the two Bookends?!

Group shot on Chrome Island, what’s with the two Bookends?!

Laughter and good times, never very far away!

Laughter and good times, never very far away!

An unusual image of the two of us together...We're never together?!

An unusual image of the two of us together…We’re never together?!

Beautifully designed image by Nicole!

Beautifully designed image by Nicole!

Learing how to use available light, simply and effectively, Amit was a great participant!

Learning how to use available light, simply and effectively, Amit was a great participant!

Low Vantage, takes advantage of reflections, working sky and land forms together at Herron Rocks.

Low Vantage, takes advantage of reflections, working sky and land forms together at Herron Rocks.

 

 

Photographing Pink’s on the Puntledge

While working on a future project I got out to photograph the unusually large run of pink’s this year…definitely an underwater photographic “must do”. Pretty cool to see the thousands of fish schooling around me, nature at it’s best in our backyard…

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BC Magazine Potlatch in Alert Bay

Found this in the archives ~ while on a shoot for BC Magazine for a Potlatch in Alert Bay I was photographing in the carving shed, where the carvers were preparing the costumes and masks, Marcus, the main carver asked if I could help out  so I started painting the wings of one of his costumes ~ at one point I looked around and everybody had left the shed! pretty funny!!

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