Down the barrel of a gun

  • By Britton Ledingham
  • 04 Dec, 2017

Creating my own luck

I try to have plans ahead of time, but sometimes the best things happen in the moment.

This image of Thomas Hulsman, a young biathlete from Airdrie, goes with a story featured in airdrielife magazine's latest edition out now (story here:  http://airdrielife.com/local_life/he-shoots-he-skis/ ).

We met at the Canmore Nordic Club on a -20 C day in March. We shot this in the tunnel to the firing range after he locked up his rifle and so we couldn't use it as a prop (safety first, unfortunately).

We laughed as we realized it was like he was in the barrel of a gun for this image.

The butterfly lighting (named for the butterfly shaped shadow under the subject's nose) is from fluorescent lights just above his head. I am still stoked about this image and that it was shot with available light. I wouldn't have seen it if I wasn't there with him, walking to a location at the firing range I thought we wanted. Thankfully, we did.
By Britton Ledingham 04 Dec, 2017
I try to have plans ahead of time, but sometimes the best things happen in the moment.

This image of Thomas Hulsman, a young biathlete from Airdrie, goes with a story featured in airdrielife magazine's latest edition out now (story here:  http://airdrielife.com/local_life/he-shoots-he-skis/ ).

We met at the Canmore Nordic Club on a -20 C day in March. We shot this in the tunnel to the firing range after he locked up his rifle and so we couldn't use it as a prop (safety first, unfortunately).

We laughed as we realized it was like he was in the barrel of a gun for this image.

The butterfly lighting (named for the butterfly shaped shadow under the subject's nose) is from fluorescent lights just above his head. I am still stoked about this image and that it was shot with available light. I wouldn't have seen it if I wasn't there with him, walking to a location at the firing range I thought we wanted. Thankfully, we did.
By Britton Ledingham 29 Nov, 2017
Here's a little video I did for Matador Pizza and Steakhouse​ https://youtu.be/3AZSAtg1Nxw . Owner of Matador, Jason Seitanidis'​ inspiration for me to follow was the introduction to Borat ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gsnDUh8DPc) . With that in mind, I went for a grainy look and slow frame rate to make it choppy like old footage. Chef Mike was a fun character to focus on. He owned his own restaurant in Banff for decades before joining Matador in recent years. Minutes into our shoot, I was asking him to try some lines over again. He walks around the corner to get something, and in reviewing the audio, he said, "I'm gonna smack him." Haha! Then he came back and gave me smiles like this while he was working, and I asked him questions about his life and way of doing things. I think we're all good now...
By Britton Ledingham 29 Nov, 2017

I'm pumped to share one of my latest pieces for airdrielife magazine that made it to the cover. Here's a quick note about the photo shoot, most of which was printed with my photo in the masthead of the mag. 

When I had the chance to photograph Aaron Dell in his full goalie gear and San Jose Sharks uniform, I wanted to incorporate some colour. I had played with Enola Gaye smoke grenades on a couple of other photo shoots, and knew I wanted to try orange and green smoke grenades to complement his gear and team colours. Fortunately Aaron was game for the idea, and patient as I took some trial shots before pulling the wire on the smoke grenades one at a time. I used two lights off to either side behind the net to backlight the smoke and make it pop, and one light in front to the right to give a dramatic look for Dell as the subject. We nailed some good shots from a few different angles, including me on my belly to get the corner save image (my shirt started to freeze to the ice, and I think I was wearing shorts). I do not suggest using the smoke grenades in an indoor setting though. The smoke hung around a little while despite staff opening a big overhead door, and the next booking had to use the other ice in the two-rink facility. Sorry, City of Airdrie. Luckily it was May and the arenas weren’t fully booked. I had to try it once, but I’ll be sticking outside with smoke grenades in the future.

The full article can be read here:  http://airdrielife.com/local_life/aarons-arena/
By Britton Ledingham 02 Oct, 2017
I've been following Boyd Jaynes work on Instagram, and was recently inspired to replicate one of his posts here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BYoLOm_lgdc/?taken-by=theboydphoto

Brandon Hegedus is a buddy of mine who built the 1929 Ford Model A sedan custom speedster powered by a 1986 Mazda 13B rotary engine pictured with this post.

We've known each other for a few years, and I've had the honour of photographing and writing two stories about his builds for Canadian Hot Rods magazine, including this one. When I saw Jaynes' post, Hegedus came to mind immediately, so I messaged him, and we met up just north of Calgary, in Balzac, a couple weeks later.

I'm not sure how Jaynes' mounted his camera, but I mounted my Canon 7D with a 10-22mm lens and a polarizer to the car's sub-frame with a Manfrotto super clamp and a ball head after we removed the hood. The camera was triggered by some Cactus brand triggers as I drove ahead in another car. The shutter speed was slowed to 1/30th of a second to allow the background to blur. I might try a slightly faster shutter speed and faster vehicle movement next time, but I was happy with this result.

If you see any other images you'd like to replicate, I'm open to ideas.

By Britton Ledingham 20 Jul, 2017
I'm excited about my first short documentary and Indiegogo campaign.

The project, Children of Pioneers, is a film documenting the experiences of people raised in the Big Muddy Badlands area of Saskatchewan during the pioneer era. Film subjects Archie Shaver, Florence Galbraith, Vi Kessler and Jim Lamoreux were born or raised in the Big Muddy. They are incredibly humble people who made a life by living off the land - ranching and farming in a place they love. With this short film, I intend to tell their unique stories of living and loving in the Big Muddy.

More information is on the campaign page here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/children-of-pioneers/x/16972269#/

Thanks for checking this out!
-Britton
By Britton Ledingham 10 Apr, 2017
It's a lot easier to get sunrise photos in the winter timing-wise. The -13 C and wind is a little tricky. The #Subaru Legacy was a reliable partner in getting ourselves and gear around on #GhostLake. With the feature published in @canadianhotrods latest edition, I can share a couple photos of Brandon Hegedus' fourth build, a Mazda rotary powered 1929 Ford speedster dubbed the Paper Bag Princess. Follow his next build, a Hayabusa powered vintage Ferrari replica on his account @howisthatstreetlegal. #13b #rx7 #streetsport #speedster #paperbagprincess #rotary #3rotor, #modelA #ford #hotrod #ratrod #vintage #racecar #Airdrie #Alberta #hayabusa #suzuki #iceracing
By Britton Ledingham 27 Mar, 2017

I love the challenge of photography and the people I get to meet, like last summer when I photographed brothers Ty and Taden Rattie for airdrielife magazine.

At the time, Ty , 23, hadn't yet earned a full-time roster with the NHL's St. Louis Blues, and Taden , 18, played for the Western Hockey League's Red Deer Rebels. Since August, Ty did make the cut with the Blues, but was then put on waivers early in the New Year and picked up by the Carolina Hurricanes. I like to think it was a bit of foretelling on the publisher's part to have me use a red backdrop instead of blue.

Taden was also traded to the WHL's Vancouver Giants in September 2016.

The two brothers came over to my home studio where we had an hour to take photos and do an interview for the story. I allotted 20 minutes for photos and off we went. Keeping things looking natural can be tricky and I wanted a few candid images, so I asked Taden to re-tape his stick. I grabbed him some tape from my hockey bag and off we went. I like that it made it look like a teachable moment with the older Ty giving his tall younger brother some pointers.

Here's the magazine link for the photos used in print and the story: https://issuu.com/airdrielife/docs/airdrielife_winter2016lowres

By Britton Ledingham 27 Mar, 2017
Sometimes you never know what a subject is going to do. Axiom Mortgage brokers in Calgary wanted some straight-forward portraits, with a second fun option to put with their profiles online. Leah Higgelke brought the laughs when she back-combed her hair and we got the fan going in the @ievolvedesigns studio. #yyc #portraits #canon #5dmarkiii #calgary

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