working on the architecture portfolio..

We went out for a few hours on Sunday to beef up our architectural portfolio for The Visual Dynamic.  Everything was taken on a Canon 5D mkii with Canon 24 t/s lens.  Architectural photography is great because it really causes you to pay very close attention to small details.  Lines, viewing perspectives, clutter, everything is make or break when it comes to a good photo.  It reminds me a bit of shooting film, just because it really takes time and attention.  That is one of the reasons I love shooting film, the whole process is very hands on and meticulous. We’re making a big push towards architecture for the summer, that’s what we want to be shooting eventually.  It’s hard to get in to, but the pay off would be incredible, especially if you get to work for a big company, with interesting projects (Hellooooo Dub Architects!)

Perhaps the most exciting part is the fact that local cinematographer extraordinaire, Kyle Sanborn, followed us around all day taking video of the process.  Reviewing the video on his video camera was more exciting that seeing our shots!  It’s really neat to see, and it’s completely new to me, video has definitely got my interest.  It’s kind of like when you’re new at photography.. and you get REALLY excited about the shot of a row of parking meters, where one is in focus while the other ones are all blurry, because you shot at f/1.8 on your new 50mm lens.  It makes everything new and exciting again, and I want to work with it more.

Grant MacEwan City Center Campus: Architecture New

Architecture New

Architecture New

Architecture New

Architecture New Edmonton Expo Center at Northlands: Architecture New 7th Street Lofts (My building, and Dub Architects building.. does anyone know them? Do they need shooters? Please?):  Architecture New


One thing I wanted to make sure of when I started this blog was that I didn’t post any material from pre-2010 (Posting old stuff is kind of a cop-out, IMO). I wanted to make sure that everything I posted was relevant and new, and I’ve been successful so far, but it’s really a challenge! It has definitely been a slight motivation to take my camera more places, and to actually develop the film I shoot, I hope it’s worth the occassional read :) Can’t wait to see more and more people signing up for myfotojournal, it’s really a great platform.

monday misc. v1

Every Monday from now on, I’m going to use as a day to dump all the photos that aren’t important enough to be their own post.  These will likely include iPhone stuff, behind the scenes stuff, and other miscellaneous shots from the previous week.  We’ll call Monday Misc. my weekly visual diary.

DJL_2521Carolyn lines up a shot using my Cambo SC 4x5 camera outside on the patio


Hoping to have this 4x5 scanned early this week.


Her shirt reminds me of the Hudson’s Bay company blankets, it’s so cool.


More lining up shots, this time on 104ave in front of MacEwan.

Dinner for one?

Delicious lunch consisting of: Frozen grapes and Rogue Juniper Pale Ale, with a side of Sagmeister.

Changing bag shirt

This shirt?  Don’t like it so much, it fits like a changing bag.

What's winning?

A friend told me she was afraid of heights, so I showed her where I work from..

DSC_5455Isn’t she beautiful?  The camera of course ;)  Nikon S2 with 5cm f/1.4 lens, it’s for sale if anyone wants it.  $600, that’s a smokin deal.

DSC_5441A ***delicious*** meal with Carolyn.  First time I’ve ever made pizza at home and it was awesome.  Pesto, fresh basil, hot sopprasetta, kalamata olives, tomatoes, mozza and feta.  Effing incredible.

So there you go, version one of a hopefully continuing “Monday Misc.” post.

february 19, 2010 - edmonton oil kings v lethbridge hurricanes

A 4-1 Oil Kings win!  Was a great game.  Lots more fresh stuff coming soon, I’ll post it as soon as I can!

Feb 19 2010 - Oil Kings v Hurricanes - Images by Dylan Lynch

olympic photo blogs

Here’s a quick run-down of some photographers running blogs out of the Olympics in Vancouver.  Despite my jealousy, I’ll still let everyone know about their great work.. grudgingly, very grudgingly.

Matthew Manor - IIHF - (Source of the thumbnail used for this post)

Forgive us our Press Passes

Toronto Star

Sol Neelman

NewSport Photo Agency

Mike Kane

Dan Himbrechts

Jack Gruber

Know any more?  Put them in the comments and I’ll update this post as they come in.

february 12, 2010 - edmonton oil kings v kootenay ice

Unfortunately another loss for the Oil Kings.  I tried the 200-400 from down low for a period, and though it produced great individual shots of players.. it was definitely too big.  It’s a total pain to handle with limited space.  The shots you get are excellent, but it’s so hard to handle that you don’t get the volume that you’d expect from a period of hockey.  That, paired with the fact that since you are on the other side of the ice, there’s too much opportunity to get players in your way.  The long shot at 400mm of the opposite net is great, but all too often there are a bunch of backs in your way.  There is the rare case when you get the clear shot, but it’s too rare to do too often.  It’s times like those where it would be amazing to have two team shooters at the game, one high for general action stuff, and one in the creative high risk/high reward spots.  You’re sure to get a great shot from those spots, but if you don’t get the volume, you’re not doing your job.

feb 12 2010 - oil kings v ice - Images by Dylan Lynch

dinner for five photographers //andrew heatherington

I’m very excited for this series.  Andrew Hetherington is starting a new project where it’s a round-table discussion beteween five established photographers in a restaurant.  A.H. explains it better in his own words:

Allow me to introduce the latest WTJ? effort at wholesome phototainment™ ‘Dinner for Five Photographers’. The new venture, a low production copycat of the now defunct Jon Favreau series on IFC Table for Five, was thought up after a dinner some months back with the talented Mr Matt Salacuse that also included Kareem Black and Peter Yang amongst others.

Matt and I agreed it would be fun to shoot such a gathering and capture some of the photo musings on film. But how to do it in a simple way, avoiding any sort of complicated multi camera set up ? Hence the real discovery that night was the piece de la production resistance that would make the plan possible, that mighty bit of kit the Lazy Susan. So Messrs Black and Yang were dragged along for a cinematic reprise, this time with a camera suction mounted to the very same Lazy Susan and ‘DFFP’ was born. Part chat, part photo forum, part Q&A, one hopes that there might be some nuggets throughout the conversation that might help or inspire others.

For the pilot we also thought it would ad to the phototainment™ value by inviting one of our inspirators to mix it up at the round table. Thankfully the great Chris Buck answered the call and agreed to participate. So the inaugural episode features Buck, Yang, Salacuse, Black and myself talking it up, enjoying some fine family style dining and generally having a jolly old time. The plan is to broadcast a new segment each day next week and if the initial run is well received we will try and shoot some more over the coming months with a revolving cast of characters.”

Andrew’s blog is one of the faily stops I make on the internet.  I love his style, and his views on photography are very similar to my own.  You can visit him at

He just posted up the new trailer:


This is something I’ve considered doing lately, and this is only encouraging me to do it more.  I think you could get some really interesting footage!

I’ll also use this post as a segway into bringing attention to my new links page on this blog.  I’ve filled it with places I visit almost daily, and is a great place to explore once in a while.  It will be constantly evolving, and I’m sure you can find something you’re interested in, so click around.  You can find the links page on a tab at the top of the blog.


jason zerbin band - music video/behind the scenes

This fall I got to assist Don Hammond in shooting a music video for local band, the Jason Zerbin Band.  They got their single, In Your Arms, features on a Hollywood movie called “Teenage Dirtbag”.

It was neat to be a part of a video shoot, it’s not something I’m used to.  I had some pretty mundane tasks like moving lights, controlling the speaker output, and a little bit of work with the jib arm.  It’s very different when you compare it to a photoshoot.  You do so many takes, because there are a TON of tiny variables that can affect the shot.  Dolly goes over a tiny grain of sand?  Re-shoot.  Someone is off timing, laiughing, looking out of character? Re-shoot.  Shadows suddenly show up mid shot?  Re-shoot.  I’m grateful that photo has such a quick “recycle time”.  You can get several shots in no time at all.  With video, everything has to go back to its original place.. the dolly, the camera, the jib, the band, the music.. everything. 

The shoot took place at an abandoned farm owned by a friend of Keagan Brooks.  It’s the same spot I shot Keagan and Kristen’s engagement photos over a year ago.  It’s a great, dynamic spot, with lots of character and variation for different feels/looks.

Here are a few “behind the scenes” shots that I shot with a Voigtlander Bessa R3A, and developed in my kitchen lab.

And the final product:

I must admit.. After hearing the song for 9 hours straight.. I’m not a huge fan of the track itself, but that’s bound to happen.  I feel sorry for bands who shoot lots of music videos, especially multi day ones, you’ve gotta get sick of hearing the same thing over and over.


i'm taking photos of you right now, beware

My new lens came today, and I’m vibrating with excitement.  I now have the reach to shoot Flames games from the comfort of my own home, ya’ll better watch out.

well, that’s a big box

and a big bag to match…


bitches don’t know bout my lens

So excited, so so so excited.

/subtle bragging post


PS: Leslie at the McBain Camera downtown location gave me the worst service I’ve ever had at any store, ever.  I don’t usually name names, but it was that awful.  Avoid her at all costs, she is not a good employee.  She screwed up multiple times, and blatantly, and when she was proven wrong, she was spiteful and rude.  It’s ridiculous that she has a job in retail, and I know I’m not the only person who feels this way.  I hope this sounds harsh, because she is awful and ridiculous, and deserves it.

vision hockey on-ice shoot

A while back, I made a post about doing some product stuff for a new local company called Vision Hockey.  They’ve just released their first stick on to the market, and I shot their promotional and product shots for their website and advertising.  Steve and Murray were great to shoot with, and gave me a lot of creative control.  We rented the Servus Credit Union Place in St. Albert and had the entire surface to ourselves.

Shooting on-ice portraits is something new for me.  I’m used to lighting the entire surface for game action stuff, this was much different.  I had never had to worry about reflections in the glass, hot spots on the ice, how the background looks, etc.  It was more challenging than I had expected.  The main concern was reflections of the lights in the glass.  It was a delicate balance between moving the lights into the desired spots for the shot, but also keeping them from causing flare and reflections. 

We used 1-3 lights depending on the shot: one of them barebulb, one with a snoot, and one with the 2-meter Alienbees PLM umbrella.  The PLM was the main light, relativiely close to the subject, the snooted light was a kicker on the subject’s face, and the barebulb was used mostly for background fill.

Steve and Murray were really enthusiastic about the stick, and were really excited about their company’s future.  That is promising, and I hope we get to shoot more when they have Ales Hemsky as a model, or even better.. 16s. remaining game-winning goal scorer Ryan Potulny! 

Here’s some of what we got:

nikon d3s + nikon 70-200 f/2.8 vr2

I got to use the newest of the new Nikon equipment for tonight’s Oil Kings game, and it was beyond impressive.  I’ve played around with the new Nikon D3S in Vistek a few times, but I’d never had the chance to really put it through the paces.  Tonight I did, and frankly: I’m blown away. 

The goods:  Nikon D3S, Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR2, Nikon 200-400 f/4 VR

The D3S improved drastically on the already best-in-class Nikon D3.  The ISO performance on this camera is something I’ve never seen before.  I was shooting at 5000ISO with perfectly acceptable results.  I consider myself to be pretty demanding, and I’m definitely not very forgiving when it comes to image quality, and still… this camera produces perfectly fine results at ISO’s I’m not really familiar with.  I would call 4000ISO the roof for this camera, which is astonishing.  Above that, the results are great for web or newspaper work, but I’d be hesitant to print bigger than 8x10. 

This is 5000 ISO, no noise reduction in camera, nor in computer.  Like I said, I think this is slightly over the threshold for this camera.. the color in the jersey is beginning to fall apart a bit, and it’s not as vibrant as it could be, but for 5000 ISO it’s damn nice:

I really put a lot through this camera, about 800 shots in one game.  My keep rate was better than 99%.  I’m not sure if it’s the camera’s fault, or the new 70-200’s fault, but the focus was virtually perfect all night.  I stopped looking at my LCD (I’m an avid “chimper” usually) after the first period, because I just knew that everything was crisp.

The new 70-200 f/2.8 is a really nice piece of equipment too.  The vignetting that was present on the old version is gone, the new one is built with full frame cameras in mind.  I think it handles a bit better too, the zoom ring is more smooth, and easier to follow the play with.  The focus is as fast as ever, almost never missing.  It could keep up with anything going on in front of me, so I was the only limiting factor, not the equipment (That’s all you can ask for).

I didn’t get much use outside of hockey with the 70-200, but the small amount of time I spent fooling around left a big impression.  I thought the “improved VR” was more of a marketing thing than anything, but the VRII is absolutely unreal.  I shot a  series of photos at 200mm, handheld, from 1/10th to 1/20th of a second, and most of them looked great.  The VR is very efficient, allowing shutter speeds that shouldn’t be possible, and never have been possible, handheld.  The following are all at 1/20th of a second, handheld at 200mm.  Not bracing myself on anything, not resting my elbow on anything, just completely handheld:

They’re not absolutely perfect, but they are DAMN impressive considering the circumstances.  The old 70-200 can’t get close to this.

So, yet again, I try out new gear I can’t afford.. and I’m stuck trying to find ways to convince myself I can afford them.. The perils of working at a camera store :(

Anyway, here’s the rest of the game.  The lowest ISO on any of these is 3200, it ranges from 3200-6400.. Damn.
January 31, 2010 - Oil Kings v Raiders - Images by Dylan Lynch