Another Brick in the wall

What can I say about the last few years, months or anything at all. Lately, the more I look at social media, the more confusing things get. The abundance of information everywhere, be it good or bad, is mind-blowing! Personally, 2017 is off to a better start than 2016, last year was a challenging year… interesting but challenging. Add to that raising two boys under 6 and you find yourself running out of steam pretty quickly.

I learned some very important things these past couple of years, like:

1- Never say never

2- Now I believe there is only a huge grey zone, no black or white

3- Never underestimate the power of wine in solving problems…
or making you forget them

4- I have no idea if I’m a good father

5- I used to think I was a patient person

6- You can survive on 5 hours of sleep or less a night for two years straight

7- My wife is an incredible person

8- Did I mention wine?

9- There are several ways you can prepare toast for your child… none of them will be OK

10- Sometimes it’s OK to cry for a missing piece of LEGO

11- NETFLIX

12- Re-discovering music with your kids is priceless

13- Know your limits, again, know your limits

14- I’m a very lucky human being… I tend to forget this quite often

15- It is extremely important that you keep some time only for yourself

16- I miss analog photography more than I ever thought I would

17- #16 is not an excuse, get off your butt and shoot!

18- You can love someone in a way you had never imagined and also be mad at them
in a way you never imagined

19- “Life changing experience” is probably the most accurate term when you have kids

20- If we’re going to make it in this world, we have to help each other and communicate.

That’s my 2 cents and here are some pictures from this Winter/Christmas/random moments

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Hope everyone is finding their way, thanks for stopping by!

My street photos in Montréal

zeiss on friends

Winter is officially over and so are the long and dark nights, but at the same time nights are made for good times. A while ago I bought a 50mm/1.4 Carl Zeiss planar T* to fit on my Canon 5D. I love the fact it is a manual lens and the dreamy dof. Not to mention how great the contrast is in various conditions.

I especially wanted to test it out in low light and complex lighting conditions. I wasn’t disappointed at all ;)

Here are some of my favorite shots from a supper at our friend’s place. These were taken last Halloween. I know it was a while ago… I still think they’re fresh.

Its always these two :)


Small pumpkins made by Amani’s sister. They really set the mood.

Just setting the mood

One of the very rare moments when he’s crying… really!

I have no idea what they were thinking about… but now I see that they are related

Did I forget anything?

I really love this Zeiss 50/1.4 on the 5d, its so luminous and dreamy

The Godfather

Elio

They never run out of juicy subjects

Every time I look at this pic, I remember how great everything tasted!

Boys and their toys

Put that phone down two seconds and give me a smile!

La pièce de resistance! Mmmmm

No shortage of funny stories… or in this case getting burned

A come back maybe?

Lost in thought

More Zeiss porn!

Anticipating the task ahead

Our DJ falling asleep

I could only get a shot like that from friends… don’t think anybody else would have been as comfortable.

Drooling! :)

Jack & Coke, if you’ve never had it, you’re truly missing something!

The stories never end… what makes this shot for me though is G in the corner

Requesting a song to the DJ

Emily Haines?

Now that the supper was a success and the dishes are done, its time to be happy!

Thanks for the music

Are you sick of hearing about H1N1?

I may actually be the first person getting sick from just repeatedly getting bombarded by so much information on the H1N1 virus. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure its a pretty bad virus… but geeeeezzzz are they ever milking the news cow with this one. OK we get it, its bad, we have to get vaccinated and people will die from it! Now can you get on with something else? And that whole thing with Obama’s Japan bow… are you serious people??!! Is this the best news they can come up with. So who the f*ck cares if he bowed a little too low, too long or that he bowed at all. In my opinion, it takes a strong man to be able to give that kind of respect. There’s something suspicious about people who look too confident and strong… they might actually be the insecure ones. Politics suck!

Anyways enough of this crap, pictures is what I wanted to show you. Here are some of the latest shots I took, mostly end of October beginning November. As always no matter what happens in my life, I can always take my camera and shoot the world the way I want, when and where I want. I try to keep that moment and when I go back years from now… hopefully… I will remember who I was and how I was. I regret not taking more pictures in my teens and in my twenties. Then again, the only pictures I actually have from that time are also a reminder why I have so few of them :)

There are kids everywhere these days.

Yes, take those pictures… she will grow up sooner than yo think.

I think that baby clock is not working for some women… seriously, does that look like a happy dog?

Fast forward to a great weekend we had with a couple of friends in Eastman and Magog. We truly had the best weather that weekend!

Am I like the only person who doesn’t read?

I don’t know why but this picture always makes me smile… there’s something charming and awkward that I really like in it.

Having a quick bite up on “Mont Chauve”

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It was such a cheesy but cozy place… its too bad time flies when you’re having fun.

Which now takes us to another weekend of B-day celebrations in St-Jovite… again we were really lucky with the weather, although it was really cold for October we had a great time…and some nice wines :)

Early mornings are always the best for me… everything is quiet and crisp.

I wish I had a cottage up north… then again I wish I had many things.

They call this sport “Petancle Extrême” many obstacles and sometimes you play uphill.

Form is very important!

For all the times I shoot people I can let him take a couple of me, no? :)

Sunsets are also made for some nice moments.

Unfortunately this means that if we don’t build a fire fast, we will freeze to death… ok maybe not but it will feel like it.

Yeah, that ’s for shooting me earlier!

Where there is wine…

and beer…

it usually means there might be a party… or in this case a B-day.

Sleeping on a bed is soooo over rated.

This was my ladie’s cake and there was another for Fred… a chocolate one. Another year gone by… yes indeed.

How can you loose right?

I love how the 28/1.8 reacts wide open

I love it when people are not paying attention to me.

So between Halloween cupcakes  and scary movies I was able to acquire a Zeiss Plannar t* 50mm/1.4 with a mount for my Canon 5D. Best investment ever! This lens is absolutely what I needed. I took it for a ride to my friend’s performance with their band Tone Signal.

Most of there are at f1.4 or 2.0

So promised him I wouldn’t put this picture on Facebook… technically I wasn’t lying :)

A couple of days later, I went shooting downtown for some ideas… actually for a painting I’m doing for a friend. While I was there I saw other interesting moments…

I call this one “Women who drive men to drink” :)

I also met a great man who was giving out Poppie pins for remembrance day. I bought one and asked him if I could take a pic. I sometimes wonder how difficult it must of been for those soldiers. I hate war but I have a lot of respect for what they did.

I had to fit in my Lily… always photogenic in a “scared of life” kind of way.

Got lots of ideas lined up for Nov-Dec hopefully these projects will work out. Apart from work and shooting, things are quiet… I’m really glad we have a nice place to have a drink close to home... Great music also!

Hope everyone is doing great! Thanks for watching!

Stars of Summer

I have to admit this Summer sucked! Most of the time we had rain and  some cold weather… if it wasn’t for our trip in Tunisia it would have been a disaster :) August and September though brought me some nice opportunities to keep shooting. Here are some highlights of what I call “My two weeks of Summer”

Let’s start with Sofia at Chris’s and Annie’s place in Morin Heights

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Lily as energetic as always :)

Next stop was at my friend Ian’s and Lynn’s place. I always enjoy taking pictures of Vince… he reminds some much of his father when he was younger, same attitude but with a deep soul.

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Believe me, I don’t let just anybody hold my camera… Vince has an eye for pictures!

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We had a lovely time! Easpecially the two hour street hockey game we played… I realized I wasn’t 18 anymore! But at least I didn’t feel quilty about having the wine and cheese later on! :)

Last but not least was a pool party at Fred’s place… I always enjoy taking pictures there. I do it so often that I feel like they don’t pay attention to me anymore… and that’s when you get the fun shots, the one’s you can see coming.

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Elio… such a beautiful baby!

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Thought it was only appropriate to finish with this shot. :)

Hope everyone is doing great! Thanks for watching!

If you are curious, all the b&w stuff and some color were shot with the Contax 645 / 80mm 2.0 Zeiss glass / Ilford Pan F50 and Portra NC 160… all other stuff with the Canon 5d and 50mm 1.4 or 28mm 1.8

Ciao!