Favourites from 2018

My look back is a little late this year, however here are some of my favourite images from 2018.

So what does it take to make it as a favourite? These images all of some kind of impact for me (the original name for my site was www.itsallabouttheimpact.com until I realized that you needed great light in order to have impact). The impact could be because the image was hard to create, or was not planned and created on the spot, or in the case of a couple of them have significant personal memories attached.

Clicking on each image will show a larger version of the image.

Here are a few other years worth of favourites. Please enjoy!

Argentina is a beautiful country, and Patagonia is a very special place. Along the rivers that we visit are Kingfishers, very nervous Kingfishers. This is one of the few images I got with it in flight.

More photos from Argentina are here->


The annual cattle drive at the Tecka ranch in Patagonia is a highlight. This image shows a whole story from the lead hands, through to the herd being driven behind them, to the Andes in the background.

Bring ‘em in

While the irruption of snowy owls has become an annual event, getting images of the owls in flight is still hard. This beauty in flight was a lifer for me.

Silent flight

The Bonnechere Cup is an annual event for me, and this year the my favourite image came on the way to the race at a Mennonite Church along the way..

No racing here

On my first trip to the US southwest, a quick visit on a cloudy day to the ‘Valley of Fire’. I enjoyed my visit to a slot canyon where the erosion has created some wonderful shapes.

Coloured erosion

A family trip to the US southwest with an image we could not have taken anywhere else. The image was made in Red Rock Canyon just to the west of Las Vegas.

The other side of Vegas

Each spring and fall I get to go with groups of friends to look for snow geese. This image made when the geese were not cooperative. I love the colour combination and the textures, as well as how the chains colours are reversed from the wall.

Complimentary colours locked together

Sometimes we find snow geese, many of them. These images with thousands of geese are amazing to see.


The performances at the Kiwanis Music Festival can produce some interesting images. The closing performance gave me the chance to choose an angle and composition that was unusual.

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I love birds in flight. It is so hard to get a good image of a bird flying towards you, and where the light is good. This Great Blue Heron is flying into a rookery with some nice light.


I have a love of volleyball that goes well back. This image is part of large series taken at the PanAm Cup in Ottawa. As a former middle blocker, I love the wall.

3 Man Wall

These two young Great Blue Herons at a rookery are waiting for dinner to come back. The unusual angle showed off their downward looking eyes.

Where is breakfast?

Where did they go? It was a hot day in Ottawa, and the Governor Generals Foot Guards were on a water break.


This is without a doubt one of my favourite images, ever. I was taking photos when the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa, this monarch butterfly was a wonderful addition to the image.

Sun worship

I love shooting sports, especially high level sports like this soccer friendly between Brazil and Canada. with this being Christine Sinclair, one of the best ever. The fact that there is no ball in the image is not a problem.

Thou shalt not pass

I got started with serious photography back in 2004 because of Airshows and Owls. The repeating patterns of the Snowbirds on the ground caught my eye.


This was more artistic look at a very technical double crossing by the Snowbirds.

Smoking cross

The show put on by the Snowbirds include multiple crossings, and this capture was perfectly timed.

Unbelievably close

Nothing technical here, just a chance for my son Scott to meet Canadian astronaut Chris Hatfield. A life moment for both of us.

Meeting a real hero

This is a second image made when out looking for snow geese. These tamaracks were near a creek where we have found the geese, not this time so nature was the topic.

Highlighting a tamarack

Favourites from 2017

This was really quite a lop sided year. An incredible trip to Iceland ended up with almost half my favourites, and trips to Newfoundland and Argentina picked up quite a few more.

As I was waiting for the cattle and gauchos to cross the bridge at the Tecka Ranch in Patagonia I could feel this image forming.

When the cattle needed a little persuasion, the image was made. I went black and white to emphasize the timelessness of the image.

A video about gauchos is available here->

Git along

At the branding next day, three generations of gauchos were watching the events unfold.

Again in black and white for the timelessness as they intently watch something they have seen thousands of times.


The Bonnechere Cup ran into some unseasonably warm conditions.

The reflections in the water pools are not something that happens ever year.

Lake Eganville

In my opinion the nicest images of snow geese come when there is still ice on the St. Lawrence, and the geese feel comfortable. This lift off from the ice was a treat for the senses.

I love watching the waves of snow geese come in for a landing.

Landing zone

The excitement of a round 3, game 6 NHL playoff game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Ottawa Senators.


Game 6

It was my first ever trip to the island of Newfoundland, and just after arriving on the ferry, this sunset presented itself.

The beautiful colours with the reflections in the wet land impressed me.

Primordial colours

Near the L’Anse aux Meadows park in Northern Newfoundland is a small village.

The bright colours of the laundry against the stark landscape tells a story.

Colour in Life

At the opposite end of the same village the icebergs had come into the bay.

I loved the dramatic shapes and combination of harsh angles.

Freshly turned Bergs

This Curacao vs Canada soccer friendly in Montreal provided some high quality moments.

This image with the action frozen with all eyes are on the ball, except for the player who is actually playing it made it interesting to me.

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Eyes On

Taken at Parc Omega, this arctic wolf knows exactly where we are. The cold stare is amazing.

Making a nature image into a portrait is not something you get to do often. The shallow depth helps to isolate the wolf on the left.

I see you

The Colour Run is described as the ‘Funnest 5k on the planet’ and these runners at the end of the event are proving it true.

I was trying to capture the energy, action and the colour.

Hands up

it is never too late for nest building, and this male osprey is rebuilding one.

I love doing birds in flight, and when something else is happening in the photo it makes it even more interesting. The dropped straw adds to the story.


This trip to Iceland with iAmIceland was incredible with visits to many amazing places. This shot is literally from inside an extinct volcano.

The lighting on the inside of the volcano was showing off the various minerals in the walls. Amazing!

Inside the Volcano!

The Westman islands are an amazing place with these recently volcanic islands including Surtsey. These islands are perfect locations for sea bird colonies.

This curious puffin was up close enough to blur out the background to focus on the bird.

Puffin in Profile

The only way to get to this edge of the Vatnajökull glacier is by helicopter. Our stop created some amazing views.

Even though this flat patch of ground was recently under the ice, nature found a way to put some flowers. The angle was created to give the location context.

Visiting Isolation

The view from the helicopter leaving the Vatnajökull glacier area shows the flow edge and the movements of the ice.

The 200m high cliffs with huge chunks calving off was awe inspiring.

200m of flow edge

Iceland is famous for its northern lights, not usually in August though. The sun barely sets, so the azure coloured sky was showing instead of black.

As the auroras dance with shapes can be amazing. I loved the colours and the movement along with the azure sky.

Angels in the sky

This pair of Whooper swans probably had a nest in the reeds and were trying to keep out of site.

The repeating patterns of the reeds broken up by the white necks trying to blend in seemed like an interesting story.

Hiding in the grass

When you travel with iAmIceland you begin to expect the unexpected. This gourmet lunch at the side of a waterfall that we had to ourselves was an excellent example.

While it is not food photography, it is photography of food with a hard to match background.

A picnic in paradise

A flight over the Vatnajökull glacier showed off some of the fractured parts of the ice river.

The side lighting on a turn in the ice showed off the texture from the fractures in the ice.

A video of the glaciers is available here->

Cracked river of ice

Just minutes after flying over the Vatnajökull glacier, the outflow from the melting ice had formed an incredible delta.

This image was taken through the wind screen of the helicopter, and it took a long time to repair all the rain drops from the image.

Vatnajökull’s glacier delta

2016 Favs

How do you pick favourites from the thousands of images that are taken in a year? Good question.

My selections are a combination of unusual images, beautiful images, ones that were planned for along time, or ones that I had to work extra hard to get.

Considering the number of days that I took photos, it was surprising to me that there were two days that I selected three images from, and other day with two images on the same day.

I hope you enjoy!

While the area of Patagonia that we were in is very dry, the local water holes are very busy areas.

This crested caracara was on the raft of weeds where the grebes have nests, and was stealing eggs.

Stop thief!

On the same day in Patagonia, These great horned owls in the burrow had three completely different 'expressions' on their faces.

Three different expressions

At the end of a bird watching day the gauchos were branding the calves, and at the end of the day, this horse had other ideas about where it wanted to go.

No doubt who is the boss

An early morning lift off of snow geese with back lighting provide for dramatic images of their wings, and combined with the water droplets being lit up made for an unusual image.

It is All About the Light!

Wet Flush!

As the geese that lifted off in the image above were returning to the pond, a different group lifted off. They headed directly towards us, which is quite unusual.

Running Start

As the flock inscreased in size, the lift off with a wall of geese gives an awe inspiring image.

It may look like an abstract with repeating patterns.

It is on my wall.

A Moving Wall

I have covered the Ottawa Kiwanis Music Festival for 15 years, and the young performers are always amazing.

The expression on this young performer's face was priceless.

Playing it with feeling

One sole white version of the 2017 Canada tulip mixed in with some of its red cousins seemed like a wonderful juxtaposition.

Standing Alone

In advance for the summer Olympics, the womens national soccer teams of Canada and Brazil played a friendly in Ottawa. This image of Canadian hero Christine Sinclair was special to me.

Pulling away to the Olympics

An old paper mill in Beauharnaus Quebec was an interesting site for a model shoot, and with a topic of 'abandonded' in mind this image worked for me.

Out of Context

A fair amount of planning went to a shot that was a long exposure with movement in the dress material. Special thanks to Laurence for the candles to add atmosphere.

Ice Princess

A sunflower farm south of Ottawa was a busy spots for pollenating bees. The bees can be hard to keep up without annoying them.

Exploring a Fibonacci Sequence

A dance shoot with Kaitlin Chapple in the beautiful light of an old mill in Carleton Place.

Dress Rehearsal

In my first shoot with a new Canon 5Div got a chance work with subtle colours of fall flowers at the Experimental farm in Ottawa.

Old with New

Iceland  is such an amazing place! This image panorama of steam vents near a power plant was taken with a new iPhone 7. The dark skies backing the white steam felt very dramatic.

Streaming Panorama

After a windy rainy day doing the Golden Circle in Iceland, a brief blue sky and double rainbow happened as we found a field with Icelandic horses.

Rainbow for the Trolls

The east coast of Iceland has some amazing fiords, and this one was very dramtic with the grounded barge and dark skies. 

A Grey Ghost

Godafoss is one of the large waterfalls on the north shore of Iceland, and we got extra time at this site when our van broke down. By the time we were ready to go, the replacement van had arrived.

The Power to Change an Island

We spent several days chasing clear evening skies for auroras, and found some beautiful ones at the coast. At one point we stopped shooting just to enjoy the show.

Aurora Streams

My favourite location in Ottawa for nature shots is Mud Lake, and on an over cast day, this egret showed well against the dark background.

Time to Go Home

The fall colours gave me a chance work with this chickadee to get a nice out of focus background. Seeds on the sumac made it easy to predict where it would land.

Black and White on Colour

With thousands (maybe tens of thousands) of images of snow geese it becomes harder to find original images. Dark skies in the background, light on lines of geese made for a special image.

Pearls in the Sky

With snow geese coming in to land, the clouds, then a moon in the background provided layers of subjects.

Layers of Nature

My first Ottawa 67s game at ice level, and it provides a reinforcement for how fast the game is. This was the games first goal.

He Scores!

A trip to Calabogie Ontario after a snow fall, and with no wind gave the Madawaska River a nice reflective surface.


A Cold Mirror

Favourites of 2015

It was another wonderful year for trips (Argentina, the Gaspé and Iceland) along with many other fun photo opportunities. I find it tough to pick 25 favourites from any one of my trips, and it is even tougher for a whole year. My critieria for favourite shots was not just that they were good images, they also had to have some kind of story behind them.

One of the ways that I got to share images this year was the production of an iBook on Iceland, that you can download here.

Here is a link to the high res versions of the images, as well as a link to a few more on my e-commerce site, please enjoy!

Favourites from 2014

A wonderful year for trips (Argentina, the Gaspé, the Yukon and Iceland) along with an amazing number of other fun photo opportunities. I think I could have picked 25 favourites from any one of my trips, however my selections are spreadout throughout the year. My critieria for favourite shots was not just that they were good images, they also had to have some kind of story behind them.

Here is a link to a few more on my e-commerce site, please enjoy!

Horses in the Mist

During previous trips to Patagonia, horses have always been a favourite topic. One morning this year an unusual fog rolled off the river at sunrise producing some unworldly images.

I will be exhibiting this image at Oh So Good Desserts in Westboro during January and February.

Patagonian Sunrise

Sunrises in Patagonia are normally very bland, with very little clouds to add color. This morning in addition to the clouds over the Andes, a small group of horses added to the image.

I will be exhibiting this image at Oh So Good Desserts in Westboro during January and February.

Blurred at the Bed Race

This was the 12th for my Kiwanis Club to run the Bed Race. Normally, I have to spend most of my time doing team photos with relatively little time to experiment. This slow shutter shot with the snow coming down is of one of the fastest teams, the International Union of Elevator Constructors. They are also one of the best fundraisers.

Resting Snowy

2014 was an irruption of snowy owls in the Ottawa area with over 100 of them reported. I did get to see many of them, though for the most part these shy owls were hard to get photos of (unless you were baiting them). This image was the result of a long, patient wait.

Hard into turn 4

The Bonnechere Cup is a highlight each winter with some dramatic images as the sleds jockey for position in the corners.

Doris' Church

Each spring and fall we make multiple trips to the area around South Lancaster Ontario to look for snow geese. This spring, an overnight stay in Cornwall made it easier to get to the area for sunrise, and produced this image of a church. I did a lot of walking up and down to catch the rising sun aligned in the windows.

We previously dubbed Doris' Church because of the beautiful painting by Doris Pavelich (who is also exhibiting at Oh So Good Desserts) of this same church.

Tulips Zoom

Hundreds of photographers, thousands and thousands of images of the tulip festival in Ottawa, so it is hard to be original.

This image was done with my Lensbaby to allow selective focus on a very small section of the image.

Great Blue Heron Catch

One of my favourite locations in Ottawa is Mud Lake, where inside the city of Ottawa this small lake has an amazing abundance of wild life. While I may have lots of images of great blue herons, this is my first image of a heron catching a fish. To make it more interesting, he caught the fish by diving in for it rather than wading.

Cover for Ally

I got a chance to do a second album cover for recording artist Ally Mayson. This early morning shoot along the Ottawa River was a lot of fun.

Full Extension

A 'friendly' between the Ottawa Fury and the Glasgow Rangers was one of a few games that I was able to shoot this year. The action in this image with the fury defender heading the ball over the goal, combined with the very colourful background created an intense image.

Pushing Limits

Experimenting with an ISO of 12,800 as well as using extension tubers created a dramatic image of this dragonfly in our back yard.

Killers on the Hunt

During a very long whale watching tour from Vancouver, the pod of Killer Whales managed to find a seal that was corralled by the older whales to teach the youngsters to hunt.


While on the shore of Tilley Lake in the Yukon and waiting for our flight out, this feather amongst the rocks caught my eye as a contrast in textures.

Colour to Black and White

As a storm moved in on the lake, blue skies turned to grey across the image.

Takeoff of Trumpeter Swans

This small flock of swans did not  appreciate our presence, and left with a lot of noise and splashing. An amazing site.

Awe of the Cirque

A day trip into the Cirque of the Unclimbables did not produce a lot of images, rather a chance to take in the feeling of this amazing place.

Fall Flow in the Tombstones

Fall in the Tombstone Mountains provided wonderful vistas as the colours flowed down the site of the mountains.

Tombstone Silhouette

My visit to the Tombstone mountains did not include a lot of sunlight, though a gap in the clouds produced this image with dramatic silhouettes.

Hunting Green Heron

Mud Lakes herons included this very colorful green heron which moved in very slowly on its target.

Off Into the Sunset

At the end of a beautiful day of waterfalls and glaciers in Iceland, we stopped at a church near sunset. As we were looking at the church, this gentleman walked over the hill and off into the sunset.


This natural ice sculpture at a glacial lake in Iceland produced some wonderful reflections. This was one of the stops in a photo tour that I helped organize through PortfoliosInAWeek.com, and the energy and smiles from our participants at this location was amazing.

Looking back into history

This is a second ice sculpture from the same glacial lake in Iceland. The geometry of this shot makes with waterline hard to see.

Nature's Revenge

At a remote fiord on the east coast of Iceland, this grounded barge created an interesting silhouette (silhouette was a topic for my RA Photo Club's competitions this year).

The fiord was at the end of a three hour drive for our PortfoliosInAWeek.com tour, and the participants were a little unsure if the drive would be worth it. There was not a doubt when we left.

Gale Force Winds

While travelling the south coast of Iceland we stopped at an amazing black sand beach with spectacular rock formations just off the coast. To add drama, 80kph winds whipped up the ocean, and dark clouds added an ominous sky.

The wind was so strong it was able to knock people over and sandblast our lenses.


The week after the tragic shooting of Canadian soldier Nathan Cirillo, I spent an evening downtown taking photos and thinking about sacrifice.