The last project that I did with Trevor and the team was recognized with two Covenant awards: Instrumental Album of the Year for “Yahweh” and Instrumental Song of the Year for “Passion” .
We just learned that New World has been nominated for three Covenant awards this year including Instrumental Album of the Year, Instrumental Single of the Year for “Ifriqiya” and Album Artwork of the Year.
The Covenant Awards celebrate the very best in Canadian Christian Music and it is an honour to be recognized for all of our hard work on this project.
It is official. The project we worked on for about three years had its launch last night in Oshawa. I was so pleased to be out to the event and I was also so proud of the team. An amazing evening and an awesome concert. I elected to be discrete with my camera so I took out my little red dot — the Leica. Here are a few shots from the evening.
First up is the FOH console. I always check out the sound system first. And what do we have here? A Venue. An older one because it has the Digidesign logo on it but still cool.
And a number of concert photos of the team in action. Trevor Dick on violin, Jake Payne on keys and David Thompson on guitar.
The rest of the band includes Will Jarvis on bass and Steve Heathcote on drums. Here is Steve on the captain’s chair.
A full band shot with Will on bass.
A few more concert shots.
And Trevor tells a number of stories between the songs.
You can find out more about the band and the project here.
The World Music Project has been released. There is a video which goes along with the music which you can see below.
This was a very unique project for me personally. I spent a lot of time with it partly because it was such a challenging project to mix. Hundreds of tracks. A wide range of recording techniques from amateur to professional. It was also unique because, aside from Trevor, I did not know anyone on the team.
This is a video that I did which provides my overview of the project.
And this is the video for the project. I really enjoyed seeing all of these artists from across the world for the first time. The video is not perfectly produced however it is authentic. And that authenticity comes through the music.
If you are a photographer then you have heard about the red dot.
I finally got one.
After all of this time shooting with Nikon, I can at last begin to start taking some good photos 😉
I took it out for a spin over the weekend and I am quite impressed with the results. Here are a few photos of downtown Kingston. Such a beautiful town.
Florida. In August. The weather can test the stamina of a Canadian. The sun and the heat can be alarmingly intense.
Surprisingly enough, after a few days, the intensity of the Florida heat moderates. You get used to it. You screen. You mix indoor and outdoor activities. Indoors for air conditioned comfort. Outdoors because the sun looks so inviting.
That said, I’m not sure I would go out on the bike for 2 or 3 hours of hard riding in this weather. That might be a bit too much for someone not used to the heat and humidity.
Why did we come down to Florida in August?
To attend a wedding.
This particular wedding was unique in many ways. All weddings are special. Some weddings can be moving. This wedding was especially moving.
It was held outdoors. There was one focal point under a canopy of tree branches. Simplicity and minimalism intersected with creativity and informality. The charge and commission of marriage. The union of a young couple. The start of a journey. A new chapter.
As Lorraine and I approach 36 years of marriage, a wedding like this one brings back a flood of memories. Our journey together has gone by with such surprising speed. So many wonderful times together. This wedding was a reminder of the special joy and privilege of our love and of our commitment to one another.
Here are a few images from the day. The last photo includes a quote from C.S. Lewis, hand painted by the bride on one of many signs that surrounded the wedding place:
Now at last they were beginning Chapter 1 of the great story that no one has ever read, and which goes on forever in which every chapter is better than the one before.
I took them both. My Sony RX100 and one of my Nikon DSLRs, the Nikon D600. For the Nikon, I brought along a 50mm prime and a 24-120mm F4 zoom.
The Nikon kit is heavy. And, in the Florida heat, a tad uncomfortable.
We spent yesterday at Universal Studios in Orlando. I decided to leave the big DSLR behind. I took the very small Sony as my camera.
I have to say that it performed well above my expectations for a compact point and shoot camera. Well enough that I doubt I would have captured any significantly better images with the DSLR particularly given the location and the time of day.
It was quite liberating to walk the park with a camera that could easily fit in my pocket when needed. No hassles when doing the rides.
Here are a few photos from the day.
Travelling down in Florida this week. Weather feels like 35 Celsius. Really, really warm.
Posts will be a bit infrequent for another week or so.
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