Events

It’s a rare occurrence for most to be able to participate and witness a different culture from our own. I’m fortunate that I get to experience such a wonderful immersion in the Polish culture on my wife’s side of the family. The Polish Highlander Association of Calgary, whom both of my wife’s parents are an integral part of, has been around for 4 years. They represent the traditional Highlanders of Poland. A community with roots dating back hundreds of years in the foothills of the  Tatras range in the  Carpathian Mountains.

This year marked the Ceremonial Consecration of the Polish Highlander Association Flag. This flag is symbolic for the “Goral” people of Calgary and everything that it represents. It was an honour to be able to participate and capture this special day for the Polish Goral people of Calgary, my family.

zaproszenie 2014
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photos taken with my fuji xt-1

These photos summarize an amazing and integral part of my life. My wife’s family hosts an annual polish highlander picnic in the amazing picturesque Bow Valley Provincial Park just west of Cochrane, Alberta. They gather once a year and showcase traditional “Goralskie” traditions, including dancing, signing, music and food. This year, family from Chicago and San Diego made the trip to join in the festivities and they brought along their very own musicians (part of a polish band called “Wanta”). These guys are not just amazing musicians, singers and dancers, but are amongst the nicest group of people I have ever met. My wife’s grandmother, who is only 86 years young, even made the journey to be a part of this event. The singing and dancing went well past midnight and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect. Getting together with family and being able to capture such images with a simple click of my camera is the reason i love what i do.

piknik goralski 2014
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piknik goralski 2014

RMLCA RiverShiver 2012

March 7, 2012 in Events

A couple of weeks ago I got to fully enjoy RiverShiver 2012, a Toyota Land Cruiser Association (TLCA) event put on by the Rocky Mountain Land Cruiser 4×4 Association (RMLCA). The event is held biennially (every 2 years) out in Waiparous, Alberta, Canada. Land Cruiser enthusiasts, who can bear the frigid temperatures, come out for a 4 day, fully catered (8 meals!) event complete with trail rides and spectacular raffle prizes.

In these 4 days, I fell in love with my Canon 135L all over again… what a remarkably awesome lens.  The Camera Store was also nice enough to not only support the event, but to lend me a wide angle Canon 16-35 f/2.8L II lens, which stayed on my one 5D body the entire 4 days.  I tired my best to take photos the first day participating as a tail gunner, which allowed me to get the backs of most of the trucks and miss all the great action that happened at the front.  The next day, I took refuge in other lead vehicles that had available passenger seats and snapped from the front.  There were moments I worried about my batteries while standing outside in the cold for long periods of time but they held up very well considering the number of photos I took.

The food was beyond outstanding, the company was awesome, and everyone’s truck was unique – some bone stock and others well built, a reflection of pride in their owners… a true addiction I know too well, but for myself, have only begun to scratch the surface of this hobby.  The weather co-operated, scenery was refreshing (as always), and there was absolutely nothing worth complaining about (remembering to keep in mind that we’re all essentially camping).  It’s too bad this event only happens once every 2 years.

There’s more pictures coming… a lot more, but this is it for now.

rmlca rivershiver 2012
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Calgary’s BDFM

January 28, 2012 in Events,Personal

Beer Drinking Fighting Machine.  These guys are awesome!  My ears are literally still ringing/bleeding from last night’s show at Lord Nelson’s Pub in Downtown Calgary.  Great hard/angry music and some great friends were there… I really need to start going to more shows again.

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