A promo video of sorts for the Idea Spark iOS app.

I’ve been thinking of doing a promo video showcasing the Idea Spark iOS app for a while, but I just couldn’t decide how I wanted to do it.  The current trend amongst startups is to release glossy marketing videos with upbeat music, but in all honesty I am personally very tired of this sort of communication between creators and their customers.  Seeing something generic like that has very little impact on my own saturated senses, and I figure I’m not the only…

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2015: A year of valleys and peaks.

2015: it has been a year of deep valleys and high peaks for me, both literally and figuratively.

It began in the hospital, at the bedside of someone I deeply care for.  Here, winter and spring blurred by slowly in a haze of emotion, my life taking on a holding pattern as I entered a full-time support role for those around me.  The next thing I knew, it was summer.  At this point, the health challenges still had not gone away, but they had changed and those of us intimately…

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  • DanielJanuary 19, 2016 - 11:08 am

    Beautiful story. It’s really nice to hear about some of the lowlights too…makes me feel less alone in some of my own struggles. Looking forward to what the next year brings!ReplyCancel

  • RebeccaJanuary 30, 2016 - 2:17 pm

    What dynamic images! I followed you on your bike tour on Instagram, and can’t wait to see the rest of the images on here…this is a nice tease but I know you’ve got more. For now, I’ll just subscribe to your newsletter and keep an eye out. 🙂

    Happy 2016!ReplyCancel

Christmas is coming, and wintery greeting cards are flying out of the workshop.

It seems a lot of people still love sending print Christmas cards, and it makes me glad to know that I’m not the only one!  I am humbled by the amount orders and requests I’ve received regarding print products over the past weeks – thanks to each and every one of you who thought of me and value that which I create. Personally, I have been loving the opportunity to work with my hands and turn photos into tactile treasures for you.

A couple weeks ago, I had received an …

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  • AndreaNovember 28, 2015 - 10:19 pm

    So beautiful! (the products AND the photos. That fox…!)ReplyCancel

  • HenkNovember 30, 2015 - 1:48 pm

    I thought you were supposed to use Canada Post and not fly them yourself?ReplyCancel

  • DavidDecember 2, 2015 - 5:18 pm

    Ha! It’s a team effort.ReplyCancel

Autumn Meets Winter – a postcard from Waterton.

Autumn meets winter as an early October snowfall dusts the trees at a higher elevation in Waterton Lakes National Park.

West to Waterton and beyond.”  This phrase has been written on my fridge in colorful magnetic letters ever since I first visited Waterton Lakes National Park three years ago, and I have returned every year since.

Every time I return to this special piece of land it is spectacular in a different way.  Being much more off the beaten path than…

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  • GeoffOctober 9, 2015 - 5:02 pm

    This is stunning!! I love when the snow dusts the trees!ReplyCancel

  • DavidOctober 9, 2015 - 7:06 pm

    Totally Geoff! It’s such a fleeting and beautiful moment.ReplyCancel

  • LucasOctober 11, 2015 - 9:07 am

    Great moment!ReplyCancel

Bike Tour Preparations.

A year ago, I toured the Icefields Parkway, Alberta, Canada, on four wheels.  Tomorrow, I will begin touring it on two wheels, and that’s just the start of the adventure I am planning.  I am hopping on a train with my bike in a few hours – the first stop is Jasper, but further regions I have in mind for this trip are also the Haida Gwaii, Kluane, and Vancouver Island.  Plans are liable to change (read: evolve) depending on the unpredictable nature of things…

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  • Mark ReimerJuly 27, 2015 - 1:55 pm

    Love it!! Looks like you’re really enjoying the Saga. I love how you’ve built it up. Where is that photo taken on the sticky-mud double-track, as well as the pine forest? Looks like some excellent riding. Good luck on the tour, travelling by bicycle can’t be beat.ReplyCancel

    • DavidJuly 27, 2015 - 3:05 pm

      Thanks Mark. Yeah, I’m loving the Soma build! With a bunch of miles on it now it feels really good and dialed in. I switched out the basket for a randonneur bag just on Thursday and am already stoked on the upgrade.

      The muddy double track is up in the Gordon Lake Road area of northwest Ontario. A good place to park on this one is a little ways up the Gordon Lake Road north from the hwy #1 junction (a little ways past the ELA turnoff) or park for free in Blue Lake Provincial Park (north of Vermillion Bay) campground’s overflow lot and ride it the other way. The main road is gravel, half of which is almost single lane but not busy at all. But there’s tons of logging roads like this jutting off it to explore, pristine lakes to cool off in, and even a few abandoned buildings along the way. There’s also a lot of bugs. I spent five days around there back in June and got eaten alive. Might be best to try in a shoulder season.

      The pine grove is a little closer to home, over at Bird’s Hill Park.

      Cheers!ReplyCancel

Postcard from the Winnipeg Folk Festival 2015

Another year, another Winnipeg Folk Festival: while this year was no different in its delivery of wonderful music through intimate workshops and big stage sound, the festival went back to its original 4-day format (previously five days).  Even with the shorter festival, it was packed with great memories and experiences – and as a festival photographer, I gathered a fair number of photos capturing it all!  Unfortunately, my reminiscing has had to be cut short…

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  • TrishJuly 17, 2015 - 5:09 pm

    Now that’s Pope’s Hill all right!ReplyCancel

  • Daniel ThemanOctober 12, 2015 - 12:11 pm

    Any plans to post the rest of your 2015 Folk Fest stuff?ReplyCancel

  • DavidOctober 28, 2015 - 6:14 pm

    Hey Daniel. I’ll probably wait to post the full photoessay until spring time at this point; people are busy with things right at this time of year (myself included) and it would be a nice trip down memory lane to get people excited for the 2016 festival.

    That said, I have posted a couple raw videos from this years festival to Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/DQVisualStorytellerReplyCancel

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