Père Lachaise Cemetery

Recently I returned from a trip to Paris and was able to spend a while wandering around Père Lachaise Cemetery. Covering over 100 acres and one million internments since its inception, it is the largest cemetery within central Paris. I had hoped to spend the entire day wandering, but unfortunately rain forced me to leave early.

Digital images are also available to preview.

Hasselblad 500CM, 150mm Sonnar F/4, Kodak Tri-X 400 B&W film was used for all the black and white images.

Hasselblad 500CM, 150mm Sonnar F/4, Kodak Ektachrome E100SW was used for all the colour images.

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I edited this image to a 8x10 as I was unable create a proper composition with the pillar in full showing.

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 Memorial to the Dead

Memorial to the Dead

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Beaver Fever 2017

TriCity Roller Derby hosted their 3rd Beaver Fever Tournament and provided roller derby fans with 3 days full of amazing games. 

Flickr Collection
The flickr interface seems to be stuck in the past and hasn't been updated in a long time, but is still an easy way to share images.

Individual Albums on Facebook
Game 1 - Ithaca vs Muddy River
Game 2 - Royal City vs Roc City
Game 3 - TriCity vs Toronto
Game 4 - Winnipeg vs Maine
Game 5 - Royal City vs Ithaca
Game 6 - Muddy River vs Roc City
Game 7 - Winnipeg vs Toronto
Game 8 - TriCity vs Maine
Game 9 - Royal City vs Muddy River
Game 10 - Toronto vs Maine
Game 11 - Roc City vs Ithaca
Game 12 - TriCity vs Winnipeg

Feel free to tag and share these albums. Please retain photo credits. 

Workshop: Art & Form Posing Series

The West Toronto Photography Group on Meetup.com has a wide range of workshops, hosted by Phil Sutherland. On May 18th they had another installment of the Art & Form Posing Series, this time featuring Jenna L. She is a former ballerina and the posing ability of dancers never ceases to amaze me.

One of the thematic elements in this workshop used a long swath of red fabric to wrap the model. The fabric then stretched off to the sides. A few of my favourite images follow.

 High Key setup with a light to the left of the photographer at about a 45 degree angle. We were also running a smoke machine to add a 'hazy' filter.

High Key setup with a light to the left of the photographer at about a 45 degree angle. We were also running a smoke machine to add a 'hazy' filter.

 Lights on either side and slightly behind the model with a light to the front far left at a rather sever angle. The effect really uses light and shadow to highlight the pose.

Lights on either side and slightly behind the model with a light to the front far left at a rather sever angle. The effect really uses light and shadow to highlight the pose.

Bellydance Blossom Festival

The 2017 Bellydance Blossom festival was held over 3 days at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto Ontario from May 5th to May 7th. Workshops were held by Mohamed Saleh, Dr. Mo Geddawi, Hany Morgan and Mohamad Haiek.

There were both exploratory and collaborative performances over the 3 days. I was able to photograph all but one of the performances.

 

I have posted images from each performance I attended to a single album to Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/PDV.Photography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1547134118692819

Individual photos may be posted to instagram as well.

 

Royal Brawl 2017 Invitational Tournament

The very first Royal Brawl Invitational Tournament was held this past weekend at the Centennial Arena in Guelph. Hosted by the Royal City Roller Girls, this WFTDA sanction event featured some fantastic flat track derby over 2 days.

Featured Teams
Capital City Dollinquents
Capital City Dolly Rogers
Rideau Valley Roller Girls Vixens
Royal City Brute-Leggers
Royal City Rum Runners
Tri-City Thunder
Winnipeg Roller Derby League All-Stars

I've posted albums on Facebook. Free free to tag and share.

Friday May 12th, 2017
Game 1 - Rideau Valley Roller Derby -Vixens VS. Winnipeg Roller Derby League - All Stars
Game 2 - Tri-City Roller Derby - Thunder VS. Royal City Roller Girls - Brute Leggers

Saturday May 13th, 2017
Game 1 - Royal City Roller Girls - Rum Rollers VS. Capital City Derby Dolls - Dollinquents
Game 2 - Royal City Roller Girls- Bruteleggers VS. Capital City Derby Dolls - Dolly Rogers
Game 3 - Tri-City Roller Derby - Thunder VS. Rideau Valley Roller Derby - Vixens
Game 4 - Capital City Derby Dolls - Dolly Rogers VS. Winnipeg Roller Derby League - All stars
Game 5 - Rideau Valley Roller Derby - Vixens S. Royal City Roller Girls - Brutelegger

Flickr

A album collection of the event broken down on a game by game basis hosted on Flickr

https://www.flickr.com/photos/goopie/collections/72157683918615536/

ToRD 2017 Quarterfinals

The 2017 Toronto Roller Derby regular season is over and we are now in the traditional Battle for the Boot.

Game One was the 3rd place Smoke City Bandits vs the 4th place Gore-Gore Rollergirls.

Game Two as the 1st place Death Track Dolls vs the 2nd place Chicks Ahoy!

Images can be found on the following sharing sites.

Flickr

Facebook

 

ToRD Double Header - March 4, 2017

The Death Track Dolls looked to cement their place at the top of the league standings when they faced off against the Smoke City Bandits, while the Chicks Ahoy did battle with the Gore Gore Roller Girls at the Bunker.

 Smoke Cities Bandit jammer Titmouse battles her way through the Death Track Dolls blockers

Smoke Cities Bandit jammer Titmouse battles her way through the Death Track Dolls blockers

 Gore Gore Rollergirls' jammer Murdercat gets the cold shoulder from Chicks Ahoy! blocker Francesca Fiueré

Gore Gore Rollergirls' jammer Murdercat gets the cold shoulder from Chicks Ahoy! blocker Francesca Fiueré

For more derby action checkout out the following galleries!

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Derby on Film

Recently I decided to try my hand at shooting a few rolls at a ToRD match at the Bunker. The lighting setups are better suited to using strobes of some sort. I had a few rolls of Ilford Delta 3200 that I wanted to try out. I was rather surprised by the results. The action shots were blurry as one might expect when using a manual focus camera, but they were interesting.

 

 Mr Whistler & The Derby Nerd commenting on the bout. Taken over the cameraman's right shoulder.  Hasselblad 500C/M, 150mm Sonnar f/4, Ilford Delta 3200 B&W film.

Mr Whistler & The Derby Nerd commenting on the bout. Taken over the cameraman's right shoulder.

Hasselblad 500C/M, 150mm Sonnar f/4, Ilford Delta 3200 B&W film.

I decided the best way to curate the images I did like was an instagram account. My main instagram account will continue to be a wide variety of images I capture, but this account will only be Roller Derby images taken with a film camera. I will be accepting contributions from other photographers if they wish to provide images but currently it will be only me posting.

The account is Derby On Film. There is not set schedule as to when images will be posted. It generally takes 2-3 weeks to get the film back and then I have to scan and curate the images.

I am open to making prints of any of my images but I have never done a print directly from film. That would be a fun experiment.

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Paris on Film

I took an old medium format film camera with me to Paris this December and carried it for several of the days I was wandering about. While shooting with it was a much different experience than carrying a DSLR, it wasn't until the film was processed that the difference also showed greatly in the results.

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A little time to myself

Recently I had the opportunity to spend a few days in Paris. It was a fantastic. I really found myself loving the city, the people and the culture.

As I had gone primarily to take pictures, I've setup a small gallery which are really nothing more then tourist pics.

FanExpo 2016

Another Labour Day weekend comes and goes and with it, a fantastic weekend at FanExpo Toronto. I spent a bit of time attending a few Q&A panels but the bulk of each day was just wandering through the vendor floor taking pictures of some amazing cosplay!

I've pushed daily galleries to Facebook. Feel free to tag and share!

Thursday, Sept 1
Friday, Sept 2
Saturday, Sept 3
Sunday, Sept 4

I've also pushed images to Flickr, to allow embedding in blogs and such.

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Friday, Sept 2
Saturday, Sept 3
Sunday, Sept 4
 

Neil Gunner publishes photojournalism roller derby book: Into Battle

Photographer Neil Gunner has just released his book Into Battle: The Roller Derby Experience in Photos and InterviewsI've had the privilege of working with Neil these last few seasons while shooting for Toronto Roller Derby at The Bunker, Downsview Park. Into Battle has been a long term project of his that reflects both his style of photography and his approach to story telling.

At over 200 pages of photos and interviews, Neil has presented an in-depth look at what fuels the passion of so many athletes who make Roller Derby such a fascinating sport to watch. 

The Derby Nerd, a Toronto based writer and massive fan of Roller Derby, has published an in-depth review of Neil's book on his blog.

Into Battle: The Roller Derby Experience in Photos and Interviews is available to purchase online or at Toronto Roller Derby matches. It is a perfect gift for any sports lover.

Flickr

For many years I've used Flickr to post and share images. After finding a fair number of flickr images being embedded within a website promoting porn, I'm going to remove any images that aren't Roller Derby or Comic Conventions.

I'll continue posting images for Roller Derby, but I'll be posting those same images to Facebook via my page.

As for other images, they'll all be posted here, with the odd posting to Facebook or Instagram for promotional purposes. While I still like Flickr, the lack of integration with other sites is a problem for me at this time.

9th Annual Black & White Spider Awards

Earlier this year I took part in a photography workshop hosted by Alan of Beauty, Fashion, and Glamour Photography featuring Jemma. I managed to capture several fantastic images, but one of my favorites was this one.

I entered the image into a black & white image contest into the Black & White Spider Awards. Earlier this month I was notified that I was a nominee in the Fine Art category. 

The full press release is below.

 

BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS HONORS PHOTOGRAPHER PAUL DEVISSER FROM CANADA

LOS ANGELES (2014.10.25) - Amateur photographer Paul DeVisser of Canada was presented with the 9th Annual Black and White Spider Awards Nominee in the category of Fine Art at a prestigious Nomination & Winners PhotoShow webcast Saturday, October 18, 2014.

The live online gala was attended by photography fans around the globe who logged on to see the climax of the industry's most important event for black and white photography.

The awards international Jury included captains of the industry from The Royal Photographic Society, FoMu Fotomuseum, Aeroplastics Contemporary, Torch Gallery, Stockholm City Museum to Fratelli Alinari in Florence who honored Spider Fellows with 298 coveted title awards and 957 nominees in 14 categories.

"It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 8,508 entries from 73 countries that we received this year," said Basil O'Brien, the awards Creative Director. "Paul DeVisser's "Ballerina" an exceptional image entered in the Fine Art category, represents black and white photography at its finest, and we're pleased to present him with the title of Nominee."

You can view the 9th Annual Winners Gallery at www.thespiderawards.com/gallery/9th

BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in black and white photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in black and white photography.

Dark Side Studio presents Spontaneous Order II - Gala Show

On Saturday, Sept 13th, The Dark Side Studio hosted the Gala Show for Spontaneous Order II, a workshop where a group of dancers gather to create and learn a choreography over 3 days. This intensive workshop produces a eclectic dance number that is the result of collaboration among differing minds and dance styles. 

  Sahra DeRoy & Victoria Dances

Sahra DeRoy & Victoria Dances

The evening featured some solo performances from participants in the workshop as well as the Lavish student troupe and some special guests. Audra Simmons and Heather Labonté also delighted us with a duet. 

Images have been shared to Facebook.

 

 

Light & Ink

I'm a member of several meetup groups dedicated to photography, some of which put on workshops. The other night I attended a workshop on Light & Ink Master Lighting Class, hosted by PRO Photo Studio Workshops. Workshops such as these are a great way to learn and push your knowledge of studio light setups. You also gain valuable experience interacting with a model to work towards getting the best images possible.

The model for Light & Ink Master Lighting Class was Theresa Manchester. She was simply wonderful to work with, I cannot recommend her highly enough. Very professional, intuitive, 

We worked through some different light setups with a mix of low-key and high-key thrown in.

 model: Theresa Manchester

model: Theresa Manchester

A typical low-key setup using a soft box on the near right, with two strip on the left/right to add fill along the edges.

Fan Expo 2014

So after 4 days of wandering the halls of the Metro Convention Centre marveling at the exhibits, displays of artwork and the fantastic cosplay, I finally have the time to go through and curate some of the images.

Every convention I attend I am astounded by the creativity, skill and dedication of the cosplayers who attend.

I will be posting an assortment of images in the following locations:

For the Facebook images, feel free to tag yourself and share them about, or use them as your profile pictures.