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I spent a morning last year shooting with TWO Brians (Thats Brian not brains I'm in trouble enough with one brain!) my assistant Brain and Brian from Foto Care. Foto Care had set up a great day to shoot and print with Canon gear, and Canon had some great people along to educate and help out.
I took out a Canon D1x and put it through its paces for a bit (I only took the it out for a short stint as it was slated to be rented and was the last one in shop.) I took a 5DMKlll out for the duration of the day with a tack sharp EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM L series piece of glass bolted to the front of it.
The D1x....What a wonderfully responsive, intelligent machine. Ergonomically delicious too, it doesn't suffer ergonomically as (IMHO) the 5D series does. This camera cuddles your hand and says let's go... right now.. let's go! While the speed of the camera is easily a high point, the image quality and ability to make 'light' (Pun intended) work of complex lighting scenarios and deliver an image that just seems to get what it is you're looking at...really makes for a confident shooting experience.
Strolling around Manhattan with no real intention other than to see what you see, and make images...is therapeutic. Brian and I wound up on our own adventure. The goal being to see if anything turned up. And it did...as it I believe it always will, when one remains open to whatever makes its way to ones self. Call it opportunity, or syncronicity...I think there is so much to be gained when you don't try so hard and simply let things happen.
So with this in mind...
- RydeSafeBrand Manager, 2014 - present
- Brian McDonaldVisual Designer, 2003 - presentDesign, Photo, and Craft
I am an enthusiastic self-teacher, and I'm into new technologies, video games, bad movies, the animal kingdom, and plenty of 80's/90's nostalgia. I'm not a fan of laundry, design trends, fanboyism, and people who bid on eBay auctions before the final 30 seconds of the listing.
I've enjoyed art since I was very young. I started with illustration, painting, and photography, and computers were my gateway to graphic design. With experience, my primary focus turned to graphic design while also becoming an avenue to incorporate my photographic work. Film photography gave way to digital camera systems, and I took the leap to transition into and fully embrace a digital workflow.
My interest in music also started at a young age. My first instrument was a Roland keyboard, and I progressed to play guitar around the 3rd grade. I picked up bass guitar, and started to play the drums to cap off my musical arsenal. More recently, I've gotten into creating music on my computer, which lets me combine all of my musical skills.
As for hockey, it all started when I was five years old. I practically lived at the ice rink growing up. I played both travel and high school hockey, but took a short break before re-focusing my views on the game. I started to coach with emphasis on individual technique and skills training. Coaching turned into my own business, and that exposure also allowed me to branch into other facets of hockey, including equipment design and research.
My most recent development has been my passion for woodworking, which started three years ago. I assisted my father with some of his projects, and then began designing my own ideas and learned how to fabricate them. Through experiencing the start-to-finish aspects of production, I have come to love designing outside of the digital realm.