Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Nakuru, Kenya

I was watching TV one night and this young girl came on the program to talk about the way she was devoting most of her time to humanitarian work. The most impressive thing was that at the young age of 21 she had already been to Africa to build a well to supply an orphanage. A well from which the Nakuru Baby Orphanage was able to gain profit in order to fund their activities and support the Orphanage.

Frederique along with a few more souls from around the world, created Reach Out To Humanity for health (ROTH) and also contributed to the donation of glasses to sight-impaired people thus giving them the "gift of vision". Other initiatives include children sponsorship and the most recent project of a maternity ward and counseling center to give a helping hand to the deficient Kenyan health system.

After the TV show, I visited the organism's web site and decided to e-mail them to offer my photographical services. The answer was quick and full of enthusiasm. Soon after I found myself donating my time taking pictures at one of their fund raiser in Montreal, Canada. I had always wanted to go to Africa so it was not hard for them to convince me to take the trip in order to help ROTH the best I could by taking images for their website.

So here I am, preparing to go to Nakuru, Kenya to hopefully take some images to help their proram. I will be covering their latest project; the Piave Maternity Ward. Through my blog I will keep you posted about what it takes to get ready for such a trip and I will also try to post from over there in order for you to see some of the images taken on the field.

I hope you follow me through this journey and feel free to comment on it as much as you want .

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Pictures from the drawer

In the making of my website, I had to edit out a lot of images even though I highly estimated them. I don't think the point of a site is to showcase as many pictures as you've taken but rather show your diversity or your strength hence the loss of images.

Now with the digital age, once the images are stored up in your external hard-drive, the one from two years ago that you rarely look at, you forget about them. I cherish the print days where my mother's drawer was filled with pictures and memories of our childhood for us to look at on rainy days. Not only have I lost pictures all over my hard drives, I have none on my walls. My friends would tell you I even have one of those craft-store-montage kind-of frame where you can put lots of pictures... well after two years I still have the protective plastic on it and no pictures in it. Pathetic really!

So let's dig in the drawers (not my mother's please!) and see what didn't make the cut from my web site for different reasons. I will try to post a couple every now and then when my mind goes: "Oh yeah, what did I do with that picture?!".

This image (click on image for larger size) if from a photo session for an annual report of a bank. Claudia, the consultant / graphic designer of the marketing agency, stood in for one of the president while I was setting-up the lights. When the president arrived the lighting was perfect but he had glasses so I had to readjust in order to avoid the reflection of the light in the eye wear.

What is funny about this image is that is what taken very non-nonchalantly just for a test and I ended up sending her the picture. Too bad SHE wasn't the president 'cause it would have made for a decent shot!

This picture is not on my site because I really don't why?!!! I had so many images of Ferrari Formula Ones that I had to pick and choose even though I really didn't want to.

This was taken during the 2006 Ferrari Challenge in Mont-Tremblant, Canada. It is pretty straight-froward sports photography but when the subject is as nice as this you take way more images than you really need. Maybe this could be a good picture to hang on my wall when I think of it! I remember shooting this with a big Canon 300mm f2.8 with a 1.4 converter on it. For those of you who have no clue what that means, it's those big lenses that make you go: " Woooo, look at this photographer, he must be good!". When you handle a lens like this for the first time it makes you smile a bit but seeing the result is even more rewarding.

Come back later for more photos from the drawer!

Monday, May 21, 2007

What this blog is all about

If this is your first time on this blog and you are wondering who I am or what this is all about well you one thing's for sure, you are reading the right post!

My name is Philippe Champoux a photographer based in Montreal, Canada. This might not be much of a description but if you want to know more about who I am and what I do, visit my website HERE and you will be up to date!

Gardening, home improvement, fashion and politics is what this blog is really not about. In fact it is more about photography in general and the travels this passion pushes me to do. This blog is updated at least once a week depending on if I have a life or if I chose not to have one to do this blog!

As you scroll through the messages, fell free to leave comments by clicking the "comments" section at the bottom of the post. You will need to register to Google by entering one of your current e-mail address and adding a password to it. It's simple and this doesn't result in any publicity or unwanted e-mails in your account.

So I hope you enjoy and if you don't, press CTRL + Q (apple + Q for Mac users) and the program will close and what you couldn't stand to watch will disappear like magic!