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A few weeks ago, the Lovely August Wiled stopped by my studio to do what she loves most… Dance!

At the time I just got my hands on the latest “Muse” album and thought some of the songs would go nicely with a ballerina dancing.

Here is what we came up with, I’d love to know what you think of it.

And of course, if you are in the neighborhood, please, feel free to come to my studio to pose, dance, have fun!
I’d love to have you.

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10:07 am, by briceferre 15  |  Comments

As I mentioned last week, I don’t really do Christmas and I really don’t expect any presents from anyone. But what I didn’t mention was that I love treating myself with a nice new lens every once in a while.

Let me introduce the latest addition to my kit. (I’m talking about the cute piece of glass in the middle.)

So, this blog won’t be called “A life at 85mm” but you are about to see a lot more photos shot at this focal length.

Oh, and for those who know a thing or two about aperture, that baby opens at f/1.2, so if you think I had a pretty shallow depth of field before, you should hang on to your boots because backgrounds are about to get very very blurry.

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  03:23 pm, by briceferre 8  |  Comments

Last week I got contracted to film a “behind the scenes” for the latest Build Direct Christmas Video.

The whole shoot was taking place a the Vancouver Christmas Market.

Usually, the first thing I think about when I have to film something like that is: “How can I get higher than ground level…?”

I asked the people at the market if I could access the building next door’s roof top, they said “no”, but they did mention that the Christmas Markets Huts roofs were solid enough to hold a guy my size… (Mmmh…)

So I grabbed the closest ladder I could find and jumped on one of the roofs.

Some of the shots I took from up there actually ended up being used in the final video, not in the behind the scenes. As nice establishing shots.

I’m honored.

Also, while I was up, the amazing Aimee Makris (from Moi Photography), who was in charge of the photo behind the scene, grabbed a pretty cool shot of me doing my thing.

Thanks Aimee!

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  01:59 pm, by briceferre 4  |  Comments

This morning, the lovely Tita (Cupcake du Jour) and I met for another video shoot.

Some of you might remember her from the first video we did together, as an homage to all the single ladies out there.

That one will most definitely be very different and quite powerful. I’ll tell you more about it very soon, but in the mean time, here is a behind the scenes of Tita holding my camera, while filming herself.

I figured, she is doing most of the work, by singing, dancing and all, might as well ask her to shoot too. That way I can just sit, relax and snap a photo with my trusty iPhone…

If you want to be part of the “My Song” series, you know what to do…

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  02:41 pm, by briceferre 19  |  Comments

At Sea Behind the scenes - by Brice Ferre - Vancouver Photographer from Brice Ferre Photography on Vimeo.

Ever wondered how it feels like to do 90 Km/h on water?!

I never did, but I actually figured it out the hard way.

A couple of years ago, I was working on a project here in Vancouver, filming boats between Jericho, English Bay and the Vancouver Harbor.

The easiest way to film some of the boats was to ride on one of the rescue zodiacs during the patrol.

And this is what happens when a boat capsizes at the other end of the bay and no one knows if the skipper has surfaced yet.

The life guard, yells: “hang on to something!!!” and then floors it with no other warning. Those who know me are very much aware that I don’t miss an opportunity to film or photograph, so I grabbed the boat with one hand and filmed with the other.

This is by far one of the most brutal experiences I have had to go through while shooting. Feeling that you are going to fly off the boat anytime.(This footage has not been sped up, it’s the actual speed)

Everything is fine until you pass the Lion’s Gate Bridge and then the boat starts flying…

Good thing Pelican cases are made for this type of adventures.

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01:39 pm, by briceferre 2  |  Comments

Remember when a few weeks ago I was shooting a “behind the scenes” video for Jennifer Williams, one of the finest boudoir photographers in Vancouver?

Well, at some point I asked Jennifer to point her camera directly toward mine and start shooting, you know, so at some point in the video I can have footage from the model’s point of view and all.

You’ll see the video I made pretty soon, but in the mean time here is the shot that Jen took.

It is quite rare to have photos of me in action so I figured you would enjoy that one. I know I do. Thanks Jen.

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  05:34 pm, by briceferre 4  |  Comments

Last week I was shooting an event using Canon’s 70-200mm lens.

Here is what happens when someone in the crowd gets curious about your camera and decides to move his head in front of it to get a better view.

The auto-focus shifts from far to pretty close.

Man! That lens is quick to focus!!!

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  11:35 am, by briceferre 2  |  Comments

For those of you who still wonder why you sometimes have to “show off” with a big lens, here is why…

Last night, I was asked to cover Rick Hansen’s “Celebration 25th!”.

"Celebration 25th!" is the conclusion to the 25th Anniversary of Rick Hansen’s "Man In Motion World Tour!".

If you don’t know who Rick Hansen is, check him out. I won’t go in details about how amazing he is (you should discover that by yourself while checking out his foundation), but as my friend Bob said last night: “thank God I’m not a crier because this is very inspiring and overwhelming”.

Anyway, when I received my media kit, the event’s organization sent me a map of the venue that basically showed us that the photographers were standing at the opposite side of the arena during the show…

And it is a big arena, so we were told to come prepared. Meaning: “bring the longest lens you can find.”

I only had a 70-200mm handy so I improvised and grabbed the 2x extender that basically got me at 400mm.

You loose 2 stops in the process (you have to shoot at f/5.6 instead of f/2.8) but I was hoping that they would blast enough lights on the artists for me to shoot around 1/100s even at f/5.6.

And they sure did.

This is a photo of  Johnny Reid, left is what could have happened if I wasn’t prepared and right is the kind of photos I got.

More to come very soon.

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  02:58 pm, by briceferre 3  |  Comments

I have a shoot tonight and I’ve been asked to bring a long lens…

Here is what I’m taking with me.

I have 400mm (70-200mm + x2 extender) attached to my camera, that should do the trick. Those who know me, are well aware that this blog is not called “a life at 50mm” for nothing. So that should be a nice change for me.

I also made sure to add a monopod to my kit, as I don’t want to hold that thing all night.

I’m not telling you what (or who) I am shooting yet, but you should see some photos here in the next few days.

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  11:48 am, by briceferre 14  |  Comments