Getting Ready for TechDays

With two weeks to go until we kick off TechDays in Toronto, the team is doing the final preparations to deliver an amazing experience to everyone who attends.

One of the things that I’ll be taking care of during the events is photography.  I’ve already got the Nikon D200 and D300 ready to go, and with any luck I’ll have Nikon D90 in time for the conference as well.  The guys at Nikon are absolutely amazing and make sure that my team have access to the latest gear to capture and share the experience at the event for those of you who aren’t able to attend.   Of course I’ll be posting the photos to my flickr page as well as to the TechDays group on flickr.  I’ll also be tagging everything with TechDays_CA. Continue reading “Getting Ready for TechDays”

Finding my photos on the web

I’m pretty open about people using the photos I post to flickr as I have them under a Creative Commons license.  I always enjoy seeing where they land. 

Paul Tracy

The most recent one is a Paul Tracy photo that I took  with my Nikon D200 in Toronto on July 6, 2007.  The photo is included in a post about Paul Tracy making his return at the Edmonton Indy this weekend – The 'Thrill From West Hill' Is Back! | Element of Speed

Here is the original photo and link back to the set on Flickr –


Sears National Kids Cancer Ride

One of the things I love about working for Microsoft (and I think I have mentioned before) is the fact that I get to take days off to volunteer my time in the community.  Today was one of those days.

Today I spent the day volunteering with the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride (SNKCR) during their stop in Toronto.  It's a ride from coast to coast to raise money to help children live with and beyond cancer.  My portion of the day was spent at Trinity Square as well as Sick Kids Hospital for various parts of the event.

Not only did I have the chance to photograph all the cyclists that have been riding from Vancouver, but also the local riders who are riding on this stage of the route.

At Sick Kids there were speeches from Dr. Blanchette from Sick Kids as well as the President of Sears Canada.  While down at Trinity Square there were speeches from Toronto Mayor David Miller as well as the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, David Onley.  I have met David Onley a couple of times in the past during his time at CP24, so it was a pleasure to say hello to him again today.

I'll be posting all my photos to flickr over the next few days, so keep checking the following address:

[cross post] Walking for a cure

2007 Weekend to End Breast Cancer - Toronto - Day One (95)One of the great perks of working at Microsoft Canada is the ability to take paid days off to volunteer in the community.  For the past four years I have been actively involved with the Weekend to End Breast Cancer ( events all across Canada.  This year, due to family circumstances, I was not able to commit to the entire weekend, but instead spend Friday and Saturday photographing various aspects of the event.

This year's event had over 5,500 walkers and raised $17.3 million (CAD) in support of breast cancer research.  For those of you not familiar with this fund raising event, they are held across Canada and consist of a two day, 60 kilometer walk including camping overnight.

Microsoft has participated in this event in the past, both with a team walking the event in 2006 as well as donating copies of Streets & Trips to aid in the route planning.

The full photo set is posted on my flickr site at:

If you are a charity or non-profit organization and are looking for Microsoft Software Donations, take a look at

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Day 1 at the Toronto Grand Prix

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Every year I spend a few days down by the lake to enjoy the Champ Car and support series races.  Every year they seem to tweak the name in some way – so this year it is the "Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto".  For the last couple of years I have had media credentials which means I have access to the media centre and a wifi connection so I can post this stuff real-time.  Unfortunately shooting video in the pits isn't an option unless you are one of the broadcast outlets (fair enough) so I'll resort to telling the story with photos, and besides, it's a great first outing for the Nikon gear that I'm trying out – I'll post on that later.

Given that I can't shoot video, one of the things I have been on the lookout for is the interesting use of technology and specifically what the teams are running on their laptops in the pits.  The good news is I have yet to see a machine that isn't running Windows.  While every machine I saw in the pits was running Windows XP, almost every PC I saw in the photo lounge was running Windows Vista – very cool.



At the end of the first day – here is the provisional top 3

Position Car # Driver Team Lap Time Speed (KM/h)
1 1 Sebastien Bourdais McDonald's Racing Team – Newman Haas Lanigan Racking 58.783 172.972
2 7 Oriol Servia INDECK – Forsythe Championship Racing 58.801 172.919
3 9 Justin Wilson CDW – RSPORTS 59.099 172.047



If you are in Toronto and at the race send me an email if you want to connect, or if you have a questions you would like to see if I can get answered, let me know.

All of my photos are online at:

[Cross Post] Microsoft Vista: What’s in it for Photographers?

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I just came across the following article on that talks about some of the features in Vista that are most relevant for Photographers. 

Without reprinting the entire article they outline 4 key areas:

  1. Windows Photo Gallery
  2. RAW support
  3. Media Center
  4. Forward-Looking Approach

If you are a photographer and wondering about Vista, I encourage you to read the article and let me know if you have any questions.  Additionally, you may want to take a look at the Microsoft PhotoBlog at and specifically their FAQ at which address some of the common questions.

A couple of my Schwarzenegger photos are featured on

I got a request last week for a couple of my Arnold Schwarzenegger photos to be used on the community news site NowPublic (

The photos are from the following flickr set ( and are featured as part of the following story:


Arnold Schwarzenegger at MaRS in Toronto

I'm down here at MaRS in downtown Toronto with Mark Relph and couple of other Microsoft folks for the MESH Conference.  However, that isn't the focus of this post. 

As you may know, Arnold Schwarzenegger is in town meeting with Dalton McGuinty and they made a quick stop at MaRS for some presentations.  I managed to stake out a great spot to grab some photos as they left the building.

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The rest of the photos I took are at: