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I have been working on a series of images for a client this winter and the past week or more we have been having some great snow. The kind of snow that stays on the trees and it’s just cold enough for it to stay on the ground. I have also been taking this chance to play around with some video, I have been using gopro cameras to get more interesting angles that I just can get easily with my dslr. Here is just a rough cut of some video I did along with these series of images on the weekend.

Winter in Halifax, Nova Scotia from Dean Casavechia on Vimeo.

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rural canada images

This December I have had some time to get out and do some personal work. One of the projects I am working on involves Harness Racing in Truro, Nova Scotia. The track has been around for 138 years and it is an amazing setting for photos. Only 2 more weekends of races for this season, but they use to race year round. I plan to return maybe 3 or 4 more times before the season ends. You can see some of the images in this gallery. I’m still adding and removing photos as I go, the final images will get a link off my main web site when I’m done.

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Great waves today from Dean Casavechia on Vimeo.

It has been a busy end to the summer. Just wrapped a large project doing a series of landscapes for a client. As well I had the chance to work with some wild animals for another client, more updates after those images are published.
Fall is an amazing time for photos here on the east coast, storms traveling up the coast give us these amazing waves. I recently got up before down and headed down to work on a series of images that will be used as framed prints. It focuses on the colors and textures of the east coast, beaches, beach grass and waves. I have been working on this project for about two years now.

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wsj editorial photographer dean casavechia
A recent editorial assignment I did for the Wall Street Journal. It was my first assignment for WSJ and it was nice to add them to my list of editorial clients. For daily news outlets I have worked for The New Times, The Washington Post and NPR before in the past. I was able to check out the images in the iPad version of the newspaper. Here are a couple screen captures.

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For a few years now I have been traveling around Nova Scotia and parts of Canada documenting rural life. This summer I am trying to get around to as many county fairs as I can, this past weekend I managed to make it to two. I am working towards creating portraits once I find the right subjects, I feel that would best round out the series of images I have been actively working on since 2010.

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PEI baseball player This time I was in PEI for a two day shoot for two different stories for Sportsnet Magazine. I had some amazing cloud cover for the first day when I photographed JP Stevenson a young baseball pitcher. I had lined up the use of a baseball field with lights that I thought would be great. Then when I got to town I asked to see his place which as it turns out is surrounded by corn fields. It was amazing and with a major storm rolling in we had unreal clouds for the shoot. I managed to shoot some medium format film, and some type 55 polaroid along with my digital camera. Look for my work in the August 2013 issue of Sportsnet Magazine, I get the ipad version which is already available for download.

sportsnet magazine ipad version

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sportnet magazine editorial photographer
I recently shot an editorial job for Sportsnet Magazine of a Halifax football coach. It was the hottest day so far this summer, almost no clouds which makes it harder to work in. Did a number of images but this is the one they ran for the story. I often will shoot both film and digital on a job, even if the film is just for me. This job I had 2 digital cameras, which allows me to move between different lenses faster. I also shot two 120 film formats, I had a Hasselblad and a Fuji 6×9 rangefinder camera. They ran the Hasselblad images, it was great to see the film images get selected.

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Personally I believe that the difference between a good photo and a great photo is planning and patiences. This is especially the case with client work where you have a clear objective to capture an image or images that tell a particular type of story. Now I’m a very big fan of paperless workflow and I use my ipad a lot for tracking and managing my business. All my paperwork is 100% in the cloud and has been for a number of years. That said there are somethings I just can’t do digitally, I need to sketch it out in a notebook. I have a notebook that I use just for sketching photo shoots, lighting set-ups and even sun and camera positions. I recently did a number of images for a university with an amazing campus. I had to capture a number of different images at a number of different locations and some with talent. I always scout the location and find the positions I like the best. Then I will sketch out a map and place my camera positions options. Later I will place in sun positions for different times of the day along with the elevation of the sun, very important. When needed I time things like street lights and windows lights. Once that is done I can number my locations so I know where to start shooting first then my second and third location and so on. This helps to maximize my good light at each location.

Here are two shots of the same location, one is just the scouting photo and the other is the final images. In this case I dropped the talent in after, something that is becoming more common with digital.
This system of sketching out locations and the sun position is very helpful when shooting interiors as well. If you have to photograph a number of rooms it is more effective to know what room to be in at what time and which windows will be getting strong light etc. I also use my notebook for portraits where I will sketch out lighting and posing positions, framing etc. If I can I tape in polaroids I might have taken just so I can see the shoot when I look back over my notes. After and during I always make notes about the shoot that I might find useful the next time.
The image I posted of the cover of my notebook, you can see that I mod the covers to allow me to attach something to write with. I normally attach a pen and pencil or maybe two different colored pens.

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hotel interior photographer
There are a few types of photography that I do that I don’t have a portfolio online for. Hotel interiors are one of them, I enjoy it but I try to be selective in my clients. I like working with clients who want more then just a photo, they want someone who takes the time to get a great image. I like to see the locations in advance, hear about what they want captured and have time to set the room. This week I was back at it and it was a great chance to try out my new tabletop for my rolling cart. I’m trying to build the ideal tethering station for on-location work. Something that can move as I move and stay setup, it was really helpful this past week on-location.

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photographer at work dean casavechia hotel interiors

Another day on-location shooting interior photos for a newly renovated hotel. Large rooms like this take a fair amount of time to setup and light, then you need to get all the exposers to build a final image. One of the biggest things is ironing the tablecloths and arranging the curtains. I like to shoot interiors tethered to a laptop to check focus and shadow/highlight detail. Often you can only have the camera and laptop in the room anything else gets into the photo, it’s tricky. Here are a few shots from the day and one out of the window in the last room I photographed.

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