Perseid Meteor Showers, 2018 - Seb Furtado Photography Workshop at Reserve Faunique La Verendrye

This photo was my favourite of the photos that I managed to grab at my latest Perseid Meteor Shower Trip and Photo Workshop.

After a 5-hour drive north to get to our campsite at the Cabonga Reservoir at La Vérendrye Wildlife Reserve, everyone was ready to get out and start exploring and learning a thing or two about photography to prepare for the night's spectacle.

La Verendrye is actually the ONLY level 1 bortle scale site in all of Canada - meaning that it has almost ZERO light pollution. We crossed our fingers hoping that after some scattered showers along the way, that the skies would clear up by nighttime, and did they ever.

After some great conversation mediated by Vent over Tea's founder Chloe Chow in front of the bonfire, we headed over to the beach to look up at the overwhelming number of stars blanketing the sky.

While the Perseids were not as active this year, everyone on the trip agreed that this was the most stars they had ever seen anywhere in the world, we even saw some multicoloured fireballs streak and explode in just an instant.

Extraordinary events in nature remind us of our mortality and of the complexity of existence. Peering into the naked galaxies forces us to face questions about our own existence, that, depending on how you see things, can be either profoundly disturbing or deeply comforting.

And with that, thanks to everyone who joined me on this adventure. I hope much was learned, and I hope to have you on the next trip.

 

Camera: Canon 6D

Lens: Sigma 20mm 1.4 Art Series Lens

EXIF: 6 Photo Panorama, 25 seconds each exposure, F/1.4, ISO 3200

 

Athlete Portrait: Alexandra Morin, Sport: Dressage

I recently had the opportunity to shoot this amazing athlete portrait of equestrian and Dressage rider Alexandra Morin at the beautiful Khalani Stables.  

Alex has been riding since the age of 8 – most of her career has been spent as a hunter jumper, competing in provincial and international circuits. She has recently switched over to the world of dressage thanks to her local coach, Evonne Hart, who has dedicated herself to Alex’s development as a rider over the past several years. Alex has been commended to top riders in the US and Canada, and has worked for Grand Prix rider and trainer Bianca Tota. Her goals in Dressage are to reach and compete at the Prix St-George level and above to become the best trainer she can possibly be. 

St-Gilgen, Austria

I feel immensely privileged to have been able to witness such beauty scenery in my lifetime. This is one of those rare moments where I feel that an image I've taken transcended the beauty of moment itself.

This is in St-Gilgen, Austria.

Of Feeling

"Of Feeling little more can be said, than that the idea of bodily pain, in all the modes and degrees of labour, pain, anguish, torment, is productive of the sublime"

- Edmund Burke, A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful

Once we returned to the car, we changed clothes, washed our hands, and were left with one significant task; we still had to drive back up through the mountainous and rocky terrain to load the elk into the back of the truck. Since it weighed several hundred pounds, carrying it down would be impossible.

Earlier in his life, my Uncle Pepi told me that after a hunt, he would pick the elk up with his bare hands and throw it over his back and carry it down the mountain. I have no doubt that he did. 

Work

Over the past several days, I have been wavering back and forth on whether or not I should post some of the more explicit photos from this trip.  However, upon searching through the album, I felt that by posting photos of nothing but the pretty landscapes I would be painting a disingenuous and incomplete representation of this experience. Hunting is not pretty, but it is by far the most ethical way to kill an animal, and rather than desensitizing us to death, I believe that it can provide us with a much greater appreciation for the lives of the animals whose lives we claim for our nourishment.

In this photo, the Elk lay bare, it’s organs being removed and blood drained in order to facilitate the transportation of the carcass back down the mountain.

Anticipation

Because the cabin had been left unattended over the winter, the freezing temperatures caused a small crack to develop in the gas line of the heating system that would have made it potentially deadly to use.

After waking up at 5AM in the cold, we waited in complete silence to stalk the herds of elk traversing over the mountain range which appear in abundance during September's rutting season. Nora, our beloved hunting dog, trembles in anticipation for her favourite meal, fresh tripe.