Matthew Corbel | Reclaimed Trading Company

There is this amazing place in Calgary called the Reclaimed Trading Company, where you can find all kinds of antiques as well as custom designed furniture made out of things like salvaged pieces of wood and metal. One of the people responsible for the creation of that furniture is a ridiculously nice fella named Matthew Corbel, and he was awesome enough to let me come down and create a couple of portraits of him in his workshop. Having grown up with a father that does a lot of incredible wood work, I've always enjoyed seeing what people can create when they are given a blank slate (or a giant chunk of wood), and it's awesome that there seems to be somewhat of a resurgence in this kind of work, where people are going back and learning the skills needed to create custom pieces using only their hands and tools.


This shoot really only scratched the surface of what you can find here, and I may or may not have come back at a later date with a full crew and spent the day creating some imagery, but if I did, you'll have to wait a little longer to see it...

Also, if you'd like to see larger versions of these portraits, you can do so by simply CLICKING HERE.

Raw Beauty | Personal Work

A lot of my personal work over the past year has been shot in black and white. I have this style in my brain that I am trying to figure how to best portray, which is a balance between polished but raw, and sort of intersects where fashion meets portraiture. It's really hard to put into words. Those of you who follow my work will know about the Texture Series that I have been working on for the last year (see it here), well this isn't an evolution of that, but more of a step sideways, riding on that same aesthetic but creating something with a different feel. Portraits like these don't come together without team work, so a huge thank you to Paris Solati for modeling and to Mira Pucchi Maqillage Inc. for doing the awesome hair & makeup.



{ Behind The Scenes }

I created these portraits using what I lovingly refer to as "The Black Box". At the studio we have this huge wall of south facing window light in the front foyer, and I constructed the black box out of a bunch of black foam core. It's held together with c-stands and super clamps so I could move the walls into whatever position I needed in order to shape the light. The photo below shows what it looks like...sort of... it's a tight space so it's the best angle I could get.

All of the portraits were shot with the Nikon D800 tethered to LR, with the first image shot with the Nikon 85mm f/1.8G and the rest on the Sigma ART 50mm f/1.4.



Thanks for reading.

Cheers -Nate

The Texture Series | Personal Work

Just over a year ago I decided I wanted to do a series of black and white portraits that were simple and honest. No styling, no hair/makeup, no heavy retouching, just simple portraits. Thus, the Texture Series was born. This will be an on-going series, so more portraits will be added over time, but as of right now, this is where the collection stands. Texture-Series-01Texture-Series-02Texture-Series-03Texture-Series-04Texture-Series-05Texture-Series-06Texture-Series-07

All of the images were shot using the Fuji X-Pro1 + XF 35mm f/1.4.

I recommend viewing the larger images on my portfolio site. You can check them out by clicking here.

Cheers -Nate

Mt. Yamnuska and the X-Pro1's cliff dive.

I grew up surrounded by the flatness that is the prairies, which although beautiful in their own right, ever since we moved to a city just outside of the Rocky's I've been pining to see the view from atop a mountain. Yesterday my buddy Jeremy and I set out to finally conquer that need and hike up to the summit of Mt. Yamnuska. With my backpack filled with snacks and water, and my beloved X-Pro1 clipped to my chest strap, we set off on our 4.5hr hike. The view from where we parked, and the beginning of our hike: (X-Pro1 + 18mm f/2) 1-base

And a few more shots from a clearing as we made our way through the trees (X-Pro1 + 18mm f/2) 2-treeline 3-trees-mountains

Once we got passed the treeline we stopped to re-fuel and take in some of the views. Jeremy snapped this photo of me with the X-Pro1 before we started the scramble part of the hike. 4-last photo

And that was the last photo that my X-Pro1 would take on this trip. Why? Because it took a dive off a cliff. Yep, I realized that from this point on we would be doing a lot of scrambling over rock areas and decided that the X-Pro1 dangling off my chest strap wasn't going to be a good idea. At that point I un-clipped my chest strap, and well, the camera slipped right through my fingers and landed on a pile of scree right by the cliff edge. For those of you who don't know what scree is, it's a whole bunch of small loose rock, a.k.a. slippery and dangerous. So, rather than risk my life to save a camera, I just sat there with what I am sure was a ridiculous look on my face as I watched it slowly start to slide off the side of the mountain. It then fell through the air and bounced off a huge boulder, then continued it's plunge onto another ledge. Jeremy, being that sweet fella that he is (and much more experienced scrambler) offered to go down and retrieve my beloved camera for me. This is a rough diagram of what went down: 5-camera-fall

Needless to say, the 18mm f/2 was screwed, but the camera turned on, which was amazing and surprising. The majority of the damage seems to have come from the grip catching on the rock ledges as it spun through the air, which tore it apart pretty good, and also cracked and pulled open the bottom plate of the camera body. A couple of the top dials took a hit, and although dented, work perfectly still. I took some shots of the damage when I got home. 6-xpro1-damage

The crazy part is that after that fall, the camera still works just fine with my 35mm f/1.4 attached. I'll obviously have to send it in for repair as the internals are somewhat exposed from the bottom plate being pride open, but I'm still impressed with the build quality of this little beast. Needless to say, the rest of my trip was documented with the iPhone. Not my first choice, but better than nothing.

*UPDATE* I sent the body and lens in to see if they could get fixed up, Fuji has claimed them to be "beyond repair". Looks like I'm going to be doing some patching with some gaffer tape...

A shot of Jeremy looking out over one of the cliff faces on our way up to the top: (iPhone) 7-jeremy-ledge

And a couple shots of me on one of the more dangerous looking areas of the scramble, but I think the photos make it look more dangerous than it was: (iPhone) chain-ledge

A shot of me at the top of the summit: (iPhone) me-summit And a panorama I took using my iPhone from the spot where I sat and had my lunch. The views up there are incredible: mountain-pano-iphoneThe descent from Mt. Yamnuska involves running and sliding down a ton of scree, which is a ton of fun, and an awesomely fast way to descend down a mountain. You can see a video of Jeremy enjoying himself on my Instagram HERE.

And that, for the most part, was my first mountain hike. I'm incredibly lucky to have this kind of landscape within an hour's drive of where I live, and I definitely need to start taking more advantage of it. Thanks for reading.

Cheers -Nate