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I’ve been a contributor to the Spacing Ottawa blog since it was launched a few years ago, I’ve had a great working relationship and friendship with it’s editor Evan Thornton too. He has been my proponant and a fan, which always makes it easier when working on assignment for them. I’ve even been fortunate to have a few images from around Ottawa in their print magazine for the small articles published from Ottawa.
As a Torontonian, living in exile, I’ve also admired the work of T.O.’s prominent photobloggers like Miles Story and Sam Javanrouh, these guys were pumping out daily photoblogs when I got my first SLR. A great case of networking now has me working along side them, indeed, colaboratively as one of Spacing Magazine’s first national issue covers (image at the top of this post) is a colaboration between Sam and myself.
Sam has worked on these tiny planets quite a bit before, and that’s what gave the publishers at Spacing the idea to have an Ottawa tiny planet, of Parliament (what else?). It was no problem for me to get the photos, though I hadn’t done a tiny planet before I got the “basic” idea that it was a 360 degree spherical panorama, but I was lacking the software to do the work, and the experience in editing all the irregularities that this kind of photo merge would bring. Thankfully, for, me, Sam worked his ass off to process the image and you get the sunrise on Parliament that you see above. The biggest trick for me was waiting for the RCMP car to move off the lawn early in the morning.
You can see the other national covers (one for each “region”) on Spacing’s flickr set here. If you’re in Toronto, there’s a launch party tomorrow at the Design Exchange and then they’re hitting the road, I’m more than likely to attend the event at the NAC next month. You should be able to pick up your copy at one of these fine retailers, or now, at any Chapters/Indigo in the country.
I’ve been extremely fortunate these past 6 months as I put myself towards photography full time, I’m gratefull for my clients, my frends, and all the other photographers I’ve had the opportunity to work with and meet. Thank you Matt & Evan at Spacing, and Sam for working so damn hard on this image.
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