New West, Dec. 2017

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In Memory of Ken

Today’s shoot reminded me many times of shoots I’ve been on with my good friend and photo-mentor, Ken Atkinson. He shot birds and blossoms almost exclusively. I took another path, as viewers of this blog will know, but I’ve always appreciated the lessons I learned from Ken on good bird photography. There were, as I recall, three: Make sure the photo is pin sharp, focus on the bird’s eyes, and keep the image pin sharp!

We were at Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park today – one of Ken’s favourite shooting locations. And, wonder of wonders, the weather cooperated! In fact, the filtered sunlight was perfect for shooting subjects on water.

This one’s for you, Ken.

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March 3

Feb 20/17

A Sunday Walk Downtown (Feb. 12/17)

Dr. Ken Atkinson

Dr. Ken Atkinson died earlier this week and, like many others, I am feeling the loss of a good man and a fine photographer. He lived a long life and I was privileged to be a shooting partner of his for a number of years. Ken loved to photograph birds (especially) and flowers and I’ve tried to show a representative sample of his work in this post, as well as an image made by me of Ken.

Before Ken took up his camera relatively late in life, he took up the scalpel. He had a reputation as a fine surgeon for many years. He operated out of St. Paul’s Hospital (where he ultimately died).

He was a longtime active member at First Baptist Church (Vancouver). I first made Ken’s acquaintance when we served on the church board together for a few years. He seemed to me to be a man who thought things through carefully before speaking. I have had no reason to alter my opinion over the years of our friendship.

Lethbridge in Winter’s Teeth

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump and Fort Macleod

Frosty Shoot: Waterton National Park

November 9

November 8

Autumn: The Sequel