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Gordon Ross Photography

20 Sep 2019

Tattoo Plus You, A Photo Story of Body Ink

Tattoo Plus You, A Photo Story of Body Ink is a photographic project that explores tattoos and why people get them. I am passionate about photographing people and art, so the chance to photograph two of my favourite inspirations was irresistible. But that’s only the half of it. The other half is that I found a lot of tattoo photography to be overly sensational and despite seeing some great art, I rarely got the story about the person.  Tattoo Plus […]

12 Sep 2019
Geshe La, Portrait of a Bon Buddhist Monk

Geshe YongDong, Portrait of a Monk

Portrait of a Monk, Geshe YongDong Geshe La is the spiritual director and main teacher of Sherab Chamma Ling, a Tibetan Bon Centre located in the Comox Valley. I took this portrait for CV Collective magazine.  There are 5 lineages in Tibetan Buddhism, Bon being one of them. Bon is the oldest of all the spiritual traditions in Tibet; Bon, a shamanic path, was the main spiritual tradition of Tibet before the arrival of Buddhism in Tibet. When the first […]

07 Nov 2013
Professional Studio Portrait Photography, Photography Workshop

New & Shiny Portrait Photography Gallery

Hi Folks!  It’s been a busy summer and fall of shooting and now that we’ve had a chance to breathe deeply and savour the fun we’ve had, we’re back to posting and sharing what we’ve been doing. First off, we’ve been working on our new site and over the next weeks, you’ll be seeing more and more galleries coming online.  To start the image-ball rolling, our first shiny new gallery that we’d like to highlight is our Portrait Photography Gallery. […]

22 Jul 2013

Nomadic Massive at Vancouver Island Music Fest, Concert Photography Tips

Nomadic Massive on Stage—Some tips on Concert Photography Nomadic Massive  played several sets at Vancouver Island Music Fest to enthusiastic crowds that rocked to their funky hip-hop beats. You can check out their music here. I caught their daytime show and based on that I knew that Nomadic Massive was going to be a stellar act to photograph at night on the main stage under the brilliant lighting. Lighting is one of the most powerful photographic elements you can play with; you can […]

17 Jul 2013

Elephant Revival at Vancouver Island Music Fest

Elephant Revival I love Elephant Revival! It was one of the great musical surprises for me at the Vancouver Island Music Fest. The band has a magnetic sound that drifts into ethereal when you hear Bonnie Paine’s voice. You can check out some of their music on Soundcloud. I didn’t know what to expect when I first saw them on the main stage, but when I heard Bonnie’s melancholy vibrato I was mesmerized. It was like Natalie Merchant X 2. And […]

16 Jul 2013

Walk Off The Earth Perform at Vancouver Island MusicFest

Walk Off The Earth with Sarah Blackwood Here’s a slideshow of “Walk Off The Earth” performing at Vancouver Island Music Fest on July 12, 2013. They played to a sold-out audience of thousands. Everyone I talked to thoroughly loved it. They’re diverse, talented and they set the stage (pun intended) for an amazing vibe throughout the weekend. The members of the band are Gianni Luminati, Sarah Blackwood, Ryan Marshall, Mike Taylor and Joel Cassady. The last shot in the slideshow shows them performing Somebody […]

12 Jul 2013
High-Key Clamshell Lighting in the Studio

Studio Portrait, Using High-Key, Clamshell Lighting

A studio portrait with Katrina I love this look. I love the brightness of the shot. I love its lightness (click on the image to get the real deal). High-key lighting means that the image “data” is shifted toward the lightest end of the tonal spectrum—meaning that the shot is extremely bright, but not overexposed. Only her eyes, lips and scarf are in the “normal” exposure zone producing a striking effect. And you just have to love the sharpness of […]

03 Jul 2013
Gelada Baboon in the Semien Mountains, Ethiopia

Gelada Baboon of Ethiopia Published in Audubon Magazine

Gelada Baboon, northern Ethiopia This shot of a gelada baboon was published in July’s Audubon Magazine as part of a story on the geladas’ vocalizations and its resemblance to human speech. Years ago while I was guiding in northern Ethiopia, I had the chance to go into the Semien Mountains in the Ethiopian Highlands. Also known as the Roof of Africa, per sq. km. it’s the highest chunk of land on the continent. I took this shot at about 3000 meters […]

21 Jun 2013
Beachcombing on Nootka Island

Nootka Island — Simply Spectacular

Nootka Island, BC’s West Coast Paradise Nootka is one of the spectacular gems of British Columbia’s wild west coast. Recently, Mike Blake of Sea Peak Adventures and I did some hiking along the coast. The boat journey to Nootka began with a 45-minute run out of Gold River. We arrived in Plumper Harbour on Nootka, where we took some gnarly logging roads across the island to our accommodations at Nootka Island Cabins. The cabins are located at Beano Creek, which is named […]

19 Jun 2013
Photo and Video Workshops in Gordon Ross Photography Studio

Intro Video Workshop | Using iPhones, Android Devices, Point-&-Shoots & DSLRs to Record Video

An Intro Video Workshop Have you ever wondered how to use the video button on your camera or cell phone? This intro video workshop is an amazing opportunity to find out just what you can do with that button. On Tuesday, July 9, come join video pro Steve Ray for a beginners look at making videos using iPhones, Android devices, point-&-shoot cameras and digital cameras (DSLRs). If you want to jump-start your video knowledge, this is the session for you. […]

07 Jun 2013
Argentinian Tango Dancers

The KISS: A Collaborative Photography Project

The KISS: A Collective Photography Project at Elevate the Arts Bounded only by your creativity and a few guidelines, come participate in a fun,loving and sexy photography project that explores the age-old act of the kiss. As part of Elevate the Arts you’ll be able to find me in Simms Alley (behind Whale’s Tails Toys) tonight (Friday) at 5pm. I’ll be there to give a brief workshop about this very cool photo happening. Bring your camera, your imagination and get […]

06 Jun 2013
Professional Studio Portrait Photography

Studio Portrait Photography—Creative & Fun

Having Fun with Studio Portrait Photography Studio portrait photography—it’s fun and creative for everyone involved. Take Nick for example. He contacted us for some professional head-shots for use on his website. He also needed a different set of images for use on social media sites, but he didn’t want a standard look. Nick isn’t a mainstream-kind-of-guy so he came prepared to experiment with props and changes of clothes. Fun. I love consulting with my clients before our session, but you really […]