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Posted on: August 8th, 2014 by gregvanriel 3 Comments


Recently I did a cool shoot for Stanford Downey Architects at Hard Candy, Madonna’s fitness club.  Something I liked right away was the Wall Yoga room. I met with Lori Kirwan who demonstrated how Wall Yoga is done.  Here she is below, hanging from the Wall like a ship’s figurehead.
_DSC0310This next shot is the entrance into the Wall Yoga room.  The mural was created for the club by artist Mr.Brainwash
_DSC0337Working out under the stern eyes of a Pop Goddess.


This group of shots give us the scope and size of the club.

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As you can see this is a huge club with many different workout machines.

_DSC0447_DSC9883I thought the lighting in this Spinning Room was quite dramatic.  I just used available light and bracketed and then used the overlay technique.  It’s a combination of 4 shots.

_DSC9907I had fun shooting Hard Candy Fitness.  I hope you enjoyed seeing these shots.  Feel free to leave me some comments.


Posted on: April 6th, 2014 by gregvanriel 7 Comments


After this long winter here in Eastern Canada some of us are really looking forward to some fun in the sun.  Here is some eye candy to get you in the mood!

_DSC6339-2 _DSC5384 _DSC1169If you’re shooting pools the thing to keep in mind is that they tend to look best from a high angle.


DSC_7612Of course rules are meant to be broken.  I love this infinity pool and the setting.



Don't forget that you’re telling a story.  Like this next one.  Can you imagine lying in the hammock chillin’ out with a good book, magazines, and your favorite beverage?


Sometimes it’s nice to focus on some of the details and leave the rest to the imagination.


DSC_7236I hope you feel encouraged that yes, summer will be here again!  And I’m sure you’ll find time to relax and enjoy it just like this young girl here is...

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Stone Cold Montreal Winter shoot

Posted on: March 6th, 2014 by gregvanriel 7 Comments


I went to see my Mom and sister in Montreal recently.  Of course I couldn’t resist going out to look for a few shots. I have a certain fondness for the old Sun Life building.


In the 1930’s it was the tallest building in the British Empire.  The architects were Robert Finlay and Richard Waite.  I tried to get an interesting angle on it as you can see here.  But it was so cold I had to take refuge inside to warm up.

























































When I went back out again I used the Boer War memorial horse and soldier in the foreground.




I like the one straight on the best and didn’t do any lens correction, just warmed it up and pulled out some detail on the soldier and his horse. (It’s easy to open the same image again in camera raw.  Pull out the detail you want.  Then do the “Overlay” technique where you lay one image on top of the other in Photoshop and erase)


I remembered the  French Pavilion from Expo.  It was built in the Deconstructivist style and is now the Montreal Casino. Drove out to Isle Notre Dame and took a few shots.  I gave this one a bit of a retro look.

Next I took a drive through Old Montreal.  Since I’m from there originally I’ve seen it all before.  It’s hard to come up with shots that didn’t look like quaint tourist pics.  A couple here feature the Bonsecours Market.



















The truth is that it was just too damn COLD to be shooting outside.  I decided to look for some interesting interiors.  Here are some shots inside the Palais des Congres.


















Montreal has a vast network of under ground passageways and tunnels.  Here is a link to Place Des Arts.  It’s a multi screen wall of revolving images.

I like the how the faces on the screens change.


I know there’s much more to shoot in Montreal but it was time to get back to the Olympics.  I was shooting during the Canadian Woman’s hockey game so I had to make up for it  🙂  I hope you enjoyed this Blog post.  Love to hear your comments.


Posted on: October 21st, 2013 by gregvanriel 2 Comments


I’ve been watching the construction of the new Bridgepoint Active Healthcare Centre in east Toronto with keen interest.  Diamond Schmitt Architects, KPMB, Stantec, and HDR Architecture had the vision for the new facility which sits in the heart of residential Riverdale.  In February I took some initial shots of the building.
_DSC0768 blogDSC9920 blog_DSC9927 blogThen I had the good fortune to re-connect with some old friends, Kristi McNeil and Steve Couzens owners of Big Sky Film Production. They just opened a new Flying Camera division called AerialCineMedia. Their flying camera platform is a fast and agile remote control helicopter that carries HD Cinema quality cameras to distances of 1500 feet and speeds of up to 80km/hr_DSC8013 blog
Since the helicopter is small it can get very close to subjects. I thought it would be cool to use this technique to shoot buildings for architects. Bridgepoint Hospital came to mind right away. Kristi and Steve were game and so was Antra Roze from Diamond Schmitt. She suggested I contact Danielle Donadio at Bridgepoint and she loved the idea.
So Kristi, Steve and I did an initial scout of the building.IMG_0876 blogIMG_0890 blogIMG_0895 blog
Since Administration for the Hospital is in the renovated old Don Jail, the consensus was to incorporate it in the video as well.
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It only took about an hour to get ready and it was time to shoot.
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Since the building’s mirrored glass has such fantastic cloud reflections I shot some Time Lapse photography to add a little spice to the video.

Feel free to click here to see the final 2:00 min video.


An Architectural Masterpiece

Posted on: July 12th, 2013 by gregvanriel 6 Comments


Recently I met with Swami Nitya at the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Toronto.  The Mandir is an exceptional Hindu temple which can been seen traveling north on HWY 427.


After a very interesting discussion with Swami Nitya in which he gave me a crash course in Hinduism, I was granted the opportunity to shoot the Mandir.  Here are some images I shot.



I am so impressed with the detail.  The temple was hand carved from Italian Carrara Marble, the finest Turkish Limestone, and Indian Pink Sandstone.  Everything was hand carved in India and shipped to Canada and assembled on site.
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I was looking for the quintessential wide shot that would show the majesty and grandeur of the Mandir.  I decided on this shot.


But I didn’t think it was dramatic enough in color, so I put it into B&W.  I took one shot and used a red filter and then took another shot and put into B&W infra red.  Then I merged the two shots and did some erasing and tweaking to get this one below.

Swaminarayan Mandir T.O (L).

I hope you like the Mandir as much as I do.  Please let me know your thoughts.