Chris Ward – A #MyRRS Story

Chris Ward

#MyRRS
Chris Ward

Hello there!  My name is Chris Ward from Southeastern Ontario, Canada where I am serving full-time with the Canadian military as well as a semi-professional photographer.  While photography has only been a recent addition to my hobby portfolio, it has quickly taken over most of my spare time and commandeered nearly all of our vacation plans and travel.

Haunted Pathway (Kingston, ON, Canada)

Haunted Pathway (Kingston, ON, Canada)

Unlike most photographers, this hobby neither stems from a lifelong passion that started by picking up dad’s old Minolta and snapping innocuous shots around the house; nor did it start through pursuing the craft in my high school or university education.  Oddly enough, I discovered photography out of boredom. I have a large collection of hobbies that include skydiving, scuba diving, golfing, volleyball, snowboarding, and long-range shooting (hence my excitement to check out the new RRS SOAR line).

Parliament Hill

Eternal Peace (Ottawa, ON, Canada)

Osgoode Library

The American Room (Toronto, ON, Canada)

A fateful google search for “New Hobbies to Take Up,” a few years back, is what pointed me in the direction of picking up a camera. I had always appreciated photography, and enjoyed checking out galleries throughout my travels. I was on the verge of ordering a few pieces for my house when I realized that I could spend the same money on camera gear, and use my own prints to fill my and my family’s walls. I started off with an entry level DSLR and kit lens, and slowly expanded my equipment as I explored new techniques and skills. Prior to my interest in photography, most of my travel was activity based, which dictated the destination depending on what my family wanted to do (dive, golf, ski, etc..)  My wife wasn’t always a fan of this, and pushed to explore more places outside of our usual agenda.

Vernazza

Vernazza (Cinque Terre, Italy)

The Roman Forum

Foro Romano (Rome, Italy)

After the Encore

After the Encore (Kingston, ON, Canada)

Photography, for me, has been an exercise in capturing moments. These moments serve to remind me of a much larger group of feelings, experiences, sounds, and emotions beyond that one single frame. To have an entire trip or vacation summed up in one image that encapsulates everything you did and felt is a powerful tool. I don’t like to snap hundreds of images throughout a day; rather I like to focus on the one composition that sums up that period. While the resulting photograph may look intriguing to a viewer, I take great enjoyment in reminiscing about the stories (good and bad) that happened behind the scenes of that image. In this regard, a picture truly is worth a thousand words.

Golden Solitude (Belleville, ON, Canada)

Golden Solitude (Belleville, ON, Canada)

Alone in December (Ottawa, ON, Canada)

Alone in December (Ottawa, ON, Canada)

I currently shoot Nikon FX and Fuji Mirrorless, with my compositions focusing mainly on landscape and cityscape photography. I shoot almost exclusively from a tripod or other supported method, which allows me blend multiple exposures seamlessly, and offers me better control of a scene when it comes to post-processing. I’ve been using RRS products for over two years now; starting off with L-Brackets for my camera bodies. Their unique approach to clamps, rails, and plates suited my style, and offered some great solutions to shooting while supported. I currently use the TFA-01 legs and multi-clamp with the BH-25 ballhead, their multi-row pano kit, and just recently picked up the TVC-24L & BH-40 combo to round off my RRS kit. All of their equipment has proven sturdy and well-constructed, and has survived all of the unique setups and punishments that I’ve thrown at it.

Spirit (Antelope Canyon, AZ)

Spirit (Antelope Canyon, AZ)

A Ray of Light in the Darkness (Antelope Canyon, AZ)

A Ray of Light in the Darkness (Antelope Canyon, AZ)

Because I have a full-time job outside of photography, planning and preparation are key before heading out the door. I regularly review social media outlets looking for unique images and note their locations within a Google Earth kmz file. This file has been built over the last year or so and allows me to plan vacations around several points of interest, or know what is near me when I’m sent somewhere for work. I also use Google Streetview to recce certain angles and compositions. Unfortunately at this point in my life, I don’t have the luxury of staying in one place for a week to get the perfect shot, so I try to make the best of what’s been given to me.

Good Morning Gondolas (Venice, Italy)

Good Morning Gondolas (Venice, Italy)

The Watchman (Zion National Park, UT)

The Watchman (Zion National Park, UT)

After a deployment and year-long military training course (which I used to focus mainly on learning editing techniques vice shooting), I am finally getting back out the door and travelling to further develop my portfolio.  We completed trips to Zion and Page, Arizona last summer, as well as two weeks in Italy on a whirlwind trip between Rome and Venice.  This year we’re already booked in for a week in the Columbia River Gorge and a week in Acadia National Park, as well as some shorter weekend trips closer to home.

Kanarra Creek Falls (Kanarraville, UT)

Kanarra Creek Falls (Kanarraville, UT)

I would like to thank Really Right Stuff for the opportunity to share my story with you all.  Although I am fairly new to the photography scene, I would like to thank Elia Locardi and Tim Watts as two sources of inspiration and education along my journey.  I’ve quickly realized that photography is a never-ending journey of learning, self-reflection, creativity, and improvement that is captivating and addictive!  I look forward to sharing many more images with you in the future through my website, Instagram, Facebook, and 500px pages. Words and images ©2017 Chris Ward. All rights reserved.

DUMBO (Brooklyn, NY)

DUMBO (Brooklyn, NY)

Last Stop (Toronto, ON, Canada)

Last Stop (Toronto, ON, Canada)

12 Comments

  1. Kate says:

    Wow…you may be “new” to photography but your work is beautiful!

  2. Bryan says:

    Sure is. Very impressive.

  3. Johannes Bos says:

    Very impressive. You have an awesome eye for composition.

  4. Jorge Campa says:

    Beautiful work, congratulations!

  5. Chris Ward says:

    Thank you everyone for the kind words!

  6. Ed Cox says:

    Chris,
    Wow is right! You have such an eye! You see things that most people walk past. You also have a gift for composition and technical processing. Thanks you for these beautiful images.

  7. Doug Smith says:

    Hi Chris.Your images are amazing… so is you processing! Fantastic.

  8. Tim Watts says:

    Hey Chris!

    Wow, just happened to come across this post in my FB feed. So well written and I just love the selection of photos you have shared to others to showcase the quality of images you capture! So well done, we have to hook up and get out shooting together again soon. It’s always a pleasure to get out exploring and following the light with you.

    BTW, thank you SO much for the very kind mention in your article!

    Tim

  9. Derrick says:

    Symmetrically attractive. Keep it up.

  10. Jamal Mubarik says:

    I stumbled upon RRS Website. I couldn’t fathom all the beautiful and rich expression your photos deliver. I looked again and again and found them more exciting every time.
    It was amazing how all aspects of great photographs from color to composition were in synergy. Great work. Congratulations.

  11. NANCY NGUYEN says:

    Thanks for sharing. Just start and you doing great!

  12. Chris Ward says:

    Thank you everyone for taking the time to read and view my work! I look forward to getting out there and shooting more soon!

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