Waiting for Trains

I went out on a street shooting mission today and I got a bunch of good photos that I am happy with. This one is was the very last shot I took before I hopped on the train home and is probably my favourite from the day.

Platform Calgary - Rob Moses Photography

Camera: Canon 7D & 50mm 1.8 mk 1 – Settings: 1/100th // f1.8 // ISO 400

On a fun little side note I bumped in to Kris while I was enjoying a coffee on Stephen Ave. The more I go out and bump into people I know the more I feel like a real Calgarian, dare I say I am becoming one ;).

Robin – Short & Sweet

Haha Ok, if you have read this blog for the past few weeks then you might find this interview a little amusing. I’ll leave it at that for now and fill you in on who exactly Robin is after the interview. Some of you more clever people might be able to guess who she might be. Here is what Robin had to say.

Robin - People of Calgary - Rob Moses Photography
Camera: Canon 1DiiN & 50L – Settings: 1/25th // f1.2 // ISO 800

1. Where are you from?

2. Have you lived here all your life?
No. (Robin is originally from Nova Scotia, Canada)

3. Do you like living in Calgary?
Yes I do.

4. What do you like to do for fun?
I like to mountain bike.

5. If you had to describe Calgary to some one, what would you say?
It’s a friendly place to meet friendly people.

6. Have you ever ridden a horse?

7. Anything you’d like to add?

So if that interview sounded a little familiar there are two reasons for that. One, it contains only a selection of the standard questions (interview took place before I decided to switch up the format a bit) and two, it had the exact same vibe as the “Quick Answer Kris” interview. Funny thing is, Robin is Kris’s girlfriend! haha. I found the similarities in answering style rather amusing 🙂

Thanks Robin!

*It should be noted that this picture does Robin no justice.

No Cars on 7th Ave

Calgary 7th Ave Fire Trucks - Rob Moses Photography
Camera: Canon 5D & 24-70L @68mm – Settings: 1/125th // f16 // ISO 640

This is not your typical street photography shot, but this is not your typical street. This is 7th Avenue in Calgary. Strange thing about this street is you are not allowed to drive on it and it is right in the middle of downtown Calgary! The city has reserved 7th Avenue strictly for trains and buses. When I first learned of this I found it to be quite strange, as I had never seen such a thing. I don’t know how typical this is compared to other cities, but to me it seems rather strange. On the edge of the east side of downtown one of the train lines is underground and comes aboveground as it turns onto 7th Ave. In my opinion they should have just kept the train underground as it went through the downtown core. I honestly can’t see why they wouldn’t have done that, especially since we have such long winters here in Calgary. I am sure it has something to do with the cost of putting the train underground, but I think it would have been worth it in the long run. At least the train is free downtown!

* Incase you where wondering, I shot this from a pedestrian over pass and I have no idea what all those fire trucks were doing there haha. Sorry 😉

Amber Schinkel – Global TV News Anchor

A couple weeks ago I was watching the morning news on Global TV and saw Amber anchoring the news as I so often do. I thought to my self it would be cool if she’d do the blog. So on a whim I decided to send her a message on twitter to see if she would be into it. To my pleasant surprise she was! I met Amber at a Starbucks and we hung out and had a little chat before we got going on the blog questions. She was extremely nice and couldn’t have been more sweet. I can see why Amber is where she currently is in her broadcasting career. Amber is clearly great at her job and really is just a good person and very nice to be around.

Thank you very much for taking the time to talk to me Amber! 😀

Amber Schinkel - People of Calgary - Global TV News - Rob Moses Photography
Camera: Canon 5Diii & 135L – Settings: 1/400th // f2 // ISO 100

1. Where are you from?
I am from Cochrane Alberta, which is located outside of Calgary, north west of Calgary.

2. Why did you moved to Calgary of all places?
I grew up on a farm just outside of Cochrane and through my work it was just great to be able to come back to my home city. I moved away and I did small towns and worked my way up in my career through cities outside of Calgary, but it was nice to be able to come home.

3. Did you ever leave Alberta?
Yes, I lived in Swift Current Saskatchewan for two months and it was a good way to get my foot in the door for broadcasting. It was brutally cold, it was like December and January in Swift Current Saskatchewan. I wouldn’t recommend moving there at that time (laughter).

Rob: No, it doesn’t sound very pleasing haha.

4. How did you get your start? Did you start in radio or did you just go straight to TV?
I started in radio. I graduated from Mount Royal’s broadcasting program in 2006 and I started working for 660 News right out of school. I worked there for 5 months doing over night anchoring shifts and then I moved to Swift Current and was there for 2 months. I had done a school practicum for Global Lethbridge in Lethbridge and old my boss called me up and said there was an opportunity there so I packed my bags and went to Lethbridge and spent 2 years there before coming up to Global Calgary.

5. Wow, so that’s pretty good, I mean that seems pretty quick. Well I don’t know a lot about broadcasting, but that sounds fast to be where your at in your career now.
Absolutely, and timing is everything and so that really helped. And I worked really hard. I worked my way up the ladder in Lethbridge and then I started in a weather position in Calgary, that was the foot in the door for me here. And since then I have worked my way through a variety of positions and now I am a reporter and anchor for Global.

Rob: Good for you, that’s awesome.
Amber: Ya 🙂

6. So do you like living here in Calgary?
I actually live in Airdrie, just outside of Calgary. But I spend the brunt of my time in Calgary. And I do like Calgary, it’s a city that has a lot to offer. There’s alway activities going on downtown, like you said it’s got a huge arts scene, which I don’t think a lot of people realize. Our mountains are just on the doorsteps, which is incredible. There is just so much that Calgary has going for it, so it’s great to be able to call it home.

Rob: Agreed!

7. What do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy riding my horse. I grew up on a farm, so I still have my horse at my mom and dads farm and so I really enjoy doing that when I can. I like spending time with my family and my friends. And work takes up a good portion of my life (laughter), so I spend a lot of time with my work friends, which is nice.

8. If you had to describe Calgary to some one what would you say?
If I had to describe Calgary I would say that it is a very vibrant city and it’s not the “Cow Town” that everyone expects it to be. It has a lot of energy and there’s a lot of creative spirits here. And there is a lot of drive and initiative here as well. So I think it’s a really great city to be in for so many different people and for so many different reasons.

9. Anything else you’d like to add?
Calgary has some great restaurants. 🙂

* You can catch Amber on Global TV News Calgary in the mornings and on Twitter @AmberSchinkel.

Kris – Quick Answer Kris

The other night I met up with an old friend of mine from Vancouver who currently lives in Calgary and he introduced me to his friend Kris. I mentioned the blog and he agreed to answer a few of my questions. His answers are short and to the point. Nothing wrong with that haha 🙂

Thanks Kris!

* When I first started this blog I came up with a set of standard questions that I was going to use for everyone, but since I started doing it I feel like the blog will be better served to use those questions as more of a loose outline rather than standard questions. So from here on out I will be doing that. Here’s one of the last interviews with only those standard questions.

Kris 2 - People of Calgary Blog - Rob Moses Photography
Camera: Canon 1DiiN & 50L – Settings: 1/15th // f1.2 // ISO 800

1. Where are you from?
Peace River.

2. Why did you moved to Calgary of all places?
Dad got transferred.

3. Do you like living in Calgary?
Oh ya!

4. What do you like to do for fun?
Mountain Bike.

5. If you had to describe Calgary to some one, what would you say?

6. Have you ever ridden a horse?

7. Anything you’d like to add?
Mountains Rule!

Taylor – Serving the People & Dancing

Taylor was a server at a restaurant some friends and I recently attended. When I saw she had a brief moment to spare I asked her if she would be interested in answering a few quick questions for the blog. Clearly she was good with it and here is what she had to say.
(Note: a bit of a tuff lighting situation going on in this photo and I wouldn’t recommend shooting handheld at such a low shutter speed unless using an IS lens.)

Taylor girl - People of Calgary - Rob Moses Photography
Camera: Canon 1DiiN & 50L – Settings: 1/40th // f1.2 // ISO 800

1. Where are you from?

2. Have you lived here all of your life?

3. Do you like living in Calgary?
For the most part I do.

4. What is it about Calgary that you like?
Well since I have been here my whole life, I really like that I know my way around every where and I really like the downtown area, it’s a fun lively place to be.

5. What do you like to do for fun?
I’m a dancer so dance I guess (laughter).

6. What type of dancing do you do?
Tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, modern, contemporary.

7. Are you part of a dance company right now? Like a contemporary company?
Not right now, now.

8. Is that something that you are interested in doing?
Maybe in the future, not right now

9. Have you ever ridden a horse?

10. Anything you’d like to add?

– Thanks for talking to me Taylor!