2010 Photo Roundup
Richard Lautens/Staff Photographer
It is so tough looking back at a year's worth of pictures and picking out a dozen or so of my favourites. For a photographer, images become like children and difficult to choose between them. I find that many of those that people like are not my favourites. I get swayed by how difficult a picture may be to get or whether or not I liked the subject, even if it got good play in the paper or not.
With the Olympics and G20, some choices are naturals and I notice that I chose too many sports pictures to include which is unusual for me. I have included below a few that I really like and a few I just couldn't exclude.
Perhaps my favourite of the year. Actor Will Farrell was in town promoting his new movie, Everything Must Go, on at the Toronto International Film Festival. I only had 10 minutes or so with him but he was as nice and funny as I had hoped he would be. It's great when I can shoot someone my kids like.
The first day of the Toronto Star Amateur Women's Golf tournament can be tough to shoot as there are no famous personalities to follow and when it is not even the championship round, pictures can be a little tough to come by. Fortunately no gimmick or trick was needed when 8-months pregnant Ashley Crain teed off on the 5th hole.
This photo from the G20 was reproduced countless times and came to symbolize the over exuberance of some officers to the peaceful protesters around Queen's Park. It was also important as the officer kicking the seated Nickos Kapetaneas in the back of the head had removed his name tag. Immediately following this photo, I was hit a couple of times with a nightstick and knocked over as well.
It's hard not to include a few from the Olympics. Here Ashley McIvor is on her gold medal run. It was snowing so hard my 600mm lens with a 1.4 converter couldn't autofocus through the snow and it was back to old school manual focus.
An early controversy at the Olympics was following the Women's gold medal hockey win. Marie-Philip Poulin (29) and Tessa Bonhomme pose with cigars and gold medals with Caroline Ouellette taking pictures
I loved this picture of course. It took several weeks of politics and trading to get an opportunity to go on the ice following the Men's Gold hockey win. I rushed straight out to centre ice knowing they would pose after getting their medals. It all worked out but the picture has never run anywhere. It does look great on my son's wall though.
A bit of fun as I posed actors Leah Pinsent, her dad Gordon Pinsent and Leah's hubby actor Peter Keleghan's in a condo they share. They have their own houses but use the small downtown condo as a type of hotel if they are acting nearby or need it for guests or entertaining.
Best wishes for 2011
Richard Lautens/The Toronto Star