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In order to be as proactive as possible, knowing how crazy and hectic tomorrow will be I am writing my post for today.. well.. today! A two draw day today showcased a wonderfully exciting women’s playoffs and is now being capped off by semi finals and the World Challenge. I have mentioned quite often in my posts about how surreal it is to be here but now the tables have turned in the sense that it is all coming to an end in two days time, for me the thought of going home already is surreal. It would be inaccurate to believe that I do not want to come back to my family, friends and absolutely AMAZING clients but the ‘grind’ that I have been on for the last ten or so days is something that I plan on doing my best to continue throughout my career as a professional photographer.

 

Little did I know when I wrote the above paragraph that my ‘proactivity’ would be interrupted and I would be struggling to get this post finished before the first rock is thrown here for the men’s gold medal draw. Please enjoy my selection of images from yesterday’s action, I’m off to shoot the championship game here at ECC 2013 in Stavanger Norway!

 

Cheers,

 

-Jesse

 

 

 

 

Yes… I know, I missed yesterday’s post… For those of you who have been reading regularly I am both sorry for missing and thankful that you enjoy my adventures enough to stay tuned into JKI Blog. Yesterday I was lucky enough to have the day “off” to be a tourist around Stavanger, Norway. The day began with a bit of a sleep in and the took me to downtown scavenger to take some ‘touristy’ photos of the beautiful scenery and buildings, after a little walk around I met up with the WCF crew at an amazing four level restaurant for a “family lunch”. To anyone who finds themselves in Stavanger I fully suggest you stop in for a meal, make a reservation!!!! After the amazing meal Rick and I headed to some shops in the area, shopping was disappointing for the most part unless you’d like an expensive suit or some clothes you can buy back home, I did however manage to pick up a couple nick-nacks to remember my trip by. My shopping trip was followed by a wonderful food induced nap back at the hotel before an exciting evening draw. After the evening draw we enjoyed a night out on the town, I will leave it at that…;)

 

My Images in the selection below will be from day 6 and day 7 here in Norway but I will say the tourist photos of the city for a final post when I arrive home, which is coming WAY TOO QUICKLY!! Enjoy!

 

Cheers,

 

-Jesse

 

 

 

 

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Good afternoon everyone, I realize this post is a little later in the day than most of the others but I assure you the delay in writing is only due to hard work, a lot of hard work. I will do my best to keep this one short and sweet as I am currently overlooking a very exciting evening men’s draw that has powerhouses of Norway and Scotland going head to head.

 

As I have said multiple times now, my first four days here have been extraordinary and day five was surely no exception. The draws are getting increasingly exciting offering more and more amazing photo opportunities to capture. The days now tend to have somewhat of a routine to them, making me feel like one of the WCF crew as I go about my work throughout the day.

 

During the day I was lucky enough to be able to teach four Norwegian university students how to curl, you’re probably wondering to yourself “Since when does Jesse curl?!” Well… My answer to you is I am Canadian, need I say more? Our lesson began with how to throw and sweep, offering many tumbles on the ice but by the time we were done the girls had no problem delivering stones to the house. Something I never expected to get out of this experience was teaching curling to the locals, my adventure just continues to hide pleasant surprises around every corner. I cannot think of anything I would rather be doing with my life!

 

It is time for me to get back down to ice level to shoot the final few ends in some close games, take a look at some of my images from yesterday and please enjoy! Talk to you tomorrow!

 

Cheers,

 

-Jesse

 

P.S – Please make sure to check out my counterpart, Rick Lane’s blog as well. He is the journalist with me in Stavanger! CLICK HERE

 

Day four here in Norway definitely produced its challenges and in turn its successes and defeats, as I sit here on the media catwalk overlooking today’s events I am pleased to say that for the first time yesterday I produced something I thought I didn’t have the skill set to produce. When asked by Danny to get a video of the wonderfully choreographed warm up done by team Austria I was very hesitant and to be honest, quite scared. Video is something that I don’t pretend to know a whole lot about, let alone editing one together. I told him that I would do my best and most likely it would end up being one long clip with nothing fancy, by no means would I call what I have created to be “fancy” but I let my creativity take over and I believe I ended up with a neat product.

 

The ladies on team Austria were very receptive to the idea and I received an ample amount of high fives paired with the word “awesome” for the idea. (Yes Danny, I took the credit for your idea… Can you blame me??) Thanks to ‘MY’ genius idea (Thank Danny…) we managed to great some great footage of the elaborate warm up and after a few YouTube videos on how to use iMovie it was time to put it all together! When everything was said and done and I layer the music over top I have to admit I surprised myself! There are definitely things I would do differently next time but overall it definitely put a smile on my face. I hope it makes you smile as well! Watch it HERE

 

As for yesterday’s work I find that with a large curling event like this it is important to try different things as the week goes on and that is what I’m doing, I hope you enjoy some of the different things I’m trying!

 

Cheers,

 

-Jesse

 

 

DON’T FORGET TO WATCH THE VIDEO!!!

 

 

 

Sitting here, overlooking this mornings women’s fourth draw of the championships I cannot help but realizing how this week is going to fly by, next thing I know I will be headed back home. Seems like a silly thing to say only being my third day in Norway but these fourteen hour days seem to end quicker than each of the previous days before it. Yesterday was my third day shooting and the second day of official play, capped off by a tight game played by Sweden and Norway which drew quite the crowd. Thankfully the effects of jet lag are quickly dissipating and I find myself cutting a few more cups of coffee out each day, I definitely won’t be cutting it out all together though, we don;t want me falling asleep next to on of the sheets during a draw…;)

 

As the event continues on the draws definitely have began heating up, offering myself an ample supply of pure, raw emotion from many of Europe’s best for my photographing pleasure. Some of the shots being successfully played are nothing short of absolutely brilliant and I am constantly asking myself how on earth it was completed.

 

 

A general rule for me when writing a blog post is to never write it all at the same time, it gives me time to collect my thoughts and compile material from within myself that really conveys how I am feeling and what I am thinking and what I keep coming back to is how absolutely blessed I feel to be here. It’s not just being here that makes me feel this way though… It’s one thing to be here and that in itself is amazing but what really makes this special is the people I am here working with. To realize that the person I’ve known the longest here, I have known for about 3 days and to see how well everyone treats each other and how inclusive and welcoming everyone here at the WCF is just jaw dropping. It really has made this experience that much better.

 

Anyways, enough with my sappy and unorganized writing, please enjoy the photos I have created from my third day here in Stavanger and do not forget I am blogging once a day from over here!

 

Cheers,

 

 

-Jesse