Dustin Dopsa of Final Thought

I’ll confess these were taken awhile ago — October 2012 — and I’ve never posted them until now, blah blah blah. Anyway, this is Dustin. Dustin sings in Final Thought, it’s his 23rd birthday today—which means it’s the perfect time to post portraits of somebody, always.

There were taken on my Mamiya C220 TLR with 120mm film but it’s been so freaking long ago I don’t remember which film I used, most likely the Kodak  Portra. I wanted to shoot with Dustin after seeing this video which shows off his place and I was—and still am—looking to do more portrait work. This attempt was also inspired and influenced by Carmen Chan & Ken Wu‘s wonderful work on How I Met Your Style. Instead of style influencers, I obviously went with what I know best—musicians!

Happy birthday Dustin!





NEW TOY! 28mm f/1.8 USM!

There was this epic ice storm that hit Toronto on Saturday evening and then the power went out in the suburbs. So I obviously trekked downtown for WiFi, electricity, and to have a meeting for an upcoming project (in that order #priorities). But I was mostly excited about picking up a 28mm f/1.8 USM!!!!

Since I upgraded to a full-frame camera in July, I’ve been looking to get a new wide angle lens and I personally prefer primes. My friend Aaron recommended the 28mm f/1.8 and I found a pretty good deal on Craigslist after two weeks of obsessively refreshing the site whenever I’m procrastinating on my papers. I’m still getting used to the to the focal length but I could definitely get used to that USM! I’ve been shooting on the 50mm f/1.8 almost exclusively since I got the 6D—I haven’t shot on the 85mm f/1.8 USM much—and that focusing on the nifty fifty is starting to frustrate me more than usual, maybe it’s time to get the 50mm f/1.4 USM before Canon discontinues the lens

I may or may not have strategically planned to pick up the lens during the meeting because that means I have subjects for a LENS TEST because I’m exactly that kind of person.






Happy Holidays and stay warm!

INDePth Conference

Despite what most people think, I actually don’t go to school for photography. I’m currently in my last year at University of Toronto majoring in Books & Media Studies (with minors in Cinema Studies & Political Science, if you are wondering) So what’s Books & Media Studies? Book history, communication theory, Marshall McLuhan, that kinda stuff. Do I like it? It’s alright. I write a lot of essays. I’m almost done anyway. I have to admit that it’s (relatively) not a demanding program, so I have some time to do other things, like working with Reel Asian (!) and constantly looking for ways to be creative aside from reading and writing essays.

In March 2012, my friend Betty asked me to cover photography and video for the inaugural INDePth Conference, a student-led academic conference. I wasn’t shooting much so I was up for anything, and event photography seemed a natural move after shooting shows, I also wanted to try videography, so I signed up. As INDePth’s Multimedia Producer, I make videos to promote the conference. It was my first time shooting video on a DSLR and also my first time making promo videos. Here’s what we used for 2013′s marketing campaign.

INDePth Conference 2013 Teaser

INDePth Conference 2013 Trailer

What’s So Awesome About INDePth — Student Testimony

And here are photos I took from this year’s conference, which took place in March at U of T’s Hart House (the Great Hall)… soo pretty.

INDePth Conference 2013 - Day 1

INDePth Conference 2013 - Day 1

INDePth Conference 2013 - Day 1

INDePth Conference 2013 - Day 1

David Mulroney, Canada’s Former Ambassador to China

INDePth Conference 2013 - Day 1

INDePth Conference 2013 - Day 3

INDePth Conference 2013 - Day 3


Right now, we are preparing for the 2014 edition, and we just released our first student testimony with footage I shot in March:

I also took some headshots of our Vice-Presidents for the website.

Claudia Chan

James Moon


Thanks for reading!