Francis Vachon Photographe

September 24, 2009

An amputee’s unfinished business in Afghanistan

Captain Simon Mailloux
Capt. Simon Mailloux, right, helps colleague Capt. Belyea puts a tourniquet on his arm during a Caring Combat Situation course at the Valcartier garrison near Quebec City September 23, 2009. Mailloux lost a leg in a previous mission but, with the help of a prosthesis, will be deployed again soon in Afghanistan. Photo Francis Vachon for the Globe and Mail.
Technical: Canon EOS Mark III, 1/80 at f6.3 with a 24-70 at 30mm – ISO 2000

An amputee’s unfinished business in Afghanistan on the Globe and Mail website

September 20, 2009

How to befriend the medias

Are you planning an event and hope to get media attention? Are you planning a huge event, or even a small one, where “the press” is expected? Then you should know how to write a press release so it is not thrown to the garbage and how to accommodate the photographers and journalists (and how to chose the location of your PR event) so they don’t publicly ramble about you.

September 14, 2009

Le Moulin a paroles

If you live in Quebec, you know what this is about. If not, here what’s the fuzz is all about.

Jkyll reads Speak white

Jkyll reads Speak white
Jkyll reads “Speak white”

RRQ Patrick Bourgeois
RRQ leader Patrick Bourgeois reads a letter from Pierre Bourgeault to René Lévesque

Pauline Marois
PQ leader Pauline Marois

Moulin a paroles finale
The grand finale

September 8, 2009

Marc Caron

Marc Caron
Marc Caron, city Councillor in the Gaspesie town of Cloridorme, poses in Quebec city September 4, 2009. Trens-Quebec’s inverted monorail project would be a godsend to break the isolation of Quebec remote regions like the Gaspesie. Photo Francis Vachon / The Globe and Mail
Technical: Canon EOS Mark III, 1/160 at f3.2 with a 24-70 at 50mm – ISO 400 + one direct flash aimed at the church’ roof, one flash through an umbrella on camera left, one Tripod Work Lamp just on the right.

I used the lamp just to help me focus on this pitch black church, but at the end it created a nice warming side light. That’s called shooting with available light, I guess!

September 5, 2009

Retired asbestos miner Benoit Côté

Retired asbestos miner Benoit Côté

Retired asbestos miner Benoit Côté
Benoit Côté poses with abandoned machinery on the site of a closed asbestos mine in Thetford Mine September 3, 2009. Côté worked 40 years as an asbestos miner. Photo Francis Vachon/ THE GAZETTE

The portraits where made for a Gazette article on “La Grande Noirceur”, a dark era in the province of Quebec dominated by the clergy and Maurice Duplessie, a Premier with an iron fist.

My day spent in Therford Mine hunting for stock photos paid of to find a great location.

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