Friday night I photographed girls hockey game for Mount Royal University Cougars, who played against NAIT's OOKS.

calgary hockey MRC/NAIT photo
CANON 1D MARK IV, 70-200 MM, ISO 125, F 2.8, 1/250, STROBES
calgary hockey MRC/NAIT photo
CANON 1D MARK IV, 70-200 MM, ISO 125, F 2.8, 1/250, STROBES
calgary hockey MRC/NAIT photo
CANON 1D MARK IV, 70-200 MM, ISO 125, F 2.8, 1/250, STROBES
calgary hockey MRC/NAIT photo
CANON 1D MARK IV, 70-200 MM, ISO 125, F 2.8, 1/250, STROBES
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2010-01-31 18:43 Sergei Belski: Thank you Katya! Its hard to tell about camera, for games like this I use strobes so the quality is great with all my cameras. I do love it, the high ISO is great! I would be able to tell more when I will shoot some other events where I can actually push it :)
2010-01-31 18:25 Ekaterina: Excellent! How do you like the new 1D4?

I'm working on putting together a slideshow with some of my favourite wedding photographs from 2009. While going though my photographs I noticed some wedding rings shots so I thought I would post some of my favourites. Feel free to leave a comment and tell me what photo is your favourite!

calgary wedding photographers -  wedding rings photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 100 MM, ISO 400, F 4, 1/40, CANON 580EX II FLASH
calgary wedding photographers -  wedding rings photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 100 MM, ISO 800, F 5.6, 1/50, CANON 580EX II FLASH
calgary wedding photographers -  wedding rings photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 100 MM, ISO 800, F 4, 1/50, CANON 580EX II FLASH
calgary wedding photographers -  wedding rings photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 100 MM, ISO 800, F 4, 1/40, CANON 580EX II FLASH
calgary wedding photographers -  wedding rings photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 100 MM, ISO 800, F 3.5, 1/30, CANON 580EX II FLASH
calgary wedding photographers -  wedding rings photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 100 MM, ISO 800, F 5.6, 1/30, CANON 580EX II FLASH
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2010-04-16 17:34 Jordie: I like the lime!
2010-01-29 15:05 Sergei Belski: Well with all the calculations, its a tie between "Lime" and "Candles" with 9 votes each, and "I do" comes in 3rd with 7 votes. Thank you very much everybody! About wax... I had everything set up before I did it and took it very fast. There was no wax on the rings.
2010-01-29 11:48 Tracy B!: My fave is the the I Do (then Lime)--though I like the candle pic I feel too worried for the rings--hopefully you cleaned them off for the couple really good ;) I mean you cannot risk the couples rings just for the perfect shot, hehehehe!
2010-01-29 11:45 Viktor: I got the same thought as Stacey, so I vote for the "I do" picture.
2010-01-29 10:08 Stacey: I LOVE the candle one, but wouldn't it be hard to remove the wax? especially from the prongs?
2010-01-29 08:58 Sergei Belski: So far with all the votes from here and facebook we have leaders: Lime 5 votes, Coffee 4 votes, Candles 3 votes
2010-01-29 06:24 Chelsey: Love the lime photo and the one with the "I do"! Great shots.
2010-01-28 19:21 Violetta: Love the lime shot, but I preffer rings on a flower with lake and mountains in the back ground
2010-01-28 18:43 Sergei Belski: Thank you very much for your comments! I don't know if I will find a winner. Almost as many opinions as comments, everybody likes different photos :) My personal favourite is the coffee shot :)
2010-01-28 18:29 Svetlana Yanova: Love the one with the candles (hmm I wonder why??:))) and the coffee beans.
2010-01-28 18:03 Dawn : MY FAVORITE RING PIC IS THE LIME (GREAT PIC) AND SECOND IS THE COFFEE BEANS.... MY LEAST FAVORITE IS THE RED CANDLES AND THE CLOTHS PEGS...
2010-01-28 17:52 Kristy: My two favorites are the coffee beans and the clothes pins. Very unique ideas!
2010-01-28 17:46 Ekaterina: They are all ooh so pretty, but my favourite ones are the one with the red candles and the lemon. Love them!!
2010-01-28 17:44 Melissa Van Otterloo: LOVE these shots!

A couple of photographs from a photo shot for AirdrieLIFE magazine from earlier today. It was my first time sitting in the back of the police car and I was very surprised how cramped it was. I could barely fit my feet and had to bend my head, not the best place to be :) Thank you very much guys, you were great to photograph!

AirdrieLIFE photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 50 MM, ISO 100, F 4, 1/500
AirdrieLIFE photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 16-35 MM, ISO 400, F 2.8, 1/100
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2010-01-28 18:44 Sergei Belski: I'm too fast on my scooter to be pulled over :) Joking :)
2010-01-28 17:58 Dawn : SERGEI ARE YOU JUST TRYING TO GET ON THE GOOD SIDE OF THE COPS SO YOU WON'T GET PULLED OVER ON YOUR SCOOTER IN THE SPRING......

A photo from a quick photo shot for AirdrieLIFE magazine from earlier today.

AirdrieLIFE photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 24 MM, ISO 400, F 2, 1/50, CANON 580EX II FLASH
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Here are some photographs from two volleyball games that I photographed on Friday night for Mount Royal University Cougars, who played against Red Deer College.

calgary hockey MRC/Red Deer College photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 320, F 3.2, 1/250, STROBES
calgary hockey MRC/Red Deer College photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 250, F 3.2, 1/250, STROBES
calgary hockey MRC/Red Deer College photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 320, F 3.2, 1/250, STROBES
calgary hockey MRC/Red Deer College photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 320, F 3.2, 1/250, STROBES
calgary hockey MRC/Red Deer College photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 200, F 2.8, 1/250, STROBES
calgary hockey MRC/Red Deer College photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 200, F 2.8, 1/250, STROBES
calgary hockey MRC/Red Deer College photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 320, F 2.8, 1/250, STROBES
calgary hockey MRC/Red Deer College photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 200, F 2.8, 1/250, STROBES
calgary hockey MRC/Red Deer College photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 200, F 2.8, 1/250, STROBES
calgary hockey MRC/Red Deer College photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 200, F 2.8, 1/250, STROBES
calgary hockey MRC/Red Deer College photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 320, F 2.8, 1/250, STROBES
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2010-01-26 00:13 Sergei Belski: Thank you very much!
2010-01-25 19:35 Vanessa Day: I loved playing in MRC!! Best gym ever...
2010-01-25 17:40 Israel Groveman: Really great work! Loved looking at these.

Yesterday night I photographed a hockey game for Mount Royal University Cougars, who played against Augustana's Vikings. It was an interesting and high scoring game where Mount Royal ended up wining 7-4. Later tonight I will be photographing a couple of volleyball games, should be fun :)

calgary hockey MRC/Augustana photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 100, F 2.8, 1/250, STROBES
calgary hockey MRC/Augustana photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 100, F 2.8, 1/250, STROBES
calgary hockey MRC/Augustana photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 100, F 2.8, 1/250, STROBES
calgary hockey MRC/Augustana photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 100, F 2.8, 1/250, STROBES
calgary hockey MRC/Augustana photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 100, F 2.8, 1/250, STROBES
calgary hockey MRC/Augustana photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 100, F 2.8, 1/250, STROBES
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Today I took some photographs of Family Skating. The City of Airdrie hired me to take some family photographs skating to use for their brochures and such. As always, I had a wonderful time and ended up with some great shots :)

airdrie family skating photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 100, F 2.8, 1/250, STROBES
airdrie family skating photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 100, F 2.8, 1/250, STROBES
airdrie family skating photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 100, F 4, 1/250, STROBES
airdrie family skating photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 100, F 2.8, 1/250, STROBES
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2010-01-20 16:48 Sergei Belski: Thank you very much for your comments!!
2010-01-20 16:07 Helen Simard: Thank you Sergei - these are fantastic photos! It will be great to use them on the City of Airdrie Arena Operations website. I am sure Tara will discuss this with you. Take care, Helen
2010-01-20 15:36 Julia: Love them all!!

This evening I took some photographs of the Olympic Torch journey though Airdrie. It was pretty cool to be a part of the event :)

airdrie olympic torch photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 3200, F 2.8, 1/200
airdrie olympic torch photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 16-35 MM, ISO 1600, F 2.8, 1/25, CANON 580EX II FLASH
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I just did a quick photo shoot for the City of Airdrie. I photographed guys at Airdrie Fire Department, you can also see a photo I did back in August of our emergency services.

airdrie fire department photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 16-35 MM, ISO 200, F 5.6, 1/400
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2010-02-04 17:49 Dawn : Sergei I hope that you could do another one of this shot in the summer....Hmmmm
2010-01-18 14:55 Sergei Belski: Thank you Tracy! I had fun!
2010-01-18 14:16 Tracy B!: Wow, quite the set-up! It looks good! Glad you had good weather!

On Friday night I photographed a couple of basketball games for Mount Royal University Cougars, who played agains SAIT's Trojans. I like photographing basketball and it was a while since my last game, so it was great to do it again :) Here are some of my photographs.

calgary basketball MRC/SAIT photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 16-35 MM, ISO 250, F 2.8, 1/200, STROBES
calgary basketball MRC/SAIT photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 250, F 2.8, 1/250, STROBES
calgary basketball MRC/SAIT photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 250, F 2.8, 1/250, STROBES
calgary basketball MRC/SAIT photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 250, F 2.8, 1/250, STROBES
calgary basketball MRC/SAIT photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 250, F 2.8, 1/250, STROBES
calgary basketball MRC/SAIT photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 16-35 MM, ISO 640, F 2.8, 1/250, STROBES
calgary basketball MRC/SAIT photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 250, F 2.8, 1/250, STROBES
calgary basketball MRC/SAIT photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 250, F 2.8, 1/250, STROBES
calgary basketball MRC/SAIT photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 250, F 2.8, 1/250, STROBES
calgary basketball MRC/SAIT photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 250, F 2.8, 1/250, STROBES
calgary basketball MRC/SAIT photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 250, F 2.8, 1/250, STROBES
calgary basketball MRC/SAIT photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 16-35 MM, ISO 640, F 2.8, 1/250, STROBES
calgary basketball MRC/SAIT photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 16-35 MM, ISO 250, F 2.8, 1/250, STROBES
calgary basketball MRC/SAIT photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 16-35 MM, ISO 250, F 2.8, 1/250, STROBES
calgary basketball MRC/SAIT photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 250, F 2.8, 1/250, STROBES
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2010-01-23 10:22 Sergei Belski: Thank you very much Shawna! If you come to one of the games I photograph I would be happy to show you the way I do things! Thank you very much!
2010-01-21 08:38 Shawna Benson: I have been admiring your sports photography for a while! It is so AWESOME! Althoug sports is a side passion of mine (I mostly do weddings!!) Your set ups intrigue me ... ONe day I'd love to come and watch you do a game ... Basketball and Football are my faves ... Excellent work!
2010-01-18 14:48 Sergei Belski: Thank you very much! Yes the second game MRC lost at the buzzer!
2010-01-18 00:34 Ingrid: Great images Sergei! Looks like the second game was even more intense than the first. Thanks for showing me the ropes.

I had a great time in Banff National Park yesterday, having fun with friends, taking photos! Here are a couple of photographs from the trip :)

banff national park trip photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 16-35 MM, ISO 400, F 2.8, 1/1250
banff national park trip photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 400 MM, ISO 400, F 2.8, 1/1000
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Yesterday evening I photographed a hockey game of Airdrie Xtreme for the City of Airdrie. I usually use strobes to photograph hockey but this time I was stuck doing it without them. I still ended up with some nice shots but as you can see I had to use pretty high ISO settings.

airdrie hockey xtreme photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 3200, F 2.8, 1/400
airdrie hockey xtreme photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 3200, F 2.8, 1/250
airdrie hockey xtreme photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 3200, F 2.8, 1/400
airdrie hockey xtreme photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 16-35 MM, ISO 2500, F 2.8, 1/160
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Yesterday was a very fun evening! I met with some of my photographer friends and we had a fun nighttime photo shoot, playing with off camera flashes and just having a great time. Here are some photographs that I took :)

calgary nighttime photo shoot photograph
CANON 1D MARK III, 50 MM, ISO 100, F 4.5, 1/100, OFF CAMERA CANON 580EX II FLASH
calgary nighttime photo shoot photograph
CANON 1D MARK III, 50 MM, ISO 800, F 1.4, 1/80, OFF CAMERA CANON 580EX II FLASH
calgary nighttime photo shoot photograph
CANON 1D MARK III, 24 MM, ISO 1600, F 1.4, 1/40
calgary nighttime photo shoot photograph
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 400, F 2.8, 1/30, OFF CAMERA CANON 580EX II FLASH
calgary nighttime photo shoot photograph
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 400, F 2.8, 1/30, OFF CAMERA CANON 580EX II FLASH
calgary nighttime photo shoot photograph
CANON 1D MARK III, 24 MM, ISO 100, F 2.5, 1/40, 2 OFF CAMERA CANON 580EX II FLASHES
calgary nighttime photo shoot photograph
CANON 1D MARK III, 15 MM, ISO 1600, F 2.8, 1/8
calgary nighttime photo shoot photograph
CANON 1D MARK III, 50 MM, ISO 320, F 1.2, 1/60, OFF CAMERA CANON 580EX II FLASH
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2010-01-19 20:51 Sergei Belski: Hey Jeremy, once in a while I would get together with some photographers, not a regular thing but we try to have some fun once in a while :)
2010-01-19 14:15 Jeremy: Hey, is this something that happens often? I've been wondering if there is a Calgary Photogs meet up group. Looks like fun! Cheers.
2010-01-11 12:57 Cosmin: It must be really nice to have photo friends like these and spend some time together!
2010-01-11 12:13 Tracy B!: LOVE that pic of Svetlana--we need to get you a fish eye lens Sergei! And sorry, from that first pic of Alexey, I might be scared to run into him in a dark alley--I didn't even recognize him!!!
2010-01-11 11:51 Shelley: Looks like you guys had an awesome time!!!

Here are some photographs from Saturday. Tracy and I spent a wonderful day with a couple of our friends. We ate some sushi at my favourite sushi place Sakana Grill and than visited the Calgary Motorcycle Show. The show was great and I was very surprised how big it was and how many people were there.

calgary sakana grill sushi photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 24 MM, ISO 800, F 1.4, 1/60
calgary sakana grill sushi photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 24 MM, ISO 800, F 1.4, 1/80
calgary motorcycle show photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 24 MM, ISO 1000, F 1.4, 1/500
calgary motorcycle show photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 24 MM, ISO 800, F 1.4, 1/200
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2010-01-11 16:45 Ekaterina: Sergei, these turned out so great! I love the fisheye photo of Svetlana. She looks so cute:) And that group shot is great, I guess it was worth it at the end almost losing the flash units to a car driving by:))
2010-01-11 12:29 Sergei Belski: I look excited :) At least I was, it was a pretty cool bike... maybe she wanted to sit on it next and I was taking my time :)
2010-01-11 12:20 Tracy B!: Greg--you look good! And wow on the bike not only do you not look excited Sergei--but that women does NOT look impressed--you would think you were sitting on her bike!

Here is the slideshow from Bic and Ken's wedding that I photographed in Calgary, Alberta. Click on the image below to view the slideshow. This was my last wedding from 2009 and I'm looking forward to all the weddings in 2010. Enjoy :)

calgary winter wedding slideshow
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2010-01-11 10:15 Sergei Belski: Thank you very much Shelley!
2010-01-11 06:22 Shelley: Nice job! I love the bridesmaids dresses, so pretty. You would never know it's cold out, their pictures look awesome!

Have many things going on around here but I finally had a chance to post some photographs from Airdrie Tyke Hockey Tournament that I photographed on December 27/28. Thank you very much to Tracy for doing an awesome job of helping me out with this job! It was a great tournament and I loved doing it!

airdrie hockey tournament photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 250, F 4, 1/250, 1X4 TC, STROBES
airdrie hockey tournament photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 250, F 4, 1/250, 1X4 TC, STROBES
airdrie hockey tournament photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 250, F 4, 1/250, 1X4 TC, STROBES
airdrie hockey tournament photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 250, F 4, 1/250, 1X4 TC, STROBES
airdrie hockey tournament photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 250, F 4, 1/250, 1X4 TC, STROBES
airdrie hockey tournament photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 250, F 4, 1/250, 1X4 TC, STROBES
airdrie hockey tournament photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 250, F 4, 1/250, 1X4 TC, STROBES
airdrie hockey tournament photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 250, F 4, 1/250, 1X4 TC, STROBES
airdrie hockey tournament photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 70-200 MM, ISO 250, F 4, 1/250, 1X4 TC, STROBES
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2010-01-05 16:07 Sergei Belski: Thank you Kristy! I'm very happy that they liked them :)
2010-01-05 15:59 Kristy: My sister-in-law said the photos of her son's team you shot were amazing! They were really impressed.

Home sweet home! I'm finally back from Saskatoon :) I think the last time I visited Saskatoon was back in July for James and Jamie's wedding. This time we went to visit Tracy's family and here is a photo of her brother Jonah and sister Toni. Jonah is only one month old and that was the first time we saw him :) You also can see some more photos that I took a while ago when we visited our family in Saskatoon.

saskatoon family photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 50 MM, ISO 800, F 1.4, 1/320
saskatoon family photo
CANON 1D MARK III, 50 MM, ISO 800, F 1.4, 1/400
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2010-01-05 13:07 Tracy B!: Wowzers, those are some cute kids! Miss them already (all right, I miss Toni already, Jonah is still just a sleeping/pooping baby!)

I had Svetlana Gurevich, a good friend of mine and a photographer, help me out with my last wedding of Bic and Ken. Svetlana helped me out with some other weddings already and It was great to have her shooting with me and I had a great time! We took our formal photographs for this wedding in Calgary at the Lindsay Park. Svetlana also took some photos of me at work :)

calgary wedding photographers Sergei Belski
calgary wedding photographers Sergei Belski calgary wedding photographers Sergei Belski
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2010-01-05 16:08 Sergei Belski: Thank you Shelley :)
2010-01-05 15:55 Shelley: Awesome to see you in action!!!

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