Castle Mountain, Banff National Park
Photo by Ashli Barrett
Photo by Ashli Barrett

Condolences to the Haines family. That makes three men gone far too soon. I pray something will be done before another is lost.

Make us free な Splash!重ねた光のコントラスト浴びて

Photo by Ashli Barrett

Just a few photos from the Spartan Race in Red Deer on Saturday.

Photos by Ashli Barrett

Steer Wrestling: Out of the Gate
Photos by Ashli Barrett


Sunrise in Glacier
by Charlie Hammer  (
Photo by Ashli Barrett

"I work for Reuters. I’m a journalist in the media business.

Back in 2008, I sat in a conference and reviewed some proposals to integrate news sources focused on electronic gaming into our RSS service as niche content providers.

We considered IGN, Gamespot, and a few other syndicated online info feeds.

Now, in order to white label a source as affiliated with Reuters, you need to run through a checklist of ~100 items that are necessary for journalistic integrity. The source and its organization has to score at least a 60 out of 100 for it to be considered fair and unbiased.

These tests are carried out by senior journalists, editors, and investigators.

NONE of the gaming publications scored higher than a 15. For reference, the National Enquirer scored a 38 and the MSNBC blogosphere scored 44.

Some failures included:
- Economic ties with publishers
- Acceptance of favors
- 0% of staff held journalism degree
- Very small percentage worked in other major publications
- No real editing process
- No accountability

tl;dr: Gaming “journalism” is a joke and the laughingstock of reporting media. Continue to read these publications if you want, but assume that everything you read is biased or an outright lie.”

I want nothing to do with people who can’t respect how dangerous war photojournalism and journalism are, or the sacrifices those journalists make just to give us the information we do get.

I mean, we hail soldiers and heroes- and granted, they deserve it. A war photographer/journalist’s job is, in many cases, more dangerous than a soldier’s is. Soldiers go to war armed with guns, grenades, protective gear, and classified intelligence the average person can’t know which aids in their ability to make decisions about how to approach a battle.

A war photographer, however, is armed with nothing more than a camera and the information they are able to get. They go right into the thick of things, put their lives on the line, so we may be able to learn what is going on in war-torn countries. Their images are iconic. They evoke emotions other pictures cannot give us, but rarely do people remember the name of who took them unless they are in the industry. They are incredibly brave people who don’t always get the credit they deserve.


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"I want to discover the cure for Ebola."
(Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo)
Copy Rights and Copy Wrongs - Photography


Great article on the basics of Copy Right and why you should ask your photographer before selling prints. 

My sister cosplayed Ririchiyo from Inu x Boku SS this weekend at Animethon in Edmonton. The one thing I’ve noticed since I started working for the local newspaper is that when I do get a day off to do something like this, I’m almost tired of my camera and asking for names to go with pictures, permission, etc. that I simply don’t take many pictures at all. In hindsight, there was so many people I wanted to take pictures of that had amazing costumes, but there’s always next year.

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