About Me - allen-bargen

Some people are born with a camera in their hand. I wasn't, and became a serious photographer in my thirties. By then my professional career was well established requiring me to travel extensively to new and interesting places. Photography just seemed a perfect fit. Taking a camera along allowed me to document my travels, and as a business tool it helped me win new clients. At that time, my camera, a Canon SLR was a curiously interesting new toy to play with. After seeing the images of many exciting places travel took me to, the camera bug really hit, and I fell in love with the excitement that happens when you see something truly remarkable.

Photographing things and sharing the experience with others through my images had a dramatic impact on how the rest of my spare time would be used. I transitioned to Digital as soon as the new technology became available, and a whole new world opened up. Instant photographic gratification was exciting and the digital camera travelled with me everywhere I went. Hiking was a passion at the time, and soon my hikes gave way to more serious photographic expeditions around the world.

My camera gear is exclusively CANON equipment, the EOS-1D X is my primary camera, with the Canon ID Mk IV as a backup body. Accessories include a wide selection of L series Glass, the largest of which is a 600mm ISL 4.0 lens that is used primarily for wildlife. A Gitzo tripod and Wimberley head complete the list of major equipment. On long field trips, equipment is packed onto a custom two wheeled cart that allows me to easily transport a lot of weight over long distances that might otherwise prove impossible. While my photographic interests are essentially general including People and places, I do have a passion for Nature subjects. Living in Beautiful British Columbia Canada, with an abundance of wildlife, how could one not? I can leave my home and immediately see Bald Eagles, and a huge selection of birds and marine life that continually challenge my skills. What a wonderful place to live. Nature has certainly taken me to most of the continents in search of new adventures. Action and Sports events is more recently a big draw for me, and the past several years have introduced me to the high speed world of Motor Sports, Dog Racing and pretty well anything that moves quickly.

I am also a proud Life member of CAPA, the Canadian Association for Photographic Art, Canada's National body for photographers. I am a Past President of this amazing national organization, and hold FCAPA and Hon FCAPA Honours. Check out our website at www.capacanada.ca. As a CAPA Certified Judge, I am called upon frequently to judge photographic competitions and events locally and globally, and am available for lectures or workshops on a wide variety of topics. I can be reached at 604-270-1137, or allenbargen@telus.


Yours truly posing in front of the Inukshuk erected at the site of the 2010 Olympic Ski Jumping venues in Whistler BC.<br />
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 An inuksuk (plural inuksuit) (from the Inuktitut: ᐃᓄᒃᓱᒃ, plural ᐃᓄᒃᓱᐃᑦ; alternatively inukshuk in English or inukhuk in Inuinnaqtun  is a man-made stone landmark or cairn, used by the Inuit, Inupiat, Kalaallit, Yupik, and other peoples of the Arctic region of North America. This region, above the Arctic Circle, is dominated by the tundra biome, containing areas with few natural landmarks.<br />
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My thanks to my good friend Larry Burton who took this image of me through my Canon 1D Mk III with a 28-105 L series lens.