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.
Allen Bargen, CPS, CCJ, MCAPA, ACAPA, FCAPA, Hon FCAPA