I was born in Timmins, Ontario, two days before Christmas, a pretty good gift I think. My youth was spent in a very happy household filled with love, patience, supporting parents and two great sisters. My favourite activities included baseball, football, guitar, chess and my most favourite of all, cycling. I would go on long trip putting on several thousand km during the summer. Much of my time was spent exploring the surrounding woods following streams and discovering where they lead to.
Thus began my love of the outdoor. It wasn’t until latter when my grandmother gave me a large format Kodak camera that I thought it would be a good idea to record some of these places. Unfortunately none of these photos or the camera survived.
I never really thought of becoming a photographer until much later on. A 35mm Yashica received as a wedding gift from my parents kept me linked to my interest in photography. I must have used that camera for over 25 years completely wearing it out to the point where it could no longer be repaired.
I wasn’t particularly pleased with my photos so I decided to study the art of photography more seriously. Although I did not have formal training I decided to read about photography, photographers and take courses and seminars. Hanging around other photographers is also a great way to learn.
I recently converted to digital photography, and am now discovering a whole new world of sophisticated equipment and software. One of the areas that I really like to explore is High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography. It’s a great method of photographing scenes with high contrast. Many of the photos on this site are HDR photos.
In 2008, I launched PhotoMichel to offer my services as a photographer and to share my vision of photography and light. I truly enjoy photography, but, I also enjoy just as much, walking in a forest, by a river, through mountains or in the city at dusk or early evening with my camera. The thought of capturing a beautiful scene that most people will not see except through my photo is very satisfying.
I enjoyed taking all these photos and I hope you enjoy them as well.