Member Monday Featuring Bob Rainville

This next photographer does a great job balancing his dad hat and his photographer hat. The opportunities for a great shot are everywhere, especially when you have an adventurous family outing!

What could be more exciting a day of racing on the slopes?! Bob Rainville snapped this really cool photo of his daughter as she took a ride on the ski lift.

Time to hand it off to Bob, here to tell you all about the shot himself!

About the Photographer

  • Hometown: My name is Bob Rainville and I’m a full-time Respiratory Therapist as well as part-time  (< 40h/week paid work) professional photographer from Saranac, NY located in the extreme northeast corner of NYS on the Canadian/Vermont border.
  • Years in Photography: I’ve been shooting in general for perhaps 15+ years and professionally for about 3 yrs.
  • Years as a KO Member: I have been a KO member for about 2 1/2 years.

About the Photo:

Photo by Bob Rainville of his daughter skiing.
  • Title: Lift Her Up
  • Location: Titus Ski Center, Malone, NY
  • Any additional description of the photograph: This is a shot of my daughter on her way up to the start gate at a local weekend ski race league at Titus Mountain located in Malone, NY. I shoot these racers as often as possible just for fun. Although I shoot many genres of photography, I have a particular love for sports/action photography. Downhill skiing is a challenging, yet rewarding sport to shoot! 
  • Gear/Software Used: Nikon D850, Sigma 120-300 f2.8 glass, ISO 100, 195mm, f2.8, 1/3200, edited in Adobe LR, shot on 1/8/2020 hand-held

What is one thing you wish you would have known before starting photography?

That the journey is a series of highs and lows. That recognition is part luck, part skill, and part perseverance. That you need to keep the joy and lightheartedness in the craft as often as possible. Remember your “why”.

Who are some of your role models/mentors?

As far as role models and mentors go, I have no one in particular. The list is extensive. I tend to study a combination of the masters as well as current artists at the top of their field. There is so much to learn and explore!

What is your most treasured piece of photography equipment?

That’s a tough one. Probably my Wacom Intuos Pro or a recently acquired Nikon F3 with complete darkroom gear. I’ve been wanting to shoot film again!

What’s your favorite class on KelbyOne and why?

Another tough one because there are so many that I’ve benefitted from. I’d say both ‘Pro Techniques for Retouching Clothing’ and ‘Best Retouching Secrets Uncovered’ by Viktor Fejes helped jumpstart my portrait editing technique!

Portrait, skin, hair, and clothing edits are not intuitive to me but I knew I wanted control of the process in post. His classes along with other very talented KO instructors got me up to speed quickly. The quality of content is unsurpassed.

Connect with Bob

You can see more of Bob’s work at and on Instagram @focalbluephotography.

A huge thank you to Bob for letting us get to know him more, and for sharing his work!

Thank you for joining us for another Member Monday! If you haven’t yet, be sure to submit your photos for a chance to receive a Member Monday feature of your own.