roth and ramberg play catch up (3 of 5)

If you’ve missed the first two in our series of five, you can look back and see just what it is we’ve been doing the last little while.

In number three of the series, we had a great opportunity to do some work for Maclaren McCann Calgary.

Their client, Bayer Crop Science, wanted to photograph different farmers across the country. The project involved three separate trips and stretched all the way from Alberta to Quebec. They wanted genuine portraits of the farmers in their environments. We had the most amazing trips across the country with Alex and Bryon from Maclaren McCann, meeting farmers and learning about what it takes to grow canola successfully.

Here are some of the many photos taken.

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roth and ramberg play catchup (2 of 5)

Our second post in our series of five is about something we do a lot of here in Alberta. If you missed the first blog post, you can check it out here.

Corporate reports, which in this case, was the Sustainability Report for Syncrude Canada.

We’ve had the pleasure to work with the Syncrude team for many years and we teamed up with the Calgary agency Karo to work on this years’ report.

 Here are a few photos of many that we shot. Most in Fort McMurray and one of course, in Ottawa.

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roth and ramberg play catch up (1 of 5)

It’s been a crazy busy summer and fall, which of course, we are grateful and thankful for. But because we’ve been so busy, our blogging has left something to be desired. Well, it’s time to catch up, starting with the first of five blog posts over the next five days.

We were contacted by the great group of people at ATB Financial. They wanted to create a series of ads shot in black and white, depiciting business executives in various environments. We loved the concept and also love the fact we were able to produce them in black and white.

Below are some of the series that ran in national newspapers.

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roth and ramberg and the talented rebekah

Now that it’s November, you should be seeing Rebekah on your Roth and Ramberg ‘In Search of the Loch Ness Monster’ desk calendar. If you don’t have one, drop us a line and we’ll get you a copy and we’ll also put you on the list for the upcoming 2013 version where we traveled from Chicago to Walcott, Iowa… home of the World’s Largest Truck Stop. You can also go online and see the calendar and read the behind-the-scenes storiesBut for now… back to Rebekah and the monster.

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After traveling up a very twisty, very narrow mountain road, we arrived at Rebekah’s house. Rebekah began making pottery twenty years ago as an apprentice at the Loch Ness Clay Works and she eventually took it over. Today she ships pieces all over the world, to places as far flung as Hawaii.

Originally from Inverness, Rebekah was always fascinated with Nessie. Right up until the infamous Surgeon’s photograph was revealed to be a big fake. Almost instantly, she stopped believing. But that’s not to say she doesn’t believe in things you can’t always explain. Is it Scotland after all, land of faeries and legends and lore so deep it could fill the whole of Loch Ness.

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roth and ramberg and molly the skeptical lassie

The Roth and Ramberg calendar in October… meet Molly the skeptical lassie. If you don’t already have one of our calendars just send us an email and we’ll send you one or you can go online and see the calendar and read the behind-the-scenes stories.

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We photographed Molly along the east shore of Loch Ness near where she lives in the town of Lower Foyers. We met Molly thru her mom, Briony, who works at the beautiful Lovat Hotel in Fort Augustus on the very south end of Loch Ness. If you’re ever in the area, you should stay there. The hotel is divine and so is the food.

Molly is a bright 17-year-old red head who has a strong zest for life and a love of all-things-photography. She doesn’t believed in the Loch Ness Monster. She figures there was probably something to it a long time ago, but now it’s just a legend. It’s hard to argue with her really. We all agreed that the stuffed Nessies for sale in all the tourist shops, complete with pink eyelashes, are pretty darn funny.

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roth and ramberg meet Rod Michie

It’s September and it’s time to turn the page yet again. If you have one of the Roth and Ramberg calendars then you should now be staring at Rod Michie. If you want a calendar, send us an email or go online and you can see the calendar and the behind-the-scenes stories.

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Our good friend Willie the Rat suggested we head over to Inverness to meet his friend Rod. Rod has been a captain of various boats for over 30 years.

He has been back and forth across the Loch Ness many, many times, perhaps even the most of anyone in the area. Has he seen a monster…. well, no. He does however keep the mystery alive by telling us a story about how he saw something on the sonar one day.  He does point out of course that sonar can have all sorts of interesting things on them and they are not necessarily a large creature.

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 As he says “I’d prefer to talk about the mystery rather than the monster.”, which he proceeded to do. In the end, he summed it up beautifully. People come here in search of the monster and when they don’t find it they never ask for their money back. And Rod is right, the surrounding area is beautiful and the people are tremendous. Yes, there is something mysterious about the Loch, but in the end we didn’t need to see a monster either.

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It’s 10-4 good buddies…like roadkill from pavement we have swag just scraped off the press (from The Dude Screen Printing—our new awesome go-to shirt guy)! It’s our spearmint green tees with tractor trailer unit showing the ‘What’s Yer 20’ logo which we promised to our winning Facebookers and Tweeters who followed us along our road trip.  

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If you didn’t follow us on our trip, we asked our followers to help direct our Illinois/Iowan route all the way to our mecca destination, Walcott I-80, the world’s largest truckstop. Here’s a quick run-down of what our winners got trucker cool stuff for:

JackInTheJungle started us off in Chi-Town by sending us to Acacia Park Cemetery to look for a cool building;

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Next, Sarah James decided our 10-20 would be the Town of Sandwich instead of Genoa, Illinois. Sandwich was the motherlode of many things interesting as you can see from this pic of their local school!

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Marie Hohner picked Dale’s new CB handle…‘Hot Shoe’ which he used while communicating on our swanky CB set;

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We gave Sue Manzuik a choice between destinations of Wyatt Earp’s Birthplace or Ronald Regan Trail. Sue picked Wyatt and off we went;

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Brian Close won a CB iPhone attachment for guessing which famous painting was within 2 hours of our then Instamapp locale. It was of course American Gothic by Grant Wood. Away we went to Eldon;

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Christy Yaseyko answered which TV character came from Ottumwa, Iowa. It was of course Radar O’Reilly from M*A*SH. If Ottumwa was good enough for Radar, it was good enough for us to stay for the night. Radar lived around so, much, corn;

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Which ‘berg’ town should we go to? Well Tweeter Cam Hoff thought that out of Prairieburg, Guttenburg, Luxemburg and Petersburg that Guttenburg was a primo choice. Who can beat the expansive roads of Prairieburg?!

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FaceBooker Brock Skywalker knew what famous movie the line “if you build it, he will come” was from and we put the hammer down and headed to the movie site Field of Dreams;

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Thanks to your participation our road trip was just that much more awesome so congrat’s to our winners, we will be contacting you. For the rest of you, if you RSVP in January 2013 for our calendar launch party, we will have a whole bunch of our tee’s and more goodies that we picked up along the road (not roadkill) to give away. Hope to see you then! For now it’s over and out…

roth and ramberg want you to meet Willie the Rat

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It’s August and if you have a Roth and Ramberg then it’s time to turn the page. What you will see is one of the more colorful characters we met on our trip, Willie Cameron or as the locals call him, Willie the Rat.

We spent the better part of an hour listening to Willie explain his version of the Loch Ness Monster and how he thinks it all started, including an incredible description of how his father and a few locals had the longest sighting of ‘something most pecular’ in the Loch.

Download our free app and our view it online and go to page 47 to hear the stories Willie the Rat told us. And you can also hear him recite The Loch Ness Poem recently added to Youtube.

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roth and ramberg say a big 10-10

Friday, July 13, 2012

Well, we woke up this morning a little more refreshed. The last day of the Trucker Jamboree and also the last day of our shoot. We made it to the Mecca. The mother-of-all truck stops located in Walcott, Iowa. Complete with restaurants, a dentist, a barber, a chiropractor, mechanics, a chapel, a truck-o-mat, a laundromat, a trucking museum, a movie theatre, and lots of chrome. While seeing all the sights was really cool, our goal, however, was to photograph truckers.

Well, wouldn’t you know it, as we drove in we saw a moustached trucker with a big cowboy hat.  We pulled over and set up a shot of Jerry and his red Kenworth. Fifty one years of truck driving and still going strong. Back in the day his CB handle was ‘Wildcatter’. It seems not many truckers are on CB radio anymore. He was a great character and super nice guy! We wrapped up and then we headed to the heart of the jamboree.

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We wandered around the jamboree for a while. Rows and rows of vintage trucks. All the brands: Mack, Peterbilt, International, Freightliner, Kenworth and more. Also a section of trucks loaded with of bling, even some with hardwood floors in the cabs; all with proud owners by their trucks just talking about their passion.

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We decided to shoot some black and white portraits on a white background, similar in style to Richard Avedon’s American West series. We managed to score a tent from a friendly trucker so we could be covered from the ever-changing weather. We set up right beside the Interstate 80 and shot with the sounds of trucks rolling by. A perfect setting for photographing truckers.

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What better way to end our ‘What’s yer 20?’ trip than photographing 20 truckers. Young, old, families… you name it. Whoever we saw, we asked. Mainly wanting to show the faces of trucking. Perhaps a photo exhibit down the road?

Now we’re heading down the I-80, talking to truckers on the CB. Destination Chicago. We have half a day there tomorrow to explore then back home.

Thank-you Iowa! And Illinois too!

Dale, Michele and Dana (aka: Hotshoe, DangerGril and AirHorn Danny)

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

To recap, yesterday was a really long day. We rolled into the Iowa 80 Truck Stop late in the evening. We’ve reached our destination!

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This morning we made our way to the truck stop for breakfast. We walked through rows and rows of vintage and custom trucks; all incredibly beautiful. It was well over 100 degrees on the pavement and after 8 days of it, we could all tell we needed some cooling off in our air conditioned vehicle before spending some quality time roasting out there.

We found out that Highway 6 was the old trucking route until the Interstate 80 was put in. Highway 6 was built in one day by 10,000 people back in 1910. Well, that bit of news was good enough for us! We headed to the actual town of Walcott and made our way west towards Iowa City with the air conditioning blasting. A few towns over was a neat little town called Wilton. We could kind of make out a great vintage sign on the front of a bright white building. As we got closer we realized it was a candy shop called Wilton Candy Kitchen.

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We walked inside and an elderly man was behind the soda fountain and his wife, dressed in bright red, greeted us. Well, we spent the next two hours with Thelma and George. George’s father had been running the store until George himself took over. He is now 92 and was joking and laughing with us the whole time. Well, right up until we wanted to take his photo.

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We ordered some sandwiches, which Thelma carefully prepared.  She shared stories of their Greek heritage and explained the pictures and newspaper clippings on the wall. Then she sat us down at Gregory Peck’s table, which of course is right beside Brooke Shield’s table (they both ate there). Then came picture time and Thelma was eager, George not so much. He was hiding in the office. “He doesn’t like his photo taken, but I know this is important for business.” she said. She gently nudged him out and they sat down on the stools and we got the shot!

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Just as we finished, the crowds started rolling in. We hugged our new friends goodbye and headed down the road. We made it to Iowa City and back, driving through various small towns. This time we just enjoyed the trip instead of worrying about photos.

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So now our goal is to get great trucker shots. Early to bed, as tomorrow is the last day of the jamboree. We’re about to put the hammer down!