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Hello. I’m Dave Sandford, a professional photographer
based in London, Ontario, Canada. I’ve primarily covered
professional sports for the past 19 years. During that
time, I’ve worked extensively with the NHL, NBA and
Hockey Hall of Fame. I’m proud to have covered 17
Stanley Cup Championships, 9 IIHF World Junior Hockey
Championships, 2 Winter Olympics, Super Bowl XL, NBA and
MLB playoffs, as well as numerous All-Star Games for
NHL, NBA and MLB.
What you may not know about me is that my passion for
photography was born from a love of nature and wildlife.
My earliest attempts at photography, as a child and into
my teen years, were of birds, critters and beautiful
Canadian landscapes. I’ve been fortunate, as an adult,
to photograph far beyond Canada’s boarders from the
frozen tundra of the Arctic to the warm waters of the
South Pacific capturing diverse wildlife and landscapes.
Over the past 2 years, my nature photography has taken
me into the frigid waters of Lake Erie where I tackled
the challenge of “the Gales of November” as well as a
world away to the surf breaks off the southeast coast of
2016 has been an exciting time in my life as well as in
my career. This year, I ventured below the surface of
the Indian Ocean for the thrill of a lifetime; cage
diving to shoot Great White sharks. Later this summer I
will be the photographer in residence for photographic
expeditions to both the Arctic and Antarctic.
With this site I hope to take you along on my journeys
and bring you into my world through the images I
capture. If you find an image that speaks to you browse
the site as all are available as prints. Thanks for
taking the time to stop by, keep checking back as
imagery will be added on a regular basis.
Thank You Dave - for allowing me to share some
of your photographs
"Force of Lake Erie
He recently spent time on Lake Erie
shooting the Great Lake 's turbulent fall season.
From mid-October to mid-November, the longtime
professional sports photographer traveled each week to
Port Stanley, Ontario, on the edge of Lake Erie to spend
hours taking photos.
This series of images shows what this Great Lake looks
like after the sunbathers and boaters leave and the
weather begins to turn.
1. His goal was to capture the
exact moment when lake waves driven by gusting winds
collide with a rebound wave that's created when the
water hits a pier and collection of boulders on the
2. "The best way I can describe the water is it's like a
washing machine. It's not like ocean waves, where you
have a nice set that's rolling in. They are really
erratic, they go all over the place, and there is a
strong undertow there so it can be a very dangerous
4. "I've had a number of people contact me that used to
live by the Great Lakes .... and they said the photos
really stirred something inside them because they grew
up there and know what the water can be like."
6. "I'm hearing from other people that are blown away.
They say, 'This can't be a lake, it's got to be an
ocean.' They had no idea that a lake could generate
waves of this size and force."
8. "The wave [in this photo] looks sort of like a
mountain. I've already had it printed up for my own wall
at home. These waves move so fast. It's insane how fast
they form, and then from the time that they form to that
nice peak to exploding, it's a mere second."
9. "I really enjoyed that challenge, when I was out
there, of getting it when it's in that almost perfect
peak on both sides before it explodes, so it has that
look of a mountain or a volcano."
10. "There was only one evening where the sun broke
through. Most were very overcast days."
12. "I enjoy the challenge of freezing things in time.
Getting them at the right moment at the peak moment."
13. He said his sports photography and his waves series
share one important characteristic. "In all the things
I've made my living doing in photography there are no
do-overs no re-dos. You get one shot at it and that's
it, so it really helps you hone your craft."
15. "When you're on a beach you don't have a studio
setting where you can set something or someone up and
have multiple opportunities to get it. It's one and
19. "No two waves are ever the same you either have it
or you don't."