August 19, 2017
While I was traveling throughout the Province of Quebec this past July and August, Landscape Photography Magazine (UK) published an article and portfolio of images celebrating the beauty of Canada - Coast to Coast. I have been reading the magazine for a few years now and it was an honour to be featured amongst the many outstanding photographers worldwide.
August 19, 2017
Mountain Life Media recently published a portfolio of my Georgian Bay photographs in the Summer 2017 issue of Mountain Life - Blue Mountains Magazine. The portfolio spans 7 pages and includes photographs and text previously published in two books in which Laurentian University professor Gerard Courtin and I collaborated on: 'Georgian Bay' (Key Porter Books 2008) and 'Mike Grandmaison's Ontario' (Turnstone Press 2015).
It is no wonder I could not identify the type of cloud shown above that I made a few years ago until just recently. That's because the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) only lately classified it as Asperitas, 1 of 11 new cloud types the WMO added in March of 2017 to their International Cloud Atlas. This is the first update that the Atlas has received in 30 years.
Asperitas (formerly known as Undulatus asperatus) was first observed back in 2006 by a member of the amateur cloud-spotting group in Cedar Creeks, Iowa who sent a photograph of the unusual cloud to Gavin Pretor-Pinney, president of the Cloud Appreciation Society in London, England. After receiving more similar photos, the new cloud type was proposed but only recognized 9 years later this past spring on World Meteorological Day.
I first witnessed these dark, storm-like clouds as I drove into Sault Ste Marie, Ontario around dinner time on May 25, 2008. I was immediately taken aback by the unusual, somewhat apocalyptic formation that appeared like rippling waves. The Asperitas clouds covered the entire sky (360 degrees!) and I had never in my life seen anything like that before. I expected a severe storm to materialize as we were adjacent Lake Superior but nothing happened. In fact, the distinctive, but relatively rare cloud formation almost always dissipates without a storm forming.
As is typically the case, I tend to process most of my RAW images only a few years after I make them, sometimes not until years later! In this instance, it took me more than 2 years to process this image after coming across this series of images I made while working on my Ontario book, which was published in the spring of 2015. The caption which accompanied the image on page 128 read: 'Menacing storm clouds, Sault Ste Marie'. Now, I would write: 'Menacing Asperitas clouds, Sault Ste Marie'.
If you are a photographer who publishes photographs and if you have NOT yet registered with Access Copyright, you may be missing out on some additional income. Each year, I fill out my Claim Form before May 31 and receive a payment in late fall for the photographs and writing that have been previously published. You may claim for publications going back 20 years.
Refer to my previous blog post for additional info on Access Copyright.
The attached photograph is from an article I wrote and illustrated for Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine back in 2014. It features a morning sunrise made at my parent's cottage on Tilton Lake in Subbury, Ontario. Whenever I see this image, I can see in my mind's eye, my dad sitting on the bench sipping his morning coffee watching me work! Photographs can be bring forth very strong emotional feelings of people you love or that have passed on, as well as bring back wonderful memories of times gone by.
This coming Saturday, April 29, Manitoba Photo Events is sponsoring their fourth annual weekend extravaganza by hosting fellow photographer from Prince Edward Island DAVE BROSHA. Dave will present a one-day seminar about his work. Then, on Sunday, April 30th, he will conduct a workshop for a smaller group of participants.
The Saturday event runs from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM with registration from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM. The event takes place at the SAMUEL N. COHEN AUDITORIUM of the St. Boniface Hospital at 351 Taché Avenue in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
A wonderful way to grow as a photographer is to be inspired by the work of fellow artists. No matter who you are, one should always be receptive to seeing the work of other artists. I have attended dozens of photo seminars over the years and they have proven invaluable to my growth as an artist. I plan on attending! Are you?