January 10, 2019
Michelle Valberg, this year's presenter at the 6th Annual Manitoba Photo Event, will provide an excellent opportunity for you to learn and be inspired. A Canadian Nikon Ambassador, she is well known for her outstanding photography of human portraiture as well as for her wildlife and landscape work. She owns her own studio and business in Ottawa and she travels the world leading adventure tours. Some years ago, I attended one of her seminars in Ottawa called ‘Dare to Dream’ - a celebration of Canadian women, the faces & stories of people with hiv/aids. It was a touching and inspiring program.
In Winnipeg on Saturday, May 4, 2019, Michelle will be presenting a one-day seminar in which she will discuss some of her adventures, focusing on wildlife as well as landscape. She will also talk about her philanthropy, or giving back through photography.
The event takes place at the:
SAMUEL N. COHEN AUDITORIUM
St. Boniface Hospital - 351 Taché Avenue
Michelle’s program will run from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Registration opens at 8:00 AM
You can read more about Michelle as well as register at Manitoba Photo Events http://manitobaphotoevents.ca/2019Event/tabid/478/Default.aspx
Michelle will also be conducting a one-day workshop on the following day, Sunday, May 5. Please inquire at Manitoba Photo Events for further information.
You can enjoy more of Michelle Valberg's wonderful photography on her website at www.michellevalberg.com
I have attended all previous five seminars in Winnipeg featuring outstanding Canadian talent and I have enjoyed them all thoroughly! Hope to see you there!
September 11, 2018
The French version of 'Canada' - 'Le Canada' has just been released !
With my 16th book just released, I will be speaking about PUBLISHING, among other things, this coming September 24-27, 2018 in Calgary, Alberta at 'The Business of Fine Art Photography Symposium'. Three other excellent Master Photographers will join me to share their passion and love of photography, including Kristian Bogner (Canmore, AB), Chris Collacott (Vancouver, BC and Tula Edmunds (Calgary, AB). Hope to see you there.
Je vous présente mon dernier livre - 'Le Canada' - Photographies de Michel Grandmaison et Texte de Shelagh Rogers. C'est un portrait photographique du pays à couper le souffle!
Traduction de Marie-Hélène Duval
Mise en page de Jef Burnard
Imprimé au Canada par Friesens
Vidacom Publications. 2018
'Le Canada' est disponible à votre magasin préféré qui inclu Chapters, McNally Robinson (Winnipeg et Saskatoon) ainsi qu'à https://www.vidacom.ca/
La version anglaise 'Canada' a vendu plus de 25,000 exemplaires. 'Canada' est aussi en vente à votre magasin préféré !
September 9, 2018
Recently I received samples of the new 2019 calendars in which my photographs are featured exclusively in the calendars. One of these calendars is the 2019 'Canada in Black & White' by Wyman Publications. I have been working with these folks for over 20 years and they have always produced some of the finest Canadian calendars.
The cover image was selected from my extensive library of images produced over the last 40 years; these images form the basis of my stock photography business. Created in 2011 at Herbert Lake in Banff National Park, the original color image was previously published a few times as a stock image in other calendars, etc. A couple of years ago, I converted the image to Black & White and, since then, it has gained a new life. I have always loved the Black & White genre and, in the coming years, I plan to produce a growing portfolio of this genre. The Black & White version was also used as a double-page spread in my article A Black and White Primer published last year by Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine. The beauty of stock nature photographs is that they can live on forever! I have recently published images produced 40 years ago and they look just as fresh as my recent images.
Stock photography has evolved significantly over the last 30-40 years and the business certainly has changed much too, particularly in the last 5-10 years. Stock photography is one of the topics I will be speaking on at the upcoming 'The Business of Fine Art Photography Symposium' in Calgary, Alberta from September 24-27, 2018. Three other excellent Master Photographers will join me to share their passion and love of photography, including Kristian Bogner (Canmore, AB), Chris Collacott (Vancouver, BC and Tula Edmunds (Calgary, AB). Hope to see some of you there.
September 8, 2018
My latest installment of 'Discovering Canada' has just been published by Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine. In Issue 47 - Fall / Winter 2018 - I explore 'Coastal New Brunswick'.
Want to know more about publishing articles like this and more? Join me in Calgary, Alberta this coming September 24-27, 2018 where I will be presenting at 'The Business of Fine Art Photography Symposium'. Over the course of the two-day symposium, I will be speaking about The Business of Publishing Books and Calendars, Stock Photography and What Makes A Successful Image. Three other excellent Master Photographers will join me to share their passion and love of photography, including Kristian Bogner (Canmore, AB), Chris Collacott (Vancouver, BC and Tula Edmunds (Calgary, AB).
Visit the website to read more about the details and schedule of this exciting 'Landscape, Nature and Travel Symposium' sponsored by MPI (Master Photographers International). Autumn is a wonderful time to visit one of Canada's most beautiful places. Learn all about photography from four experienced and award-winning Canadian photographers.
Hope to see you there!
August 31, 2018
Yesterday I was photographing along Lake of The Woods in the extreme Northwestern corner of Ontario. It was the third time in 10 days, finishing up working on a new book for next spring about The Lake of The Woods area, a collaboration with writer and 'book lady' Elisabeth Campbell of 'Elisabeth Campbell Books' in Kenora, ON for Vidacom Publications (Les Editions des Plaines). I was up at the crack of dawn and looking at different angles before proceeding to capture the dawn light as it appeared across the main beach in Sioux Narrows Provincial Park. Just before sunrise (and again just after sunset), the 'Belt of Venus' glows bright pink above the horizon. This 'pink glow' atmospheric phenomenon, also known as an 'anti-twilight arch', extends some 10-20 degrees above the horizon and is caused by a back scattering of reddish light from the rising or setting sun. Minutes earlier, a dark blue band of the 'earth's shadow' was visible below the pink band.
I am always fairly cautious when walking along shorelines as rocks are often wet and slippery. I had photographed at this exact location just a few weeks earlier and I was quite aware of how slippery these rocks were. Nevertheless, and without warning, one of my feet slipped on the wet rock. Before I knew it, I had tumbled head over heels, landing on my back in a shallow pool of water among the rocks. As I was falling, many thoughts rushed through my head! Miraculously, I did not hit my head on a rock! I also managed to keep my camera and lens from crashing on the rocks. Today, I am a bit sore on my backside but things could have been much worse!
I did 'get the shot' (shown above), albeit fully drenched! I headed for the van, stripped down and changed into dry clothes. Considering that it was dawn, I did not get overly chilled. One always has to be mindful of potential hazards! Chalk it up to just another story in the 'life of a nature photographer' !
Want to hear more stories, find out why the image works and all about how to publish photographs? Come and join me, Kristian Bogner (Canmore, AB), Chris Collacott (Vancouver, BC and Tula Edmunds (Calgary, AB) at 'The Business of Fine Art Photography Symposium' in Calgary, Alberta this coming September 24-27, 2018. We love to share our stories and images!