January 28, 2016
THE GREAT ICE SHOW, Winnipeg's Winter Wonderland, opened January 25, 2016.The ice sculptures were created by fifty specially trained Chinese ice artisans. Sculptures include life-size dinosaurs, an ice replica of Manitoba’s legislative building, huge sliding toboggan runs, an igloo and dozens of smaller sculptures of various wildlife, etc. The pilot project, The Great Ice Show, is the brainchild of Paul Kostas, the owner of Humphry Inn & Suites, Andy Zhao, general manager at the Hampton Inn by Hilton Winnipeg Airport, and Vivian Jiao of Humphry Inn & Suites. The Great Ice Show will run as long as the ice can be maintained intact. Have a look at some of my images.
November 17, 2015
Some people call them caves but most are really just huge cracks in the limestone bedrock. This large crack was found alongside Lake Winnipeg near Pine Dock, MB and was covered with moss. It towered 4-5 meters and was at least 20 meters deep. It is similar to the cracks and fissures found along Clearwater Lake in Clearwater Lake Provincial Park. It is part of a larger system that I plan to explore next summer.
November 16, 2015
I was fascinated by architecture from very early on. For the last 20 years, architecture has been an important part of my commercial photography business as well as my personal work. Buildings are designed by artists and I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to photograph their works. I am attracted to the same design elements as when I am photographing nature - line, shape, form, pattern, texture and colour. From skylines to details, interiors or exteriors, I love capturing how light transforms "The Built Environment”.
Join me as my special guest this coming Wednesday, November 18, 2015 as I share my thoughts and images about 'Architectural Photography' for the Winnipeg South Photo Club. I presented a similar presentation last year for the Manitoba Camera Club but I have just revamped much of the presentation with new images! Presentation starts at 7:30 PM at Acadia Junior High School.
November 15, 2015
In the park beside my backyard, I composed this image of tree shadows as the sun rose above the horizon.
I spent this past Monday and Tuesday at Friesens in Altona, Manitoba doing the prepress work for my upcoming book 'Ontario'. It was a hard two days of sitting at the computer ensuring that all the images in the book will translate in print as closely as possible to my vision. While I processed all the images on my calibrated system in my office, we made a number of conversions necessary for printing on the offset press. This included converting from the RGB to CMYK color space, adding a printer profile as well as a paper profile, sizing the images, tweaking the color and contrast after the conversions (if required), checking for any 'dust spots' that might have been missed earlier and applying any sharpening (if required). 'Prepress wizzard' Ray Friesens was in full control, implementing any changes I thought might be required. Pictured above is Ray in front of the main monitor displaying the current image we were working on, with the monitor to the right showing the page spread layout in InDesign and a matching color proof on the left. This is the sixth book that Ray and I have worked on and I have to give Ray much credit for making these books as good as they are. Doing due diligence on prepress makes the printing of any book a much easier and enjoyable task. Today I spent the better part of the day proofing all the text once again in anticipation of color proofs to come in a few days. Next Wednesday and Thursday (and possibly Friday), I return to Friesens to press check the book as it comes off the presses!