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    November 7, 2014
    'Polar Bears of Hudson Bay' - Manitoba Series (Notecard and Photographic Print)

    The polar bear, Ursus maritimus, is the largest land carnivore in the world. Also known as Nanook or ‘the white bear’, its native range lies largely within the Arctic Circle around the globe which includes the Arctic Ocean. Polar bears are marine mammals and they spend much of their time on the Arctic sea ice. Polar bears are excellent swimmers and are very quick runners on land too, reaching speeds of about fifty-five kilometers an hour.

    In Canada, polar bears may be seen from the safety of a tundra buggy in October and November on the Hudson Bay Lowlands near Churchill, Manitoba as they congregate in large numbers waiting for the waters of Hudson Bay to freeze. They feed primarily on ringed and bearded seals. Global climate change poses a substantial threat to polar bears and their habitat.

    Notecards retail for $ 6.95 each

    Photographic Print retail for $ 74.95 each

    Available at WOW Mabuhay Gift Store in the Johnston Terminal at The Forks, Winnipeg, Manitoba
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    November 7, 2014
    'Dance Of The Northern Lights' - Manitoba Series (Notecard and Photographic Print)

    The northern lights or Aurora borealis, are amongst the most interesting celestial phenomena to witness. During large solar explosions and flares, great quantities of solar particles are emitted from the sun. When these plasma clouds finally reach the earth and collide with the atmospheric gases encountered from the earth’s atmosphere, the energy released from these collisions is emitted as light particles that we see as the northern lights.

    Generally, the displays of the northern lights are green, but sometimes the resulting light show is blue/violet or red. Auroras not only vary in color, but also in duration, intensity and shape, everything from an arc, band, veil, curtain and corona. Auroras are often seen near midnight but can occur anytime.

    Notecards retail for $ 6.95 each

    Photographic Print retail for $ 74.95 each

    Available at WOW Mabuhay Gift Store in the Johnston Terminal at The Forks, Winnipeg, Manitoba
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    November 4, 2014
    I just returned from attending the 2014 ‘Frame By Frame’ PhotoForum in Regina, Saskatchewan. As I had hoped, it was a weekend of INSPIRATION and, as usual, I learned a few things in the process too. I met new folks, rekindled old acquaintances and connected with ‘old friends’. Great food, good conversation and being immersed in a weekend of photographic events with like-minded folks is always refreshing and ‘gourmet food for the soul’!

    Day 1 opened with ‘Wildlife As I See It’ by Dennis Fast. Dennis is an excellent nature photographer with a specialty in wildlife. In my opinion, Dennis creates the finest polar bear images! Being a retired school teacher/principal, it is not surprising that his program was very entertaining, full of interesting anecdotes and simply beautiful to watch. His latest book ‘Touch The Arctic’ should be an excellent seller!

    Mufty Mathewson followed Dennis with ‘Rehabilitation Patients At Work’. Mufty, worked for a long time as a physiotherapist before moving on to photography some years later. Her program featured the various departments she was commissioned to photograph at a local hospital she was involved with. I found the content fascinating and enjoyed learning about the various opportunities available for patients with various physical and mental difficulties. Her image conversion from color to black & white was particularly effective. I believe this image conversion to B&W more effectively translated her vision than a color photograph would have done with this particular subject matter.

    Dr. Branimir Gjetvaj started the afternoon program with a travelogue called ‘Wonders of Croatia’. As I was not personally very knowledgeable about the country, I found it interesting to learn more about Croatia’s natural heritage.

    Susan McGillivray kept us entertained with her program ‘Music With Pictures’, taking us back into the 60s and 70s ‘memory lane’. My favorite part of that program was her ‘purely abstract images’.

    'Yours truly' ended Day 1 with a program called ‘Meditations’ in which I shared my personal reflections about the natural world (Natural Reflections). This program is a ‘work in progress’ and a collaboration with my good friend and ‘designer extraordinaire’ Robert Peters. I illustrated concepts such as inspiration, seeing, intimacy, order and change. From the feedback I received afterwards, it appears the program resonated very well with the viewers.

    Day 2 began with Freeman Patterson, arguably one of the world’s finest artists. His program ‘Embracing Creation’ was based on his latest book of the same name. In November of 2013, the Beaverbrook Gallery in Fredericton, New Brunswick honored Freeman with a ‘retrospective exhibition’ of his life’s work to date. Freeman spoke to us about Creativity and then followed up with an illustrated program about ‘design’. I personally learn so much from listening to him speak on the topic of ‘design’ and I simply love seeing his imagery. Freeman has already inspired a few generations. Don’t miss his latest book ‘Embracing Creation’.

    Larry Easton followed with ‘Sacred Places in Rural Saskatchewan & The Art of Architecture’. Working on a similar project, I was quite fascinated in learning about his personal process and seeing his many fine images in his new book called ‘Legacy of Worship’.

    The two-day seminar ended with a ‘bubbly program’ by Darlene Young called ‘Introduction to Liquid Art Photography’. I very much enjoyed the strong, graphic nature of her abstract images. Darlene obviously has a lot of fun creating her images!

    I would like to sincerely that Bill Inglis, the Event Coordinator, as well as his great team of volunteers who worked tirelessly to bring together an interesting program for the participants. I believe this was the 12th such event that he and his various teams have organized over the years. As a result of organizing many similar events in the past, I am well aware that it takes a lot of effort and dedication in making these happen as well as be successful. So, on behalf of all the speakers who presented, I wish to sincerely thank Deb Balbar, Shelley Bremner, Lyn Cadence, Shirley Costrom, Ken and Bard Dickson, Frank Dyck, Larry Easton, Phil Frohman, Wayne Gilmer, DeLee Grant, Judy Hamilton, Bill Inglis, Dave Innes, Ken Jones, Lloyd Jones, Heather Loewenhardt, Helen McCaslin, Susan McGillivray, Rose Odling and Len Suchan.
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    October 29, 2014
    'Frame by Frame' Photography Conference, hosted by the Regina Shutterbugs, happens in Regina, SK this coming weekend, November 1 and 2, 2014. On Saturday, I will be presenting 'Meditations' , my reflections on the natural world. I will be in the company of some great photographers and friends. I am particularly looking forward to seeing Freeman Patterson's presentation on 'Embracing Creation', based on his new book and retrospective exhibition of the same name that came out last fall. Freeman is arguably Canada's finest photographic artist. Unfortunately I couldn't make it to the launch of 'Embracing Creation' because of prior commitments so I will be savoring the images on Sunday. I purchased a copy of the book the first day it was released as I just couldn't wait. I am also looking forward to seeing the works of Dennis Fast, Mufty Mathewson, Larry Easton and more!

    One of the images I will be presenting is 'Milky Way', created at Klotz Lake in northern Ontario a few weeks ago. My friend and colleague, Peter Blahut, had stopped on the shores of this lake just after the sun had sunk below the horizon. We decided to make a few images of the Milky Way that was beginning to emerge through the darkening sky. As time wore on, we began to notice a tinge of northern light activity until it became quite pronounced and is seen here as a 'green glow' throughout much of the image. I made three relatively quick exposures of the Milky Way, taking care to include some overlap so that I could stitch a panorama as the final image. The night sky is just so inspiring, mysterious and too often overlooked.
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    October 26, 2014
    We arrived at Raven Lake just in time to make a few images of a fiery sky reflecting in the calm waters. It proved to be one of the few sunrises / sunsets of the entire two week trip. Weather is often an issue for outdoor photography. Being there and being ready however can increase your odds of capturing some nice imagery, even if the light only lasts a few minutes! Thanks to Brad Smith for making this happen.
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