February 9, 2017
The 10th Anniversary (Winter 2017) issue of Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine is now at the newsstands. Congratulations to editor Roy Ramsay and the staff at OPC! Ten years ago, I began writing and illustrating a feature called 'Discovering Canada' in each issue of the magazine. With this 40th issue, I explore the northwestern region of Ontario, the Lake of the Woods area in and around Kenora that borders the eastern side of Manitoba. Each issue of the magazine features interesting and topical articles by some of Canada's finest nature and outdoor photographers ... and the images aren't too shabby either! In every issue, editor Roy Ramsay runs a profile with an interview and portfolio of images from either an aspiring or seasoned photographer. And there is much, much more too! I invite you to have a look and join us!
November 4, 2015
F8 and be there! It pays to be ready. Most importantly though, you have to be there! You need to make the effort. I left Winnipeg with my friend Dave Benson on a wet and soggy early morning around 4:30 AM and arrived in Kenora just before sunrise. It rained for most of the two-hour drive. It looked as if the sky would clear just in time for sunrise at Middle Lake and, in fact it did, but it only lasted a few minutes, just enough to create a few images. Had I listened only to the current weather forecast or not made the trip out to Kenora, the top image would have remained unexposed. The sky remained fairly cloudy for the rest of the day but I did return later at sunset to capture the bottom image. I used neutral graduated filters to better balance the extreme contrast of light. F8 and be there!
October 28, 2015
I came across this quiet, intimate view of lily pads floating in Middle Lake, Kenora after spending a few moments capturing a brief but dramatic sunrise. I had driven to Kenora with my friend Dave Benson to pick up a series of fine art prints from a show that had been hanging at Elizabeth Campbell Books for a couple of months. From the high vantage point of a rocky ledge, I isolated the lily pads with my 70-200mm lens fitted with a polarizing filter. While the 'big landscape' is often captivating, I am more often than not attracted to the more personal and interpretive intimate view.
October 28, 2015
While in Kenora last August to do a book signing for my Ontario book (Turnstone Press) at Elizabeth Campbell Books, I spent a few hours in the early part of the morning exploring the area. Driving along the TransCanada Highway, the sun peeked through the clouds long enough to create these long, dramatic shadows of evergreen trees.
Finally, the Ontario Book Tour begins!
This Tuesday, May 19, I start the tour with a presentation in Dryden, ON. During this book tour, I will be visiting select communities and cities in Ontario to make presentations and book signings of my recent book 'Mike Grandmaison's Ontario' by Turnstone Press. You can preview a few images from the book from past blog postings. Clicking on the image above will allow you to connect on other links.
The various events will include some traditional book signings as well as some illustrated presentations. The presentations at the various camera clubs should be 'open' for non-members also - at the very least, you can be my personal guest! See the list below for an event taking place near you.
I am looking forward to meeting many of you along the way - friends, family, photographers, naturalists, and anyone interested in beautiful images from the great province of Ontario!
Tuesday, May 19 7:00pm
Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at Dryden Camera Club
Lutheran Church (175 Cecil Ave)
Wednesday, May 20 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Book Signing at Chapters (797 Memorial Drive)
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Wednesday, May 20 7:00pm
Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at 'Imagetrekkers Photography Club'
Waverley Library (285 Red River Road)
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Thursday, May 21 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Book Signing at Coles
Cambrian Mall (44 Great Northern Road)
Sault Ste Marie, Ontario
Saturday, May 23 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Book Signing at Costco (1465 Kingsway)
Sunday, May 24 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Book Signing at Chapters (1425 Kingsway Road)
Sunday, May 24
6:00 pm Walkabout with Gerard Courtin and 'Friends of Lake Laurentian'
7:00 pm Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at the 'Friends of Lake Laurentian'
Laurentian Conservation Area Nature Chalet (2309 South Bay Rd.)
Tuesday, May 26 7:30 pm
Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at the 'Trillium Photographic Club'
East Plains United Church, Peart Hall
375 Plains Road East
Thursday, May 28 7:00 pm
Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at the 'Grand River Imaging and Photographic Society' GRIPS
Kitchener East Presbyterian Church
10 Zeller Drive
Saturday, May 30 Noon to 3:00 pm
Book Signing at Indigo (Bay and Bloor)
55 Bloor Street West
Sunday, May 31 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Book Signing at Chapters
South Keys Shopping Centre
2210 Bank Street
Tuesday, June 2 7 pm
Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at the 'RA Photo Club'
Clark Hall, RA Centre
2451 Riverside Drive,