The first Riding Mountain Photographic Workshop was held last weekend from June 20 to 22. Ken Frazer and I offered a variety of opportunities to our participants that ranged from field outings, demonstrations, in-class lectures, critiques and interesting conversation. We had a wonderful group of participants that worked extremely well together and who shared eagerly amongst each other throughout the weekend. From a selection of images created by each participant, Ken wielded his magic to print each participant a beautiful 16x20" fine art print. In a future posting, I will post these beautiful prints.
The weather was active but we managed to keep dry during all of our field excursions. Of course, inclement weather often offers great photographic opportunities and this proved to be the case again during this workshop. I stayed an extra day after the workshop to photograph, as did most of the participants.
We would like to sincerely thank our sponsors, Roy Ramsay of Outdoor Photography Canada magazine, and Phil Nielson of Amplis Photos. Your support was much appreciated.
All the workshop participants and I would like to extend our sincerest appreciation to Ken for being part of the workshop as much as he could be. Ken's wife, Eileen, fell seriously ill a few days before the workshop and Ken went back and forth from Riding Mountain to Brandon a number of times to be at Eileen's side. Our thoughts are with you and your family and we look forward to seeing you again in the not too distant future.
Click on the image to view a gallery of images from the first Riding Mountain Workshop.
I will be one of 15 speakers presenting at this year's 'Frame By Frame Photo Forum' in Regina from April 13 to 15. The Keynote speaker will be Freeman Paterson, arguably Canada's finest photographic artist. I have been fortunate to take in more than a half dozen of his presentations over the years and I always look forward to attending the next one.
October 2, 2011
I recently came upon a well written and well thought out article by Djanka Gajdel, a Photographic Representative as well as an Art and Commerce Consultant, about the essential differences between professional and amateur photographers. I have always loved the definition of an 'amateur' given to us by Ernst Haas, often considered the 'father of color photography', during a photo workshop as meaning "a lover or devotee of an art or science". A number of professional photographers (myself included) enjoyed the status of amateur photographer before leaping into the world of the professional. The problem arises however when the amateur enters the world of the professional without the proper training or business knowledge.
November 22, 2010
"VisionMongers - Making A Life And Living In Photography"
by David duChemin
If you have any intention of pursuing a career in photography, this book by Canadian photographer David duChemin is a must "read"! Even if you don't, you should read it. This is by far the finest resource about the business of photography that I have ever come across.
November 1, 2010
What a fantastic group I had this past August at the Niagara School of Imaging in Ste. Catharines, Ontario. I could not have hoped for a better group of participants as they were all were very helpful and eager to share with others - it felt as if we had all known each other for years. You can tell from the class photo taken on the shore of Beaverdams Creek, at the historic Morningstar Mill a few miles past Brock University where the school takes place every year.