It's been three weeks since the first Riding Mountain Photo Workshop was held in beautiful Riding Mountain National Park. Since then, some of the participants have been busy processing their images, putting some of the knowledge they learned in class into practice. I asked each and everyone to submit three of their favorite images made at the workshop, including the image they chose to print as a fine art print. Click on the image of the bison -made by Susan Rogers - to see the other images in the gallery. I will add other images as they become available. In general, I was quite impressed with the quality of images submitted. And the prints were delightful to see come off the printer. Enjoy!
FROM VIEWFINDER TO PRINT
This is your last chance to register for the Riding Mountain Photographic Workshop that takes place from June 20-22. Photograph the 'Summer Solstice' - 'the beginning of Summer' - in the sublime environment of Riding Mountain as Ken Frazer and I share our vision, our approaches and techniques in the field and at the computer. There will be plenty of hands-on experience, demonstrations and opportunities to receive positive critiques. Along with learning to create memorable images, you will also learn about what it takes to produce a 'fine print'. Come and share your love of photography with a select group of like-minded individuals in one of the region's most scenic places! For 'everything you need to know about the workshop but were afraid to ask’, please check the website at www.ridingmountainworkshop.com
November 10, 2013
Two weeks ago I led a photo workshop in Kenora for the 'Word On The Water' Book Festival. We had wonderful participation from folks across Northwestern Ontario as well as from Winnipeg. Things started 'in the dark' literally with Ontario Hydro shutting down power in much of the city at 6:30 AM which made meeting the participants an interesting event in the lobby of the inn.
Arriving at our destination at Rushing River, heavy cloud covered much of the sky but held some promise for dappled light later in the morning. Rushing River provided plenty of inspiration eventhough the leaves had mostly fallen off the trees. This simply forced us to 'look' more attentively and begin to 'see' shapes, lines, form, texture and color rather than subject matter itself. For one participant however, it meant thinking more in terms of B&W as this was his medium of choice.
Back indoors around mid-morning, we downloaded the morning's images and began to edit and process the images following some instruction. I demonstrated my workflow as well as how I process my images using a few different examples. I also demonstrated how different software tools can assist in bringing about one's creative vision. An image critique at the end of the day gave us all a chance to see what the various participants created that morning. It is always interesting to see how differently each one of us can interpret a particular scene. I critiqued the images by offering ways for improvement, always trying to keep in mind what the photographer is trying to communicate. I feel it is also important to invite comments from the other participants so that this becomes an inclusive dialogue rather than a lecture.
While I heard from most of the participants that the day had been very succesful, I would like to add that workshop leaders often benefit from these events too. As is often the case, I was quite pleased to see a number of fine images presented. What inspired me perhaps the most from this workshop was seeing how a few individuals focused on Black and White photography. I have always had a soft spot for B&W and I really enjoyed darkroom work, particularly during my formative years. When I changed career paths to working as a full-time freelance professional photographer many years ago, B&W took a 'back seat' as it was seldom in demand for commercial work. However, my interest in B&W remained and this workhop simply re-ignited my love for B&W. Thank you participants for this inspiration!
Below are a few images that I have processed since the workshop. Be sure to CLICK on the main image in order to see the other images.
October 24, 2013
The 'Word On The Water' Book Festival' is finally here! Drop in Kenora, Ontario for a weekend of presentations, readings, workshops and exhibitions by many well known Canadian authors. And you can now start reading book reviews of some of the authors' works. Come meet and mingle with the authors. How cool is that!
On Saturday morning, I look forward to presenting 'Stories Behind The Lens' as well as being a panelist on 'Professionalism 101' with authors Duncan Weller and Charles Wilkins in the afternoon.
On Sunday, I will lead a full-day photo workshop 'Viewfinder To Print' in Kenora.
But to start it all off, I will be at Tangled Tree Framing and Gifts to meet with folks and chat about 'Natural Reflections', my latest photography exhibition, showing from October 11 to November 9, 2013. I will be on hand from 1 - 3 PM Friday.
I'm looking forward to meeting many of you in Kenora this weekend!
September 23, 2013
I look forward to presenting at this year's 'Word On The Water' Book Festival in Kenora, Ontario on beautiful Lake of the Woods. I will share some of my thoughts about my approach to photographing the natural world as well as talk about the 'how and the why' behind some of the images I make.
On Sunday, October 27, I will conduct a one-day photo workshop - 'Viewfinder To Print' - which will involve an outdoor 'sunrise session' as well as an indoor session where we will edit, process and learn about translating our vision to the final image. Finally, we will critique some of the morning's photographs.
From October 11 to November 9, I will exhibit NATURAL REFLECTIONS, a selection of large scale photographs at Tangled Tree Framing & Gifts in Kenora. The exhibition is co-sponsored by Tangled Tree Framing & Gifts, Elizabeth Campbell Books and Word On The Water Book Festival.