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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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    June 29, 2014
    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.
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    March 4, 2012
    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.
    Posted In:This And That
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    September 4, 2011
    The week went by quickly and it proved to be a lot of fun too! It certainly helps when you have a great class of very interested particpants, all eager to learn something new. I feel fortunate to have had two great classes in the last couple of years.
    Posted In:This And That