September 26, 2014
'Riding Mountain National Park' - Manitoba Series (Notecard and Photographic Print)
Located in southwestern Manitoba, Riding Mountain National Park is where the aspen parkland meets the boreal forest. Surrounded by farmland, it includes large tracts of boreal forest, a section of deciduous forest to the east along the Manitoba Escarpment as well as sections of meadows and rough Fescue prairie to the west where a captive herd of plains bison roams. This wilderness area is home to wolves, black bears, moose, whitetail deer, elk and the great gray owl to name a few of its most commonly seen denizens.
Riding Mountain National Park is a pristine place where countless lakes abound like Whirlpool Lake, captured in the warm, dramatic evening light of a passing storm.
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
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!
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.
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
I am delighted to announce a new photography workshop that will take place in Riding Mountain National Park this coming June. It's an honour and privilege to have an opportunity to collaborate with 'Photoshop Guru' Ken Frazer. Ken and I will co-lead this workshop in one of Manitoba's finest photographic locations. If you have never been to Riding Mountain National Park in west central Manitoba, have a look at a gallery of images we posted on our Riding Mountain Workshop website. One of those images is the photo featured above of storm clouds at sunset reflecting in Whirpool Lake. I made the image last summer alongside Ken while we were talking about what we might offer at the workshop. Peronsally, I have visited and photographed in this park on too many occasions to remember!
Ken and his wife Eileen operate a portrait studio out of their cottage in the townsite of Wasagaming, at the south end of the park. Many of you will also know that Ken is a true expert in Photoshop, having taught Photoshop classes and digital photography to thousands of photographers across this country and into the USA. In fact, I had the priviledge of attending one of these very instructional seminars when I first started shooting digitally around 2004. Around the same time, I, along with 3 other colleagues, also attended a 'custom photoshop class' offered in Ken's Brandon studio. This intensive, instructional and powerful workshop gave me the foundation I needed to start me on my very own journey into the digital world! And I have never looked back!
We have set up an interesting and diverse program we beleive will benefit you well in your search for creating better images, set in a stunning natural wilderness environment and comfortable accommodations at the renowned Elkhorn Resort, Spa and Conference Centre. For more information about the workshop, I invite you to browse the Riding Mountain Workshop website. We hope some of you will join us at this inaugural workshop.