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 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.