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    September 9, 2018
    Recently I received samples of the new 2019 calendars in which my photographs are featured exclusively in the calendars. One of these calendars is the 2019 'Canada in Black & White' by Wyman Publications. I have been working with these folks for over 20 years and they have always produced some of the finest Canadian calendars.


    The cover image was selected from my extensive library of images produced over the last 40 years; these images form the basis of my stock photography business. Created in 2011 at Herbert Lake in Banff National Park, the original color image was previously published a few times as a stock image in other calendars, etc. A couple of years ago, I converted the image to Black & White and, since then, it has gained a new life. I have always loved the Black & White genre and, in the coming years, I plan to produce a growing portfolio of this genre. The Black & White version was also used as a double-page spread in my article A Black and White Primer published last year by Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine. The beauty of stock nature photographs is that they can live on forever! I have recently published images produced 40 years ago and they look just as fresh as my recent images.


    Stock photography has evolved significantly over the last 30-40 years and the business certainly has changed much too, particularly in the last 5-10 years. Stock photography is one of the topics I will be speaking on at the upcoming 'The Business of Fine Art Photography Symposium' in Calgary, Alberta from September 24-27, 2018. Three other excellent Master Photographers will join me to share their passion and love of photography, including Kristian Bogner (Canmore, AB), Chris Collacott (Vancouver, BC and Tula Edmunds (Calgary, AB). Hope to see some of you there.
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  • Posted On:
    September 8, 2018
    My latest installment of 'Discovering Canada' has just been published by Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine. In Issue 47 - Fall / Winter 2018 - I explore 'Coastal New Brunswick'.


    Want to know more about publishing articles like this and more? Join me in Calgary, Alberta this coming September 24-27, 2018 where I will be presenting at 'The Business of Fine Art Photography Symposium'. Over the course of the two-day symposium, I will be speaking about The Business of Publishing Books and Calendars, Stock Photography and What Makes A Successful Image. Three other excellent Master Photographers will join me to share their passion and love of photography, including Kristian Bogner (Canmore, AB), Chris Collacott (Vancouver, BC and Tula Edmunds (Calgary, AB).


    Visit the website to read more about the details and schedule of this exciting 'Landscape, Nature and Travel Symposium' sponsored by MPI (Master Photographers International). Autumn is a wonderful time to visit one of Canada's most beautiful places. Learn all about photography from four experienced and award-winning Canadian photographers.


    Hope to see you there!


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    July 11, 2018
    I am pleased to announce that I will be presenting at 'The Business of Fine Art Photography Symposium' in Calgary, Alberta this coming September 24-27, 2018. Over the course of the two-day symposium, I will be speaking about The Business of Publishing Books and Calendars, Stock Photography and What Makes A Successful Image. Three other excellent Master Photographers will join me to share their passion and love of photography, including Kristian Bogner (Canmore, AB), Chris Collacott (Vancouver, BC and Tula Edmunds (Calgary, AB). An optional hands-on workshop will take place in the Canadian Rockies (the exact location to be determined). Visit the website to read more about the details and schedule of this exciting 'Landscape, Nature and Travel Symposium' sponsored by MPI (Master Photographers International). Autumn is a wonderful time to visit one of Canada's most beautiful places. Learn all about photography from four experienced and award-winning Canadian photographers. Hope to see you there!
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  • Posted On:
    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.
  • Posted On:
    March 7, 2014
    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.