Workshops

Landscape Photography Workshop a success

Posted by on 24. July 2013 in Blog / Journal, Workshops | Comments Off on Landscape Photography Workshop a success

Landscape Photography Workshop a success

Big thank you to enthusiastic photographers who attended the Landscape Photography and Basic Digital Workflow photo workshop on Sunday. We had a full slate of participants not only from the Saskatoon area, but places further away;  Beverly and Gail drove up from Regina, and Patricia came from Big River. The format that I chose for half-day photo workshops at the Ancient Spirals Retreat is working as planned. We had an introductory tutorial where I covered the topic of  ‘light in the landscape’. After a short break with treats, I talked about the basics of digital capture and then demonstrated my usual workflow for capturing, organizing and managing digital photographs. I also demonstrated a few simple steps for processing digital images using Lightroom and Photoshop software. Clouds cleared up half-way through the program and we were treated with gorgeous warm evening light for the outdoor component of the workshop. Even the full moon showed up, as scheduled. The upcoming Fall Colours and the Use of Filters in Outdoor Photography workshop this September will have a shorter tutorial portion; emphasis will be on the outdoor component and review of participant’s images. By coincidence, there is a great (free) webinar by a freelance travel photographer Gavin Gough just posted on Photoshelter’s Blog: From Camera to Delivery: Streamlining Your Digital Workflow. The presentation is one hour long and full of very useful tips. Check it...

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From the Winter Photography Workshop

Posted by on 31. March 2013 in Blog / Journal, Workshops | Comments Off on From the Winter Photography Workshop

From the Winter Photography Workshop

It is so nice to be able to sit down, pick up the papers and enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee. I finished my last class and now catching up with a lot of things that were put on hold while I worked on school assignments. Here are a few images from the 2013 Winter Photography Workshop at the Ancient Spirals Retreat. The weather was great; just below freezing and hardly any wind. Lots of fresh snow with interesting patterns. As a bonus, the cloud cover cleared at the end of the day and we were able to photograph the fool moon raising behind a character windmill not far from the retreat. The black & white version of the windmill image was was created in post-processing using Nik Silver Efex Pro. The close-up image of the windmill with full moon in the background is a composite of two images taken with a 400 mm lens. Because of a narrow dept of field recorded with this long telephoto lens, I took two consecutive images. For the first image I focused the lens on the windmill and for the second on the moon. The two images were then blended in post-processing.    ...

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New half-day photography workshops

Posted by on 19. February 2013 in Blog / Journal, Workshops | Comments Off on New half-day photography workshops

New half-day photography workshops

I will be leading a series of half-day photography workshops in the Saskatoon area, suitable for novice and intermediate level photographers. The idea is to have a short informative lecture on various topics and then go out in the field and practice what we have learned. Dates and topics: Sunday, 24. February 2013 – Winter Photography Saturday, 25. May 2013 – Macro and Flower Photography Sunday, 21. July 2013 – Landscape Photography and Basic Digital Workflow Check out the Saskatoon photo workshops page for more information. Also, I am preparing several photo tours to my favourite places in Saskatchewan this year. More information will be posted soon. Here are the dates: Grasslands National Park (June 7-9, 2013) Great Sand Hills (July 5-7, 2013) Prince Albert National Park  (September 20-22, 2013)...

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Photography field trip to Cranberry Flats Conservation Area

Posted by on 21. October 2012 in Blog / Journal, Workshops | Comments Off on Photography field trip to Cranberry Flats Conservation Area

Photography field trip to Cranberry Flats Conservation Area

Last week I led an outdoor photography field trip for members of the Saskatoon Nature Society. We had a very good turnout – 17 people showed up. The weather was great; blue skies with interesting clouds greeted us upon arrival, with a bit of cloud cover later on in the evening. Although we did not get a spectacular sunset, a soft light from overcast skies allowed us to focus on details in nature. I took the group down to the banks of South Saskatchewan River to work in the area with a lot of interesting patterns created by water erosion of sandy beaches. A few ravens kept us company throughout the afternoon and I found and photographed a sand bank that resembled the inquisitive birds. Right after the sunset, several hundred sandhill cranes landed on one of the sand banks in the middle of the river. Their distinctive and loud calls filled out the air.  A great ending to a pleasant, and photographically successful day. Here are a few images from this field trip....

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Outdoor and nature photography workshop at Shekinah Centre – participant images

Posted by on 4. October 2012 in Blog / Journal, Workshops | Comments Off on Outdoor and nature photography workshop at Shekinah Centre – participant images

Outdoor and nature photography workshop at Shekinah Centre – participant images

The outdoor and nature photography workshop at Shekinah Retreat Centre was  a great success. A full slate of ten people showed up and patiently listened while I was presenting the introductory tutorials. Here is what some of the participants have to say about their experience: – “Thank you for the very educational Photo Workshop…. I learned so much…. just wish my brain could retain all of it. Everything was wonderful, the relaxed class room time, the supper, my only regret is that we didn’t have more time to practise shooting what we learned.” – “Thanks again for freely sharing your wealth of knowledge. It was much appreciated and of tremendous benefit.” – “I enjoyed the workshop. It wasn’t a marathon for me – just a good learning experience. Maybe next time we’ll see more clouds, birds or colour.” – “Enjoyed the workshop; have tried to using the polarizing filter. Sometimes I do like the results, sometimes not so much.” Shekinah Centre is located in the aspen parkland region, right on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River. Fall colours were entering their peak that weekend; after dinner we wondered outdoors to soak up the scenery and practice what we learned during the afternoon. Three participants sent me a few images and I am posting a small selection here. The photo credits go to Howard Giles, Hilda Noton and Hans Holtkamp (check out Hans’ fine art bronzes culptures and a selection of photographs).        ...

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