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Nature photography with smartphones

Posted by on 1. May 2017 in Blog / Journal, News & Events | 1 comment

Nature photography with smartphones

Mark your calendars – I will lead a nature photography walk to Donna L. Birkmaier Park during the 2017 NatureCity Festival in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Learn how to use your smartphone to capture beautiful nature and landscape images you will be proud to share with your friends and family. Date: Friday, May 26, 2017 Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m. NatureCity Festival is a week-long festival featuring more than fifty nature-inspired events to help you discover, explore and experience nature in Saskatoon. We want to show you the wild side of our city; exercise your creative side and strengthen your understanding and appreciation for urban nature. People in the know claim that the best camera is one you carry with you all the time. With ubiquity of smartphones with cameras of ever-increasing quality, everyone has a potential to create artistic masterpieces. Nevertheless, rules of photography still apply. We will review images that you take along the trail and I will suggest possible improvements. Of course, if any improvements need to be made. What to bring: any type of a cell phone with a built-in camera, a snack, drinking water, insect repellent and a wind-proof jacket. We will be walking on rough terrain; please bring shoes with adequate ankle support, and you do not mind if they get slightly muddy (the best pictures are found off the beaten path). Event will be cancelled in case of heavy rain. There is no cost to participate. Location: Donna L. Birkmaier Park in Saskatoon. This is a naturalized park with ponds and wetlands rich in native species of trees, shrubs, flowers and all kinds of wildlife. More information about interesting thinks to see in the park, check out the publication by Saskatoon Nature Society “Nature viewing sites in and around Saskatoon” We will meet at the parking lot west of the ponds, near the intersection of Taylor Street East and Slimmon Road. How to get there? Drive east on Taylor Street East. After crossing the intersection with Boychuk Drive and Herold / Briarwale Road, take the next left (opposite Slimmon Road) and park in designated area. The closest public transit bus stop is on Pawlychenko Lane, near the intersection with Slimmon Road. From there, walk 200 m north of Slimmon Road and cross Taylor Street East to the trail entrance. Location coordinates: 52° 06′ 10.6″ N, 106° 33′ 26.0″ W Full event schedule for the 2017 NatureCity Festival is listed at www.wildaboutsaskatoon.org/festival-calendar...

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Art of Landscape Photography

Posted by on 5. February 2015 in Blog / Journal, Workshops | Comments Off on Art of Landscape Photography

Art of Landscape Photography

Photography course in Regina – Saturday, 14. February 2015 (noon – 3:00 p.m.) Drawing from over three decades of immersion in the world of photography, I will share my experiences and sources of inspiration. During this three-hour course, you will discover some of the secrets behind the artistry of landscape photography and learn practical tips to help you elevate your outdoor and nature photographs to the next level. If you are passionate about the great outdoors and want to capture the wonders of nature with your camera, join us for an afternoon of learning and inspiration. Location: College Building room CB 112, University of Regina Campus (2155 College Ave., Regina, SK) Registration fee: $45 (includes refreshments) You have to register directly through the Lifelong Learning Centre at the University of Regina. Follow the link and click on ‘Register for Classes’. The Art of Landscape Photography class code is 69903 Room CB 112 is located on the main floor of the College Building. To reach this room, enter through the Conservatory doors on the west side of the building. Go up the stairs and turn left; walk past the glass office, past the couches and go through the green lunch room into the next hallway. CB 112 is one quarter of the way down this hall on your right-hand side.     We will also have a short review of participant images during the class. The idea is to provide constructive feedback and help you improve your photography. You will benefit from seeing other participant’s work, and from in-class discussion what you may be doing right (or wrong). Please select three images that represent the type of photography you are interested in. To make it easier to email and project the files, reduce the size of images to 1000 pixels and save in jpeg format. If you do not have a specialized image processing program, just open your files in Microsoft Paint (or an Apple equivalent). Then click on “Resize”, select “By: Pixels” and type in a value of 1000 in the box that represent the longest dimension (e.g. horizontal). Then select “Save As” > “jpeg picture” (this is important; do not select “Save” as it will over-write your original file). Please include your name within the image file name. You can email the images directly to branimir [at] shaw.ca  Thank you. See you in Regina on February 14th. P.S. There are a few spots left in the Digital Phoitography Course that starts in Saskatoon on 11. Febuary 2015.  ...

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Saskatchewan grasslands: a place like no other

Posted by on 12. September 2014 in Blog / Journal, News & Events, Ranching | Comments Off on Saskatchewan grasslands: a place like no other

Saskatchewan grasslands: a place like no other

I will be presenting an illustrated talk at the Lifelong Learning Centre, University of Regina on Friday, October 31, 2014 (1:30 p.m.): Saskatchewan grasslands: a place like no other Saskatchewan grasslands are magical, wide open spaces that support an incredible diversity of life; from the iconic plains bison and pronghorn antelope, to rare and endangered species such as Black-footed Ferrets and Greater Sage Grouse. Grasslands are also home to ranchers who depend on healthy grasslands to sustain their livelihoods. With less than a quarter of Saskatchewan’s original grasslands still remaining, there is a growing sense of appreciation for the beauty and benefits that grasslands provide to rural communities. In this beautifully illustrated presentation, I will take the audience on a journey of discovery through our unique prairie landscapes. Date: Friday, October 31, 2014 Time: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Location: Gallery Building Room 106, Centre for Continuing Education – Lifelong Learning Centre, 2155 College Avenue beside Darke Hall, University of Regina, Saskatchewan Course fee: $10 (includes coffee). To register for this non-credit course, visit the CCE web site     Non-credit courses at the Lifelong Learning Centre are designed to be taken for personal interest and to realize the joy of learning. They are creative and intellectual, with no formal education required. Realize the joy of learning at the Centre for Continuing Education and its Lifelong Learning Centre!  ...

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Canadian Bondar Challenge – a photo contest to connect youth with nature

Posted by on 30. July 2014 in Blog / Journal, News & Events, Photography | Comments Off on Canadian Bondar Challenge – a photo contest to connect youth with nature

Canadian Bondar Challenge – a photo contest to connect youth with nature

Roberta Bondar Foundation is launching the Canadian Bondar Challenge, a weekly photo contest to encourage Canadian youth ages 13 – 18 to explore the natural environment in their communities. The contest goal is to promote a hands-on outdoor experience that inspires the sense of awe, respect and appreciation for living organisms that share our planet. I am not personally connected with the Foundation, just passing on this information because I believe we have to do something about the growing nature experience deficit in our society.     The photo contest will run throughout the month of August 2014. At the end of each week (each Friday), participants are asked to contribute one photograph that demonstrates the weekly theme along with a mini-essay (maximum 200 words) explaining their image, and why they took it. The contest will provide some friendly competition for youth from every Canadian province and territory, to show off what makes their environment so special. Winners will receive a $50 gift certificate to various outdoor outfitters, The Roberta Bondar Foundation swag, a chance to have their photographs featured on the  Foundation web & social media sites, and images displayed alongside Dr. Roberta Bondar’s photographs in The Foundation’s Travelling Exhibition. To make the participation as easy as possible, there are no technical restrictions for submitted photographs. How to participate: Explore the natural environment around you. Take a photograph of what interests you most. Write a mini-essay (maximum 200 words) describing why you chose the photograph. Submit your image and written piece to contest@therobertabondarfoundation.org Follow the photo competition progress on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and WIN. Theme of the Week: Week 1 – submit by Friday, August 8, 2014 The Colours of Canada: demonstrate the diversity of colours in different natural environments in Canada. Week 2 – submit by Friday, August 15, 2014 Finding Water: display the precious water source around you : lakes, rivers, oceans or a rainy day. Week 3 – submit by Friday, August 22, 2014 In the Clouds: capture life in the sky. This could be mountains, clouds, sunsets, trees or birds (for example). Week 4 – submit by Friday, August 29, 2014 What makes it Special: show off the uniqueness of the natural environment in your region.     Visit the Roberta Bondar Foundation web site to learn more....

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Wild about Saskatoon – NatureCity Festival in pictures

Posted by on 3. June 2014 in Blog / Journal | Comments Off on Wild about Saskatoon – NatureCity Festival in pictures

Wild about Saskatoon – NatureCity Festival in pictures

The second annual Wild about Saskatoon’s NatureCity Festival wrapped up last weekend. It was a great festival, with a splendid mix of indoor and outdoor activities for all ages. We were treated to riverboat cruises, adventure hikes, tours of urban agriculture plots, bee-keeping demonstration, bird-watching trips, visits by a burrowing and a great horned owl (assisted by their handlers), face painting for kids, art exhibits and music events. About 80 organizations and businesses were involved in coordinating the festival and media covered the events and put the urban nature in spotlight. I led a nature photography field trip to Northeast Swale (a natural prairie area on the outskirts of Saskatoon) at the beginning of the festival. I also volunteered to document the events through photography, edit material contributed by several fellow photographers and post it on the Wild about Saskatoon Facebook page. Many thanks to John Lahey-Wiggs, Karin Melberg Schwier, Candace Savage, Candace Neufeld, Fiji Robinson, Barbara Hanbridge, and David Geary for pitching in and documenting the events that I was not able to cover. Here is a small selection of events & faces that I captured during the 2014 NatureCity Festival. Hope that we will see YOU at the Festival in May of 2015.  ...

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