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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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Wild about Saskatoon – 2014 NatureCity Festival field trip

Posted by on 23. May 2014 in Blog / Journal, News & Events | Comments Off on Wild about Saskatoon – 2014 NatureCity Festival field trip

Wild about Saskatoon – 2014 NatureCity Festival field trip

I will be leading a nature photography field trip to Saskatoon’s Northeast Swale on Sunday, May 25, 2014 from 4 to 6 p.m. We will explore a beautiful natural prairie landscape at the north edge of town and focus out lenses on wild critters and close-up details. This field trip is part of the Wild about Saskatoon NatureCity Festival and there is no charge to join. The nature photography field trip will take place immediately after the Prairie Birds, Flowers and Butterflies trip led by members of the Saskatoon Nature Society (2 – 4 p.m.). Come early and learn about things you will be photographing later in a warm afternoon light. Bring your camera, snacks and drinking water. Optional but recommended: tripod and a macro lens (or a zoom lens that can focus close enough to photograph lichens on rocks). We will be walking on rough terrain; please bring shoes with adequate ankle support. Event will be cancelled in case of heavy rain. How to get there: we will meet at the entrance to Northeast Swale on Lowe Road. Drive north on Central Ave, turn right on Agra Road, turn left onto Lowe Road –  NE Swale is next to the slough on the east side of road. Look for the NatureCity Festival sign. If you reach the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation building, you have gone too far. Follow this link to see a map showing the meeting place at Northeast Swale.   About the 2014 Saskatoon NatureCity Festival   Wild about Saskatoon’s second annual NatureCity Festival starts on Saturday, May 24 with a warm-up event at the Farmer’s Market at 10 a.m., and runs for a full week until Saturday, May 31 with a varied program of (mostly free) mini-adventures and urban nature events for all ages. In addition to the general calendar of events, the Festival also includes special programming designed for school groups, and two workshops for urban conservation practitioners. Saskatoon City Council has declared May 25 – 31 as the  NatureCity Festival Week. The Festival program includes riverboat runs, adventure hikes, forums of urban agriculture, bird-watching sessions, wetland dips (to look for small critters), face painting for kids, art exhibits and music events, and much, much more. About 80 organizations and businesses are involved in coordinating the events. There will be 3 special presentations at the Roxy Theatre (invited keynote speakers): Cam Collyer from the Evergreen Foundation (Toronto) will talk about how communities across the country are connecting kids with nature. Cam will be joined on stage by students from the Outdoor School and Earthkeepers Program, and there will be on-screen display of nature art from Georges Vanier Catholic Fine Arts School. Grant Pearsell, an internationally recognized leader in the urban biodiversity movement will come from Edmonton to talk about the efforts in cities around the world to protect plant and animal species in urban environments. Michelle Molnar, and Environmental Economist and Policy Analyst at the David Suzuki Foundation will come from Vancouver to talk about the economic value of urban wetlands and explore the benefits that wetlands provide to Saskatoon residents. The goal of the NatureCity Festival is to change how people who live in Saskatoon see their city, and especially, how they live in the city. On a lighter note, here are two videos created by Cole Anderson and Dani Henderson, grade 8 students from the EcoQuest Program at Buena Vista School in Saskatoon. They were assisted by Shauna Solloway and their teacher, Jana Miller. Make sure that the sound on your computer is turned on. Cole and Dani used a few of my...

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