Posts Tagged "national parks"

Waterfall dream, Plitvice Lakes National Park

Posted by on 3. December 2016 in Featured | Comments Off on Waterfall dream, Plitvice Lakes National Park

Waterfall dream, Plitvice Lakes National Park

If you are looking for a few places to visit and photograph in your lifetime, Plitvice Lakes National Park in central Croatia should be on your bucket list. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Plitvice Lakes boasts 16 turquoise lakes inter-connected with hundreds of waterfalls and spectacular karst formations. I will be leading a photography tour to Croatia in the autumn of 2017 (from October 2nd to 14th). The photo tour is scheduled to coincide with the arrival of fall colours at over 29,000 hectares of mixed hardwood forests that surround the lake system. If you are interested in a thirteen-day adventure tour of world heritage sites and natural splendour of southern Europe, visit the Croatia Photography Tour information page. We will roam the cobblestone streets cloaked in history and experience the “Mediterranean as it once was”. You will have an opportunity to photograph majestic medieval castles, ancient Roman palaces, the charming coastal town of Rovinj, and the “Pearl of the Adriatic” – the walled city of Dubrovnik. We will visit six out of seven UNECSO World Heritage sites present in Croatia. Discover new places, exercise your creative side and capture memorable images in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. We look forward the welcome you on our next journey!...

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Saskatchewan landscapes – an illustrated talk

Posted by on 23. April 2015 in Blog / Journal, News & Events | Comments Off on Saskatchewan landscapes – an illustrated talk

Saskatchewan landscapes – an illustrated talk

Just a reminder that on Friday, April 24, 2015 I will present an illustrated talk Saskatchewan Landscapes at the Frances Morrison Central Library (311 – 23rd St East, Saskatoon). The show starts at 2 p.m, and admission is free. Drawing from over 15 years of exploring the wilds of Saskatchewan, I will share images from my favourite places in the province. If you are passionate about Saskatchewan landscapes, join us for a journey of discovery and inspiration.     In the eyes of many Canadians, Saskatchewan landscapes are no more than endless fields of wheat and barley. In reality, our province is blessed with an immense diversity of landscapes, ranging from sand dunes, rugged badlands, dry grass prairie, to emense boreal forests of the Canadian Shield.     During the first part of the presentation, I will take the audience on a virtual journey around the province; from Cypress Hills and Grasslands National Park in the south, to Prince Albert National Park and Churchill River in the north.     After a few short audio-visual clips, I will talk about my sources of inspiration and what drives me to devote a large part of my life to explore and capture the beauty of natural environments. I have spent may years photographing “birds and the bees”. Recently, I have put more effort in documenting lives of people who live and work on the prairies.  ...

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Autumn in Prince Albert National Park

Posted by on 1. October 2014 in Blog / Journal, Workshops | Comments Off on Autumn in Prince Albert National Park

Autumn in Prince Albert National Park

At the end of September I led a photography tour to Prince Albert National Park in northern Saskatchewan. We were fortunate this year to be in the park right at the time when leaf colours were starting to change into the full glory of autumn colours. The weather was also very cooperative; early in the weekend we had some interesting clouds for late afternoon and sunset photography. Saturday was overcast which allowed us to spend more time inside the woods and focus on colour patterns and details on the forest floor. It cleared overnight and on Sunday morning we enjoyed photographing gentle fog rolling over the Waskesiu Lake. Later on that day, we were able to capture various shades of yellow and red against a clear blue sky. Here are a few images captured in Prince Albert National Park that weekend. I would like to thank the photo tour participants for their friendship, laughter and great discussion. Pond reflection – homage to Milne’s Pool of Possibilities project Pond reflection – homage to Courtney Milne’s Pool of Possibilities project...

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A short visit to prairies of southern Saskatchewan

Posted by on 31. August 2014 in Blog / Journal | Comments Off on A short visit to prairies of southern Saskatchewan

A short visit to prairies of southern Saskatchewan

August went by in a blink of an eye. At least for me this year. I have been preoccupied with efforts to finish my thesis (I am currently enrolled in a Master of Sustainable Development program at the University of Saskatchewan). A self-imposed restriction on travel & photography resulted in a rather slim harvest of images. A week ago I had to attend a meeting in Val Marie, just a stone throw from Grassland National Park. An opportunity to take my camera gear on a short jaunt and deal with the nagging withdrawal symptoms. Last year Parks Canada started an extensive trail construction on the iconic 70 Mile Butte in West Block of Grasslands NP. Explanation we received from Parks Canada staff is that the new trails had to be built because of erosion and impact on vegetation due to increasing foot traffic. Thanks to the unfortunate combination of badly designed trails, use of heavy machinery on soils that a prone to erosion and a very wet spring,  the trail is in extremely bad shape. You can read more about the mess Parks Canada caused in the Grasslands park in a blog post by the Saskatchewan writer Trevor Herriot. By marking a deep scar on the landscape, the new trails are visible from almost every corner of the 70 Mile and Eagle Buttes. This part of the park will never regain its charm and rugged beauty.     Following the meeting, I had an opportunity to spend a few hours in the park and dust off my camera. After a weekend of heavy rains, the  skies cleared out just in time for us to get an afternoon and evening of blue skies filled with beautiful puffy clouds. The best possible therapy I could have received to lift my spirits.     On the return trip to Saskatoon, I stopped by the Auvergne – Wise Creek PFRA community pasture south of Cadillac, and managed to capture a few prairie landscapes. Hope you will enjoy browsing through.         The last image is a composite of two exposures: the original that you see here and a second exposure with added fill-in flash. The flash head was set to 105 mm setting to narrow down the light beam (I was holding the flash connected to camera with an extension cord and pointed it towards the large rock). I set up the flash exposure to manual setting at 1/4 power, just enough to bring in a touch of extra light on the rock. I wanted to have the artificial light source to be slightly warmer than the ambient, but forgot the colour correction gels in my car. The nice light on the clouds you see in the background was fading rapidly and I figured that I could miss the photo opportunity if I ran to the car to fetch the gels. Later on in post-processing I increased the global temperature of the exposure with flash (“warmed” up the exposure), and opened the two exposures as layers in Photoshop (chose the option in Lightroom under Photo > Edit In > Open As Layers in Photoshop). The images were perfectly aligned so I just ordered them in a way that the exposure with fill-in flash was “below” the straight-on shot. Then I used the eraser tool and carefully deleted part of the image with the rock so the layer below became visible. This allowed me to have a precise control of brightness and light tone on the granite rock....

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Recently in print

Posted by on 22. April 2014 in Blog / Journal | Comments Off on Recently in print

Recently in print

Last month was quite busy and productive. Several magazine articles with my images appeared in print. I was also interviewed for the Regina Leader Post and a few of my images were published in the paper. One image was used on a front page as a lead to the article. How cool is that? The first article appeared in the Fine Lifestyles Magazine, Southwest edition (Spring 2014). Written by Rebecca Schneidereit, the article titled “The Magnificent Grasslands, Inspiring Art and Conservation” talks about the beauty of prairie landscapes that draws artists to the Grasslands National Park. It also addressed current grassland conservation issues and mentioned the “Prairie Passage Tour” – a visit by the iconic Canadian authors Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson who helped raise awareness about the need to protect the last remaining tracts of native prairie in Canada. I was part of the tour and helped with documenting the event. The opening spread featured a sunset shot from the 70 Mile Butte in West Block, just south of Val Marie. A few smaller spreads were used throughout the article. You can access the digital edition from here (the article starts on page 24). If you are interested in exploring and photographing in one of the most spectacular landscapes of Western Canada, I will be leading a photography tour to Grasslands National Park from June 20 – June 22, 2014. The second recent article with my images appeared in the Spring 2014 issue of Prairies North magazine. Dr. Emily Eaton wrote about the uncertain future of Saskatchewan`s PFRA community pastures in “Who Will Steward This Land Now?” You can get a preview of the article by following the link. I have prepared a gallery of images from the PFRA community pastures. You can see it in the Photo Library section. This is a work in progress, and I am continuously adding new images to the photo archives. At the end of March I gave a public presentation at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Regina on “Saskatchewan Grasslands – a Vanishing Landscape?”. The talk was very well attended; over 180 people showed up.  Natascia Lypny, a journalist with the Leader Post did an interview with me and Trevor Herriot. Trevor is a well known Saskatchewan author and co-director of Public Pastures – Public Interest, a prairie conservation group. The article was well written, and I would  highly recommend it. You can read the initial article published in Leader Post titled “Prairie grasslands – photographs capture disappearing landscape“. A slightly modified version was subsequently published in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix,  “Grasslands – photos capture and endangered landscape“. Here is a quote from the interview that links my photography and conservation work: “My goal is, as a photographer, as a visual artist, to show people what we have. And (then in my talk) show what are the threats and what could happen to those lands if we do not tread smartly.”...

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