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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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Snow falling on elm trees

Posted by on 31. March 2015 in Blog / Journal, Photography | Comments Off on Snow falling on elm trees

Snow falling on elm trees

With record high springtime temperatures in Saskatoon, it is easy to forget that not so long ago we had a few intense snow storms. Although, nothing like what friends in the Atlantic Canada had to deal with. During one heavy snowfall, I took advantage of a lunch break to snap a few images on the University of Saskatchewan campus. It is tricky to capture small crystals so I decided to use a telephoto lens (200 mm) to compress the space and enhance the soft effect of falling snow flakes. If you are familiar with the U of S campus, I walked around the Bowl until I found a nice location across the Biology building. I pointed the camera at a spot where elm trees created a compositional frame, and waited for an interesting subject (or subjects) to walk by. It was a quiet afternoon and it took a lot of patience to wait for someone wearing a brightly coloured jacket.     If you are familiar with the colour theory, colours have certain intensity or “strength” value. Less intense colours (like blue or violet) have a calming effect. More intense colours (like red or yellow) are often used as highlights because they attract our attention. If you assign a numerical value to colour strength, yellow would have a value of 9, followed by an orange (8), red and green (6), blue (4), violet (3) etc. Conversely, the area needed to be covered by a particular colour to make up for the lack of strength shrinks from violet to yellow. Red or yellow are “strong” colours so they only need to appear in a small area of our image to attract attention. Hence, try to incorporate small patches of red or yellow within the frame to add some interest.     Once I had enough of playing with colours, I started looking for patterns and shapes in the landscape. The University of Saskatchewan, with numerous building graced by beautiful stone masonry, offers a perfect environment to practice your photography composition skills. Diagonal lines, curves, frames within frames, it is all there. Here is a sample photograph of a building near Place Riel.     Next time bad weather comes your way, grab the camera and head outdoors – there are treasures to be found in those snowflakes falling on elm trees....

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Stegner House Dinner and Art Exhibit

Posted by on 27. February 2015 in Blog / Journal, News & Events | Comments Off on Stegner House Dinner and Art Exhibit

Stegner House Dinner and Art Exhibit

If you happen to be near Eastend, Saskatchewan on Saturday, February 28th, do not miss the 28th Annual Stegner House Dinner and Art Exhibit. This event is a fundraiser put together every year by the Eastend Arts Council in efforts to to keep the Stegner House Artist Residency up and going. The Stegner House residency program is available to writers, visual and performing artists from around the world. Follow the link if you are interested in spending some time in Eastend to explore and photograph this unique part of the Canadian Prairies. The 2015 residency schedule is completely booked up, so do not delay with your application for 2016.     One of my large canvas prints will be on display and sale during the fundraising dinner. This canvas was part of the Visions of Eastend Travelling Exhibition that toured around Saskatchewan and Alberta over the last few months. Image of the sunset over rolling prairie hills was captured at the Old Man on His Back Prairie and Heritage Conservation Area, the Nature Conservancy of Canada property near Claydon. OMB is about 45 km south-west of Eastend. This shot of canvas on display is by Saskatchewan artist Petrea Jensen. Trea put an incredible amount of work in organizing the traveling exhibit and I would like to express my gratitude for all of her efforts and dedication.     Bring the wallet with you  – this will be a perfect opportunity to support a good cause and take home a great art piece (in my not-so-humble opinion). And if you decide not to purchase any of the art pieces on display, you will have a chance to win a copy of the Great Sand Hills book as a door prize. The dinner will take place at the Eastend Memorial Hall, 135 Oak Street N. Cocktails start at 5:30 p.m. Main dinner is at 6:30 p.m., followed by the performance by singer & songwriter Catherine Lewans. Check out this cool video of her singing Amazing Grace inside an empty grain bin. I newer new that graineries could have stunning acoustic properties. Well, having a singer with great voice helps too. Guest artists, Saskatchewan poets Doris Bircham and Anne Slade will read some of their works. Doris is a wonderful lady who lives on a ranch just east of Maple Creek. I was fortunate to be able to contribute to Doris’ book of poetry Where Blue Grama Grows. My image of a prairie landscape in Cypress Hills close to her home graces the book cover. I also took the artist’s portrait.     Hope you can make it to the Stegner House Dinner and Art Exhibit. It will be a great evening....

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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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Photography tour to Croatia

Posted by on 3. February 2015 in Blog / Journal, Workshops | Comments Off on Photography tour to Croatia

Photography tour to Croatia

There is only one month left to take advantage of the ‘early bird special’ rates for the 2015 Photography Tour to Croatia (September 28 – October 10, 2015). Renowned for its natural beauty and historical heritage, Croatia is rapidly gaining popularity as a travel destination. Join me in September of 2015 for a 13-day photography tour to some of the most beautiful natural and historic sites: we will visit and photograph six out of seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites present in the country. Croatia offers diverse culture, great food, ancient walled towns and medieval castles. We will visit baroque city of Varazdin, Veliki Tabor and Trakoscan castles, Roman amphitheatre in Pula (one of six largest surviving Roman arenas in the world) and finish our trip in the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ – the walled city of Dubrovnik. Our journey will take us through rugged mountains and natural jewels such as the Plitvice Lakes National Park, with 16 turquoise lakes, hundreds of inter-connected waterfalls, and spectacular karst formations. Here is a two-minute video with images from places we will explore on the tour (make sure the sound on your viewing device is turned on):   http://branimirphoto.ca/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Wonders_of_Croatia_web.mp4   Dates: September 28 – October 10, 2015 Group size: maximum of 15 participants Price: Cdn$ 2,950 (‘early bird’ rate until March 2, 2015) Single room supplement: Cdn$ 445 Deposit: Cdn$ 300 Tour fee includes: accommodation, ground transportation by van / bus with a driver, entrance fees to historic buildings & national parks, English-speaking local tour guides and meals as indicated in the itinerary, and photo tour fee. Lunches are left open so you are flexible to plan the meals to fit your schedule and interests. We will recommend the best places to sample the local cuisine. If requested, we will do our best to find a suitable roommate for individual travellers. What is not included: airfare to and from Croatia, travel insurance, any meals not included in the photo tour itinerary, alcoholic beverages, gratuities, and items of personal nature. Photographers of all skill levels are encouraged to attend, and I will be on-hand to answer your questions at all times. Come with an open mind and a passion for photography and travel. Participants should be physically able to take part in walking tours around towns and fit to walk on boardwalks in national parks. For more information visit the 2015 Croatia Photography Tour page....

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