Posts Tagged "Saskatoon"

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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Help Portrait Saskatoon in its fifth season

Posted by on 9. November 2014 in Blog / Journal, News & Events | Comments Off on Help Portrait Saskatoon in its fifth season

Help Portrait Saskatoon in its fifth season

Do you have a camera? Are you an amateur / professional photographer? What if you could make someone smile by using your camera? Every December 6th, thousands of photographers, hair stylists, makeup artists and volunteers around the world offer their time, equipment and expertise to give back to the communities they live in. This holiday season will mark the fifth year for our city to host the Help-Portrait Day, and we are hoping to reach out further with this wonderful and continuing initiative. The 2014 Saskatoon Help-Portrait Day will take place at the White Buffalo Youth Lodge, 602 20th Street West. The concept behind this event is simple: find someone in need – take their portrait – print their portrait – and deliver it. Help-Portrait was founded by photographers Jeremy Cowart and Kyle Chowning in 2008. It is about giving the pictures, not taking them. It is about giving to people who otherwise could not afford a professional photography session, a chance to capture a moment, a memory, hope and pride. Here is a short spunky video from help-portrait.com with explanation what it is all about:     The Saskatoon event on December 6, 2014 will bring together: hair and make-up professionals with a free make-over before pictures are taken, professional photographers taking portraits at several booths with studio lighting and backgrounds, a team with computers to post process and print pictures on site and presented to the recipients that same day, food and beverages for participants, a few local service groups with information booths. In the last 5 seasons we have seen over 350 families receive professional family images just in time for Christmas. This year Help-Portrait Saskatoon is turning to you for a helping hand. In the spirit of giving, we ask you to donate or be a sponsor of the Saskatoon event. The money you donate will go towards covering the cost of make-up supplies, printing supplies, equipment rental or purchase and food for the less fortunate attending this event. The money we receive will be spent wisely and we will trasfer the remaining donation funds to the White Buffalo Youth Lodge and other local charities. Let’s all contribute and make this year’s event an even bigger success than in 2013 and show that we are a city and community that cares! If you have any questions please contact the main organizer, Bruce Johnson, by phone at 306-380-8811 / 306-374-8774 or by e-mail: b.johnson@sasktel.net Many thanks to my buddy Jay Scott for providing an image from last year portrait session....

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Photography of Courtney Milne on display at the University of Saskatchewan

Posted by on 29. October 2014 in Blog / Journal, News & Events | 1 comment

Photography of Courtney Milne on display at the University of Saskatchewan

Library at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon is holding a special presentation of the exhibition “A World Closely Observed: The Photography of Courtney Milne”. Opening reception and exhibition viewing will take place in the Link Gallery (1st floor of the Murray Library) on Thursday, October 30, 2014 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. The exhibition will be on display until December 31, 2014. The gallery exhibition includes large prints of Milne’s images, copies of publications and books featuring his photography, display of awards such as the posthumous Saskatchewan Order of Merit, family photographs and more. Additional images will be displayed through a rotating slide show on a large screen in the gallery. The exhibition highlights various points in Milne’s career, and quotations from Milne and others provide insight into his approach to photography and his changing view of the world. Milne`s personal collection of more than 550,000 images, 2,000 prints, textual records, audio and visual media and his reference library was donated to the University of Saskatchewan in 2013. A demonstration of the website featuring thousands of Milne`s photographs will follow the opening reception. You can also pick up your own copy of the exhibition catalogue. Courtney Milne was one of Canada’s most recognized professional photographers, renowned worldwide for his landscape and nature images. He died in 2010 at the age of 66 following a prolonged battle with cancer. A prolific photographer and author or co-author of more than 180 illustrated magazine articles and several books, he explored sacred sites and landscapes around the globe. His best-selling 1991 book, The Sacred Earth, features a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Milne was awarded the Gold Medal for Distinction in Canadian Photography by the National Association for Photographic Art (1993), was selected to the 1995 jury for the International Photography Competition sponsored by the United Nations Environment Program, in Tokyo, Japan, where he presented The Sacred Earth Concert at the Metropolitan Museum of Photography, and was nominated for the 2004 prestigious Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts. Milne was granted an honorary doctor of laws from the University of Regina in 2005. (source: Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan).   Update: U of Sask. Library web site with the archive of Milne’s images can be accessed at www.library.usask.ca/courtneymilne There is also an exhibition catalogue with essays by David Bindle and Cheryl Avery. You can get a copy though Blurb books as softcover (Cdn $42.14) or hardcover (Cdn $53.61)...

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SENS Photo Contest winning entries

Posted by on 7. August 2014 in Blog / Journal, News & Events, Photography | 2 comments

SENS Photo Contest winning entries

Two of my images won “Best in the Category” prize in the 2014 School of Environment and Sustainability Photo Contest. Each year, SENS holds a photo contest to showcase the photography talents of school’s students and alumni. Category winners and the overall show winner are selected by popular vote.  I entered several images and won in two categories: Sustainable Community and The Urban Environmentt. Category winners and the overall winner are posted on the SENS Web site. Besides bragging rights that my images are winning entries in the “international” photo contest (SENS students come from the United States, Mexico and many countries around the world), I also received as small financial award. My images will be displayed in SENS hallways at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon. Here are the two winning entries and a short description that accompanied the images during the vote.   Category winner: Sustainable Community   Community Pasture Program, administered by the Canada’s federal government was designed to assist small- and medium-sized mixed farm operations. Each fall, PFRA pasture managers work with hired riders to sort out cattle for delivery to patrons at the end of the grazing season. These cowboys are crucial in maintaining a proper management of the pastures, for the benefit of pasture users as well as plants and animals that rely on a healthy prairie ecosystem. In October of 2013 I visited the Wolverine PFRA pasture near Lanigan, Saskatchewan to document the cowboy life, part of our cultural heritage and tradition that has a crucial role in sustainable management of our grasslands.   Category winner: The Urban Environment   Saskatoon city skyline reflecting in South Saskatchewan River at dusk. This is a panorama composite image created from 3 separate frames. I took this picture to mark the 2012 World Rivers Day.   P.S. You might be interested in seeing a few images from older posts celebrating the 2013 World Rivers Day and 2012 World Water Day....

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Images on display at Amber Gallery in Saskatoon

Posted by on 17. July 2014 in Blog / Journal, News & Events | Comments Off on Images on display at Amber Gallery in Saskatoon

Images on display at Amber Gallery in Saskatoon

I have two large canvas prints on display at the Amber Gallery in Saskatoon until August 10, 2014. The gallery is located within the Centre at Circle and 8th shopping mall, right across the Rainbow Cinemas. If you are in the area, drop by and have a look.     Earlier this spring a  group of photography friends from Saskatoon got together, and we picked a selection of images that represents our varied interests.  Beside my two prints (Abstraction and Lodgepole Pines in Fog), you can admire artwork by Scott Prokop, Jay Scott, Steve Hiscock, Ian Preston, Bob Littlejohn and Bruce Johnson. I picked these two images because they look really nice when printed on canvas. All of the pieces are available for purchase.  ...

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