Finally” The crocus is blooming, a definite confirmation that spring has arrived. The cold wind was blowing off the still frozen lake which made it near impossible to capture the single crocus without blur. I went for the splash of color in this image. Enjoy!
Little did I know where this image would take me when I captured it on November 10th, 2013 in the early morning hours somewhere on the outskirts of Yellowknife. I loved all of the 49 images and I have freely shared them with you in an earlier post recounting my excursion.
A couple of weeks ago I decided to enter my first photo competition with the Group of Ten Photography Club. Yesterday I received an unexpected call that “Mesmerized” (the image pictured above) received an honorable mention. Not bad for a first entry. I am quite happy with the placement and am already looking for other opportunities.
While researching calls for entry I came across this great article worthwhile sharing. “11 Core Principles to Help You Win…” has some valuable information that not only applies to photography competitions. The principles this blog post discovered on http://photodoto.com touches on are helpful for anyone considering entering art exhibitions.
Let me know what you think – comments are always welcome!
Springtime is on hiatus in Southern Saskatchewan and other parts of Canada today. I just processed a short video captured last Sunday while teaching in Limerick, SK for the Group of Ten Photographers Club. The sun came out and was strong enough to give us all hope that spring should be here soon. Enjoy the clip – I thought I’d add some music this time…
A walk around the neighborhood yesterday revealed unexpected sites: Run off on the south side of Buffalo Pound Lake this spring has resulted in the destruction of roads and years. We live here year-round, I can’t imagine how the part-time residents feel when they come out over the next month.
Here is a short video of what I witnessed yesterday:
This morning the water was frozen, but I am confident that the flow will start once more later in the day when the sun becomes stronger.
(Note: I am taking an iMovie class online. Be patient and not too critical as I learn how to select clips, add text and transitions.)
Photography is the number 1 hobby worldwide – we have all read this statistic and still we welcome new photographers into the fold every day. With so many images and books flooding print media and the internet a photographer must have sound technical knowledge, a creative approach to making images and stay open to new approaches.
This book is a great resource for honing one’s skills in seeing the world uniquely. To be different one often has to break the rules. In life, photography and in art rules are made to be broken. Breaking with convention generates a response, good or bad – a response is the ultimate goal.
Photographers are highly visual. This book delivers! Unique, captivating pictures are presented with short captions to introduce new concepts, suggestions for changing direction and best of all, breaking with conventional restrictions.
Each chapter covers a specific topic. Technical information is reviewed in “Exposure” which moves seamlessly into the comprehensive sections of “Composition” and “Advanced Composition Techniques”. “Photography Concepts”, “Lighting” and “Rules of the Digital Darkroom” complete this book.
As each “rule” is introduced it is followed by “break the rule. ” Great example are “The Rule: Keep the horizon straight” which is immediately followed with “Break the Rule: Wonky horizons” or The Rule: Don’t crop heads” versus “Break the Rule: Crop heads & move in close.” This concept carries on throughout the book. It is always supported by fitting examples in image and with short captions.
I picked this book up at the local book store last week, a completely impulsive purchase. I am not sure I would have ordered it without flipping through it from front to back. Every time I hold it in my hand I cannot put it down. Every page has a wealth of information, ideas and tricks I am yearning to try. This book has secured a place on my “favorites” shelf.
Do you have a favorite photography book? Why not share the title and reasons in the comment section?
After a glorious sunset it was time for some light painting on the frozen lake. Here is a recipe for success: Gather a group of like-minded photographers, find a snow covered field or frozen lake. Set up your camera and lens for a long exposure. Focus on infinity. Next, take one wire whisk attached to a steel cable, insert 0000 steel wool into the whisk and light the steel wool with a 9v battery. Swing the whisk and press the shutter release.