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oopoomoo.com workshops

Waving Grasses

My friends Samantha Chrysanthou and Darwin Wiggett, and their website oopoomoo.com have started a Facebook Workshop group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/395054157291357/ 

You are invited to join the group where you can find out more about workshops and have interesting discussions with fellow photographers.

The above image was taken at an oopoomoo.com workshop, Badlands, Buicks and Old Buildings in 2012 near Trochu, Alberta, based out of St Ann Ranch.

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oopoomoo.com Turns Two

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Dynamic Duo

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I actually found out that my friends Darwin Wiggett & Samantha Chrysanthou had released two new eBooks on oopoomoo.com back in March, I’m finally getting around to reviewing both of them. Although, ostensibly the books are aimed at a beginner audience, Composition Basics and Learning to See are valuable for more experienced photographers as well.

Composition Basics gets into detail on tone and color, under the heading of Primary Elements. Secondary Elements covers Line, Shape, Texture, Pattern and Perspective. They also cover Weight and Tension, both concepts that I need to work with more. Visual mapping is something new to me as well. I haven’t gotten as far as actually marking up copies of my images, but that might be next. In workshops that I’ve taken with Sam and Darwin, I’ve been lectured on Pokies, Blobs and Mergies (you’ll find out). Examples is something of a study in exploration. How you could get past viewing an icon and find more.

Learning to See is more of a companion book to Composition Basics. I see it as “get over yourself, shut up and shoot”. It’s full of Self-Assignments; which I will get around to eventually. Learning to See is a much harder book to describe. You’ll want to read it with a notebook nearby to jot down ideas from Self-Assignments to complete in the field. If you’ve ever thought about “your own style” this is a book you should study thoroughly

Composition Basics is for sale at $15 and Learning to See is $10. The best deal is to buy both eBooks at the same time for $20 and save yourself $5. They are a must have in the library of anyone learning photography. A dynamic duo of photographic education from a dynamic duo of authors.

In the best light…


Last Light At Vermillion

Sunset Over Eagle Mountain

At the end of the day, Dave Brosha both wanted to stay and leave. You can never tell what’s going to happen to the light, but he was flying out of Edmonton and had to drive there that night, and he was my ride back to Cochrane. Well, we stayed until after the sun set. This was one of the last of my frames from the day. Looking west across Vermillion Lakes 3, with the backlighting on the clouds.

This photo is the last that I’m planning to post, of the ones that were taken as part of the Persistent Vision weekend Field Shoot put on by oopoomoo.com at Vermillion Lakes in Banff National Park with guest instructor David DuChemin.

Looking back, it was just over a month ago and still fairly fresh in my mind. The experience of a photographic event of this sort should not be minimized. There was a massive amount of learning going on everyday. Even the social events were educational. I met a number of new friends and got together with others, many whom I hadn’t seen in a while. I really want to thank my friends Darwin Wiggett, Samantha Chrysanthou and Catherine Byram from oopoomoo.com for organizing such a fantastic event. I’m hoping we’ll see more like this in the future.

In the best light…


Nail Shadow

Nail Shadow

I recently went on a Photowalk in Bragg Creek, Alberta with Darwin Wiggett and Samantha Chrysanthou of oopoomoo.com. Here’s my pictures from the event.

Nikon D300s, Nikkor 60mm Micro, f/8.0, 1/100 sec, ISO 200, Adobe Lightroom 4.3, Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4

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Rusty Lock

Rusty Lock

I recently went on a Photowalk in Bragg Creek, Alberta with Darwin Wiggett and Samantha Chrysanthou of oopoomoo.com. Here’s my pictures from the event.

Nikon D300s, Nikkor 60mm Micro, f/8.0, 1/100 sec, ISO 200, Adobe Lightroom 4.3, Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4, Viveza 2

In the best light…


Broken Window

Broken Window

I recently went on a Photowalk in Bragg Creek, Alberta with Darwin Wiggett and Samantha Chrysanthou of oopoomoo.com. Here’s my pictures from the event.

Nikon D300s, Nikkor 60mm Micro, f/8.0, 1/100 sec, ISO 200, Adobe Lightroom 4.3, Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2

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The Name Game

The Name Game

I recently went on a Photowalk in Bragg Creek, Alberta with Darwin Wiggett and Samantha Chrysanthou of oopoomoo.com. Here’s my pictures from the event.

Nikon D300s, Nikkor 60mm Micro, f/8.0, 1/100 sec, ISO 200, Adobe Lightroom 4.3, Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4 

In the best light…


Boardwalk Arrow

Boardwalk Arrow

I recently went on a Photowalk in Bragg Creek, Alberta with Darwin Wiggett and Samantha Chrysanthou of oopoomoo.com. Here’s my pictures from the event.

Nikon D300s, Nikkor 60mm Micro, f/8.0, 1/100 sec, ISO 200, Adobe Lightroom 4.3

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Sam’s Ten Tips–#6–It’s Hip To Be Square

Red Deer River Valley

 

It’s Hip To Be Square

Stitch two or more images together in either squares or panoramas to capture the expansive, long view of the prairies. (more…)


Sam’s Ten Tips–#5-Get Jiggy With It

Earlier this year I attended an Oopoomoo.com workshop in Trochu, Alberta at the historic St Ann Ranch. The workshop was named Badlands, Buicks and Old Buildings and our instructors were Darwin Wiggett and Samantha Chrysanthou. One of Sam’s presentations was called Ten Tips. Here’s my take on her exercises.

Canola Swath

Get Jiggy With It

Look for leading lines in crops, creeks, roads and irrigation systems. This one was easy, the swaths of canola and the lines in the stubble are natural leading lines. (more…)


Sam’s Ten Tips–#4–Strawberry Fields Forever

Earlier this year I attended an Oopoomoo.com workshop in Trochu, Alberta at the historic St Ann Ranch. The workshop was named Badlands, Buicks and Old Buildings and our instructors were Darwin Wiggett and Samantha Chrysanthou. One of Sam’s presentations was called Ten Tips. Here’s my take on her exercises.

Strawberry Fields Forever

Strawberry Fields Forever

Remember that the various colours and textures of crops on the prairies can provide a graphic element to your images. (more…)


Kootenay Plain Or Fancy?

Ice on the Lakeshore

 

Reading Darwin Wiggett and Samantha Chrysanthou’s new eBook about Kootenay Plain and Abraham Lakes got me thinking about my own images from the area.

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Darwin’s Special Places

Darwin Wiggett and Samantha Chrysanthou have brought us another great eBook via their website oopoomoo.com. This time they are out to the Kootenay Plains and Abraham Lake.

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So You Think You Know Yoho?

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Yoho National Park is the latest in Darwin Wiggett’s best selling series How To Photograph The Canadian Rockies. Darwin and Samantha have collaborated on this, the newest. The eBooks are now being published by their website oopoomoo.com .

Yoho is one of the least known yet heavily trafficked of Canada’s Rocky Mountain National Parks. The Tran-Canada Highway bisects the entire park. Safe pullouts are few and many have no good view. Darwin and Sam point out the the best photographic locations from their extensive travels in the park. They detail the sights on each of the few roads within the park.

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More From The Holga Hustle

The Hustle Begins

More pictures from Darwin Wiggett and Samantha Chrysanthou’s Holga Hustle held at Lake Louise on May 7, 2011.

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How To Photograph Jasper National Park

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Nice image, too bad it’s not mine. The above image is ©Darwin Wiggett, is of Pyramid Mountain from Patricia Lake and is on page 73 of his newest eBook. It’s the latest in the How To Photograph The Canadian Rockies series by Darwin Wiggett.

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Sherri At The Holga Hustle

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Sherri and I both had a great time with Darwin Wiggett and Samantha Chrysanthou  at their Holga Hustle at Lake Louise in Banff National Park.

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Seeing The Trees For The Forest, At Night

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The Cochrane Camera Club was lucky enough to have Darwin Wiggett and Samantha Chrysanthou out to do some instruction on light painting. These are my images from the night.

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How To Photograph The Canadian Rockies, Again

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Darwin Wiggett’s little paperback travels in my pack all of the time. One of my favorite books, it’s long been out of print, but about to have a new life, as an eBook!

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Fabulous Film Fridays, Can Be Contagious

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While I was at The Camera Store the other day spending money, I grabbed a few rolls of film, both 120 and 35mm. Again I blame Darwin and this time Samantha too! Their Fabulous Film Fridays had me feeling nostalgic for shooting film. And, this link had me feeling a little anti-digital: http://www.petapixel.com/2011/02/18/funny-amazon-review-of-the-nikon-f6/

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Happy Belated Birthday Darwin

Hi Darwin,

Happy Belated Birthday. I was going to call on your birthday on Thursday and wish you birthday greeting on the phone. Of course things don’t always work out as planned. I had thought to call in the evening from Lake Louise, I was leaving Kamloops at about 2:00 MST and thought I’d be there before 7. First,let me go back to that morning, I slept at the rest area at the top of the Coquihalla near the old toll plaza.

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Good Photos in Bad Light

© Darwin Wiggett

 

My friend Darwin Wiggett has just come out with a new eBook with a great price, FREE! Darwin reveals his secrets for photographing in bad light. He tells about techniques he uses in situations where most people don’t like to shoot. It’s not a big book, but full of excellent tips. You can download the book at the Visual Wilderness website.

http://www.visualwilderness.com/photography/how-to/good-photos-in-bad-light-ebook


Lost Gems

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I was working on another project and was looking for some images. When I looked in the folder, I found a number of unprocessed HDR sets. With the new software and techniques I’m now using, I thought I might try processing the images that I passed over last year.

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