Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

Review

Best Of Twenty Fifteen

My best, In the order that they were taken. I did a lot of post processing on older images, which I did not include. Only images shot in the last year are being shown.

Sherri In The Snow

January 6 – Sherri In The Snow – After shovelling snow off of our sidewalks, I ran in the house to grab my camera and flash to take this shot of my wife Sherri.

Sky Waves

March 24 – Sky Waves – Heading north out of Ft. Providence, NWT, I noticed these strange clouds and quickly grabbed a shot.

Ahead Of The Crowd

May 9 – Ahead Of The Crowd – There is always a wealth of photo opportunities for automobile aficionados at the Didsbury Show and Shine. I often take a snap of a sign or other owner provided info on a vehicle, to correctly identify it later. I didn’t have any ID on this car and had to do an extensive search on the internet to determine that this was a 1937 Pontiac.

Iris Garden

May 23 – Iris Garden – Flowers are great subjects and for me, backlighting only improves them. Blooms were in abundance at the Reader Rock Garden. Located across from the Stampede Grounds, it’s one of the lesser known inner-city parks.

The Lions Sleep Tonight

May 23 – The Lions Sleep Tonight – Later that same night, we relocated to Crescent Road where I shot this great view of the Centre Street Bridge and it’s iconic Lions

To The Horizon

September 25 – To The Horizon – Harvest time in Central Alberta near Trochu. A John Deere combine works the field. By it’s position near the top of a rise, the main body of the harvester is shown above the horizon, as is the dust cloud trailing behind.

Gudrun

October 3 – Gudrun – On Scott Kelby’s World Wide Photo Walk our leader, my friend Gudrun showed us through the Calgary community of Bridgeland.  We stopped for a moment and I took the opportunity to make this impromptu portrait.

Remember

October 17 – Remember – Another photowalk, this time hosted by my friend Neil Zeller. We started out at the Peace Bridge and worked our way down to Poppy Plaza, where I captured this image.

Simmons Building

December 8 – Simmons Building – In the city for an appointment and a gallery opening later, we had a couple of hours between. I decided to head over to the East Village to scout about. I saw the old painted on signage and had to get a shot.

Aurora And Moonset Over Carstairs

December 20 – Aurora And Moonset Over Carstairs – I was just getting ready for bed when I checked the Aurora forecast. It looked good, really good, so I went out. Not much was happening when I got, away from the street lights. Not much happened the first hour and I thought I got skunked, but decided to wait. Am I glad that I did, the next two hours were amazing but by 3 AM I had to turn in, even though it was still going on.

These were what I chose to be my best from 2015. I hope you enjoyed them.

In the best light…

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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…


The Soul’s Window

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I first met Dave Brosha last year at a lighting seminar put on by oopoomoo.com. I had been following him on the Internet for a couple of years and had missed a connection in 2010 at the Joe McNally workshop in Calgary. He messaged me later on the web asking why I didn’t say hi. I told him the only picture I’d seen of him was his Twitter avatar. He had on a balaclava with only his eyes showing, so needless to say I didn’t recognize him. Fast forward to 2013, I got to spend more time with Dave at the Persistent Vision weekend, even riding around Banff with him all day Sunday from 6AM. I got to know him a little better. He’s a pretty quiet guy, who knows his stuff, and is serious about his photography.

Did I mention he has a new eBook out? Well actually it came out at the end of February and with everything that I’d been doing, I only now finished reading it. Not that it is really long nor is it hard to read, but it is packed full of valuable information that nearly everyone who takes a picture of someone else will find useful.

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The eyes being the windows to the soul, Dave Brosha is masterful at recording a connection to the camera. He naturally starts out with “Where do I begin” and takes you through a progression of location, lenses and light. There are also some of his outtakes, some not ready for prime time pictures.

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Dave lets you know that not every picture is a winner. You start out and learn from the last picture you took and improve from there. Connecting to the subject is an important aspect of photography that many don’t or won’t practice. It shows in Dave’s work because you connect to his subjects while viewing his images.

Dave came to my attention with his aurora images (which are world class BTW) but I came to know and love his environmental portraits. He generously shares his techniques for shooting in natural light that’s well worth the small asking price for the download.

http://oopoomoo.com/ebook/the-souls-window/

All pictures ©Dave Brosha.

In the best light…


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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