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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.

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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

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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–#7–The Long And Winding Road

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.

Valley View

The Long And Winding Road

Roads have highly symbolic power, so try to incorporate the many paths and roads that slice through the prairie landscape into your visual stories.

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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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Sherri At The Holga Hustle

Pussy Willows

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

Tree Light

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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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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Duelling Rainbows

Prairie Rainbow

 

My friend Dave Pattinson just brought out his rainbow image from our trip with Darwin Wiggett, Samantha Chrysanthou and Branimir Gjetvaj to South-western Saskatchewan and The Great Sandhills.  Darwin and Sam have taken some of everyone’s images from the Extreme Saskatchewan workshop and has published a Blurb Book. Dave’s rainbow and mine face each other in the book.


Extreme Saskatchewan a Photographic Tour 2010

Remember Extreme Saskatchewan? Back in June I travelled to Leader, Saskatchewan with Darwin Wiggett, Samantha Chrysanthou and Branimir Gjetvaj, and a number of other photographers. Darwin and Sam have assembled images from the trip into a Blurb book.

On Upraised Wings

 

You can see my images from the trip on Flickr in this photoset, or preview the book on Blurb here.