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Waving Grasses

My friends Samantha Chrysanthou and Darwin Wiggett, and their website have started a Facebook Workshop group. 

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 workshop, Badlands, Buicks and Old Buildings in 2012 near Trochu, Alberta, based out of St Ann Ranch.

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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 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 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 for organizing such a fantastic event. I’m hoping we’ll see more like this in the future.

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Nail Shadow

Nail Shadow

I recently went on a Photowalk in Bragg Creek, Alberta with Darwin Wiggett and Samantha Chrysanthou of 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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