Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

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Fuchsia

Fuschia

 

A flower close up, taken on an oopoomoo,com workshop in Trochu, Alberta at the Trochu Arboretum.

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River Morning

River Morning

 

Sometimes you break a few rules, but I don’t take photography “rules” very seriously. To me, they are more like suggestions. In no particular order, “you don’t split the frame in half with the horizon”, except if you like it that way. The whole image has a blue cast which some might want to correct. At another time I might have wanted to as well, but it was as I saw it. The image seems soft. This was caused by a haze in the air, which contributed to the blue cast as well. I did like the soft focus look so, I kept that as well.

The scene is over looking the Red Deer River Valley from Dry Island Buffalo Jump near Trochu, Alberta.

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Straight Cut Barley

Straight Cut Barley

 

Another day, another field, this time barley with the cutting header. The chaff falls behind the combine with the light breeze unable to carry much away.

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Off In A Cloud Of Dust

Off In A Cloud of Dust

 

On this day of Canadian Thanksgiving, one of the things I’m thankful for are the farmers and ranchers who are working to put food on our tables. The canola being combined here, goes to be extracted for canola oil and the left over meal is used as a livestock feed.

A few adjustments in Lightroom and Photoshop, with Nik Analog Efex used sparingly.

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Dust Glow

Dust Glow

 

Farmers often harvest late into the night, but I find the late afternoon can be the most picturesque. In this canola field, the dry stalks and husks are chopped fine and sprayed out behind to be reincorporated to the soil. The strong backlighting caused the bright areas to be a little overblown but still in keeping with the feel of the scene. The sun approaching the horizon nicely added the warm golden coloured light, capturing the feel of the warm autumn.

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To The Horizon

To The Horizon

 

The working combine is a sentinel providing food for our nation, our world. In this image, I hoped to convey the vastness of the prairies and the wide open skies. By converting to a toned monochrome, it focuses on the lines, layers and depth.

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Harvest Afternoon

Harvest Afternoon

 

The combines are all out in the field at this time of year. This one is working on a swath of canola. The blue sky and light breeze makes the dust cloud drift off to the side, making for good running.

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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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Sam’s Ten Tips–#10–Prairie Wind

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.

Waving Grasses

Prairie Wind

The wind is almost a constant companion on the prairies, so don’t fight it – work it! Put on a solid neutral density filter at midday to increase the colourful blur of the wind rippling through tall grasses and crops.

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Sam’s Ten Tips–#9–The Thunder Rolls

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.

River Morning

The Thunder Rolls

The edges of weather systems can provide incredible and strange colours and textures in the clouds. Just ensure you are on the edge and shoot the backside of storms, not the oncoming edge!

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Sam’s Ten Tips–#8–Back To The Light

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.

Lookouts

Back To The Light

Work back light for dramatic silhouettes or to illuminate transparent subjects like grass, crops and tree leaves.

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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…)


Sam’s Ten Tips–#3–One Is The Loneliest Number

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.

Morning Windmill

 

One Is The Loneliest Number

You can work single subjects either in the landscape – a lone tree or building for example – or silhouette them against the sky. (more…)


Sam’s Ten Tips–#2–Sky Pilot

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.

Dry Island Sunrise

Sky Pilot

Out in the prairies, the sky is omnipresent.

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Sam’s Ten Tips–Split The Difference

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.Windmill And Field

#1 Split the difference

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