Monday, April 19, 2010

Busy Time Of Year

Like most people this is a very busy time of the year for me. You have to balance work, personal life and mental balance while still finding time to fit in some photography. Here is a little I have been up to.

Island Open - I spent Friday April 9th, 2010 Judging the Nanaimo Vancouver Island Open Photography Exhibition with Allen Bargen and an other judge Lynn. This competition was held in the Nanaimo Art Gallery and was open to any photo medium including canvas. There was no size limitations and images could be mounted in any frame from large gold ornate frames to gallery wrapped canvas prints with no frames. This made for an interesting show and made for some great images to be properly displayed. It was a great competition with many incredible entries. I will try to tack down digital copies that I can post of the winning images. Overall it was a great day, sunny and clear seas for sailing to and from Vancouver Island.


Judging – I was awarded my official CAPA Judging Certificate. For those of you who do not judge, I would highly recommend taking the judging course, not just to help out or even not to help out at all if you do not want to but rather just to become a photographer. It opens up your eyes, mind and imagination to new techniques while always keeping an eye on technical skills.

Andre Gallant – Saturday April 1oth I spent at an Andre Gallant Seminar/Workshop where Andre promoted his new book ‘Expressionism’. During the workshop he showed attendees many tips and tricks he uses in his work including a technique he calls ‘DreamScapes”. He also discussed Travel Photography and showed us some great and inspiring images and slide shows. Afterwards I was lucky enough to get to go for dinner with Andre and three others. Overall a great day/evening. If you do not know who Andre Gallant is I would recommend checking out his site at Andre teaches classes in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia with another famous photographer, Freeman Paterson.


New Series - Had fun playing with a new technique doing stills of plants. I have started to work on a series of images for B&W and some that will have a ‘slight’ color. My first image which I entered in the Delta Photo Club Competition was selected as one of the top six B&W Images and will be sent on to the Crescent Beach B&W Invitational competition. The 16x20 Print was done in B&W on Metallic Paper. If you do B&W work, make sure you try out this paper as it is remarkable. (2010-04-21 Update: This image won 1st place at this evenings Club competition as judged by an 'outside' judge.)

MUA Shoot - On Thursday just past I went out to help an MUA (Make-Up Artist) that wanted some shots done of a model. Had a great time and met a great model that I may use in the future. We all worked great together. Here is a sample image I have played with. Not the best choice for showing off the Make-up but one that I liked.

Workshop - Tonight I'm off teaching a workshop "The Photographer on the Web". So like I said, a busy time. Keep motivated, head out and do what you like. You can always work tomorrow : )

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