Alberta Views Photo Contest Deadline near!

They’re looking for surprising views of Alberta’s public spaces…



“The deadline is drawing near for the 2015 Alberta Views Photo Contest! Interested photographers have until Friday, Feb 28, to send us their surprising views of Alberta’s public spaces.

The basics are the same as last year:

  • The grand prize for the winning entry is $1,000 plus publication in an upcoming issue
  • Enter as many photos as you like; the fee for your first entry is $30, subsequent entries are only $15
  • Each entry include a one-year (10 issue) subscription to Alberta Viewsmagazine

For more information and full entry guidelines visit our website or call us at 1-877-212-5334 (toll-free within Alberta).

Best of luck to all who enter!”


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Currach on Inisheer


This is more than what it seems. The romantically inclined may see this as a dog awaiting the return of her master. She is resting on the sand by the currach because she is tired-out after romping in the surf with a doggy buddy. Why so tired? She only has the use of three legs, the left forepaw having been somehow mangled and still bloody. These are working dogs, perhaps not always getting the care they need in this isolated location.

2 May, 2014. Inisheer, Aran Islands, Ireland.

Posted in Contemplation, HDR, Ireland, Landscape, Lightroom, Nik, Photography, Travel Tagged , , , |

Fading into Fascination

Antiques and junque.

I love visiting an antique store, and the more disorganized and mixed the collection is the better. Looking for odd juxtapositions and the patina of age is a feast for the photographer.

Recently I visited the Rocky Mountain Antique Mall here in Edmonton, and they permitted me to walk around freely with my little camera, the Olympus E-PM1 Micro 4/3. I’ll share some of the photos from that day, and from other collections I will be working through this winter.


This first was tagged with “Folk art doll. Real hair” This photo demanded extra attention, so I removed the tag in Lightroom and then added some antique effects, with some additional contrast and vignetting to add a sinister touch.


Posted in Alberta, Antique, Canada, Edmonton, Lightroom, Nik, Photography, Software, wabi sabi Tagged |

The Ring that Binds

Another for the ‘Little Ideas’ project, this time a large set of cast-iron keys, purchased by my daughter while in Spain.





Photographing objects directly on a black background can be a real challenge, and will almost always require software adjustments and clean-up.

(29 November, 2014. Canon 5D Mk II (now evolved into the 5D Mk III) with the 24-105mm f4 L IS USM lens and a Vello battery grip. ISO 200, 3.2 sec. @ f16. One spotlight, 2 reflectors. Processed in Lightroom)

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Time with a shell

Watch and shell

Watch and shell

(27 November, 2014. Canon 5D Mk II (now evolved into the 5D Mk III) with  the 24-105mm f4 L IS USM lens and a Vello battery grip. ISO 200, 1 sec. @ f22. Light tent, one lamp, one spotlight, reflector and one flag)

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Cottage Perks



One of the perks of staying in a well tricked-out cottage during your summer holidays is that you can often find interesting subjects indoors for an impromptu still life. This crackle-glazed bowl really woke up when some lovely green apples were placed inside. Lit by natural window light and one reflector.

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