Matryoshka Dolls,  Ukranian Book Store. Fort Edmonton, Alberta.

Matryoshka Dolls, Ukranian Book Store. Fort Edmonton, Alberta.

As I have said before, outside of macro nature photography, one of my favourite photography jaunts is strolling through old junk or antique stores and finding interesting ‘as-is’ subjects and vignettes. The challenge is to somehow isolate and invigorate the subject with strong composition, without losing the magic that attracted your attention in the first place.

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Great Sandhills revisited


In 2009 I did my first solo photographic trip. The destination was the Great Sandhills in Saskatchewan, and the resulting photographs formed the basis of my first magazine article with Photo Life. It didn’t cause a great stir, but for me it was a milestone, the first paid full-sized article that was written and illustrated by myself. The photos have been off-line since I switched from SmugMug to Zenfolio, but I finally have them up again. I have some new ideas on how they should appear, so I am hoping to re-process these images in the future, but for now the originals are there for the viewing. Check out the Great Sandhills gallery, to get a view of this fascinating place.

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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.

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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.


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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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