Winter is coming.

running into oblivion

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Tawatinaw Gallery

This years collection of photos of the Tawatinaw valley is now up in the gallery. Check it out!


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Fall Escape

I have been in the doldrums lately, wanting to strike out on a new creative path but finding myself uninspired and rudderless. So, in late September, when my wife suggested an early morning outing to the Tawatinaw Valley, I was less than thrilled. However, dutiful husband that I am, I woke at 4:30 am and did the prep work, and off we went into the dawn.

It was a chilly morning, but the forecast was for a warmer clear morning and cloudy afternoon with a chance of showers. It had rained the previous night, so when we hit the backroads they were pleasantly dust-free if somewhat soft. Most of the trees were in full colour, and in some areas they were already drifting down, a drift of golden flutterbys, to be stirred up again as we cruised by.

Tawatinaw Valley Road

Tawatinaw Valley Road

Of course we stopped for the light,

Tawatinaw River

Tawatinaw River

for the glowing aspen trunks,

Aspen glow

Aspen glow

for the abandoned homes and rural scenes,

Dark windows

Dark windows

but we also slowed down for more ominous sights, bulldozed forest and huge roadside bonfires…parts of the Tawantinaw Valley is under threat by acreage development.

Tawatinaw burns. (Cell phone photo)

Tawatinaw burns. (Cell phone photo)

All in all, it was good day, good enough to pull me–for a while–out of melancholy. Pulled not so much by the photographic opportunities or inspiration, but by the chance to explore and spend time in the countryside, where my heart is.


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Autumn Black and White

Tawatinaw Aside

Tawatinaw Aside

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Photograph what attracts you.


Tawatinaw Valley, Alberta

This is a painterly image, with no software ‘paint’ effects added. Thousands of photographers have been attracted to the contrast of white birch or aspen trunks against a deeper forest background–you see them all the time in galleries, magazines and calendars. Should that ubiquitousness, that familiarity stop you from trying? Of course not. Take the photographs that attract you, even if it means copying another person’s idea. But don’t stop there. Explore the scene for different compositions and better perspectives. Try some new techniques, break a few rules. Who knows what you may come up with?

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Last Scheduled Workshop for 2015!

Introduction to Close-up and Macro Photography

Totaling 11 hours, this course covers all the macro essentials. We meet at the Centre for the Arts and Communication at MacEwan University on Thursday, October 1 for three hours to cover equipment, accessories, composition and basic skills. The following Saturday we will visit a natural area (or Muttart Conservatory) for 5 hours to practice macro techniques on a variety of subjects. Finally, on Tuesday, October 5 we meet again for 3 hours at the university to do photo and assignment reviews, share image processing tips and then take a brief look at more advanced techniques.

From the MacEwan University Continuing Ed Course Calendar:

Take a closer look at the wonder and diversity of nature with macro photography. Learn to capture amazing detail of flowers, fungi, insects and more with this hands-on workshop and location shoot. Working with natural light and electronic flash; you will learn various techniques to make the most out of magnification. Demonstrations, assignments and image discussions focus on both the art and skills of macro photography as well providing tips for low-cost equipment alternatives. Prerequisite(s): DSLR camera, SLR I or a good understanding of manual mode required. Participants are responsible for transportation and entrance fees to the location site.

Visit the MacEwan website for registration information.

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