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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Burrard-Lucas on Wildlife Photography Equipment

Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography has released a very helpful list of suggested equipment for wildlife photography at different budget levels. Years ago I did the same for macro photography… maybe it’s time to refresh that idea?

Visit Equipment for Wildlife Photography to get the Burrard-Lucas perspective on equipment choices!

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AGA Inspiration: Chris Cran, Sincerely Yours

Media Release. Edmonton, AB (August 24, 2015)

The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) presents CHRIS CRAN, Sincerely Yours, from September 12, 2015 through January 3, 2016. Organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta and the National Gallery of Canada as part of the NGC@AGA exhibition series, it features the work of Chris Cran, one of the most influential Alberta artists working today, and one of Canada’s preeminent painters of the last few decades. CHRIS CRAN, Sincerely Yours is the most comprehensive examination of Cran’s practice mounted to date and includes over 100 works surveying his artistic production over the last 30 years.

Chris Cran is known for his experimentation with traditional genres of painting, bringing his own unique perspective to still-life, portraiture, landscape and abstraction. His work challenges the traditional medium of painting to explore and question other forms of representation, including photography and printed media.

Working within the familiar terrain of well-known artistic movements and styles such as Pop Art, Photorealism, Op Art and abstraction, Cran challenges the viewer’s understanding and experience of them by playfully combining tradition with borrowed scenes from popular culture, including images from cartoons, advertising, magazine illustrations and newspapers. His recent work is a culmination of the tropes and techniques he has developed over his thirty year career, and at this stage in his practice, his work still defies expectations, while exploring perception and challenging our understanding of painting.

An award-winning and celebrated artist, Cran’s work can be found in major public and private collections in Canada and internationally.

Chris Cran will give an artist talk in conversation with friend and actor Bruce McCulloch on Friday, September 11 at 6:30 pm

A Conversation with Chris Cran and Bruce McCulloch (Artist Talk)*

Date: Friday, September 11, 2015

Artist Talk: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Location: Ledcor Theatre, Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square

*Chris Cran will be joined by friend and actor Bruce McCulloch to discuss his art and creative practice. Please note this is a ticketed event with limited seating.

Tickets at

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Art Show at Devonian Gardens

I’ve been invited back to Rooted: Perspectives on the Natural World, the art show and sale at Devonian Gardens. It’s this Sunday and the weather looks promising!

Rooted III Perspectives on the Natural World

Hope to see you there!

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Showy Asclepias


I came across a plot of this showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa)  while exploring the Devonian Botanic Garden just west of Edmonton. They were in a section of the garden called ‘Plants of Alberta’, just on the north side of the Calla Water (see map). I have to say that I was impressed–no dainty wildflowers these! They are strong upright plants with silvery green foliage and I would love to have a patch of these in our sunny front garden, even if they were not in bloom. They can grow to 5′ tall and seem to be tolerant of a wide variety of conditions from moist to dry. These are the go-to plants for Monarch butterflies, a rarity in Alberta, but it will still draw in many other insects and hummingbirds to feed on nectar. Destined for my garden very soon!

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Garden Visitor

Young squirrels have begun entertaining us in the garden this year.

Lovely back-lighting as it basks in the sun.

Lovely backlighting as it basks in the sun.

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