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Double Exposure: Impatient Love

This image uses a technique called Double Exposure. It basically means that I shot two images on one piece of film. In this case, it was an image of hosta leaves and an image of a red impatient flower.

I LOVE doing double exposures, because it opens up the creative process for me. I always said “I got into photography because I can’t paint” (which I’m trying to change, with art classes). But some time ago, I realized that a camera is simply a different kind of tool for me; just like a brush, I use it to create a unique interpretation of the world around me. I’m finding that, more and more, my work is reflecting this abstract, emotive approach to photography.

Because I’m never quite sure how a double exposure will look until I’ve developed the film, it also brings an element of serendipity into my work. I particularly love this image because it features two of my favourite colours and my favourite flower (impatients.) The image does make me think of love…but the explosive, super-saturated version of “first love”. The title is a bit of a play on words, referencing the name of the flower, but also a song I love by local roots group Twilight Hotel. You can check out their tune, Impatient Love.

Now, you photo buffs out there may be saying “hold on a minute…why do you shoot double exposures on film? Why not just combine two images in photoshop?” My answer is that I’ve tried, and it simply doesn’t look the same. When working on double exposures in photoshop, I find that I tend to focus way too much on the look of the image…on things like matching up the shapes and lines, rather than focus on the meaning and emotion behind the image. Plus, I find the subtle changes in tone just aren’t the same with digital.

And for all you analogue photo buffs: this was shot on Kodak Ektar 100 film.

Buy this artwork! Double Exposure: Impatient Love is available at the upcoming Art 4 All auction (read more about it) or you can buy it through my online art store.

HodgePodge at the WAG…

Come out to the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s “Art 4 All” auction on April 26th, and you might just see a familiar image up on stage.

I’m excited to announce that my image, “Double Exposure: Impatient Love” will be featured in the live auction at the event.  Learn more about this image in this recent blog post.

Hope to see you at there!

Family portraits, three styles

Well, this past Easter weekend saw ALL my family together for a lovely dinner celebration (thanks Jen!) Before we all retired to the couch to recover from too much turkey, we decided to mark the occasion with a family portrait.

Take 4 siblings, four married couples, two “helpers” (thanks Greg & Marianne!), one self-portrait, one great grandma and one extremely tired baby and put ’em together in a tight space for an hour with some hot studio lights… *whew!*

…and this is what you get. Yup, pretty blessed to have such an amazing group of folks to call my own.

F/action: an artistic photo collective

Big news! I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been invited to join F/action, a collective of fine art photographers here in Winnipeg. Not only do I get to work with some fabulously creative  local artists, I’ll be participating in group shows and other events. Stay tuned for information about our next show!

In the meantime, find out more about f/action. Take a minute to visit the galleries and bios to learn more about the other artists. Also, here are some images I shot recently on a photo field trip with fellow f/action member Gabrielle Touchette.

Snow Motion Classic: Event Photography Winnipeg

In my books, crisp air, sunshine, and the excitement of a race makes for a perfect Sunday!

event photograph: Snow Motion Classic 2012

I had the opportunity to photography Skijor and Kicksled races at Birds Hill Park yesterday. If you’re not familiar with these sports, check out Snow Motion Winter Dog Club. All images from this race will be available to racers for purchase on Friday. For now, here’s a sneak peek!

Event Photograph: Snow Motion Classic 2012

The action was fast paced, giving me a change to practice some Shutter Speed techniques. Stay tuned for an instructional blog post later this week.

Event Photograph: Snow Motion Classic 2012

Thanks to some of my PrairieView School of Photography students for braving the cold and helping photograph the event. (Have I mentioned that I teach Creative Imaging for professional diploma program students at PrairieView School of Photography? )

Event Photograph: Snow Motion Classic 2012

Event Photograph: Snow Motion Classic 2012

This shutter speed technique, called panning, creates a feeling a speed.

Image of the Week: Fog photos…bad for driving, great inspiration

The fog may have slowed down our road trip to Minneapolis…or it may have been all the photo op stops along the way. Here’s a few of my favourites, let me know what you think! All this unusual weather has inspired me lately, so stay tuned for more!

fine art photography, fog, nature

fine art photography, frost, manitoba

fine art photograph, winter, tree

fine art photograph, abstract, winter

Fine Art Photograph, Winter, Tree

Art Photography – Image Inspiration for Prairie Dreams #1

A new category on the blog: Image Inspiration. It will feature the stories behind the images and/or thoughts/poetry/ramblings that are inspired by my own creative place at the time of creating an image. Basically more of what makes my art unique…me. Enjoy.

PRAIRIE DREAMS #1

Whisper to me, honey-drenched words that sparkle with warmth and vitality.
Throw open the oven door, roll your heat over me, and smother storms yet to come.
Lay yourself bare, sunshine kisses like a lover apologetic for harsh days past.
Tell me a secret.
Don’t wake me up.

art for sale, nature photography, macro photography

Winner!

A huge thank you to everyone who commented on the images featured in the “win fine art” blog post. Your feedback is most appreciated, but there can only be one winner.

After randomly selecting a winner from a hat, I’m happy to announce that Candace W. will be taking home the featured image of her choosing. Congratulations Candace!

Unfortunately there can only be one winner, but if you were hoping to add some of my fine art to your home or business, don’t despair. I’m offering 15% off all of my fine art prints for the until Jan. 20th. So, if you fell in love with any of the images (or some of my other work) order one today!

I personally take care of all orders, to ensure the highest quality, so simply contact me to set up your order. Each image also includes a certificate showing the image title, artist signature, and story behind the image.

Win fine art images!

Win a 8×12 fine art print of one of the images below. It’s fast and easy to win:

  • Step 1 Eye Candy: review some gorgeous images.
  • Step 2 Vote: let me know which 3 images are your favourite.
  • Step 3 Decorate: win your favourite print for your home.

Simply comment on this post (or comment on facebook or email) to let me know which 3 of the following images are your favourites. From all comments received by Jan. 1, 2012,  I’ll randomly select a winning comment.  (I will contact the winner in the new year to arrange print drop off.)

Good luck and thanks!

Creepy halloween photography tips

…or in other words, how to keep kids (and fun loving adults) entertained for hours.

A spooky moon/tree combo prompted me to haul out the tripod and camera over Thanksgiving weekend. The rest, as they say, was history.

Camera buffs: if you have never played around with “painting with light” , this exercise will help you remember why you fell in love with photography in the first place. Quite simply: it’s fun!

 

 

Gear you’ll need:

              • a camera
              • a tripod
              • a flashlight
Technique:
1) Well after sunset, set up your camera on your tripod. Have your subject stand a good distance away (these examples were shot at about 10-15 feet). Set your camera to manual focus, and use your flash light to illuminate the subject to find your focus. (Cameras can’t focus in dark conditions).
2) Select a long shutter speed…about 4 seconds for zombie or ghost shots. I prefer to shoot in manual or TV (shutter priority) mode for this one. Aperture and ISO doesn’t really matter.
3) Press the shutter. While the shutter is open, exposing your picture, “draw” your subject with your flashlight. Think of it as colouring your subject with light. Anywhere the light hits will appear bright in the image. Everything else will be dark.
4) Experiment! Have your subjects move around as you paint or flash them with light. Conversely,  have them hold the light and flash it on and off as they move. See the examples below for some ideas.
These are meant to be fun…not perfect. Let the kids play around with whatever characters or techniques they want to try. Note: the longer they stand in one place, the more solid they will appear in the image.

Image of the Week 27 Sept.

Dramatic skies over the prairie harvest. Interlake area, Manitoba. Another shoot, another tough choice…black and white or colour edits? Leave a comment and let me know which one you prefer!

Scroll down to see an alternate shot as well.

Headshots of the lovely Robyn

Robyn is working on starting up her acting career, so we had some headshot fun in the studio today. Now to decide if the colour or black and white is better…what do you think?

 

Image of the Week: Grant and Kati are getting married!

Hope you all had a great long weekend! Here’s a quick sneak peek at a weekend engagement shoot. Beautiful blue eyes, lots of laughs, and some fabulous weather…does the long weekend get any better than this?

Great Depth of Field

What is Great Depth of Field? In simple terms, it’s keeping as much of your scene as possible in sharp focus. Ideally, subjects close to your camera and subjects far from your camera will be equally sharp.

Because it allows the viewer to see all the details of the scene, it’s often used in landscape photography:

Notice how all the trees, even into the distant background appear sharp. This was shot at f/ 22.

Notice how all the details are sharp in this image of a clear cut forest; from the woodchips in the foreground to the sad-looking trees in the background. The treeline in the far distance appears softer due to atmospheric haze. This was shot at f/16 (I would have shot at f/22, but did not have a tripod at the time to allow for the slower shutter speed.)

To try a great depth of field shot, change your f-stop number to the highest number your camera will allow. **To find out how to change your aperture (what is aperture?) or f-stop number, check your manual!  To really see the results of your aperture settings, fill your scene with objects of varying distances.

You can also use Great Depth of Field creatively to help add details and information to a scene. This is common in environmental portraits, where a good amount of details from the subject’s environment are included in sharp focus within the image.

environmental portrait

Great Depth of Field in an Environmental Portrait allows the viewer to see details in the subject’s environment. In this case, the details of the historic farmhouse add context about the character in this portrait.

Finally, consider your Depth of Field when shooting group shoots. To ensure that ALL the people in your group appear in sharp focus, use a higher F/stop number. ( I usually start with F/8 and then check to make sure everyone is sharp. If not, go to f/11 and so on until you get the desired result.)

Notice how all the faces are sharp in this group photo, even though the people are spread relatively far apart. It was shot at f/11.

Wondering what effects the opposite of Great Depth of Field will have? Check out the last photo school  post: Shallow Depth of Field.

Image(s) of the Week 07/13/11

Macro lens, how I love thee. Here are some of my favourite experiments from a recent trip to the English Gardens at Assiniboine Park. With such gorgeous weather (and light!), who can pick just one favourite?

Leave a comment and let me know which one you like best. 🙂

There are more images from this series on my flickr site, so please check it out. And don’t forget that all images are available as fine art prints, if you’re looking to do a bit of summer redecorating!