This Common Raven was hanging around in a parking lot looking for handouts, instead he had his picture taken. We’ve decided to continue the “Bird List” challenge for another year. So far Mark has about 15 more bird species than I have but have no fear I will slowly catch up to him. – Leslie
This Weekend the Art Society of Strathcona Country presents the “Spring Fling 2018 Art Show and Sale” at the A.J. Ottewell Community Centre, 590 Broadmore Blvd., in Sherwood Park, Alberta. See art works by over 30 local artists. Show hours are Friday April 13 from 7pm to 9pm, Saturday Apr. 14 from 10am to 4pm and Sunday Apr. 15 from 11am to 4pm. I have 6 prints on display for the show and in the same building; upstairs in the Loft Gallery I have 7 prints on display. If you are in the Sherwood Park area and enjoy viewing art come out and have a look.
Here are a few of my pieces that will be on display. How many Sheep can you count in the last image? – Leslie
Jasper National Park is one of our favourite locations both for photography and just experiencing nature, so when we heard that there was a forest fire in the Maligne valley area we were quite concerned. The Maligne valley is place we spend a considerable amount of time when in Jasper and we have taken lots of great photos in the area over the years. The Excelsior Creek fire was started by a lightening strike in the afternoon of July 9th and burned, uncontrolled at times, for a number of days before it was finally put out. We realize that fire, especially naturally started ones, is beneficial for mountain forest ecology but were curious how the fire impacted the region.
So a couple of weeks ago when we were driving through Jasper National Park we decided to take a quick trip up the Maligne Lake road to see how much effect the Excelsior Creek fire had on the Medicine Lake area. From the Maligne Lake road we first saw the burn on the Maligne Range at Excelsior Creek, just across from the Watchtower parking area. The fire continued heading southeast to Medicine Lake along the Maligne Range till it was finally put out three quarters of the way down the lake. The fire also crossed over the road just before the north end of the lake and burned around the north end of the lake and a little bit down the north east side of the lake. Fortunately none of the infrastructure was damage by the fire, thanks to the hard work of the fire fighters who battled the blaze.
Although the local scenery has changed due to the fire, it has also opened up some new photographic opportunities, both now and as the forest slowly regenerates over time. We are looking forward to spending time photographing the burn.
The first images are from the north end of Medicine Lake.
Later we stopped at the south end of Medicine Lake to get a different view of the burn. The extent of the burn fallowed the length of Medicine Lake’s south west shore. – Mark and Leslie
For the last six years we have offered our Women Only Photography Workshops at Aurum Lodge in the heart of David Thompson Country. We have had suggestions from some gentlemen who would like to participate in some of our workshops as well. So this year we are offering our “Developing Your Photographic Style” workshop to both men and women from May 21st to 24th, 2015 at Aurum Lodge.
This year as part of the “Developing Your Photographic Style” workshop we have made arrangements for special access to the Brazeau Collieries Mine site as one of the field shoot locations. Instead of the half-day we had last year, we will have up to a full day at the mine. We do not actually go underground into the mine, which is off limits to everyone, but we will be allowed to photograph in and around the buildings and equipment. The Brazeau Colleries mine at Nordegg has been a Provincial Historic Site since 1993 and was designated a National Historic Site in 2002. Opportunities for some interesting and creative photography abound at this site.
For more information on this workshop and to view more images from the area, go to our workshops page.
In the Winter 2015 issue of Outdoor Photography Canada magazine, which should be on the newsstands any day now, we are privileged to have published an article, Tonquin Valley Photo Adventure by Horseback, that we wrote about our trips into the backcountry of Tonquin Valley in Jasper National Park, Alberta. This is a magical place for photographers and outdoor lovers in general, with spectacular scenery and lots of wildlife. Here are a few more images from our trips into Tonquin Valley, and to learn move about our horseback photo adventures make sure you check out our article in Outdoor Photography Canada magazine. – Mark
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As photographers we can learn so much by observing how others view the world and if you are one of those people that love to look at other artists work, then why not come out to Images Alberta Camera Club (IACC) this Thursday when they are having their annual year end competition. Mark and I are honored to have been asked to judge the competition and we are really looking forward to seeing all of the members’ great photographs. So come out to IACC at Pleasantview Community Hall (10860 – 57th Avenue) at 7:00pm Thursday April 24th. – Leslie
Our very good friends Darwin Wiggett and Samantha Chrysanthou have just released their newest eBook “50 at 50”, a retrospective look back at Darwin’s photographic career so far. Darwin is one of Canada’s most creative and inspiring photographers and “50 at 50” is a great glimpse into his photographic journey and for us a nostalgic look back.
Darwin and I first met when we were both starting our graduate research at the U. of A. where we shared an office. At the same time both of us were also getting into photography and we started to go out photographing together when we had some free time. After grad school our paths diverged slightly, but photography kept us together and at least from my perspective helped us both develop as photographers. Over the course of time we have shared lots of great times and wonderful adventures. Darwin was the MC at our wedding and by the time he had finished his little speech, including some comments about a dead pelican and other things that I don’t want to repeat, I was sure that Leslie’s parents were going to drag her out of the reception hall saying that their daughter wasn’t going to have any thing to do with these guys. Luckily that didn’t happen and we all continued to enjoy photography and life together.
“50 at 50” is a wonderful read, whether you know Darwin or not, and it contains some of Darwin’s favourite images (50 to be exact) that he has taken over his 25 year career. We just wish the book would have been called “100 at 50” or “200 at 50” because there are so many more photos that Darwin has taken that deserved to be include.
You can purchase a copy of “50 at 50” by going to Darwin and Samantha’s website oopoomoo.com. In addition to the regular eBook, Darwin is offering a special limited collector’s edition that not only includes the eBook but also a fine art 13×19 inch print of the Killarney Canoe (the cover image of “50 at 50”). – Mark
Today is Remembrance Day, a day to remember and reflect on those people who have sacrificed so much so that we can live the lives that we currently have. Last year we had the opportunity to spend Remembrance Day with Leslie’s Dad, Tom, who serviced in World War II. The three of us, along with Leslie’s Brother and Sister-In-Law, Murray and Anne-Marie, attended the Remembrance Day Ceremony in Pitt Meadows, B.C. I was really impressed with the number of people that came out that damp and cool morning, especially with the number of families. It is great to see that the children are learning about the importance of this day. I think it really made Tom’s day when a young boy came over to him after the ceremony and thank him. Hopefully we all will take a moment today to remember those sacrifices that people made for us. Mark
If you like to view art come on out to the barn in Sherwood Park this weekend to check out the paintings, sculptures and photographs that members of the Art Society of Strathcona County will have on display and for sale. Six of my photographic prints will be on display with the rest of the art. The display in the Loft Gallery (upstairs, same location) will also be open to the public.
The A.J. Ottewell Center (red barn), 590 Broadmoor Blvd., Sherwood Park, Alberta
Friday, October 18, 1pm – 9pm
Saturday, October 19, 10am – 4pm
Here area couple of prints that will be on display. Enjoy! – Leslie