Back up, back up and back up again. Something we all know we need to do, but do we do it? Probably not often enough. I know I am counting my lucky stars as I had just spent hours making sure everything was backed up on three different external hard drives and was beginning the next week’s work when the computer did what we always dreaded, but never thought would ever happen – CRASH! Years of never having any major computer problems and the day starts off with the computer doing nothing, can’t even get it to start up. So our computer went in for service and we got it back a month later. So I have learned my lesson and plan to do backups of our image files even more often. Now that I have our computer back I just have to get through the backlog of work waiting on my desk. Leslie
Happy Canada Day Everyone! Although summer officially arrived just over a week ago, for many people Canada Day, July 1st, marks the start of summer. So to celebrate Canada Day and the summer season we have changed our website’s header photograph to mark the occasion. The photo, a grainery in a canola field, was taken a couple of years in southern Saskatchewan. Have a great summer everyone!
The Art Society of Strathcona Country (ASSC) is holding their Mother’s Day Tea and Craft Sales this Sunday May 12th 2013 at the A.J. Ottewell Center, 590 Broadmoor Boulevard in Sherwood Park, Alberta. Times are – 11am till 3pm, so stop by and enjoy a cup of tea with your mom.
While you are there head upstairs and have a browse in the Loft Gallery, as there is a new display of artwork that has recently been hung, included in the display are some photographs by Leslie Degner. Loft Gallery hours are 12 noon till 4:00pm, Saturdays and Sundays only, May 11th 2013 through June 30th 2013. Below are a couple of samples of the images that are on display.
On Thursday evening, April 25, Mark and I along with our long-time friend Daryl Benson, had the honor of judging the year-end annual competitions at Images Alberta Camera Club (IACC). IACC has always been a special club for us, as that is where Mark and I first met.
We were impressed with the variety and quality of the images that were entered. A big thank you to the competitions chair, Quincey Deters, for all her hard work and effort coordinating all the categories and images. She made our jobs of judging so much easier. We had a great time and want to thank IACC for inviting us to judge the competitions. Leslie
Each spring the Art Society of Strathcona Country (ASSC) has an art show and sale. It is being held on Friday April 19th through Sunday April 21 at the A.J. Ottewell Center, 590 Broadmoor Boulevard in Sherwood Park, Alberta. Times are:
Friday, April 19th – 1pm till 9pm,
Saturday, April 20th – 10am till 4pm
Sunday, April 21st – noon to 4pm.
There are usually a variety of art forms such as sculptures, photography, watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings on display with a number of artists showing their work. Joyce Boyer is one of those artists that will have some work displayed. She is a very versatile artist that works with a variety of mediums such as pastels, oils and collage. Many of the artists will be in attendance throughout the weekend. So if you enjoy viewing art and will be in the area, why don’t you consider stopping by the center.
On March 16th, our very good friends Darwin Wiggett and Samantha Chrysanthou at oopoomoo.com will be holding their Persistent Vision: the Photographic Pursuit of Story and Inspiration seminar at Bragg Creek, Alberta. The full day photography seminar will include stunning images and presentations by Samantha and Darwin, as well as acclaimed world and humanitarian photographer David duChemin. In addition there will be a panel discussion with a number of professional photographers. We are really looking forward to this seminar and we would encourage anyone who can make the trip to Bragg Creek to attend this incredible photographic seminar. We hope to see you there.
Last year, in conjunction with the announcement of the Persistent Vision seminar oopoomoo ran a monthly photo contest for six months called “Walkabout”. The images had to be taken around your home or within a short distance from it as you could only use non-motorized transportation (i.e., walking, biking, etc.) to get to your subject. We thought that this was a great idea so we decided to go out and capture a few images specifically for the contest. We entered five images and luckily the independent judge (not Darwin or Samantha) chose Leslie’s Supermail Box image as the August Winner, and in the other months we had four images picked as runners-up. Below are the images we entered.
Each June since 2009 we have been holding our “Women Only Photography Workshops” at the eco-award winning Aurum Lodge located in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains of Alberta.
This year we will again be offering two workshops:
Landscape and Nature Photography – Beyond the Basics I – June 6th to 9th, 2013
Landscape and Nature Photography – Beyond the Basics II – Taking your photography further – June 13th to 16th, 2013
These workshops are limited to a maximum of 7 participants, giving plenty of opportunity for individual attention.
So if you are a lady (or know of a lady) that enjoys taking pictures at an advanced beginner or intermediate level and would like to advance your photography skills, then these workshops may be just what you’re looking for. So head over to our workshops page to find out more information on them.
The area around Aurum Lodge has many great photographic locations but we may also get the opportunity to view and photograph wildlife such as bighorn sheep or flowers like the Calypso Orchids. Calypso Orchids also known as Fairy Slippers are one of the earliest orchids to flower in the Rockies, usually in late May to mid June.
We are embracing a new direction with our new website; it may develop a little slow at first but in time and with more confidence as we progress the fruits of our labour will flourish. If you had stumbled across our new website in the past few months, we are glad to say that it is “Under Construction No More”. We are extremely excited to launch this new website and for us it is like a garden, and just like a garden grows, so will this site. We will be adapting as it grows, weeding out what doesn’t work and planting anew. This is a place where we can grow knowledge, inspiration, thoughts and ideas on photography and at the same time sharing with everyone some of our favourite photographs.
We are planning to have a number of regular features (although we use the word regular rather loosely) and random posts. Some of these features include One Subject – Two Views, Walkin’ the Dog, G2 – Gear & Gadgets, Travels & Wanderings, and Quotes.
Our image galleries will continue to grow, with more photographs being added to them and with more new galleries; so continue to check back often to see more of our images. In addition to showcasing our photographs, the majority of them are available for commercial usage as rights-managed stock images, and the rights can be directly purchased from the site and the images downloaded for immediate use. In the near future, we will also have prints available to purchase directly from the site and a number of our really favourite images will be available as limited edition fine art prints.
So have a little patience with us as we sow the seeds that will bring our “Photographer’s Garden” to life. We invite you to follow us through the cultivation of this website as it takes shape. Let us know what you think of our new site, we would really love to hear from you.
Mark and Leslie Degner