As many of you know I started a Weekly Walk in January to make a connection with my surroundings. Sam and I have been house sitting in various locations since we left Aurum Lodge in November where we were artists in residence. The weekly walks let me explore the area around the house sitting locations and discover visual surprises by using the ‘gift of paying attention‘ (something that’s hard for guys to do!)
My first weekly walk was with Samantha and Debra Garside to the Turner Valley gas plant. We were supposed to be house sitting for Debra while she went to Sable Island to continue her wild horses photo essay. There was a delay and she could not get to the Island when planned but she let us stay at her place in Turner Valley anyway and she got us permission to visit the plant (thanks Debra!). Below are two of my favourite photos from the cold morning in the abandoned gas plant.
The following week we started a six week house sit on an acreage in Bragg Creek where we also get to hang out with the resident dogs. So for my second weekly walk, I wandered the acreage with the dogs and made a few snap shots of the pooches. For both of the photos below I used my technique of ‘shooting blind’ (holding the camera at knee level and aiming the camera at the dogs). You gotta shoot a lot when using this technique but when you get something that works it is refreshingly different! Sam and I talk more about this technique in our dog photography eBook if anyone is interested in learning more about the technique.
The following week I walked the country road in front of the acreage in Bragg Creek at sunrise. It was a colourful sunrise and I made some standard wide angle foreground, fiery sky background photos but the two images I liked best were the ones below both taken with a slight telephoto lens setting. One was a purposeful in-camera movement to create a painterly effect.
For the last weekly walk of January we had a fresh snowfall in Bragg Creek, so I headed into the aspen forest surrounding the acreage and came up with the two shots below. I used my 300mm lens to make both shots. Telephoto lenses are really great to use for isolating subjects and making graphic abstracts.
There are a number of people doing weekly walks on the oopoomoo workshop group on Facebook. Come and join us and post your photos for feedback and fun (and possible prizes; hint, hint!). Stay tuned for a summary of February weekly walks and to see where my feet take me.