24 August

Iceland, Abbotsford and Beyond!

Here at oopoomoo HQ we are getting set for a busy season of teaching, talking and taking (photos of course).

First up, we are thrilled to be part of a photo print exhibition on September 8 at Resolve Photo in Calgary. The print show is called RAÐLJÓST and the show features the work of fifteen local photographers who’ve traveled to — and fallen in love with — Iceland. Inspired by the Icelandic word “raðljóst” (which translates to “enough light to navigate”) the photographs seek to show Iceland interpreted creatively by each artist. Sam and I got a sneak peak at some of the prints going into the show and we are thrilled to report that you’ll discover an Iceland unlike anything you’ve seen before. And seeing these finely crafted prints in person reminds us that a key aspect of photography is not only posting photos to the web but also the tangible pleasure of viewing them as works of art in the form of prints. Some may even argue that the pinnacle in photography is a finely created print! Rather than show off the works here on the website we encourage you to come in person and enjoy the surprising views and luscious nature of fine art photographic prints of Iceland. For more information please check out this link.

©Darwin Wiggett - Mývatn Lake, Iceland

©Darwin Wiggett – Mývatn Lake, Iceland

Second, speaking of creative vision and personal expression, we want to remind you that oopoomoo will be in Abbotsford BC on October 22 to present our new show, “The Visionary Photographer”. In this show we’ll cover topics designed to take you into the realm of photographic artistry:

  • The Confident Artist and The Art of Visual Perception
  • Creative Lens Choice and Camera Controls for Visionary Photographers
  • Advanced Compositional Patterns for the Visionary Photographer
  • Personal Style and Creative Vision: The Metamorphosis of an Artist

Early bird pricing on this show ends August 31, so be sure to register soon if you plan to go. Plus we’d love to reconnect and meet BC friends old and new.

Whaling Station Remains, Whaler's Bay, Antarctica ©Darwin Wiggett - oopoomoo.com

©Darwin Wiggett

And finally, you may have noticed the fine work coming from students completing our 7/365 – The Mentored Photo Project eCourse. We are thrilled with the inspiring work of our students and have shared their July results. Watch for more awesome projects from our August students coming soon to the blog! If you have a photo project in you bursting to be seen, we have four private mentorships available this September.

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

14 July

The Results of the Creative Crops Assignment

Each month we have a creative assignment in our monthly newsletter (to sign up go here and get our free Born Creative eBook). For June the assignment was #creativecrops. Below are our choice picks of the photos submitted. The theme was open to the photographer’s interpretation.

Be sure to check out the oopoomoo Creatives Facebook page to see ongoing assignment postings.

©Anita Vermaak

©Anita Vermaak

©Anita Vermaak

©Anita Vermaak

©April Henrikson Daly

©April Henrikson Daly

©Carolina Bhering

©Carolina Bhering

©Chris Bone

©Chris Bone

©Connie Quinton

©Connie Quinton

©Cynthia Hinson

©Cynthia Hinson

©George Clayton

©George Clayton

©John Fujimagari

©John Fujimagari

©Kyle McIntosh

©Kyle McIntosh

©Liz Forrester

©Liz Forrester

©Lynn Smith

©Lynn Smith

©Michelle Barclay

©Michelle Barclay

©Phyllis Fitzsimons

©Phyllis Fitzsimons

©Riana Vermaak

©Riana Vermaak

©Sharon Rynsburger Peters

©Sharon Rynsburger Peters

©Shaun Conarroe

©Shaun Conarroe

©Vince Ready

©Vince Ready

15 June

Small Projects for Creative Bursts

Our students may not believe it, but sometimes Darwin and I torture – ahem! – teach each other through guided assignments. Relatively recently we experimented with small, mentored projects. Here’s how it worked: one of us picked a topic to shoot – that person was the mentee – and the other developed a series of linked assignments within an overall goal for the project – that person was the mentor. We took the projects seriously with concrete deadlines – that was the torture part – and managed to complete the projects between and sometimes during other work events. We then swapped roles. My project was about trees, of course!

Tree project 1

When you know most of your partner’s strengths and weaknesses, you learn to be diplomatic in your critiques for the sake of your personal relationship and, in our case, our business relationship as well. But you also benefit from the deep interest you take in your partner’s creative development. It’s something we strive to bring to our work through oopoomoo as well. Here’s Darwin’s instructions to me to fit my art in “snippets of time” between working with students at a workshop.

Tree project 2

I decided to fit my project, which was all about capturing the essence or soul of tree personalities in nature, into a scrapbook. I put the assignments and the images in the book. The project was a combination of drawings, musings, assignments and photographs.

Tree project 3

What was the point, you may be wondering? Fun! Creativity! Just ’cause! Even though I have a larger, multi-year project underway called Pressed Landscapes, these ‘mini-mentorships’ were about shaking off the shackles of working as a commercial artist and just shooting some little idea that appealed to me, engaging in something that was stimulating and fun. As a mentor, I honed my skills at listening to my student’s interests and gently guiding him through blind spots. As a student, I reminded myself to be open to constructive feedback, ignoring the urge to defend a shot, and instead take a step away from the work to see it for how it really came across. It was good to be on both sides of the desk.

Tree project 4

Watch for Darwin’s post about his small project mentorship this Friday!

 

1 June

The Best of #CreativeClouds

Every month here at oopoomoo we send out our newsletter with a themed photography assignment. For the month of May our assignment was “Creative Clouds” open to any interpretation. We had a lot of great entries over on our oopoomoo Creatives Facebook page. Thanks everyone for your participation!

Below is a selection of our favourite images submitted. Stay tuned for our June newsletter which will be sent out in a day or two with June’s photo assignment. To sign up for our newsletter click here and get our Born Creative eBook for free.

©Barb Kreutter

©Barb Kreutter

©Brenda Hudson

©Brenda Hudson

©Christy Nielsen

©Christy Nielsen

©David Klautt

©David Klautt

©Gary Galger

©Gary Galger

©Gerry Ambury

©Gerry Ambury

©Ingrid VanderGaag

©Ingrid VanderGaag

©Ingrid VanderGaag

©Jim Harris

©John Andersen

©John Andersen

©Keith Walker

©Keith Walker

©Keith Walker

©Keith Walker

©Lynda McKay

©Lynda McKay

©Mark Jinks

©Mark Jinks

©Michelle Barclay

©Michelle Barclay

©Mike Perkins

©Mike Perkins

©Pam Jenks

©Pam Jenks

©Pam Jenks

©Pam Jenks

©Rachel Bilodeau

©Rachel Bilodeau

©Ralph A. Croning

©Ralph A. Croning

©Robert Skoye

©Robert Skoye

©Russ Smith

©Russ Smith

©Sherry Christensen

©Sherry Christensen

©Sherry Christensen

©Sherry Christensen

©Veronica Reist

©Veronica Reist

©Vicki Brown

©Vicki Brown

 

3 February

Shadow and Light Photography Assignment Results

Each month in our oopoomoo newsletter we announce an assignment theme; for January it was shadow and light (#shadowandlight). Below are our selected favorites from the images submitted to our Facebook group or by email. The February theme will be announced shortly so be sure to sign up for our newsletter to get a head start!

©AJ Drakie

©AJ Drakie

©Anil Sud

©Anil Sud

©Anil Sud

©Anil Sud

©Anil Sud

©Anil Sud

©April Henrikson Daly

©April Henrikson Daly

©Bill Warmington

©Bill Warmington

©Bob Melynk

©Bob Melynk

©Brian Hayward

©Brian Hayward

©Catherine Byram

©Catherine Byram

©Connie Quinton

©Connie Quinton

©Dennis Webster

©Dennis Webster

©Fred Denner

©Fred Denner

©Gail Reichert

©Gail Reichert

©Hank Broomfield

©Hank Broomfield

©Heather Donauer

©Heather Donauer

©Laurie Bare

©Laurie Bare

©Pam Jenks

©Pam Jenks

©Pam Jenks

©Pam Jenks

©Thomas L Gibson

©Thomas L Gibson

©Tom Nevesely

©Tom Nevesely

31 December

#myoopoomoobest2015 – The top 15 images by oopoomoo creatives

Samantha and I have curated what we think are the top 15 images submitted by our awesome Newsletter subscribers. To be considered, subscribers tagged their image with #myoopoomoobest2015 as a request to be considered in this blog post. Some sent their image by email and some posted to the oopoomoo Creatives Facebook group. We encouraged people to submit one image that represented their best work based on the following criteria:

  • represent who they are photographically as an artist or demonstrate something they learned this year
  • be as well-composed as they can do at their learning level, and
  • be taken ethically.

We kept these guidelines in mind when choosing the photos for display here on the blog. It was a tough choice with over 100 images to choose from but the ones below best represented fresh seeing, original creative vision and good story-telling. So many images ‘almost’ made the cut and Sam and I wrestled and argued and debated the final 15. So, bruised and beaten, we present our choices. Enjoy and happy 2016!

Al Dixon

©Al Dixon

©Al Dixon

Andrew Barron

©Andrew Barron

©Andrew Barron

Bill McQuarrie

©Bill McQuarrie

©Bill McQuarrie

Chris F Payant

©Chris F Payant

©Chris F Payant

Gerry Hiebert

©Gerry Hiebert

©Gerry Hiebert

Henrik Fessler

©Henrik Fessler

©Henrik Fessler

Kat Enns

©Kat Enns

©Kat Enns

Liz Forrester

©Liz Forrester

©Liz Forrester

Nathalie Kulin Greenwood

©Nathalie Kulin Greenwood

©Nathalie Kulin Greenwood

Riana Vermaak

©Riana Vermaak

©Riana Vermaak

Roy Mclaughlin

©Roy Mclaughlin

©Roy Mclaughlin

Ryan Crouse

©Ryan Crouse

©Ryan Crouse

Sherry Christensen

©Sherry Christensen

©Sherry Christensen

Vartkes Peltekoglu

©Vartkes Peltekoglu

©Vartkes Peltekoglu

Vicki Brown

©Vicki Brown

©Vicki Brown

22 December

Best of 2015 – oopoomoo best from Samantha Chrysanthou

As part of our regular monthly Newsletter, this December we asked our subscribers to share with us their best picture of 2015. But the photo could not be just any predictable best, it had to be their ‘oopoomoo best’. To be an ‘oopoomoo best’ the image had to follow these criteria:

  • represent who they are photographically as an artist or demonstrate something they learned this year
  • be as well-composed as they can do at their learning level, and
  • be taken ethically.

If you want to see all the amazing results so far log into your Facebook account and do a search for #myoopoomoobest2015

In the spirit of year-end sharing Sam and I will be showcasing our oopoomoo best image here on the blog but with a twist. Instead of picking our own image to share we are going to chose what we think is our partner’s best image of 2015! Scary stuff to have someone else curate your work.

And so here is my pick of Sam’s best image of 2015. Drum roll please!

©Samantha Chrysanthou

©Samantha Chrysanthou

I chose this image for several reasons. First, it perfectly represents Sam’s creative vision. Sam loves grass and trees and she has both in spades in this picture. Second, Sam creates compositions that are personal and intimate and that drill down to the essence of what attracted her to the scene. We were out shooting in the Rockies and I was photographing a distant lone spruce in a sea of yellow aspens with my 300mm lens (an obvious and easy subject). Sam asked if she could borrow my camera and lens for a minute. She swung the camera away from the obvious fall colours, away from the big peaks in the background and over to a grassy slope just above the road. I could not for the life of me figure out what she was making a picture of! Of course now I see… a quintessential Sam photo, but at the time I thought she had gone mad photographing away from all the big beauty surrounding us. I’m always impressed by how Sam can make ‘something from nothing’ and how she always photographs true to her vision no matter what others are doing around her. So the biggest reason I picked this image is because Sam continues to surprise and delight me with her creative vision. No one can make Sam images, they are unique to her. And so, for me, this image represents Samantha’s answer to the #myoopoomoobest2015 December Newsletter challenge.

25 September

The Best of Sleeper Sundays Part II

Over at the oopoomoo Facebook Group we encourage people to share those photos they initially passed over but when viewed over and over pass the test of time. You know, images that are OK when freshly made but like a fine scotch they get better and better with age.

Below Sam and I present a batch of finely aged images from our photography friends and clients. If you want to participate, just join our fun and friendly group and post your #sleepersundays photos and maybe you’ll see them appear here in a month or two in installment #3!

Congrats everyone on amazing imagery!

Olivier Du Tré

©Olivier Du Tré

©Olivier Du Tré

Elaine Delichte O’Keeffe

©Elaine Delichte O'Keeffe

©Elaine Delichte O’Keeffe

Chris Bone

©Chris Bone

©Chris Bone

Lisa Couldwell

©Lisa Couldwell

©Lisa Couldwell

Sherry Christensen

©Sherry Christensen

©Sherry Christensen

Jeff Lynch

©Jeff Lynch

©Jeff Lynch

Fran Gallogly

©Fran Gallogly

©Fran Gallogly

©Fran Gallogly

©Fran Gallogly

Laurie Bare

©Laurie Bare

©Laurie Bare

Robert Skoye

©Robert Skoye

©Robert Skoye

©Robert Skoye

©Robert Skoye

Mike Heller

©Mike Heller

©Mike Heller

Shirley Davis

©Shirley Davis

©Shirley Davis

John Fujimagari

©John Fujimagari

©John Fujimagari

Wayne Simpson

©Wayne Simpson

©Wayne Simpson

Bob Melnyk

©Bob Melynk

©Bob Melnyk

©Bob Melynk

©Bob Melnyk

Liz Forrester

©Liz Forrester

©Liz Forrester

Anita Vermaak

©Anita Vermaak

©Anita Vermaak

Pam Jenks

©Pam Jenks

©Pam Jenks

Priya Biswas Miller

©https://www.facebook.com/PriyaandArchie

©https://www.facebook.com/PriyaandArchie

Anil Sud

Anil Sud 2

©Anil Sud

Anil Sud 3

©Anil Sud

Anil Sud

©Anil Sud

Anil Sud4

©Anil Sud

Chris Greenwood

©Chris Greewood

©Chris Greewood

©Chris Greenwood

©Chris Greenwood

©Chris Greenwood

©Chris Greenwood

Andrew Lunt

©Andrew Lunt

©Andrew Lunt

Joe Kerr

©Joe Kerr

©Joe Kerr

©Joe Kerr

©Joe Kerr

©Joe Kerr

©Joe Kerr

Veronica Reist

©Veronica Reist

©Veronica Reist

22 July

Be part of our Sleeper Sundays Image Showcase

Most images we make are like flavours of the day. They are wonderful at the time, but soon we long for something new, fresh and tasty. And then there are those images that like fine wine taste better and better as they age. These images we call sleepers, or as Samantha like to say, “they pass the wall test.” These are images that, if hanging on your wall, you don’t grow tired of but enjoy more and more over time. Such images are rare.

We have been asking our oopoomoo Facebook group to post some of their favourite sleeper images every Sunday. These post are categorized under #sleepersundays (some people have mistakenly used #sleepersunday as well – you need to be signed into Facebook for these search terms to work). The results have been inspiring and we invite all photographers to post their sleeper images each Sunday on our Facebook group. Every few months we’ll gather up the most inspirational images and share them here on our blog complete with links to each photographer’s website (we always ask permission in advance). We are planning to start gathering up our faves after this Sunday for our first blog showcase. Join our Facebook group and share your #sleepersundays images… maybe you’ll see your tasty work displayed here on oopoomoo.

Here are some recent sleepers that Samantha and I have shared:

©Samantha Chrysanthou

©Samantha Chrysanthou

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Samantha Chrysanthou

©Samantha Chrysanthou

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

17 June

A Small Selection of New Work

Samantha and I have had a busy spring doing photography workshops across the country. Our workshops take a lot of advanced preparation to give our participants the best experience possible. Between our heavy prep time and the fact that we don’t shoot during our workshops, we’ve had very little time to shoot for ourselves. Now that our workshop schedule is done and we have the summer for our own photography we thought it might be nice to show some of our recent work (newly shot and/or processed images). I’ll start off first with some fresh work. Watch for Sam’s new stuff in a follow up post!

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

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