Hi there! My name is Catherine. I’m Sam and Darwin’s photo slave (er… assistant). If you come to a workshop or talk done by oopoomoo you’ll probably meet me. Don’t tell Sam and Darwin I told you, but I’m really the brains behind the operation over here! 😉 I will be writing some beginner’s tips here and there; I hope you enjoy them!
As many of you may know, a group of 14 friends of oopoomoo went to Iceland in June. Some of us headed to Iceland a couple of days prior to the start date of the photo tour. On our first afternoon, while visiting the Reykjavik Tourism store, Ed and I decided to book a flight to the Westman Islands for a day. The Icelandic name for the group of 15 islands is Vestmannaeyjar. We were going to go to Heimaey Island (pronounced Hay May) which is just a 20 minute flight south of Reykjavik. It’s the one and only Westman Island which is inhabited. Approximately 4200 people live on the island.
Here is the link to an intro video of Westman Islands.
We left the hotel around 8:00 am, picked up our tickets at Eagle Air and were on our way in a SMALL plane at 10 am. 17 seats is small to me!!! We sat near the wing, where I could keep an eye on the right side propeller! I kept fear at bay and stomach contents contained within, by concentrating on taking photos through the teeny tiny window.
Our bus tour of the island did not start until 1:00. The lady who picked us up at the airport said that her husband conducts the 1 ½ hour boat tour around the island and had space for us on the next tour. Why not! Right away one problem arose. We were dressed for a BUS tour. Usually on a bus tour your hair doesn’t get blown into an uncomb-able matty mess and you don’t get DRENCHED on a bus. What I am saying is that we were not dressed for a boat tour on a windy day. Ed tucked his cap away and zipped his jacket up to his neck. I strategically stood behind a tall, broad shouldered man who broke some of the wind. Stop laughing…..I didn’t say he broke wind!!
We are happy to post each participant’s five favorite images from our second annual Nordegg Mine Tour (dates have yet TBA for next year’s tour/workshop). Up first is our intrepid host of the event, Alan Ernst from Aurum Lodge. As always, Alan’s fine eye for detail comes through in his selction of images. Alan used his Panasonic GH1, GH2 and Gx1 to make these images. Hey Alan, how many Panasonic cameras do you have?
There’s a lot more to Iceland than lava fields! Sometimes, Darwin and I found ourselves attracted to the most odd things to photograph…such as the Hólavallagarður graveyard in Reykjavik. In Alberta, we often don’t have such magnificent, mossy relics as these old boneyards. Consecrated in 1838, a plaque in the graveyard tells us that no family wanted to bury the first deceased in the new graveyard. Apparently, the spectre of the first person laid to rest becomes the guardian of the graveyard, welcoming the future inhabitants to their everlasting sleep. As with everything, somebody had to be the first…the dubious honour went to the wife of a Reykjavik judge, Guðrún Oddsdóttir. We didn’t see Guðrún’s ghost in the murky shadows under the trees, but visiting her little grave with its magnificent, large iron cross did inspire respect and awe…and maybe a little shiver. Her grave marker is captured in the final photograph below…and is that a little of her spirit in the wind-tossed leaves above? Rest in peace, Guðrún Oddsdóttir.
Samantha and I had a lot of fun with a great group of photographers this past weekend at the Learning to See Photography Bootcamp in Yellowknife. The photographers took to our assignments with gusto and pulled off some really creative images from ‘mundane’ subjects. Thanks to all for being such a great group! We also want to thank Lee Sacrey for organizing and hosting the event. Lee, you’re the best!
We were also honoured to participate as judges in the Skills Canada NWT event that was held in Yellowknife Tuesday, April 17. The event covered competition in the trades with high school and post secondary students participating. We judged the photography competition that had a photojournalism theme. We were again impressed by the level of skill from the competitors. Yellowknife has some crazy great talent!
Speaking of talent we also got to visit with one of Canada’s most talented commercial shooters, Dave Brosha! Recently Dave has posted an amazing photo that went viral around the web; check it out here.
Below are a few assignment photos from the participants in the Learning to See Photography Bootcamp. We hope you enjoy them. Click on their names to see more work! And stay tuned for Learning to See assignments here on oopoomoo where you can upload photos and get our feedback for free (of course chocolate is always accepted in appreciation!)
This winter oopoomoo and Aurum Lodge hosted three Winter in the Canadian Rockies Photo Tours (Feb. 8 – 12, Feb. 23 – 26, and Feb. 29 – Mar. 4, 2012). In a previous post, we showed the results of the first tour in the form of a slideshow. If you missed it, check out the participant photos from the Feb. 8 – 12 photo tour. To see my (Darwin) results from this tour check out our new oopoomoo flickr stream or click on the photo below.
Below is a slideshow combining participant photos from the Feb. 23 – 26 and Feb. 29 – Mar. 4 tours. Not all participants submitted slides for the show but those that did are listed below (check out their websites where hyperlinked!):
To see my (Darwin) results of the Feb. 23 – 26 tour go to our Flickr Stream or click on the photo below.
Samantha came along on the last tour (Feb. 29 — Mar. 3) and we’ll post our results from that tour next week. Thanks for looking! If you’re interested in the 2013 winter tours, check out this link for more information.
Below is a wee slide show of participant photos from the ongoing Winter in the Canadian Rockies Photo Tours. After our workshops and tours, we share the great images made by our participants with the whole world. Be sure to stop by each of the participants’ websites to see more wonderful images! If you can’t join us for a future winter tour, you may want to learn more about some of the locations in the Canadian Rockies that we visit by checking out our Special Places eBook, Kootenay Plains and Abraham Lake Winter Edition. We hope you enjoy the slide show.
For the HD version of the slide show go to this link
On January 28, 2012 Dave Brosha and a few of our photography friends went out on a windy Alberta day to make some environmental portraits of Talyn Stone. Wayne Simpson led the charge by making some Gothic-themed photos of Talyn along a line of silhouetted trees on a country road. While Wayne was shooting, the wind was totally epic and Peter Carroll and Samantha had to put some backbone into keeping Wayne’s light from blowing into Saskatchewan!
Once Wayne was ‘winded’, Dave took over. I’m sure purely for safety purposes only, he asked Talyn to go without clothes — you don’t want buttons and buckles and such banging about in the wind injuring people. Right Dave?
Peter Carroll continued photographing Talyn in the trees but he went for a softer, more romantic look. Samantha was up next creating some of her trademark ‘small person in the big landscape’ images. Branimir Gjetvaj documented the whole adventure and I ended the session doing fisheye portraits of Talyn on a lonely, dead end road.
Check out the video below for all our adventures and the finished images. If you want to see the video larger go to the oopoomoo TV video channel.
Peter Carroll gives Wayne Simpson a ‘hand’ while Dave Brosha assists with the light.
I show Talyn how it’s done. She never ended up using this pose. I wonder why?