4 August

7/365 Mentorship Project – Niru Karia Abstracts the Beauty in Flowers

This summer, several keen photographers set aside their precious time to work on an intense online mentorship project with us. Rather than loll on the beach with a summer paperback, these intrepid photogs braved the heat, laden with camera gear, to create a unique photo project of their own. Niru Karia is one of our students who completed the 7/365 – The Mentored Photo Project course. Self-described as a “baby” in photography, you wouldn’t know from Niru’s work that she has only been photographing for a year!

©Niru Karia

Niru’s project was to explore and photograph the shape, colour and texture of flowers. This involved skills such as composition and learning to see. Niru gave us permission to share her work with you so we can all enjoy her careful observation and artfully abstracted images.

©Niru Karia

©Niru Karia

©Niru Karia

©Niru Karia

©Niru Karia

©Niru Karia

©Niru Karia

©Niru Karia

©Niru Karia

Interested in your own intense, one week photography mentorship? Dates for fall 2017 are now open. Don’t miss the early bird pricing!

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11 April

And the Winner of our Spring Photo Portfolio Is…

Gerry Hiebert!

It was a tough decision – so many inspiring, unique images entered into our March oopoomoo Newsletter challenge! But we felt there was one portfolio that really gave us hope that spring might be finally here, and that was Gerry Hiebert’s impressionistic, interpretative take on this the season of new beginnings.

©Gerry Hiebert

©Gerry Hiebert

What colours do you envision when you think of spring? The fresh green of new grass pushing through the golden straw of yesterday? The blush of fruit blossoms against the purple willow of winter? In a sense, spring and fall are seasons perhaps best described not as entities into themselves but times of transition. That is part of their excitement, the juxtaposition of what is with what is coming.

©Gerry Hiebert

©Gerry Hiebert

©Gerry Hiebert

©Gerry Hiebert

So that is why we get kinda excited around here when we see an artist working with themes that also explore contrast in such an original way. Using Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) in most of his images, and a soft, bejeweled colour palette, Gerry’s collection perfectly captures the hint of new growth overlaying the old. We are given an impression of what might be left behind and what is yet to come. And isn’t that the bittersweet hope of spring?

©Gerry Hiebert

©Gerry Hiebert

©Gerry Hiebert

©Gerry Hiebert

Gerry wins one of oopoomoo’s Personalized Portfolio Reviews and we look forward to seeing more images from this creative artist. If you want to be informed about our next photo challenge be sure to sign up for the oopoomoo newsletter.

29 September

Images from the Glory of Autumn Photo Workshop

We just wrapped up our Glory of Autumn photography workshop in the Canadian Rockies. We had a great group of photographers with diverse interests – watch the blog for a sampling of their photos from the workshop coming soon! Here are a few shots that Darwin and I made during the workshop.

A little scouting before the workshop began seemed a good idea.

Fire burn, Kootenay Plains, Alberta, Canada

Darwin photographing the colourful underbrush in an old fire burn. ©Samantha Chrysanthou

Aspen trees, Kooteny Plains, Alberta, Canada

The colours starting to turn. ©Samantha Chrysanthou

Abraham Lake was full! The shoreline scattered with leaves made for unique shots.

Abraham Lake, Alberta, Canada

A brimming lake surrounded by fall colour…what more could you ask for? ©Samantha Chrysanthou

Aspen Trees in Autumn Colours, Abraham Lake, Bighorn Wildlands,

©Darwin Wiggett

Reflections, Abraham Lake, Alberta, Canada

A more abstract take on Abraham Lake. ©Samantha Chrysanthou

We had fun playing with the glorious aspen colour.

Aspen Trees in Autumn along the Crescent Falls Road, Crescent Falls

Beauty, roadside. ©Darwin Wiggett

Aspen Trees in Autumn Colours, Abraham Lake, Bighorn Wildlands,

Did we mention the lake was full? ©Darwin Wiggett

Aspen trees, Kooteny Plains, Alberta, Canada

A neutral density grad filter helped get longer shutter speeds here. ©Samantha Chrysanthou

Aspen Trees in Autumn Colours, Abraham Lake, Bighorn Wildlands,

Make it a pano – Darwin’s 90mm tilt shift lens makes it a snap! ©Darwin Wiggett

Aspen Trees in Autumn Colours, Abraham Lake, Bighorn Wildlands,

The floods last year caused serious erosion on Abraham Lake. ©Darwin Wiggett

We each tried to shoot beyond the ‘classic’ landscape image.

Whitegoat Lake showing Mount Stelfox (right) and Elliot Peak (left), Kootenay Plains, Bighorn Wildlands, Alberta Canada

White Goat Lake reflection. ©Darwin Wiggett

Kootenay Plains, Alberta, Canada

Subtle fall colours in the meadows… ©Samantha Chrysanthou

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