6 January

Best of the 2017 Daily Themes – #selectivefocussaturday

For the last few months of 2017 we challenged our oopoomoo Creatives Facebook group with submitting works to a daily theme. For Saturday the theme was #selectivefocussaturday. Below are some of our favourites from the Saturday submissions. Congratulations to all for inspiring work!

Be sure to click on each image to see them larger for full effect. And if you want to participate in our daily challenges be sure to sign up for our oopoomoo newsletter and get our Born Creative eBook for free!

©Avi Cohen

©Brian Hayward

©Darlene Willment

©Diane E Weiler

©Gerry Hiebert

©Janice Kretzer-Prysunka

©Katherine Keates

©Keith Walker

©Lloyd Dykstra

©Mrinal Das

©Pam Jenks

©Riana Vermaak

©Riana Vermaak

©Shaun Conarroe

©Tom Nevesely

©Veronica Reist

2 January

Best of the 2017 Daily Themes – #terrifictreestuesday

For the last few months of 2017 we challenged our oopoomoo Creatives Facebook group with submitting works to a daily theme. For Tuesday the theme was #terrifictreestuesday. Below are some of our favourites from the Tuesday submissions – this was one of our most popular themes!

Congratulations to all for inspiring work. Be sure to click on each image to see them larger for full effect. And if you want to participate in our daily challenges be sure to sign up for our oopoomoo newsletter and get our Born Creative eBook for free.

©Ann Nickerson

©April Henrikson Daly

©Bernice MacDonald

©Chris Baird

©Chris Bone

©Darlene Perkin

©Derek Chambers

©Don Wotton

©Doug Blunt

©Gail Burstyn

©Gail Burstyn

©Gerry Hiebert

©Katherine Keates

©Keith Walker

©Lloyd Dykstra

©Mike Kapiczowski

©Pam Jenks

©Phyllis Fitzsimons

©Sean A. J. Simmons

©Sheila Wiwchar

©Tom Nevesely

©Wayne Simpson

1 January

Best of the 2017 Daily Themes – #morningbluesmonday

For the last few months of 2017 we challenged our oopoomoo Creatives Facebook group with submitting works to a daily theme. For Monday the theme was #morningbluesmonday. Below are some of our favourites from the Monday submissions. Congratulations to all for inspiring work!

Be sure to click on each image to see them larger for full effect. And if you want to participate in our daily challenges be sure to sign up for our oopoomoo newsletter and get our Born Creative eBook for free!

©Avi Cohen

©Christophe Potworowski

©Diane E Weiler

©Janice Kretzer-Prysunka

©Keith Walker

©Keith Walker

©Linda Mellstrom

©Mike Kapiczowski

©Royce Howland

©Royce Howland

©Tom Nevesely

©Wayne Simpson

31 December

Lights of the Season

For December we challenged our oopoomoo Creatives Facebook group to interpret the theme #lightsoftheseason. Below are some of their results that we liked best.

Congratulations to Drake Dyck who we think did the most creative interpretation of the theme. Drake wins a copy of our eBooks: The Icefields Parkway Winter Edition and Kootenay Plains and Abraham Lake Winter Edition.

If you are interested in participating in our monthly photo challenges sign up for our newsletter and get our Born Creative eBook for free!

©Drake Dyck

©Drake Dyck

©Barb Kreutter

©Barb Kreutter

©Barb Kreutter

©Barb Kreutter

©Carol James

©Carol James

©Dave Williamson

©Dave Williamson

©Fran Gallogly

©Fran Gallogly

©Jane Chesebrough

©Jane Chesebrough

©Jane Chesebrough

©Jane Chesebrough

©Nancy Coffey

©Nancy Coffey

©Pam Jenks

©Pam Jenks

©Pam Jenks

©Pam Jenks

©Ralph Croning

©Ralph Croning

©Robert Skoye

©Robert Skoye

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

 

14 July

Inspirations – Deborah Ehrens- The Garden and Brook Project

Here at oopoomoo our tagline is Create, Inspire and Educate. Our inspirations blog category is where we feature work from other photographers that we think fits all three of our tagline verbs perfectly. The Garden and Brook project from Deborah Ehrens is one such project. Deborah explains more about her project:

Last fall I noticed for the first time the remarkable similarity of line and shape of hosta leaves in my garden and the ripple geometry of one of my favorite brooks.  It inspired me to bring the two together – and watch how the water and leaves interacted with one another. It required lots of experimenting with ways to hold plant material in moving water, new levels of photoshop to bring out the magic I saw, and some near misses disasters when rambunctious dogs nearly knocked my tripod into the brook…  But the rewards were pretty wonderful:

©Deborah Ehrens

©Deborah Ehrens

©Deborah Ehrens

©Deborah Ehrens

©Deborah Ehrens

©Deborah Ehrens

To read more about Deborah’s project be sure to check out her project page which includes a lovely video with more images.

If you have an inspiring project or series of photos or body or original creative work you want us to consider for Inspirations send us your photos (700 pixels in the long dimension) and a write up plus your website.

7 May

The Forgotten Fifty (using my least used lens, the 50mm f1.4)

Out of all the lenses I own or have owned, the least used lens in my collection is the 50mm prime (in this case a Canon 50mm f1.4). This poor little lens gets left home a lot, or when taken it’s rarely pulled out. I feel sorry for it.

I tend to favour wide angle or a telephoto lenses in my photography. I like the way these lenses push perspective and mess with the eye. A 50mm lens is kind of boring by comparison… or maybe it’s just me and my lack of vision with this lens. After all, some of the greatest photos taken in the history of photography were made with a 50mm prime and a 35mm camera!

With this in mind, I am giving myself an assignment. I’m going  to take my 50mm lens on every photo outing this spring and summer and it will be the main lens attached to my camera. I also plan to go on some major outings with only the 50mm lens in my bag – yikes, very scary for me! No tilt-shift lenses, no telephoto zooms, no fish-eye lens!  I am hoping this exercise with the 50mm prime will stretch my creativity by narrowing my gear choices.

Samantha and I have an article on the self-assignments in case you want other ideas that are not as scary as using one lens!

Here is a collection of some of my rare 50mm prime images made before this creative exercise. I will post new images over the spring and summer and you can see how I progress (or regress) with my self-assignment!

©Darwin Wiggett - Mount Rundle and Two Jack Lake, Banff NP

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett - Ontario country road

©Darwin Wiggett - Mistaya River, Banff NP

©Darwin Wiggett - Litter

©Darwin Wiggett - Tombstone, Yukon

©Darwin Wiggett - Winter near Cochrane

©Darwin Wiggett - Storm near Airdrie, Alberta

©Darwin Wiggett - Samantha on Golden Ears, Yukon Territory

©Darwin Wiggett - Reflection

©Darwin Wiggett - Flammable

©Darwin Wiggett - Wall and shadows

©Darwin Wiggett - Urinal

©Darwin Wiggett - Drips

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