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Sunday, December 26, 2010

December 26 - Boxing Day in Canada

Well, for alot of people that means shopping not for me!!  I refuse to get anywhere near a shopping mall, LoL  But I did want to get out and do a little shooting and I did.  Found a couple great old cars to shoot .. didnt get the greatest shots but I decided that I would make one of the images in to a "Curve Creation" which I haven't done so in a long time.

Then decided it might be interesting to take some shoots of Downtown Calgary and of the Chinook Arch.  It is interesting to see how much Calgary has changed in recent years. 

And of course I wasn't the only one out!!  It was a Dog's Day Out!! Haha 

He was a happy guy!  Ran after the red furizbee (?? Hmmmm...) the entire time I was there shooting!!  So I would say it was a good morning. 

You can checkout the rest of the images in the following album "Out and About".

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Day Project

I had a friend ask me if I would be willing to design a simple birthday poster ... you know one of those ones where there is a great photo of the person and then there is room for the guests to be able to sign it.  So I like doing such things but sometimes the creative juices are just not working!!  But today I was luck.

I came up with this first one, just a quick little lay out, pink & purple with a heart and it was so simple and clean that I thought it would work out pretty good.

She said she like hearts, and she is a sweet person so I decided hearts it is.  Well, then of course I just couldn't do just one poster I had to 2 ... who knows there might just be a 3rd one there somewhere too!!

I photographed Jamilee in late spring this year, on one of the very few nice spring days we had here in Calgary.  And the above 2 photos I used are my favorites so I am having a very hard time deciding which ones I like.

Well, that was my Christmas Day project ... and that was about all I did today.  I hope everyone had a Happy and Safe Christmas!!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Wednesday Morning Coffee League

I have finished up all of the photos from this years Bowling Teams.  And I am quite happy with them this year. 

Looking forward to having the chance to photograph these ladies again next year.  Its been alot of fun. 

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Big Group Photo

Well, today I did up the last of the bowling teams photos as well as the Big Group Photo.  This is an easier then said kinda of photo ... to get everyone, which is about 55 people, to listen, and in a good spot and not to hide, haha!!  But it is a fun photo because you can get some really interest reactions and great smiles.  So I thought I would share a couple of images from todays little shoot.

All these folks are wonderful people and I am so thankful that they have let me come in and take there photos for the last 3 years. 

Thank you All ... you are all Beautiful People :)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Another Year, Another Round of Bowling Photos

Well, another year has gone by and I have had the great opportunity to photograph the Ladies of the Wednesday Morning Coffee League. They are all awesome and I can really see the difference between my knowledge and how much more comfortable the ladies have become having they photos taken. Love the fact that they are willing to give things a try, this year I bought in some step stools so that I can get some different heights. It makes the photos much more interesting and the shorter ladies got to be the tall ones, which rather made their day, I think. LoL
On another note, I am looking forward to shooting out at the Millennium Lanes in Okotoks, Alberta on the evening of March 4, 2011. There is a tournament going on and I will be shooting all of the teams ... should be fun. And a good little workout because it will be shooting and printing at the same time, so it will be an interesting evening.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Playing with Dried Flowers

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So, I wasn't sure about this little project but decided I would give it a try. I had picked out a few of the flowers from my garden that made it through for first autumn frost to dry. Mainly, because of the pretty colors that were in the flowers. The flowers dried beautifully and I decided that maybe photographing them might create some interesting photos. In the fall, I purchased a simple grey background for doing product shots on, a neutrel background so that it isn't over powering the shot. And as always, there are all sorts of little treasures in my basement; where I found 2 pieces of slate rock that my Mother (who is the painter in my house) picked somewhere along the way. I cleaned up the rocks which I than used to support the flower and helped to add just a little extra to the image. The lighting was just my simple continuous light which I either brought forward and backed up a little to create some shadows etc. Needless to say I am rather pleased with the out come. I have a few more images that I want to edit and put up to share with you.

Check out the other flowers:  Dried Flower Album

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Fair Fall - November 2010

Well, meant to write a little note ages ago regarding my first try at a craft fair.  Now, in the grand scheme of things it was successful to me.  I got my name out there and people some of my photos.  It was a very cold day and people weren't out and about very much but it was there was a fair trickle of people.  I did see a few of my co-workers at the fair which made me quite happy.

My set up at the fair.  A combination of my photos and my Aunt's photos.

I look forward to giving this a try later on in the new year.  I would like to try a farmers market at sometime just to see how that goes.  And there are some interesting weekend fairs through out the spring/summer/fall here in Calgary that I want to give a try.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Help Portrait - Calgary

"Help-Portrait is a movement of photographers who are using their time, equipment and expertise to give back to those who are less fortunate this holiday season."

Help Portrait will be held December 3, 2011 ... Looking forward to being part of it next year.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Fall Holiday Fair

Hi All;

I will have a table with some of my photos at Marlborough Park Community Hall on November 21, 2010 from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

There are many over vendors as well, so it would be a great place to start your Christmas Shopping.

Marlorough Park Community Hall
6012 Madigan Drive NE
Sunday, November 21, 2010
10.30am to 3.30pm

Come and Check it out!!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Ottawa, Canada

October 21, 2010

Ottawa, Canada

The Last of the images from my trip to Ontario. We spent an afternoon in Ottawa, which was just not long enough. So the decision was made to head down to Rideau Canal and check things out. Was even lucky enough to see a couple of boats go through the Canal, connects the city of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on the Ottawa River to the city of Kingston, Ontario on Lake Ontario.

The day we arrived in Ottawa was only 38c, in the shade so I didn’t do a lot of wandering around outside. When we first arrived, we went for lunch and decided just to snoop around in the mall. And then headed out to find Rideau Canal, passed by Fairmount Laurier, what a beautiful building.

We decided that it would be really rather a neat experience to go in and have a drink in the Laurier. We decided to wander around the Laurier, to check things out and did get some interesting interior images of some of the rooms.

I had a great time on my holidays and it was just to short. Its been a very busy fall, and looking forward to heading with my camera as much as possible.

Checkout the images at the following address:



Friday, October 8, 2010

New Canon G11 - Images

I purchased a new Canon G11 for my little everywhere I go it goes Camera.  And so far I am quite impressed.  I am going to take it with me this weekend and give it a good workout just to see how it goes :)

I was hoping for another creative outlet which I think I have found.  I always wanted something that I could take with me on an ongoing basic but my big Canon 40D is not always good for that.  I have also wanted to be about to do video too.  It will be something new and interesting to learn to edit video ... should be interesting to do :)

Just a few images from todays testing and walkabout.  The leaves and colors here in Calgary are just about gone but still some pretty spots.


I love the trees right now, they almost look like veins.  I pulled this image into Photoshop and turned the background white and the trees black but not with the Black and White layers option but through Camera Raw.  Ok confused yet, me too!!  And then I did a soft blur.  I rather like it and going to have it printed just to see what it will look like.

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I was a beautiful day to be out and I really enjoyed my little walk.  I need to learn to do this more often than I do. 

Well, the weekend will be filled with photos, turkey and family. 
Have a Very Happy Thanksgiving Everyone.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Beautiful Day for a Photo Shoot

Spent a little time with some old friends I havent seen in a long time.  Jamie is a friend of a gal I use to work with and for ages we have been trying to work out a little time to spend together so that we could take some photos.  Well, today we finally had the chance to do so.  I remember Jenna when she was just a baby and I was just starting my photography pursuits and was to "Chicken" to do her photos :)

Jenna and Jamie were awesome models today ... the autumn colors I think suit them both very much.  We played in the leaves which I havent done in years!!  And it was so much fun!!

One of my Favs from todays shoot.


Check out the rest of their Album, Still have more photos to go which I will work through over the weekend.
Jenna and Jamie - October 2010

I look forward to trying this again!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Little Rocker

The beginnings of one of my Story board images for my class.  Had so much fun with this, looking forward to work through all of these images.


Check it out over the week, will be adding more images.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Evening Shooting in Beautiful Light

I am currently taking a class at ACAD here in Calgary called the Creative shoot. And Monday night we experimented with evening light.  I had forgotten how pretty it can be to shoot in, only had about 15mins but I love the images I got. 

One of my favorites is below:


Could you ask for anything more, other than I wished it would have lasted longer so we could have experimented with other locations but hey that is the way it goes.

Please check out the rest of the images from evening:  Class Album

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Ontario Travels - Knapps Country Market

Spent an afternoon at Knapps Country Market, where we had lunch and picked up something for supper which was really good.  Knapps is both a country farmers market and a nursey, where we wandered about taking photos for quite a while.  There was some great scenery and neat details to photograph.

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Check out Knapps Website to see all the different things they provide: http://www.knappscountrymarket.com/

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Ontario Travels - Ribfest in Guelph

Went to this thing call Ribfest in Guelph, well if you like ribs you would have been in heaven!!!  There had to have been at least 10 to 15 boths that you could choose from and it was all really good.

We decided to wander around the grounds as well as in to the park where we found some really great scenes.
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We ventured off into Riverfront park, where there was some great reflections as well and find a great old dog who was out for his evening walk with his mate.  He was quite happy to let us take his photo and to get a good itch behind his ear.
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Check out the Album: Ontario Travels 2010

Monday, September 13, 2010


Well, I posted a little note regarding Andrea much early this summer but hadn't had a chance to edit up her photos.  Finally, I was able to work had more of her photos and decided to post the ones that she really liked first.  I still think it is "All about the Eyes" with her, she has great eyes that just pull you right in. 

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We decided to try out the bubbles with her to ... that was a fun experiment that turned out not to bad.  We both had fun with this shoot and really enjoyed coming up with some new ideas for Andrea.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

BC & AB Travels - Day Five & Six

Well, I haven't written the last 2 days but I do have a little time this evening we decided to stay 2 days in Kaslo, BC.  Which is just a Little town on Kootenay Lake, that has some really neat little shops that you must visit before 5pm or they unplug the street lights and roll up the streets. LoL

I dont have all of the photos done up yet from our travels around the Kaslo and Nelson area.  We travelled across on the ferry from Kootenay Bay to Balfour.  That is one twisty whiny road!!!  Pretty scenery along the way. 

Today, we went to Nelson BC ... didn't see alot there but picked up makings for lunch.  Nelson is built all on the side of hill/mountain so the roads are interesting to navigate!!  Then travels lakeside all the way back to Kaslo, through Slocan, New Denver, and several other little towns along the way.

Went into Kokane Provincial Park, where we were able to see the Salmon spawning.  Salmon only live for 4 years.  So these were at the end of there life cycle and were heading back up stream to lay their eggs and died.  The park ranger said that there was a bear that was in the creek the night before having supper.

Candles from Creston Candle Factory.  Neat little shop, to bad it will be shutting down if it isnt sold.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

BC & AB Travels - Day Four

Great day!!  We travelled from Cranbrook, through Yahk where we stopped and I took photos of a couple old hotels which is about all there is at Yahk.  And then on to Creston, where we picked up fresh tomatos and fresh buns and well that was supper and man was it good!!!

Also went through the Historic Town of Moyie, this is another neat little place.  Everything is right on the side of the road, old fire hall and the "Road House" which was rather interesting.  The Road House wasnt open but sure has some character to it.  Made for some great photographic opportunities.

Great old ford truck outside of the Road House which I dont think has moved in many years. 

We are currently staying at Crawford Bay.  Not far up the road is the old mine of Roindel, where my great uncle Pat Vance use to work, many many years ago.  Drove by the old house they use to live in as well, which is at the village of Kootenay Bay.

Sorry, no photos this evening will post a few tomorrow.  Need a early night, :)


Monday, September 6, 2010

BC & AB Travels - Day Three

Day Three and all is Good!!  We have stayed the last 2 nights in Cranbook where we have been staying in a half of a house with three rooms, 1 bedroom, bedroom/living room and a kitchen/bedroom which is rather unique, hahah :)

Today, we went off to Fort Steele heritage site which was interesting to go through.  Check out the site, it has some neat stuff on it: http://www.fortsteele.ca/


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This was a great couple of hours wandering around checking out the old buildings, the animals, bakery (which had some great cinnimon buns) and just seeing how things were.

Then it was off down the road to Wasa Lake which at many times we have been there was just packed with people.  Well, today, the beach was empty and there was just one brave soul out walking.  When we all got out of bed this morning it was only +4c.  Wasa Lake is one of those places I remember from when I was a kid, I won of button for running in the Sand Castle contest. LoL

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Then off down the road again we all went to Kimberley, BC, which has an alphine village feeling to it.  It is a neat little places to photograph and go shopping in.  Only had a few minutes to shoot and off course hit the fudge shop!!!

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

BC & AB Travels - Day Two

Today, was a rather soggy wet day but it did dry out here and there so that we can do a little sight seeing with out getting to wet.

Stopped off at the Kootenay Trout Hatchery and fed the fish, hahah.  There were several large trout out front in a pond that one could feed and well they were fed quite well.

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"The Kootenay Trout Hatchery is operated by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, a non-profit agency that operates five trout hatcheries and a fish health unit in BC.
KTH opened in 1966 - since then it has raised 125 million trout, char, kokanee and white sturgeon."
Site:  http://www.fortsteele.ca/rates/othertodo/kootenay-trout-hatchery.asp

The fall colors have arrived in the Kootenay Valley, just light touches here and there but soon Autumn will be in its full glory here.

Before supper, we decided to go for a drive and went up to Jim Smith Lake.

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Then we went down the road a little ways to Moyie Lake, which we will be going by again in a couple of days.  And through the historical town of Moyie, which looks like have some really great old builds which I am looking forward to photographing.
Walked along the shore of the lake which was beautiful but definitely not swimming season anymore.  There is spring that bubbles up in the sided pool which was interesting to see and wish I could have gotten closer.

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BC & AB Travels Album

Saturday, September 4, 2010

BC & AB Travels - Day One

Well, off we all went to BC for the week to get away.  And it was a beautiful day to go, the great southern Alberta Blue Skies with awesome puffy white clouds.


Make down through Nanton Alberta in to the Crowsnest Pass area with Frank Slide is located.  Didnt stop at Frank Slide this year but did stop at the Burmis Tree again to see what kind of shots I could get with my wide angle lens ... and I think I was successful.  Will post these images when I can.

Check out the album for this trip at the following address:

Spending the evening at Fernie BC, neat little town, havent been here in a long time, and really dont remember much of it.  Looks like a great places to be if you are a skier however :)