November Theme Challenge – “Waterfalls Again”

This month I encourage you to create an image using slower shutter speeds to show motion in water. Now that we are getting some rain the streams and rivers are starting to show signs of water again, so it’s a great time to get out and try taking waterfall images. Spend the time creating a good composition, you will be rewarded with not only great images but a nice relaxing adventure listening to the water.

Choosing the right weather conditions is important when to go out shooting waterfalls, overcast conditions or early morning as well as late in the day when there is dappled light works very well. Even on damp days just before it starts to rain or just after, the colours appear more saturated especially in the fall adding even more to your final image.

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f/16, 1.6sec, ISO 100, @24mm

Shutter speed is typically chosen in relation to the amount of water that is flowing. If there is a lot of water the shutter speed does not have to be as slow. With less water the shutter speed needs to be a bit slower to show the motion. Some like the slow shutter speed effect because it gives the viewer a calming feeling. In the images below you can see the water appears smooth but still shows detail, this adds the dimension of motion to the image. Remember you want the water to appear white but not over exposed, so watch your histogram and highlight alert.

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f/11, 1.3 sec, ISO 100, @24mm

The use of a circular polarizer filter will help take the sheen off the water as well as the shine off the rocks, and also prove a bit more color saturation. Think about your shutter speed to create the look you are going for, if you use too long of a shutter speed your water may no longer show any detail and just be complete white mist. The more water which would typically cause the water to move faster you would not use too slow of a shutter speed. Using a circular polarizer also reduces the light by 1 to 1 1/2 stops of light helping to get a slower shutter speed.

Don’t limit yourself to one composition or wide angle lens, use a longer focal length (zoom lens) and even vertical compositions to isolate the scene to reach places you are not able to physically get closer to. Spend time working the location, these simple techniques will help you create a different image such as the one shown below.

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f/11, 0.6 sec, ISO 50, @110mm

When using slower shutter speeds, you will need to stabilize your camera typically using a tripod, gorilla pod, or platypod. Even setting your camera on a solid surface works if it provides an acceptable composition. In any case use caution at waterfall locations, wear good rubber boots so you don’t slip and fall on the wet rocks especially with wet leaves in the fall.

As far as camera settings go start with your lowest ISO, typically 100, set your Aperture somewhere between f/8 – f/16 to obtain a shutter somewhere between 1/4 sec to 2 sec. Your ideal shutter speed is dictated by how much water and how fast the water is moving. Check your images to make sure your images have the right balance between silky smooth and detail.

Your focus point is determined by the depth of field required to ideally have a sharp image from front to back. In general if you are using a wide angle lens the hyperfocal distance should be close to 1/3 into the scene. Please refer to my blog posts on focusing Depth of Field and hyperfocal distance. If you are using a longer focal length, focus on the main subject and take into consideration the depth of field when choosing your aperture, focal length and how close you are to the subject.

If possible clean up any debris that would distract from the image. However, sometimes this is not possible as seen in the image below. The small branch that was on the rock to the upper left I was not able to reach to remove it.

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f/16, 1/8 sec, ISO 100, @24mm

Students are encouraged to develop their ability to tell a story or invoke an emotion, as well as how to plan and troubleshoot while creating their images. As such it’s important to not only create the image but to also include a “title”, and write a short paragraph about; how they came up with the idea, any interesting back ground that compelled them to make the image, and describe any techniques on how they overcame any obstacles.

As always with our monthly theme challenges we try to seek out an instructional resource, below are some YouTube video links to help with some important tips, hints and ideas.
Waterfall Photography instructional aids:
Photographing waterfalls with landscape photographer Sarah Howard of Image Seen: by Sarah Howard (10min 28sec)
How to Photograph Waterfalls – Landscape Photography Waterfall Tutorial: by David Johnston (15min 3sec)

An important part of improving your photography is practice, which is one aspect of the monthly theme challenge, in addition you have an opportunity to learn about different genres, techniques and tips.

Episode 14 – Guy LeBlanc – Memramcook, New Brunswick

Podcast Episode #14 – Oct 15, 2022

In this podcast interview we will be talking to Guy LeBlanc, an Amateur Portrait and Nature Photographer, currently based in Memramcook, New Brunswick.

You Can Learn Photography Podcast Episode 14 – Guy LeBlanc (mp3)
©Guy LeBlanc

Hi, my name is Guy LeBlanc, born December 8, 1982, the 5th of 6 siblings. For as long as I can remember there was photography in the family. My mom and dad had wanted to record their family growing up. My mom bought a Canon TX and took a basic photography class. I still have my mom’s old camera. I think my first camera was a simple point and shoot with 35mm film. So, I’ve always been interested in photography but never enough to study it and take it very seriously. My interest really developed and took off in 2016. I was going through a transition period in my life after suffering a Post Traumatic Stress Injury due to accumulated incidents at work. I wouldn’t leave the house except to exercise my dog.

With this turn of events, I became very close friend with my neighbor Norbert Dupuis as he would come over to exercise his dog with mine. I should mention that Norbert has studied and done photography for over 40 years. After several months of having dog play dates every day, Norbert suddenly asked me if I was interested in learning photography. My reply was, I don’t have a camera and can’t afford one. That didn’t deter Norbert, he simply told me to take out my cell phone and I started learning the basics of photography. After seeing how eager I was to learn, Norbert did the most generous act of kindness. He gave me my first digital camera. It was a Canon Rebel; I believe the first of the rebel series. He no longer used it as he had upgraded. This is when my love and passion really took off. I must say that I owe a great deal of gratitude towards Norbert for what he did for me. Photography has helped me greatly in my recovery. Other than photography in my spare time I like to build model cars, play guitar, go hiking, bird watching.

I don’t have an official business yet, but I do post on Facebook @Guy&TangoPhotography. I got the name from a friend whom I had ask for help to come up with a name for my page. She mentioned I should name it whatever I had taken most pictures of, that was easy. My dog Tango, and the name was put together.

You can follow Guy’s work and learn more from the following link:
■ Facebook: @Guy&TangoPhotography

The photographer Guy mentioned for inspiration with Horse images, during the podcast, is “Josee Talbot” who can be found via the following links:
■ Website: talbotphotoart.ca
■ Facebook: TalbotPhotoArt

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The Music snippets that you hear in the intro and outro of the podcast is from “upbeat-motivation-corporate” by M-Dewala on Pixabay Music.

October 2022 Theme Challenge – “Fall Colour”

This month I encourage you get outdoors to experience the fresh cool air and create an image taking advantage of the Fall Colour. Spend the time to enjoy nature, be patient and you will be rewarded with not only great images but exciting experiences.

When shooting Fall Colour consider your shutter speed in relation to the amount of wind because the leaves move with the wind. In the images below you can see the water is calm providing reflections because there was not much wind, therefore your shutter speed can be a bit slower allowing for a lower ISO for a higher quality result.

Watch your RGB histogram, it’s easy to over expose the Red channel because of the vivid colour. An overcast damp day provides perfect conditions, use a circular polarizer to minimize the reflection from the leaves to get a more saturated colour with better contrast.

Don’t limit yourself by just using a wide angle lens, use a longer focal length (zoom lens) to isolate the scene and reach places you are not able to physically get closer to.

Fall is a great time to photograph waterfalls as well. Use your polarizing filter to minimize reflections and select a shutter speed that smooths the water but still maintains texture in the water. To get slower shutter speeds, go earlier in the morning or later in the day when there is less light, or try using a 2 stop or 3 stop neutral density filter. Take the wide angle shots but also get those intimate shots as well by using a longer focal length or getting closer to the subject.

If the opportunity arises, capture a portrait. Remember if you are taking a portrait of someone you don’t know ask them if it’s ok, and you may also want to get their email address so you can send them the photo.

As always check the result on the camera display by zooming in and around the image to make sure it’s sharp, review the RGB histogram, and check the composition for minimal distractions to make sure everything is just right before you consider being finished taking your image(s).

Students are encouraged to develop their ability to tell a story or invoke an emotion, as well as how to plan and troubleshoot while creating their images. As such it’s important to not only create the image but to also include a “title”, and write a short paragraph about; how they came up with the idea, any interesting back ground that compelled them to make the image, and describe any techniques on how they overcame any obstacles.

As always with our monthly theme challenges we try to seek out an instructional resource, below are some YouTube video links to help with some important tips, hints and ideas.
Fall Colour Photography instructional aids:
7 Photo Ideas to instantly Improve your Autumn photography: by Nigel Danson (15min 17sec)
5 photography Tips to ensure your Autumn Photos are Amazing: by Nigel Danson (10min 44sec)
Photography in the Woods | Autumn Colour: by Thomas Heaton (21min 16sec)
Autumn Landscape Photography Tips and Techniques: by Landscape Photography iQ (5min 36sec)

An important part of improving your photography is practice, which is one aspect of the monthly theme challenge, in addition you have an opportunity to learn about different genres, techniques and tips.

Episode 13 – Shane Gross – Nanaimo, British Columbia

Podcast Episode #13 – Sep 15, 2022

In this podcast interview we will be talking to Shane Gross, a Canadian marine conservation photojournalist and Co-founder of the Canadian Conservation Photographers Collective currently based in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

You Can Learn Photography Podcast Episode 13 with Shane Gross (mp3)

Shane’s childhood passion for sharks has grown into a love for everything that lives underwater. Telling long-form narratives about the ocean and human’s impact on her, both positive and negative, are what drive him. 

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Shane’s Fun facts:

Shane is available for photography assignments, and speaking engagements. “I hope you’ll take the time to look at my images and read the stories behind them. Our oceans are in real trouble because of our collective actions. Let’s use our skills, talents and abilities to make real conservation change. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with anything. I want to help“. 

CBC News The National – Shane Gross Capturing humanity’s impact on ocean life (10 min 7 sec)

Shane’s latest book is available for purchase Bahamas Underwater

If you’d like to support Shane’s work directly via Patreon please click here. Thank you!

You can follow Shane’s work and learn more from the following links:
■ Website: shanegross.com
■ Instagram: @shanegrossphoto
■ Facebook: shanegrossphotography

Image Showcase: From your podcast app click on this link to the images which will automatically use your browser.

Shark Kids – Shane Gross a Marine Conservation Photographer (59 min 29 sec)

The Music snippets that you hear in the intro and outro of the podcast is from “upbeat-motivation-corporate” by M-Dewala on Pixabay Music.

August Theme Challenge – “Summer Fun”

Sorry for the late post this month. The theme challenge for August 2022 is “Summer Fun“. This month the assignment is to go out and enjoy summer and while you are out capture what’s going on around you. We’ll show some examples below but you are certainly not limited to just these ideas, it’s just to get you thinking. Let’s see what images you create this month.

If you want to share your image there is no facility to upload your image here, however just paste your social media link to the image in your comment and we’ll be able to see your image. Please note comments are moderated so it will not show up right away, however we do get a notification when any comment is posted so it won’t take long to get approved and subsequently show up. By posting your social media link of your image in your comment, it gives everyone visiting the bog a chance to not only see your image for the challenge but also the ability to look at your other work as well by visiting your social media through your link. We want sharing to be a positive experience and we hope you have fun this month with this challenge.

As you are out and about this month observe what is going on around you and capture what you see you think would be fun or someone having fun. The first image of the girl on the beach would be a great subject to represent someone having fun. However, let’s be clear here this was my grandchild so it was no problem to photograph her because I had her parents permission, but please do not take images of children unless they are yours or related and still make sure you have permission to photograph them by their parents and leave the sharing online to them unless they have hired you to take the photos and you have a signed model release, even then keep the safety of the child in mind at all times. The second image of the dog was taken at a local beach and who was enjoying playing fetch with it’s owner. Introduce yourself and ask if the owner minds if you take photos of their dog, and remember to get their email so you can offer to send them a photo or two as a thank you, they will appreciate it.

Looking at the next image, when was the last time you flew a kite? They can be very interesting and colourful and if there are some clouds with blue sky for a great background your image will be even better. There are so many flowers this time of year, flowers are a difficult subject but take your time and you’ll have a lot of fun. Think about composition, perspective, and a clean background and you’ll come away with some great images.

The shorebirds such as sandpipers and piping plovers should be migrating soon and you’ll be able to go to a beach and get an opportunity to spend time with them and capture some great images. Have some fun yourself and remember do not chance the birds, observe them to see what they are doing and go sit where you think they are going to go. Wait for them to come to you. They will come very close if you stay still and wait. Be patient and you will be rewarded. Remember to get low as possible, sit kneel or even lie down on a sheet of plastic or blanket.

With our monthly theme challenges we try to seek out an instructional resource, below are a few YouTube video links to help with some hints and ideas.

This Month’s Photography instructional aids:
How To Photograph Shorebirds: by Simon d’Entremont (12min 7sec)
My 8 Best Tips for Flower Photography: by Micael Widell (8min 9sec)

Students are encouraged to develop their ability to tell a story or invoke an emotion, as well as how to plan and troubleshoot while creating their images. As such it’s important to not only create the image but to also include a “title”, and write a short paragraph about; how they came up with the idea, any interesting back ground that compelled them to make the image, and describe any techniques on how they overcame any obstacles.

An important part of improving your photography is practice, which is one aspect of the monthly theme challenge, in addition you have an opportunity to learn about different genres, techniques and tips.

Episode 12 – Jason Dain – Halifax, Nova Scotia

Podcast Episode #12 – Jul 15, 2022

In this podcast interview we will be talking to Jason Dain, a Wildlife, Landscape and Night Sky photographer, currently based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

You Can Learn Photography Podcast Episode 12 – Jason Dain (mp3)
©Jason Dain

Jason Dain is an Information Technology professional in the Natural Resources sector. Jason is a passionate birder and photographer who got into birding about 7 years ago when he got a new digital camera and started taking pictures of birds and learning more about them. Jason enjoys birding around the St. Margaret’s Bay area where he lives as well as other areas all over the province. As part of his work, Jason travels to different places around the world and has had the privilege of birding on 5 of the 7 continents.

Jason has been involved with Astrophotography for just over 4 years. He started with photographing the Milky Way and progressed into multi-night Deep Space object photography. Jason has had his photographs published in print and online internationally and has been recognized with 2 NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day awards for his work.

You can follow Jason’s work and learn more from the following links:
■ Instagram: @dainjason
■ Facebook: jasondainphotography

As mentioned in the podcast about ethical birding and nature photography, here is the link to The American Birding Association Code Of Ethics.

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The Music snippets that you hear in the intro and outro of the podcast is from “upbeat-motivation-corporate” by M-Dewala on Pixabay Music.

July Theme Challenge – “Boats or Cars”

The theme challenge for July 2022 is “Boats or Cars“. This month the assignment is to go out and take images of “Boats” and/or “Cars”, whatever you have access to, and at the same time you’ll enjoy some exercise while out for a walk around your local town. The best time to take these types of images is not in the middle of the day as the light is too harsh unless your subject is in the shade. The best time is early in the morning or later in the day and even better if there is some type of atmospheric condition that will enhance your image. Let’s see what images you create this month.

If you want to share your image there is no facility to upload your image here, however just paste your social media link to the image in your comment and we’ll be able to see your image. Please note comments are moderated so it will not show up right away, however we do get a notification when any comment is posted so it won’t take long to get approved and subsequently show up. By posting your social media link of your image in your comment, it gives everyone visiting the bog a chance to not only see your image for the challenge but also the ability to look at your other work as well by visiting your social media through your link. We want sharing to be a positive experience and we hope you have fun this month with this challenge.

The first image of a the boats in the fog creates a nice clean background and with no wind allows us to see the reflections in the water as well. The second image of the sail boat was taken as the sun was setting and the moon was rising. In this case the timing of this type of shot requires a bit of planning and it only happens once a month where the moon is rising about 15-20 min before the sun is setting. remember the earth is moving so the moon will appear to be moving in the sky on a vertical angle left to right, so your composition may be changing slightly as you take multiple shots. In this case you also need an adequate smaller aperture (larger Fstop number) and focus on the island to get the boat and the moon within acceptable focus. In addition capture at lest one or two images while focusing on the moon as well just in case you choose an incorrect aperture.

You can take images of boats at a wharf after dark if there is enough artificial light. The first image the artificial light is included with a star burst created by using a small enough aperture between f8 and f16. The tricky part is getting the right exposure, so make sure you take enough images as you are adjusting your exposure to ensure you get the shot. You also need to consider the movement of the water which will blur the boats if the shutter speed is slow, (greater than 2-5 seconds), you may require to use a higher ISO to allow an increased shutter speed and then use noise reduction in post processing. The second image not only had artificial light but also the moon was rising within the clouds which adds more mood to the image and with a single exposure the moon is a bit over exposed however I decided to maintain this exposure because its was what I experienced while taking the image.

The images of the blue and maroon cars shown below were taken with a DSLR with different lenses. The first image of the blue car was taken with a zoom lens at 180mm from across the street to get a better composition than what I could attain than being close with a wide angle lens. The second image of the 1948 Willys Jeep Overland Station Wagon was taken again with a zoom lens at 120mm to limit the view of the subject as the background outside of the composition was too busy to include in the image. Take time with your compositions to exclude anything in the background that is distracting as much as possible.

The next set of car images were taken with a iPhone 11 promax. The first image of the 1948 Willys Jeep was taken using the 2x lens which is equivalent to 52mm to again isolate the subject as much as possible to minimize the distracting elements from the composition. The image of the 1943 International KB-1 half ton truck was taken using the 2x lens to again isolate the subject as much as possible. The next image with the reflection of the three vehicles was also taken using the 2x lens to again isolate the subject as much as possible. If you do not have a 2x lens you can always use your 1x lens and then crop the image accordingly to remove distracting elements, but remember to try many different compositions to achieve the best image possible and also keep in mind the tilt of the camera phone to minimize the perspective distortion which is exaggerated the closer you get to the subject.

If you are struggling with composition trying to remove distractions or people you can always get close and take detailed images by finding ornamental objects or patterns such as the following images shown below.

With our monthly theme challenges we try to seek out an instructional resource, below are a few YouTube video links to help with some hints and ideas.

This Month’s Photography instructional aids:
Car Show Photography Tips: by Tony & Chelsea Northrup (6min 35sec)
Photography Tips: How to find the right camera settings – think like a photographer: by Mike Browne (11min 30sec)

Students are encouraged to develop their ability to tell a story or invoke an emotion, as well as how to plan and troubleshoot while creating their images. As such it’s important to not only create the image but to also include a “title”, and write a short paragraph about; how they came up with the idea, any interesting back ground that compelled them to make the image, and describe any techniques on how they overcame any obstacles.

An important part of improving your photography is practice, which is one aspect of the monthly theme challenge, in addition you have an opportunity to learn about different genres, techniques and tips.

Episode 11 – Tracy Munson – Hillsborough, New Brunswick

Podcast Episode #11 – Jun 15, 2022

In this podcast interview we will be talking to Tracy Munson, an international award-winning professional photographer, currently based in Hillsborough, New Brunswick.

You Can Learn Photography Podcast Episode 11 – Tracy Munson (mp3)
©Tracy Munson

Tracy Munson is an international award-winning Canadian photographer, specializing in pet portraiture and fine art nature photography. She has earned a Master of Photographic Arts designation and multiple Accreditations from the Professional Photographers of Canada.

While living in Toronto, Tracy took every opportunity to escape the city and her rewarding but stressful job in one of the country’s largest Animal Shelters. For many years, she travelled Canada in a tiny car, with a large man, a tent, and two chihuahuas. After seeing it all, Atlantic Canada kept drawing her back and in 2018 she escaped city life for good, relocating to beautiful Albert County, NB to pursue photography full time.

Her work has been published in books, calendars, and magazines and has been displayed in gallery shows within Canada and abroad. Winner of multiple image competition awards, including 2 National Best In Class (Pictorial/Floral 2017, Animals 2021), and Atlantic Region Photographic Artist of the Year the past 4 consecutive years (2018-2021).

You can follow Tracy’s work and learn more from the following links:
■ Website: tracymunsonphotography.com
■ Instagram: @tracymunsonphotography
■ Facebook: tracymunsonphotography

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The Music snippets that you hear in the intro and outro of the podcast is from “upbeat-motivation-corporate” by M-Dewala on Pixabay Music.

June Theme Challenge – “Golden Hour”

The theme challenge for June 2022 is “Golden Hour“. This month the assignment is to go out during the “Golden Hour” and enjoy capturing some images when there is amazing light.

The “Golden Hour” is the time of day that is the hour after sunrise or the hour before sunset. This is when the sun is closer to the horizon and is casting warm light on the landscape and your subject. You determine how you want the landscape or subject in the light depending on the angle of light cast on the landscape or subject to your camera. This is also the time of day where you can make use of the shadows to add depth to your images.

Below we’ll talk through some examples of golden light images, which will hopefully give you some ideas for this month’s challenge. Although the examples shown below are of landscapes and wildlife you can also shoot portraits in this type of light as well, especially side or back-lit portraits. The concept is to use the warm light to enhance your subject so consider your camera position in relation to the subject and the light.

Let’s see what Golden Hour images you create this month. If you want to share your image there is no facility to upload your image here, however just paste your social media link to the image in your comment and we’ll be able to see your image. Please note comments are moderated so it will not show up right away, however we do get a notification when any comment is posted so it won’t take long to get approved and subsequently show up.
As an example; take a look at the sample comments for an Instagram image and Facebook image at the bottom of the September 2021 Monthly Theme – Water blog post. By posting your social media link of your image in your comment, it gives us, or anyone visiting the bog, a chance to not only see your image for the challenge but also the ability to look at your other work as well by visiting your social media through your link. Again the comments here are moderated, we want sharing to be a positive experience. We hope you have fun this month with this challenge.

The first image of a Willet perched on top of a damaged lobster trap, that had washed ashore, was taken at a low angle to get the subject in a clean background. This time of day with the warm light gives an orange colour to the feathers which during normal daylight would be brownish gray with white. The warm light also provides a great background colour. Remember to focus on the bird’s eye. This was shot with a longer focal length, 600mm, and with an aperture of f/7.1 creating the creamy blurred background in the image.

We don’t see American Robin’s very often at the beach close by where we live unless there is some seaweed on the sand where they can forage for insects. In the golden hour light it enhances the rusty red colour of the Robin’s breast feathers and also casts a long shadow which enhances the dimension of the bird. The background slight blue colour of the water is a complementary colour to the bird and the warm sand colour so the background also blends in well with this image.

The image of the Great Blue Heron, is in silhouette due to the Golden Hour back light. It’s not always necessary to see detail in your subject as seen here you can still recognize the bird because of it’s shape which is also enhanced by the reflection in the water. The subject was placed in the bottom center to provide some symmetry for the golden water above and surrounding the bird.

The grass shown below is in part of a local swampy area in Blandford Nova Scotia, known as the dipper pond, which can be beautiful with golden light. You can also see the various shadows cast by the grass creating areas of interest due to the light being closer to the horizon. Taking this image was intended to be more about the colour and shadow. Also shot with a 1/15s shutter speed to get a slight sense of movement on some of the grass as the wind was blowing it around, which can be seen in a few areas. The wood post is the only remaining part of the fence, which has been deteriorating for quite some time, in that area of the swamp.

If you happen to be out in a boat in the early morning or early evening you might get a chance to capture the golden light on the waves from the wake created behind the boat as you’re streaming to your destination. This image makes use of selective focus to have the middle part of the image the sharpest.

This next image shows golden light hitting Percé Rock at the end of day taken from The View Point of Percé Rock on Cape Mont Joli which can be a peaceful spectacular sight, taking in the Northern Gannets as they are flying around the rock and diving in the bay. The shadows on the rock are created as the sun gets even closer to the horizon, during sunset as the sun is dropping behind Mont Saint-Anne. Percé Rock is located in the town of Percé on the Gaspé Peninsula, Quebec, Canada.

With our monthly theme challenges we try to seek out an instructional resource, below are a few YouTube video links to help with some hints and ideas.

Golden Hour Photography instructional aids:
Landscape Photography Tips and Techniques – Capturing Light During The Golden Hour: Visual Art Photography Tutorials (9min 14sec)
Landscape Photography In Golden Hour: by Steven Hanna – Landscape Photography (7min 44sec)

Students are encouraged to develop their ability to tell a story or invoke an emotion, as well as how to plan and troubleshoot while creating their images. As such it’s important to not only create the image but to also include a “title”, and write a short paragraph about; how they came up with the idea, any interesting back ground that compelled them to make the image, and describe any techniques on how they overcame any obstacles.

An important part of improving your photography is practice, which is one aspect of the monthly theme challenge, in addition you have an opportunity to learn about different genres, techniques and tips.

Episode 10 – Dennis Minty – Clarke’s Beach, Newfoundland

Podcast Episode #10 – May 15, 2022

In this podcast interview we will be talking to Dennis Minty, a professional photographer, educator and author, currently based in Clarke’s Beach, Newfoundland/Labrador.

You Can Learn Photography Podcast Episode 10 – Dennis Minty (mp3)
©Dennis Minty

Through mindful and heartfelt photography, Dennis Minty wants to help others connect with nature to cultivate joy, wonder and respect for the world around us.

Dennis Minty has been making images since age 12, but he did not embrace photography as his main career until after a 30-year professional life as a wildlife biologist and environmental educator.
In this role, he designed, established and managed Salmonier Nature Park in Newfoundland, the province’s only wildlife rehabilitation facility and a premier nature education centre. His work in environmental education (EE), for which he received a Governor General’s Medal, included authoring three books, developing school curricula in both Canada and other countries and training teachers to incorporate EE into school learning.

After his career as a public servant and international consultant, Dennis turned to his life-long passion, photography, and made a new, successful career of it. “I think that everything we do in life can help shape our vision, ethics, skills and commitments. All of these are ingredients of image-making.” Dennis immerses himself in nature through photography. “The two are inseparable,” he says.
He strives to make his work quiet, contemplative, evocative and filled with light. “My goal in creating an image is, not simply to document, but to inspire an emotional response in the viewer that might echo what I feel when I am making the image.” His work has been called “soul-stirring”, “poetic”, “inspiring” and “profound”, and has been praised by people like Shelagh Rogers, Margaret Atwood and Freeman Patterson.

Besides making his own photographic images, Dennis loves to help others make their own and improve their photo skills. Informal teaching has always been part of his careers and now he uses this skill-set in photography.
Since 2002 Dennis Minty has been working with Adventure Canada as a naturalist and photographer in Atlantic Canada, the Arctic, Antarctica, New Zealand, Galapagos, Iceland, the Faores and Scotland.
In his work with Adventure Canada, he encourages people to see more creatively and capture images of the trip that will have a lasting emotional appeal. As well, he coaches folks on the fundamentals of photography. On shore, he continues the photography coaching, but also does nature interpretation, from marine mammals to seabirds to the botanical landscape of the Arctic. His goal is to deepen fellow travellers’ understanding of their destinations.

Currently, Dennis practices his photography by selling his work as fine art prints, publishing his work in various magazines and websites, leading small group photo tours and workshops predominantly in Newfoundland/Labrador and offering private photography lessons.
Dennis loves his home province, Newfoundland/Labrador and delights in sharing his knowledge and stories with fellow travelers. “To belong to a place is a gift. And I have
been blessed with a profound and abiding sense of belonging to this place on the eastern edge of the country.”

Besides his educational books, Dennis has authored six photographic books, his latest being, Slow Photography, Images with Intent.
In 2016 he was inducted into The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s College of Fellows.
Dennis resides in Clarke’s Beach, Newfoundland with his wife, Antje Springmann, and various pets and farm critters that come and go through the years. He is very proud of his three grown-up children and seven grandchildren.

Dennis Minty’s latest book Slow Photography, Images with Intent was discussed on the podcast and can be purchased via payhip.com as an eBook in PDF format from the following link: Slow Photography, Images with Intent by Dennis Minty

You can follow Dennis’s work and learn more from the following links:
■ Website: mintynaturephotography.ca
■ Facebook: facebook.com/dennismintyphotography
■ Facebook: facebook.com/dennis.minty
■ Dennis Minty Prints: market.newfoundlandcanvas.com/dennisminty

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The Music snippets that you hear in the intro and outro of the podcast is from “upbeat-motivation-corporate” by M-Dewala on Pixabay Music.