Recently I had the chance to travel to Winnipeg Manitoba. I had enough time to visit the Canadian Museum for Human Rights while I was there. Why did I choose to visit such a place when going to museums wasn’t a thing I usually do? Someone told me I should if I get the chance. So, I did.
It was a little depressing as I looked at all things we humans do to each other. I think animals treat each other better – even with a pecking order.
The museum is eight stories tall and full of the atrocities we do to each other. There is a bright side to the museum though. The fight against the evil by the courageous people that stand up against the oppression.
That much was enough to make visiting this place something to put on your bucket list. I figured I only need to two hours of parking but alas, I needed more time and had to rush out. When you visit it, give yourself four or five hours and take your time to go through it.
We took a little road trip on Saturday. Followed Highway 16 east till we decided to go home. Along the way we stopped at the Ancient Forest parking lot to have a look at the changes there. Wow. Lots and lots of new parking and a new picknic shelter is there.
In fact I used the shelter for some abstract images. I’ll have to go out and try again with a tripod and a little more care. These ones didn’t work as well as I had hoped for them to. Still, they look OK.
We saw many bears along highway 16 but I could never get my camera focused and on target with a sharp enough image. Sorry, no bears for you today!
OK the two day workshop is over and on Monday I went out and took a few pictures. Putting into practice what I learned from Chris Harris’ “Meet Your Inner Artist” workshop (I recomend it by the way).
I chose these images because I liked the colouring and the effect. Some are multiple exposures with motion to achieve some level of abstractness. Only one image is a full abstact and I actually like it the most – yet I really like the other ones too!
I wanted to enhance the natural beauty of a stand of aspens. This multiple exposure brought out the dreamy feel.
In this image I wanted to share the contrast between two birch logs and the green brush above them. I love how it turned out.
Well, not everything can be perfect – I still like it though. It’s a few birch trees with green brush at their base. I was simply trying to find things with contrast and try the new techniques out with my camera.
The Prince George Photographic Society arranged with Chris Harris to come to Prince George and do a workshop on abstract photography. Harris is an excellent photographer who has published several books on British Colubia’s interior with his images. You can learn more about Harris at https://www.chrisharris.com/. We are very lucky and happy to have him here talking, sharing and demonstrating how he experiments with abstract photography.
After spending the morning listening to Harris explain the how and why, while viewing his images we headed out for practical experience ourselves – with Harris always present and helpful.
While my practice images today are not fully abstract, I am happy with the results.
It was nice learning how to do something I never imagined doing before and it was fun learning and putting into practice a new technique. Since my camera can only do three multiple exposures at a time I thought I wouldn’t get great images. But as a fellow particpant pointed out (who had the same camera as me) we can do overlays within camera. Painting, Bently Centre, and Vanes are two images, each composed of multiple exposures then overlayed in camera.
I’ve only processed the images by slight cropping, contrast, colour adjustments, filters and/or sharpening/blurring a little. Each image is a result of multiple exposures in camera. More images are in my flickr share at https://www.flickr.com/photos/kwgagel.
I went with the Prince George Photographic Society went to Drew Drop Alpacas on Saturday March 10th, 2018. The alpacas were all really lovely and obviously well cared for.
I’m very happy with my new photo editing software. I spent most of the winter playing with it and getting used to using it. It is allowing me to do far more and faster with my images. If you’re looking for something yourself, check out ON1 Photo Raw 2018. I’m really impressed with the “perfect erase” tool. The alpacas all had a lot of hay/straw on them and the erase tool was really useful to remove alot of it from the images.
I spent a little time walking through the pathway I made looking for things to take pictures of. Stopping every few feet and just looking. Some things I think are interesting but didn’t bother to develop those images. Some things I thought might be nice to share. So, here is a little slice of our heaven with more in my flickr share here http://www.flickr.com/photos/kwgagel
In October the Prince George Photgraphic Society went to Alan’s Scrap Yard here in Prince George. It’s not really my kind of place for insperation – still, I tried to get some shots I could use for a little abstract work.
I found out about On1’s RAW photo processor and thought I’d give a try. I decided to process these images using it and it’s filters/effects. Here are a couple images, the rest as usual are in my flickr share here https://www.flickr.com/photos/kwgagel