#329 Polo Photography

Our photo students challenged their skills on our weekend workshop at the first annual Peanut Polo Cup in support of Canine Rescue efforts.

Peanut Polo Photo Workshop

Galloping horses, cute puppies and fast paced action offered the cameras plenty of play. Shooting the event, students learned to:

  • manage equipment
  • choose appropriate tools for their task
  • freeze unique speeding subjects
  • balance shooting the event – much of the action is off the field
  • stay comfortable for optimal shooting all day

Peanut Polo Photo Workshop

Vistek‘s equipment offer allowed students to test new equipment.

It was a full day.

Stay tuned for more polo photos in the days to come:

Peanut Polo Photo Workshop

Peanut Polo Photo Workshop

Peanut Polo Photo Workshop

Peanut Polo Photo Workshop

#328 Community Fun – Photo Contest!

I occassionally get asked to help with a community event and, when time permits, I help.

This summer our local community paper – ‘The Low Down‘ – asked me to short list their summer photo contests open to readers. Anyone is asked to vote on the final top ten.

Voting ends on Sunday – this is your chance to select the winner!

View the Photo Contest entries.

#327 Additional dates for David Trattles workshop

Our workshop with David Trattles and Canadian Geographic filled up with lightning speed. Dave is a mild mannered, superman of the social documentary photo world.

David Trattles & Jean Chretien

We have scheduled a second session at Canadian Geographic Headquarters in Ottawa to fit his busy schedule. Same price ($375 + taxes). Same agenda. The new workshop dates are:
October 5 (eve),
October 7 (eve),
October 9 (eve),
October 10 (afternoon), 2009.
(approximately three hour sessions)

Workshop Details

David Trattles Social Documentary Photo Workshop

#326 Painting with Light

Today I found a fun article on painting with light by the prolific Chase Jarvis. Light painting has been around for a while but people continue to experiment with new ways to play!

Read the Chase Jarvis article.

• See some different examples of the wild world of lights at night, below…

1. Taking advantage of available light:

Night Light

2. Light Driving – do not try this at home:

Light Driving

3. Complex scenarios including light painting, existing lights and HDR effects from a student on our workshop:

Night Light

#325 Photographing Artwork for Promotion

We’re pleased to announce we will be presenting a workshop through Wallack’s Art Supplies: “Photographing Artwork for Promotion.”

Wallacks Art SUpplies

Promoting artwork on your website or submitting photos to a juried show, gallery or other art organization takes quality work and quality photographs of your work. Creating appropriate photos can be done inexpensively with simple equipment.

Photographing Artwork

We will be teaching and demonstrating the ideas behind documenting artwork at Wallack’s Nepean store on Sunday, September 20th, 2009 in the afternoon.

There are only 25 spots available – they are charging just $25 per person.

Please register through Wallacks.

In the spring we presented a similar session to the Ontario Craft Council.

Ontario Craft Council

Ontario Craft CouncilMarch 2009 Conference

Sara Washbush of the Craft Council wrote:

Harry’s workshop was one of the main attractions for attendees… Harry’s presentation was full of simple effective solutions, explained in a fun and lighthearted way.

If you missed that opportunity you have a second chance!

#324 World Press Photo 09

Thanks to everyone that came to our Gallery Visit last night. We saw the World Press Photo 09 traveling exhibit at the Canadian War Museum and followed up with discussions at Pubwells.

If you haven’t seen the exhibit and have any interest in photojornalism or social documentary work – act fast! The exhibit is in town only till August 26th.

On another note check a new photo site – theBlackSnapper.com –  billed as “Your daily dose of inspiring photography from around the globe.” It’s worth an investgative photo look – they have a neat rotating gallery idea, too.

#322 Student Success

In a week and a half students are testing their sports photo skills at Augusta Stables’ annual Peanut Polo Cup – thundering horses playing polo.

I got an email from a former student with exciting news.

The Peanut Polo organizer, Kathy Mills, will be interviewed on Bob FM 93.9 on Fri Aug 28th, at approx 7:20am. Listen to the interview by Sandy Sharkey.

Sandy, former photo student, was invited to a media launch for the Peanut Polo Cup last weekend and tested her photo skills, below. Pretty good, eh? Check Sandy’s blog for more photos. Nice work Sandy!

Polo photo

Sandy Sharkey shooting Polo

#321 Reminder

Remember, remember – coming this Thursday:

Group Gallery Visit – World Press Photo 09

Thursday, August 20th, 2009 – 6:30pm
Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Place, Ottawa

Meet in the main lobby

Gallery Cost: Free Museum entry after 5pm

See some of the finest photojournalism and press photography of the year as we soak in “World Press Photo 09.”

See you there,
Harry

#320 Becky Mason canoe photos

This morning I continued work on a long term project and photographed Becky Mason at Meech Lake. Becky is a well known paddler having covered vast kilometres of canoe routes. She teaches ‘Classic Solo Canoeing’ and is also an accomplished artist currently exhibiting at the Cube Gallery with her husband Reid McLachlan.

After the work I captured some candids of Becky in the boat:

Becky Mason

Becky Mason

Yes, it was a fun morning!

Harry