#414 Coming Clean

Ok, I’ve been absent from the blog-bligations for most of the week and it’s time to come clean.

“Official Story”

Officially I said I was taking some rest after three weeks of fun work. By ‘rest’ I would like to infer:

  • sleeping in late
  • a long ski in the afternoon
  • dinners out

“Real Story”

… but in reality I got smacked with something that has knocked me off my feet. This is unusual for me! I am slowly recovering and will be getting the blog up to full speed over the next week.

Coming soon:

  • Workshop sneak peeks
  • Assignment Spotlight
  • Student Successes
  • Art show announcement
  • Tips and ideas from the world of photography according to Harry

I thought of doing a self portrait from the infirmary but decided to do an artistic impression instead:

Photo Portrait

Artist's Impression Portrait

#413 Rest…

We just finished three very fun weeks of work (proposals, teaching, shooting) and are taking a couple of days to rewind – We’ll be back on the blog soon with adventures.


#412 Facebook

We have had a fun filled few weeks teaching Fundamentals, Natural Light Portraits and Studio Lighting sessions as well as regular photo work.

Over the weekend I was asked to join the Facebook page  for “Harry Nowell’s Alumni Photo Club” set up by Prasad, one of our regular students. I feel honoured!

Join the group or search Facebook for “Harry Nowell’s Alumni Photo club”and stay tuned to see what others are doing with their photography.

Thanks Prasad!

Teaching about use of flash - Ottawa

Teaching about use of flash - Ottawa

#411 Quiz Winner!!

The winner to our quiz was Hagen who correctly answered:

… in reverse order (that’s the key to figuring it out)
#3 little tripod mount attached to the rear wheel hub, a panier frame and perhaps the seat post (or another spot on the panier frame).
#2 f16 based on star burst, distance from focal point and depth of field
#1 either 1/30 or 1/15s for bike motion and exposure with the sun directly in the frame.

Nice work!

#410 Photo Quiz – Banff Film Fest Ticket Prize!

Coming up Monday, January 25th is the annual Ottawa showing of the “Best of Banff Film Fest” at the Bytowne Theatre. It’s a fun event with some wild films on outdoor sports.

We have one spare ticket and will give it away to a clever photo detective. All you have to do is answer the questions based on the photo below.

The winner will be drawn from people with reasonably correct answers. Please email your answers to Harry@HarryNowell.com including contact info – name and phone or email address – by midnight January 21st. Name will be drawn January 22nd. If we cannot find you (quickly and easily) we will draw another name! Winner will be announced on the blog.

The questions:

  1. What was the shutter speed used? Explain rationale.
  2. What was the aperture used? Explain rationale.
  3. Describe the placement of the camera.

Reasonably correct answers will qualify for the draw. All decisions are final!!

The Photo:

A self portrait taken taken in Gatineau Park near Black Lake.

Ottawa bike photo contest

Ottawa bike photo contest

Good luck!


#407 The pirates and portraits

Aargh! Shiver me timbers.

We started the first winter session of Natural Light Portraits last week. A second session starts Wednesday.

One of our ProProgram students captured, erm, me looking like, erm, a pirate at the practical session on Saturday and took the liberty to have some fun with the photo in post production.

Hagen says:

Yesterday we had the main shoot portion of the Natural Lights workshop. One of the nooks I was photographing in had a great background. And Harry naturally cruised in to bestow some much needed wisdom 🙂

Anyway, with his mug, I instantly thought of pirates! I don’t need to explain why.

Erm, thanks Hagen, I think!!:

Portrait workshop ottawa

Portrait workshop ottawa

#406 Assignment Spotlight

Recently we were approached by business partners who wanted some portraits done to support their work. They wanted both traditional corporate headshots as well as some photos showing them discussing work while away from their office.

They were fun to work with and were pleased with the collection of work they will be using.

Photo Assignment spotlight ottawa

Photo Assignment spotlight ottawa

Photo Assignment Spotlight Ottawa

Photo Assignment Spotlight Ottawa

Photo Assignment Spotlight Ottawa

Photo Assignment Spotlight Ottawa

#405 New Workshop – Studio Portraits with Andrew Balfour

It’s arrived.

Busy Ottawa portrait photographer, Andrew Balfour, is offering his expertise in studio portraiture at his studio in the Glebe with models.

Portrait by Andrew Balfour

Portrait by Andrew Balfour

Andrew brings his 25+ years of portrait experience to share with YOU! Andrew has worked with he Supreme Court of Canada, the Bank of Canada, the Senate of Canada. He has won two CAPIC Awards of Merit for Editorial Portraits.

Join us for the Studio Portrait Workshop with Andrew Balfour:

Thursday, February 25, 2010 (eve)
Saturday, February 27, 2010 (day)

Andrew’s Glebe studio, Ottawa, Ontario

$300 + $25 model fee + applicable taxes

Andrew Balfour - Portrait Photographer

Andrew Balfour - Portrait Photographer