Our winner this month’s photo contest… is Willa Mason for her photo of a wild turkey feather.
Why did she win?
Well, it’s a classically good photo – strong leading lines and triangles – but what she says in her supporting text (see below) about observation skills tipped the photo over the edge to win!
Photo contest winner - Willa Mason
“I came across this wild turkey feather while on a walk on my Aunt & Uncle’s farm in Orton, Ontario.
It instantly caught my eye because of it’s unique stripes, I like this photo because I think it shows a simple thing that some people wouldn’t even give a second glance, but when I took the time to look at it closely, and observe the texture it made me wonder, because I never would have guessed that turkeys have striped feathers!
Nice work WIlla! For her fine photo Willa wins a Canadian Geographic Magazine Subscription. Congratulations!
Canadian Geographic Magazine
This is the final instalment of monthly photo contests this year. A big Thank-You to prize donators – DaveAndrews.ca, Canadian Geographic and Gwyn/Andrew Batchelor. And a special Thank-you to everyone who took the time to enter and share!
Stay tuned – the contest will return in 2012!
Visit our annual Open House:
Ottawa Studio Works
160 Preston St, Ottawa
Saturday, December 3rd, 2011 – 7pm onwards
Why should you come:
• Gift ideas – anything from cards, posters to fine art prints to photo courses & safaris – something to fit any budget.
• Do it for the Dogs! – We’re collecting money and food for the West Quebec SPCA.
• Limited Edition Cupcakes. Yum.
• See a selection of our student’s work.
• Enjoy the funky festive atmosphere with tunes by DJ Ron LaVoie.
• Sneak Peek – get a preview of 2012’s ‘Watershed’ photo exhibition – photographs along 8km of a watershed.
What more do you need?!
Hope to see you at Ottawa Studio Works, 160 Preston St – December 3rd, 7pm.
Ottawa Studio Works - Open House & Print Sale
On Sunday our photo studio was featured on the tv show Ruby.
A family came in to try our DIY Portraits while the tv cameras rolled. See the segment by clicking and navigating to the bottom right and clicking “J’aime Ottawa Studio Works.”
C’est en francais.
Ruby TFO visits Ottawa Studio Works
Yep, That’s right, Kevin Foisy‘s “Love through the Lens” opens at Ottawa Studio Works on Friday, November 25th. Make it fast – it’s a one night show!
Where: Ottawa Studio Works; 160 Preston St., Ottawa
When: Friday, November 25th, 2011; 7pm onwards.
Perth area art photographer, Kevin Foisy, combines traditional and new photographic tools to create images of love that combine the literal with the abstract. ”Love through the Lens” features recent works, each connected by a theme of love; love of nature, love of fellow man, love of family, love of life.”
Art Exhibition - Ottawa Studio Works
Kym Shumsky filled one of our DIY portrait sessions and brought in two strangers as part of her ‘100 strangers project‘. One photo below – see more of Kym’s strangers from her DIY session on her ‘100 strangers‘ site – LeMien.
Thanks for sharing on our photo blog, Kym! It was a pleasure to have you in our studio!
DIY Portraits - Ottawa
DIY Portraits - Ottawa
Santa’s coming to town!
He’s here for all the dogs and the cats and their humans.
Details for “Pet Photos with Santa”:
SPCA of Western Quebec
659 Auguste-Mondoux, in the Aylmer sector of the city of Gatineau.
Sunday, December 11th;
11:30 – mid afternoon – get their early!
Bring a furry friend and a donation ($15 minimum) for a photo with Santa!
Rex the dog was so excited with Santa he wanted to show he could fly with Rudolph!
The Aylmer SPCA – technically the SPCA of Western Quebec – is a no-kill animal shelter. Some shelters euthanize animals when they run low on space/time/money. This means SPCA of W Quebec is under greater $ pressure to care for all animals that come in. Killing them is not an option!
They also receive no public/government funding and relies solely on adoption fees and donations to cover all costs incurred in operating the shelter, and providing all of the necessities to their animals.
This SPCA is also where our lovely Biscuit was introduced to us.
Biscuit on the Blog
It’s time for our annual gift buying suggestions and this year we went straight to our readers to ask what YOU wanted for Christmas! So, if you have gifts to buy for the photographer on your list read our photo gift suggestions!
We are also excited to be helping the dogs and cats at the Aylmer SPCA again – we are donating our photo services on Sunday, December 11th from 11:30-4pm so YOU can have a photo taken of Fido and Santa. This is an important fundraiser for our furry friends!
photo gift buying suggestions + Santa photos!
Sooo, we just got back from Toronto on a mini vacation – few days of leisure to charge the batteries.
What did we do?
There was some professional development and a few photo worthy items for the photo blog:
• iPad at the ROM
We visited the Royal Ontario Museum where we saw medieval armour, many animals and David Hockney’s iPad/iPhone exhibition that is pushing the art medium forward. The most interesting part of his exhibition for me was to see what people are doing with new technologies.
• Centre Island Visit
We met an old friend for lunch and he suggested going to Centre Island for a walk and coffee. I haven’t been there since maybe 1978 and wasn’t sure what to expect. It was perfect fall weather and as day turned to dusk the whole of Toronto started to light up like our annual fall Night Light Photo Workshop. It was stunning. I’d show you the photos except I didn’t take any (I was with family and friends and had no camera)! I LOVED the spectacle and would love to go back with the sole purpose to shoot.
• Toronto Skyline
I visited the roof top deck of our hotel and saw potential for a stunning series of shots similar to the the variations photo in a recent Exposed! photo newsletter – but, sigh, I didn’t even bring a tripod.
Although I’d love to have shot the spectacle (and found a market for the work) sometimes recognizing the potential and the desire to shoot is a good reminder that I still love what I do. That’s a good sign!
I DID bring some basic equipment and took some photos of a very fine subject – our young son and his super mom. We both took some photos while in our hotel. Below is my favourite of the set – photographed by my wife at EXACTLY the right moment.
Harry gets punched on his nose!
We’re back in the office in Ottawa on Monday – with charged batteries.
We have another graduate from our ProProgram and we would like to celebrate Lou Truss‘ successes on our photo blog.
Lou entered the program with basic skills and aspirations to work as a photographer. Her photos have blossomed and her confidence has bloomed.
Lou Truss - Photo Course graduate!
I love seeing the difference in student’s work from beginning of the program to the end. And Lou worked hard through many photo classes and workshops.
See her photos throughout this blog post. Visit her website. Cheer her successes!
“ Yay, I have finally completed the Pro Programme which took a little longer than planned! I guess that’s what makes the Pro Programme so special as it caters for your needs.
For me, It fitted perfectly around a young child and a husband that travels alot with work.
The last two years has been an amazing journey. It has allowed me to do what I love most… take pictures with confidence as well as the knowledge I have picked up on the Pro Programme.
It’s been an incredible journey – I’ve met some amazingly talented people on the way.
Lou Truss - Ottawa Photo Course graduate!
Thank you Harry for opening my eyes and giving me the confidence to follow my dreams.”
Thank YOU Lou. We are cheering for you. Please blow your trumpets to congratulate Lou’s successes!
Stay tuned for Lou’s photo exhibition at Ottawa Studio Works in September 2012.
Lou Truss - Ottawa Photo Course graduate!