May 2015

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May 2015

Adventure Canada 

National PPOC Gala

Kettle Valley Workshop

  

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Adventure Canada Photographer

Without a doubt, the most exciting opportunity of my photographic career is the invitation to join the Adventure Canada family! This magical company offers expedition travel experiences to remote Canadian landscapes and communities in the Arctic and East and West coasts of Canada. Their relatively small ship (200 passengers) is able to navigate waterways unavailable to large cruise ships and the flotilla of zodiacs aboard enable passengers to land daily on landscapes otherwise inaccessible since there are no docks.

It's an intimate travel experience enriched by the resource staff Adventure Canada assembles for each journey — including archaeologists, culturalists, award-winning musicians, writers and filmmakers (to list just a few). Margaret Atwood, for example, is a staffer who travels annually and has even written a story aboard an excursion which was published in the New Yorker and is now being made into a film.

I'm overwhelmed with gratitude to be given the chance to be on the staff for two excursions: Circumnavigating Newfoundland 2015 and Newfoundland and Wild Labrador 2015. As part of the crew I will drive zodiacs, guide people on photographic excursions, conduct onboard workshops and provide  presentations. I'll also create promotional images and document historic sites. If you are interested in joining me on either of these excursions, please check out Adventure Canada for more information.

Remnants
Hebron, Labrador
September 2015
 
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National Professional Photographers Competition

Niagara Falls, Ontario

Each year in April, the national PPOC holds its annual conference and reveals the winners of its Photography Competition at an Awards Gala. This year the conference was held in Niagara Falls, Ontario and it turned out to be a very rewarding experience. Having spent the early years of my life just a 20 minute drive away at my grandparents home in Welland, I was struck by the depth of emotion aroused as I explored this strangely foreign yet familiar landscape.

It was a particularly cold winter this past year and the American side of Niagara Falls had actually frozen over. The remnants of the ice still remain in May as seen in my photograph above. I thought this was just the way it is every year, but was told by local people that it's quite rare. Fortunate timing for a group of Canadian photographers to have such an interesting foreground subject to combine with the Falls compositions!

I was honoured this year to be one of seven photographers nominated for the grand award of National Photographic Artist of the Year. To receive this award, an entrant must have all of their submitted images accepted (more than half are routinely rejected) by a panel of judges from around the country and these images must be from at least three entirely separate categories, such as Animals, Fine Art and Pictorial. Being close to my parent's home of Burlington, it was a thrill to have them attend the Gala with Rosanna and myself to see th winners announced. This years winner, Louise Simone, created beautiful digital paintings from photographs, a style of art I have also been working towards. I'm glad to see it embraced by the photography judges.

This picture, Evening Perch, received much acknowledgement from the panel of judges winning two Judges Choice Ribbons, an honourable mention for Best in Class — Pictorial and was one of the 40 top scoring images from the entire competition to be designated "Loan Collection, chosen to represent the best of Canadian Photography."

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I must confess I love this picture, not because I created it, but because the evening really did look like this, and might well again tonight while nobody is looking. The best reward of landscape photography is being present in natures's glory while creating a lasting image. Beautiful  moments are all around us, all the time, and we can choose to witness them.

I witnessed this scene along the inside coast of the Heacate Strait, as one of 10 fortunate people to spend 11 days at sea on the heritage chooner Maple Leaf with Maple Leaf Adventures and its enlightened owner and Captain Kevin Smith and our onboard  naturalist Robert Bateman. When I look at this picture, memories instantaneously flood my mind — the smell of the sea air, the curiousity of watching Robert sketch eveything until there was no light and the feel of the solid ship beneath my feet. Pictures mean many things to each of us. Thanks again for your appreciation and support. It matters very much.

Water Sculpture
Niagara Falls, Ontario
April 2015

 

Evening Perch
Hecate Strait, British Columbia
July 2014

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Kettle Valley Winery & Photography Workshop

Come and experience landscape photography and wine tasting in the beautiful setting of the Naramata Benchlands this autumn (October 17, 2015). I'll be leading a one-day workshop, with a presentation on photographic techniques and the art of seeing, before heading into the countryside to photograph this valley from various vineyards and lookouts. The day will end with a delicious dinner at Kettle Valley Winery, where we will sample the wines produced from the vineyards photographed that day. A perfect blend of the visual and taste senses. If you are interested in attending, please contact me or Kettle Valley Winery.

Old Main Sunset
Naramata, Okanagan, British Columbia
July 2014

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And from my other life (attending a conference on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Maui, Hawaii). Until next time!

Maholo! Scott