Summer 2014

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Summer 2014

Kettle Valley Workshop

Great Bear Rain Forest

Canadian Geographic

PPOC National Salon 

Agora Gallery Exhibition

Adventure Canada

 

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Kettle Valley Photography Workshop

I was so pleased to be invited to offer a photography workshop at the Kettle Valley Winery in Naramata BC in August. It was exciting to share my passion and the techniques I've learned about landscape photography in such a beautiful setting (and to finish the day with a glass of wine) with such a lovely group of people!

The workshop was limited to a small group to ensure everyone got individual attention. We began with a slide show to highlight and discuss techniques and were then off to shoot for the day, returning for dinner at the winery. Dinner was followed by a sunset photo shoot overlooking vineyards in Naramata. We wrapped up the days’ activities with a glass of wine back at the winery.

Everyone seemed to enjoy the experience and I’ll sip the wine I brought home from Kettle Valley slowly, with remembrance of the sweat and joy.


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Great Bear Rain Forest

In June, I was one of nine fortunate passengers to participate in an exploration of the Great Bear Rain Forest along the B.C. central coastline, on a 110 year old heritage schooner owned and operated by Maple Leaf. The trip was sponsored by Canadian Geographic and hosted by Captain Kevin Smith and his stellar crew.

The acclaimed wildlife artist Robert Bateman and his spouse Birgit Freybe Bateman were the ship's onboard naturalists. It was fascinating to observe Mr Bateman drawing constantly whenever there was a free moment, on a little sketch pad on his knee with a ball point pen — no eraser!

Highlights included watching a mother grizzly and her three cubs feed along a Fjord shoreline and sighting numerous whales and birds. The trip also included a tour of Cetacea Lab, a whale research centre in Caamano Sound, and a visit to the nearby native community of Hartley Bay, located along the proposed oil tanker route from Kitimat to Hecate Straight. It was abundantly clear to all of us present, that super-tanker ships should not traverse this treacherous, and naturally pristine, waterway.


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Canadian Geographic

I was very fortunate to have five of my Canadian Landscape images selected for publication in Canadian Geographic’s special edition of Canada’s Parks Photography 2014.

The image from Torngat Mountains National Park in Labrador was selected through a combination of the magazine’s designers and an on-line vote by the CG photo community, to be on the back cover. The magazine is available in most books stores (Chapters/Indigo etc) until August 30th 2014.


 

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PPOC National Salon Competition

This past April, I attended the Canadian Imaging Conference (the annual conference of the Professional Photographers of Canada) in Winnipeg, Manitoba. At the conference, I was very pleased to earn a Judge’s Choice ribbon for my image ‘Living on the Edge’.

I also had three images accepted and exhibited in the National Image Salon. The Salon features entries from across Canada and is judged by a panel of master photographers. The PPOC competition is rigorous and to be accepted is an indication of the makers’ ability to produce outstanding images. It also earns merits toward several PPOC designations, including the prestigious Craftsman of Photographic Arts and Master of Photographic Arts.

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Agora Gallery Exhibition

Maia certainly enjoyed the opening for my first show, "Sensorial Perspectives", at the Agora Gallery in New York! It was a fun evening and spending time in NYC was enriching and absolutely exhausting!

The show was covered by Gallery & Studio magazine (including an article about my work) and "#72"Art is Spectrum which included a profile of me in the Humanitarians section, as I donate monies from my print sales to the Royal Canadian Geographic Society and the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

It was a wonderful trip. Thanks to all the friends and family who joined us in New York.

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Adventure Canada

In addition to the amazing trips exploring remote wilderness areas I've taken with Adventure Canada, I've also been happy to contribute to their charitable work. I donated a picture for a raffle raising money for an Arctic charity at Adventure Canada's event hosted in Calgary last Spring.

Adventure Canada was kind enough to include this in their blog. Interestingly, the winner of the picture was Ken Murphy, the co-founder of High Fidelity HDTV which created several channels including a 24 hour nature channel — Oasis.


 

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Thanks all for your continuing interest and support of my photography. Enjoy the rest of your summer (and perhaps see some of you in Naramata)!

All the best, Scott