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Winner of the Canadian Rockies Photo Contest

Posted in Monthly Photo Contest with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2011 by Darwin

I asked five photographer friends, Mark and Leslie Degner, Alan Ernst (from Aurum Lodge), Royce Howland, and Roy Ramsay (from Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine) to judge the Canadian Rockies Photo Contest. Each photographer is intimately familiar with the Rockies and I wanted their opinions on the images. Of course anytime you judge art, you are going to get vastly different opinions and this was certianly the case where four different images were chosen as the ‘best’ by the five judges (only one image was chosen as best by two different judges – the winning image below). Nine images ended up placing in the top three spots. Of the images selected by multiple judges, the following images garnered the most votes:

Third Place:

Congratulations to Ian McGillvrey for his fine abstract image of Rampart Ponds in Banff National Park – see this link:

Second Place:

Two images tied for second place; Karen O’Grady for her wonderful image of Elbow Falls in Kananaskis Country – see this link.

And an infrared image made of Vermilion Lakes by Michael Jamessee this link

First Place:

And the big prize winner for a two night stay at Aurum Lodge and a portfolio critique by yours truly is Nigel Roberts, for his wonderful abstract of a forest burn in Kootenay National Park – see this link. Congratulations Nigel!

First two winners of the How to Photograph the Canadian Rockies Contest

Posted in eBooks, Good News, Instruction, Techniques, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 28, 2011 by Darwin

Note: To see all future reviews please note this blog is no longer active, please visit me over at oopoomoo.com

Check out the first two winning entries for the How to Photograph the Canadian Rockies Photo Contest

Week one is Jeff Lewis and his Bow Lake Reflection Panorama.

Week two is Michael Jame’s Vermilion Lake Infrared.

To enter the contest just click on the banner ad to the right of this post and you’ll be set to win a two-day stay at the acclaimed Aurum Lodge in the Canadian Rockies.

If you are keen about learning how to make our own eBooks and marketing them on the web check out this interview with Stephen Desroches and me over at SMIBS TV.

For a recent review of the Rockies eBook see Younes Bounhar’s blog post.

How to Photograph the Canadian Rockies Website is now Live

Posted in eBooks, Good News, Instruction, TCBlog with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2011 by Darwin

Note: To see all future ebook releases, please visit us over at oopoomoo.com

After a few months of work and planning I am happy to announce that my new website How to Photograph the Canadian Rockies is now alive and kicking. The site is based on my best-selling book of the same name which is now out of print and way over-priced on the used book market (prices will now drop because the eBooks have much more information than the original book). I am launching the new site starting with two eBooks both covering the Icefields Parkway; but in different seasons. Ultimately I will feature eBooks on all the national and provincial parks in the Canadian Rockies.

Each eBook is designed to get you to the most photogenic places in the Canadian Rockies in the best light and the right season. These eBooks are fully updated with new information and contain new locations, GPS data, and tips and techniques for each stop. All the iconic spots are included but I have also included lesser known but stunning ‘secret stops’ as well. This is going to sound like ad copy but if you plan to visit the Canadian Rockies these eBooks are  “must-have” companion photographic travel guide. The original book was highly regarded and got great reviews; the eBooks are even better in my opinion. Drop by the new website and check things out!

I want to thank Stephen Desroches for his amazing talents at design. Not only did he do a stunning job on the eBooks, he also built and designed the website. I am humbled by Stephen’s skills, attitude and professionalism. Thanks Stephen for a job above and beyond!

 

Travel Photography Photo Contest

Posted in Good News, Inspirations, Monthly Photo Contest with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2010 by Darwin

June – August 2010 LLTL Travel Photography Photo Contest

Theme – Travel Photography

For the second LLTL photo contest of 2010 the theme is Travel Photography. Anyone can enter from any country with photographs from any where in the world. Send in your photographs showing landscapes, cityscapes, people, wildlife, culture or anything you encountered in your travels near or far. This is pretty much an open competition for anything you have photographed while traveling out and about.

Judge – David duChemin

David duChemin is a world renowned travel photographer, author and photographic educator who has a popular blog and fantastic website. If you do not know who David is check out his links… he is one of my constant inspirations! I am thrilled that he has agreed to judge this photo contest. Equally thrilling is that David has offered readers of this blog a 20% discount when you buy 5 or more instructional e-Books from his Craft and Vision Store. These e-books are only $5 each and are packed full of great information. With the discount you’ll get 5 for the price of 4. Cool eh? To get your discount just use this code – CDNLAND20. Click on the link below to order your e-books.

Click here to visit PixelatedImage.com – David duChemin.

Deadline

Entries will be accepted from June 1 to August 1, 2010. Final deadline is August 1 at midnight MST

How to Enter

This contest is free to enter. Send me a JPEG 400 pixels wide in the horizontal dimension (don’t worry what the vertical pixel dimension is) and set your colour space to sRGB. Please include a link to your website and a direct link to a larger version of the photo if you have one. Also you need to include a short paragraph about the photo either about how you took the image, or why the image resonates with you, or what you are trying to express to the viewer. Also please include the location of where the image was shot. It does not matter when you took the image, with what media, only that you are the artist who took the photo and that the photo is yours in ownership. This contest is open to any one, anywhere in the world, of any nationality.

Send entries to wiggett@telusplanet.net – please only one entry per person. The photo will be displayed on this blog with appropriate credit and a link back to each artist’s website (be sure to include your website info!). No other use of the image will be made by me or the contest sponsors without the artist’s prior permission. The posting photographer retains all rights to thier image implicit or implied. This ain’t no rights grabbing photo contest, I’ll just display your photo here as outlined above. I do reserve the right to cancel the contest and/or prizes without prior notice (what if someone dies and can’t provide their prize or I get abducted by bald-guy loving aliens?). You just never know. I also reserve the right to decline to display any photo I deem offensive or inappropriate (please no travel photos from the Red Light district!).

Prizes

Winning Image

The image judged best overall nets the photographer the following great prizes:

1. Sigma 8-16mm f4,5-5.6 DC HSM LENS

This is the first ultra wide zoom lens with a minimum focal length of 8mm, designed specifically for APS-C size image sensors. It has an equivalent angle of view of a 12-24mm lens when used on digital camera with an APS-C size image sensor. HSM ensures quiet and high speed AF as well as full-time manual focus capability. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 9.4 inches throughout the entire zoom range which allows photographers to emphasize the subject by creating exaggerated perspectives. This lens has a compact construction with an overall length of 4.2 inches and a maximum diameter of 2.9 inches and is perfect for shooting landscape photography, architecture, building interiors, photojournalism, wedding photography, group pictures and travel photography. List price about  $1200 Canadian. Sponsored by Gentec International.

Sigma 8-16mm lens

2. The photographer also gets A Complete Collection of Craft and Vision E-books (all the e-Books in the Craft and Vision catalog!). Thanks to David duChemin for this great prize!

3. A copy of my book How to Photograph the Canadian Rockies

Second Place Image

The winner of second place gets a $100 Canadian Blurb Gift Card. As many of you know I use Blurb to make special edition books for gifts and portfolio presentation – here is a link to my Blurb Books. I am super happy with the quality of the books especially if you follow Blurb’s color-managed workflow and use premium quality paper. If you ever want a publication quality book of your own photography, I highly recommend Blurb which now has a dedicated Canadian printer and shipper. Blurb is offering reader’s of this blog a $10.00 discount on any Blurb book you make – to redeem just use this code below:

DWP25 (offer valid between 2010-05-25 and 2010-07-30. Promotion only valid for books created by the customer)

Third Place Prize

The winner of third place gets a copy of my book Dances With Light and my undying appreciation (this last thing is worth a lot!).

Good Luck to all!