Archive for Saskatchewan

The Daily Snap – June 27

Posted in The Daily Snap with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2010 by Darwin

©Darwin Wiggett - Canon G11

An old farm we photographed in Saskatchewan. We made sure we had the landowner’s permission to photograph private property.


The Daily Snap – June 26

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2010 by Darwin

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This one is from the parking lot of the motel during the Extreme Saskatchewan photo tour – the feeling of the B+W fits the mood of the weather that day.

Weekly Photo – June 25

Posted in Photography Gear, Techniques, Weekly Photo with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2010 by Darwin

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I used my 90mm tilt and shift lens to make this photo. I titled the lens out of the plane of focus along the truck edge to give me a very thin slice of focus just on the headlight. I used f2.8 to make sure I did not get any extra depth-of-field due to aperture. I also added a slight Orton Effect to help keep the dreamy nostalgia-look going. Canon EOS-1ds Mark III and Canon 90mm TS-E Lens

The Daily Snap – June 24

Posted in The Daily Snap with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2010 by Darwin

©Darwin Wiggett - Canon G11

During the first day of Extreme Saskatchewan we had sideways rain. One of the assignments was to photograph stuff around town or photograph your motel room. I started off in the motel parking lot shooting puddles coloured by spilled gas. I would quickly line up a composition under the shelter of my rain coat hoping not to drench the G11. I like the arching rainbow-like patterns in this composition– a short time later the driving rain forced me back to the motel to make some images from my room (those photos will follow in future Daily Snaps).

The Daily Snap – June 23

Posted in The Daily Snap with tags , , , , , , on June 23, 2010 by Darwin

©Darwin Wiggett - Canon G11

On June 18 as part of our Extreme Saskatchewan tour we decided to have lunch in Maple Creek Saskatchewan. When we finished lunch this was the scene that greeted us! That is my vehicle in the foreground. We quickly moved the cars, took a few shots but in a few minutes the street turned into a fast rising river and flooded the town. We got out of town just in time. To see more shots from one of our participants go here.

The Daily Snap – June 22

Posted in The Daily Snap with tags , , , , , , , , on June 22, 2010 by Darwin

©Darwin Wiggett - Canon G11

Well… we survived the Extreme Saskatchewan tour… let’s see torrential downpours, flash floods, swarms of mosquitos, greasy mucky roads, collapsed highways, sleepless nights, dangerous abandonded buildings,  high winds, heat stroke, the flu, moldy motel rooms and crappy country music radio… the list goes on. Crazy photographers! Here is a self portrait from one of the days when the sun finally came out. I was a little stir crazy. Does it show?

Extreme Saskatchewan Photo Tour 2010

Posted in Good News, Inspirations, Techniques, Workshops and Seminars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 5, 2010 by Darwin

UPDATE – May 7 – Tour is now FULL

(if you want to be added to the mailing list for new and upcoming tours and seminars email me at and you’ll be on my ‘first notice’ list – this tour sold on in two days so being on the list gives you right to first refusal)

Over the years, I have had many requests for the ultimate photographers’ tour:  who would not want to immerse themselves day after day in gorgeous landscapes where the gentle hand of nature contrasts with the skeletons of human ambition? 

Well, that tour is here.  I am teaming up with Samantha Chrysanthou and Branimir Gjetvaj for Extreme Saskatchewan on June 16-20th, 2010.  On this tour, we will introduce a small group of keen photographers to the wonders of the southwestern corner of the Saskatchewan prairie:  imagine stepping softly in the giant, rippled dunes of the Great Sandhills, surveying the folded terrain of the South Saskatchewan river coulees or  training your lens on the intricate details of abandoned barns and the rusty relics of agriculture. Not only will we photograph the classic “big blue sky” and rippling prairie grass-scape , but we have also obtained exclusive access to private properties.  This means we have property releases and written permissions so you can sell your work legally. No worrying about trespass laws or angry farmers with shotguns! That’s handy, eh?

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As I mentioned, we are deliberately keeping group size small and are accepting only 7 participants.  Our focus is on ensuring you have the best opportunities to ‘get the shot’ and, as well, to have 3 instructors at your disposal for any questions you may have.  This tour is for all skill levels–with 3 instructors available and offering tips and advice along the way, all your photo questions will be answered. So if you want to learn how to light paint, use key landscape filters or work creative, long exposures then this will be the tour for you!

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But be warned:  this tour will be demanding creatively.  There is no Fairmont on the prairie!  No wimps, complainers or princesses – we are looking for photographers who are super enthusiastic about the photographic rewards available on this tour.  We will eat, sleep and breathe photography for the intense duration of the tour. The days are long but the rewards are huge – you will come back with some of your best work ever!

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So… if you are passionate about taking your photography to the next level, or you’ve always wanted marketable, property-released images of rural life, then email me at for details. Are you ready for Extreme Saskatchewan? We want to hear from you!

 Below is a sampling of images from some of the places we will visit: 

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The Canadian Landscape Contest – Curtis Manum

Posted in Monthly Photo Contest with tags , , , , , , on April 1, 2010 by Darwin

Curtis Manum

©Curtis Manum


I took this photo near my small city of Melville, Saskatchewan. I often go walking into abandoned farmyards looking for dilapidated houses or rusted cars. There is life and history linked to these old homesteads, and I think/hope that in some way my photos may help bring that history back to life.

The Canadian Landscape Contest – Sean Porter

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on March 30, 2010 by Darwin

Sean Porter

©Sean Porter


This is a photo that was taken in the Fort Walsh area of Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan side, In the foreground is an old cemetery that contains the remains of some of the early settlers that inhabited the area was trying to depict the vastness of the area and the struggles that the early settlers must have faced in trying to tame this wild land.