Freeman Patterson/André Gallant Photography Course – Day 3


Day #3 on the Freeman Patterson and André Gallant course, and my anxiety has just about dissipated, but that is probably because I have become brain-dead. The constant flow of information is like the water from a fire hose. And then there is forcing myself to be creative and to “think out of the box”. I am not used to taking photographs in this manner, and although sometimes I feel overwhelmed, I am so glad that I made this decision. I have a long way before I can consider myself to be “fluent” with visual design, but I feel that I am starting to get it.

Today we had an opportunity to practice some of the things we learned yesterday and we learned more about visual organization and arrangement. There are no rules on this training – just guidelines and common sense. For example, we purposefully overexposed images to see what would happen, create images with no centre of interest, and purposefully jiggle the camera during a shot. And I’m sure we have all broken many other “rules of photography”.

It was raining heavily here most of today, so instead of going out, Freeman and André created some ideas for photography indoors.

This typewriter has nothing to do with the ideas but I saw it sitting on the floor and I loved the contrast between the harshness and weight of the typewriter against the warm, smoothness of the floor. Like I wrote, I think I’m starting to get it!

Typewriter on Floor (August 12, 2015) [_DSC5008].jpg

Freeman Patterson/André Gallant Photography Course – Day 2


Day #2 on the Freeman Patterson and André Gallant course, and I am still anxious, but not as much. Today’s focus was on slow speed panning, visual perspective, texture, composite montages and in-camera multiple exposure. Today, 6 of us had an opportunity to practice some of the things we have learned by spending the morning in and around St Martin’s harbour. The slow shutter speed panning was interesting and different. In the past when I have taken panning photos, it has been of a moving object and the shutter speed was set high enough to stop the action of the moving object, but not the background. Today I practised with a shutter speed of 1/8 second, and here are the results.

The rest of the photos were taken at the harbour or at St Martin’s Country Inn …

By the end of the day I was totally zonked from having my brain filled with new knowledge and then being creative for hours at a time. But it is worth it.

New Brunswick – Days 1 & 2


I arrived yesterday, August 8, at the St Martins Country Inn in the town of St Martins, New Brunswick. I will be here for the next week attending a photography course given by Freeman Patterson and André Gallant. I used yesterday afternoon and most of today exploring the area and taking photos. First stop, yesterday, was the beach just on the eastern edge of the town of St Martins. And by coincidence, I arrived there during the low tide. Given that St Martins is on Fundy Bay, there is a huge difference between low and high tide.

And today I explored the Fundy Trail by car and on foot. I parked at one of the parking lots near the entrance, and from there I hiked on one of the trails to Melvin Beach. I was keeping an eye on the clock so that I could arrive just before the end of the low tide. Yesterday at the St Martins beach I was amazed at how quickly the tide came in and I came a wee bit too close to experiencing the Atlantic Ocean around my ankles.

After the hike, I stopped in at the interpretive centre for something to drink, and while relaxing outside I was entertained by these cuties.

A Day at Ferme la Machine


I had an opportunity to spend a day at a delightful farm in the town of Montpellier, Québec. The farm is owned by a lovely couple who made me feel welcome as I spent the day walking around taking photos of anything that appealed to me. These are some of the images I took that day.

For additional information on the farm please feel free to visit their website at http://www.fermelamachine.com.