New Brunswick – Sunday, August 16/2015

The week-long photography course is finished and now I am on my own to explore more of New Brunswick. I travelled from my home of the past week, the St Martin Country Inn, to a B&B in Shediac. I had four specific goals during this day long trip: (1) follow the New Brunswick coast line and visit the harbour at the town of Alma; (2) take in the view from the light house at Cape Enragé; (3) go to Mary’s Point, a UNESCO world heritage site, to see the migratory birds; and (4) visit the Hopewell Rocks.

Cape Enragé: One of my photography comrades from the past week described the beauty of this place and strongly suggested that I visit. So I did, but I didn’t see much because a pea-soup thick fog bank rolled in just before I had arrived.

Mary’s Point: Sorry, no birds. I bumped into a local there while I, and a lot of other photographers, were looking for the birds, and she told me that she and her husband had not seen any birds for several days. It was at the end of the period they typically flock to Mary’s Point.

Hopewell Rocks: I decided to just drive through the town of Hopewell. When I passed through, the tide had come in so all the rock formations were covered in water.

But I did manage to take some photos.

Despite not seeing what I had planned to see, I had a great day and I learned a bit more about New Brunswick.

Freeman Patterson/André Gallant Photography Course – Last Project

The last project for this course and each of us was given a theme to photograp.Th theme given to me is “Hallelujah”, a word made up of the two ancient Hebrew words “hallal” which means “the exhortation of praise” and “yah”, or “the creator”. I am neither religious nor spiritual, mainly because I do not know what these words mean. But sometimes I cannot help feeling that somewhere out there is a creator, and that she has been responsible for making much of the beauty in our world. So these images are in praise of the beauty surrounding us if we take the time to see, instead of just looking.

Freeman Patterson/André Gallant Photography Course – Day 4

Day #4 on the Freeman Patterson and André Gallant course and we spent a good part of the day at Freeman Patterson’s home looking for great photo opportunities. Despite the dampness and mosquitoes, we all managed to come back with some winners. Here is a sampling of my shots.

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.

Freeman Patterson/André Gallant Photography Course – Day 1

My first day on the Freeman Patterson and André Gallant course, and I was anxious, as usual. I’m attending this course because I feel I am in a bit of a rut with my photography, and I’m looking for something different to kick-start my mind in some different thought directions. Freeman and André don’t teach photography, but instead focus (no pun intended) on visual design. Today’s focus was on tones, lines and the basic shapes (triangles, circles and rectangles. At the end of the lecture, Freeman took six of us and located us at a spot of his choosing, and had us stand there with our camera on a tripod taking photos for an hour. The objective was to take photos that demonstrated what we had learned in the morning lecture. We were then asked to select 3 photos for evaluation.

Here are the 3 I selected …

Of all the photos I took within the hour, I kept 10, including the 3 above. Here are the remaining 7 …

And then I was permitted to wander around and I finished off the session with these …