Happy 150th Birthday Canada!

Several years ago I started a project I called “Imagine”. The purpose of this project was to entice Canadians to see more of Canada by showing them images of some of the beautiful places in Canada and asking them to “Imagine” what it would be like if they were standing in that spot. I have always thought that so many Canadians tend to travel to the Caribbean, or to Mexico or the US instead of staying here in our incredibly beautiful county. There is so much to see and do in this country and yet so few Canadians actually “see” it.
 
In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday I have put together a video of images I have taken across Canada. I hope you enjoy these images and that you can visit some of the stunning places that these images come from.
 
Happy 150th Birthday Canada!!
 
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What Makes Someone a Good Teacher?

I teach photography courses out of my home and in the field. I have no formal training, never went to school for it, but I love it. Why?

I have been asked a few times why I enjoy teaching. There is no simple answer to that question. I consider myself a decent photographer. I am by no means amazing, technically gifted or anything else. But I have a passion for it. I absolutely love to be behind the camera, capturing the beauty that surrounds all of us every day. Okay, you enjoy photography, but how does that make you want to teach it to others? Simply put, I love to see the smile on someone’s face when they see the result of an image they have taken out in the field on one of my excursions. I love to hear the “wow..that worked!” I love to see the fist pumping and the high fives when people make images they are happy with. Being able to pass knowledge onto others is not only rewarding, but makes me happy as a person. Most times when I am in the field teaching, I don’t take a single image. I may set up my camera to show others a composition, but for the most part, I am there to help. 

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What makes someone a good teacher? What makes you want to go and learn from that person? 

Knowing a lot about a particular subject does not necessarily make someone a good teacher. It is having the ability to pass that knowledge onto others in a manner that makes them want to learn. Everyone wants to learn throughout their lifetimes. It is being human that makes us want to learn something new. Some teachers will teach in a way that is boring. They will drone on about the subject, without having any emotion. Others will teach by telling you their way is the only way. And others will teach you in a demeaning way. Criticize you and bring you down. I have been taught by all 3 types of teachers and it is not a lot of fun. But I have also been taught by those who are passionate about their subject. They show real emotion, they are friendly and funny and they just love to teach. I try to be a teacher like that. 

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If you have ever taken any of my courses you will know that I avoid handing out criticism, constructive or otherwise.  Many photographers will tell you that constructive criticism is the only way you will learn. I don’t agree with that. I think many people will learn by making mistakes and by learning from those mistakes. We all make mistakes, each and every day. It is up to you to learn from those. Photography is an art form. And as such, it is completely open to interpretation of the subject matter. You can sit 10 people down, show them the same image, and perhaps 5 will like it and 5 will not. There are literally hundreds of reasons why one image may appeal to someone and not appeal to someone else. All images are completely subjective. Everyone has their own opinion and it is their right to like or dislike an image. I will always help you when you take my courses. I will show you the way I do something, or how I approach a scene, or how I set up for a particular image. But I will never, ever tell you that is how you must do it as well. For it is up to you. You may not like the image I have composed and you may find one that appeals to you. That is perfectly fine. That is what learning is all about. That is what finding your path and growing creatively means. 

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This coming year I will be introducing 2 brand new courses! Stay tuned!

Best of 2015

Take 2! This time I have full rights to using the music! 🙂

Happy Holidays everyone!

Best of 2015 Video

 

Best of 2015

I would like to wish all of my followers a very Happy Holiday!

Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday and all the best in 2016!

Sorry folks…apparently they are getting tough on adding music to slideshows now so I have to redo my show. Stay tuned…

 

Life Through The Lens – Part II – July 17 Image

I need to catch up for a few days missed so here is a shot from my Window Seat project taken a couple of weeks back.

The city of Toronto.

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Life Through The Lens – Part II – July 6 Image

Ireland has a great many interesting places to visit and sights to see, but in my opinion, Ireland’s greatest achievement has always been the music of U2. They blew us away last evening at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. They are still my all time favorite band! What a show! 🙂

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Life Through The Lens – Part II – May 10 Image

Happy Mothers Day to all of the Mom’s (Mum’s) out there! 🙂

I was in Toronto this afternoon with family and wandered around down near what used to be Ontario Place. The air was much warmer than the ground and this created quite an extensive fog rolling in off of Lake Ontario. 

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