Al Dixon Photography

Our World. Our Heritage. My Passion.

InFocus2015 Exhibition

Upcoming exhibition

I'm proud to announce that I have been selected to exhibit one of my photographs in the inaugural InFocus Edmonton Exhibition. 

Taking place during the month-long Exposure Photography Festival, which is now in it's 11th year, InFocus Edmonton is one of several exhibitions taking the Festival province wide for the first time.

I invite everyone to take in the Edmonton exhibition, or any of the other Festival events that will be taking place throughout the province in February.

There will be a reception on the Saturday evening starting at 7:30pm. 

Exhibition Dates:

Saturday, February 21st - 10am to 10pm

Sunday, February 22nd - 10am to 5pm

Exhibition Location:

Harcourt House |  10215 - 112 Street, Edmonton

 
 

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WWPW2014 Wrap-Up

 
 

I want to give a big "THANK YOU" to everyone that came out and took part in the Scott Kelby World Wide Photo Walk today.  This was the first time the walk was held in Stony Plain, and my first time leading a WWPW.  This year there was a total of 1053 walks around the world, with over 20,000 fellow 'walkers' taking part.  I hope that everyone had a great time, met some fellow shooters, and maybe even learned something new.  Most of all, I hope that everyone had FUN!!

For those of you that are interested in sharing your photos, here are the links to the Flickr pages for the walk.  Even if you're apprehensive about sharing your own work (which you shouldn't be) take a few minutes for a quick trip around the world thru the lenses of others.

World Wide Photo Walk - Global Page

World Wide Photo Walk - Stony Plain Page


If you don't have a Flickr account but would like to set one up, here are a few helpful videos.  They will walk you thru how to get your account set up, and explain how to join the groups.


For those that would like to take part in the competition, here's how you do it.

  • Visit the World Wide Photo Walk website and log into your account
  • The Stony Plain Photo Walk page will be displayed
  • Scroll down the page until you see the "Upload Your Photo" section (yellow box)
  • Click on the 'Browse' button to located the file on your computer then click 'Upload'
  • Please note the file size restrictions:
    • 1000 pixels on the longest dimension / 72 dpi / 1MB max file size
  • Deadline is October 27th at 10am Mountain Time

If you are having any difficulties re-sizing your image, don't hesitate to drop me an email.

Here are the important dates to remember for the competition:


10/11/2014: Walker Photo Upload Opens
Walkers will be able to upload their best image to their city page on the Worldwide Photo Walk website starting October 11, 2014

10/27/2014: Walker Photo Contest Deadline
The deadline for walkers to upload images for their city walk page is 12:00 noon Eastern Time on October 27, 2014

10/31/2014: Walker Winner Selection Deadline
Photo walk leaders will need to pick the winner of their local photo walk by 12:00 noon Eastern Time on October 31, 2014

11/03/2014: Grand Prize and Finalist Winners Announced
Scott Kelby’s choices for the Grand Prize Winner and 10 Finalists will be announced on November 3, 2014

11/17/2014: People’s Choice Competition Opens
All participants in the photo walk can start voting for their favorite images in the People’s Choice Competition on November 17, 2014

11/21/2014: People’s Choice Voting Closes
The deadline for people to vote for their favorite images in the People’s Choice Competition is 12:00 noon Eastern Time on November 21, 2014

11/21/2014: People’s Choice Winner Announced
The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be announced on November 21, 2014

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Buicks & Badlands Bounty

The past few months have been jam packed with several major photo excursions.  As a result, the backlog of images to go through is starting to get a little out of control.  After spending the long weekend barricaded behind closed doors, chained to my computer, I did make some headway in the editing backlog.

Buick's, Badlands, & Old Buildings

In mid-August I had the pleasure of spending some time in the field with Darwin Wiggett & Samantha Chrysanthou of oopoomoo.  Basing the weekend out of the historic St. Ann Ranch in Trochu, the photo opportunities were plentiful.  If you are ever looking for a great place to get away for a few days, I highly recommend a trip to the ranch.

Although Ma' Nature tried her best to 'dampen' our spirits, we did manage to fit in all our planned locations.  Some of the highlights were an afternoon shooting in an auto wreckers, a 'sunrise' shoot at Dry Island Buffalo Jump in extreme fog, as well as the numerous historical buildings of the ranch itself.

One of the things I enjoy most about photo trips like this is getting to spend time with other 'like-minded' individuals... you know... people that will get up long before sunrise, spend hours tromping through fields, and stay out way past sunrise.  I believe my 'non-photographer' friends call people like us 'nuts'.

During dinner on the last evening, Sam & Darwin presented the group with a bit of a photo challenge for the evening.  Shooting around the ranch, we were challenged to come up with a photo essay telling a ghost story.  Of course, Sam had a special little twist to throw into my challenge.  As some of you may recall from last fall, I accepted their Chain Mail Chicken challenge, which entailed creating a photo essay telling the travel story of a rubber chicken.  Well, Sam felt that for my challenge I should be re-united with my old pal Cluckin Chuck and his relative Stu Potts.  Being one that loves a challenge, especially when it involves a camera, I grabbed the chickens and got to work.  The following morning, we all had a good laugh at the final result.  See the full story here.

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Things That Go Bump in the Night

One of my favorite times to shoot is late at night.  Yeah, I know... how the heck do you shoot in the dark??  If I had a nickel for every time I was asked that question, I could likely afford a Timmie's or two.  Contrary to what seems to be popular belief, night shooting is quite common and not as hard as it looks.  Oops!!  I think I just let the cat out of the bag!! 

Looking across the wading pond in front of City Hall towards Churchill Square.

With the dramatic results that one can achieve, I think it's something that all photo enthusiasts should try.  The major essentials for night shooting are a tripod and a good working knowledge of exposure and how to control it on your camera.  If you have that, all it takes is some experimenting and you may surprise yourself.  Don't be afraid of the dark... that bump in the night is likely just me tripping over my bag in the dark. :)

City Hall lit up at night.

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