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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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Why did the chicken travel to Stony Plain??

As those who know me will attest to, I love a good challenge... especially if it involves a camera!!  That's why I jumped at a challenge presented by Darwin Wiggett & Samantha Chrysanthou of oopoomoo.  The challenge??  Create photos telling a story with the use of a rubber chicken!!  Yes, that explains why some of you may have seen me packing a rubber chicken earlier this fall.

At first, I thought "how hard can this be?".  Once Chuck (that's the chicken's name) showed up, though, I was drawing a blank.  Trying to tell the story of a chicken's adventures through the lens of a camera was just a tad tougher than expected.

To see the fun that Chuck, my daughter Ashlynn and I had during his visit; check out the story here

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Something New

A couple of weeks ago I packed up my gear and hit the road to southern Alberta for an entire weekend of shooting.  As you may remember from my previous post, Saturday was spent shooting my favorite subject... landscapes chock full of old stuff!!  Sunday, however, was spent doing something just a tad different.

The idea for the trip actually originated with Sunday's activities.  In conjunction with the Cochrane Classic Car Show, the IRIS Photographic Society of Alberta was holding an instructional photo walk.  With a focus on street photography, shiny cars, copyright issues, and obtaining model/property releases; this event was just a 'tad' outside my norm.  With no grand landscapes, collapsing barns, or rusty farm equipment in sight; I had to console myself with the fact that at least the cars were old!! 

The walk was led by some of my favorite "shooters".... Darwin Wiggett & Samantha Chrysanthou from oopoomoo, Ian McGillvrey, and Peter Carroll.  It was truly an honor to spend the day learning from photographers of their caliber.  I guess you can teach an "old dog" some new tricks... you just have to make sure there's something old to shoot!!

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