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21
Dec 15

Introducing Canadian Photography Institute

National Gallery of Canada, located in Ottawa, is all set to play host to a “centre of excellence” dedicated to photography, announced the gallery officials this morning. This initiative involves a collaboration with Thomson Reuters Corp. chair, who is also a renowned art collector David Thomson. He would serve build the institute’s accumulation by extending a series of donations as well as acquisitions over the coming ten years, said the gallery.

The new enterprise is backed by what gallery called its biggest ever corporate donation — around $10 million gift from Scotiabank. The Grand Hall of the gallery has been renamed as Scotiabank Grand Hall for the following fifteen 15 years. The first major public photography exhibit of the institute would take place next year in May, and it would be drawn from The Globe and Mail news archives, announced the gallery.

Marc Mayer, the director and chief executive officer of the gallery stated that Canadian Photography Institute will let the gallery to take its place among the most comprehensive, very deepest as well as broadly useful public collections of photographs in the world, especially now there is an extra investment from Greece bareboat charter.

As a part of the creation of the institute, the national gallery would devote a space primarily to the photo exhibition. Their collection of snapshots would be digitized that Mayey stated would serve other museums throughout the nation. The own website of the institute describes it as a world-class, multidisciplinary research centre dedicated to the evolution, history and the future of photography.


17
Oct 14

Photography class at 7748 feet above the sea level

The mystery and grandeur of Mount Pulag through the kids’ eyes. That is what Juan Portrait now wants to partake with the rest of the nation when it hosts the works of twenty pupils of the Mount Pulag Primary School in Benguet who, last July, attended their photography program.
It was last July when the participating school kids, between 4th and 6th grades learned the basics of photography in a classroom that was 7 748 feet above sea level, in one of the most distinct biodiversity in the country these days.
Mount Pulag is the 3rd highest mountain in Philippines. It is the highest peak in Luzon. A part of Mount Pulag is assigned as a National Park hosting 528 documented plant species. Endangered and threatened animal species could still be seen in mountain forests such as Giant Bushy Tailed Cloud Rat, the Long Haired Fruit Bat, the Philippine Deer, the Koch pitta bird and Dwarf cloud rat.
The mentors of photography were from Juan Portrait, a non-profit community of writers, photographers, professionals, artists as well as other volunteers attached by their collective drive to use their skills to repay to communities across the nation. One of their important programs is Community Frames.
The Mount Pulag workshop mentors – Geloy Maligaya, Geric Cruz, Jake Verzosa and Alex Constantino – did not restrain the photography lessons in classrooms. They brought the kids to Mount Pulag summit so that they can capture and appreciate the gift of nature in a frame.

The mystery and grandeur of Mount Pulag through the kids’ eyes. That is what Juan Portrait now wants to partake with the rest of the nation when it hosts the works of twenty pupils of the Mount Pulag Primary School in Benguet who, last July, attended their photography program.

It was last July when the participating school kids, between 4th and 6th grades learned the basics of photography in a classroom that was 7 748 feet above sea level, in one of the most distinct biodiversity in the country these days.

Mount Pulag is the 3rd highest mountain in Philippines. It is the highest peak in Luzon. A part of Mount Pulag is assigned as a National Park hosting 528 documented plant species. Endangered and threatened animal species could still be seen in mountain forests such as Giant Bushy Tailed Cloud Rat, the Long Haired Fruit Bat, the Philippine Deer, the Koch pitta bird and Dwarf cloud rat.

The mentors of photography were from Juan Portrait, a non-profit community of writers, photographers, professionals, artists as well as other volunteers attached by their collective drive to use their skills to repay to communities across the nation. One of their important programs is Community Frames.

The Mount Pulag workshop mentors – Geloy Maligaya, Geric Cruz, Jake Verzosa and Alex Constantino – did not restrain the photography lessons in classrooms. They brought the kids to Mount Pulag summit so that they can capture and appreciate the gift of nature in a frame.


2
Sep 14

Harding girl follow her love for wildlife photography

In the last Thanksgiving, when the rest of her family members dines together and celebrated the important day, Ashleigh Scully was on a very different mission – she was set to take a snap a male red fox that she had been tracking for some time in their garden. Speaking about those days Gerry, Ashleigh’s dad, told that she spent most of the day sitting in a tent with a camera and she was so excited to tell us she had finally took a snap of the animal.
A subsequent snap she clicked at Great Swamp that radiated the innocence and beauty of another fox at a very unique time got featured in both an issue of National Geographic Kids, the popular magazine that is known for recognizing some of the most outstanding youth photographers.
Gerry added that this is when things changed and all of them realized that Ashleigh’s hobby of wildlife photography was becoming more of a passion and also possible profession. Ashleigh picked up her mother’s point and shoot camera when she was little and that is how she tenanted her free time when she was just five or six, taking snaps of frogs as well as other wildlife. When she was 8 years old, she got her own camera, and her interests developed to wildlife subjects beyond her own home, where she sought out animals like foxes and hawks.
Speaking about her passion, Ashleigh told that she loved animals her whole life and she wants people to see them their beauty, not just for their fur or for sport. She added that she especially love to capture animals showing special emotions that people in general do not usually see, like a mother fox with her kits.

In the last Thanksgiving, when the rest of her family members dines together and celebrated the important day, Ashleigh Scully was on a very different mission – she was set to take a snap a male red fox that she had been tracking for some time in their garden. Speaking about those days Gerry, Ashleigh’s dad, told that she spent most of the day sitting in a tent with a camera and she was so excited to tell us she had finally took a snap of the animal.

A subsequent snap she clicked at Great Swamp that radiated the innocence and beauty of another fox at a very unique time got featured in both an issue of National Geographic Kids, the popular magazine that is known for recognizing some of the most outstanding youth photographers.

Gerry added that this is when things changed and all of them realized that Ashleigh’s hobby of wildlife and wedding photography was becoming more of a passion and also possible profession. Ashleigh picked up her mother’s point and shoot camera when she was little and that is how she tenanted her free time when she was just five or six, taking snaps of frogs as well as other wildlife. When she was 8 years old, she got her own camera, and her interests developed to wildlife subjects beyond her own home, where she sought out animals like foxes and hawks.

Speaking about her passion, Ashleigh told that she loved animals her whole life and she wants people to see them their beauty, not just for their fur or for sport. She added that she especially love to capture animals showing special emotions that people in general do not usually see, like a mother fox with her kits.


7
Mar 14

Winning wildlife snaps go on show

An exhibit demonstrating the winners of previous year’s British Wildlife Photography Awards at Stockwood Discovery Centre, on 18th January in Luton. The magnificent exhibit of hundred photographic snaps of wildlife, including commended and winning snaps would be on display till March.

British Wildlife Photography Awards were made to celebrate both pro and amateur photographers’ talent, while highlighting the wealth of British natural history simultaneously. It has 12 separate categories. There is a very special category for Wildlife in HD Video.

With 12 separate classes including a very special category for Wildlife in HD Video, the awards beautifully reveal the grandness of the wildlife of the country. Also, there are 2 junior categories to urge young people to get in touch with nature with photography.

Well known television presenter and naturalist Chris Packham stated that these stunning pictures by so many talented photographers show the beauty, diversity and breadth the precious wildlife of the country as well as and the requirement to protect their habitats. British Wildlife Photography Awards are without any doubt one of the most significant photography awards in United Kingdom.

He added that anything here which raises the public’s awareness of the importance to protect and conserve Brit wildlife is quite close to his heart and these awards afford a spectacular insight in the habitat and behavior of the Brit wildlife.

The winning photographer would get #5000. Category winners would get a Canon PIXMA PRO 10 Printer and Canon PowerShot S110 Camera.


7
Jan 14

Park District announces nature photography exhibit

Park District is bringing in new programs for the following year. At the beginning of this month, the district announced their schedule of events for the 1st quarter of 2014. In the list of almost ninety events, there are 7 seven new programs. They added a showcase on live animals with paws, claws and tails, a presentation on black holes and a nature photography exhibit.

Two of the events are totally dedicated to 2 endangered species in Ohio  the snowshoe hare and the black bear. Black Bears Returning Home program is scheduled for 12th January, 3:30 pm, at West Woods Nature Center in Russell Township. People have reported the endangered bear sighting in the past few years, that includes one signting at the Orchard Hills Park in June, stated Sandy Ward, a spokesperson for Geauga Parks District. Continue reading →


17
Oct 13

Opportunity for keen photographers

Huge news for keen photographers – The Evesham Observer has collaborated with the Specsavers Evesham to start the spec-tacular photography contest – Life Thru a Lens to search the region’s top amateur nature snapper.

The collaboration of the Observer and Specsavers Evesham are challenging amateur photographers of the region to click the stunning nature Evesham as well as its fencing region has to offer. Therefore, whether it is a shot of the splendid Vale country side, or a picture of the wildlife relishing River Avon, or even an iconic picture which depicts the stunning local scenery, your opinion matters.

The contest is open to amateur snappers, made up of 2 age categories – one is under sixteen’s and another one is sixteen and over. There are several prizes up for grabs, and the winning entry from the under sixteen’s class getting a Pentax Optio WG-2 digi – cam worth £ 250.

In the meantime, the sixteen and over category winner will get half a day’s learning tutorial from well known nature photographer Lee Webb.

CT Wong stated that it was such a brilliant scope to showcase the magnificent green space as well and local wildlife in and around the Vale of Evesham. He added that as one can imagine, they are really looking ahead to seeing what the local talent has to offer.

The Observer will showcase some of the top snaps in the newspaper before a shortlist will be picked out by Rob George (Observer editor), Specsavers Evesham’s CT Wong and nature photographer Lee Webb.


28
Aug 13

Jim Verhagen and his blog from the Northside

Jim Verhagen agreed that he is not at all the friendliest person to speak with on the beach. If you want to start a basic conversation with him, there is a possibility that he would walk right away from you in the middle of the conversation. It is not true that he does not like people; he really likes wildlife of LBI. He rather has an unusual relationship with a certain gull. However, Jim Verhagen is an integral part of the North Beach community.

Jim Verhagen maintains his WordPress blog called site Readings From the Northside. The site even has a pretty steady following. Jim was raised in North Beach, but later he went to Ithaca in New York for his college and his eventual career. In the year 2008, he bought a house in North Beach and sees the balance be there as much as possible.

Jim Verhagen stated that they got Readings From the Northside going in the year 2008 when there was a seal that crawled up from the water in North Beach one night at sunset. It was the most amazing thing. The name comes from him morning jaunt to the beach. Earlier he used to say – ‘I’m going to the beach to take the readings,’ by saying that he meant taking water temperatures and to see if there were shells or flies.

Earlier, it started as an amateur photographer blog to offer a taste of the beach, but later it turned into quite an endeavor. In the early 1990s, Jim entered into web hosting, designing and in e-commerce business.


2
Aug 13

New photography trend

In recent years, a high form of marriage photography named – trashing the dress has been in vogue. Now a bride in Israel has been criticized for taking it to another extreme level.
During a photo shoot on a beach in Tel Aviv, in Israel, Ms Natasha Samuel lit her wedding attire on fire deliberately for a post- wedding photo shoot.

After that, she ran into the sea to extinguish the flames. A fire extinguisher was also present at the spot to put out remaining flames. However, the photography community is not happy with this.

The photographer was Mr Eric Simantov. After a friend of the bride doused her wedding dress with flammable article and set the thing on fire, reported a leading news agency.

He told that all brides are looking for something which has not been done before. It was his idea to use actual fire; there was no use of Photoshop.

This ritual has increased rapidly in recent times across the world as women arrange for photographers to take picture of their marriage attire before it being destroyed. This is a target to create a picture which contrasts the beauty of wedding attire with mundane backgrounds.

A well known wedding planner told a leading newspaper that trashing the wedding dress absolutely is an increasing trend, and she is really excited to see the new things people come up with. She stated that this is very risky.


13
Jun 13

Retired music band director now photographs wildlife

Pam Smith just had one job in her life and that was the band director at the Pleasant Valley High for 28 years. Once she went to Pleasant Valley, she felt very comfortable being the parent-away-from house for her band students.

She told that her students became her kids. At times she think that she was born to teach. Once you start, it becomes very natural and she enjoyed this very much. It was really a great experience for her. Her students were like her family.

Pam Smith moved hometown of Jasper in the year 1978 to go to the Jacksonville State University. There she received her BS, master’s as well as Ed.S degrees in music. In Walker County’s Cordova High School, she was a member of an all girl trumpet band.

She told that they would not let the girls play drums that is what she would have liked, so they would not let the boys be in their trumpet line. Pam told that she was very independent as a kid, almost to a fault.

Apart from music, she also had interest n photography. After her music career with the band ended, she spend more time with photography. Nature has always been her focus in her photography. She, in fact, has her website –  www.naturereflectionsphotography.com.

Pam Smith has been on 6 safaris to Africa to capture the snaps animals. She has been to South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania with her buddy Judy Glass and Larry Martin, a wildlife artist. She told that she has always liked photography and have always had a camera. After she made her first safari, she got really serious about it.