Amy Lo found this wonderful site with lots of excellent pictures. Thank you for sharing.
At the April 1st meeting Suzanne Warren Powell will talk to us about Miksang Contemplative Photography:
Miksang is a Tibetan word meaning “good eye.” It represents a form of contemplative photography based on Dharma Art teachings, in which the eye is in synchronization with the contemplative mind. The result of this particular perception of the world, combined with photography, produces a peculiar and open way of seeing the world. Miksang pictures tend to bring the observer back into the original contemplation state of the author of the picture. The pictures can bring one back to a purer perception of reality that is often neglected. Miksang involves nothing fancy, no special setup; only a visual capture, in the proper state of mind, of everyday’s reality. (wikipedia)
Suzanne has degrees in the Arts and Education and been teaching Fine Art and mentoring in Creativity since 1985.
Her love of nature and a Zen approach to life and creativity has led Suzanne into the arts and culture of the Far East. She practices Miksang photography, a form of meditative Tibetan Dharma art and writes Haiku poetry. Suzanne lives on a large rural property, which features trails through meadows, woods and wetlands. This untamed landscape renews her artistic vision every day.
One of the best sources of inspiration is to look at art and in particular to look at other photographer’s work. The same building that houses the Kanata Seniors Centre also houses the Kanata Civic Gallery which displays the excellent work of many local artists (including camera club member and Mentor Ann Williams). Two of the artists are photographers.
Karen is new to the gallery and has 3 large pieces hanging in the show currently on display. To see more of her work, go to her personal web site.
If you enjoyed the beautiful images in the album Ian Buchanan showed off at the February 5th Camera Club meeting, you can see more by going to his web site. Hopefully they’ll inspire you to come out to the Old Quarry Trail club “shoot out” later in February. Stay tuned here for the date and time (and a map).
Marg Jackman found this great National Geographic wildlife video from 2012. Be sure to watch it in full screen mode with the sound turned on. Lots of beautiful images.
About once a week, the photo editors at the Boston Globe put together a collection of brilliant images from around the world that they call The Big Picture.
Sometimes they focus on a single story for example: Perseid meteor shower. Sometimes the images are a collection like this story: 2015 Year in Pictures: Animals. Often they cover news events like: Paris attacks.
If you’re looking for inspiration take a look at this blog.
Come to the Centre Wednesday afternoon January 13th from 1:00 to 3:00 in the Program Room. Bring your camera, its manual, and your tripod (if you have one).
Visit our several “learning stations” where you’ll be able to experiment with:
- aperture priority
- shutter priority
- manually fix focus
- spot metering
- exposure compensation
- using a soft box
Alan Mirabelli, who gave us such a great presentation last March, is showing his photographs at the Ottawa Art Gallery.
Hopefully these images, which were recognized for their excellence by the photo editors at National Geographic, will inspire you to take great photos in 2016. Thanks to Fraser Campbell for suggesting them.