In my spare time, I pursue my love for the outdoors through hiking, camping, canoeing, and kayaking, and especially through photography...I take my camera everywhere. I have a particular passion for nature photography; I think of my images as Intimate Portraits of Nature. Some of my favorite photography places are: Churchill MB, Great Sand Hills area SK, Yellowstone and Utah.
My name is Olivia. As long as I remember myself I always had a camera in my hands and was taking pictures of my friends and events we were participating together. My first and the toughest criticist in my entire life was my grandmother. She never took any picture herself, but her husband was a good photographer, then her son. And finally her granddaughter (me) went in for photography as well. I didn’t know how my Granny criticized pictures of my predecessors, but towards my photos she was always very rigorous. Since that time I always try to look at my pictures as if I keep showing them to her, and I always think: what would my Granma say about this picture? What would she possibly find wrong, not strong enough, not clear enough? I know that I have a lot of room for improvement, and I am always dedicated to do my best.
I am an Engineer who is currently trying to pursue my photography hobby more seriously. I started my photography with a modest Praktika LTL film camera in late 1970s. Then I was using a Konica T3, a Fuji ST801, and moving to larger format film cameras - Mamiyas M645 and RB67. In the digital photography, I am a fan of Fujifilm cameras, spending my time with an S2 Pro, an S3 Pro and an S5 Pro. Occasionally, I am using my Fuji X10, and XPro-1, but currently am using Nikons D600 and D800. My photo subjects vary widely, from travels, landscapes, architectures, abstracts to flowers and portraitures.
My passion lies in creating Black and White photographs…
The Masters such as Ansel Adams, Paul Strand, Walker Evans, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Weston, Edward Steichen etc., have influenced me and my image making. The beauty of a well composed Black and White image is and will always have the Wow factor for me…The idea of seeing lines, the shapes the lines create, the tonal qualities, whether night or day, etc., is the challenge for me. To look thru the view finder, subtract color, and see black, white and grey tones is my way of enjoying photography. The aspects of composition are more evident in black and white, as color is absent and ceases to be a compositional influence. It’s the visible or invisible lines, the most basic compositional aspect that start the beauty, and off I go…
My photo journey began when I was nine years old. I was shooting film exclusively until 2004 when I switched to digital photography, but I never abandoned film completely. I still shoot and develop black and white film today.
Although I don’t have any preferences in photo styles, it seems that I’m mostly interested in landscape and street photography.
In my images, I’m trying to capture moments in time and present those moments to a wider audience. Hopefully, the viewer will enjoy these images as much as I enjoy taking them.
Elaine has always loved taking pictures and capturing special moments in time. She enjoys photographing people most, especially when they are in motion, as it captures their inner character and vibrance. Elaine also enjoys abstracts and seeing the beauty in places others might not notice. Check out her web site at elaineok.ca
Pierre has dabbled in photography for decades, either for work as a biologist or to record travel and family events, but he became more serious about it when his travels took him to far-away places. His trip to Australia over a decade ago was an excuse to buy his first DSLR and his subsequent guiding work in the Arctic over more than a decade encouraged him to perfect his photographic skills. The WSPC, books, photography web sites and Facebook groups made him discover a world of art photography beyond the simple documentary photo. He tries to apply these lessons to his travel photography, concentrating mainly on wildlife, birds in particular, but also on landscape and natural phenomena. He also enjoys the occasional bout of urban and architectural photography.
At an early age, Ed was influenced by his Uncle George, a successful professional photographer in southern Manitoba. Ed rediscovered this art form in1999 after taking a creative photography course with Photo Central.
Ed enjoys all facets of photography, but especially landscape and street photography. He strives to capturing the beauty of nature, and cherishes the solitude that he finds in it. Ed likes the excitement and the unexpected that comes with street photography. He attempts to capture the candid moments and realities of human nature, and reaps his reward when the image
evokes an emotion from the viewer.
Having picked up a camera when I was a young teenager, my passion for the photographic process has remained with me through all of these years. Growing up in a small town with limited resources, I constantly devoured photo books and magazines for knowledge and inspiration. Early influences include the photographic masters Pete Turner, Jay Maisel, and Eric Meola who have significantly shaped the way I see the world. They are all known for their use of colour and design in commercial imagery. More recently, I have begun to appreciate the world of black and white from the likes of John Sexton and Michael Levin.