A subtle beauty that shines loud and clear — Exclusive online interview

Welcome to 2013! It promises to be a very good year.

The first installment for my blog this year is from the magazine. Stephanie Hounsell, our staff writer, conducted an exclusive online interview with one of Oopoomoo’s famed shooters. Lawyer turned photographer … Samantha Chrysanthou.
Read the full interview here.

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In The Eye of the Beholder

Young Richardson's ground squirrel

 

 

 

 

 

Check out the newest installment of Wild Side in Outdoor Photography Canada magazine. John E. Marriott gives us the facts on sharpness in our images and how to attain it. Click the image to read the full column!

Enjoy and Happy Holidays to all
Roy Ramsay
Editor-in-Chief

Becoming a Better Photographer by Knowing When Not to Shoot

In the Fall 2012 issue of OPC, Darwin Wiggett our advanced shooter columnist, writes about becoming a better photographer by knowing when not to shoot. Sounds crazy? You can read the full column here.

Thanks for stopping by.
Roy Ramsay
Editor-in-Chief

Announcing the November Editor’s Assignment


 

 

 

 

 

 

This months assignment: November (Black and White Landscapes) — click here

The November editor’s assignment is open only to landscape photography. Show us your best black and white landscape photo.

Your entry must be Canadian. Remember your technical skills as well as your creative ones. Only one image from all submitted images will be chosen as the November assignment winner. Each person can only enter one photo. The deadline for this assignment is November 30, 2012.  Anything uploaded after the deadline will be ineligible.

Prizes: The winning image will be published in the Spring issue (April 2013) of OPC and the winner will receive 4 back issues of Outdoor Photography Canada magazine of their choice, and an official OPC  toque and baseball cap.

Have fun!
Roy Ramsay
Editor-in-Chief
Outdoor Photography Canada magazine

Full review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5

Hey followers, just wanted to pop this up onto my blog. Mark Degner, our gear columnist over at Outdoor Photography Canada magazine, reviewed the Olympus OM-D E-M5 in the current issue (Fall 2012). You can read it on our website by clicking the link!

Profile of the new Olympus OM-D E-M5

Have a great weekend!

Roy Ramsay
Editor-in-Chief
OPC magazine

What do photographers feel when they take a photograph?

Recently I had a reader ask me a few questions: Why did you take up photography? When are you the happiest while shooting? And what do photographers feel when they take a photograph? I answered in the following way.

I have always had the artistic bug within me, so to speak. I tried drawing and painting and found I didn’t have the talent for it. I realized, at least for me, I needed to do something that I could identify with, something that would allow me to speak through my art. It was not so much my hands that would allow this expression, but my eyes, mind and heart. Photography allows me to do just that. In the beginning the technical was a bit frustrating to grasp, but practise, practise, practise got me through it. Then one day it all came together and I was able to express my innermost feelings of a place through my photography.

I’m the happiest when I am in nature – anywhere in nature away from the city. Nature’s sounds, the temperature of the air, and the quieting of my soul is what draws me there. Nature brings me a sense of peace that’s found deep within me. When I need to recharge my batteries, I go shooting. To take this one step further, I’m most happy when I’ve composed my shot and I trip the shutter. Whether the shot turns out or not isn’t what draws me, but rather the process that leads me to that point. The peacefulness that photography brings me is my reconnection with nature, and that’s my happiest time. The “good” photography comes with practise, but the process, which allows me to reconnect with nature, is what matters most to me.

So to answer your question of how photographers feel when they take a photograph…I can’t speak for all photographers, but I find that nature speaks to me through its trees and babbling brooks, so I answer with a photograph.

Photos: ©Roy Ramsay
Top photo: Main Chutes, Chutes Provincial Park, ON
Canon 5D Mark II, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens at 35mm, ƒ18@0.3 sec., ISO 200, Singh-Ray LB warming polarizer
Bottom photo: Minor Chutes, Chutes Provincial Park, ON
Canon 5D Mark II, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens at 105mm, ƒ18@1/6 sec., ISO 200, Singh-Ray LB warming polarizer