2012 Online Fall Photo Contest

A little over 3 weeks left to enter our semi-annual contest (deadline Dec 31, 2012). The theme for the fall contest is Canadian songbirds.

Head over to the OPC website and have a look at all the great entries so far, and enter your own! Just click the banner below to take you to the contest page.

Thanks for stopping by
Roy Ramsay
Editor-in-Chief
Outdoor Photography Canada magazine

2012 Online Fall contest

Autumn — a Time for Reflection

Skeletons, vampires and ghouls will soon wander our streets in search of candy and treats. It’s a fun, if not a morbid way to say goodbye to another wonderful season. Yes, autumn is coming to an end yet again. It’s a time when Mother Nature shows us her true self, in all her glorious splendour; red and gold, yellow and orange. Photographers hit the trails to capture their vision of Mother Nature before she fades into her winter sleep. For each of us, as photographers, we try to capture this vision in our own styles. For many budding photographers this is a daunting task, not knowing what your style is, or how to begin to express it.

A View from the beginning of the Dufferin Bruce Trail

This is a view from the Dufferin Bruce Trail head. Overlooking farms and rolling hills.

How does one find their style? When will it become known? The answer lies only within us. I know this is a vague explanation, but when you finally do find your own path and style, it all makes more sense. The path that each of us must take is the path of practise. With practise comes two things; the first is a thorough knowledge of our tools of the trade. Our camera gear. Know it like the back of your hand and you will begin to experience your photography in a whole new way. Only when you have mastered your gear, can you look beyond it. No longer will you worry or toil over camera settings and lens choices — these all become second nature.

The second is an appreciation of the connection you experience through your photography. I spoke about this in a previous blog (What Photographers Feel When They Take a Photograph — September 11, 2012). The point when your inner self connects with the landscape, nature or wildlife subject is the moment that counts; it all culminates into that one moment. When this happens you’re essentially experiencing an emotional connection with Mother Nature. When you’re able to give yourself freely to this experience your style will begin to emerge and make itself known.

Fall colour near Lavender, ON

Autumn, for me, is a time for reflection as it was during this season it all clicked for me. I finally got it. Shooting during this season brings back fond memories and an emotional connection that will stay with me forever.

 

Couple of cool announcements

Firstly I just launched my October Editor’s Assignment contest over on the Outdoor Photography Canada website. This months theme is “Your best autumn image”. To enter or to just check out the entries as they are uploaded visit the contest by clicking the contest name above. Contest closes October 31, 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secondly I wanted to announce to those who are attending this falls Exposure Photo and Video Imaging Expo in Toronto this weekend, that I will be at the OPC booth across from the Canon booth to meet and greet anyone that wants to drop by and say hi.
Times:
Friday 9:30am to 6pm
Saturday 9:30am to 6pm
Sunday 10am to 5pm

Hope to see some of you there!

Roy Ramsay
Editor-in-Chief
Outdoor Photography Canada magazine

2012 Online Fall Photo Contest — call for entries

2012 Online Fall contest

Theme:  Canadian Song Birds
Contest runs from October 1 to December 23, 2012

To my blog followers

Enter your best Canadian song bird photographs for your chance to win awesome prizes and get published in the April 2013 issue of Outdoor Photography Canada magazine.

Good luck everyone!
Roy Ramsay — Editor-in-Chief