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LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY

A landscape is a section or portion of scenery - usually nature - as seen from a single viewpoint. Typically, people and animals are not shown in a landscape, unless they are relatively small in the image and have been included in the composition to show scale.

The term “Urban Landscape” describes photographs of the city taken in the manner of a landscape, using buildings and other man-made features as graphical elements of composition that are treated in the same way the photographer would treat mountains and trees.

Three styles of landscape photography are recognized - representational, impressionistic and abstract.

The representational style show scenery at its most natural and realistic way, without visual manipulation or artifice. It is a straightforward style - however, successful images are more than simple snapshots. Although the photographer adds no props or other components to a scene and does not try to “bend” reality, great attention is paid to composition and detail. Light, timing and the weather are critical elements.

The impressionistic landscape photographer employs photographic techniques that result in images that have vague or elusive qualities. They are less tangible and more unreal, while still retaining their values that make them landscape pictures. The viewer is given the impression of a landscape rather than the clear reality of one.

Abstract style could also probably be referred to as graphic style, since the components of scenery are treated by the photographer as graphic elements, arranged for their compositional values. Natural elements may be rendered as unrecognizable as shape and form take priority. Elements may be juxtapositioned for comparison or contrast, isolated by extreme close-up, reduced to silhouettes by severe underexposure, and so on. Design is more important than recognizable representation.

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Kelowna Photography News


Airport soars with new publication

AUGUST 15, 2009 - Congratulations to one of my clients on recent accolades for a new publication. The innaugural YLW Connection magazine created by Kelowna International Airport was awarded first place from over 250 entries in the 2009 Excellence in Marketing and Communication Contest among North America Airports.

Images from a couple of events I photographed for the Airport were assembled with informative stories and dynamic advertising features in the quarterly publication. Kudos to Airport manager Sam Samadar, assistant Jenelle Turpin, and to freelance designer Sandy Magee.


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Forest fires in Okanagan

Forest Fires renew fears of 2003 devastation

West Kelowna forest fire

JULY 19, 2009 - Kelowna's scenic surroundings are making national headlines again - for a sad reason.
Two Forest Fires have forced evacuation of almost half the homes in West Kelowna, and closed the highway disecting the town of Westbank.
Recalling the devastation in 2003 when over 200 homes were consumed by fire in the Okanagan-Mission region of Kelowna, national media have quickly descended upon the city.
Fortunately, nobody has been injured and it appears only two homes have been lost to the blaze that began Saturday afternoon.



JUNE 14 - Over $175,000 was raised in the annual 24-hour relay.  I was glad to again be a part of the fundraising event for the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs and Easter Seals Camp with on-site photography and attempting my first ever Charity Auction.



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