Winning Images (Winnipeg Fine Art Photography)


Last night was the Annual Banquet for the Manitoba Camera Club. We had a lovely meal catered by Ludwig’s Catering from Bird’s Hill. As part of the banquet we always announce the winners and trophies are given out. I was the lucky recipient of 2 trophies. The first one was for this print in the monochrome category. There is a bit of a story that goes with this print. It was taken on a hill side in Calgary during a recent visit. My son, Andrew runs on the trails in this area and had come across this spot with 2 abandoned cars. The 4 of us, Andrew, his wife and son and myself, went on a hike to get to the spot and it was truly amazing to see 2 abandoned, rusted out old cars in the water,  in the middle of nowhere. I would love to know the story of how the cars got there in the first place. One can only imagine. No roads and they ended up in the water. I hope the occupants were alright after this apparent off roading.

This is quite an impressive trophy and weighs a ton! The names on it go back to 1939 and are interesting to read.

The second trophy that I received is one called The President’s Trophy and is given to a club member every year who makes a significant contribution to the club. I am honored to have gotten the trophy and will continue to work on making the Manitoba Camera Club a welcoming and valuable place for people interested in photography to come to.

The following images also placed in the competition.

Happy New Year (Winnipeg Photographers)


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A new year is like a fresh beginning and people everywhere make all kind of resolutions on ways to improve their lives. This year, I’m not making any resolutions but I do have some goals. I continue to want to grow my business. 2010 was a great year for my photography. I saw my client list triple and saw many repeat clients. Thank you to everyone who came to me to capture memories. I cannot even tell you how much I love being able to do that for you. One of my other goals for 2010 was to go on a photography trip and the trip to Ely, Minnesota was just that. It was an amazing week with 6 other fellow photographers. The camaraderie and the great photo opportunities made this week very memorable. I have plans to go to China in April, 2011 and am looking forward to the pictures I will take there.

I’m excited by the start of a new year and the possibilities that it holds. Besides photo opportunities I am looking forward to spending time with family and friends and continuing to learn and grow as a person.

To all of my readers; I hope the new year brings you joy, fulfillment, health and success. I hope that in 2011 you are able to act on your dreams, hopes and desires. I hope that 2011 sees progress in the world and that this new decade ushers in  a more peaceful time.

And the Winners Were: 10.10 (Winnipeg Landscape Photographers)

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The topic this month at Manitoba Camera Club was The Five Elements. I entered a lot of the images from my trip to Ely, Minnesota. Here are the ones that placed in the competition:

This image of Gooseberry Falls won a 3rd place in the Monochrome category.

These leaves were in a retention falls in the Ely area. This image won 1st place in the colour category and also won Image of the Month.

I put a layer of water on top of these leaves. This won a 1st Honorable Mention in the Projected category.

Chris in Europe 09 (Winnipeg Landscape Photographer)

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I had planned to blog while I was away but the time is going quickly and this is my first post. The fact is, that taking the pictures and downloading them is taking a lot of time.  Also internet connections are not always the best for uploading files. But here I am in Steyr, a beautiful city in Austria that also happens to be where I was born and where I lived the first five years of my life.  This is the highlight of my trip. Paris was great. Vienna was too but both are huge cites, especially Paris and I am more drawn to smaller places. Steyr has a population of 40,000 so it is a great size.  It also has some of the oldest buildings in Europe, as well as a variety of styles of archetecture (a subject I know virtually nothing about). We went to an abby a couple of days ago, which was amazing. We also were in Salzburg where there are many beautiful sites. The heat there was oppressive and there is not air conditioning. I didn’t feel that my images of Salzburg did it justice, as the heat got in the way.

Here are just  a few of the 1000s of pics that I’ve taken:

This first one is of the Claude Monet gardens in Giverny. The woman just happpened to be standing there wearing a perfect white dress.

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The fireworks were part of the celebration of Bastille Day in Paris. There must have been a million people there. I’ve never been a part of a crowd that big and quite frankly, don’t care if I ever am again. I need to do some photoshopping with this one.

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This is the view from the fabulous hotel that I am staying in called Hotel Minichmayr. Isn’t that beautiful!! And the rooms, the staff and the food is wonderful. You can find them at this link:

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Another image taken right from my hotel window.

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This was taken at the abby in St. (oops can’t remember right now). What a spot that is!! Simply amazing. There were even 1000s of skulls in the basement.


Hard to believe how quickly the time is going and that my trip is almost over, but it is. And soon I will be back in Winnipeg to pursue my other photography passion, and that is family, children and wedding pictures.


Ice in May (Winnipeg Landscape Photographer)

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I had written about going to a workshop at Delta Marsh. It was a ton of fun even though it was freezing out for a lot of the weekend. Here are some of the images from the weekend.  The ice on the lake made for a really beautiful sunsets. Sunrise was amazing as well, but this photographer didn’t do the 5:15 a.m. get up for sunrise.

Enjoy these images.


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Tomorrow I am doing a maternity shoot. Check back for those images.


Photography Exhibition of China (Winnipeg Landscape Photographer Tse Li Luk)

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Take advantage of the opportunity to see some wonderful photographic images of the Huangshan Mountains of China at the Millenium Library for all of May. Winnipeg photgrapher and physician Tse Li Luk took the photographs in this exhibition on a recent trip to China.

The exhibition is on for all of May.

Stop at the library and see this amazing work. Prints are also available at

Hope to see you there.



Night Photography (Winnipeg Landscape Photographer)

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The last theme for competition for Manitoba Camera Club was low light/night. I had mentioned this in an earlier post but did not post the actual images that I entered. Well, judging has happened and so here are the entries:






So how do you think they did?

The sky view of the Exchange District finished as first BUT as I labeled it incorrectly it was disqualified.I will be entering it again in the annual Open, which is in April, and I will be SURE to label it correctly.

The traffic lights got an Honorable Mention and would have placed higher, except for the fact that I left a flag in one of the office windows. The judge had a problem with some elements of the lane picture, which I have since removed. I will be entering that one in the Open as well.

I’m not giving away all of my entries into the Open, but this is a real favorite. I took this at a place out near Anola, MB. This sweet little girl was a joy to photograph. She was not one bit awkward or self conscious in front of the camera and loved all of her pets, and there were a ton of pets; horses, goats, dogs, cats, ducks, and more. It still is one of my all time favorite shoots!!




The eyes really are the window to the soul and this image draws you right in with both of their eyes. Talk about a beautiful cat and girl!! It all just works sometimes, and this is one example of everything coming together in an amazing way. Makes this photographer’s heart soar.

Till next time,