The Seasons of Victoria Beach (Winnipeg Photographers)

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Over the past 4 years I have had the privilege of getting to know Victoria Beach. John, my fiance, is fortunate enough that his grandfather bought a cabin there in 1944 for $600. This cabin was torn down a couple of years ago and replaced with a new, modern and very beautiful cabin.  It is really more of a beach house than a cabin. We both love it there and call it our sanctuary. Most people only come to their cabins in the summer but we go all year round and we love it even more in the winter. Here are some images that I’ve taken in the 4 seasons at Victoria Beach.

SUMMER

Summer is a very busy time at VB.  There are people playing tennis, visiting in the village green, biking, walking, swimming and waiting in line at the bakery. The sunsets are amazing and the beaches are busy. The pelicans and the eagles are back and the days are long and hot. I love summer.

 

FALL

Fall is the most beautiful time at VB. The days and nights are cooler and there are fewer people around, especially after Thanksgiving. I love walking with my camera in the fall.

WINTER

It might strike you as strange but winter has become my favorite season at VB. There are a few reasons for this. First of all, the people are gone. The population goes from about 16,000 in the summer to 450 in the winter.  It’s not that I don’t like people, but I love the solitude in winter. I love walking the dogs on the roads without worrying about anyone complaining about them being off leash. I love that even on the coldest days, the wind is blocked by the trees and I can take the dogs for walks.  I love the pictures that I can take of the cold and the snow. Take a look:

 

 

SPRING

One of the really neat things about spring at VB is hearing the ice moving as it melts. The dogs can still run free and people have not returned yet. Spring leads to some really interesting pictures as well, with the contrast of the blue water and sky and the white snow and ice.

 

As you can see, it is an idyllic place in all the seasons.

We would love to see you at our sanctuary. Come for a drive and visit us. It’s only an hour from the North Perimeter and well worth the trip.

Lights, Camera, Editing, Portraits; Sept 2017

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Lights, Camera, Editing, Portraits!



Fine Art Photography


I am excited to announce that 5 of my fine art photography images are hanging at Cre8tery   (http://www.cre8ery.com/) The pictures are various sizes and prices. The largest is Autumn Pallette au Metal, which won Most Creative Image with The Professional Photographer of Canada (Manitoba). Also hanging is The Tree of Divination which won Best Contemporary Image with The Manitoba Camera Club, as well as, Lily, The Face in the Tatters and Serenity. 

Cre8tery is in the Exchange District on the  2nd floor at 125 Adelaide Street. 

It is open:Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, 12-6pm

Saturday 12-5pm

Cre8tery will be open late for First Friday on Sept. 8th.

Drop in if you have a chance. My pictures will be hanging until the end of Thanksgiving weekend.

You can view these images and a few more on this page of my website: http://www.chrismcwilliamsphotography.com/Fine-Art-Photography/. Having said that, viewing them online is no substitute for seeing them printed and mounted!
Hope you can make it.



Lights, Camera, Editing, Portraits!


This is a repeat of an article in my last newsletter. I am including it for my new clients and am also adding some information to it.

It is very important to me that you love the images from your session. I will do my utmost from the beginning of our correspondence to you’re receiving your order to make sure that you are happy with the experience and the result. To that end, I want to explain the steps in the whole process.

  1. You come for your portrait session.
  2. I put a few of your images on my blog.
  3. I do an initial editing of your images. This is often called a “soft editing”. It involves colour correction, some clean up of the background, lightening if needed and cropping. At this point, your images will not be completely edited, except for the ones on my blog.
  4. You receive a password protected gallery to review your proofs.
  5. You send your order to me by email.
  6. I do a full editing of the images that you ordered. This involves a full background clean up, removing blemishes, smoothing skin, brightening eyes, head swaps if needed, and further corrections for colour and brightness. You can preview these images after I have worked on them if you like. Once you are happy with them:
  7. You receive an invoice from me, make payment and pick up your order or have it mailed to you.

I accept payment by cash, cheque, interac e-transfer, credit cards and Paypal.

This is the most time efficient way for me to operate. Most galleries have between 20 and 50 images in them. It only takes  me a few minutes to do the “soft edit”, whereas the final edit might take 20 minutes. The soft edit includes correcting lighting and colour, as well as cropping and some skin corrections. The final edit involves a full clean up of the backdrop and more skin corrections.

You can see the progression in the images below. The first image is straight out of the camera. In the first soft edit, I lightened it, cropped it and did some colour corrections. In the final completely edited image, I straightened the floor, make the wrap more symmetrical, took some red out the babies skin, removed some of the shadow around the babies head on the left and burned the edges of the floor. The first edit didn’t take long but the final one took me about 20 minutes.

Aren’t these twins cute! They were super sleepy babies as well. I loved every minute of this session!



And Finally

Isn’t this the truth? What other record will we have that we lived? Only printed images will survive the test of time and be there for future generations to see.


Yours in Photography,

Christina



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The Winners Were……………….. (Manitoba Photographers)

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I haven’t blogged for a while because I’ve been working on other things; namely doing a big clean up and getting my books ready for my accountant. They are both things that need to be done, but I would much rather be taking pictures or editing, than doing either.

I love competing in photography competitions and being a member of The Professional Photographers of Canada allows me to do that at a high level. Competitions force me to closely examine my images and perfect them. It is a time-consuming task that involves finding the best of the best in my images and then editing them to perfection. It’s a chance to be introspective and analyze my work and make decisions on what I will do differently in the future.

Photo competitions are  not for the faint of heart. When you put your heart and soul into an image and then have it criticized or ignored, you can come away with a bruised ego. But it is a learning process and the learning is what counts. Bruised egos heal and the feedback that you get from entering is worth it.

This was my second year of entering in the Professional Photographers of Canada National Salon. Entrants to the Salon are allowed 4 images and they are scored by a panel of 5 judges. The scores are: Excellent, Merit, Accepted and not Accepted. Last year I only had one image that was accepted. This year I received a Merit, had 2 accepted, and one was not accepted. Of course, I would have loved to have had 4 Excellent scores, (which nobody actually attains) and will continue to strive for that, but I am happy that I did better than the year before.

Here are my winning images:

The Face in the Tatters won a Merit provincially in Sask and it got an Accepted Nationally.

Autumn Palette au Metal won all kinds of awards provincially. Nationally, it got accepted. Just goes to show that you never can tell how an image will do!

The Tree of Divination won a Merit Nationally.

 

You will notice that none of these are portraits, which is mainly what my business is about. I love doing portrait photography, but I  also enjoy fine art photography and playing with images. It expands my horizons and my thinking and that is all good!

Christina