Light is Everything!

Souris Valley

Souris Valley MX

So I had this idea for a photo shoot. Call me crazy, but it just happens. I get an idea and it plagues me until it comes to fruition. I wanted to do a dramatic portrait at the Souris Valley Motocross. I had the whole thing sketched out in my mind, pre visualized down to the last detail. I wanted a sunset. I wanted cool lighting. I wanted a cool subject. Jen willingly agreed to be my cool subject and she rocked the set! 😎 I got my cool dramatic lighting but I didn’t get my sunset. Instead, we got some wicked pre-storm clouds! And, I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! I’m so glad that hitches come in the photo plans because often they turn out better than if things had simply gone according to my preconceived ideas. I’m super thankful that this shoot came together the way it did. The colours of the incredible sky and Jen’s gear all worked together beautifully. I love these personal photo projects and I hope to do many more! 😀



Closed for Business

The definitive sign of spring on the prairies – besides wood ticks –  is the crocus. Yesterday when Jimmy was out running his new greyhound dog, he and I were kibitzing about this and that. I looked down and behold! I saw some tiny little friends just starting to poke through the grass. This is the last sign that spring must finally be here, despite the snow we had yesterday. The crocuses don’t lie, even if they are closed for business. 😉 I don’t blame them for not opening up yet. Too darn cold. The forecast for today is Cloudy with sunny periods. High plus 4. UV index 5 or moderate. 🙂

Photography Club

Well, I’m totally stoked! Tonight we are having the very first get together of the Souris Valley Photography Club! It’s a Facebook club that I started 2 years ago to see if there was any interest in starting a photography club down here in the south east corner. Several people signed up and tonight we are having our meet & greet to discuss and brainstorm some possibilities for the club. My chief concern is that I have never been part of a photography club before, so I’m blazing a new trail for myself and others. But we have a ton of very talented photographers all over the place here, so I’m hopeful this will really take off.

My current vision is to have a monthly get together where a topic would be presented, a time of discussion & shop talk, photo sharing and then have an assignment for next time, whether it be black & white photos, sunsets, wildlife, portraits, the color purple, whatever. I’m excited also to organize a couple of photo walks in the spring and fall to possibly capture the small-town urban atmosphere or the rural life in the countryside. The opportunities here really are endless.

So, it’s exciting! I’m pumped up and I hope there’s a good turn out. Everyone is always learning all the time and I think a local photography club can be a way of helping everyone involved take better photographs and have fun doing it!


Souris Valley Photography Club

The inaugural get together will take place on Friday January 28th at 7PM at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Oxbow (N 49° 13.606 W 102° 10.393). The purpose is to do a bit of a meet and greet, and brainstorm some possibilities for the club. Come on out and have some refreshments and a good time!