If one of your goals when you get outside to enjoy Canada's vast natural spaces this summer is to bring home some awe-inspiring photographs, you may be wondering where to start. We spoke with Bruce Kirkby, an award-winning wilderness writer and adventure photographer to get his take on what makes a great nature photo.
Most people have their photography in either one of two formats; the paper kind randomly stored in shoe boxes and plastic bins and/or the digital ones that we take with reckless abandon. As a result, too many photos are scattered across hard drives, duplicated, mismatched, poorly named and utterly disorganized. It may be time to put some those memories into order. A little bit of purposeful planning and a few hours of getting your current photos into the right files will be rewarding activity on a rainy day.
Anyone who has lost important information after a computer failure will be able to relate scene from the show, Sex in the City. Sarah Jessica Parker's MacBook crashes while she typing. Later, a technician, while diagnosing the crash, asks when was the last time she backed up her work. She says, "Umm, I don't do that."
I don't like pictures of myself, and I did a lot of self-reflection about that during the selfie project. The rules for the Selfie Project were simple: post at least five selfies on Facebook over the course of a week and talk to me about the experience afterwards. I don't consider myself "attractive" in any way the idea is bounced around: cute, pretty, beautiful, sexy. I am not alone.
Now, unless you've been living under a rock, you know New Zealand is ground zero for LOTR fans. Roughly seven hours of driving from Wellington (two from Auckland) will get you to Matamata. This rural town transitions to Middle Earth on sections of a bucolic 1,250-acre sheep farm that has been turned into a permanent attraction.