I joined the PPA (Professional Photographers of America) last May upon graduating from Langara College. A couple of weeks back I decided to participate in the Western States District Competition as this was going to be the very first time that the PPA was accepting digital images! Previously, PPA competitions were based on prints only.
I am beyond honoured to share that, not only were all the images I submitted accepted – but 3 out of those 4 images earned Seals of Approval – equivalent of a “Merit” in Canada – I believe. I am pretty blown away! I am now submitting them to the International Competition and considering a different 4th image other than the “Lions Gate Bridge” I submitted.
Thank you to all of you who assisted me not only with feedback in preparation of my image submissions but also guidance and advice in preparation of the competition process – Patricia Mathis, Karen Learmonth, Anna Beaudry, Don MacGregor and Sam Gardner.
Many of you on Facebook were asking to see the images – so I am posting them here to share – the first 3 were given Seals of Approval and the last one “Lions Gate Bridge” was Accepted:
"Mourning A Fading Tradition"
"A Tense Moment"
"Lions Gate Bridge"
This past weekend, I’ve been playing a bit of “catch-up” in my editing. Back in January, I had attended the annual Imaging USA Trade Show and Conference in San Antonio, Texas.
The state of the weather when I landed was much colder than Vancouver – it was in the minus temps. with wind chill, and freezing rain throughout the week. The cold temperatures persisted most of my stay with the exception of the day before I left. The sun came out, the temperature rose to a lovely 70 degrees F. and so I grabbed my camera and hit the streets with a few friends and visited the Alamo. We spent a good portion of the later afternoon shooting on the grounds of the Alamo and doing some fun portrait sessions in the gardens.
I LOVE older buildings and structures like this. With my camera, I can get completely lost in photographing stonework architecture and the beautiful details inherent in them.
For these images, I used my 5D Mark II with the one lens I brought with me, the standard 24-70 mm F 2.8 L IS. In my editing of the images I’ve given them an older type of “antiqued” look to them as I felt it fit the “feel” of the structure best.