October 2014 Kingston Peninsula Workshop

This past October 2014 I was lucky enough to participate in a fantastic photography workshop in New Brunswick, Canada with photographers Freeman Patterson and Andre Gallant.

I was hesitant to post a blog entry on the workshop so long after the experience, but in thinking about the week spent in New Brunswick I was reminded of the wonderful, inspirational and educational experience it was, and that alone seems reason enough to write a little entry.

I am not much of a documentary writer (or photographer for that matter), so rather than describe the details of the experience I will describe my impressions, my ideas and my thoughts.

Overall, the workshop was amazing.  Truly an experience of a lifetime.  The setting was breathtaking:  the Kingston Peninsula in wonderful fall colours. We were very lucky with the weather (cold but very little rain)

My main take-away from the workshop in terms of where I want to go with my own photography was not in the technical education that I received, but rather, in finding and understanding my own purpose for photography.  I have photographed for many years, but have almost exclusively focused on the pursuit as a cathartic act of seeing and capturing.  Rarely have I considered why I see what I see, or why I capture what I do in the ways that I do.  This is what I feel my photography needs from me.  Some definition.  Some thought.  Some questions (and maybe some answers?).

Some Technical/Practical Take-Aways:

  • Panning - I have taken pictures using this technique before, but Andre showed that it can be taken much further, for a much more startling effect.
  • Composite Montages - I had never done these before the workshop, but with Andre's help, learned how to.  A whole new world of creative exploration has opened up to me.  
  • Multiple exposures - still need practice with that, but the effects that I saw in the workshop were really neat.

I think that the most lasting impression I have from the workshop is of the inspirational photographers I was able to work with everyday, including Freeman and Andre.  I still feel filled to capacity with the amount that I learned from everyone at this workshop.  

For details on this workshop and others offered by Andre and Freeman visit Freeman Patterson's website here:  freemanpatterson.com/workshops

Notes from the last lecture given by photographer Freeman Patterson at the Kingston Peninsula workshop in October 2014.

Notes from the last lecture given by photographer Freeman Patterson at the Kingston Peninsula workshop in October 2014.

Notes from Andre Gallant's lecture of using Panning in photography.  Also, images of the only white pines I found all week and a spruce I am unfamiliar with.

Notes from Andre Gallant's lecture of using Panning in photography.  Also, images of the only white pines I found all week and a spruce I am unfamiliar with.