Each February, Canada’s Capital celebrates its yearly Winterlude, three weeks of outdoor winter fun and excitement. This is a big tourist draw for Ottawa, with lots going on among the three official venues. My attendance this year had a slight twist, I had one hour to capture the moment on a Saturday afternoon from the Crystal Garden in Confederation Park. This one hour was actually an assignment from my Photojournalism and Documentary Photography course run by the School of Photographic Arts Ottawa (SPAO) and led by David Barbour, a local Ottawa professional photographer. This assignment was to highlight the event and to make colour a visual connector and cohesive compositional element in the series. Such insight is key, magazine photo editors conduct the initial selection, but it’s the art directors with an eye for the visual connectors and page layout that influence the final selection of photos to be published. David illustrated this point earlier in the classroom with real life examples from his published work in Canadian Geographic magazine.
So off we went, with cameras and flash in hand in sub-zero temperatures (around -18C) to produce a series of 5-8 photos. It was a bit of a challenge working through the crowds, getting just-in-time good focus, and managing several dysfunctional camera moments due to cold. Overall, it was great fun and these blog photos were later critiqued in class the following Saturday.
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