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    February 24, 2015
    I am pleased to announce that I will be touring select communities and cities in Ontario during the latter half of May following the release of my recent book 'Mike Grandmaison's Ontario' by Turnstone Press. You can preview a few images from the book from past blog postings. Clicking on the image above will allow you to connect on other links.

    The various events will include some traditional book signings as well as some illustrated presentations. See the list below for an event taking place near you.

    We are currently working behind the scenes to book additional signings / presentations in other venues and cities. We will be adding more venues in the weeks to come so please check in regularly to see any new updates.

    I am looking forward to meeting many of you along the way - friends, family, photographers, naturalists, and anyone interested in beautiful images from the great province of Ontario!

    Before we start the journey through Ontario however, we launch the tour in Winnipeg with the pages just barely dry from the press at Friesens!

    Thursday, April 9 7:00pm (Atrium)
    Book Signing at McNally Robinson Booksellers (Grant Shopping Centre)
    Winnipeg, Manitoba

    Tuesday, May 19 7:00pm
    Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at Dryden Camera Club
    Dryden, Ontario

    Wednesday, May 20 7:00pm
    Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at 'Imagetrekkers Photography Club'
    Thunder Bay, Ontario

    Saturday, May 23 1:00 - 3:00 pm
    Book Signing at Costco
    Sudbury, Ontario

    Sunday, May 24 1:00 - 3:00 pm
    Book Signing at Chapters
    Sudbury, Ontario

    Tuesday, May 26 7:30 pm
    Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at the 'Trillium Photographic Club'
    East Plains United Church, Peart Hall
    375 Plains Road East
    Burlington, Ontario

    Tuesday, June 2 7:00 pm
    Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at the 'RA Photo Club'
    Ottawa, Ontario
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    February 5, 2015
    This is Day 1 of my art challenge where I will post 'Art for Five Days'. I was nominated by Lut Meyer, owner of Grolle Fine Art in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Grolle Fine Art is now representing my art work and I thought it would be appropriate to display our 'exclusive collection'. Today I nominate Wendy-Erhardt Kroeker to the 'Art For Five Days Challenge' (any number of pieces) and then to nominate another artist from any discipline.

    Please click on the image to see the Gallery of the entire Exclusive Collection.
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    February 3, 2015
    While working on the Ontario book, I literally viewed thousands of images. Many of these images were stored on hard drives and had yet to be processed. This particular image is one of the many that I had simply forgotten and rediscovered while going through the various folders on my hard drives. I made the initial discovery in the summer of 2011 on 'Lake of Bays' in Muskoka as the warm colored sunlight skimmed above the slow moving blue water just before the sun dipped below the horizon. A lazy summer day!
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    February 3, 2015
    The Ontario book is mostly behind me now. The photographs have been selected, laid out and prepared. All the text has been written and now I wait for the call to drive to Altona, MB to do the prepress work to make sure that the images print as close as possible to what I have envisioned. Once we receive the proofs and check them over, I will return to Altona to print the book. Press checks are always a little stressful because that is when you see the final product on paper (signatures) before the book is actually assembled. About a week later the book should arrive in Winnipeg at which point the distribution to book stores and boutiques begins. Marketing has already started but will jump into 'high gear' once the book is printed. We will start with book launches in Winnipeg followed by a book tour to various cities throughout Ontario. Producing books is a lot of work; I guess that's partly why a book is called a 'labour of love'!

    My publisher Turnstone Press has planned a book launch at McNally Booksellers in Winnipeg for April 9. More info about book launches coming soon.

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    February 2, 2015
    January ended with a blast of cold and surprisingly beautiful sundogs and a halo.

    I happened to look out my window early Saturday morning while managing my email messages and noticed that sundogs were accompanying the rising sun. I didn't think much about the weather and within a few minutes, I was driving out of Winnipeg. Within 5 minutes, I made my first stop on the TransCanada Highway east of Winnipeg and soon realized that it was bitterly cold. At -30 degrees Celsius and with a good wind to boot, it was closer to -40 degrees Celsius. One could barely stay out for a few minutes at a time. I must have stayed out there longer than I should have because my daughter noticed 'splotchy skin' on my face, an indication that I had suffered mild frost bite - the price nature photographers often pay for their craft and art!

    A sundog (parhelion) is an atmospheric phenomenon that consists of a pair of bright spots on either side on the sun, often co-occurring with a luminous ring known as a 22° halo. In the last two images, such a halo surrounds the sun. Sun dogs occur when plate-shaped hexagonal ice crystals from very cold weather or from high and cold cirrus clouds refract light. The crystals, which act as prisms, bend the light rays at a minimum of 22°. A halo (complete ring around the sun) occurs if the ice crystals are randomly oriented. However, if the crystals sink through the air and become vertically aligned, the sunlight is refracted horizontally, resulting in sundogs.

    I made the following images with a 17-35mm lens set to its widest focal length except for the last image where I used a 24mm PC or tilt/shift lens. Both lens were fitted with a polarizing filter to increase the contrast and saturate the colors. All images, except for the first one, were made near Lorette, Manitoba.

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