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  • Posted On:
    July 10, 2014
    It's been three weeks since the first Riding Mountain Photo Workshop was held in beautiful Riding Mountain National Park. Since then, some of the participants have been busy processing their images, putting some of the knowledge they learned in class into practice. I asked each and everyone to submit three of their favorite images made at the workshop, including the image they chose to print as a fine art print. Click on the image of the bison -made by Susan Rogers - to see the other images in the gallery. I will add other images as they become available. In general, I was quite impressed with the quality of images submitted. And the prints were delightful to see come off the printer. Enjoy!
  • Posted On:
    June 29, 2014
    The first Riding Mountain Photographic Workshop was held last weekend from June 20 to 22. Ken Frazer and I offered a variety of opportunities to our participants that ranged from field outings, demonstrations, in-class lectures, critiques and interesting conversation. We had a wonderful group of participants that worked extremely well together and who shared eagerly amongst each other throughout the weekend. From a selection of images created by each participant, Ken wielded his magic to print each participant a beautiful 16x20" fine art print. In a future posting, I will post these beautiful prints.

    The weather was active but we managed to keep dry during all of our field excursions. Of course, inclement weather often offers great photographic opportunities and this proved to be the case again during this workshop. I stayed an extra day after the workshop to photograph, as did most of the participants.

    We would like to sincerely thank our sponsors, Roy Ramsay of Outdoor Photography Canada magazine, and Phil Nielson of Amplis Photos. Your support was much appreciated.

    All the workshop participants and I would like to extend our sincerest appreciation to Ken for being part of the workshop as much as he could be. Ken's wife, Eileen, fell seriously ill a few days before the workshop and Ken went back and forth from Riding Mountain to Brandon a number of times to be at Eileen's side. Our thoughts are with you and your family and we look forward to seeing you again in the not too distant future.

    Click on the image to view a gallery of images from the first Riding Mountain Workshop.
  • Posted On:
    June 14, 2014

    This is your last chance to register for the Riding Mountain Photographic Workshop that takes place from June 20-22. Photograph the 'Summer Solstice' - 'the beginning of Summer' - in the sublime environment of Riding Mountain as Ken Frazer and I share our vision, our approaches and techniques in the field and at the computer. There will be plenty of hands-on experience, demonstrations and opportunities to receive positive critiques. Along with learning to create memorable images, you will also learn about what it takes to produce a 'fine print'. Come and share your love of photography with a select group of like-minded individuals in one of the region's most scenic places! For 'everything you need to know about the workshop but were afraid to ask’, please check the website at www.ridingmountainworkshop.com
    Posted In:This And That
  • Posted On:
    May 22, 2014
    Workshop News - Less than a month to go ....

    How time flies! In just less than a month, 'Photoshop Guru' Ken Frazer and I will be meeting up with the workshop participants in Riding Mountain National Park to embark on a 'little journey of learning'. Ken and his wife Eileen were up at the Park this past weekend and the evidence of a long and cold winter is quickly disappearing. Bring on the summer!!!

    We are gearing up for a very intensive photographic weekend. Personally, I am looking forward to showing you some of my favorite locations in the park. It is always exciting to share photography with others and I am thrilled to spend 4 days exploring the park with you, photographing various subjects at dawn, dusk and other times in between and, sharing more than 35 years of field experience. Ken is excited about filling your head with all the latest in the world of image editing and file preparation. A large format printer will be on-hand to allow you to take home a fine art print of one of your favorite images from the weekend. We will be able to give all participants plenty of one-on-one coaching to help you achieve your photographic goals. And we hope to inspire you with plenty of imagery during our instructional sessions! The greatest inspiration should obviously come from experiencing the park itslef!

    We have made some minor tweeks to the website. If you haven't seen it yet, we invite you to have a look and learn all about the workshop! You are more than welcome to give us a call at 1-866-285-1647 (Ken) or 1-204-254-3131 (Mike) should you have any questions.

    Please feel free to pass this note along to anyone you think might enjoy or benefit from this unique experience!

    Looking forward to meeting you soon!
  • Posted On:
    May 2, 2014
    Mike is one of 10 recipients to be honoured with a RISING STAR AWARD from Uniquely Manitoba which celebrates its 10th year of operation. The RISING STAR AWARDS recognize Manitoba artists for their outstanding artistic achievements, community spirit and unique creative performances. The 10 RISING STAR AWARDS are given out to honour one artist in each of the first 10 years of Uniquely Manitoba’s existence. Moving forward, one RISING STAR AWARD will be presented yearly to a talented Manitoba artist.

    The awards will be presented at a special event on Monday, May 5th - 12 Noon - at the Manitoba Hydro Building, 360 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB. The General Public is invited to attend. The Public is also invited to meet some of these artists and see their artworks during a Trade Show at the same location Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (May 5-7, 2014) from 7 AM to 4:30 PM.

    The complete list of award recipients include:


    Cathy Sutton

    Heidi Hunter

    Helma Rogge Rehders

    Jackie Traverse

    Jake Goertzen

    Jo’Anne Kelly

    Mike Grandmaison

    Pat Bruderer

    Sarah Collard

    Victoria McIntosh


    Laurie-Lynn Green

    Linda (Raven) Dorian

    Gail Penner

    Iris Lauzon

    For more information, please contact Darlene Dolinski, Project Manager, at:

    (204) 261-5373
    Posted In:This And That
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