Saskatchewan Aerial Photography

In June I attended the Windscape Kite Festival as and invited ‘celebrity flyer’ in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. It was my second time invited (last time was in 2011). It gave my wife and I an opportunity to have a mini-holiday out west and we took an extra week exploring southern Saskatchewan in day trips from our accommodation at McMaster Manor Bed & Breakfast near Lafleche, SK. A number of aerial sessions were undertaken. There were also a couple of disappointments where I was at ideal locations with insufficient wind. You win some, you lose some!

Here is a sample from the several locations where I flew my kite aerial gear. Click through to the galleries on my website to see many more images from each session.

 

Windscape Kite Festival – Swift Current, SK

The festival was two days on the last weekend in June. I was there as an invited guest to demonstrate Kite Aerial Photography. The wind was overpowering much of the time for most of the kite flyers including myself and rain was frequent. Regardless, a number of good images were obtained during three sessions when the bad conditions softened.

Windscape Kite Festival 2016 - Swift Current, Saskatchewan

Octopus kites at the Windscape Kite Festival 2016 in Swift Current, SK.

 

Swift Current Railway Lines

Since the kite festival proceedings didn’t begin until 10:00 am each day, I took the time one morning to do some aerial shots of the town of Swift Current and the freight railway lines running through the middle. Light was poor but it was my only opportunity and the images turned out pretty well.

Swift Current, Saskatchewan.

 

McMaster Manor Bed & Breakfast and Farm

We stayed 4 nights at this B&B near Lafleche, Saskatchewan. We used it as our home base to visit communities in the area and both the east and west blocks of Grasslands National Park. The wind was not kind to me on our day trips. I did, however get two good sessions at the farm property of the B&B. I would highly recommend staying there – great hosts and great part of the world. Just remember …. nothing is close by and that includes shops and restaurants.

McMaster Manor Bed and Breakfast and Farm.

The barn at McMaster Manor B&B in Lafleche, Saskatchewan

Farm furniture - silos, trucks and tractors.

Aerial view. Retired equipment put out to pasture.

 

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Kite Aerial Photography Highlights From Last Winter

I haven’t blogged about my Kite Aerial Photography for awhile. I thought I’d do this one post with an example from each of the six winter sessions that I undertook in the Ottawa region. If you want to see more you can go through to the respective gallery on my website by clicking on the image.

Wakefield, Quebec

Aerial photograph of the Wakefield covered bridge. The Gatineau River runs underneath it. The ski slope is Ski Vorlage and the town of Wakefield, Quebec can be seen in the distance at the top left. (click on the picture to see more pictures of this location)

Wakefield, Quebec Covered Bridge

 

Meech Creek Covered Bridge

This is a different covered bridge from the one shown above. It is not far from Wakefield but is closer to Gatineau Park on Chemin Cross Loop. (click on the picture to see more pictures of this location)

Meech Creek Covered Bridge.

Pakenham – Five Span Bridge

This is the Five Arch Stone Bridge (aka Five Span Bridge), a historic bridge located in Pakenham, Ontario on the Mississippi River (Canada). It is only a single-lane bridge but large double-trailer tractor-trailer trucks cross frequently. (click on the picture to see more pictures of this location)

The Historic Five Arch Bridge in Pakenham, Ontario.

Pakenham – Fred Millar Fields

Pakenham, Ontario from the air and the Mississippi River (Canada). Images in the gallery also include the railroad bridge and County Road 29. The Five Arch Stone Bridge can be seen in the distance in several photographs. (click on the picture to see more pictures of this location)

Mississippi River (Canada) and the town of Pakenham, Ontario.

Carleton Place

Carleton Place is on the Mississippi River (Canada). Bridge Street and the Town Hall are prominent in a couple of the photographs in this gallery. Downstream in the distance there is a weir as well as a set of rapids. (click on the picture to see more pictures of this location)

Carleton Place, Ontario during a mild winter.
Deschenes Rapids

Deschenes Rapids near Ottawa, Ontario in the Ottawa River. Britannia Yacht Club is on the far side (Ontario). On the near side in Quebec is the ruins of a mill within the rapids. (click on the picture to see more pictures of this location)

Deschenes Rapids in the Ottawa River.

 

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New Greeting Card Store

I have upgraded my greeting card store and I now use the Ottawa-based success story Shopify as the platform from which I sell cards online. Check out my mail order card series at:

https://shop.robhuntley.ca/

Barn on Mill Pond, Waba Creek - Greeting Card

Barn on Mill Pond, Waba Creek – Greeting Card

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Overflight Stock – Aerial Stock Photography

Overflight Stock - Aerial Photography

I’m happy to report that I have teamed up with a new Canadian aerial stock photography company named Overflight Stock. It has been launched by Peter Chigmaroff, a professional stock photographer/videographer with over 25 years of experience producing stock content for many of the world’s top libraries. Depending upon the image, Overflight Stock offers both exclusive and non-exclusive licensing, rights managed and royalty free, aerial stock photography and videography.

I have started to upload to the site and a few of my kite aerial photography images have started to appear, such as the one below of spring thaw on Lake Superior. Regional indexing of the site will be enhanced as the volume of stock photography for each region increases. For now my work is simply listed under the general heading of  “Canada Stock Photos“. Search “Rob Huntley” to find my small but growing collection.

Visit www.overflightstock.com when you have aerial stock photography requirements.

Stock aerial photo. It is early May and there is still ice covering sheltered portions of Lake Superior. This is near the mouth of the Montreal River. Click To View Location

Stock aerial photo. It is early May and there is still ice covering sheltered portions of Lake Superior. This is near the mouth of the Montreal River.

 

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Cuban Photography Exhibit

I’m part of an exhibit at “Oh So Good Desserts” at 261 Richmond Rd., Ottawa.
Jan 10 to Mar 4, 2016.
Vernissage Jan 10, 2016.

Cuba Photography - An exhibition at Oh So Good Desserts in Ottawa.

Cuba Photography – An exhibition at Oh So Good Desserts in Ottawa.

List of photographers in the exhibit:
Freeman Keats
Julie McCormack
Cynthia Stewart
Marc Gaudet
Bill McCloskey
Don Rooke
Rob Huntley
Bruce Amos
Mario Cerroni
Janet McGee
Peter Waiser

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Foyer Gallery 2015 – A Little Art

The current show at Foyer Gallery is titled A Little Art. It started today on December 1st, 2015 and continues until January 3, 2016. This show is a group show featuring work by most of the members of the ~30 members of the Foyer Gallery. Each member presents several pieces of work depending on size and the majority of pieces are small for consideration as holiday gifts. I am showing five 8 x 10 framed prints. The top left image in the poster is mine: “Maple Leaf Display”.

A Little Art - Foyer Gallery 2015

A Little Art – Foyer Gallery 2015

View my 5 images in the show.

From left to right and top to bottom the image titles are:

  1. The Red Boat, Peggy’s Cove
  2. The Harbour, Peggy’s Cove
  3. Respite from the Rain 1
  4. Maple Leaf Display
  5. Cattails in the Fall

 

My series of 8 x 10's in the show.

My series of 8 x 10’s in the show.

A selection of greeting cards, matted prints, a calendar and photo coasters is also available for purchase.

A Little Art runs from December 1, 2015 to January 3, 2016.

Check the Foyer Gallery website for full details of hours and location. Join the mailing list by subscribing on the website and then you will receive regular updates about our shows.

The Foyer Gallery also has a FaceBook page for you to ‘LIKE’.

Also, check out the Foyer Gallery’s  Twitter Feed which I administer as one of my contributions to the cooperative.

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El Charco Del Ingenio, San Miguel de Allende

During our February 2015 trip to San Miguel de Allende we visited El Charco Del Ingenio, a renowned botanical gardens important for it’s collection of endemic as well as rescued cacti. There are greenhouses which contain important specimens, outdoor collections in well managed garden beds, and of course a coffee shop, collectibles store and also a display of small cacti for sale in pots. Unfortunately it is illegal to take cacti out of Mexico and the penalties can be severe. So we just had to look. In addition there is a very large nature preserve riddled with hiking trails and wonderful views of canyons, the city of San Miguel de Allende, a hacienda ruins and cactus habitat. The grounds are so extensive and wonderful we spent two days of our 10-day vacation at El Charco Del Ingenio.

Prickly pear cactus in dry grasslands. Natural habitat at El Charco del Ingenio, Jardin Botanico, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Prickly pear cactus in dry grasslands. Natural habitat at El Charco del Ingenio, Jardin Botanico, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

 

A rescued cactus, probably taken from a building site or highway construction. This is Echinocactus grusonii or the Golden Barrel Cactus.

A rescued cactus, probably taken from a building site or highway construction. This is Echinocactus grusonii or the Golden Barrel Cactus.

Visit my website gallery  El Charco Del Ingenio, San Miguel de Allende for images from this beautiful location.

Also visit my website gallery San Miguel de Allende to see images from the town itself.

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