Come See Me at Kempenfest 2012!

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Kempenfest 2012 is upon us, and for the third year I’ll be participating! Kempenfest is the largest arts and crafts festival in the region, of which I claim my own little corner of.

The last two years have been very successful for me, and I’m very excited to show off my new work (and all of the crowd favourites), hopefully destined to be in the homes of admirers. I will also have copies of my book available, as well as snowflake greeting cards (you’ll want to see these!).

If you’ve got time this weekend and simply want to stop by and talk photography, I’d love that. If you’d like to support me and put some great art on your walls, I’d love that even more.

Where you can find me:

I’m in spot 109A (same as previous years), right in front of the washrooms on Centennial Beach – easy to get to! I’m there from 10AM-6PM from Saturday August 4 to Monday August 6, 2012. It’s looking like Sunday is going to give us some rain, but that might be just the time to visit if you want to beat the crowds. 🙂 Saturday and Monday look beautiful, however!

Let’s add some photos to this post too. I’ve been shooting lots of nature work lately, including waterfalls, water droplets and tons of macro work. Here’s a fun spider web photo:

I sprayed the web with a mist bottle, the special ingredient to this photograph. The sun was low on the horizon and cast a dark shadow behind the web, giving the dark background. Shot with natural light and my new Canon 1D X, which performs extremely well at the high ISO settings required to make this image. Now for a fun insect picture:

This is a Leaf-cutter bee, an adorable little insect. I’ve photographed these bees before in flight, and they are very fast insects and hard to get in focus. Sometimes, you get lucky! They collect pollen, but not in the usual way. Honey Bees gather pollen in cavities on their legs, where Leaf-cutter Bees have a “pollen brush” on their abdomen. They land on a flower and stick their but in the air, and proceed to add pollen to it with their hind legs. Happy with the new addition, they move on to more flowers. Equally fascinating are butterflies:

It’s wonderful to think that such a tiny, fragile insect, fueled only by flowers, can travel so far and so fast. Some butterflies can travel thousands of kilometers in their lifetime on very fragile wings. Nature is truly remarkable, and I have a print of this image in my exhibition at Kempenfest. Stop by to check it out!

Thanks to everyone who has supported me in my photographic career so far – you’ve helped me to get to this point and I couldn’t be happier about it. I’m hoping that Kempenfest this year will help me a step further along this wonderful adventure. 🙂