|Photo by Jo-Ann Holden (copyright)|
Musician on Skis
The first photo-blog that I would like to talk about is Musician on Skis, which was created by Jo-Ann Holden, a classical pianist. In an email she tells me that she teaches piano, as well as performing with singers and instrumentalists for recitals, auditions and competitions. While I have not seen her perform (perhaps that will be the subject of a future music-related post!) I have spent time on her blog, which contains many gorgeous photographs, taken primarily in Gatineau Park.
Her photos can be classified into three categories: outdoor activities, wildlife and landscapes. Her sports-related shots capture the movement of athletes in a very natural way, which is not easy to do, as the quick movement of a sporting event is a challenging thing to photograph.
"Years ago I did buy a better camera for the race photos as I was getting mostly shots of air and boots," Jo-Ann writes in an email. "I detest start and finish lines ... and try to find exciting vantage points on the race course. I take far too many photos and throw out most of them. It's a labour of love!"
|Photo by Jo-Ann Holden|
"I wish I were better at it," writes Jo-Ann in her email. "It's a really lucky day to see wildlife. I'm always on the lookout, though, and it does help to go out without without a gaggle of noisy friends." From my perspective, I think she is being very modest, as I consider her wildlife photos to be excellent.
|Photo by Jo-Ann holden (copyright)|
"Scenery?" writes Jo-Ann in her email, as she contemplates what attracts her to a particular landscape. "I also tend to stick close to home, rarely travel, and visit my favorite haunts over and over, in all types of weather. I hate midday and often prefer 'bad' weather to perfect sunny days."
What intrigues me about her scenery shots is how they look like works of art. This shot, for instance, has the feeling of an impressionist painting, while photographs like this are just stunning. In short, this is an excellent photo-blog that is well worth the visit.