I received an e-mail out of the blue from a lovely woman named Karin Dungee, who said that she had come across my website, and was inspired by my images of Antelope Canyon in Arizona. She does momme habotai silk, and did this image based on one of my photos. Karin wrote and advised, " Just so you know, the word "momme" is actually a unit of weight for silks, not a silk type. I think this work was done on 10 momme habotai silk. Sometimes I use 16 MM, which is heavier and I actually prefer the way it hangs. Thanks Karin for presenting us with this piece of artwork.
Art in the Attic 2016 is a great venue to see and purchase a variety of artwork created by local Ottawa artists. Click here to read more about it.
Art in the Attic is a weekend art show in Almonte, Ontario. It takes place at the Old Town Hall in Almonte, starting Friday, May 6th at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The venue continues Saturday 10:00 am to 7:00 pm and finishes Sunday, May 8th with hours from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Driving from Ottawa to Almonte is a 35 minute trip, and this brings you to a beautiful, historic town with restaurants that cover the spectrum from country diner to modern haut cuisine. There are a number of shops along the main street, right around the corner from the Art in the Attic venue.
So, consider making a pleasant afternoon or morning trip out of it. Come and check the artwork, buy everything Chris Kiez has for sale :), then stroll the downtown and stop in a few shops and have lunch at any of the excellent restaurants that line Mill Street. Walking from the Art in the Attic venue at Old Town Hall, down Mill Street to check the shops and restaurants, and back is no more than 10-15 minutes. If you detour behind the post office on Mill Street, you can walk along side the Mississippi River on the River Walk.
I'll be hanging a variety of artwork done in acrylic prints, metal prints and gallery boxes. Some of what I'll have up is seen here. Other artists will be displaying prints, paintings, blown glass and other pieces well worth the drive to see.
Take care and see you there,
As last year, I drove from Ottawa to Angus, Ontario, to meet a very good friend who knows where the Snowy Owls hang out. I went down on Thursday, March 10th and we looked for and found a few Snowies on Friday the 11th. I drove back to Ottawa on the 11th, and my friend advised that he went back to look for the owls on the 12th, and they had already headed out. At this time of the year, getting the Snowy Owls before they move on is a great bit of timing.
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So, my good friend and colleague Marc and I traveled to the great American southwest the last week of January 2016, for the purpose of doing a week long photo trip there. There were several reasons for doing this in January; fewer people, more acceptable temperatures and the chance to get photos of snow in the desert, a unique and less-common photo subject.
I took the effort to pack and carry the best pro-level DSLR camera kit and lenses in the field. I Phones and selfie sticks are all well and good in their way, but I personally can't get pix like this with a cellphone. If you can, cheers to you! In any event, I believe our effort and time take is reflected in a superior image product for those who want my images for cards, screen savers, prints or framed work. See my contact page on this website to contact me directly if you have a special request for an image purchase (such as a print on metal or acrylic) or go to my Smugmug page to buy.
As it was, we were able to do a night tour of a the slot canyons of Arizona, where it was just myself, Marc and the guide. Normally, the slot canyons are rife with hundreds of people shoving and walking into your shot. Being alone in Antelope Canyon that night, to shoot the stars through the canyon ceilings, was to me a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We toured Zion National Park, photographing sites of majesty and beauty. We did a four-canyon tour in one day of the slot canyons owned by a tour company there, as well as fitting in a quick visit to shoot the sunset over the Horse Shoe Bend in Arizona. We toured the amazing Vermilion Cliffs of South Coyote Buttes (part Arizona, part Utah), which provided a cast of color and shape the likes of which we had never seen, props to guide Mike of Grand Circle Tours. And we ran into two other people. We missed on the lottery to visit the famous "Wave" in North Coyote Buttes, but perhaps next time. And South Coyote Buttes has natural beauty the likes of which I have never seen. We then toured Buckskin Gulch, the trail head for "The Wave", and an amazing slot canyon and confluence of trails that were jaw dropping. Heading back west to Nevada (and the Las Vegas airport, our way back home), we spend a day in Nevada's incomparable Valley of Fire; just when we thought we couldn't be amazed, the Valley of Fire did just that. I hope you enjoy the photos.
My best wildlife shots of 2015, but the year is far from over.
After a week in Utsjoki, Finland photographing the aurora borealis, I came home and found out that I missed the huge solar storm of March 17th by a few weeks! Oh well, what I would have given to have been in Finland for that event. However, I did go out on March 17th in Ottawa, along the Ottawa River to get the garkest venue for photographing the lights. It sure wasn't the show I saw at the 70th parallel, but here's what I got. As good as I've seen in many years here in Ottawa. A lot of creepy ice creacking and popping sounds that made me want to get the eff off the ice......
I'm currently at the or near the top of the world in Utsjoki, Finland, with Tony B of the Aurora Service Tours located here in Utsjoki. Tony is a displaced Brit who is enthusiastic about the aurora, and after operating an aurora forecasting service for years, decided to make a living doing something he loves. Getting here is not so difficult, since it entails getting to Helsinki, and then a flight from Helsinki to Uvalo in central Finland, from which point Tony picks you up and takes you to the site, a series of cottages with self catering (grocery stops are made along the way). Each night is spent driving to the most promising locales for sightings. If the lights are active outside your accommodation, you can shoot photos right there, as you're fairly isolated from people and light pollution. Daytime activities include tours of the fjords, dog sledding, etc. Details can be found at his site http://tours.aurora-service.eu/. And on our first night, outside my log cabin, the lights! Some of the pix here. LOW RES PIX to avoid some folks from nicking my better images for personal profit. Mounted, framed images are always available by going to my contact page or to my site at http://chriskiez.smugmug.com/ to order online. Thank you! I'll be posting more pix soon!
Wow. Out today, Mom spotted a snowy owl in a large cornfield in Ottawa's west end. High winds and very cold; I had the camera on a tripod and was using a shutter release, and still the images are soft and gooey. High winds shaking my lens? Wow. At least the nuthatch we saw later was pin sharp. Since it's just the start of winter, here's hoping I sort things out for my next snowy owl shots. Also, a riveting 15 second video of Snowy looking at me then looking away. You can almost hear the owl thought, "Who's that big doofus taking out of focus shots of me?"
Chris Kiez, a hardcore photographer since the 80's, learned to take a picture before the age of selfies and cell phone photography, training on mechanical cameras and film. After years of taking photos of all manner of subjects and people, he did over a 10 year stint as a crime scene photographer on two continents. Now, he does portrait and landscape photos, and is currently distressing the world with his relentlessly, excruciatingly boring blogging. To buy what you see on this site, click here!