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1st Feature Photographer Exhibition

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Hello Everyone.

It seems that it is only a few days ago that the phone rang and I was asked whether I’d be able to supply enough photographic images to fill a gallery at an upcoming exhibition. Equinox, Gallery Arts Plus, Belleville 26MArch – 26April 2009. Despite the short notice and the arrival of the polepics mast I decided to go for it. The chance of my first significant exhibition in this area is too good an opportunity to pass by. 


The theme for the show is Folk, Colour and Fantasy and due to the short notice I’d be using images from my library of images rather than shooting specifically for the exhibition. It took several hours to search through my archives and I really must get round to sorting out all the files in Light-room soon!

I decided that all prints would be made specifically for the exhibition. Some images would only need a little processing, but others would need to be worked from scratch. I even made one new picture with the mast system!! All went very well until it came to making the prints when some serious banding problems occurred. Eventually I managed to resolve them, but the stock of archival inks was heavily depleted during the rectification requiring an overnight delivery to be ordered at extra expense. 

I also upgraded to Photoshop CS4 during the period and ran into Scratch disk problems that took an evening of internet searching to resolve. Thankfully with a day to go to the hanging deadline I’d made most of the prints. Now making the frames is also part of my mission and so I’d placed an order with National Art in Nova Scotia to supply the mouldings and other bits and pieces like Matt Board. They’d arrived in good time and so I looked forward to some chopping and fixing. 

It was during this that I discovered that the specific chuck key for the thumbnail joiner was missing. I searched high and low, knowing that we packed it for our move about a year ago. Eventually it turned up but half a day was gone. So the matt cutting went on late into the night, in-fact right through to next morning!!!!

So I’m relieved that most of the work is done. Just some glazing to be cut and we are done.


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Steven Draper is an award winning ”freestyle photographic artist” based in Prince Edward County, Ontario Canada. His high quality images cover a range of subject matter but are conceived and created ” from the heart.” Steven is also the Founder and CEO of Polepics, ‘Photography head and shoulders above the rest.’ All material on this web-site is subject to copyright and is not permitted to be reused or re-distributed without the prior written permission of Steven Draper, his heirs or executors.


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2009-03-19 at 7:25 am

Studio Tour 2009

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I’m very pleased to announce today that Steven Draper Photography has been accepted onto the prestigious Prince Edward County Studio Tour 2009. To be accepted requires not only a studio to meet strict criteria regarding public visits but a Jury to assess a current portfolio of work. The standard has to be among the very best in order to gain acceptance.

So I’m very excited! This event brings thousands of art loving couples, individuals and art collectors to Prince Edward County during the three day event which takes place in mid September, although many studios are open throughout the year. (check 09 tour guide on publication for details) It provides an opportunity to experience a huge amount of behind the scenes information about artists work, the equipment, and techniques etc.  

I’ll be publishing further details here in due course, but if you are in Ontario during 2009 and enjoy meeting the people behind the words and pictures of blogs then please drop us a line and I’d love to have you visit.

To get a flavour of the quality of the ‘PEC arts tour’ please take a look at the 2008 Tour Guide.


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2008-12-1 at 10:39 pm

‘Reflective cycles in Dreamland’

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With my studio upgrade nearly complete I’m pleased to announce a new Signature Edition print release.

'Reflective cycles in Dreamland'

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Critical Event

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The past week has been very busy, and the outcome wasn’t just improvements to the organization of my hard drives, or the disorganization of my blog by playing with different themes and losing all my widget info!

Critical Event is the name given to my event photography work, and it will now reside with its own galleries and info blog – “criticalevent”. This will just make it easier to navigate around each zone, I mean if you are looking at event photo’s do you care about arty fine art prints that cost several times as much?



“Thanks Dad”

One thing I don’t subscribe to is that a “lower” standard of work should be acceptable just because you are not always in control of every aspect of a shot, and any workflows needs to be carried out promptly. Yes some moments do have to be grabbed very quickly and people don’t want to be standing around while you make several camera adjustments, or attempt some more creative angles. So a use a puff of fill flash, set f8 and keep an eye on your shutter speed and ISO – Oh, watch for those highlight blow-outs that wreck images! I still shoot Raw, you just never know when you might need all the data!

I think, if you are photographing other people at an event, then as a photographer you have a responsibility to ensure that the images you present respect the moments that you capture. So I still have a quality over quantity approach, even if that does mean dumping the million dollar winning smile because you’ve managed to capture, in the soft focus of the background, a view down some mum’s top as she bends down to adjust her point and shoot. 


Outside Event work isn’t all about smile, grins or gritty expressions either, my over-riding photographic philosophy applies – stand still, look around and with the benefit of a quality telephoto you can reach into magical moments, and capture them forever.

So have a look at these shots, take a peak at my latest gallery let me know what you think.

Take Care