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Show off your Best Angle!

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Hi everyone.

I feel that I’m somewhat behind with news here at my The Complete Picture site but that’s because I’ve been really busy with taking my project PolePics live. 

If you’ve ever wondered how birds see the world then this project is from you! Lots of information is arriving over on the dedicated polepics website. More importantly, especially in these tough economic times, if you want to use images to drive business to your business then this service is for you!

On Site


Millennium Point

Millennium Point, Prince Edward County


Tonnes of exciting news coming up so please check back soon.



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2009-04-30 at 11:38 am

Memorial Hockey Tournament

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Hello Everyone.

My photographs of all the action at the Richard Scruby Memorial Tournament are now on line and avaliable to purchase.

Please click HERE or on ANY PICTURE  to go to the gallery

5×7’s are $10 each, that includes the tax, and will generate approx $5 of proceeds per image for the trust fund. A number are also off to a local newspaper.


The Winners

The images are arranged as best as possible in team groups, although by nature of the sport many shots have players from both teams. I do have many more images so if you do not see yourself then ket me know and I can check my files.

The easiest way for me to manage any purchases is for each team to supply a list of requirements – each picture has a number below it – by the end of April and I can make the prints and hae them sent to you shortly afterwards.

Alternative sizes are possible, please contact me direct for details. Lets see if we can make a few more $ for the trust fund. 

Please feel free to comment below the pictures! 


Miles High

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Hello all.

During my Equinox show at Gallery ArtsPlus Belleville  I’ll be providing information regarding the images ever few days. Today I take you high into the sky with a print titled Miles High.


'Miles High'

I titled it Miles High because the aeroplane that is producing the contrail is about 7miles up in the sky between Toronto and Montreal. It is probably on route from somewhere in the US to Europe and the crew would be settling down for a short night as they race towards the sunrise that they will meet over the Eastern Atlantic in a few hours time.   I personally love the colours and the way the light from the setting sun plays with the clouds creating an amazing perspective, suggesting a very high vantage point.

This print is FOR SALE in a variety of sizes and price points and as always is subject to a maximum of 50 in total. For a limited time (26 March – 26 April 2009) it can be purchased through GalleryArtsPlus, Belleville. Following the show CLICK HERE to find out how to purchase.

CLICK HERE for an information sheet that details prices, image sizes and other details.

All the best, Steven


‘the complete picture’


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.

An Award for Natural Support

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I’ve recived two exciting emails over the past couple of days. Firstly both of my pieces were selected for the Art in the County Show, which is something I’m pretty proud of. 

This excitement developed further yesterday when I was told that I had won an award for Natural Support. Wow wee! I’m not sure what award I have won – I’ll have to see if the web site gets updated to provide more information, but needless to say I am very pleased to have a piece recognized at the show.



The example entered is matted and framed by myself, the image area being approx. 151/2″ x 101/2. This is an example of what is under the matt of one of my signature edition prints.


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2008-06-21 at 6:40 am

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


Don’t be a sheep in a land of beauty.

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Today is earth day. There will be a lot of stuff about turning out lights, probably a bash at air travel, supermarkets, gas prices, hybrid cars, the list goes on. How we must plant more trees, do more of this less of that. How we must convince politicians….


“Bethel Road Sunrise”

However the real answer to our problems is in principle simple – plus it’s free.

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2008-04-21 at 8:23 pm

Let’s all go to the Beach…

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Hello Everyone.


“Grand Designs at Sandbanks!”

18months ago I bought a tripod, it’s one of the most critical photography purchases I’ve made. And at about $1500 for the base, ball head, clamp, and attachments, it needed to be right. I could take the family on holiday for this, or add another useful lens to my camera bag!!!

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