Thursday, August 26, 2010

A Photo is Worth a Thousand Blessings?

It's been a whirlwind month so far, and all because of one picture that I took, which is shown below. It was taken with a Canon 40D and my new Tokina 10-17mm fisheye lens.

I had also taken photos of the Perseid Meteor Shower a week after the Aurora, but more on that later. I had submitted my photos to and three of them got posted at the bottom of the following pages -

August 2010 Aurora Gallery page 3

August 2010 Aurora Gallery page 4

As a result of the postings, a reporter from got a hold of me and asked my permission to use one of the photos in a news story she was working on. Naturally, I said, "Yes." The story got posted on the and websites. Aurora story Aurora story

Then I got contacted by a guy who works for the Group for Earth Observation GEO and asked permission to use one of the photos in their magazine. Again, I said, "Yes." Once it is ready, I'll post some photos of it.

After that, I submitted one of the photos to the Astronomy Photo of the Day webstite APOD. While it didn't make the cut to get posted their, a woman asked permission to post the photo of the websites forum called Starship Asterisk - APOD and General Astronomy Discussion Forum

Then, the CTV News morning show Canada AM and I were in talks to do an on-camera interbiew to be broadcast during the show. Unfortunately, due to a major breaking news story, it had to be postponed. I had to submit a number of photos to them on the Aurora and the Perseid Meteor Shower, as well as a headshot in case they wanted to do a phone interview instead. Well, I'm still waiting to hear about that.

However, as a consolation prize, my Aurora photo appeared on a blog by a reporter at the local newspaper, the Saskatoon Star Phoenix. Her blog is called Mousing Around and the post she did on my photo can be found here.

As a result of her efforts, my Aurora photo was also printed in the Star Phoenix newspaper. Below is the picture of my Aurora photo in the newspaper along with a story about my good friend Bob of Blackholes and astrostuff.

One of my meteor shower pictures was chosen as one of the Yahoo Editorial Perseid Meteor Gallery.

And finally, to top it all off, one of my Aurora photos was chosen as the SkyNews Editor's Choice Photo of the Week.

I feel very blessed to have received all of this attention. It means a lot to me and has been a very special experience.


  1. Colin congratulations, I thought your story would never stopped, lol, this is amazing, and hope you get that CTV interview, that would definitely be excellent portfolio keepsake. Congrats again, I am not surprised that photo made that far, well done. On the side hope all is well with you and how is the little one. Anna :)

  2. Thanks by the way. Sorry, I missed your comment. It didn't send me an email about it. Anyway, thanks again. Family is good. Hope yours is too. Take care.

  3. Was a wild and crazy time eh Colin, this post bought back some great memories, amazing photography.

  4. Thanks Bob. It was a great night indeed. Lots of fun and has been fun having the 15 minutes of fame from it.

  5. Colin happy holiday season, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Hope all is well with your family. All the best. Anna :)

  6. Thanks Anna. Sorry this is late, but I've been away. Anyway, Christmas was good. Family is doing well. Hope you and yours are good too. Take care.

  7. Hey! Thanks for posting those wonderful and magnificent photos, you really deserve that for all the hard work and effort you've done.

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