Photo of a Day maven Rod MacIvor frames a thespian and sublime

December 1, 2017 - photo frame

Countless photographers have sent their images in to NCPR’s Photo of a Day underline over a 12-year history, though one of a many consistently superb contributors is Rod MacIvor of Ottawa.

Sunset from Adirondack Loj Road. Photo: Rod MacIvor, Ottawa

If we consternation since your home snapshots don’t demeanour utterly as good as Rod’s, that’s since he is late from a prolonged and renowned career as a photojournalist for United Press International and a Ottawa Citizen.

MacIvor divides his time between Ottawa, a city he photographed for many years, Lac Leslie – nestled in a still cabin nation of Quebec northwest of Ottawa – and Florida.

His Photo of a Day submissions are “a preference of my ‘in retirement’ work,” he writes – images from a region, a Ottawa Valley and a Adirondacks primarily. “I gaunt heavily to a scene, a area, a landscape.”

Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau carrying destiny Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to a garden celebration in 1973. Photo: Rod MacIvor, Ottawa

This outlines a depart from his operative life covering a Parliament Hill beat. The picture he is best famous for dates from 1973 and shows Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau carrying his immature son Justin (now a stream Prime Minister) to a garden celebration during Government House as an RCMP officer salutes their arrival. This photo won a National Newspaper Award for best underline imitation of 1973 (equivalent to a Pulitzer esteem in a U.S.), and was selected as one of fifty iconic photos of a 20th century by United Press International.

People: some-more as elements than subjects now

In contrast, people are intermittently seen in his “retirement work,” and customarily in a distance, in silhouette, or with faces averted. According to MacIvor, there are both unsentimental and esthetic reasons for this choice. Practically, images of faces customarily need accede of a subject, which, quite in a box of children, people are mostly reluctant to give. More to a point, MacIvor writes:

“I’m not meddlesome in revelation ‘people’ stories during this stage. we am really meddlesome in graphics combined by nature, and a infrequently inclusion of a conformation or a chairman (far adequate divided not indispensable to identify) gives scale to those images.”

Straw Hat and Sunflowers in Prince Edward County nearby Picton, ON. Photo: Rod MacIvor, Ottawa


Capturing a impulse in nature

These days his close-up subjects are some-more expected to be birds and other animals. “It’s interesting,” MacIvor writes, “now that we have been out of a journal universe for roughly 10 years, we get introduced as ‘the bird photographer’ a lot.” He says it takes calm and recognition to get good shots of wildlife:

“It’s critical to be means to envision when a bird will take off… or go into contortions of a bathing ritual, or try to locate a fish…. we shoot, afterwards pierce closer, fire again, afterwards pierce closer again. Eventually a bird will fly, though we will have pix to select from.”

It can take some good gear, too. He recommends regulating “a telephoto lens… and use a top shiver speed that a light will permit…. Then we don’t need to worry about interlude a animal’s movement, or finale adult with a confused image…. Always take a few exam shots, so we adjust your exposure.”

Goldfinches during my feeder. Photo: Rod MacIvor, Ottawa

 When reduction is more

MacIvor keeps an eye out for opportunities to constraint a singular thing, simply.  He says:

“Minimalism works. It is a form of modifying by isolating a theme and gripping it simple. Hopefully zero in a support is nonessential or distracting. Sometimes it is texture, or color, or combination that is some-more critical than a tangible subject… we try not to count on photoshop to mislay neglected tools of a image. What we see is what we saw.”

Shark Attack! (oak root in a snow) Photo: Rod MacIvor, Ottawa


The furious landscape/skyscape

Rod MacIvor’s take on a furious landscape tends toward a thespian and a sublime. Often a sky is given equal significance or might even browbeat a image. “I go into a theatre with an open mind and an open eye to a everchanging view,” he writes. “No dual sunsets or sunrises are a same.”

“In many cases there is not a focal point, it becomes a form of striking art, epitome though romantic in tone and mood. In a approach they are landscapes that form in a sky…. we have no pre-conceived thought of what a best imitation of a dusk will be until it happens; afterwards it’s a warn for all of us.”

Drama in a sky during nightfall over Lac Leslie, Quebec. Photo: Rod MacIvor, Ottawa

In a built environment

MacIvor brings a identical sensibility to a artifacts of tellurian home in a landscape, either they are in a nation or in a city.

“My passion is to take photos that will stop people in their tracks, and take a demeanour during a color, a composition, a vigilant of a imitation and either we succeeded with that intent.  It doesn’t matter if it’s city or country,” he writes. “When we see something, we fire it.”

In photos below, a products of tellurian hands in a deficiency of humans themselves, give a outcome of a theatre environment watchful for a actors to take their marks.

Waiting for a light

The photographer’s comments excerpted here are from a arrange of slow-motion talk conducted around email over a march of a week. In one sell we mentioned one of my all-time favorite Photo of a Day submissions, “Girl and Dog on a Rock.” The light was so unusual, reminding me of Maxfield Parish’s artwork. So we asked him what he did to acheive a tone effect. To my surprise, MacIvor pronounced a imitation was not color-adjusted during all:

“I don’t do a lot of post-processing…. ‘Girl and Dog on a Rock’ was not set adult and a lighting was ideal with no distractions in a background. Keeping it muted, it became really ‘painterly’ and is proudly displayed as a board imitation on my vital room wall.”

In summing up, MacIvor writes, “The spectator always has a final say, and if we can interest to all people some of a time, afterwards I’m happy! … To be means to share my prophesy of a surrounding – it’s an intensely gratifying approach of staying bustling in retirement.”

All photos in this underline solely for a Trudeau family vehement and a photographer form picture have been used as NCPR Photo of a Day images with a accede of a photographer, who binds all rights to these works. You can find all of Rod MacIvor’s NCPR Photo of a Day contributions on Flickr.

You can find some-more of Rod MacIvor’s photography in his Facebook and Instagram feeds. He creates some of his images accessible as board prints. He can be reached here around e-mail.

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