Day 79 of 365

The gang

The gang

The Ottawa Senators hockey team hosts an annual charity event to support their Sens Foundation.

The 2013 Ferguslea Sens Soirée raised $255,000 in support of the region’s children and youth. Monies raised will support the Sens Foundation and their initiatives with youth mental health and addictions, pediatric healthcare programs and outdoor community rink construction projects.

More than 700 guests along with Senators players, members of the coaching staff and management, attended this year’s event, which was themed Graffiti, at Gatineau’s Hilton Lac-Leamy. The players and their significant others hosted a variety of games while interacting with guests during the cocktail reception. Graffiti artists and entertainment groups Ottawa Urban Arts, DJ Calkuta, DJ J.E.T.S. and the Breadcrumb Crew provided the entertainment.

Ottawa Urban Arts (OAU) made up entire walls of graffiti on faux brick, worked on 4 canvases during the reception and created 2 large canvases on stage as guests enjoyed dinner, all of which were donated to the event. Today’s pic is of the entertainment groups hamming it up in front of one of the creations by OUA.

The sens take on the event can be seen here:

Ottawa Urban Arts has their site here:

Day 61 of 365

Senators practice

Senators practice

Started a class in printmaking last night. One of the topics that came up was the issue of misrepresentation in photography. This is a thorny issue with many nuances. There was one example discussed where the winner of a prize from National Geographic was subsequently disqualified for digitally removing a plastic garbage bag from the image. A comment was made that if the bag has been simply darkened, the image would have been acceptable.

A camera is just not capable of recording what the eye sees, or thinks it sees. Some post production is always needed to enhance the image. In my mind, the real issue arises when the photographer intentionally tries to mislead the viewer. Cropping & color management are acceptable to give the image some oomph. Some artistic interpretation is also acceptable if it is apparent.

The Ottawa Senators practiced yesterday before leaving for Edmonton to play the season’s first official game. Here, the coach looks on with approval as the stop made.