Stair master


Photo1.jpgBruce Locken running the stairwell at Red River College Roblin Centre campus during his lunch hour to maintain his health. March 24, 2016/LAURA HAYWARD


A lunchtime hobby has turned into a 140-pound weight loss for Red River College’s Bruce Locken. The library employee runs six flights of stairs at The Roblin Centre during his lunch hour every workday.

“I was walking past the Pan Am Boxing Club on the way to work one day, and I noticed they were running up flights of stairs for exercise, and I thought, ‘that’s something I could do,’” said Locken, 54.

Since Locken started running the stairs during his lunch hour six years ago, he has lost 140 pounds and continues to maintain a 110-pound weight loss. But a lower scale number isn’t the only benefit Locken has experienced.

“I feel charged up when I come back from my lunch break,” said Locken. “All of my endorphins are flowing.”

Locken tries to fit in more exercise after work. He walks seven minutes from Portage Avenue to the college each morning rather than getting off at the closest bus stop.

“If I don’t have time after work, I don’t feel bad because I already had a good workout during the day,” said Locken.

Locken said the most important aspect of exercise is finding something you like to do.

“It’ll become a routine, and you’ll always find the time to do it if you like it,” he said.

Although The Roblin Centre has a gym open to staff and students, Locken chooses not to use the small facility. Braden Demchuk, a regular gym user, said a busy day in the gym includes only about 10 people.

“The equipment here is older and it’s fit into a tight space so 10 people in here feels busy,” said Demchuk, 20, a business administration student at RRC.

Locken’s music playlist is a big factor in his daily routine.

“I couldn’t do it without my tunes,” he said, noting Happy by Pharrell Williams is one of the top tracks on his playlist.


Today was a Fairytale


Happy Saturday!

My post today has a video below that I made to practice my editing and video skills. I followed around my friends Jenna Millar and Braden Kalichuk on the day of their social. Because I couldn’t be in two places at once, I have more video of the girls getting ready than the boys. The video is only focused on getting ready for the social rather than the social itself.

I wanted to practice telling a story with a beginning, middle, and end. I had a fun time and learned:

  • You’re always on the go and need to be quick!
  • STORYBOARD (I should have had a more detailed one)
  • Practice setting up your tripod the day before you shoot (helped a lot when I was running around with the crew all day)
  • Look at all the footage you have before you begin editing

Take a look!




A story without words


In semester one of CreComm, I had the privilege to write a personality profile on Carlyn Graff. This assignment had two parts: a written story, and a picture that also tells the story.

Colin Corneau, a photojournalist, came to one of our classes to give us some tips on taking great photos that tell a story. I’ve always loved photography, but I didn’t really think a photo could tell a story. I was wrong (and I don’t say that lightly.)

Colin’s tips about framing, and capturing a photo that speaks to people really enhanced my photography skills. Now when I take any picture, I want that picture to not only grab someone’s attention, but to make them see a story.

After I interviewed Carlyn, I started taking pictures of her with her guitar. She looked right into my camera lens and started smiling. I took some pictures, and looked at them on my camera, and I thought to myself, “what am I doing?”  I wasn’t try to capture a Facebook profile picture type of picture, I was trying to tell a story. My story was about how Carlyn plays the guitar with one hand, so that’s what I needed to tell through a photograph. I told her to play me song. She looked down, and started playing, and I realized that I was now summarizing my story. I used the fall scenery to my advantage and took some photos from a lower angle that got some leaves in front of her that added a little more to the photo.

I was happy with my photos, and I took many. I’ve also learned that when taking photos, you need to take lots because once you put the photos on your laptop, you’ll want some selection. I had about 100 photos of Carlyn. I had wide, medium, and tight shots that gave me a lot of options.

Colin and my instructor went through everyone’s photos. My instructor told me that she and Colin really liked my photo, and could see what my story was about by just looking at my photo.

An article called Why Is Photojournalism Important by Michele Wanke says that photojournalists take photos that enhance stories.

“Images taken by photojournalists should summarize what has been written in an article of some kind. Reading the news paper, or watching the news becomes more effective because we can relate the news to real life situations, and understand fully what is must be like to be in that actual place at that actual time,” says Wanke.

It wasn’t until this photo that I realized photojournalism is so important.

Until next week,



Fiddling Around

The 45th Annual Fiddle Contest took place on Sunday, February 21, 2016 at the Centre culturel franco-manitobain (CCFM) to wrap up Festival du Voyageur week in Winnipeg, MB.

Before the competition began, the three judges demonstrated examples of tunes on their fiddles of what they were expecting to hear from contestants.

The contest ran from noon until 4:00 p.m. Each contestant performed a waltz, jig, and reel tune with the exception for the seven and under category of fiddlers who only performed a waltz and reel. All contestants were asked to play all tunes in a danceable old-time traditional style. If desired, contestants were allowed to be accompanied with a piano, or guitar player.

The contestants were then placed into six different age categories: seven years of age and under, 8-10 years , 11-13 years, 14-17 years, seniors (60+), and open class, which is open to all ages.

There were contestants from across Canada to participate, and enjoy the show. Both  first-time performers, and long-term performers participated.

The CCFM was filled with people of all ages and many families, which made for a great afternoon.


Fiddles await on the CCFM stage to be played by contestants in the fiddle contest as a part of Festival du Voyageur week on Sunday, February 21, 2016./LAURA HAYWARD
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Judge Emilie Chartier, demonstrates a proper”jig” tune that contestants must perform to compete in the fiddle contest at the CCFM on Sunday, February 21, 2016. /LAURA HAYWARD


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Silver winner of last years seven and under category, Emmaline Windsor is welcomed back and starts off the 8-10 year-old category at this years fiddle contest held at the CCFM as part of Festival du Voyageur on Sunday, February 21, 2016. /LAURA HAYWARD


Slyvie Reimer, a University of Manitoba music-major student, waits for her slot in the fiddle contest by doing her homework in the CCFM on February 21, 2016. /LAURA HAYWARD
Emma Wasakowski makes her first performance on the fiddle after switching from the violin to the fiddle at the fiddle contest held at the CCFM on Sunday, February 21, 2016./LAURA HAYWARD
Proud parents watch their kids perform at the fiddle contest on February 21, 2016 at the CCFM, and it’s soothing enough to get the babies ready for their nap time. /LAURA HAYWARD
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Packing up their fiddles after the fiddle contest at the CCFM on February 21, 2016, international fiddle players can now add a Canada badge to their fiddle cases./LAURA HAYWARD


Photos and phones


Happy Friday peeps! I’m sure many of us first-year CreCommers are happy about it being Friday to have a drink after a long week. Almost time for a week off, so let’s hang in there a little longer.

This week I’m sharing my photo above because even though I took it on my iPhone 5C, it turned out alright, and I tend to get many compliments on it.

There’s a funny (kinda) story about this picture. This past summer I was driving down one of the roads in Lundar, and our super tiny airport (literally a shack) had the plane located outside, which isn’t too often. So anyways, as I was driving and noticed the beauty sunset and plane, I thought it’d make for a neat picture. I stopped on the road, and went over and started taking some pictures from different angles. So as I get back in my car, a van comes speeding at my car, and an older lady hops out and starts yelling at me. She thought I was planning on stealing the plane itself, or perhaps objects in the plane. I explained I was just taking pictures, and she barely believed it until I showed her. So this was the first time I’ve ever been given any trouble while taking pictures. Thought it was worth a share.

This picture goes to show you can capture some beautiful pictures just on your phone. You don’t need a fancy camera, but obviously it makes your pictures have great quality, which this one doesn’t. I have fallen in love with my DSLR T5i camera, so I highly suggest it for some good quality.

I edited this picture via Instagram ha ha. Even editing pictures doesn’t need Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom to get some colours to pop.

So all you emerging photographers out there (like me), play with your iPhones for some neat pictures, or carry your camera everywhere you go to capture some beauty moments like this one. And I hope no one gives you heck.

Have a good weekend!






He aims, he shoots

So like I’ve said before, I’m from Lundar, MB. Lundar is a small rural area. I’ve been blessed to grow up in Lundar, and when most people ask where I’m from, their reaction doesn’t exactly scream, “Lucky you!” They often think there isn’t anything to do just because there isn’t a mall, or movie theatre that cities have. Well let’s just say there’s more to do in a small country town then the city, and I enjoy those things more than anything else.

This post features one activity I get to enjoy being from Lundar, skeet shooting. Skeet shooting is practice for hunting birds. You need a clay target thrower, clay pigeons, and a shot gun. You set the clay pigeons in the target thrower, someone pulls the target and to shoots out a clay pot (pigeon) and you aim to shoot it, like you do with a bird while hunting.

I come from a family who hunts, and so I’ve grown up around hunting and skeet shooting. I get to skeet shoot often because my back yard is a prairie, and that’s the safest place you can do it (as long as no houses, people, or any objects are in the distance in front of you.)

I recently took these pictures in October, 2015 and I enjoyed taking pictures of skeet shooting just as much as I love doing it.

Here are three photos that I’ve chose to share with you.

These are some of the very first pictures I ever took with my DSLR camera. I was practicing while they were practicing, ironic eh?

This picture is framed so all the objects are in the picture. The people, guns, target thrower, prairie, clay pigeon (cut off a little though), and the nice blue sky that made for a great fall day. I edited the colour slightly to give it an older look.


As you can tell by his smile, my brother loves skeet shooting. The colour is blown out quite a bit as I was learning new settings for shooting outside, but I wanted to capture his expression regardless.


Probably one of my favourite pictures. I love how I have some of the grass in focus as the guns are set against the gun table. I framed it like this because physiologically, people can fill in the rest of the picture without the photographer having too. You see the triggers, and you know its a gun. The picture tells more of a story to me rather than a picture of a gun by itself. These guns are in focus, while some prairie grass is too, and it shows how elegant this looks, even though they’re guns. Do you feel me?


Until next week,


Looking Low


I took this picture in my home town arena in Lundar, MB. I learned to skate in this arena and I continue to come here often to watch our local hockey teams, and sometimes take pictures.

I often get down low and take an angle from lower ground because I think it changes a potential boring photo into something more interesting to look at. I use a lower angle quite often that I can say it’s basically became my photographing style.

I framed it so the net was cut off for two reasons: For anyone who watches hockey or plays hockey, you’ll already know from that small portion of the net in the corner, is a net. The second reason being is because I purposely wanted the roof to be in it. Some photos you need to watch out a blown out sky, or something because you don’t want dead space. This isn’t dead space to me because it’s what I was going for. I wanted the rink to look big, but for the main focal point being the puck to represent the rink. The roof also is very high, and most rinks nowadays are built low to keep more heat in. Lundar rink may freeze your entire body, but it looks nice with the high roof.

One thing I would have done differently is made some adjustments on my camera. The ice is very white, and it stands out too much. Rinks can be difficult to shoot in because they are often dark. There is fluorescent lighting in here, but it made the ice blow-out too much. I could have played around with my ISO on my camera more to adjust the lenses sensitivity to light to decrease the white of the picture.

Regardless, I like this picture, but it also could be improved in various ways. I’m still learning, and that’s what I love about photography. You are constantly learning. Each time you take a picture and get it into your computer to edit, you’ll notice a lot of things you could have done differently.

I edited this photo too. Not much, but I upped the colour scheme slightly to really stand out the red and black of the net, and puck.

Until next week,





Annual Lundar Goose Shoot-2015

This weekend was the Annual Lundar Goose Shoot of 2015. Considering my family and I are from Lundar and are big hunters, this event is very close to our hearts. We attend every single year.

My Dad and brother's team setting up their decoys early morning. The decoys are used to attract geese into the fields.
My Dad and brother’s team setting up their decoys at 5:30am in the grain field before the shoot began. The decoys are used to attract geese into the fields. October 10, 2015/LAURA HAYWARD
The team's guns remain untouched as they wait for daylight to begin their hunt. October 10, 2015/LAURA HAYWARD
The team’s guns remain untouched as they wait for daylight to begin their hunt. October 10, 2015/LAURA HAYWARD
Ryan Thorgilsson taking aim. (For safety purposes I did not capture this picture while he was shooting.)
Ryan Thorgilsson taking aim. (For safety purposes I did not capture this picture while he was shooting.) October 10, 2015/LAURA HAYWARD
Team #7 out of 20 teams in the shoot. These boys lucked out and got their limit of 20 geese. Left to right- Ryan Thorgilsson, Jay McCauley, Eric Hayward, Floyd Hayward. October 10, 2015/LAURA HAYWARD
Team #7 out of 20 teams in the shoot. All teams include four hunters and are provided with one checker and one guide. These boys show off their smiles after they got their 20 bird limit by 8:30am.  Left to right- Ryan Thorgilsson, Jay McCauley, Eric Hayward, Floyd Hayward. October 10, 2015/LAURA HAYWARD
The next step after leaving the field is taking your geese to the arena where all the geese are weighed together. The team with the highest weight of all geese together, wins.
The next step after leaving the field is taking your geese to the arena to be weighed. The team with the highest weight of all geese put together, wins. Breanne Ward and Tara Law (behind table) did the weighing. October 10, 2015/LAURA HAYWARD
The hunters wait until 2pm where every team must have their geese in to be weighed and wait for the winning results. October 10, 2015/LAURA HAYWARD
The hunters wait until 2pm where every team must have their geese in to be weighed and then impatiently wait for the winning results. October 10, 2015/LAURA HAYWARD
1st place team of the 2015 Lundar Goose Shoot went to the Adams family! Guided by Travis Bennett. (right)
1st place team of the 2015 Lundar Goose Shoot went to the Adams family! Guided by Travis Bennett. (right) October 10, 2015/LAURA HAYWARD