Elmira Maple Syrup Festival People from far and wide celebrate
Gaming’s final frontier
the sweet things
computer games and uploading the files keep old
Former Conestoga student A
turns hobby into profession.
Conestoga College, Kitchener, Ont.
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Are you ready
aren't exactly sure of a career path? Or maybe you need some further skills
to top off
your diploma or
well as anyone already in the work-
campus. 5-7 p.m., program co-ordi-
insight into their programs.
Over 20 programs will be highlighted and light refreshments will
and teaching English as a sec-
open doors,” said •Osborne. at
like a tool belt.
someone has in their tool belt, the more opportunity available tor that
need to promote the number of Conestoga's
person to get the job.” Osborne said advertisements
post-grad program offerings to the Paul Osborne, students,” said
Spoke, as well
really see the
director of marketing. “Students are always looking to upgrade their education and these post-grad pro-
grams are a great way
to get that
Osborne said there is an increasing need for more specialization in
have been placed in as the four major surrounding universities and local newspapers.
he a really
what-to expect this
around.” he said. For more information, college's website.
the proceeds are directly
tunneled toward humanitarian aid
provoking.” he said.
Tuckwood. who introduced
notion of organizing a walk and then formed the Genocide in
Action Group a year later, said the event's former focus of raising aw areness and limiting donations
day of the walk only garnered $80 for aid in Darfur through High Nations United
Commissioner for Refugees. “The following year, we realized spreading information alone was
strong security networks. “It is about the primary
efforts in Darfur.
at the uni-
“Our focus has humanitarian aid because the government of Sudan has destroyed
versity's ring road
thousands of villages and forced
their inhabitants into the desert in
donations and buy Darfur T-shirts. The event will also commence, at noon, with a speech from Debbie Sergeant Detective Bodkin, who investigated Darfur
and disease.” said
Tuckwood. The Sudanese' region of Darfur,
one-year specialization can really
needs of the (refugees)." said Alexandra Lopoukhine. communications team leader at Oxfam Canada. “Every penny counts right now because the needs are there
of founder Genocide Action Group, hopes will evoke curiosity and support for the the
he served, in a trade-show format. Some of the presentations will
teacher, applied counselling, online
emphasis on the
tion of basic supplies, lending psy
year for the $4,300 Canada Canadian Students last
region of Sudan since internal conflict arose there five years ago.
have occurred. The shocking number, coupled with the wrenching event name, are
walk (through pledges),” he The concept matured to.a campus and community-wide event which
more than six people killed since an estimated 450,000 deaths
helps students narrow
chological support and maintaining
media and languages will be on hand to answer questions and give
advanced police studies, early childhood education resource
pant in the fourth annual Footsteps of Death walk for Darfur will rep-
deference to the thousands of civilian lives claimed in the Darfur
In fact, the foot of every partici-
skills or further specialize.
nators from post-grad programs in health and community services,
University of Waterloo
graduating student from university or college can attend, as
Hundreds of students and mem-
post-grad program (fives more relevance to the students' knowledge, and helps nar-
for Darfur said.
bers of various local action groups and the public will encircle the
By HOLLY FEATHERSTONE
and a post-grad pro-
really caps off the students’
is first By VANESSA BUTLER
Footsteps of Death walk
since 2003. has been embroiled in what Oxfam recognizes as an crisis. humanitarian ongoing Thousands of ethnic civilians have
refreshments and an opporfor the public to make
on behalf of United Nations and Department State U.S. the Atrocities Documentation team. Kristin Biefer. president of the
displaced and forced
Genocide Action Group, hopes
camps where humani-
the event will bolster the profile
tarian aid workers, by international incentive, have been deployed to
help save lives.
The Arab-dominated Sudanese government
has faced allegations
of the ongoing conflict.
"The more people about (the
of inciting atrocities against such ethnic civilians and the death toll
continues to grow. Oxfam. an organization dedicat-
ed to long-term dem with the International
aid relief, in tan-
Red Cross, has placed
not really on the in
For more information, visit or www.footstepsofdeath.com Genocide Action the e-mail Group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Festival By CHRISTOPHER MILLS
a sweet spot we were
guides for other public Life
with sweet things,
from out of town,”
which we honour
great opportunity to put something
with special days throughout the
back into the community.” is It always fun to see people
the sweetest of
celebrate mothers, our
Christmas and the thing of all - maple
returning to the
For the past 43 years, the Elmira Festival has been a
a great opportunity to
put something back into
in southwestern Ontario, and as the 44th edition approaches on April 4 and 5. it doesn't appear that will be changing anytime
Elmira festival routinely draws tens of thousands of people into the rural community for a heaping helping of pancakes and that sweet condiment we've all come to love.
emphasize the idea of community, not just festival strives to
through the welcoming of so
world, but also through the more than 2,000 people their time
reunions with people.
has been the maple syrup festi-
Asia because they heard
was involved in the very was a public school festival.
show at 6 p.m., with a show beginning later, at 7 p.m.
Friday night with an antiques and
have travelled from
when you hear about people
committee for the past
there will be lots of friends
treasurer of the
around." he says. “I’ve seen lots of
the neat things
you see people that perhaps grew up in the community come back after having been away for a length of time, and they visit with their friends. They know on a day like
There are also items available for
The trademark pancake breakfast
community, but it's also a family thing. (The breakfast) is really great to showcase the community to all the visitors who come in. always enjoy frying pancakes and asking people where they came from and how many times they’ve been to the festival.” After all the pancakes have been consumed, the day is full of activifor
the event had grown,”
Klinck says. “That always kind of
For those like Klinck, who have been a part of the festival for so long,
an annual tradi-
something like this," he says. “Bring friends, invite relatives and neighbours, and just come on out and enjoy the day.” for
touch of local flavour
browse the outdoor
By JOSHUA KHAN
MegaMutts dog show and even
Elmira Maple Syrup Festival
Guinness as the largest maple
mall, take a sugar bush tour, attend
— Page 3
begins Saturday morning.
Working with one key ingredient be difficult, but two local
among other things. "We just hope for good weather
and we're very appreciative of all the visitors and volunteers,” Klinck
will be facing off in the
are grateful to sponsors
and people who come as vendors, and those who display things in the craft
show, the toy show, the mall.
chefs are up to the task as they
Inspired by the popular American and Japanese show. Iron Chef, the event management stuat the college decided to try something new when it comes to
the inaugural edition.
Herb Ainsworth and Eld.en Hoffer were the two men who laid the
In its first year, the
"It was always fun to talk to their wives about their husbands who envisioned a small, humble event to sell some maple syrup and promote the area, and how they always mar-
showcase two chefs who are comto
lunch that features a local ingredient:
The Elmira festival began as a humble event according to Klinck, who knew some people
Chef Derek Vagt from Charcoal Steakhouse in Kitchener, and Chef Michael Hodgson from Wildcraft in
The panel of judges
Mayor Carl Zehr. Waterloo Mayor Brenda Halloran and Edwin Outwater, the new KW Symphony Tdusic director.
of local celebrities
doesn’t stop there as the host for
Lea Miller from Dave FM. The event will take place at Conestoga College's Waterloo campus on March 27. Festivities start at a.m. and will end at the event will be
p.m. Tickets are $20 and include a
have only one complete the task and will will
hour to have to present their dishepanel of judges.
The event will feature two individuals who turn food into art:
four-course lunch provided by the
Conestoga College culinary program. For information on tickets call e-mail 519-885-0501 or checker @conestogac. on. ca.
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needed Creating an online study group
not have been a
some Ryerson University students. Chris Avenir and some of his classmates by participating
are being accused of cheat-
group named Dungeons/Mastering
Chemistry Solutions. This comes almost a year after Jason Jagpal, another student
Ryerson, was disqualified from the university’s board of governors election in April
2006 for writing on a fellow student’s Facebook mes-
sage board on voting day.
case, a professor discovered the group
Beware of potholes. They have been known to swallow small bugs.
be allowed to input solutions to assignment
that the students shouldn’t
problems. The university agreed, and Avenir received an
ments worth 10 per cent of his final grade and on a much more serious level, was charged with academic misconduct.
18 he had to attend an expulsion hearing where
Welcome The end of
decided he wouldn’t be expelled, but he would receive a zero on the
February 2004, Facebook has been the most
friends, sharing photos
and music, sending out invitations for events
and much more.
The charge of academic misconduct was against Avenir because he was the administrator of the site. this
controversy has exposed
need to be drafted. Students need
Facebook guidelines know what is and isn’t acceptis
students love Facebook.
They post messages on
check out pictures from a party the night before and can computer screen for countless hours. It might be even
more addicting than Guitar Hero.
become an Things
study and learn,
the better. But obviously
of privacy, false assumptions and ruined reputa-
from being a
for Avenir and his classmates, accusations of cheating as well.
Getting together after class, going over notes and asking each other questions to prepare for tomorrow morning's test is OK, as long as it’s not on Facebook, or so it seems. Maybe that’s a bit old school for some students or kind of like living in the past.
Hopefully academic institutions will draft policies that bring them into the 21st century,
and maybe even post them on Facebook.
That way both sides will
we're going to get
to get, if
make can be coming months,
your ear constantly with admo-
up. You'll hear
time to abandon any childish or
with a smile or a child-
not be a popular attitude,
but the older
the years pile up,
essential to face life with
enjoy ourselves are
many of us
more - and simpler -
time to act maturely and profes-
behaviours. Characters like
that being professional
not a as
Let things amaze you and
cessful jobs ilies
while living lifestyles domi-
and socializing with friends.
and Ray Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond hold down suc-
how you accomplish
up, and smile every chance you get.
nated by television, sports,
Heffernan on The King of Queens
ured by what you accomplish and
child and the open-mindedness of a
perhaps a family
that are chastised
many people fail to realize, and what many people won’t tell you,
curiousity of a toddler, the joy of a
mortgage - there’s no escaping most of that. But what
have a job, a sig-
Approach everything with
Most popular sitcoms
At times, you
to carry yourself like a profession-
you with one piece of advice: don’t
the outlook of a child because the
hearts need to.
like spirit. It
you'll have plenty of
dynamic of our
Just because the
enable ourselves to find
“too old for that stuff.”
fewer and fewer. That means we
because someone’s told
the expense of goofing off or
adolescent ways and be an adult;
you get the job done in an efficient and respectable manner, there’s nothing stopping you from
happening already, people will be nitions to
hanging out with
don’t ever hold
back on your enjoyment for something just because of your age, or
might look down on you. This don't
and yours alone;
around and doing grown-up things
Questions about what job we’re
should be role models.
of people - myself included - the prospect of entering the “real world” is a scary one.
a departure from the famil-
tions are all issues that could arise
and outlook on
of classrooms and labs, and an
push the boundaries, but as
us, it’s the
and often comfortable confines
entrance into the vast
But with the ability to create study groups and communicate back and forth with fellow students online, where do you draw the fine line when it comes to using Facebook for school purposes'? A student at San Diego State argues that a Facebook study group is no different than a group of classmates studying in a virtual study hall or dorm room or any other place students can congregate.
popular social networking website in the world. Students and
upon us and for most of
assignment section of the course. Since launching back
to the real world
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Respect By FRANCA MAIO
walked in, the person behind the desk told me they didn’t have my found sort of reservation, which odd. The other employee made a
People today are so consumed
own agenda that lose sight of who gets
change? When did someone say it was OK to yell at another human being and threaten to sue them because he or she did
gets hot in
the car after awhile.
experience, the people
vide you with food and a roof over
who have money
your head and don't ask tor any money in exchange.
assume did not have enough money was completely dis-
are too busy searching for greenpastures.
what is good for us. A few months ago, nice
The pressures of school can easily cause students to lose the balance between taking care of themselves and the need to put their best efforts into succeeding academically.
as a top exec-
as a produce clerk.
demands on us which can cause stress and stress-related illnesses. But there are ways to maintain our health and keep an equilibrium between competing demands on our time and energy. Scheduling in time for self-care may mean reserving several hours a week for a fitness activity we enjoy. We need friends we can talk to about personal matters and daily life, and people to just "hang out" with and do something purely for fun. We need
live in a
stayed at a
Sometimes what we isn't
where some people put others into classes and if you don’t lit that class, you are treated differently. At the end of the day we are all human. We all eat the same, drink the same, watch television the same way
world owes us and we are going to collect. We have lost sight of all the good currently in our lives because
respectful and rude.
with “me.” Most of us believe the
— Page 5
nice clothing because
usually driving and
He must have
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help us live longer and prevent illness.
concentration, lifestyle helps
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our future direction. (Photo by Charlotte Prong Parkhitt)
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the future of gaming?
By WEI-LON LEE
Despite being a popular online
movement among gamers, modifying computer game software, otherwise known as “modding,”
tized by the general public as well
as game-developing com-
panies, says Clint Hall, a veter-
an modder known as Wrath
company's bottom line, the work that modders are doing is
the final frontier of
gaming, then Clint Hall is going where no modder has gone before. For those of us who are techno-
"modding” is the shorthand for modifying or making modifications to existing computer games, and according to logically challenged,
represents the future of the
and right: An unmodimodel from the game
Armada 2 versus
“What modding is really about is improving existing games, either graphically, audibly or just adding more functionality to the game,” said the 25-year-old north
actually helping to boost sales long
For the Trek enthusiasts,
scene depicting the famous battle of Wolf 359 from this is the
Trek: the next generation.
Wrath of Achilles as he is more famously known, is one of the most well-known veteran modders in the online community. "It’s the online gaming and modding community that is keeping some very old games alive,” he Hall, or
adding that without the input
the battle of Wolf 359, but on a
of websites like
modified version of the game.
games such as Starcraft or World of Warcraft would have been long
some companies that pubdenounce modding, but are
actually supportive of
scene,” he said.
surprising to hear
believe the online
a sort of
subversive, counter-culture move-
ment, said Hall.
"People think that we’re one of these types that want to bring
down we have some
Microsoft or that
of political message,” he said. “But the only motivation we have is a passion for gaming, to make games as good as they can be.” sort
for violating intellectual prop-
“That’s not really an issue
Originally released in early 2002,
ing testament to that.
(Photos by Wei-Lon Lee)
supportive of modding, while others shun it completely. And then
As Star Trek:
Goodman. "Some developers
has been released,"
relationship the However, between the online modding community and game publishers is still
resident in a telephone interview. Left:
PC-based Star Trek-inspired game has become one of the most heavily modified games in the online community, said Hall. “Star Trek Armada 2 files is probably one of the most comprehensive websites for downloading
forums of Armada 2 files. “People here explicitly know that any work, any graphical additions or model additions made to the
2 modifications,” he said.
Schotteldreier from Rheine, west
work,” he said. fairly
new, so a
works we do still haven't been accepted by the general public or the game and software developers,” he said.
recognized as Joelteon7, is the main website administrator at
a website that fea-
downloadable additions the game.
tures free to
has to be free, that no money
or profit can be
“The online modding community is
“modding” games considered
agreement between some game developers and the modding community that allow gamers to modify games, because far from hurting
for money, they
in direct violation
right laws, since
the rights to anything
related to Star Trek, so a portion of
make would have
as royalty fees.
“If they don't pay Paramount, then Paramount can press charges under
copyright laws,” he
But since nothing
ever happened to any of the website’s
actually an unwritten
ther explains that if anyone ever sold
too worried about
"People know “Besides, this
people frown on anyways.”
a free community, that kind of stuff -
Museum By WEI-LON LEE Think video games are only for so, says
offers glimpse into
Sarah Cook from the of recreation and
leisure studies at the University of
“There are many real-life appliof video games,” said Cook. For example, the faculty of
on recent consoles such as Sega Genesis, Nintendo
Xbox 360. gems such as Magnavox Odyssey gaming
console from the 1970s and even the
are oddly locked
currently researching the possible
the pieces in our col-
use of the Nintendo Wii’s remote
lection arc one-of-a-kind, discon-
motion-sensing technology to help
tinued machines which were given
with physical therapy.
The department of recreation also looking
the possible use of video
enhance the health and
the tour also allows visitors
— Page 7
and leisure studies
For those feeling nostalgia kicking
applied health sciences at
the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and the Sega Genesis.
well-being of people through the use of leisure activities, said
Cook. "So video games aren't just for screwing up your eyes,” she
by anonymous donors,” said
Cook. Since the museum is maintained mostly by graduate students from the department of recreation and leisure studies
Ministry of Tourism, the
budget most of the
time, she said.
Besides showcasing the history
you want to know more about video games, computer games or just games in general, you should head to the Elliott Avedon Museum & Archive of Games located inside the Burt Matthews Hall, where you will find an authentic Atari 2600 gaming system as well as the best-selling home computer of all time, the If
64. recent console sys-
tems are also on display, such as
of video games, the
explains the origins of video as
The on-campus charge and
to the public
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or to book an individual or group tour, call 519-888-4424 or e-mail musin-
(Photo by Wei-Lon Lee) applications exist for video games, says Sarah Cook from the department of recreation and leisure studies at the University of Waterloo. An exhibit is currently on display at the Elliott Avedon Museum and Archive of Games chronicling the evolution of both video games and computer
portable, hand-held electronic
are also on display.
(Photo by Wei-Lon Lee)
and was responsible cept which
2600 was released
for popularizing the plug-in cartridge
both Nintendo and
[if ill] i i
(Photo by Wei-Lon Lee)
The Magnavox Odyssey was
designed by Ralph Baer, it was released in the fall of 1972 and predates the Atari Pong home consoles by several years. First
— SPOKE, March 24, 2008
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thousands of people volunteer are just
has been helping out with the walk
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Reeves said every year during the walk she gets emotional because it touches her heart that people care so much. “There are people who walk just
years in a row,” said Nicole Reeves
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“Our family has walked
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We would like to form a focus group of students to discuss strategies to spread the message of Respect and what Respect looks like on our campus. We are asking for
behaviour of civility that
Super Cities walk in Kitchener- Waterloo raised over $ 7,000 to go toward research and the care of people who are dealing
der problems. this point in time,
In 2007, the
We have the ability to agree and disagree civilly: We consider the needs and rights of all people in the community We do not allow any excuse for disrespect
chronic pain and bowel and blad-
fundraising events like the walk,”
— Page 9
developing a Respect campaign that will share the message: is the understanding that M/e share a
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“There are almost 14,000 people
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BY ELIZABETH BATE It
willing to listen to others, and
keep an open mind. This is the key to overcoming obstacles.
Close your mouth and open your ears in an effort to under-
was important makers all the same.
Multicultural Film Festival,
Cinema Club ran City Hall March The festival, now I
to local film-
stand others. Your empathy will
wasn't the Cannes film festival,
enable your relationships to grow to a deeper level.
1-15. third year,
centre of a storm.
smell the coffee
perhaps with a
special loved one.
"This specific festival is unique because of its local focus," he says. The only requirement to enter a
one entry and the head of Ed Video,
Crosland, the director of
Guelph, says she’s excited seeing
key to your success
information coming your way. This is not a good time to make
will be the this
Cancer June 22
Majdi Baa-Motor, lot a!'filmmaker
viewers on their resulting in awards
favourite films, in
Aladeh, the founder and director of the cinema club, was given two awards, best documentary and best social justice for
Red Button made by Angus
best feature film award.
The directors of each of the recognized films received a plaque donated by local store Ten Thousand Villages. For most viewers
McLellan and Sleeping Dogs made by Terrance Odette was given the
Best short film was awarded to
carefully evaluate the barrage of
Toronto’s Casey House, called Legacy of the Heart.
November 22 December 21
“This specific festival
see both sides of an issue. This
addition to this year's fes-
viewing never exceeded 70
Even so, these numbers were up from previous years giving local filmmakers hope that interest is
Your dual nature allows you
houses the cinema club as well as
thrilled with this
A new tival
other local groups, the turnout for
Majdi Bou-Motor, a filmmaker with the cinema club and the at
the council chambers.
Your passion for work is making all of your dreams come true. Don't forget to slow down and
were of varying lengths, though most were shorts. Topics ranged from documentaries and fictional, full-length dramas to music videos. Although the festival was advertised by the Working Centre, the local
Stay focused on your priorities,
Filmmakers showcase work at local festival
so Week of March
about enjoying the films than the awards.
Capricorn December 22
said B. Patrick
night's showing. "It's
nice to see local film's and people
supporting the arts scene."
You're so quiet sometimes peo-
your exceptional leadership abilities. Take the reins - now's your time to shine. ple don't notice
Don't believe everything you
and don't participate in gosYour friends are more importhan you realize.
Preparations are already under(Photo by Elizabeth Bate)
Azam Fouk Aladeh and
viewers enter Kitchener City Hall council chambers
By KERRY REED
Sure, your partner isn't perfect.
Neither are you. Get your head out
Imagine a bank robbery where were the most innocent
ground before being judgmental of
tion, a sex
can't reach your you don't know what Focus your energies on
Love may be coming your way soon. Keep your eyes peeled for that special someone! They’re watching you right now.
a version of a
Moore, Dave Shilling played by Daniel Mays and Martine Love played by Saffron Burrows
rent an old
They burrow under
correct, the plot quickly
duces different layers of characters. At the bottom is a gang of fasci-
off of a hot tip about a large bank
journalism student holding in the
palm of her hand.
system being disarmed for a few days. Jason Statham (Terry Leather) and his band of friends Kev in Swain played by Stephen Campbell vault's security
that happens all uncovered secrets
found in the security boxes. actionfast-moving, This packed movie will have you tuned in the entire time, wanting more and wondering what will
millions and millions of pounds,
incriminating effects from the safety boxes.
The next movie version
right into the bank's vault, looting
the story. the
almost adjacent to the bank.
Whether or not
does not seem
robbery" was hushed up by the UK government and they banned the media from reporting on it. No one was ever arrested for this robbery, and it has taken over 30 years to tell labelled
movie takes you on a
scandal and links to the
The Bank Job -
Directed by Roger Donaldson,
of the clouds and your feet on the
August 23 September 22 it
based on true events. see movie.
coaster ride as events loop around
British royal family,
won two awards.
you at breakneck speed. Be aware that everything coming your way now is a growth opportunity, whether the outcome is sood or bad. Events are rushing
or the Multicultural
Walkie-talkie thieves never caught
for next year's festival.
For more information on the
for the third
annual Multicultural Film Festival, March 12. Aladeh’s of the Heart,
played by Peter de Jersey, a pimp
and a drug dealer operating alongside a very angry so-called Soho pom king. Lew Vogel played byDavid Suchet.
the top of the ladder pulling
the strings ty serv ices
the corrupted securi-
are later rev ealed
behind the w hole operation. At first the movie is confusing but once the facts are introduced to be
Jason Statham stars Bank Job.
— SPOKE, March 24, 2008
Kitchener photographer’s work takes him around the world By MARCIA LOVE After getting his the
decided to turn his hobby into a
begin (an assignment) with the
end in sight, visualizing the outcome. Sometimes I'll come up with something I wouldn’t have thought
said he has
had some memo-
and frightening encounters
haven't used film* for seven
with animals while working.
Artistic Photography, out of their
was taking pictures in the Yukon once when a grizzly bear came out of the woods right in
at photography Conestoga and has been a photographer for over 40 years.
taking pictures that
front of me.
Germany, Hawaii and
Canada. Messner’s appeared
Owl Magazine, Magazine, Hallmark calendars, travel magazines and on postcards. The most challenging part of the job for him is finding the decisive American
offers these tips to
(Photo by Marcia Love)
Canada and around
got out of there.”
busiest time of the year for Messners’ business is during' the summer and Christmas. “It’s a slower time right now
speed for hand-held shots. 4. Ensure there is enough good lighting.
cameras in his Kitchener Photography. His work has taken him across of his
for the precise, deci-
(landscape) photos until the
However, Messner said this is also the-most rewarding part of being a
Michael Messner holds one
knocked him down.
“(The magician) rushed over to sure I was OK. I got up and
aspiring photographers: 1 Get as close as possible to
get better results with
got a great headshot
another occasion, Messner said he climbed into a cage with a magician's cougar in St. Jacobs and
people smile," Messner said. His work has taken him to many different parts of the world,
be able to
do anything that comes along.” Messner said the business is con-
Messner and his wife Mary operphotography studio. their ate
— you have
Interact with the subject.
goes away,” Messner said. He said because of the way the photography business is, photogra-
Whether it means making them laugh or putting them at
phers have to be diversified to do
to get the
is necessary emotion you want.
ease, do what
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