Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas to All

It has been quite a while since I posted last. In the meanwhile, we did get quite a snowfall here in Windsor. I was all set for a green Christmas, after everything that folks around here was saying about the probability of not having any snow. But then when we got three snow storms in 4 days, I figured that it was all a big hoax, to get me to relocate here. At any rate, it made me feel much better to get out there and shovel the stuff. Yeah right! But the lights look much better reflecting off of the snow.
I took a shot of some of the decorations on the tree after my wife had finished with it. I had intended to do something completely different than this, but the weather and other concerns intervened, and this was what I came up with instead.
It will certainly be a treat to have all of the family close by this year, and spend some time with the grand children. Have a very nice Christmas everyone, and a great New Year as well!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

New Arena Lobby Sculpture

As we were browsing about the arena, this very lovely sculpture caught my eye. Three children, sitting on a log, looking at an insect on a branch. Just a very lovely and classy touch to this beautiful building, and I am sure the people of Windsor will appreciate it.

It'll Be Ready Soon!

My friend Frank & I went out this morning to take a few pictures, and really had no particular place in mind. After a cup of Tim's, we headed over to the place where the new arena is being built. It is almost completed now, and will be the new home of the Windsor Spitfires OHL team. I think they will find this new place a vast improvement over the old "barn" as it is affectionately called. There is about 4 ice surfaces in this building, and this photo shows the interior of the main arena. We arrived there just as the workers were in the process of hoisting the new score board. It will show all the details of the game, and looks like it also will display instant replays on the screens on each side. I can imagine how excited the Spitfires will be to chalk up some stats on this board. I had a quick look about, and I don't think there is a bad seat in the house, although some of them on the ends are pretty high up. But overall, the OHL fans in Windsor are in for a real treat. The Spitfires are a terrific team, and I'm sure will be deserving of this new venue.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Fine Dublin Lady

As I was going through some of my old files tonight, I happened upon this shot from a few years ago, in my other life. Sometimes during a wedding shoot, after all the formalities were over with, I would take time for me. This was my time during a wedding when I would wander about, just looking for folks who were in some way unique, or maybe stepping out of character for the day, or whatever I could find that was only to be of interest to me. No bride would ever see these photos. They were my tension release shots, where I would save my sanity before continuing on with the rest of the day's work. This little lady was from Dublin, Ireland, and in this photo, she was trying to retrieve a slice of orange for her drink that she held. I caught the scene just before her finger entered the punch. It provided a good inward chuckle for me, and helped me through the rest of the shoot. Whatever works!

Camera: Minolta Maxxum 9 loaded with Fuji Reala 100 film.
Lens: Minolta AF 100mm Soft Focus

Friday, November 7, 2008

When I Grow Up......

After the 9-11 event in New York, firemen everywhere attained hero status. If they were somewhat ignored before, they sure were not afterward. Mothers wanted their little ones to be photographed with firemen, or in firemen's attire. This portrait of this little guy, was a sort of spur of the moment thing that was requested by Mom. I had not expected them to show up with a firemans hat, and wanting something "different" done. So I took my extinguisher down off of the wall, and proceeded to shoot this image of a little guy in his diapers. But try as I might, I felt that something was missing. Then I remembered that in my files, I had an image of a real fire that occurred in North Bay, and that I had taken a shot of a fireman up on the ladder, pouring water down on the roof of a downtown department store. After thinking for a while, I decided to try to use the downtown fire scene as a background for this little guys portrait. The shot of the fireman was taken as he had totally disappeared in smoke, and was reappearing as the smoke cleared around him. Hope you like it also.

Cameras: Minolta Maxxum 9, (Downtown fire scene)
Mamiya RB67 (studio portrait of lad)

Lenses: Minolta AF 75 ~ 300 mm
Mamiya 150 mm Soft Focus Portrait

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Sculpture Park Elephant

The Sculpture Park in Windsor, Ontario, is just a wonderful place for the young, and the young of heart. This little lady had such a great time climing all over the different sculptures, and when she saw the camera, just had to pose. I happened to have my 16mm Fisheye lens on the camera at the time, and decided to go with that. A little editing in Photoshop and Corel, and this is the result that I kind of enjoy. Hope you do also.

Friday, October 31, 2008

We're Coming For You

During Thanksgiving weekend, we went out into the county to pick pumpkins with the grandchildren. The farm buildings where they were being sold, were full of ghoulish creations to the delight of children, young and old. I took a couple of photos that I blended together in Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo x2, just for fun. Happy Halloween to all.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Riverfront Rose

This is another rendition of the same rose as I posted below. I thought I'd play around with it a little in PhotoImpact 12, just to see how it might look, not as a straight photograph. There are so many photo editing programs out there now, and they all do such a nice job. Hope some of you like it also.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Windsor's Red Rose of October

On my way back from paying a bill at City Hall today, I decided to stop at one of the parks along the riverfront, and spend a while taking a few shots of the trees, leaves, or whatever I would happen upon. After about an hour of wandering about, and keeping my distance from the large flock of Canada Geese there, I decided it was time to go. Just as I was about to go to the car, this lone little flash of red caught my eye in the distance. I could not believe it when I got closer and found this lovely red rose, swaying away in the wind. It brought to mind the words of an old Scottish melody that I love to play on my button accordion, "My Love is like a red red rose, that's newly sprung in June" "My Love is like a melody that's sweetly played in tune." This rose may have been sprung in June, but this is October 27th! You gotta love that! I'm guessing that if this is not the last rose of summer here in Windsor, it will likely be the last one that I get to photograph this year. At any rate, it was a pleasant surprise, and made my day. Hope you like it also.

Camera: Maxxum 7D ~ 450 mm (equiv. 35mm) @ f 5.6 for 1/60 sec ~ Anti shake switch on, hand held.
Lens: Minolta AF 75 ~ 300 with #2 close up filter attached.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Late Bloomer

This Purple Clematis peeking through the wire mesh is a late bloomer, and I had no idea that I would still be shooting this type of scene on the 21st of October. I was checking Mike de Moree's blog this morning, and discovered that North Bay had its first snowfall of the season last night. I was a bit nervous about moving down here to Windsor, after having lived for so many years in North Bay, but that sensation is starting to ease a little now, as a result of the extended summer and autumn seasons. The less scraping of ice from the car windshield, the better. However, this little flower is for my friend, Frank, who I learned late this evening that he had taken ill suddenly, and is now in hospital. Hope you have a speedy recovery my friend, and will be back on your feet again soon.

Camera: Maxxum 7D
Lens: Minolta AF 75 ~ 300 mm
Editing software: Photoshop CS3, Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo x2

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Autumn's Colours On Riverside Drive

Yesterday afternoon, I put my Fuji S9100 in the front parcel carrier of my bike, and took a rather lengthy ride from my home in Riverside area of Windsor, to the Ambassador Bridge. I was on the hunt for autumn colours, and also to help me adjust to photographing in an urban setting. I am not used to that, and I found it rather uncomfortable to point my camera at someone's home. But the backlighting on the trees in this scene was more than I could resist. The cast or slant of the autumn sunlight lends a lovely glow to just about everything.

Sculpture Park Balls

This image was just one of many to be found as I rode my bike along the Riverfront yesterday. There is an area designated as a sculpture park, and this one with the granite balls is really a fountain, but the water was not running. This shot is just a record as I passed by, and had the water been running, I probably would have spent more time photographing it from other angles. I liked the tones and patterns in the stone, and the geometric shapes appealed to me.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Autumn Mums

This is a sepia rendition of a photo similar to the one below, and without the soft focus lens. I believe it was a 35 ~ 105 zoom on my Maxxum 7D. Hope you enjoy it also.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Terri's Thanksgiving Mums

Last weekend was Thanksgiving, and I did not get around to posting anything as we were enjoying the family and grandkids. Our neighbour, Terri, dropped over and asked to borrow a fruit nappy from my wife. No problem. About a half an hour later she appears at the back door with the fruit nappy filled with this very lovely arrangement of mums that she had taken from her garden. So yesterday, I finally got around to taking a picture of the mums, along with the pumpkins and gourds that my granddaughter had picked on the weekend. They were photographed on our kitchen table with just existing north lighting from the window. Again, I used the 100mm Soft Focus Lens, and the amount of softness dialed in at #1. Our thanks to Terri & Henry, and Bob for helping make us feel welcome to Windsor, and the neighbourhood.

Bob's Rose

While driving around the City of Windsor, I have noticed license plates that say Windsor, City of Roses, and other references to roses about town. Yesterday, I took my camera to my neighbour Bob's back yard where there was a rose bush, still in bloom by the back fence. I couldn't help but think that most of my photography friends up in the north were probably out shooting the fall colours, and here I am, still shooting rose blossoms. I don't know which I enjoy more actually. This photo was taken with a Minolta 100 mm Soft Focus lens, with a #2 close up filter attached, and softness ring dialed in at #2. Thanks Bob.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Perfect Camouflage

A few days ago, I was working outside and noticed this honeysuckle blossom hanging over the fence next to the driveway. So, I went into the house, got my Maxxum 7D and 75 ~ 300 mm lens, and proceeded to photograph it. It wasn't until tonight, when I decided to have a look at it, and maybe clean up some of the unsightly spiders webs hanging off of it, that I noticed there was a grasshopper in amongst the blossoms. It was perfectly camouflaged, and I had no idea it was there until now. Can you find it?

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Under The Ambassador Bridge

This morning, my friend Frank drove around in his Jeep, and loaded my bike onto the back bike racks, and we set out for a bike tour of the Windsor river front. We ended at the base of the Ambassador Bridge, where I found this scene. I like geometric shapes, and I couldn't resist taking a photo, as I found the geometric designs of the bridge support structure, to be in sharp contrast with the unstructured yellow slabs of the sculpture close by. They look like a truck up high above lost part of its load! The contrasting colours also helped make the picture appealing to me. Hope you like it also.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Crystal Kingfishers

Today, while walking through a mall here in Windsor, these colourful crystal kingfishers were on display in a gift shop window. I just had to try and grab a shot as the colours were beautiful. I don't usually pay much heed to all the fancy technology in cameras today, but my Maxxum 7D has antishake built into the camera body, making all my lenses virtually image stabilized. So I thought I'd give it a try, and was quite pleased with the results, as these birds were shot hand held at 1/6 of a second. Hope you enjoy it as well.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Crystal Parrot



Crystal Parrot on his perch.

Camera: Maxxum 7D

Lens: Minolta AF 28 ~ 105 zoom

Exposure: f 4.5 for 1/6 second hand held.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Got it Opened!!

Upon arrival in Windsor, Ontario, I was totally whipped! Two and 1/2 days of packing this truck, and then a 10 hour drive to Windsor from North Bay, had left me feeling pretty exhausted. Soooo, upon backing the truck into the driveway of our new home, I unlocked the back door, and when I tried to lift it, it would only move about 4 inches. A feeling of nausea swept over me, and after trying to force it open, I realized that no way was it going to budge! What to do about this was more than my fatigued brain could handle at this point. Then one of the fellows who had come to help unload suggested that I get into the truck, start it up, and gun it down the driveway and slam on the brakes!! Sounded crazy to me, but I wasn't going to argue and what else could I try anyway. Well I followed his suggestions, and the neighbors thought a mad man had moved amongst them. But guess what? It worked like a charm. So I gently reversed back up the driveway, and to my delight, the door slid up so nicely. My son took this picture to record the event. My thanks to these great guys who showed up to help me unload. They are truly the greatest, and the people of Windsor have been cheerful and helpful even though they have had a rough time in this city with all the plant closings, etc.. Thanks again to Russell, Frank, Glen and Greg for all their help, as well as little Owen who pitched in. It took them 4 1/2 hours to unload a truck that took me 2 1/2 days to pack. Great stuff! Ooops, I had better not forget Sharon, Wendi and Bev, for all their hard work as well, and Carrie for the excellent lunch. Thanks everyone!!

P.S. I HATE BOXES!!!

503's Driver Wheel

This driver wheel of an old steam locomotive #503 was the last shot that I took before leaving North Bay. It had done its duty, and was now on display in the Ontario Northland railyards beside Oak St. It gave me a funny feeling to photograph this wheel, as it was retired, and so was I......

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Self Taught Astronomer

This postings is a kind of segue to my next blog site. I will not be posting anymore from North Bay, as we are relocating to Windsor, Ontario. I am retired now, and I hope after getting settled in, that I will be able to start a new blog site showing mainly Black & White Portraiture, and scenics. I am not going to delete this blog site for a while yet, but will link it to the new one, so that those interested in Black & White Portraiture, and scenics, etc., may view it as well.
This gentleman, was a self taught astronomer, who worked in an iron foundry in New Liskeard, Ontario. He built his telescope himself, using brass tubing, plastic medicine containers, and old discarded lipstick tubes. And the photos that he took with his attached Olympus 35 mm camera were utterly incredible. He knew which film to use, for what heavenly body he was photographing. They rivaled anything you would see in any astronomey publication, or National Geographic even. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to photograph him before he passed away a few years ago. He was so very interesting to talk to, and stories were told of him taking his daughters, and neice and nephew, down to the nearby swamp, to collect some water. They would all go back to his home, and view the "swamp creatures" under his microscope. The man should have been a science teacher. But he worked in an iron foundry, and was content to have a job, and raise his family. It allowed him to do what he enjoyed doing, when he wasn't working.....star gazing, or looking at critters under his microscope. Hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into the life of a very intelligent man.
Camera: Minolta Maxxum 9
Lens: 35 ~ 105mm zoom
Lighting: On camera, Maxxum 5400 HS Flash with bounce card for fill, and Metz 60 CT into silver umbrella for main light.

45 Years......

A couple of years or so ago, I was asked to do a portrait of this gentleman, who was retiring after 45 years of hard work and dedication as a firefighter in the town of Callander, Ontario, which is just south of North Bay. At first I had intended to do the typical head and shoulders, business type portrait. But then, I thought that he deserved just a little more than that. So after a brief chat, it was decided that he would bring his fire fighting gear, and we would use that in the studio for the portrait session. A fog machine, and red and blue gels on the lights, and an old ladder, helped create the impression that he was at the scene of a fire, which he had attended hundreds of times before. I put together a composite for him, and he decided to go with an enlargement similar to this one here. The portrait was taken with a Fuji FinePix S20Pro digital camera, and the 35 ~ 210 mm zoom lens is perfect for studio portraiture. Hope you like it also.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Harbour View at Sydney Mines, N.S.


While waiting for the next crossing over to Newfoundland, we took a look around nearby Sydney Mines, N.S.. Lupines and daisies were everywhere, and I couldn't resist this scene. The building in the distance, according to a local resident, is the remanants of an old WW 2 bunker, that was used to guard the harbour to Sydney Mines, and North Sydney. I got a real history lesson from him, but he was just out checking me out, as I had Ontario license plates after all. He also told me that there used to be a hugh steel net across the harbour as well, that was stretched between two boats, to prevent enemy submarines from entering the harbour, or worse, firing a torpedo in there. It was a pleasant place to spend a couple of hours, and learn some of the local history.

WW 2 Bunker, Sydney Mines, N.S.


Close up of the scene above. At first I thought it was an old Frank Lloyd Wright building of some sort.......or maybe an old Air Traffic Control Tower.
Naaaaaaaaah, I don't think so!

Old Gun Platform


This photo shows the remains of an old gun platform that was used to guard the harbour. It has been left in sorry state by the elements, both natural and human......

Interior of Bunker


Graffiti art on interior walls of this old bunker says one thing for sure, teenagers were here!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Spider & Lily

This spider has impeccable taste as to where it
chooses "hang out". It is obviously hoping to enjoy dining on a couple of ants which are gradually making their way towards it. I have no idea what kind of spider it is, but enjoyed photographing this scene with my Fuji S9100 in macro mode, hand held.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

St. Joseph's Parish

We had to wait for about 12 hours to cross the Cabot Strait between North Sydney, NS, and Port Aux Basques, NFLD, so I had some time to do a little sight seeing around North Sydney. This elegant looking church caught my attention, and I have always enjoyed photographing churches and lighthouses, for obvious reasons. This is St. Joseph's Parish in North Sydney, I believe, and I did not go inside because it being a Saturday, I figured that it was probably all decked out for a wedding in the afternoon. Maybe another time, I'll go on a trip just to photograph stained glass, or something. 'Twould be fun.

Doors

When I first approached this church, I did not notice right away the flowers that someone had placed on the centre door. I did not go closer to see if they were real, or artificial. I didn't want to know. It reminded me of an occasion when I was photographing a wedding in my studio, and the bride's mother removed all of my decorative flowers.... because they were artificial! I thought they were quite tasteful. But that was another lifetime ago.....

Wild Roses & Old Boat

This is a close up shot of the same boat that I posted below as "Work All Done". My visit to NFLD was at the peak of wild flower season, and Wild Roses, Daisies, and Lupines were everywhere. I could not resist adding a little soft focus in Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo x2. I did not have my soft focus lens with me on this trip. I was travelling light, and relied only on my Fuji FinePix S9100 camera. That 28 ~ 300 lens sure covers a lot of subject material.

Cox's Cove, NFLD

This is one of the many breath taking views from Cox's Cove, Bay of Islands, NFLD. At least it was breath taking for me, as I am terrified of heights, and had to crank up every ounce of courage I could muster to take this shot, as I stood on the edge of the cliff. But it was worth it, and it made me feel terror and extacy all at the same time. I hope you enjoy.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

How It Was....

The name of her says it all. She was built for working, but no doubt much pleasure was found aboard her when she returned at days end, almost swamped with a load of fish. Times were hard, but happy also. Now she sits beside the road on the North Shore Highway of the Bay of Islands, a proud reminder of a bygone era.

Lost In The Moment

A sunny day, and a gentle breeze off the ocean in her hair, a handful of beach stones and assorted shells as she strolls along the seashore, are all that is needed to create a moment or memory to last a lifetime. She was obviously lost in the moment......and so was I.
This scene was captured just outside Stephenville Crossing, NFLD

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Old Gas Pump

On my way back from Newfoundland about 3 weeks ago, I stopped in Deep River, Ontario to refuel for the last time before home. As I inserted the nozzel into my gas tank, I noticed this old blue gas pump sitting between the 2 operating pumps. It was obviously meant to be a conversational piece, and also to say that the owners had been around a long while. When I was 12 years old, I got my first job. It was at a BA service station on Country Road in Corner Brook, NFLD, and this old pump is identical to the one I used back then. Would you believe, I pumped gas for 23.5 CENTS/GALLON?!! The real big spenders used to fill up for about $7.00! Inside the round glass bulb at the top of the pump, was a yellow twirlly thing that went around as the gas flowed. I used to get so mesmerized watching that yellow thing twirl, that I would forget to watch the actual ammount being pumped, and give the customer more than he had asked for. Needless to say, I got sworn at quite often........But the boss liked it. Aaaah, yes b'y, those were the days!!

Bird of Paradise


This exotic looking plant caught my eye as I was walking through a garden centre in Essex County, just outside Windsor, Ontario. Its splayed out petals displaying orange and blue colours commands attention. This plant was approximately 30 feet, or if you must, 10 meters away from where I was standing, and I took one shot of it with my Fuji S9100 lens extended fully to 300 mm. It still seemed too small in the frame, so I bumped it up to Digital telephoto, and this shot was taken at 600 mm, hand held at f5.6 for about 1/60 seconds. My wife said that it was a Bird of Paradise plant, and when I returned to North Bay, I googled it, and sure enough, she was right again, as usual. Any flaws in the picture was minimized by adding a little soft focus after the fact in Corel. I like the colour and graphic elements. Hope you enjoy it also.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Springdale, NFLD

This peaceful little scene is of Springdale, NFLD at about 4:30 in the afternoon. I was tempted to buy a little house here, and stay. But it will have to be another place that I shall revisit frequently. I think that when you visit a place, you see things from a different perspective, than if you actually lived there. For some reason, being a visitor helps one see with uncluttered eyes...........Hope you enjoy also, and sense the quiet beauty of this little community.

Work All Done

This old boat was found in Gillams, Bay of Islands, if my memory serves me correctly. Its working days are all over now, and it is only fitting that a Wild Rose bush found its way to grow up beside it. The house in the background, looking out over the bay, is typical of the area. I will definitely be returning to this area again, and again, and again..........likely for the rest of my life.

Stairway to.......

On a recent trip to Newfoundland, I spent a very pleasant while at this shoreline in Cox's Cove, Bay of Islands. It was so good to be back home again! I love this area, and on this day, the temperature was +30 C and the warm ocean breeze, and gentle sound of the waves laping on the shore took me back to when I was just a lad, and we would take these little jaunts to enjoy the little private nooks and crannies of the bay. As the commercials on TV say, it really is as far away from Disneyland as you can get. Thank God these little hideaways still exist, and it is worth every penny spent to get to them. It was sooooo difficult to climb back up those stairs again.......

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Single White Lilly

This close up view was captured with the lens of my Fuji S9100 zoomed out to 600 mm. The lilly was about 35 feet away from the shore. The wind was blowing and I was hand holding the camera. I think I got lucky on this shot.

Water Lilly Cluster


A closer view of the scene below. Should have had my canoe for a shot from directly above.

Marsh Full of Water Lillies

About 10 minutes from the old house below, you will find this marsh full of White Water Lillies. Wonderful sight.

This Old House

I took a drive today out to Restoule, and parked for a while down by the boat launch area. As we were leaving and turning unto the main road, this old house was sitting there, and I had to grab a shot. The words to the old country song, started to return to my memory, you know the one. Ain't got time to fix the shingles, Ain't got time to fix the doors, Ain't got time to oil the hinges, Nor to mend those window panes, Ain't gonna need this house no longer, I'm a gettin' ready to meet the same. Old houses seem to have a life of their own, and often remind us of our own lives. They were once filled with laughter of family and friends, and after a while, everyone moves on to something else. And when no one cares about upkeep, or is able to anymore................. It was such a beautiful day for a drive, and everything is so lush and green after the rain.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Raindrops

It has been a while now since I've posted anything, as I have been rather busy repairing the roof of my studio, and catching up on many smaller jobs around home that have needed attention for quite some time. For the past 24 hours, it has been a nonstop drizzle here in North Bay, and the gardens that my wife had planted have responded with an explosion of blossoms and foilage. While waiting for some paint to dry on one of my little jobs today, I decided to take a shot or two of these raindrops clinging to the blossoms of a Solomon's Seal plant beside our deck. The camera was hand held. Hopefully, I will be setting my canoe in a lake or stream somewhere soon, as I really need the break, and bring back some scenes from the wild.

Camera: Maxxum 7D
Lens: Minolta 28 ~ 105 mm, with a #3 closeup filter attached.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Apple Blossoms

This sprig of apple blossoms was found on the tree growing in the back corner of my property. It is nothing special particularly, just a happy little scene. I have liberated myself from comforming constantly to the "rules" of composition, and thirds, etc... The macro mode on my Fuji FinePix S9100 was used, and as a wide angle close up picture, the inclusion of the trees and sky helps provide a realistic background. The camera was hand held, as everything was moving with the slight breeze, and at f5 for 1/140 sec, the sharpness is more good luck than good management. The apple tree was in the shadows, and a shaft of light played on this little group of blossoms, making it stand out. So I got behind it and took my chances. Hope you like it.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Abstract Pansy

The colours of this pansy caught my attention, and I decided that it would possibly make a nice abstract. This particular effect was achieved by using my 100mm Soft Focus lens with close up filters of 5 diopters on the front, and the softness dialed in to #3. I decided to hand hold the camera to possibly add to the effect. It was shot with Fuji Reala 100 film, then scanned and edited in Corel. It could have been cropped differently, but I decided to leave it alone.... I remember as a little guy, my mother used to grow these little plants all over our yard, but this one was planted by my wife in our front flower garden. Wonderful flowers planted by wonderful ladies! With Mother's Day coming up, I guess this is my humble tribute to them both.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Monarch Butterfly

Pretty soon now, hopefully, we can all get back to doing something important, like photographing one of these little guys. I got to rummaging around this weekend, and came across a box or two of old Kodachromes, and decided to scan a few. This Monarch was shot when I was first learning about photography, long before the years of wedding and portrait photography.......back when there was no one to please but myself. I'm glad to have returned to that place again, but I'll never be embarassed by my early endeavours either. It's fun again!

Textures

This is a closer view of the same door as posted below. The old iron hinge, and wooden stoop with the surrounding stonework create some pleasing textures when sidelit with the late evening sun. Both of these photos were scans of Kodachrome 25 slide film. Too bad for some of us old die hards that film is about to be a thing of the past. Then again, there are those who would say good riddens to it. What ever.....

Red Door

This door looks like it could belong to some Medieval castle, but it is actually a side door of the Lutheran Church in North Bay. The elongated iron hinges and the surrounding stone work and striking red colour of the door itself make for a very pleasant ensemble of materials. The warmth and slant of the late evening sunlight completed the picture.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Somewhere At Sea....


Into every life there comes times of turmoil when we just want to get away to ourselves. Times when nothing makes sense or seems to add up anymore. Spirit and soul has been battered, and we are emotionally "Man Overboard", and in desperate need of a life boat. These experiences help us to learn and grow, and we become stronger as we emerg from the darkness. And the good times are extra sweet then, and we eventually realize that it was just life teaching us lessons over and over until we learned them. Then the journey is the destination......
Camera: Minolta XE-7
Lens: Rokkor 50mm 1.4
Film: Kodachrome 25