Thursday, February 28, 2008

Designer Barn?


Just south of New Liskeard, Ontario, this barn stands beside Hwy 11N., and it immediately catches the eye, as it has a pattern or design of some sort, painted on the side. I seem to recall seeing that pattern on some hand made quilts, but I'm not sure if it has a specific name for the design. Then I remembered that certain lines of clothing have their own unique to brand patterns. Soooo....why not barns? Yeah, designer barns. Looks good to me. Personally, I'd like to see some artists use florescent paint to paint their art or designs on places like barns, or large empty brick walls, and then light them with flood lights at night. Now, that could get scary!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Backyard Bouquet


This floral arrangement was taken in the back corner of my yard after a heavy rainfall had beaten some of the daisies to the ground. I had taken some macro shots of the rain droplets on the petals, but it was this shot taken with my 100mm Soft Focus portrait lens, that I liked the most. Photo editing was done with Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2, and it was a scan of a 35mm Fuji Reala 100 negative. It gives me some comfort on a cold winters night when the temperature outside is -21c.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Little White Flower


This little white flower was sitting in a drinking tumbler on the kitchen counter top at my in-laws house, and was being gently lit from the light coming in from the window above it. It is actually a macro shot, but on the Fuji FinePix S20Pro digital camera, the macro mode is available only at the wide end of the zoom lens, which is 35mm ~ 210 mm. This gives a very unusual perspective to macro shots, as it also includes surrounding or background areas, depending upon how close the front lens element is to the subject. I could have gotten closer, but I liked this composition best, as the canisters in the background provides a bit of a graphic element to the picture.

In Pursuit Of.....?


These sculptures of men running were photographed at the Sculpture Park on the waterfront in Windsor, Ontario. I knew as soon as I saw them, that there was a something very interesting there. They must be about 12 feet tall, and very imposing. The more I walked around them, the more that I was intrigued by them. There had to be a message there. But for me, the prevailing light had a lot to do with it. It seemed to say to me that for some of us in this world, we seem to be forever living in the shadows, and are constantly striving to burst out into the sunlight. Or some of us are constantly trying to run as hard as we can to keep up with those who appear to have attained success and notoriety. Or maybe we are trying to catch a glimpse of who we really are. But I guess art is like that. It is all very subjective and open for interpretation. It speaks differently to each of us, depending on our life experiences. This photo was taken with my Minolta Maxxum 9, and 16mm fisheye lens, on Fuji Reala 100 film, if that is of interest to you.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Cupid's Bower?


This sprig of flowers hanging off of the main plant and backlit by the sunlight streaming through the sheers behind it, caught my eye as I was visiting my wife's folks in New Liskeard, Ont.. I am not much of an expert on the names of flowers and plants, but I believe I heard my mother-in-law say that it was a "Cupid's Bower." I'll have to ask my wife for verification of that. Anyway, this was one of the first series of photos taken with my Fuji FinePix S20Pro digital camera. It was fairly new to me at the time and I was experimenting, as usual. The sprig was isolated from the main plant using Photoshop, of course. I just felt that it made a nice photo all on its own. Hope you enjoy it also.

Garden Gate Basket


A few years ago, when I was into shooting weddings, I was set up to shoot the bridal couple by this gate. I was going to start with some soft focus portraits, but when I got to the gate, I found this bouquet of roses that the bride's mother had so very lovingly placed there for them. I grabbed a couple of shots of this scene for myself, one sharp, and one soft focus. They were both lovely, but the soft focus one became my favourite. The scene was shot with my Maxxum 9, and my Rokkor 100mm Soft Focus portrait lens, using Fuji Reala 100 film, of course. Hope you enjoy it, as this is the time of year when I start to NEED to see some flowers again. It can start to warm up again......any time now!

White Lined Sphinx Moth


When this moth first caught my eye, I was standing talking to my wife and daughter, and I thought it was a humming bird as it hovered over the plant on the ground. Then I thought, I have never seen a humming bird down on the ground before. So upon looking closer, I realized that it was a rather large moth with a very long proboscis, and it was sucking the nectar from the plant below. I had my Minolta Maxxum 9 over my shoulder, with a 75 - 300 zoom lens on it at the time, and I switched it on, and let auto focus and auto exposure do its job. Afterward, I looked up this moth in the moth and butterfly book, and soon found it. It is also known as the "Humming Bird Moth," and it was very easy to understand why. This photo was taken in Kaministiquia, Ontario, which is northwest of Thunder Bay. Film used was Fuji Reala 100 which I usually use to shoot portraits. Hope you enjoy it.

Lunar Eclipse


This image is not a sharp as I would have liked it to be, but considering that the exposure was in excess of 4 seconds, there is some movement which smudged things a little. I had not even the slightest intention of shooting the moon tonight, and it was a spur of the moment thing, as I had been watching the Calgary Flames and Dallas Stars hockey game on TV. I used my Fuji S9100 on a tripod, and extended the lens to 300 mm, and then activated the digital zoom to get to 600 mm. I had not tried to do this before, and at -20 C, I at least found out that the camera could be used outside for approx. 1 hour without the batteries packing in, or the camera shutting down in those temperatures. I liked the colours as they became a nice orange hue, and should have boosted the ISO to 800 instead of using ISO 80 for this shot, which caused blurring due to the long exposure time. But maybe my brain was frozen as I thought on this afterward when I went inside the house to thaw out. Oh well, the next Lunar Eclipse is in 2010, and by that time, maybe I'll have a some equipment to do the job properly..... like maybe a nice SONY Alpha 900 with a 24.6 mp full frame sensor, and a 600mm f.4 lens.......Yeah right! Funny how staring at a full moon makes a person get really wild and crazy ideas!

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Tree Down





On January 30th, there was a snap freeze in North Bay, accompanied with some very nasty high wind gusts. The results of this sudden change in barometric pressure can be seen in my back yard, as a large spruce tree twisted off in the wind, and landed on the back of my studio. It was the end of a month in which I had to totally rebuild my computer, Operating System and all, a severe head cold, and now this. I was not impressed with January 2008. February has to be better, right? Lets hope so. But it could have been much worse, as no extreme damage was done. Next day I found myself on the business end of a new chain saw, cleaning up the mess. But I should not wimper, as there has been too many house fires in this area, this winter, some with loss of all property, and life as well. Now those you have to feel sympathy for. My little mishap is only a slight inconvenience by comparison. Aside from a few sore muscles, no big deal really.