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!


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