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?