Monday, January 26, 2009

Birthday Bouquet

There was a birthday in the family last week, and we had a celebration on the weekend. These flowers are still lovely, and I could not resist getting out the camera and tripod, and taking a few snaps. I tried using bounce flash, but the colours, though accurate, were not to my liking. So, I decided to keep it simple. I took the pole lamp with the swivel head, beside my lazy boy chair, and positioned it above the vase at about a 70 degree angle. Then I put my Minolta 100 mm varisoft lens with a #2 close up filter attached, on the Maxxum 7D, and started to snap a few at f 2.8 for 1/8th of a second, with the softness dialed in at #2. No bounce cards, or anything else. Just an ordinary living room lamp. Hope you like it.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Vases & Floral Arrangement

This is the time of year when I get to longing for the warmer weather. Actually, this photo was taken at Colasanti's out in Essex County, in the wintertime. It has become a destination for the entire region of Windsor-Essex, and features a fantastic petting zoo that is popular with kids, young and old alike. There are also rides for the kids, as well as a great eating area, where fast food is served, but they also cater to weddings, etc. as well.
I usually like to wander off and get lost in the flowers and plants that are all over this establishment. This arrangement caught my eye, and is actually a vertical crop from a horizontal shot. The entire set up is all housed inside large green houses that go on forever. A great spot to visit.
Camera: Fuji FinePix S20Pro

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Nipissing Village, Ontario

Last evening, I was going through some old CD's looking for something else, when I came across this picture that I had taken about 3 years ago. It is the front of the Museum in Nipissing Village, which is about 40 km west of North Bay, Ontario. I have not gotten out to take many photographs this winter, and so I decided to use this one tonight. The red berries against the black logs, contrasted by the white snow makes for a stiking scene, and the old wagon wheel just makes the scene appropriately rustic. Hope you like it.

Camera: Minolta DiMAGE S414

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Privy

A few years ago, or I should say many years ago, when I was just starting out in photography, a fellow by the name of Sherman Hines put out a book about the Outhouses of Atlantic Canada. I thought that was sort of a novel idea at the time. The photographs were excellent, and were a real primer in lighting and composition. While I have no such ambitions, I did come across this building that had a sign over the door. It read, King's Navy Yard Privy. It was much more elegant than those old weather beaten wooden outhouses in Mr. Hines book. I thought at first that it was just a building that was open only in the tourist season of the year. But no, it indeed was open, and very well maintained also.......thank God.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Waterfront at Amherstburg, Ont.

Today, I took a little jaunt out to Amherstburg to see what was there, as I had never driven out there before, and was hoping to not get lost. I had not done much exploring of Essex County and the communities within it as of yet, due to being occupied with remodeling of the house, etc.. Amherstburg, I am told, is a very historic place, and I have yet to make myself informed of the history of these communities. This scene is taken from the river front at King's Navy Yard Park in Amherstburg, Ontario. It is a place that I shall likely return to from time to time, as it looks like a place that reeks with great material for photography.

Camera: Maxxum 7D
Lens: Maxxum AF 17 ~ 35 mm zoom

Fishermen at Riverside Marina

It has been a while since I last posted to this blog, but Happy 2009 to everyone. I was out yesterday with my friend Frank, after retrieving his Jeep from the body shop, followed by a Tim's, we headed down to the Riverside Marina to see what was happening. Well, I am not sure which I found most amazing, the ducks in the foreground or the fishermen on the dock in the background. Both groups were obviously dressed for the weather, and I would have to say that the fishermen must really be dedicated to catching whatever they do. I would hope it was worthwhile because the wind off the river was just tearing the skin off your face, and I did not stay out there too long. They were probably looking across at me taking pictures and wondering who that nutbar was, out taking pictures in this weather......different strokes Eh?