Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Sidewalk Service & Sales

This was a scene that I happened upon while on my way to pick up darkroom chemicals for another evening of printing and listening to CBC radio under the glow of the red safelight. Dent, the fellow on the left was without a doubt, one of the most gifted and craftiest of photographic salesmen that I have ever met. His all round knowledge of every aspect of photography was, and is, totally amazing. If you were anywhere close to him, better be prepared to part with some money, or have your credit card handy. On the right is Jack, whom I am proud to say, was one of my first photography instructors. His black and white photographs are hanging in art galleries all over the world. He was North Bay's version of Ansel Adams. His eye for detail and composition was exquisite.
He helped instill in me the love of seeing and light. He used to say, "it's all about the light, Dave." He is gone to a better place now, and I'll never forget him. In this sidewalk scene, Jack, in his eighties, had just gotten out of hospital. While he was in there, a fire had totally destroyed the downtown building that housed his darkroom, still life studio, and all of his medium format cameras, negatives, and prints.......everything was gone. We all thought that he would be totally devastated by this blow to him. But we did not know him very well at all. He said, "it's all just stuff!" Then he did something that blew us all away. He met with Dent, and ordered a new computer, film scanner, printer, the whole works, to set up a digital studio. Before long, he had put together enough new "digital art" to put on a photography exhibit at the Capitol Centre Art Gallery, that was the talk of the town. He had someone help wheel him around in his wheelchair, to various locations he had decided to explore with his 35 mm cameras. He truly loved his craft, right to the very end, and showed us all that you are never too old to learn something new, or do something in a different way. Always believe in what you do. It was wonderful knowing these two guys, and I miss them.
P.S. I deliberately did NOT "clean up" this image after scanning the negative. I felt that it adds to the "aged" treatment or look that I wished to achieve. It is very noticable upon enlarging.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Calla Lillies, again....

My neighbour, Terri, told me over the fence a couple of days ago, that she preferred sharp images over the softer versions. So, I decided to post these same Calla Lillies as is posted below, but this time, instead of using a soft focus lens, I shot them sharp, using the macro mode of my Fuji FinePix S20Pro digital camera. Also, these were taken under existing daylight filtered through the living room sheers, and are the true colours of this lovely plant, as compared to the version below, where I used the light from a lamp beside my chair at night. Quite a difference as you can see. I like them both, but this one is for Terri and Henry. Hope you all had a very Happy Easter!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Calla Lily

This past weekend, my wife and I celebrated our 41st Anniversary, and this lovely Calla Lily plant was one of the flowers that made our day wonderful. However, after the gathering with our children, and grandchildren was over, I could not resist getting out the camera and doing a couple of shots. The colour shown here is not accurate, as it is actually more purplish. I just used the swivel lamp beside my chair to light this bloom, and as such it is much warmer in tone. But I like this rendition very much, and decided to go with it. The softness is from using my 100mm Varisoft lens. Hope you like it also.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Cottam Church Yard

Just another view of the same church yard below.
Ooops! It appears that I spelled the name of Cottam incorrectly. My apologies to everyone. But I am new to the area, and still in a bit of a daze yet. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.....

Camera: Maxxum 7D
Lens: Minolta 75 ~ 300

Cottam, Ont. Church Yard

Today was a nice but coolish spring day, and we decided to take a jaunt out into the county and get away from the painting and removing old wall paper, for a while. We took a route that went through the communities of Lakeshore, Essex and Cottam, in Essex County. While passing through Cottam, this church yard scene caught the corner of my eye, and I decided to check it out a little more. After taking a few shots, and returning to the car, my wife informed me that some of the inscriptions on the tomb stones dated back to the 1800's. Lots of history there for sure. These scenes were taken in colour, but I felt that conversion to sepia would be more suitable.