Saturday, June 27, 2009

And a Bang on the Ear......

This shot reminds me of a ballad by an Irish band, The Waterboys, entitled..."And a Bang on the Ear". It looks a little more astrological than most of the other fireworks shots that I took during the Target Fireworks. The whole experience was worth a few mosquito bites, and I hope to do a little more night shooting about town, when I get to know the safe areas to go at night.

More Fireworks

Another more colourful shot of the Target fireworks in Windsor, Ontario a couple of nights ago.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Fireworks Bouquet

It has been a few days since I last posted anything, due to a major computer glitch, a "Run Time Error" that still isn't resolved. As a result, I cannot use my Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2, which I had been using quite often for my blog. Anyway, a couple of evenings ago, my family and I took in some fireworks down at the waterfront. It has become a yearly event at the last day of school, and the entire riverside was lined with people and folding chairs. It seems that I have been photographing so many flowers since coming here to Windsor, that my Maxxum 7D has flowers embedded into its electronic brain. This is a shot of some of the fireworks, that very much resembles daisies, if you will. There were lots of shots that were more colourful, but this one struck a chord with me, and I decided to post it here. I was using a 75 ~ 300 AF zoom lens for this shot. Hope you find it neat also.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Elevator Up..... Anyone?

Can you imagine going to work at your usual job on a Friday afternoon at the GM building in downtown Detroit, and stepping aboard the elevator shaft which travels up the outside of the building, and all of a sudden, from out of nowhere, appears a red stunt plane just a few feet from you, outside the window, roaring straight up also? The noise is ear splitting, and as you step out of the elevator, you feel like you are walking in water. You look down, and you are......! Unfortunately, it is about the only thing going upward around this building these days. Hopefull the fortunes will reverse soon. This shot was taken at the practice runs before the Red Bull Air Races, which occurred this weekend here in Windsor.

Camera: Maxxum 7D
Lens: Minolta AF 75 ~ 300mm Zoom

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Roses for Neppie......

Today is a day that I have been dreading for quite a while now. We had to have our beloved Sheltie dog, Neppie, put down. He had brought so much joy to our home, as only dogs of his kind can. This bouquet came from the garden of our elderly neighbour, Bob, who had grown very fond of Neppie, and used to love to come into our yard and give him a good massage every so often. We had always felt so lucky to be able to give Neppie a good home, after his previous owner had passed away. He was such a gentle spirit, and there was not a mean bone in his body. We will miss him, but could not stand by to see him suffer. Farewell little guy. We are happy that you spent the time with us that you did.........

Monday, June 8, 2009

Art in the Park

This sign says it all. It was just great, and the organizers and artists should all be congratulated. The bands were fantastic, and everyone attending had a wonderful time.....

Sunday, June 7, 2009

The Potter

This gentleman from Fenlon Falls, Ontario, sits quietly by his booth, waiting for the next wave of potential buyers of his pottery wares. He has a long list of events that he will have a booth at this summer, and I can't imagine what it takes to be so dedicated to your craft, that you would spend so much time on the road, attending the various events such as Windsor's "Art in the Park". The mirror behind him gave his profile in addition to the 3/4 view of his face. But it was his unusual cap that just made me want to take this photo. The mirror also served as a reminder of the many many Saturdays that I spent shooting brides looking at their bouquets in mirrors, etc.. This is a very nice change..........Hope he had a good day also.
Camera: Maxxum 7D
Lens: Minolta AF 75 ~ 300 zoom

Flamboyant Jeweller

If you were to meet this guy on a sidewalk somewhere else, you would never peg him as a jeweller. With the battered old hat, the "Grizzly Adams" type beard, the bear claw necklace, and even a shirt with a grizzly bear on it, he is an imposing figure, and you'd probably give him lots of clearance as he passed by.
However, he was a very pleasant chap, and seemed very happy to pass the time of day, and let me take his photo. He seemed to be delighted that I would post his photo on my blog, and just as I squeezed the shutter, he flashed the old "peace" sign. Well, peace to you as well sir. I hope you did well today.

The Feather in my Cap.....

He straightens the display of jewellry that he makes himself, and it has obviously become the "feather in his cap."
Maxxum 7D and 35 ~ 105 zoom lens.

Asian Rice Paper Artist

This Asian chap had a booth at "Art in the Park", and his art form was the ancient Chinese art of Rice Paper cutting. He would, with some very sharp instrument, cut out the most intricate detail of flowers, and figures, and the list goes on and on. He agreed to let me take his photo surrounded by his art. There was one piece that I could not resist, and after walking away following shooting the photo of him, I found myself returning to buy one for myself. I bought the piece in the lower right corner of this photo. It is a beautiful depiction of 8 wild horses at full gallop. It blew me away. His prices were very reasonable, as it was only $40.00. How can you spend so much time carving pictures from rice paper, and only charge that amount for it? But it will be framed soon, and hanging on my wall not far from where I now sit.

The Sculptor

The highlight of this weekend here in Windsor, has been "Art in the Park" and the event was held at the Willistead Manor. The air was filled with music of all kinds, and everywhere you looked, people strolled about and enjoyed the art of exhibitors from all over the province and country. This gentleman was from Guelph, and had a booth set up to display and sell his sculptures. I would have loved to bought the one in this photo, but it had a price tag of about $2800.00, and I am sure was worth every penny. We had a pleasant chat, and he agreed to let me take a shot of him and some of his work. It obviously enables him to "stand out from the crowd" so to speak. He was hoping that someone in that crowd would stop by and purchase one of his sculptures. I hope someone did, as I cannot begin to fathom the patience, skill, dedication and time it must require to produce such works of art. My thanks to him for this.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Henry's Pride.....

This is a closer version of Henry's Rhododendron. Again, I used a #4 close up filter on my 35 ~105 zoom lens, and got close for this cluster of blooms. Also, I added a bit of soft focus in Corel that gives it a gentle effect. I have not posted much lately, as I have been busy doing a bit of plumbing, a bit of fencing, etc.. So, I must thank my neighbours, Terri and Henry, for material for my postings this evening and night. June is now upon us, and in 3 weeks, the summer solstice again. The kids will be out of school this month, and hopefully, I'll get up north again, and maybe spend a day in a boat drowning worms, and maybe catch a few fish. I am also looking forward to the Red Bull Air Races on the river about 3 blocks from my house. It will be noisy I expect, but also quite exciting to watch, and photograph. That will certainly be a different kind of shooting, than closeups of flowers. It's all good.....