Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Another Variation.......

There were other more constructive things that I could have been doing today, but it is very warm and muggy, and I got sidetracked with this version of the purple Rose of Sharon that I shot a couple of days ago. I want to do some macro shots, but will get around to that in a while hopefully. Meanwhile, I have to enlarge the rear deck on the house........

Saturday, July 25, 2009

White Rose of Sharon

This white variety of the Rose of Sharon was somewhat in the shadows, so I shot in manual mode at f 2.8 for 1/1000 of a second, and set the HS flash at 1/32 power, to enhance it a little. The softness effect was dialed in at about #2, to make the shot even more gentle.

Sharon's Rose......

Our back yard is full of these lovely blossoms right now, with pink, purple and white colours. When we bought our retirement home a year ago, I thought it was nice that our back yard was full of roses that shared the same name as my wife. The Rose of Sharon is very prolific here in Windsor, and depending what is done to them, they are often just a low bush, or when allowed, grows into a small tree about 15 feet tall. In about 2 years time, our back yard will be totally enclosed by these plants, and we are not about to discourage that. It makes for a very pleasant cup of coffee in the early morning, with the sunlight filtering through. This shot was taken earlier this afternoon, with my 100 mm soft focus portrait lens, and the softness effect dialed to zero. The aperture was wide open at f2.8, which accounts for the areas that are slightly blurred or out of focus. I was shooting hand held and there was a gentle breeze causing a bit of movement. Hey Mike, this one is for your sister also. Hope she enjoys her visit to Canada!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Singin' in the Rain......

This past 4 days has been a pleasant break from the ongoing renovations and upgrades that I have been doing to our home. For Father's Day, my wife and children had given me a 4 day pass to the Bluesfest on the Windsor riverfront, right in front of Caesar's Casino. I was delighted, as I enjoy this type of music, and had spent many a Saturday evening listening to Saturday Night Blues on CBC radio, hosted by Holger Petersen. The bands were top notch, and I just sat back and soaked it up. Soaked is the operative word here, as just about every evening, the heavens opened up, and dropped the wet stuff for a short while, then it dried up again. Windsor seems to be like that. However, it did not seem to deter the performers or the spectators one little bit. They just kept it going, and everyone had a great time. These shots were taken from under a rather large double umbrella that my daughter had left in my car, and it sure came in handy for this event. The food and beverages were very good, and I am certainly looking forward to this event again next year.

Camera: Fuji FinePix S9100 with 28 ~ 300 mm fixed lens.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Bright Spot During the Rain.

This bright spot caught the corner of my eye, as the sun appeared from behind the clouds to bounce off of the GM building across the Detroit River. Of course, the head CEO of this place is looking for a bright spot of a different kind. Hopefully it is on the way soon.

Rainbow After the Rain

This gave everyone hope that the rain was over for the evening. Shortly after taking this photo, the empty seats were filled again, as the crowd emerged from under the beer tent, and any other form of shelter they could find.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Pink Bog Flower

This delicate pink tinged flower was found in the Ruscom Conservation Area, and I have no idea what it is. For the past several days, I have been busy building a front veranda on the house, so that I can enjoy a beverage in the cool evening shade.
I decided to play with this photo in PhotoImpact 12, a program that I haven't used very much, and this is what I came up with.
Hopefully, I'll get around to doing a little more photography soon. All work and no play........

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Happy Canada Day!!!

This is a shot of my neighbour Henry, and me in our mutual driveway, as taken by Henry's wife Terri. She thought that we were wonderful specimens of fine craftsmen, as we were both setting out to modify or build decks on our houses. She could not let this photo op pass, and ran and got her little camera. As it happened, the Canadian Flag reflected in the window above us, and I thought it would make a great "tongue in cheek" salute to all of the Great Canadian Do It Yourselfers out there. Since the TV has numerous shows about Do It Yourself Disasters and such, we are living proof that if you want something done right, and to your own satisfaction, Do It Yourself! There are no real experts...... are there? Only those who think that they can't do it themselves, think someone else is an expert.......Ya think maybe some large building supply outfit will be sponsoring us anytime soon......? LOL! Have a Happy Canada Day everyone! Have some fun today!