Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas Everyone!

This little image was done in a bit of a hurry tonight, as I have been very busy working on my kitchen project the last few weeks. It has progressed to the point where things are finally starting to show now. I had promised my wife that she would at least have counter tops to work on this Christmas, and I delivered on that today. So I am taking a break for a few days now to sit back and enjoy the Holidays a bit. Our neighbor, Terri, made this little arrangement and delivered it to our door about a week ago, and tonight, I thought that I would grab a quick shot of it with my accordion in the background. For us, Christmas is all about family, friends, music and good food. I tell everyone to not buy me anything, as I feel that should be just for the kids. But they never pay much heed to my mumblings...! My accordions have been recently tuned by Mr. Leo Niemi of Sudbury, Ontario. He is about 80 now, and a nicer, more humble gentleman you may never meet. He is truly a master at his craft, and is touted by Hohner in Germany as being one of the top accordion tuning technicians in the world. He tuned my older accordion reeds, and I just last week received them, and installed them. It sounds like a totally different instrument now, with a very warm sound. I love it Leo!! It will get a good workout during the Christmas and New Year season this year. For those who might be interested in how the photo was made, I used my 35 ~ 105 mm zoom lens on my Maxxum 7D, and then used the flash in the off camera wireless mode, aimed to bounce off of the ceiling. Then I covered the on camera pop up flash with a kleenex to soften it down a little so as to not cast a harsh shadow behind on the living room wall. It was shot at f4.5 for 1/8 second hand held. Next, I downloaded the image, did a little editing in Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo x2, and uploaded it to this blog. I hope some of you will enjoy it, and I really hope that everyone has a Very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. Catch ya....

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A Budding Cartoonist?

A severe bout of insomnia last night got me to playing Mahjongg long after most normal people go to sleep. Upon winning a game, after about 7 losses, I chose to open one of the "Jewels of Wisdom", and it said that "gentle people demand much of themselves, but the pretty (vain) demand much of others". How true is that? Tonight I was going to post a very ugly picture of my kitchen with the walls smashed out, which I took during the current renovation. But I happened upon this little piece of artwork that was done this past summer by my eldest granddaughter. She had somehow managed to get my youngest granddaughter to sit still long enough to do this little caricature sketch of her. I have always admired artists, and I especially admire those who can draw a sketch of another person, and while it is obviously a cartoon type of drawing, there is enough subtle detail, and hints of the real subject as to make it obvious who the person actually is. That takes a lot of talent and skill. It amazes me that such talent is present in her at such a young age. When I asked her what she would probably do when she grew up, she said that she wasn't sure yet, but she would like to become an animator or cartoonist. It would not surprise me if one day, her artwork was in daily newspapers. She is a gentle little soul, who obviously demands excellence of herself, and already is able to offer something beautiful to others. She was eleven when she drew this with coloured pencils, and the subject was a very busy three year old.
Go for it kiddo!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Session...

We returned from a trip North to visit family tonight, and did encounter the white stuff that happens every year around this time up there. It was good to see this part of the country again, but I was not expecting a partridge to fly out of the bush just South of Latchford, and totally take out a headlight in the car. But I had to chuckle to my self that it could have been a moose! Anyway, it was good to see the old folks again. In this photo, again taken by my wife, is her Dad on the fiddle. He is 96 now, and still can tune the instrument to perfection. I was really amazed as he really leaned into this Tommy Makem song that we were playing, "I got some rosin for me bow". We have played together many times over the last 45 years, and he still blows me away even yet. He just loves the old Irish and Scottish fiddle tunes, as well as the Old Time Canadian Fiddle Tunes, played by the likes of Don Messer, King Ganam, Ned Landry and Ward Allen. He has forgotten more music than most of us will ever learn or remember. It was just a whole bunch of fun to get in a few more tunes with him again. It makes a 10 hour trip more than worthwhile. Until next time Dad....

Monday, October 11, 2010

Music & Friends

There is a folk song from back on the Rock entitled "Music & Friends", and it contains a lot of wisdom and meaning for living a good life. As it is Thanksgiving Weekend, I had the happy occasion to spend it with my family, both here and away, and also a few of my friends. This afternoon, my neighbor Henry, and I spent an hour enjoying the warm temperatures on a bench in the shade, playing a few tunes, and sharing a few laughs. There are a few friends that I left behind in the North, and a few that are new since moving here to Windsor, Ontario, a couple of years ago. They are all a gift to me that I will always treasure. So to everyone who reads this, I hope you all enjoy the good fortune and warmth of family, friends, and good health this Thanksgiving. All three are priceless......

P.S. This photo was actually taken by my wife, Sharon. I told her she was going to do a portrait.....and she did! Thanks love!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Hidden Proof!

This "shot" is for Mike. He questioned whether or not the bottle that I found tucked away, was actually empty when I found it. Well, here is the 100% Proof, (puns intended) that it was indeed empty. But it sure does explain the terrible wiring conditions that I uncovered! That's my story, and I'm sticking to it......

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Hidden.....

It has been so long since my last posting, I was worried that I would forget how to sign in. The reason being is that I am in the middle of renovating the kitchen, and have stripped it down to the bare studs, and have dropped the ceiling to expose the wiring also. In the process of dropping the ceiling, a VERY dirty one at that, I found this empty bottle of gin tucked away amongst the insulation up there. It has been there since 1953, and the thing that really made me laugh, was that about 10 minutes later, I found a booklet from Alcoholics Anonymous, also tucked away up there. The price of this bottle of gin back then was on a label on the back which said LCBO $3.75! It gave me a good laugh, when I was covered in dirt that had fallen on me. The house is made of plaster board, and I am so glad that little chore is finally done. Other little treasures that I found were a pair of pliers and an old tire iron, similar to the one I used to use as a boy, changing tires by hand in an old BP garage out in Newfoundland. You never know when you will be reminded of the past. I'm still hoping to discover a box with a large amount of money up there! Yeah right! Now, it's back to work......

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Hibiscus Blossom

Tonight, I got to playing around with this image of a hibiscus blossom that I found at Coventry Gardens a few days ago. It was quite high up above me, and there was no way that I was going to get a macro shot. It was blowing around in the wind also, but I put the 75 ~ 300 AF Zoom lens on the camera, switched on the antishake lever, and took a chance at getting something sort of worthwhile. This image is quite a crop from the original, and as such, I am fairly pleased with the results. Hope you find it pleasing also.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Little White Flowers

These little white flowers were found in a shady spot in Coventry Gardens on the Detroit River here in Windsor. They couldn't help grabbing your attention, as they were in sharp contrast to their surroundings. Again, not too spectacular but I found them to be enjoyable nonetheless. Hope you enjoy them also.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Backlit Plants - Coventry Gardens

Instead of playing Majong tonight, I decided to post a shot that I took yesterday of some backlit plants that were not too far from the couple in the posting below. It is nothing too spectacular or anything, I just liked the lighting. The large broad leaves of this plant remind me of some of the plants to be found on the seabeds of the oceans of the world. They wave to and fro with the currents, searching for food and light. It seems to me that these plants are not too different from us in a lot of ways.....

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Remember When We...

Today we had family visitors from Belleville and Toronto, and I got to play chauffeur, and give a brief tour of Windsor. As the ladies strolled about looking at the flowers at Coventry Gardens on the Riverfront, I got to wander off a little. This couple sitting on a picnic table in the shade of a tree caught my eye, and I could not resist making an image or two of them. Sometimes colour gets in the way, and when I got to looking at it, I decided to play with it a little, and applied a little sepia, and selective soft focus. Their body language says something nice about them, and I guess that is what caught my attention in the first place. Hope you like it also...

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Back Yard Roses

It has been a very hot and humid summer here in Windsor, Ontario. My photography has sort of been relegated to the back burner, while I try to build a kitchen pantry and cupboards, and travel to various places for Dr.'s appointments and Birthday parties. The Orthopedic Dr. told me last week that my wrist has healed really well, and that I am good to go. But the mobility and flexibility is not what it used to be, nor will it ever be again. At any rate, this morning I decided to use this photo of roses from my back yard as my desktop background, and after seeing it that large, thought that it might make for a nice posting on this blog....more or less, just to let folks know that I am still alive and kicking. It has been a while my last posting....sounds like a confession eh? Anyway, hope you like it, and until next time, enjoy the summer. Pretty soon we will all be posting autumn colours........

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Windsor's Roses of Sharon

Yesterday, I went with my friend Frank, down to the Detroit River to see the tall ships go by. However, it was a very overcast and hazy day, and to make matters worse, when the ships did show up, they were about 20 to 30 minutes apart, and none of them were under sail. They came up the river using their motors, and since the shipping channel is over on the Detroit side, a long lens was needed. But upon returning home, I felt that this was just one of those days that things were not going as they had been expected to. So, I took the camera, and went to my back yard to photograph the Rose of Sharon bushes growing across the back fence. These roses grow everywhere here in Windsor, and they are very beautiful. This shot is taken from one end, lengthwise down to the back corner of our yard. This makes it look almost like one big bush of roses. At least I did not feel that the day was a total write off, and had something worthwhile to download. The effect applied here is called the Orton Effect, and is easily arrived at in Photoshop. It is my first attempt at using this effect, and I am not sure yet if I like it or not. Maybe I need to play around with it a little more, when I have the time......

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Baby Blue Jays....

For the past several days, I have been rather busy converting my garage into a wood working shop. The kitchen project is about to begin in earnest, as I will be building my own cabinetry and drawers, etc. myself, from scratch. Yes, I am one of those DIY guys, and usually get a great amount of satisfaction after the job is finished. That's the pay off. Anyway, this morning while still in a stupor, I heard my wife talking to someone out in the kitchen. I did not hear anyone arrive, so got up to see what was going on. There, perched upon the BBQ outside the window, was a little baby Blue Jay. It seemed that this was the first day out of the nest for him, so I ran and grabbed the camera, put on the 75 ~ 300 mm zoom lens, and came out. It was still there, so I went to the back door, and opened it enough to stick the lens through, and started to shoot. It had not learned to fear anything yet, and every time the shutter fired, it would turn its head and appeared almost to be posing for me. Then I discovered its sibling over on my canoe, and walked over and started to shoot several frames of it also. They spent the whole day in our back yard, and I was able to get a shot of one of them as it struggled to get through a hole in the fence lattice. It was a fun way to start the day, and I hope they stay around for a while.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Pink & Yellow Rose.....

Way back when I was just a little guy, every autumn, my mother used to have me wrap all of her rose bushes with burlap, or "brin bags" as we called them. This morning while passing a little time playing around with this image, I happened to recall those events from my childhood years. This rose is from my own back yard now, and it is from a bush that was planted for my father. Hope you enjoy it also.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Thorn Between Two Roses....LOL!


Did I mention that we had a real good time this evening at the Red Bull Open House? The people were so friendly and everyone seemed to be having such a good time. Wow, I couldn't believe it when all of a sudden these two young ladies wanted to have a picture taken with me! When I showed this photo to my wife upon arriving back home, she laughed a little, and then a lot.......Huummm, she didn't have to laugh THAT much did she.......?

The Behind the Scenes Man.......

It doesn't matter which event you may be attending, there are always those great folks who work behind the scenes, or off to one side, making sure that things are going properly. When we entered the Red Bull Open House grounds at the Windsor Airport this evening, I noticed this fellow standing off to one side of the canvas aircraft hangers. He was just standing there with hands folded in front of him, like I had seen a million times when I used to photograph weddings and family portraits. Afterward, as we were heading out, he was still standing there. So I went over to him, and asked him if I could take a photo. He looked somewhat surprised and said that I could. He said something to the effect that it was making him feel special. I told him that he was one of those unsung folks that kept things running smoothly, but never got many thanks for the effort. Then I told him that I would like to put the photo on my blog, and I am not sure if he will remember the name or not, but if he does, and sees himself here, he should know that whatever he does is worthwhile. Good luck fella, and thanks for putting up with me and my camera for a few moments......

The Red Bull Pilot.

This evening, Frank and I went to the Red Bull Open House at the Windsor Airport. Wow! We were able to get up close to the aircraft as well as the pilots. A year ago, I posted a photo of the Caesar's Casino aircraft screaming straight up the GM Headquarters tower in Detroit, and this year, the Red Bull aircraft is cavorting amongst the office towers of Detroit, as the posting below shows. Well, tonight, I was able to capture a very candid portrait of the pilot of the Red Bull aircraft. I did not learn his name as there were too many folks crowded around. This photo was taken as he was posing with a group of about 7 people, and I was able to zoom in with the 75 ~ 300 mm lens and grab a shot as I passed by. These fellows are amazing at what they do, and again I thought afterward, that if you were to meet him on a downtown street, you would never guess his occupation. Just goes to show that you never know who you are standing next to in a crowd.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Just Outside My Window is.......

The Red Bull Boys are back in Windsor this weekend, and my friend Frank and I went down to the river and sat on the rocks for about an hour this morning. The pilots clipped a few pylons during their practice runs, and kept the fellows in the boats busy setting them up again. Apparently the seats in front of Caesar's are designated as the main area, and go for a cool $1200.00 each, so I was told. Guess I will have to tough it out on the rocks instead. But I was not unhappy with my viewpoint and if you stay sharp and have a little luck, you will be able to grab a worthwhile shot or two. Can you imagine looking out of the office window and seeing this pilot go screaming by? Sort of hard on the nerves at the end of the week. TGIF eh!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

A Rosebud Cracked Open......

In our garden this morning, my wife and I were checking out the progress of the rose bushes, and she found a bud that was gnarled and twisted, and would never bloom. It looked like something had bored through and destroyed it, so I figured that maybe I could open it up and uncover the culprit. But nothing was to be found inside that had caused the problem, but I looked at the mess that I had made and it somehow appealed to me. The red, yellow and green colours were kind of nice I thought, but the lighting through the translucent canopy over the pergola did not do it justice at all. So I went inside and retrieved a cereal bowl and placed it upside down to shelter it until the evening light came through the side of the deck. My wife gave me a crooked little grin but said nothing. So this shot was taken about 8 hours after I had mangled it, when the sun was where it should be, and a white object placed to the left of the petals provided a little fill, and reduced the contrast. By now, you are probably thinking that this guy is just a bit off the wall, but it is little events like this that I like to record with my camera that makes a line from a Leonard Cohen song make sense. It said that everything has a crack in it, and that's how the light gets in. Sometimes the cracks occur naturally, and sometimes we make them ourselves I guess. It's all about the light.....

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Broken & Beautiful......

A few days ago, while walking along the Ganatchio Trail here in Windsor, this splash of colour in the bushes caught my eye. What type of tree this is I am not sure, but this branch was obviously broken and splintered. However, in spite of it all it is still blooming and beautiful. Come to think of it, I know some individuals like that........

Friday, April 23, 2010

Meet Zeus....

Lately, I haven't posted very much and a couple of days ago, while trying to get a shot of a cardinal in the tree in our back yard, Zeus wandered by, and I grabbed a quick shot of him. Often when we walk him, we hear comments such as, "is that a wolf?" or "he must have wolf in him." We don't know for sure, but he hails from Geralton, Ontario, which is out all by itself in Northwestern Ontario, so it is highly possible that there might be a touch of wolf in him. I have seen online photos of wolves taken in this region of the country, and the dusting of gray on his legs, which are very long, and his underbelly, are very similar. Zeus's ears are a little longer, as well as his muzzle, but it is easy to see how he could be mistaken for a wolf. However, he is a very gentle animal, and much loved by his owner. After some desaturation and adding some texture, and framing, I arrived at the effect that I liked most. Hope you do also.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Abstract Carnations

This is an existing light shot of a vase of carnations sitting on the coffee table. The only light is from my trilight lamp stand next to my Lazyboy chair which I was stretched out in at the time. It was the last hockey game of the regular season before the playoffs, and I was getting bored.....yet again. My 75 ~ 300 mm zoom was on the camera, so I decided to see what would be the outcome of a long hand held exposure at f5.6 for 8 seconds. After a couple of filters in Photoshop and Corel, this is the result. Hope you enjoy it also.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Spring Has Sprung....

There is a line in a song written by the late Canadian singer, song writer Stan Rogers, about new life pushin' through in the Spring of the year. As I was photographing this little hyacinth plant in a back corner of our yard today, this song came to mind. My first impulse was to just post a straight up photo of this plant, but as I started editing, I decided to try to depict that bursting forth of new life. While doing this, I remembered years ago doing something very similar in the darkroom to obtain a zoom effect. It entailed cranking the enlarger head upward while making the exposure on paper, all the while holding a mask to dodge a butterfly that my daughter was holding on her finger. You needed three hands to do that, but somehow I was able to manage the desired result. Things are so different now, and sometimes I still miss the smell of chemicals on my hands as I would roll into bed at around 03:00 am. totally exhausted......

Camera: Maxxum 7D
Lens: Minolta AF 75 ~ 300 zoom, with # 2 close up filter attached.
Editing Software: PhotoImpact 12, and Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2

Monday, April 5, 2010

Jr. Auto Tech....

This little guy wants to show Grandpa that he can fix his little electric Jeep, so he lifts the hood to show that all you have to do is push a reset button, and he's good to go again. After taking this shot, I could not help but realize that in all likelihood, by the time he reaches 16 in about 12 years time, most of the cars coming off of the assembly lines at the auto plants will likely be electrically powered. It may very well be that he will never know what it is to pump gasoline into a tank in the automobile he will drive, or check the engine oil and coolant levels. He will never know a world without computers and electronic gadgetry and digital everything. Most of this used to be the stuff of sci-fi TV programs, and it is now close to being reality. Here comes the future......today.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

This was shot about 4 years ago, and I have gotten a lot of mileage out of this little set of photos. The violin was from a swap that I made for my old lawn mower, and I gave it to my father-in-law who is quite a fiddler even still at 95 years of age. When he got around to buying himself a much nicer violin, he gave it back to me, and since I do not play this instrument, I got the idea that I could use it as a prop for a "White Violin" series of photos, that would continue on over time. The day that I hung it out on the clothesline, and spray painted it white, my neighbor was sure that I had gone over the edge, and acted a little strange toward me for a while....until he saw some of the black & white photos with this as a prop. At any rate, I have enjoyed using this over the years, and it came in handy this year, especially since I have not used the camera much lately. So this is just to wish one and all a very Happy St. Patrick's Day.......

Monday, March 8, 2010

Itching for Spring....

Today I decided to use a flower from a bouquet that I shot about a year ago. The reason that I have not posted much lately is because I had to have surgery on a very badly fractured wrist, sustained while "teaching" my little grandson how to ice skate..... There are events that occur in life that speaks, nay, YELLS at you, that those activities are a thing of the past. But I really did enjoy our Tuesday mornings at the arena, and the little lad did also. But, so it goes. There has been little effort on my part since, to get out the camera. I would hate to break it while fumbling trying to focus or whatever. So it looks like I shall be more familiar with the tripod again before too long. Maybe that will be a good thing in the overall scheme of things. Anyway, here is my post for today, and I am just itching for Spring again, but we won't talk about the itching going on under this cast to my forearm.........

Monday, February 22, 2010

Windsor Has Snow!

This morning, the residents of Windsor awoke to a pretty decent snowfall for a change. I couldn't help but smile a little as I looked out the front window while enjoying my hot cup of tea. Afterward, I got into my parka and boots, and went to the garage to pull out the snowblower for the first time this year. It had a flat tire, and that meant, getting out the air compressor as well, to inflate it. After taking a little sandpaper to the spark plug, and adding a little fresh gas, that old blower fired right up on the second pull of the chord. So, it was today, and it was a fun change from the usual routine, in my opinion. There are probably lots who would disagree in this city, as snow is something that just should not happen here. Anyway, the white stuff was very wet and heavy as wet cement almost, according to my friend Frank, who sent along this picture for me to check out. The snow has rolled over off of the rail, and is hanging there like it is made of foam insulation, or something. Thanks for permission to use this photo Frank, as I did not take any pictures at all today. I was too exhausted after blowing out two other driveways besides my own. Guess I'm getting soft in my old retirement years eh?......Ooops! The snow plough just went by and filled in the end of my driveway. Guess my work isn't quite done just yet..........

Friday, February 19, 2010

Small Sliver of Blue.....

While I was waiting in the parking lot of this Medical Building today, I happened to look up, and noticed the geometric shapes against the blue sky. It wasn't until I was doing the editing that I noticed the small triangular sliver of blue almost hidden from view beneath the green roof. It sort of brings the blue of the sky down amongst the tan colour of the building. The old master photographers used to say that if you don't know what it is about a picture that made you take it in the first place, leave it for a day or two, and then bring it out and look at it again. That little triangular sliver of blue sort of does that for me. Hope you like it also.....

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Petals, Close & Soft

This is a close up of the petals of a bouquet on the table at a family Valentine's Day party today. Our grandchildren are still small, and excited about any occasion that brings the family together for food and laughter. It is a rather simple shot taken with a #4 close up filter attached to my 35 ~ 105 zoom lens, and the flash bounced off of the ceiling. While it is nothing too special, I just like the vibrant colours and softness of it. Here's to all the "loves" in our lives on Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Snowdrift

Just exactly where this old, abandoned to the elements workshop is, I am not very sure. It could possibly be somewhere behind Cobalt, Ontario. The patterns in the snowdrift, and the boarded windows seemed to tell a story that this old place had seen some hard times. For some reason, I seem to have gotten sidetracked with scanning old Kodachrome slides that I shot many years ago. There isn't much snow on the ground here in Windsor this year, and unless we get a good dump in February, I probably will not get to play with my snow blower at all this winter.......

Changing Landscape in Essex County

Sunday was a rainy, dreary day for January, but the sun kept trying to break through occasionally. We went for a drive out to nowhere in particular, and found ourselves out near the town of Harrow, in Essex County. There has been much news lately about Windsor/Essex being the proposed locale for setting up windmills to generate electricity. It sort of surprised me that they had already started in earnest on the project, as this photo suggests. However, when I looked around the area, there were approximately 20 or so of them laying around on the ground. At first it looked like they were parts of an aircraft, but upon closer examination, it became apparent that it was just the various parts waiting to be assembled and erected. It crossed my mind that when all of these windmills get operating, how the birds will fare, as this area is known as a major migration path for our winged friends. But I am sure the large Korean multinational has taken that into account....... right? Just to the right of this photo was a "For Sale" sign on the property, and I wish them good luck with that.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Another Day Done......

This is another old Kodachrome 25 slide scan that I did today. While I was doing the editing, I couldn't help but wonder if the files from my digital photos would be around as long as these old slides. It makes me wonder if progress is really progress anymore. This photo was taken in Feb. 1987, down by the Government Dock in North Bay, Ont.........

Winter - South Shore Lake Nipissing, Ont.

Today, I came across this old Kodachrome slide, and thought that it might be a good January scene. If I remember correctly, the temperature was about -34C, and the thing about shooting in that type of weather is, you either don't go out in it, or if and when you do, you had better dress warmly, as you can't be jumping in and out of the car.That would fog the camera lens, and end shooting for quite a while. If during the shoot, the camera batteries packed it in, well, you just reached inside of your parka, and pulled out a fresh set that was in a pocket close to your chest. They were pretty warm, and allowed another hour or so of shooting......The old manual non electronic everything camera bodies were fairly reliable in difficult shooting conditions of northern winters. They went for a long while before giving any problems. However today, with everything so heavily automated, I wonder how long batteries last in the coldest weather. You also have to manually override the camera's default settings, if you are one of those who likes to do a little thinking about what a picture should look like in the end.

Camera: Minolta XE-7
Lens: Minolta Rokkor 28mm, f 2.8
Film: Kodachrome 25

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Mommy's Treasure...

There's nothing like "Happy Cake" and ice cream to put a big smile on a little girl's face after a family Birthday party. Just before going out the door, she gives a big smile for old Poppee, who is always hanging around with a camera.......
Candid grab shots are a lot of fun, and used to be my favorite part of a wedding shoot, as folks milled around outside a church after the ceremony. But that was in my other life......

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Duff-Baby House in Winter

The late evening sunset is reflected in the old clapboard siding of the historic Duff-Baby house in Olde Sandwich Towne. Today I decided to stop and take a shot of this old place, as it apparently is the oldest house in Southwestern Ontario. It was the headquarters of an army general during the war of 1812, and as the story goes, it is full of ghosts. There are ghost tours featured every week during the summer months. I for one will not be going, as these days, reality itself seems much too wierd.

Harbour Lights

Winter has arrived here in Windsor, Ontario, and I haven't gotten out too much to do any photography for a while now. Today, I decided to take a little time and go exploring along the Detroit River front. I had taken a few shots around Sandwich, but nothing that really fired me up too much. The wind was strong, and bitterly cold, which made my eyes water, and it was difficult to focus the camera. But before I gave it up as a lost cause, I decided to drop by the Riverside Marina, and after talking a while with another local Nature Photographer, Gerald F. Peltier, who likes to photograph birds, I stopped to shoot this scene. It was getting dark, and I braced my left shoulder against a parked car, and with the assistance of the in body antishake feature of my camera, I squeezed off a couple of hand held shots with my 75 ~ 300 zoom lens attached. Then I headed home.
By the way, Gerald F. Peltier's site can be found at www.MyBirdingPlace.com, and I am sure he would enjoy your feedback on his bird shots.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Northern Ontario Revisited......

This area of the South Shore of Lake Nipissing, in Northern Ontario, was one of my favorite places that I used to like to go to when I needed to be alone. This photo is from a Medium Format negative, that I shot with my Mamiya RB 67 camera. The negative was scanned on an old Epson film scanner, and edited in Photoshop CS3, and Corel Paint Shop Pro X2. It was kind of fun to scan a negative again, and after about 3 tries, finally got all of the dust removed that had become embedded in the emulsion. I like to drop a tip or two from time to time in this little blog, and here is how I clean my negatives. Go out to the garage, and get that gallon tin can of Coleman Camp stove fuel. It is straight naphtha, and it evaporates immediately. Then after putting some on a soft cotton ball, wipe both sides of the negative until clean. I used to buy "proper" negative cleaning solutions in little 3.5 oz bottles, for $9.99 each. Now I buy it by the gallon can, for about $4.99 each, and use it to light my Coleman Lanterns as well. So there you have my first tip for 2010. Happy shooting to everyone, and I think I shall be shooting more of that strange stuff called "film" this year.......