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.