Friday, August 26, 2011

A Long Time Passing...

Tonight I scanned a Kodak BW 400CN negative that I shot recently. This film had not been refrigerated at all, and the date on the PRO Pack carton was for 07/2007. That is quite amazing for any film to be sitting around in a camera bag for some 4 years, and then be exposed and processed, and the negs were absolutely just fine. Luckily for me, and anyone else who would still be interested in shooting film, Kodak BW 400CN is still available. It is amazing stuff! It is processed in the regular C41 chemicals used to process coloured negative film, and any 1 hour lab can just put it through with the rest of the rolls being processed.
This old garage is located on the Ojibway Parkway between LaSalle and Windsor, and is almost nonvisable from the road due to being overgrown by very tall grasses in the area. My 16 mm fisheye lens was used on this particular shot, and the grass in the foreground appear to be curved and wrapping around the old building. Small businesses such as this one did not fare too well, possible due to the collapse of the auto industry in this area, and also probably due to the influx of much larger operations attached to the huge box stores which have sprung up everywhere in recent years. So it just sits and crumbles, and is slowly disappearing, just like film photography......

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Concert Band Members

These band members are focused on the music, while I am skulking around the perimeter focusing on them. It had not entered my mind yet as to how I was going to "portray" them, but this felt right to me tonight.....

Surround Sound...

This fellow is a tuba player in the Greater Windsor Concert Band. I am not sure what the actual type of tuba this is, but the gentleman seems to be wearing it, as opposed to holding it. At any rate, the music was great and much appreciated by everyone who attended this outdoor concert. The conductor stated that in the 15 years that the band has been doing outdoor performances, they have been rained out only once. That is pretty amazing really, but this concert was almost number 2, as the band had to stand around for a while and discuss whether or not to go ahead, as it was raining very slightly just before the start time. However, it finally stopped, and the band bravely went ahead and set up. This image has been edited to make it look somewhat like a coloured chalk drawing. Hope you like it...

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Eyes in the Back of His Head....

Tonight, along with our neighbors Terri and Henry, we attended an excellent concert in Rheaume Park, just about 5 minutes drive from home. The concert was performed by the Greater Windsor Concert Band, and they played tunes from Broadway Shows. Before the music began, I approached the conductor, and inquired if it would be possible to take a few shots during the concert. He advised me that it was no problem, so after about 20 minutes of enjoying the music, I decided to take a stroll around the perimeter, making sure to keep a reasonable distance away. My 75 ~ 300 mm lens was on the camera, and that ensured that I did not have to get very close. While walking around the back of the band, I had a very uneasy feeling that one of the band members was watching me. But I was behind everyone. Then all of a sudden, my eye caught this trombone player wearing his sun glasses on the back of his cleanly shaven head. It looked for all the world like a forehead to me, but it had no nose....I almost laughed out loud, so I grabbed 2 or 3 shots of him. It kind of catered to my twisted sense of humor, and hopefully it will give some of you a chuckle as well.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Works of Art...

The old locomotive and the nearby structure of golden gears and wheels are both, in their own way, works of art. Neither of them does any disservice to the other. The golden years of rail travel and transport would have been impossible without gears and wheels. Nothing sounded so lonesome as the whistle of the old steam locomotives as they passed in the night. In my mind, each piece is wonderfully unique, and yet go together beautifully. They are however, almost hidden from view by the surrounding trees, and I almost didn't see them at all.

Frank

This piece of sculpture situated underneath the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, has always interested me. Today, I was shooting from another angle, and I decided that it needed something to show its scale. So, I used Frank as a measuring stick to compare the size of the sculpture to. He has always been an avid biker, and his photography has improved dramatically since he acquired his Fuji FinePix HS10 last year. It seems to be part of his attire now....I hope he doesn't mind being used in this kindly fashion eh?

Glass Waterfront Tower

It isn't often that I do much in the way of architectural type photography. For the most part, I have been a people photographer, and now that time and circumstances have foisted retirement upon me, I find that I have been doing flowers and other types of subjects that I was only mildly interested in before. This morning, my friend Frank, and I went for a spin on the bikes along the Windsor waterfront, and this building seemed somewhat attractive to me, sitting above the rocks and nicely manicured gardens. It seems that I forgot to ask Frank what building it was, so I am unable at this point to be more specific.

P.S. I have just been informed by Frank that this "glass tower" is none other than the Art Gallery of Windsor! Thank you Frank.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Dad's Roses

Yesterday, I ventured out on another quick photo excursion all the way to the back yard again. Our back yard is full of roses right now, and this particular shot was from the bush that I had planted in memory of my Dad. He has been on my mind a bit lately, and so I thought that I would do another shot or two to see what I could come up with. When I downloaded this file, I was happy with the results, but felt that something else could be done with it, to help transform it into something loosely resembling art. I played with it in Corel, using some filters that I did not know that I had in that program, and this was the final result. It needed to look old, but not as in "sepia" or the usual aging filters in the various available software. Hope you like it also.