Monday, October 31, 2011

Trick or Treat...!

You just never know who is going to show up on Halloween night. It has been a busy time lately, and I had not put much time or effort into doing something for my blog for Halloween. Then this character shows up at the door! I had no idea just who it was at first. He had two beer cans on his hard hat which had flashing LED lights on the front, and carried a stop sign. He stood over 6 feet tall, and had this red rubber nose. At least it didn't glow, and that would have been all the wrong festive occasion..LOL! Upon looking closer, I finally recognized my friend Frank! What a guy! He is always good for a gut splitting laugh, and I ran for the camera. I finally had something funny for my blog tonight....Thanks Frank! Happy Halloween everyone....be safe.

Monday, October 24, 2011

A Hardy Rose...

This very lovely sprig of roses showed up on our window ledge a couple of days ago, and my wife told me that our neighbour Terri had brought it over for us. Thank you Ma'am! Of course I had to get out the camera and see what I could do with it. I decided to shoot it off center and use the picture for my desktop image, as most of the icons are aligned on the left side, with a few on the right. It worked out well for that purpose, and since the world has gone to bed, and I am enjoying the quiet time, I decided to use it for this blog. I played with it in Photoshop, PhotoImpact, and Corel before I was finally satisfied with the results. To have roses still blooming in October is a real treat, and they seem to be much more hardy than the delicate blossoms would appear.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Tilden Lake Evening

This is another shot from my last trip North. I have spent all of about 10 minutes maximum this fall taking Autumn scenes, and they were all done here while we stopped for lunch beside Tilden Lake, just North of North Bay. It has been a busy time, and time has become a rapidly moving thing. There never seems to be enough of it to get everything done. My wife says that I spend too much of it blogging etc.. Anyway, this is my little offering today. The quietness of this scene beside the lake feels right for a Sunday evening post. Hope you like it also.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

First Oil Painting....

A couple of days ago while I was mucking around in some old boxes of negatives, I came across this one. It is a shot of this young lady's first attempt at oil painting. It would appear that I got a little carried away with the back lighting, but when you are shooting film, you don't know what the results are until you get it back from the lab. However, I had to make the artist just as important as the artwork she had created. Since the art is framed with a white border, that presents an extremely strong graphical element within the negative. This would tend to pull the eye away from the lovely young artist. So what to do? Well, frame the artist with light seemed to be the only logical thing to do, so as to draw the eye back to her. In any photo, the eye goes to the light areas, and in this case it helped divert attention back from the white rectangle surrounding the art, to the artist who painted it. I could probably have toned it down a little and still achieved the desired result...Oh well....It is what it is...

Saturday, October 8, 2011

All is Quiet on Tilden Lake

About a week ago, we took a trip North to visit family and do a little visiting with old friends. We decided that it was time for a quick meal and stopped at the little park in Tilden Lake on Hwy. 11N. about 20 minutes north of North Bay, Ont.. It was while I was eating my sandwich that I realized that....no, I do not miss the blackflies, or the bitter cold of Northern Ontario winters, and a few other things that I'll not mention. However, I do miss these little quiet places that are to be found in the North. The little bench in the lower right of the picture was so very inviting, but unfortunately it was still soaking wet from a recent rain. Otherwise, I probably would have stayed a little longer to reflect and enjoy the quiet. This one is for Mike, John, Ed and the rest of my old photo buddies as well. Pretty soon there will be ice fishermen out there, and snowmobiles roaring all over. I prefer to remember this place as it is here. Hope you enjoy it also, and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.....

Thursday, October 6, 2011

A Monarch is Born...

Today I got to digging around in an old box of negatives, and came across this one. It was shot with my old Minolta XK body with a 50mm macro lens using KODAK Portra 400 VC film. It looked like it was somewhat worthwhile, so I scanned it tonight, and came up with this version. I was also giving some new COREL free trial software a workout, to see if it would offer anything new that would be worth the extra dollars for the upgrade. The jury is still out on that one. Anyway, this Monarch butterfly had just emerged from its pupa stage, and would be flying off as soon as its wings were dry from the sunlight on them. I always thought butterflys were mother natures flying flowers, and it always amazed me at the lengthy journey they make down to South America after been born here in the north. This one greeted the world in North Bay a few years ago, and I watched it over a period of about 3 hours until it got to this point. It was indeed fascinating to watch. Hope you enjoy it also.