Monday, December 17, 2012

One Bright Blue Rose.....

Whew! It has been quite a while since I have posted anything, and if there is still anyone out there who are kind enough to be still checking in on my little blog, thank you. I have been very preoccupied finishing the last of the renos to update our home, and bring up to current standards somewhat. I am a DIY'er and the bathroom was the final project that needed completion. Now, finally, I can feel like I am retired.....however I am feeling somewhat lost a little. Soooo, on the weekend I assembled and set up my Bessler Cll enlarger, and plan to do some darkroom work in the near future. Firstly I have to do some testing on my black & white film that I have had on ice, or very cool at least, for the past 5 years or so. That should be interesting I'm sure. Anyway, to get to my posting tonight....I decided to use this rose image that I took in the back yard last Autumn. It has a decidedly blueish hue to it, and that was a happy accident sort of. I had been shooting under tungsten lighting, and had the white balance set accordingly on my Maxxum 7D. I forgot to change the white balance when I ventured into the garden under sunny conditions. As a matter of coincidence, I had been learning a new Irish tune that sounds wonderful to me on my diatonic accordion. It is a song about Jesus, and it is entitled "One Bright Blue Rose". Since this is the Christmas season, and we are celebrating the birth of Jesus, I thought it might be an appropriate way to return to my blogging efforts again. Hope you get some joy from it, and I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.....just in case I get lost in my darkroom for a week or two....

Friday, October 5, 2012

Castor Bean

The days are shortening now, and the cast of the Autumn light is lovely. This Castor Bean plant is growing beside my back deck, and the back lighting made it jump out and shout for attention. Hopefully, I'll be able to find a couple of nice days to get out and do some Autumn colours before they are all gone. Here's wishing everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving weekend.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Driving Miss Daisy Poster


This is a sample of my efforts on behalf of the Rose City Players, and this poster and several others should be on display in the front of the Hungarian Cultural Center, where the play will be performed. This is a "fly by the seat of my pants" thing, as I had never been involved in anything like this before, except for when my kids were in the Drama group with Widdifield High School, in North Bay. It was directed by Marty and Art Southcott, and I remember the kids going off to Muncie, Indiana, USA to perform the various plays. Back then, I was into Black & White photography, and spent many many many happy hours in the darkroom, souping film, and printing photos, with the CBC station playing Classical music into the wee hours of the morning....of course, the odd "sniff" of Captain Morgan helped with the focusing etc.....

Driving Miss Daisy Flyer.....

Something a little different today. For the past few weeks, I have been involved in a little volunteer project which enables me to make a few more acquaintances here in Windsor. For the most part, it has been a totally unfamiliar environment for me. However, it is an opportunity to learn and get a different perspective on things. The Producer - Director, Mr. Ted Broad asked me to do a little flyer for this stage production, and he gave me a rough draft on a piece of paper of the information that it should have. So I combined the text over top of an old car that I had photographed over in Amherstberg and came up with this little flyer which will be distributed around the community. If you are in the area and would like to take in this play or dinner show, use the info on this and have yourself a fun evening.....

P.S. It was nice to see a couple more people join my Followers list recently. Welcome aboard Jennifer Bridgeforth and Adam Afiq. I hope you will find my musings and ramblings somewhat interesting, and my photography efforts helpful or enjoyable......

Monday, September 10, 2012

By Net Lake, Ont.

On our most recent trip to Northern Ontario, we stopped for an evening snack beside Net Lake, just north of Temagami, Ont. As I was swatting bugs, I noticed the warmth of the light on this purple weed not far from our table. There is a different slant and quality of the light in Northern Ontario, as compared to Southwestern Ontario. That seems to hold true for all seasons of the year. The light has more contrast and harshness to it here in Windsor it seems. This would likely go mostly unnoticed by most folks, but it is certainly noticeable to me, as a photographer. Even the slightest variance of lighting has an effect on the outcome of an image. This little weed is nothing special, but the nice lighting provided by the evening sun was something that gave me quite a bit of pleasure. Hope you don't mind if I share it with you also.....

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Raindrops on "White Trumpet" Datura

Just a simple little image of this lovely "White Trumpet Flower" (Datura) that I took this afternoon shortly after a brief rainfall. My wife planted 2 or 3 of these bushes around our front steps, and they have been blooming like wildfire lately. When I saw the rain drops on them, I had to run for the camera and grab a couple of shots. I may post another B & W shot of another blossom on my other site for those who would like that.....

P.S. After reviewing this posting, it just occurred to me that there are no rain drops on the leaves of this plant....only on the blossom. I have no idea why. No, I did not spritz water on it...honest.


Sunday, August 12, 2012

Cardinal...

This flashy red fellow stopped by to check us out yesterday, as we enjoyed a beverage with our neighbours on the back deck. Luckily I had time to grab my camera and fire off a shot or two. He is sitting in one of the many "Rose of Sharon" bushes that surround our back yard, and our neighbours also. The Cardinal is here in Windsor pretty much all year around, as they do not seem to migrate South like a lot of the other birds. So tonight, I thought I would post this shot for Maria Rosseeuw from the "land down under". It is still Winter down there yet, but before long, they will be enjoying the warmer weather, while we contend with our "version" of Winter. Welcome aboard my little blog Maria. I hope you are enjoying your retirement also.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Old Chevy - B&W

This image is for everyone who appreciates Black & White. It is from the same series of shots that I did of this old Chevy at the Amherstburg Car Show and is the same vehicle as 2 postings ago. The conversion to Black & White was done in Photoshop CS3, and the borders and framing done in Corel. In the next couple of days, I will finally be able to process my black & white film again. I have been antsy to do my film processing, and suggested to my wife that I could do it in the kitchen sink maybe.....I got "the look"! So it has taken me a while to get things set up so that I can do this on a regular basis. In the past few weeks, I have gone through a whole bunch of negatives from my Medium Format Mamiya RB67, and the quality and detail just makes your eyes glaze over. So hopefully I will be posting some images from this camera soon....once I relearn how to do it again....Hope you enjoy this image also.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Rusty Old Ford.....

This old Ford caught my eye just as I was about to leave the car show in Amherstburg. There it sat, in all of its rich, rusty "patina". It was in stark contrast to all of the glimmer and glitz of the other old cars that everyone was drooling over. It reminded me of a tired old dog, resting under the shade of an old tree on a hot day. I could have spent an hour photographing that old truck, but I find that crowds of people milling about too distracting. So I grabbed a couple of shots, and wished that I had come across this old relic out behind a barn somewhere, so I could have it all to myself. Hope you enjoy it also.....

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Sooooo Fine!

My friend Frank and I went to a car show in Amherstburg on the weekend, and it was nostalgia overload to say the least. I saw just about every car that I owned at one time or another, and these things just about made me drool. The paint jobs were out of this world, and just when I was thinking I had seen it all, I came across this old Chevy. It was sitting quietly on a side street, and my eyes just about fell out of my head. The loveliness of this paint job was about as close to a bridal gown as you could get, and I had seen more than just a few of those. It was my favorite of the day, and I thought I'd share it with you tonight. Hope you enjoy it also.....

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Old Timers Tools.....

Just exactly what this old tool was used for, I have no idea. It is another one that was on display at the old Heritage Village. Since there was a collection on old horse shoes nearby on the bench, I assume it had something to do with those. This place made me stop and wonder what we would do today if most of us had to get up every morning and go to a place of work such as this. Back then, if you were the lazy sort, you would starve. I doubt very much that these folks had pensions to look forward to. You worked and worked until you died. Come to think of it, I knew a few of those folks.....

Pansies on the Fence...

These simple little pansies hanging on my neighbours fence caught my attention, and having my camera hanging over my shoulder, I grabbed a quick shot before opening my gate. Every time I see Pansies blooming, I think of my Mother, who grew them all over the place. I played with it a little in CS3 and came up with this rendition. Hope you like it also......

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Blacksmith's Shop.....

This is another image from the old Heritage Village on the shores of Lake Erie.  This was a place of hard work, sweat and calloused hands of hard, tough, self reliant men. Can you imagine having a hot fire going in the forge on a humid Summers day, to soften the steel to be fashioned into horse shoes or some other farm implement? You needed something done, you did it yourself.
I started to do the usual sharpening etc. in Corel, but decided against it afterward. It was shot hand held at about 1/4 of a second, with the lens wide open at f2.8 and as a result is a fairly soft image. I did not have my tripod with me at the time to enable me to do an exposure with a smaller aperature, and longer/steadier shutter speed.I decided that I did not mind this look. It reminds me of some of the stuff I would shoot as a very young lad with the old Box Brownie...Sometimes I think we get carried away with all of the software available today, and our photos are starting to all look the same as everyone elses. So tonight I decided to leave it alone. It is what it is.....

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Science North Atrium.....

This image is from a looooonnng time ago. It was shot on film and later scanned and saved as a Sting file using Genuine Fractals software. Tonight I got to fooling around with it and decided to use it for my blog.  I just enjoy doing graphic images sometimes, and used the Poster Edges filter of Photoshop CS3 to enhance the graphics of it. It was shot with my old 16 mm fisheye lens and Maxxum 9 camera. Hope you enjoy it also.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Rest a While

This just a quick shot of one of the lovely roadside picnic spots in Northern Ontario. It is nice to stop and rest a while. The drive North was very tedious this time, as it took almost 2 hours on the Hwy 400 to go from Toronto to Barrie. I was glad to be able to stop north of Temagami and stretch the legs for sure. Terri and Henry, this one is for you guys...

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Datura Pentaswirl....

This unopened Datura blossom was shot at about 6:30 pm, and it has opened up fully at the time of this posting. It would have made an interesting shot if I had done about 10 multiple exposures spaced about 10 minutes apart. Hindsight is 20/20 so they say. This is my first posting from my new laptop, and it will be nice to be able to do a little posting while I am "on the road" at various points in time. As for this "Datura PentaSwirl", I just enjoyed the lovely graphic symetry of it in this state. Hope you like it also....


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Since I seem to be in a yesteryear frame of  mind, I decided to post this image of a "homestead lass" that I ran into while walking about an old heritage site on the shores of Lake Erie on the weekend. She was very polite and cheerful, but it must have been very warm in that period costume. I did not get her name, but I told her that I would likely post her photo on my blog, and she didn't mind. So thank you young lady, you play the part very well. Then again, she is probably always a pleasant person, unlike many of the young folks you sometimes encounter, with their sullen expressions of cold intensity. She was a refreshing encounter for sure.......

Monday, June 25, 2012

Mystery Man

One of the attractions aside from the tall ship in port, was this fellow. Usually, I ask permission to post people pictures on my blog, but this fellow was too busy with his performance for me to get this from him. He was demonstrating to everyone who cared to watch, how he could impale the baloon with this long needle, without bursting it. He had some very technical explainations for the exact point of entry and exit to accomplish this feat. Of the several images that I took of him, I chose this one, as his face is obscured by the baloon, which hides his identity somewhat, and gives him a somewhat "mysterious" look....Hope you like it.

Tied Up - Time Out

This fellow is relaxing aboard this tall ship that stopped by in Windsor, Ont. last week. I had expected to see a much larger vessel, and as a result spent most of my time photographing people instead. Hope you like it......

A Storyteller and Musician

Last week, I went down to the river to check out a tall ship that was apparently tied up in front of Caesars Casino. However, I spent more time talking with this very interesting lady who obviously enjoyed life as it was in past times. She is the one and only Pauline Grondin, and if you go to her web site, www.paulinegrondin.com
you can find out all about her. She is a story teller and musician, with French Canadian and Irish roots, and has travelled far and wide telling stories, and playing music. From her website, it appears that she plays the guitar, bodhran (celtic drum) the harp, and also the auto harp and hammer dulcimer. Except for the guitar, these are not your every day musical instruments. Check her out at a folk festival this summer, you can find her events on her site.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Flowers for Fred...

Many many years ago, when I was a young ambulance attendant, (now called paramedics) I assisted in the Emerg Department with resuisitating a middle aged man who had had a cardiac arrest. We were successful in reviving him and he promptly told us all that "it was so very beautiful out there" and if he should happen to go unconscious again, do him a favour and NOT bring him back. We were all so relieved that he was with us again, but in a few minutes he went unconscious once more. This time it took longer to revive him, and when he did become conscious, he was very very upset that we had not granted his earlier wishes. He again said that it was "more beautiful out there than words can describe, and please do not bring him back again to this world". However, he did pass out again, and when we revived him the third time, he came off of the table swinging at us, and was extremely angry at us all. Of course, this incident made me wonder many years afterward about the afterlife. I am not a religious fellow, but I am spiritual....most would probably figure that is contradictory, but I have always felt that regardless of beliefs or not, the spirit is something we acquire the moment of birth, long before we are capable of believing anything. Why am I so serious tonight? Well, my wife and I just lost her brother, my brother-in-law, who would have celebrated his birthday today. He will be missed big time, long time. Someone commented to me that they had no idea that he had so many friends. I told them that that was because he knew how to be a friend. A lot of folks talk about life and living. Fred DID life! When anyone needed anything, and I mean anything, he was first in line to help out. I just hope that he has arrived in that "beautiful place out there". This image is one that I shot from a bouquet left to the family by the Paramedics in Haileybury, Ont.. Thanks guys, you're the best.....

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Tulips...

It has been so long since I posted last that I almost forgot how to log on to this thing. That's what happens when you sometimes "hit the wall" with photography or any other creative endeavor. For whatever reason, it seems that you become so distracted with other goings on that you tend to get detached from the thing that gives a lot of pleasure. Tonights offering is a result of a little walk that my wife and I took a week ago down at the Naval Yards in Amhurstberg, Ont. There was a nice bed of tulips there, but when I got closer, it was obvious that they were about to wilt and die. But I took a shot or two anyway, and thought I might like to play with them a little bit in Corel Painter Essentials 3, and Corel Paint Shop Pro x4. The result is a pretty clumsy piece of artwork as I have not used the Painter Essentials before. But for a first effort, it will have to do. By the way, Happy Mother's Day to all of the Mothers out there today.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Smoke Eater.....

Quite a few years ago now, while we were still living in North Bay, Ont., there was a huge fire in the downtown area that totally destroyed the Richardson building. Unfortunately, it also was the place where my old friend, Jack Shepherd, had his studio and all of his many thousands of negatives and prints, as well as all of his 35mm and Medium format cameras and studio lighting. He was in the hospital at the time of this fire. In those days, if there was a huge fire, especially in the downtown core, I would show up and hope for a decent shot or two. In this particular scene, the firefighter had completely disappeared in the heavy thick brown dense smoke, and as the smoke started to dissapate, I had the camera at the ready, and held the shutter down for continous shooting at about 5 frames per second. This is one of the frames just as the firefighter started to reappear, and you can only see his head/helmet the top of the ladder with the hose shooting a steady stream of water down upon the burning structure. Now, these many years later, when we have things like computers and Photoshop editing software, I revisited this old negative. After scanning it on my 35mm Plustek film scanner, I used a few filters etc. and was able to make the dense smoke appear as very abstract red hot flames that surround the firefighter. To me, it speaks of the job that firefighters the world over do on a daily basis.....Smoke Eaters for sure! Hope you like it also

Camera: Minolta Maxxum 9 with Fuji Reala film.
Lens: Minolta AF 100 ~ 300 mm zoom hand held.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

A Song for Ireland...

May Your Blessings
Outnumber
The Shamrocks
That Grow
And May Trouble
Avoid You
Wherever You Go.

Happy St. Patrick's Day Everybody...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Hot Winters' Day...

Another "winter" scene from the shores of Lake St. Clair beside Riverside Drive, Windsor. This young lady is catching a few rays as our City is hit with some very mild weather indeed. It is hard to believe that this is only March Break yet, and if one were to look 180 degrees from this scene, you would see little kids in their shorts splashing about in the lake. Somehow they don't seem to feel the cold like most adults do. The weather network says that from the looks of things, the temperatures will be in the high teens or low 20's for the next couple of weeks. The bike will certainly not sit idle this year, as most of the home projects and renos are done now.....

March Break 2012

This shot is for John in North Bay. Apparently it has been quite warm there also, and there have been some film crews about town taking advantage of the mild winter weather. Today, Frank and I went for quite a lengthy bike ride...well it was for me as it was my first one this year. Yup, that's my "Harley" in the foreground. We eventually found our way down to the park beside Lake St. Clair just where it empties into the Detroit River. It was about 4:30 pm when I shot this and it was about +24 C at the time. The thing about Windsor is that the seasons change literally overnight sometimes, and I am still trying to get used to the temperatures actually rising during the night time hours. I guess it is due to "lake effects" weather here, although a lot of people will give global warming the credit for it. It really gives my wife and I a big chuckle when we hear local folks talk about they can't wait to go to Florida to escape the cold winters here.....It was a great bike ride on this March winters' day!

Monday, March 12, 2012

A "Blanket" of Snow...

It has been such a hard winter in a lot of the country this year, and in other places like here in Windsor, winter was a non event. This is a shot of my neighbours car that caught my eye recently after a "wicked" snowfall of about 2 inches. It gave me a chuckle as I remembered the days when I would have to climb up on the roof of our home in the North, and use the snow scoop to remove the waist high snow to prevent the roof from caving in... Don't miss that at all, and my back is enjoying the "break" also.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Zeus has Departed......

This is a repost of this handsome fellow. He departed yesterday, and we are all so very sad. He was a real character, and had a spirit that was a joy to behold. We will miss you big fella....

Sunday, January 22, 2012

For Rebekah....

Tonight I thought I'd post a couple of images applying the same type or style of photo editing to see what sort of effect I could come up with. However, I thought that I'd use it to welcome Rebekah to my blog. Rebekah is a REAL artist. She has also just taken up photography as well, and I am more than a little impressed with the images she posted on her new blog herself. She has hopes to be working in animation one day, and I have absolutely no doubt that she will indeed realize that dream. It is fun for me to fumble around in the various photo editing softwares and come up with the images that I post on here. Big deal eh? So it is with utmost humility that I offer it to Rebekah. Keep up the good work kiddo! You are right, Nothing is Impossible

Afterward......

This is my first posting in quite a while. It seems that I had become preoccupied with other things that had taken over.....like hitting a wall after finishing the kitchen project. So tonight I thought I'd make a feeble effort to get back into the swing of things again. This is a shot from a bike ride that I took last summer with my buddy Frank. I wanted to make a print of it but the blue sky was all washed out to the left of the building. This sort of prompted me to try doing something else with it, and this is the result. I only have a vague idea of what I did, and probably couldn't duplicate it again. The end result is sort of what I have in mind of what the "end of time" will look like. That's supposed to happen on winter solstice of 2012....however I have a strong feeling that things will continue long after that date. Take it for what it is and I hope you enjoy it.