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...