Friday, January 25, 2013

Nipissing Village, Ontario

Tonight, I decided to do a few negative scans of some old 6 x 7 cm medium format images. This old log building with the red Geranium in the window was taken a few miles southwest of  North Bay, Ont. in a place called Nipissing Village. It was used at that time as a museum for the area. I used to have this image hanging on the wall of my little studio in North Bay, many years ago. Then, when I folded that endeavor, it hung on a wall in my home for a few years also. So tonight, I thought I'd share it with those who might be interested. Hopefully someone will find pleasure in it as well.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Tufted Titmouse.....

The sun finally made an appearance on Friday afternoon, and I had been impatiently waiting for an opportunity to try out my new SONY a65 dSLT camera. For the most part, due to the need to do upgrades to our home, I have become a voyeur of other photographer's works of art. A year ago, I joined the Windsor Camera Club, and it is for the most part a nature oriented club. Having spent most of my photographic endeavors photographing people, I was somewhat out of my element. However, I have decided to expend a little more effort into the photography of birds, since I have done very little of that recently. This little fellow is a Tufted Titmouse and he was kind enough to stop for a second or two, and then was off again. It became very apparent that if you intend to photograph birds, you have to be fast....very fast! I put my camera on 10 frames per second and used the zoom button at +2 magnification while using my 75 ~ 300 lens fully extended. I only have my old Minolta AF lenses, and I was afraid that they would not be of good enough quality for this new camera, but for the most part I am pleased. Hope you enjoy it as well......

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Of Tugboats and People....

One of the things I enjoyed doing the most when just a kid, was riding my bike up to the Humber Arm on the Bay of Islands, and sitting for an hour or more sometimes, to watch the tug boat haul the very large "booms" of logs down to the Bowater's Pulp and Paper mill in Corner Brook, where they were transformed into newsprint, and shipped all over the world. Then I also liked to watch the tugs at the mill docks nudge and haul the large boats into place where they would tie up, and proceed to take on the large rolls of newsprint. I was so proud, because I knew my Dad was working at the mill, and helping all of this to happen.....Today, I watched again as this small but very powerful tugboat pushed this laker up the Detroit River against the flowing ice and current. Tugboats have always reminded me of the little people who work behind the scenes, and help make important things happen. They are often overlooked in the overall scheme of things, but without them....well, things very often do not function nearly as well. Here's a salute to all of the sturdy little tugboats and hardy little people who operate them, and almost everything else also.

Happy New Year!

Well, another year has ended and a new one begun. This scene is a glimpse of the riverfront here in Windsor, Ontario this afternoon. I went down there to go for a stroll and as expected, there weren't too many folks around. It was nice to be alone and clear out the head from all of the effects of the Christmas and New Year's Eve celebrations. My old faithful Minolta Maxxum 7D finally gave up the ghost, and will be another article in my fond collection of great cameras. I was pretty much forced to replace it since the shutter mechanism was failing all too often, and giving me black frames at the most inconvenient times. But things do not last forever, just like us. Hopefully I will eventually  become just as fond of my new SONY a65 dSLT, and this picture today is one of the first ones that I got to shoot with it. Hope you enjoy it also, and have a really Happy New Year 2013.....