Saturday, June 29, 2013

Happy Canada Day...

Today, while enjoying my morning cup of tea on the back deck, I saw this rose blossom with the line of buds behind it, and decided to take a couple of quick snaps. We live in a wonderful country comparatively speaking, if one chooses to stay mainly focused on things positive. So from my back yard to my country CANADA, and especially all of you who choose to check out my little blog from time to time....I offer you roses. HAPPY CANADA DAY!!

Friday, June 14, 2013

A Sad Ending....

When you don't pay much attention to certain things, they tend to surprise us unexpectedly with the amount of deterioration. This old violin was my musical "muse" for years, and I was surprised to find that the bow strings had become detached at one end, and the bridge had collapsed. The rosin in its little box had become little amber nuggets also. However, after thinking on it for a while, I realized that all I had to do was accept what was, and use it in another unaccustomed way. So, the roses from a Mother's Day bouquet were saved from the garbage, and allowed to dry, or "age gracefully." They were added to the scene to help provide a certain mood that is open for interpretation. Hope you enjoy it also.....

Photography...About a Hundred Years Ago.

When you start to rummage about in old boxes that haven't been opened for years, you sometimes come across the neatest things. Today, I found these old old tin types, remember those, photographs made on pieces of tin, as in metal folks. And yup, they are still holding up rather well I think. They were made about a hundred years or so ago by some photographer in some small town who took pictures with an old folding camera similar to this one, and then spent hours upon hours in the darkroom sloshing about in various chemicals until the desired results were realized. In a lot of these old darkrooms, these old folks used a kerocene safelight with red and amber glass filters in front of a flame from a wick which was soaked in kerocene. The one in the upper right corner was made by Kodak around 1902, and could be used on location in a tent if need be. When I see what these old photographers had to work with, and the absolutely astoundingly beautiful photos they made, it makes me want to slap the next so called "photographer" right up side of their heads when they whine about "noise" in their high ISO images. They should really be worried about where their digital images will be in another 100 years from now, and if there will be anything to display them with or on....That is why I have returned to the darkroom and black and white photography recently, which is why I haven't been posting much on here lately. Tonight, I just thought you might like to see a little of the past. Oh, by the way....this image above was lit by a little flashlight that I found at the dollar store....no flash at all. Just set the shutter to "bulb" and the aperture to f11 and have fun experimenting. This shot took about 28 seconds of waving the little light around, literally painting with light...Hope you enjoy it.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Dad's Rose...

Contrary to rumors, or wishful thinking, I am still alive and above the green stuff. It has been so long since I last posted that I wasn't sure I would remember how to do it anymore. It has been a busy Spring season, and it was so cool, that for a while, I wasn't sure that any flowers would survive the frosty nights. I'm sure the local farmers and orchard owners were keeping an eye on the night time temperatures as well. However, finally, the garden responded to my wife's diligent efforts, and is filled with rose blossoms now. Last evening, I took the camera to the back yard to grab a couple of shots, and I was not very satisfied with the results. They seemed to be quite unremarkable to me, and so I thought I would experiment with a long dormant Corel software, called Corel Painter Essentials 3. It is a very nice program, but to say that I need more practice, a lot more, would be an understatement. This is my feeble offering for this time. It helped the image to be able to add a bit of texture to it I think. Here's hoping you like it somewhat, and hopefully I will find more time to post on here again soon......tonight, it's back to the darkroom and I am hoping to have something for my black and white site soon....