Monday, December 30, 2013

Happy New Year!!

As this year is winding down, I thought I would pay homage to the trades people who work behind the scenes, and keep things operating as they should. They are the unknown and unsung, and are unfortunately taken too much for granted. For a Black & White version of this image, go to my other blog site, Black & White Dabblings. Here's wishing you and yours a very Happy and Prosperous New Year!!!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Early Winter.....

This is just a very simple little shot of some early winter snow fall on some colourful rosehips.....at least that's what I think they are. It was a rather dull day when I shot these, and I thought that they could still make for a nice image if I played around with it enough. So, I got to playing in Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X4 and came up with this. Hope you like it.....

P.S.  This one is for Pat and Tony in Huntsville.....

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Meet Rolly.....

About 3 years or so ago, I volunteered a little of my time to help out with a local drama group, the Rose City Players. One of the assignments that they had me do was to do some head shots of the main actors in the play "Driving Miss Daisy" that they were rehearsing for. So I hauled out my old studio lights and camera equipment that had been collecting dust and cobwebs, and fired them up again. It was like starting all over again, since I had not used those lights for about 6 years or so. Later on, I used this shot of "Rolly" for one of the competition nights at the Windsor Camera Club that I had joined, and the print chairman had scooped it to be entered into the Greater Detroit Camera Club Council, which the WCC is a member of. At the time, I did not give it too much thought. However, a few weeks later I was given a nice green ribbon that said the print had taken Third Place in their competition over in Detroit. Hey, that was nice! I had not expected anything at the time. I had joined the Windsor Camera Club as just a means to have a good night out with the guys, and if the prints that I entered scored well, then that was a bonus. Anyway, this portrait was originally done in colour, but to me it looked better in Black & White. Sometimes, colour gets in the way, or is too distracting. These days it seems, a lot of folks are trying to be "different" by shooting all of these young aspiring models to look so intense and mysterious. It is not cool to smile anymore. Personally, one of the main reasons that I like to do portraits, is to make ordinary people look wonderful, and look like someone you would very much enjoy meeting. Portraiture is not about the photographer or his wonderful equipment. Portraiture is about the subject, and the message that is being received by the viewer, whether you know him or her or not. Having said all of that, does anyone care anymore....most folks today are into doing "selfies" on their cell phones, and I have to say that in most of those that I have seen, at least they are smiling....You really would enjoy a coffee with Rolly. He is a fun guy!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Wild Berries

A few days ago, when the sun came out briefly, we were out at Holiday Beach camp ground and I came across a whole thicket full of these red berries. It was hard to isolate just one little bunch from the thousands there, and finally I got to this one. It was quite a way back in the thicket, and since it was impossible to walk back there, I had to use my 75~300 mm lens fully extended which taking in the multiplication factor of 1.5 was effectively at 450mm. However, that was still not enough magnification, so I had to activate the in camera 2X teleconverter, to get an effective 900 mm of zoom. Since I did not have my tripod at the time, I had to brace myself as best as I could, hold my breath, and hope for the best. This is the result, and while I don't think I will enlarge this to 12 x 18 inches, it is not bad for blog purposes. Hope you enjoy it....the birds probably have by now.