Sunday, September 21, 2014

By Erie's Shores.....

Today, we took a little drive out in Essex County, and eventually found ourselves on the shores of Lake Erie in Kingsville, Ontario. The beach seemed to go on forever, and when we finally got to the water's edge, I could not help but take a few black and white shots of the water and rocks. It seems that every time you open a magazine or other photography "how to" book these days, you come across the inevitable photo of water flowing, either in a stream or at the ocean side. For some reason, which bewilders me no end, it seems that the only proper "artistic" rendering of water in motion depicts water which looks all smooth and
frothy. It makes me imagine that somewhere upstream out of camera sight, there is a large truck dumping a whole load of Alka Seltzer into the stream.....totally unnatural to me. Remember in years gone by when all of the lights on the Christmas trees had Angel Hair over them? That is somewhat how it translates to my mind.....or what's left of it....At any rate, when I encounter waves crashing on the rocks beside a lake or ocean, or water flowing downstream, my preference is to have it look like "water". To some folks, this approach may not be too artsy, but I happen to be more of a realist...I think....

Friday, September 12, 2014

Red is the Rose....

This image was made late this afternoon in my back yard using my 50mm macro lens, which on the SONY a65 camera, works out to be 75mm. It was extremely overcast and quite dark where this rose was situated amongst the other bushes. What to do? This was a good opportunity to try out the remote wireless feature of my new Sony HLV-F58AM flash. After placing it on a tripod about 5 feet away and to the right and also using the built in bounce card, I focused and let the on camera flash trigger the remote one on the tripod. The result is a rather nice little rim lighting effect as the remote is set at a 2:1 ratio with the on camera flash. When I downloaded the file later, I decided that maybe a nice filter could be applied in Photoshop to give it a bit of texture.....hope you like it.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Blemished but Beautiful....

Last Thursday, I indulged myself, and ordered a SONY HLV-F58AM flash from B&H Photo in New York. It was from the Used Department, or as Virgin Mobile would say, "Previously Loved" department, and rated as condition 9. Well folks, it was absolutely spotless, and came in the pouch, with the wireless stand and Owners Manual in the original box. It cost roughly 2/3rds the price of a new one, but I examined it all over, and it looked brand new, no kidding. So that was my unbiased plug for B&H in New York. USA
Having said all of that, I decided to try it out on my SONY a65 camera this afternoon whilst my good wife was doing a stir fry for supper, and take a shot or two of this rose that she had placed in a glass vase on the coffee table. She had been working in the garden on the weekend, and accidentally broke a branch off of a rose bush. There were only buds on it at the time, so she placed the branch in the vase on the table. If you look closely, you will notice that this is not a "perfect" rose, as it has several blemishes from some insect that got inside of the bud itself, and ate some of the petals, as well as a few leaves. I am one of those guys who for whatever reason, feel that even the "imperfect" amongst us deserves a time in the sun, so how to do that with this imperfect rose. I had recently bought a book on Canadian Impressionist painters, and it just came to my mind to use some of the pictures in it as backgrounds for these shots. So I opened it to a couple of pictures, and placed it about 15 inches behind, as a background.These images are to me an example of how to minimize an imperfection by surrounding it with something quite lovely. It works in art, and also in life as well......

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Summer Folding

My neighbor Terri was doing some gardening around her driveway a couple of days ago while I was wandering around with my camera taking a few shots in our front yard. She mentioned that I had not posted on my blog for a while, and she was right. My last posting was for Father's Day, and for whatever reason, I have done very little photography since that time. It seems that sometimes, there are other concerns and priorities that take over, or at other times, there is just a lack of motivation. Like anything else, sometimes you need to just stand back a while, and let the creative batteries recharge. After agreeing with my neighbor, I immediately bent over and took a shot of this unopened or almost folded Dinner Plate Hibiscus which was growing beside her front entrance walkway. It for some reason made me think of Summer winding down, having had its day in the sun, which lately has taken on that golden hue of late summer and early fall.....thanks Terri, I think I am back finally. Hope you like it.