Monday, December 28, 2015

Constellation F11S6HH....

Last evening, during an overload of hockey games, I became distracted and started to play with my camera. It must have been the rum I guess, but I decided to try some hand held long time exposures of our Christmas tree lights and decorations. This was one of the few that I shot with my 18 ~ 135mm lens at F11 for 6 seconds, whilst I was zooming the lens and rotating the camera during the long exposure. The colours and abstract patterns made by the lights were somewhat attractive to me, and it was enjoyable to be able to make a picture without using any photo editing software....as we used to say in the old days...."do it in the camera". Of course I had to use photoshop to put it on here, but that was it. Cheers!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

My Christmas Rose......

After my last posting, I thought I was done with flower photos. The weather we have been having is strange for this time of the year. For the Windsor area, yesterday's temperature was a record breaker since 1941....does that mean there was a threat of global warming back then also?? Hummm! Anyway, this rather dilapidated looking rose is from my back yard, and even though it is not a "perfect" rose, it is beautiful none the less...just like people. Perfection is such a burden anyway. So, as this year draws to a close in the next week, I want to wish all of you who bothered to look into my little "window", a very very Merry Christmas, and a happy and prosperous New Year in 2016. Cheers everyone, and stay focused on the good stuff.....

P.S. Pat and Tony in Huntsville, Ont.. Congratulations on building your new studio....Great Stuff! Enjoy!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Last of the Summer Roses

A couple of nights ago, we had our first real frost of the season, and my wife rescued a few of the roses still blooming in our back yard. They smelled so wonderful when she placed them on the kitchen table. Tonight I thought I would photograph them, and instead of using the usual flash guns with some bounce devices, I decided to paint them with light using a little LED flashlight. They were shot at f11 on BULB setting. The camera was on a tripod of course, and I held the remote trigger cord while I moved around it with the flashlight. There was no light in the kitchen when I did this, and I think this image was sort of what I had in mind. If some of you were interested in what I used for the background, I used about 4 feet of the roll of material that is used to spread on the ground to help prevent weeds from growing up through when you lay decorative bricks or stones. I hung it on the clothesline and sprayed it with some left over coffee that I had brewed, instead of throwing it down the sink. After it had dried, it gave me somewhat the effect that I wanted behind the bouquet and vase...hope it is somewhat pleasing to some folks who might pause a moment to read this.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Strange Night in Windsor.....

Usually when I hear something really ridiculous, my response is...yeah right! And there will be two square moons in the sky eh? So tonight when I decided to try my hand at shooting the lunar eclipse, just before the clouds rolled in at the peak moment, and spoiled the fun, my wife who has double vision problems from time to time, appeared in the doorway and said she saw two moons in the sky, and they were both square. It was her little jab at me, so it gave me this idea for my posting here tonight. With the aid of some Corel software, I came up with this, so not to worry, the end won't be tonight, at least for most of us.....Ya know, someone was smoking a little skunk weed in the neighborhood tonight and some of it must have drifted over my way....I must have inhaled....it does horrible things to us old guys eh...

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Slacked Lime Fence.....

This front yard in Trinity, Newfoundland, brought back a lot of memories from my childhood years. One of the things that was expected of me when school let out for the summer holidays, was to "whitewash" the picket fence around our property. So, from the time I was about 7 years old until I went and got a job at a local gas station at 12, the fence got its annual coat of slacked lime powder, dissolved in a 5 gallon bucket of water, and using a 5 inch wide brush to apply it. When it dried, the fence looked exactly as you see in this picture. In about three days, once this chore was completed, then and only then was I free to go play ball with my friends in a vacant lot not too far away, or ride my bike all over town....

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Of Churches and Lighthouses.....

This shot was taken from the ferry as we were leaving Port aux Basques, NFLD. I have always found churches and lighthouses architecturally pleasing, and Newfoundland has lots of both. One was built to preserve the body, and the other, the soul. However, in recent times, the lighthouse keepers have been replaced with electronic beacons, that operate automatically, and the preachers that used to preach from the pulpits of the various churches, appear also to be a disappearing lot. The reasons for this are varied and many, and I happily refrain from elaborating on either of those subjects....my fighting days are over. At any rate, both of these structures are built on rock, and that is somewhat biblical I think. It reminds me of the old hymn that we used to sing in church, and also sounds great on the button accordion...."Will your anchor hold in the storms of life......"

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Lost on Elvis Presley Blvd...

Imagine that you're driving along in the Codroy Valley in Southwest Newfoundland, the road is very winding and hilly...you go up a hill, around a sharp turn, and bamb! you are hit with this scene! Of course you hit the brakes, roll down the window, and you think you have entered a time warp of some sort. You can hear 50's DooWop music over some speakers somewhere, and a sign says "Elvis Presley Blvd.?? An immaculate 1956 Ford sits in the garage that this fellow had restored himself, and then he surrounded it with all of this....Totally Lost in the 50's....Frank, this one is for you eh! Just to the right and out of this scene is a Munsters hearse sitting back in the bush....you had to be there.....

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Overcast Day on the Cape...

It was a very overcast day at Cape Anguille Lighthouse in the Codroy Valley, NFLD today. The road down there was almost impassable with huge pot holes and ruts, and I almost decided to forget it. This shot was converted to Black & White, and I liked the graphic element provided by the old rail fence down near the shorline. It would have been a better scene with a little more sunlight, but you have to take what you are given weather wise. So....this is what I got for the effort, and I hope you like it.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

A Late Summers Day on the Coastline...

Another nice day spent along the coastline of Newfoundland. This shot shows why the province is often referred to as the Rock. Huge jagged rock formations jut skyward along the shoreline would make it rather treacherous to navigate along this area, unless you were very familiar with it and knew what you were doing. That leaves me out....so I will be content to stroll along the beach and take photos.....it was supposed to rain today...

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Happily Lost....

The wind, the waves, the solitude...it cleanses the mind and soul. This is the place where fishermen used to be. Thankfully, it is still here for those who do not mind a few miles of rough very narrow roads. When you finally get to places like this, you feel like you never want to leave. But leave you must...If I could have just one wish granted in this life, it would be to have a picnic with my children and grandchildren right here on this little sandy beach....bonfire and all....spend the whole day, and soak in the beauty and sounds of the place...have a cup of tea...you know...all the stuff that really matters in this brief little slice of time that we are alive on this planet. I am happily lost in Newfoundland...

Monday, August 31, 2015

Country Church, Woodstock, N.B.

You have to get off of the main Highway that now cuts through the center of New Brunswick to find scenes such as this one. It used to be such an enjoyable journey before the new Highway went through. All the little towns and villages with the small mom and pop enterprises were a joy to visit, to say nothing of the many scenes such as this one. It is off the beaten path in Woodstock, New Brunswick, and the early morning light was just beautiful, so when I saw this scene in my rear view mirror, I had to stop and turn around and go back, to grab this shot. The new super highways get you from point A to point B in great time, but there is absolutely nothing but bush to look at. If you by chance happen to have the need to use a washroom, then good luck with that....not a pull off or convenience station to be seen. You have to go into a town somewhere, and the signs do not tell you if the towns are a mile or 50 miles in off of the main highway, so you just take a chance and keep on truckin' eh....something that was not a concern when traveling the old highways....Oh well, such is progress I guess....but this old church and grave yard just shows a way of life that is fast fading....and it kick started my day on a high note.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

A Fun Summer Day.....

There is nothing like a day at the lake and towing a whole load of kids on a rubber dingy. The squeals and laughter could be heard on shore, and they were quite a distance out there. My camera has a 2X zoom button on it, which makes my 450mm lens effectively 900 mm's. This shot was taken at 900mm hand held, and I did not pay much attention to the shutter speed. It was really tempting to clone out the wind turbines on the horizon, but I decided that it is what it is....At least for these kids, the memory of this day would likely be forever etched in their minds....Thanks for a great day Marc & Kim...

Monday, August 10, 2015

Rose of Sharon....

A couple of evenings ago while I was doing burgers on the BBQ, I noticed this Rose of Sharon beside my deck with a nice dark background. It is only like this for a short period of the day, so I got my camera and grabbed a quick shot. Our entire back yard has become somewhat secluded by these trees which are loaded with blossoms right now. They range in colour from purple, purple/pink, pink, and white blossoms, and surround our deck as well. This year they seem to be well visited by bees, which is a good sign, as the bee population seems to be under attack lately for some reason. In addition to the other roses that are blooming around our yard, they make a nice decor for meals outside, as well as beverage breaks. Hope you like it.....

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Happy Canada/Memorial Day.....

This evening I got rummaging around an old box of negatives and slides, and came across this image. It was originally shot on 35mm Kodak Ektar 25 film. So on a spur of the moment, I decided to scan it and post it here tonight....or it is morning now I guess. Anyway, it reminded me that we all have roots, and for some of us it is elsewhere other than where we now find ourselves. This was shot many many years ago in a moment of fine madness that I will not try to explain. I will leave it open for interpretation by anyone who cares to....
For most of us, this is now Canada Day. However, for a lot of Newfoundlanders, it will be celebrated as Memorial Day. Why you may ask...Memorial Day is to commemorate the sacrifices of members of the armed forces of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador in times of war, specifically since the First World War. It is observed concurrently with Canada's national holiday, Canada Day. Memorial Day is observed on July 1st to recall the losses of the Dominion of Newfoundland at Beaumont-Hamel during the Battle of the Somme of the First World War, and has been observed annually since 1917. In the past, the forget-me-not was used to commemorate those who had sacrificed during war. The small flowers were pinned in the same way that the Poppy is used on Remembrance Day, November 11th.  The province of Newfoundland and Labrador will often observe Memorial Day during the morning at the National War Memorial in St. Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador, and cenotaphs around the province, flying the Union Flag at half staff. In the afternoon and evening they celebrate Canada Day. Besides Remembrance Day, this day is the only other day in which the red poppy is worn in Canada....so there you go folks....lest we forget. Here's my wish for a very Happy Canada Day to everyone, and Happy Memorial Day to my fellow Newfoundlanders....long may your big jib draw!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sunset...Behind the Shed.

For the most part, I do not photograph many sunset scenes. Every one is special and unique, but every sunset is captured millions of times every day, and one more from me seems a bit silly. However, this one was intended to be a rustic photo of an old window lying up against an old shed, and the sunset in the window pane was a little different I thought, so I decided to grab this one while I could. When I scanned the slide....yup, that Kodachrome stuff we used to shoot in a past life, it occurred to me that it might be suitable for something a little different, and this is what my muddled old head came up with. It is what it is, and I hope someone likes it just a little bit.....

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Silent Strings

For several and various reasons, I had to take a hiatus from the blog posting, and so I decided to resume with this little image that I shot yesterday. About three days ago, I added a new reflector to my little studio lighting setup, called a "beauty dish". It is primarily used for portraits of the fairer gender, but is also useful for still life shots. Actually, when I was shooting this little setup, I thought that a few members of the Irish musicians group that I have had the pleasure of playing with in the last year, might possibly enjoy it....especially Sharon & Jim. Sharon is a wonderful violinist, and used to play with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. After acquiring the violin from my late Father-in-Law, I am still trying to scratch out a few tunes myself, but so far, it appears to be a better prop for my photography than a musical instrument...in my hands at least. Hope you enjoy it.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Antique Car Hood Ornament

For the past few weeks, it appears that the music had taken priority over the photography, and as a result, I have not posted anything for a while. However, I did manage to get in a little photo shoot with a few of the fellow members of the Windsor Camera Club, and this shot was one of the ones that I took of an old hood ornament. For some reason, I forgot to take note of the car that it belonged to. The orange on the underside of the "arrow" is actually achieved by bouncing my flash off of the orange coloured car that was parked next to this one. There is no actual colour on this ornament, except for the green on the underside of the radiator cap that it is fastened to. Since we all just celebrated St. Patrick's Day and a lot of us endured "Sheila's Brush" that followed it, I thought that the Orange and the Green might be somewhat appropriate.....I know that's stretching things a bit.....Oh well!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Water Lilies.....

It is a cold February day today, and instead of being out braving the elements, I decided to play on the computer for a while. This was a natural progression of things, as I was making a couple of prints for Competition night at the Windsor Camera Club tomorrow evening. This image has been sitting on my computer for quite a while, and it was in colour of course. However, I decided I would have a go at it and see how it would look as a sepia toned image. It has an old quality to it, and as the original was made on slide film, which was scanned to make a digital file, I figured that the old look was appropriate. The ragged edge almost gives it an arty look, so I tried to print it out on some Strathmore Watercolor art paper, just to experiment a little. Well, the results were less than stellar, as I realized afterward that real art paper is not treated to make it useful for printout on an inkjet printer. Lesson learned...So I guess, just posting it on here will have to do for now, as I have other things to catch up on. Till next time.......

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Status Symbol....

The Flying "B" of the 2015 Bentley was to me a bit of a throw back to the old days when all the cars had very distinctive hood ornaments. It is indeed a statement of status, of the good life and affluence. When I was shooting this image, my mind actually drifted back to about 4 hours earlier, when we were coming up out of the tunnel and were met in the middle of the road by an obvious homeless person who was begging for a hand out from anyone who would stop for him. Life for him will not likely ever be an easy one, but I am not sure that I would wish upon him the burdens associated with this level of "good fortune" either.....but my guess is that he would probably have other ideas about that. At any rate, the car was a real show stopper, and it was hard to find elbow room to grab a few shots. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Detroit Auto Show ~ 2015

A couple of days ago, I made my first visit to the Detroit Auto Show, which was held in the Cobo Hall about a 5 minute drive just across the border from Windsor. There was every imaginable brand of car, truck, suv, there, all under one roof. It was truly mind blowing when you think that as of today, the entire show will be totally dismantled, and nothing but the bare walls and floors will be left behind. The new models were absolutely beautiful, and that is pretty much across the board. There was only one or two cars that I did not care for much, and they were mostly concept cars, that I hoped would never make it to production. However, I have to admit, that the one car that was just stunning for my tastes at least was the Buick Cascada. In 2016 this lovely convertible will be appearing in the GM showrooms all over the country, and I was really happy to see that Buick has decided to move on from the stodgy luxury sedans to include something a little more sporty. I was told that the Cascada will not be a muscle car and will come with a 4 cylinder turbo engine that will give excellent gas mileage. I asked if there was a chance it would come with a V6 turbo boosted engine, and the fellow assured me that I was dreaming in technicolor.....not a chance. At any rate, I liked the styling as it is not cluttered with a lot of chrome, just nice clean lines. Today, I thought I would share it with you also...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Abandoned

This time of year, it is easy to sit at home and stay warm with a good book, or warm cup of your favorite beverage. It is for the brave and determined to gather up enough gumption to take camera in hand and venture out into the great out of doors, and capture the images that are present after a snow storm. This image was from such a time, when I used to be one of those guys who would take on the elements, but I'm afraid that in my more recent years I have become one who likes to stay warm, be comfortable. Hope you enjoy this image from somewhere in Northern Ontario, many years ago.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Burgundy and White Satin.....


A couple of days ago, I got rummaging around some old discs and came across this image that I had never printed before. For some reason I had passed by this image, and I decided it might make a nice one for here. It is also going to be enlarged and printed out to 16 x 20 inches, and I can't wait to see how it will look then. Hope you like it also.