Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Nikko Deutzia "Transformed".....

Sometimes I tend to get a bit carried away with experimenting with the effects of various image editing softwares. I guess it is almost the equivalent of watching an image appear on a sheet of paper in the darkroom for the first time. You have this idea in your head as to how you might like an image to look like in its final output. So it is, that I got fixated on this image tonight, and this is my last and final "experiment". Not everyone will like or appreciate it, and then some folks might. It is all open to individual taste of course. Hope some of you will  get a little enjoyment from this rendition also.....

Nikko Deutzia on Railing.....

This afternoon my wife informed me that I should get off of the computer and take a few shots of the roses etc. in our back yard. So I took her advice and went on a safari in our back yard, and also in our neighbours yard as well. After a few shots of the roses, I wandered over into our neighbours yard, and commenced to take a few shots there also. For what ever reason, this little sprig of blossoms hanging over a black iron railing was my favourite, and I decided I would use it for my blog posting tonight. However, I had no clue as to what to call it. So after checking, I was informed that it is a Nikko Deutzia plant. Thanks Terri, hope you like it.....

P.S. For a black & White version of this image, click here

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Columbine Portrait.....

Yesterday, I was sitting on my front veranda with my camera, enjoying a beverage, and decided to take a few shots of the Columbine, and Iris that seemed to be springing up everywhere. The Columbine I am told, while not a weed, acts very much like one. They are very prolific, and are even growing under the veranda and up through the cracks in the boards. This shot is one that I decided to do a little playing around with, and I finally got it to a place where I liked it....soft and delicate. Yes, the colours have been muted somewhat, and it looks more like a coloured pencil sketch, than a photo. But that was my intent, and I hope some will enjoy it also.....

P.S. This one is for my friend, Gerald Booth. Thinking of you guy, and hoping you are feeling better soon.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Beer Bottle Bouquet.....

Spring time here in Windsor seemed to be dragging it's heels trying to decide if it was going to bother showing up this year. The temperatures for most of March, April, and May were below normal and not a lot of sunshine. However, this past week, we went straight into Summer weather, and the temperatures have been in the high 20's C. and that means BBQ time. This past long weekend, we enjoyed a lovely dinner with our neighbours. During the course of events, we decided to pick a few blossoms that were springing up all around us. They were a mix of Lily of the Valley, Columbine and French Lilac, and of course we used the handiest vase available, a beer bottle, to grace the table. The fragrance was wonderful, and afterward, while I was still "motivated" I decided to take a quick picture of it against a black background. It is not intended to be a work of art or anything that grandiose, but just a splash of colour to hopefully cheer a few folks up a little....

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Wreckhouse, NFLD....

When you listen to the Weather Reports on TV, you will often hear them mention this place....Wreckhouse! It is located on the Southwest coast of Newfoundland, and it is a place where wild winds do blow! Not far away is a road sign that warns motorists that it is not unusual for them to encounter winds that may exceed 125 MPH! Yes, that is MILES per hour. It would come screaming in off of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and many times it would make it impossible for the CNR ferries to dock in near by Port aux Basques.  As a kid I would often hear news reports of the winds in this area that would blow the old steam engines and cars off of the narrow gauge railway tracks. It was often referred to as the "Newfie Bullet", because it was so slow. There may have been homes there at some point, but none can be seen now. They have all disappeared over time, and if you should happen to step out of your vehicle, it is not unusual for your pant legs to be blown tight, and the rest would sound like a flag flapping in the wind. This would be nonstop, and it is not much wonder that no one lives there anymore.....

Interior Archway, McKenzie Hall....

This twisted tangle of plaster that soars over the archway inside McKenzie Hall, in Olde Sandwich Towne, is truly a work of art. The craftsmanship that it took to shape and erect this is truly amazing. The more you look at it, the more you wonder just what is keeping it up there, and at what point will it come crashing down. My guess is that when they conceived this idea, they made sure that this would not be happening anytime soon. Of course, to really accentuate the piece, I removed any and all distractions from the walls, such as plaques, and a large flat screen TV on the wall right in the middle of the archway. Without today's digital software, that would be extremely difficult to pull off. After that, I enhanced the texture of the work by using the Poster Edges filter again. It gave it a more stippled effect, which I found rather attractive. If you would like to see it in Black & White, you can visit my other little blog, Black & White Dabblings at http://blackwhitedabblings.blogspot.ca/ . For me, it is a toss up, which rendition of it that I like the most. It is a place that I will have to go back to again sometime as it has many photographic possibilities.

P.S.  This posting is for my friend John, who works for an architectural practice in North Bay, Ont. Hope you enjoy it!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

A Place for Contemplation...

On a recent photo outing with the Windsor Camera Club to Olde Sandwich Towne, we visited this old church that dates back to the War of 1812 era. This image of the stained glass window was just a simple record shot of a quiet corner inside. While, I do not subscribe to any religious denomination, these old churches do leave you in awe somewhat, with the beauty of the architecture and old stained glass windows. The craftsmanship that went into building these old churches and town halls, etc., is just amazing. Anyway, when I opened this basic shot of a quiet corner, I felt that it had more potential, so I decided to experiment a bit with some On 1 software filters. When I dropped the heavy clouds over the image, and after that a tattered paper filter, it took on the look I was sort of hoping for. To me, it rather makes a statement of religions in general in our society today. They seem to be being abandoned, and drifting off into the mists of time.....

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Variations on Pink Blossoms....




These are just two more renditions of the same blossoms as posted below. They could be used for various purposes or end uses. For me, it is examples of the other "hidden potentials" of an ordinary shot of a couple of simple pink blossoms from a little bouquet that I picked up at the grocery store on my way out through check out one day. My personal choice is the most muted one on the top. It has a quiet simplicity, and for me, elegance, that the others lack. Less is more maybe? The second image below is more intense. To me at least, it seems that everywhere you look these days, everything is more intensified, and garish to the point that it starts to grate on your nerves. Whether it be music, or photo illustrations, the sound and colours have been amplified, and in your face. What used to be elements of serenity, and elegance, have grown tired and passe' in the unfettered surge to "whatever or wherever".....  A quiet stream and a fishing rod are starting to sound really really good to me....I am sooooo off the island!!






Pink Blossoms for Terri....

This is a reposting of the pink blossoms just below. My neighbor found it to be rather ho hum, so I am sending this one out to her, totally without any manipulations in Photo Shop or anything else. Personally, when I saw this picture after I shot it, I felt that it was absolutely nothing special or even artistic. The composition is admittedly nothing special, as it is basically just a recording of a couple of blossoms.  My grandson could have taken this shot, as he has done a few times when he got to playing with Poppee's camera. However, having said that, I felt that it had some other potentials hidden in there, and decided to explore some of them. Sometimes rather ordinary photos can be transformed into works that might be suitable for other uses, such as stationary, or greeting cards, or just splashes of colour for a drab corner somewhere. It is fun to explore other uses for images that seem rather ordinary or mundane, hence my posting below that has more muted tones. Hope you enjoy this one more Terri....

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Blue Blossoms.....

What the heck, lets go for a third posting this evening eh? For this shot, I did the exact opposite of the pink flowers below this one. Instead of muting the colours, I decided to intensify them. Firstly, I waited until the sun had passed by, and they were in fairly deep shadows. My SONY HLV-58AM flash was mounted on its little plastic shoe and placed about 2 feet behind on the ground, while the little pop up flash on my camera triggered it remotely, giving a nice 2/1 lighting ratio to provide a rim light for the green leaves behind, and show a bit of light coming through the petals as well. Then a bit of Poster Edge filter in Photo Shop gave it the effect I was more or less looking for. It has been enlarged to a 16 x 20 inch print in the meanwhile, and it looks just great! If I am not mistaken, this is just a weed of some sort, but it was worth crawling around on my belly on the ground for anyway.....Ohhh me knees!!

Pink Flowers.....

This little bouquet of pink flowers was originally much more vibrant in colour. However, I just felt that it might be a nice thing to soften it a bit, make the colours a bit more muted. Then when I experimented with a poster edges filter in Photo Shop, it was more of the effect that I was looking for. Hope you like it also.....

Remembering Mothers.....

This posting is almost just in time to be too late for Mother's Day. Hopefully we all took time out to visit or if that is not possible, to remember and pay respects to them. This shot is from late last Summer and is a rose in our garden that we planted in memory of my Mother. It is by far the most lovely and fragrant of all of the roses that we planted. Needless to say, it doesn't take much encouragement to "stop and smell the roses", and remember all of the good times......it was my good fortune to have had a wonderful Mother-in law as well, and I will love these two ladies 'till Mt. Everest is a hole in the ground.....