Friday, August 12, 2016

Dalton's Lily.....

This evening I went on a photo excursion to the front yard of the folks we were visiting, and took a few shots of the lillies there. The light was fading, so I employed an extra flash to provide a little more zip to the lighting. Wireless flash is wonderful, and I have no idea why I did not start using it years before I did. In actuality, you are using portrait lighting techniques and lighting on other objects or flowers. Hope some folks will enjoy it.....

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Northern Sentinel.....

This old red pine was a muse of mine for several years, and I photographed it mostly in Black & White and in the Winter time. When it came up in conversation with my son recently, I went on a hunt to see if I could find a colour image of it. Luckily, I was able to dig up and old Kodachrome slide tucked away in my many binders. So I decided to scan it and do a little work on it digitally..... Cibachrome prints are a thing of the past, and was a rather tedious process. Anyway, one early Summer's day, I went to photograph this old tree again, and found it rendered to ashes, with numerous beer bottles and cans scattered amonst them. Since it was just a few days after high school graduation, it was too easy to conclude that end of the school year celebrations had taken place, and this old pine met its demise. It would be easy to heap scorn and derision on these unseen individuals, but we were all young at one time, and very few of us escaped commiting totally senseless acts.....some of us learned from past mistakes, and others need more "lessons" from the school of life....

Friday, August 5, 2016

Slip Sliding Away.....

Since it doesn't look like I will be going on holidays much this summer, I decided to go on a bit of a virtual one by digging up some of last years photos of "back home".  This simple scene is of Trouty Cove, Trinity Bay, NFLD, and the old buildings looked like that they will be a thing of the past pretty soon, as they appeared to be ready to fall down. Like everywhere else, things are changing back there, and I was glad to be back to catch a few shots of things, as they used to be. It brought to mind the words of a Stan Rogers song, that described the changes of the old places... "Upper Canadian concrete and glass, right down to the water line....I heard an old song down on fisherman's wharf....can I sing it just one time"..... The words to the Newfoundland folk song, "Where Fishermen Used to Be" would also be very fitting for this scene....