Sunday, May 14, 2017

Yesteryear's Cool

Okay, time for a break from the flowers and stuff. Tonight I thought I would post something from my old car files, you know....when cars were cars! They were made of real steel, and compared to today's standards of plastics and alloys, they were built like tanks. Anyway, one of the things the "old guys" liked to do a lot was individualize their cars with their own version of custom pin striping. Some of them were quite artistic and beautifully done. This one caught my eye as the reddish orange stood out against the black body, and made a fairly bold graphic statement. So, I thought I would see what I could do with this one, and cropped it severely to show only the graphic elements, and forget about the identity of the vehicle itself. Personally, I have always found graphics appealing, probably because away back in the mists of time, when I went to school, Geometry was by far my best subject. Consequently, it has wormed its way into my photography in these later years....hope some of you enjoy it a bit....

Fruit & Flowers.....

This image is the first of what I hope will be a style of photo I would like to do more of in the future. It probably needs quite a bit of refinement, but that will come with time and practice. Meanwhile, hope you enjoy this one a little bit...

For Mothers...Past & Present.....

This little still life is for all the Mothers that we hold dear, past or present. After the hockey game, I took these little sprigs of blossoms that I had gathered between periods from our back yard, and decided to give them the best lighting my feeble mind could muster. So I set up my studio lights, and did a little table top shooting. The original shots were of fruit and these flowers, but I decided to simplify things, and just go in close on the little blossoms. That meant digging out my old macro lens, and moving to within about 6 inches of the flowers. The aroma was lovely during this little photo session, and the fruit was tasty also....This is the result after doing a little bit of tweaking in Photoshop, and Corel softwares. Love and Best Wishes to all the Moms everywhere.....

Friday, May 12, 2017

Monet's Night Garden.....

Sometimes you shoot an image that is less than perfect, but for some reason, you feel that you can still do something with it. This image was one of those. Shot at night using off camera wireless flash, I added a full moon that I had shot some time ago, and gave it a bit of an eerie glow, to add a little bit of interest or mood. Sometimes these "experiments" work out, and sometimes not. It is all up to the preferences of the viewer of course.....a little while ago, I read somewhere that a sure fire way to create meaningless art is to constantly turn out images that everyone likes....it is what it is folks, and I hope some like it and some hate it....it's all good.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Backyard Blue Blossoms.....

This image was taken in our back yard a couple of days ago. The lighting was flat, in fact it was almost dark outside. The appearance of a sunny day is provided by my off camera flash which was placed in the grass behind the little blossoms. It was triggered by the on camera pop up flash, and this setup usually gives me a 2/1 lighting ratio. I like to back light flowers etc, and the nice thing about using off camera lighting is that you do not need a nice sunny day in order to make an image. Lately I have found that I almost prefer shooting on dull days, or a subject in the darkened shadows. Then it is just a matter of setting up the automatic wireless flash lighting, and you have full control of the direction and quality of the lighting and the resulting image. If necessary, white foam core reflector cards can be used to also help with filling in any shadow areas. It is not nearly as difficult as it may sound....give it a try, and enjoy.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Dali's Very Vivid Dream.....for John.

For whatever reason, I decided to expand a little on old Dali's Dream and make it more bold and outrageous, so this is the final result. A couple of nights ago, I entered this in the Windsor Camera Club's Digital Altered Reality category, just for the pure heck of it. It rather "bombed" as I found out afterward that at least one of the 3 judges didn't know who Dali was, and could not make any sense of this image at all....which does not surprise me. Sometimes I like to depart from the usual things that everyone photographs, and try in my own feeble way to give some sort of photographic rendition of an idea, or concept. Most times I do not set out with that in mind, but it sort of evolves in that way. It is fun to try to depict something such as "insomnia"; "nuclear winter's night" or in this case, my somewhat twisted idea of just what old Dali may have dreamed one night. It is a concept that is not easily accepted or understood by others apparently. I came up with this second rendition the day after St. Patrick's Day, so I guess I should have entitled it "Guinness Afterglow" or some other such nonsense....It somewhat appeals to my quirky sense of humor, and after all, I really am doing this purely for my own enjoyment, and hope that maybe by sharing it with you on my little blog, it may help someone out there to "lighten up a little" in this world gone mad........

Friday, March 3, 2017

A Junk Store Vase....

This will be the final image from my last little table top session. There are things that we come across sometimes that give us a lot of pleasure for a very small price. For a mere fifty cents, this little vase seemed just right for a picture that I had in my mind, and here it is. One man's junk is another man's treasure, and so it goes......Just a touch of soft focus was added using Corel PaintShop
Pro 7 software. Hope you enjoy it.....

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Dali's Dream.....

This image is originally from the same table top shoot as the image below. However, tonight, I let my mind do a bit of haphazard wandering, and played with a few filters in Photoshop. This was the final outcome, and after deciding not to ditch it as total foolishness, I changed my mind, and will expose it on here for all to see. It for me is pure whimsy, and there are times when I get a little tired of doing "serious" photography.
Hope it gives some of you a little chuckle.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

For Rebekah.....

During a recent visit from our Granddaughter, who is quite an accomplished artist, I decided that since she is showing considerable interest in photography, a little table top shooting might be of some interest to her. This image is one of about 15 that we shot together. I used my Bowens beauty dish for the main light, and a soft box for the fill, with about 3 f-stops ratio between them. The little vase I picked from a junk store, and the "fine linen" is the material used in gardens to spread on the ground to keep the weeds from growing up through. I gave it a brownish tone by splashing coffee leftovers on it and hosing it off afterward. It makes a nice warm toned background for this type of work, without spending a fortune. The violin used to belong to my late Father-in-law....God love him! Hope you enjoy a little....

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

January Thaw 2017 - For Mike de Moree

This image is what it looked like outside my front window as I sipped my morning beverage a couple of days ago. The thermometer said it was +14C and it was hard to believe that it was the 21st of January. My fellow blogger and friend, Mike de Moree,  Silverpixel,  just posted his image of January thaw in North Bay, Ont. and I have to be honest Mike, I miss the snowy scenes I used to get to photograph up there. Here in Windsor, Ont., the climate is vastly different, and as you can see, the green background in this image is my front lawn. I still haven't gotten used to the winters here, but I also have to admit that it is much easier for us to get out and shop, etc., as there are no snow banks to climb over to get into a store or other place down town. We did have one snowfall, and I got out the snowblower just to make sure it still worked. I fear that we will pay dearly for this mild spell as things usually start to bud out early, and then we will get a very cold snap in the weather that will kill a lot of plants and trees. Our neighbour Terri was telling us that some of her bulbs she has in her back yard has come up about 2 inches. Anyway,  it is what it is, and there is not much to be done about it except accept and adjust as best we can. Cheers.....

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Beautiful To The End.....

A little while ago, I took this image of what was left of a rose that was still clinging to the trellis attached to our back deck. It was about to be blown away in the wind, but to me it was old, weathered, and beautiful, much like a few people I have encountered along the way. At first I was going to print the image straight up as I saw it. But then, something told me to put a little more into it. So as a result, I came up with this image of it gradually disintegrating into a million fragments....just like we all do. To me it is beautiful to the end, and I knew a lot of folks, both young and old who were just that.....Cheers everyone.....

Another Time and Place.....

Well the New Year has arrived, and it is time to try to return to normal again, or whatever could be loosely construed as normal. Is anything "normal" anymore? Would we be able to tell? It seems that the world has gone bonkers in the last few months, and thankfully, I have my photography and musical interests to be preoccupied with. To watch the news channels is unbearable for me now. As such, it was not too difficult to find myself digging up some old negatives to work on a bit. People photography has long been an obsession of mine, and for the most part, I tend to stay away from the looking at the camera and smiling....or glaring at it, which seems to be in vogue these days, type of shots. This image sort of portrays a certain moodiness or angst, which I personally find more interesting. Some might say that it is too "posed" or "contrived" and not "candid" enough. It seems that the candid photos have evolved or dare I say, degenerated, depending on your personal opinions of it all, into the currently popular "selfies". It seems that the days when a photographer took great care in doing an elegant portrait of someone, anyone, have gone by the wayside, in favor of the sassy and glib that makes not much of a statement of any kind. The guys or gals who do "street" photography certainly make statements of many kinds...but most of them are also able to run really fast. So I tend to meet folks on a casual basis, and eventually, weeks or months later, get around to having them let me do a few shots of them. Occasionally, I get to make a few nice portraits of folks who have never had one before.....it keeps me sane folks. Want to feel good this New Year? Do something nice for someone....