Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Summer....Where Are You?

Tired of Winter already? This is the time of year when you can just barely notice that the days are starting to lengthen out a bit, and the sun is actually starting to have a bit of warmth to it, especially when driving in the car on a sunny day. Tonight, I was foraging about in my files from last Summer, and came across this one. I had used my old Minolta 100mm Soft Focus Portrait lens, and that old lens has a really nice warmth to the colours and tones. The old Minolta glass was well known for that feature, and that is one reason that old die hards like myself, can't even think of parting with them. Anyway, I digress. This image just takes your mind away from the reality of dirty snow, and freezing rain, and helps calm the nerves whenever you think that in a few months, we will be able to go outside and shoot more roses, or whatever kind of blossoms that are around.....can't wait.....

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Orchid.....

We took a little drive out to Colasanti's Tropical Gardens in Kingsville today, and while walking about, I managed to grab a couple of shots of some lovely white orchids. This is a crop of the original image, and it really simplified the image greatly. It is a stark contrast to the rather wild images of flowers that I recently posted below this one, and hopefully the horticulturists will give me one more chance at redeeming myself.  Maybe some of you will enjoy this one also...

P.S. FYI: Camera; SONY a77M2
                Lens; SONY 18 ~ 135.....hand held.
                EXP; f5.6 for 1/30th of a second.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Captain Morgan's Rose.....

This one is for my friend John....sorry John, I just couldn't help myself tonight. From now on, I promise to get "serious". My wife just hates when I do this sort of stuff, but in actuality, it is just a method of "reclaiming" a very much less than perfect rose that I shot on our back deck last fall. Since I strive to keep cloning to a minimum, it is a bit of a challenge for me to take images that are blemished, and cover it all up with a few filters in Photoshop & Corel, and create something totally different or unusual. The folks at the horticultural society must just go nuts when they see such "violence" done to flowers and such. But, I have to admit, it is fun, and you do not need any Captain Morgan to get a laugh from it.....'tis all about fun from now on remember....but I'm sure some of you are saying, "go on back and hide in the darkroom old man, you are a digital disaster".....Cheers! 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Rose Abstract....

No, I'm not high or inebriated, but this image is the result of more experimenting, and probably some may view it and say, "Yup, the old guy has gone over the edge now". It is just me letting my imagination run wild...sort of reminds me of Cathy Jones of CBC's This Hour Has 22 Minutes, who used to end her monologues with "I'm just goofin' around, that's all". For quite a while, I felt like I had "hit the wall" creatively, and after much mulling it over, I realized that I was not having any fun with my photography anymore. So, starting this year, I've decided to have fun. Not too sure where this will take me, but we shall see. It is time to stop being so serious about it all, it is just pictures, right? At one time, capturing the perfect flower, or bird, or whatever, used to be the end goal. Now, for me, capturing the image of an object, is just the starting point. I have no preconceived ideas of what I intend to eventually do with it. That is the fun stuff....and hopefully now, it will be all about having fun....hope some of you enjoy it also.
Again, Happy 2018!!

Hosta Abstract...

It has been a while since I was last on here, and we somehow survived the Christmas/New Year festivities. So, to start out 2018, I decided to post this rendition of a hosta blossom that looks like it is embedded into a plaster surface of sorts. When I started this image, I was working with some new software that I was not too familiar with. That was due to good old Microsoft deciding on Christmas Eve to update my computer with their latest version of Windows 10. After that, my Photoshop CS3 would no longer work, as well as a couple of other items...Merry Christmas eh! Anyway, I refuse to pay a monthly fee to Adobe for their Creative Cloud software, regardless of how wonderful it is. There are other alternatives, and it looks like I shall have to go exploring. If Corel or any of the other photo editing software companies decide to go the Creative Cloud route, then it is back to the darkroom for this old guy. At this point, I don't care to be bullied by big companies like Microsoft or Adobe. Since most of my photo editing is done in Corel Paint Shop Pro, I probably will not have to go back into the darkness again for a while.....then again, I used to enjoy the smell of developer and fixer on my hands after a long evening in the darkroom, listening to classical music on the old radio....Happy 2018 to everyone! Lets hope the idiots keep their fingers away from "the" buttons on their desks....