“Improvised Forest Abstract”

“Learn the rules and then break them in such a way as to exercise good taste.” 
― George Shearing

There are times where you simply have to work with what you have, and experiment a bit. On a recent walk, I did not have my DSLR with me and had to resort to my iPhone. As those who follow this blog know, I just love doing photographic abstractions, which require a longer exposure and some careful timing. This can prove a challenge with the iPhone, since it does not do time exposures as is, but there’s an app for that :). The technique took some modification and the results are slightly different, yet pleasing.

The image above is straight from the camera and has wonderful muted tones, which soften the image even more. It’s pretty amazing what we can do if we are innovative and determined.

iPhone 7 back camera @ 4.0mm
1/4 sec; f/2.2;  ISO 32

 

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“Poplars by the Meadow”

“Poplars by the Meadow”

“A good roast of sun, it slows you, lets you relax–and out here if there’s anything wrong, you can see it coming with bags of time to do what’s next. This is the place and the weather for peace, for the cultivation of a friendly mind.” 
― A.L. Kennedy

I made this image on the Thanksgiving weekend, recently past, while on a hike with my son. Despite being well into October (Thanksgiving in Canada is in October), it was beautifully warm, almost hot. Leaves were just beginning to show the early signs of colour, with slight splashes of yellow starting to show on the poplars.

The wildflowers of the meadow had completed their bloom and were beginning to yellow and become dormant. This is the same meadow, where just weeks ago, the honey bees were busy collecting pollen from a thick crop of goldenrod, no longer golden, but a dull yellow and drooping.

Along the edge of this meadow, is a tall stand of poplars. I could barely get a good angle of them in the tall grasses, but found a suitable vantage point. The bright trunks of the trees flash brilliantly against the thick spruce which lie directly behind them . Once more, this is a scene that I have hiked past numerous time and considered it as a subject, but conditions have never been quite right. That day, the afternoon light and colours combined to make it something worthwhile. The delicate structures show in the image in thread-like lines, which pull me in for a closer look.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/4 sec, f/32, ISO 64

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“Autumn Sunset” – Glasgow, Ontario

“Autumn Sunset” - Glasgow, Ontario

“Each time I see a beautiful sunset or sunrise, I have to pinch myself because I can’t believe that I’m awake and not dreaming.” 
― Anthony T. Hincks

Every now and then, you just have to pull over, enjoy, and take a picture.

In this case, I was returning from closing down our camper for the season, it was later in the day and I spent about fifteen minutes driving west, into a blazing sunset. It was beautiful and painfully bright, yet it was just that.

That is, until we drove through the intersection of the hamlet of Glasgow, just north and east of my home. I simply had to stop and try to make a photo of this beautiful scene. It’s a real challenge to get it close to what the eye sees and the light changes very quickly. Fortunately, I’m very familiar with my camera and what it can and can’t do, having experienced many failures. This time I knew exactly what settings were required and snapped a few bracketed frames just to be sure. Though it’s hard to capture exactly what my eye saw, this is as close an approximation as I could have hoped for.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/125 sec, f/11.0, ISO 100

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Monochrome Mondays

“Headwaters Hike in Mono”

I spent a few hours this afternoon hiking the trails of the Durham Forest with my wife and daughter. It was a beautiful, warm, October afternoon and an ideal day to hit the trails. 

I made this image with my iPhone while creating a few new abstractions, which I will share over the next few days. This one just lent itself to processing in mono. 

It’s another red pine plantation, interspersed with hardwoods. In this particular plantation, the pines dominate.

“Jolt”

“Jolt”

“If you are a dreamer come in
If you are a dreamer a wisher a liar
A hoper a pray-er a magic-bean-buyer
If you’re a pretender com sit by my fire
For we have some flax golden tales to spin
Come in! 
Come in!” 
― Shel Silverstein

The title for this image came fairly readily. I was out making photos with my son and he was on a hillside on the path ahead of me, shooting some low angle shots of the surrounding forest. As he stood up, it shot a deliberate horizontal pan of him, backlit by the early autumn colours. The result was, to me, magical. A sensory jolt, as I distilled his shape among the light trails.

It’s a single, unprocessed image. The background light casting his form into shadow, as the brightness of the forest colours surrounds him like something magical and filled with energy. Of the several images I made that warm autumn day, this is the one I wanted to process first, since it fairly jumped from my camera’s preview display. It’s dreamlike and filled with energy, peaceful, yet subtly sinister. I like that in an image. It conveys multiple moods and energies in a single image.

The only real issue I had in producing the image was to stop the camera down sufficiently to prevent blowing out the back ground. Since I did not have a neutral density filter with me, which would be my go-to, I accomplished it through setting my ISO to the  L1.0 setting, a full stop below the lowest ISO of 100. Anything for the shot.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/4 sec, f/9.0, ISO 50 (L1.0)

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“Urgency”

“Urgency”

“Water is the most perfect traveller because when it travels it becomes the path itself!” 
― Mehmet Murat ildan

This image is another of High Falls, near Bancroft, Ontario. I really could spend a day photographing various parts of the waterfall, as light shifts and different elements of the flowing water reveal themselves.

The ancient rock structures in this area add so much character to the waterfalls through their deep textures and colours. These are ancient Canadian Shield structures, known for their age and diverse mineral content. I provide more information on the falls themselves on a previous post.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/13 sec, f/32.0, ISO 200 

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