Monthly Archives: May 2015

“Graduated Windows” – Montreal

Graduated Windows - Montreal(thumb)

I find interesting pattern everywhere. It’s something I can’t turn off, nor would I want to. Last week, during a trip to Montreal, I looked out my hotel window which faced an office tower cross the street.It would seem that different companies have varied tastes in lighting and this building went from bright warm lighting, to a cooler ‘sunlight’ style light, to dimmed lights.

The unfortunate thing was that the hotel windows were quite dirty and I was not able to sharpen the image beyond this. I had my Nikon DSLR with me but those shots were not much better than the iPhone. So, here it is. From a distance, people think this is a contact sheet and then they look closer. Every window seems like its own little world and no two are exactly alike. I hope you enjoy it.

iPhone 5S

“Three Columns – Place d’Armes” – Montreal, Quebec

“Three Columns - Place d’Armes” - Montreal

A simple photo of three columns at Place d’Armes in Old Montreal. The building is directly across the square from the well known Notre-Dame Basilica. I simply enjoyed the form and details of the columns. I’m not sure if this would be street photography, urban, or architectural. Technically, it’s travel photography, though I did not travel far.

What I also find interesting is the fine details that emerge from the photo, not visible in the viewfinder. I did not notice the meshing to keep pigeons off the scroll-work or the bolts stick from the fluting. Yes, thats what the official name of the carved out part of the column is. Something new I learned today. I also learned that the top of this type of column is a Corinthian Capital. Amazing what you can learn when you look at details and want to know more. I feel so enriched 🙂

Nikon D300
Nikor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 165 mm
1/60 sec @ f/5.0, ISO 250

“Egan Chute – High Water”

One of my favourite places to visit in the Bancroft area is Egan Chute, on the York River. It’s the first of a series of three chutes within a fairly short distance. It is amazing to watch the volume of the York River be compressed as it races through the narrow and steep chute area. The water this spring was surprisingly high and the right channel, which is often just a trickle, was in full flow. In the summer, as the water level subsides, the chute becomes a series of fans, with a faster, central channel still dominating. If you like this image, I will be posting more to my Facebook page later this week. Ed Lehming Photography

iPhone 5s 

“On the Lake” – Long Weekend Pleasures


It’ the first long weekend of the summer. Victoria Day, here in Canada. For many, this is the start of cottage season, camping season, times in the outdoors. It’s the time of black flies and mosquitoes. But for me, it’s the time to just unwind. There is something about being on the water or near the water that creates serenity for me. I can sit for hours on the shore or in a canoe just being near water. The clouds are ever changing, ever moving. The day progresses from foggy mornings, to warm afternoons, and ends with beautiful sunsets.  I watch wildlife in action on the shores and in the water. Dragonflies flit and fly like crazed helicopters among the shore plants and bullfrogs share their voices in and ongoing evening chorus. Yes, another start. Time to get out there and enjoy it.


Against the Structured Generation

The 14th Floor

One of the unfortunate characteristics of our generation is that we have tended to live highly structured lives.  Those of us born in the 1980s, who spent their twenties in the transitional era of the early 2000s, amidst the violent cacophony of the two Bush Wars, have experienced at least some shared sense of structure to our lives.

The typical life of an upper-middle class son or daughter born in Canada during that generation would go something like this: a childhood spent in public schools, with no lack of activities in which to immerse oneself (soccer, piano, theater, etc.). Then high school hits, with its swirl of hormonal desire combined with the looming pressure of standardized tests. It is generally here that the adolescent learns the rhythms of capitalist work-time: school during the day, nights filled with study and ever more structured activities.

If the student is lucky he or…

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“Red Maple Spring” – Stouffville, Ontario

“Red Maple Spring” - Stouffville, Ontario

As spring continues, more colour and new life emerges, following the cycle of death and re-birth. The delicate structures of new leaves exploding from once tight buds are part of that cycle. A few short days ago, these red maple leaves were just bumps on a branch. Now, you can see the future shape in miniature. The soft morning light created a nice back-lit effect that shows all the structures nicely and soft focus blurs another cluster of leaves in the background. There is something soothing about these photos. I think it’s the freshness and promise each sign of new life holds.

Nikon D300
Nikor 70-300 mm @ 165 mm
1/125 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 250

“Morning Blossoms” – Stouffville Creek Trail

“Morning Blossoms” - Stouffville Creek Trail

Ah, spring!

I went for an early morning walk this morning and was greeted by yet another gift of spring – a beautiful crab-apple tree loaded with delicate pink-white blossoms. The sun was just up and provided a wonderful soft light. I tried to keep as much of the flower-head in focus while keeping the background soft.

I spent quite a bit of time with this particular subject and will be posting more photos in the next few days.

Nikon D300
Nikor 70-3000 mm f/4.5-56. @ 170 mm
1/250 sec @ f/11, ISO 250

“Spring Catkins”

“Spring Catkins”

Today’s post is just a little abstraction of a photo I made last week.

With the ever warming days, many of the willows have put out ‘catkins’. This is the flower of the willow tree. Many would recognize ‘Pussy Willows’. These are the same but not as densely packed as the Pussy Willow variety and have already matured into full flower. They are still beautiful to look at. These are the catkins of the Sand willow. The photo was made along the banks of Duffins Creek, near Whitevale, Ontario.

I wanted to do a bit of a special effect on this since it did not ‘grab’ me when I first looked at the image. This is not my usual style but a bit of a learning exercise. Have had several comments that it would make a nice wall hanging.


Nikon D300
Nikor 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 185 mm
1/100 sec;   f/5.0;   ISO 250

“Cherry Blossoms” – Cherry Street, Toronto Portlands

“Cherry Blossoms” - Cherry Street, Toronto Portlands

It’s spring in Toronto and cherry blossom season. While multitudes of people went to High Park for the annual display, I happened upon a small cluster of trees in the Toronto port lands, on Cherry Street, of all places.

I had originally set out to photograph some industrial scenes and was disappointed by the lack of parking and very limited access to the docks, where I was hoping to make some images of ships and heavy equipment. But, I was pleasantly surprised to find this grove of trees in full blossoms and I didn’t have to fight my way though crowds to get to them. Overall, I’d call it a successful day.

Nikon D300
Nikor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 155 mm
1/320 sec @ f/9.0, ISO 250

“Marble Lake Spring Time” – Marble Lake, Bancroft

“Marble Lake Spring Time” - Marble Lake, Bancroft

Today, a change-up from the recent posts of flower heads. Last week I spent a few days in the Bancroft area, visiting my art friends and opening up our trailer for the season. It was a gorgeous, warm spring weekend. The air was fresh and clear with a very light breeze, all weekend long. Betty and I decided to head down to the waterfront on Marble Lake to see how my sister’s trailer fared through the winter. We were greeted by the scene above. The lake was almost mirror-like, producing stunning reflections of the clouds and shore-line. It was around 5;20 and the sun was just starting to soften. Creating the right combination of conditions to produce this stunning scene.

I had intended to make a few photos of the lake and shoreline but only had my zoom lens with me. Fortunately, I had my iPhone with me to make this image and am pleased with how well this image conveyed just what I saw. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

My friends on Facebook will already have seen the image, but not the story behind it. If you like this image, please check out my Facebook page for more:

iPhone 5s back camera 4.15mm f/2.2
1/800 sec @ f/2.2, ISO 32