Monthly Archives: November 2015

“Bejewelled in Raindrops”

“Bejewelled in Raindrops” - Fraser Lake

The final installment of my raindrops in fall series, for this year.

This photo was made a few seconds before my “Unexpected Beauty” image. The difference is really the background. This one is a bit darker and lacking the blue background of the forest.

It does show more of the raindrops, which is what initially drew my attention. I did not want to open close the aperture too much because I wanted to retain some of the soft bokeh in the subsequent layers. This one highlights more of the droplets on the branches, which really look like tiny glowing jewels against the greens and oranges of autumn.

Of the three images, this one is my favourite, because of the layers and how it really captured my viewpoint effectively. It is important for me, creatively, to portray things, as I see them, and I’m learning daily just how to do that, though the lense and through my words.

Nikon D300
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm
1/13 sec @ f/2.8 -.33, ISO 250

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“Golden Fingers”

“Golden Fingers” - Beech and Raindrops

This photo was made the morning after my prior post. It was also a dull rainy day near Bancroft and the sky brightened ever so slightly. The effect is very visible in the raindrops that clung to the branches surrounding me.

It really shows just how different the light is at different times of day, even when the sky is overcast. While the previous image is quite cool and blue, this one is bright and warm. The location is not the same either, but the effect of the water droplets and branches was the same. Like tiny jewels hanging from the branch.

Walking through the woods that day, despite the rain, was a real pleasure and yielded many nice photos, which I will share over the next few days.

Nikon D300
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm
1/50 sec @ f/3.5 -.33, ISO 250

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“Unexpected Beauty”

“Unexpected Beauty” - Water Drops on Branches, Fraser Lake,

Nature is a glorious thing. Last week I took to the forest for my annual deer hunt, with camera in tow.

It was not an ideal year for hunting. A slow moving low pressure system had set in and I was faced with three solid days of rain, cold, and wind. This should not come as a surprise in November in Canada.

My real purpose to hunting has always been more about simply being out in nature and observing. A bonus, some years, is a freezer full of meat.

You often hear people bemoan bad weather. “It’s too dark, too rainy, too windy, for any good photos. Well, to me, the above photo proves that all wrong. If your eyes are looking for beauty, you see it, even on an overcast, rainy day. In this case, the rain had eased up a bit and some brightness in the sky lit up the drops of rain clinging to the beech trees. It was near dusk, so the background forest had just taken on a blue cast. The farm field in the foreground had hints of green from the grass that had not yet been heavily frosted. I was really trying to capture the bejewelled look of the branch in the foreground and the contrast of the orange beech leaves against the blue background. I think it turned out rather nicely. It put some brightness into a dull day.

Nikon D300
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm
1/25 sec @ f/2.8 -.33, ISO 250

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