Monthly Archives: July 2016

“Red Leaves on Rocks” – Peterson Road, Maynooth

“Red Leaves on Rocks” - Peterson Road, Maynooth

“Where’d the days go, when all we did was play? And the stress that we were under wasn’t stress at all just a run and a jump into a harmless fall”
― Paolo Nutini

While travelling the Peterson Road outside of Maynooth, Ontario this past weekend, I stopped along the road to make some photos of a roadside lake, a swamp, and some local wildflowers.

As I stood on the roadside, a flash of red caught my eye and I looked down to see this bright red vine, clinging to rocks along the road. It seems strange to see what would typically be fall colours at this time of year, but it has been extremely hot and dry here this year and some plants respond to stress in their own unique fashion. This one displayed its stress by turning bright red. That bright colour against the granite boulders made for a nice composition, in my mind.

It looks like this plant has been growing here for a few years, as you can see several dead tendrils in the background.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 200 mm
1/160 sec, f/6.3, ISO 200

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“The Gut Falls” – Apsley, Ontario

“The Gut Falls” - Apsley, Ontario

“Light can be both friend and foe, too much or too little and the full story is not told, overexposed or unseen, parts are missing. Balance, deliberate balance of light, is the way to see the true scene. Our eyes are designed to create that balance, humans are created for balance, and I try to imitate that through my images. – Ed Lehming

Still on the topic of ‘The Gut” Conservation area, near Apsley, Ontario. I had to revisit this waterfall, through a slightly different image. This one is a bit wider than the previous post and shows the flow of the water much better, in my opinion. I arrived at the falls at about 4:30pm. The light was still very direct and I was concerned about getting balanced image, especially since I wanted to do some long exposures. I shot this in RAW format, as I do with all my photos and kept it slightly underexposed, knowing that I could compensate for that when I processed the image.

I was quite happy at how it turned out, retaining the details and showing off the patchy, forest filtered light, without it being a distraction, and I was still able to get a bit of ‘shimmer’ from the moving water, rather than it simply being soft and milky. I believe the image captures the energy and movement as I saw it, which is my goal.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 70 mm
1/10 sec, f/32.0, ISO 200

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“Down the Gut” – Apsley, Ontario

“Down the Gut” - Apsley, Ontario

“The whole point of getting engrossed in something that interests you, is that you dissolve into it, the more the intensity…the more you become vapour – you dissolve. In fact, there is no you to judge, to see… only emptiness within, that is the whole purpose of life… at least my life!”
― Ramana Pemmaraju

Above, is another photo of “The Gut”, a location mentioned in an earlier post. This time, looking away from the falls and down the “Gut” itself. What was difficult to capture, in this extremely challenging light, is the height of this fissure, through which the Crowe River flows. Thirty meter high walls compress the river as it flows between the sheer rock walls. It would be a sight to behold in the spring runoff. Right now, we’re in a drought and the water levels are extremely low, which allowed me to access this vantage point, which would normally be submerged. I didn’t venture further in, as the rocks were wet and slippery.

What light was available, from this vantage point, created a wonderful ‘glow’ on the canyon walls, showing the jagged rock edges covered with patches of moss and ferns in the damp environment created by this formation. It was a bright, hot July day that found me here, yet the flow of the water, the mist from the falls behind me, and the shade offered here was refreshing.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 70 mm
1/250 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200

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Thursday Doors – July 28, 2016

“Kensington Barbershop Door”

This week’s submission to Norm 2.0‘s Thursday Doors.

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favourite door photos from around the world.

Once more, it’s not just the doors, but the items around them that are captivating me. This is not a deliberate thing. As I compose the photo, there is ‘something’ subconscious that makes the image ‘good’ in my mind. I usually don’t know what that is till I process it and suddenly, that ‘something’ is revealed.

I just had this same conversation with a professional photographer friend of mine and he has had the same experience, though now, he’s more aware of it and is looking for exactly what that something is, before making the image.

That’s one of my reasons for blogging, to deliberately look at my photos and consider why I made them and improve through that internal, now external, dialogue.

These doors are the entrance to a barbershop in Toronto’s Kensington area. Kensington is a busy, somewhat quirky area, filled with markets and small boutiques. It’s got a real bohemian feel and I just a fun place to people watch and hunt for bargain and handcrafted items.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 117 mm
1/2100 sec, f/5.0, ISO 200

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“The Hollow” – Papineau Creek

“The Hollow” - Papineau Creek

“We don’t realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert

My wife and I discovered this magical place a few years ago on a “fall colours” tour of the area where we spend our summers. I was following the local waterways, looking for a few named waterfalls when I came across this place, who’s location I will not divulge.

The locals, apparently, call it the “Hollow”. It is a wonderful, private park, just off the highway, yet unmarked and hard to find. The Hollow is a deep swimming hole, just beneath a beautiful set of rapids on Papineau Creek, in North Hastings.

On this day, the water was warm, the bugs were few, and we spend several hours in the water and lying on the shore, just enjoying the peace here. It’s the kind of place I could spend hours, just unwinding and enjoying the wonderful, peaceful places nature has provided. Staring up at summer clouds and the circling dragonflies, oblivious to the world.

This is a place I will return to, time and time again, just to drink in the beauty and think back on simpler times, when life slows down, the sun warms my face, and I smile at creation. This, is living in the moment.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 70 mm
1/250 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200

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“Janetville Sunset”

“Janetville Sunset”

“All in all, it was a never-to-be-forgotten summer — one of those summers which come seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going — one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends and delightful doing, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.”
― L.M. Montgomery

My final memory of an extended weekend away is this stunning sunset that we witnessed on the way home.

Outside a small Ontario town called Janetville, we pulled off the road to watch the final moments of a wonderful day spent together at the camper and exploring local sights. The handful of clouds added some interest to the scene, as the sun slid slowly behind a ridge of trees.

I find myself longing for another taste of that warm summer day, together, that seemed to float endlessly in shared memories and good times.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 70 mm
1/250 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200

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Falls at “The Gut” – Apsley, Ontario

Falls at “The Gut” - Apsley, Ontario

“There is a hidden message in every waterfall. It says, if you are flexible, falling will not hurt you!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan

As many of you who follow my blog might know, I love moving water and waterfalls. A few years ago, I set out to discover and document the many waterfalls and cascades in the area where I camp.

My journeys have taken me down some long, little travelled trails, across private property (which took some negotiating), and right next to major roadways. Hours have been spent enjoying the flow of water, relaxing on the shore after some strenuous hikes, and just taking in the raw beauty which is Ontario’s backcountry.

About a year ago, I shared this documentary journey with a friend of mine who also likes waterfalls and he asked me if I had visited “The Gut” yet. That surprised me. I had never heard of “The Gut”. He suggested I look it up and pay a visit.

Yesterday, I did just that. I Googled it and found out a bit more about it. The name intrigued me, as well as photos others had posted. So, on my way home from my camper I set out to find this place, relying on roadside signage to guide me.

I came across a sign on the highway that pointed to “The Gut” and it indicated that my destination was 14 km away. This turned out to be 14 km of hilly, winding, dirt road, with no further signs to indicate my progress. Finally, at the top of a particularly steep hill, another sign indicated that I had arrived.

After parking the car my wife and I proceeded down a trail marked “The Gut Falls”.It was a short, steep hike but we found our final destination, a heavy fence installed to keep distracted hikers from falling into the Gut, a fissure in the local basalt lava rock, some 30 meters high and between 5 to 10 meters across. The Crowe Rivers flows through this steep walled feature, beginning with the waterfall pictured above. I have several other photos which I will post over the next few days.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 70 mm
1/10 sec, f/32.0, ISO 100

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“Marble Lake Sunrise” – Bancroft, Ontario


“Dawn was breaking over the horizon, shell pink and faintly gold…” 

― J.K. Rowling

Today, I move away from flowers and a brief view of my morning.
I woke up to a slight orange glow through the camper window and the cry of a loon on the lake. The quintessential Northern Ontario experience. I grabbing my gear, I headed down to the dock. 

Mist danced over the water’s surface, barely a ripple disturbed the surface, and birds greeted the morning, as the moon hung high among pale pink and orange clouds, in the rapidly brightening sky. 

I tried to capture this moment, which lasted mere minutes in several compositions, my favourite, which I include here.

 iPhone 5S

“White Cosmos”

“White Cosmos”

“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.”
― Osho

Now at number five in this series, it may be time for me to take a short departure from this and get outside.

I’m really enjoying this foray into the world of studio photography. It drives the creativity in me to a new level. Being able to take the common and transform it into something more gives me a sense of satisfaction. There is something about plants and flowers that resonates in me. Perhaps it’s the almost miraculous details that you see when you take the time to really observe them. They calm me, somehow, as I look at them, appreciating the lines, the texture, and complexity of even the most commonplace flower.

I’m taking a few days of much needed vacation to get up north, recharge, and, of course, make some more photos. The days are forecast to be hot and humid, so there’s a really good chance I will be near water. Perhaps a lake or a waterfall?

There are several waterfalls, rather, chutes, in the area where my camper sits and a visit to capture some of that raw beauty is in order.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 200 mm
1/140 sec, f/14.0, ISO 6400

High Resolution image on 500px:

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“Annabelle Hydrangea”

Annabelle Hydrangea

“One passionate heart can brighten the world. From person to person the chain reaction burns through us — setting heart to heart ablaze, and lighting the way for us all!”
― Bryant McGill

Here I am at photo four of this expanding project “Ordinary Flower in a Different Light”. Today’s subject is an Annabelle Hydrangea from our front garden.

This incredible flowering shrub is quite the sight when fully in bloom. Some of the blossoms become so large that the stem can’t bear the weight and they fold over. Those blossoms are often cut off and brought inside for us to enjoy as a centrepiece floral arrangement.

The hydrangea was a bit more of a challenge to photograph as the bright white flowers dominate the image and make it more of a challenge to get all the elements balanced. I’m still learning and adjusting camera settings as I go, but this is the best of the lot.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 92 mm
1/100 sec, f/14.0, ISO 6400

High Resolution image on 500px:

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