Monthly Archives: August 2016

“Woodland Sunflower”

“Woodland Sunflower”

“Wildflower; pick up your pretty little head,
It will get easier, your dreams are not dead.”
― Nikki Rowe

I hope I have these named correctly. I’m hoping my wildflower followers will correct me as required.

It’s late summer and there is a noticeable shift in the plant life. The delicate pinks and purples are going to seed and yellows and orange are starting to make their showing. I’ll miss the abundance of wildflowers and the bright green healthy leaves, which are now showing insect damage and stress from our recent drought. This is the time of year when plants begin to look ‘tired’. But, change is inevitable and the bright colours of fall will soon dominate.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 200 mm
1/4 sec, f/22.0, ISO 200

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Thursday Doors – August 25, 2016

“University College Doors” - University of Toronto

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.

Yet another of many images made during my tour of the University of Toronto campus a few weeks ago

The door above belongs to the University of Toronto’s “University College Building”. This building sites in the centre of the main campus. The plaque below can be seen on either side of the door in the image above above, the lefthand one in French and righthand one in English, Canada’s official languages.University College Plaque

 

The door is almost lost in the elaborate facade, with its intricate stone work and concentric arches. I also included the details of part of the main tower to add scale to this image. It truly is a beautiful door, and one of many in the downtown Toronto campus. More to follow.
Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 70 mm
1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200

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“Seeds Galore” – Queen Anne’s Lace

“Seeds Galore” - Queen Anne’s Lace

“I have always been caught by the pull of the unremarkable, by the easily missed, infinitely nourishing beauty of the mundane.”
― Tana French

A theme that keeps coming back to me is how much detail and beauty there is in mundane things. Generally, when Queen Anne’s Lace finishes blooming, I hardly notice them, until winter when the basket-like heads get coated in little snow ‘hats’.

It was not till I was composing this mage, that I noticed just how intricate the seeds of this common wildflower really are. The seeds look like multi-legged insects attacking the plant. Simply fascinating to look at and not lost in the background with this black background. So, have a look yourself, next time you are strolling along a path, you’ll never see it the same way again.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 200 mm
1/10 sec, f/10.0, ISO 200

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Trees

“Poplars on the Trail” - Secord Forest Trail

The story behind this image was posted back in December 2015.

Nikon D300
Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm

1/100 sec, f/5.0 -0.33, ISO 250

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“Red Clover”

“Red Clover”

“Every form of art is another way of seeing the world. Another perspective, another window. And science –that’s the most spectacular window of all. You can see the entire universe from there.”
― Claudia Gray

One of the benefits of this style of photography, for me at least, is noticing the intricate details in commonplace plants and flowers. This clover was growing wild along my neighbour’s lawn, which is significantly overgrown enough for wildflowers and weeds to go unmolested. As I was cutting my grass, I looked over at this ‘weed’ and wondered how it would look as a fine art photo.

Once grass cutting was completed and the light was better, I took my portable backdrop with me and proceeded to make a few images of the clover from a few angles. This one is my favourite, as it incorporates the fresh blossom as well as a slightly out of focus spent flower, almost as a reflection of itself.

Isn’t perspective an interesting thing? This overgrown lawn is an eyesore, filled with tall grass and a multitude of weeds, yet, when isolated to its individual components, it can be such a thing of beauty. Something to think about.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 200 mm (manual macro tubes)
1/15 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200

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“Claremont Skies”

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“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”
― John Lubbock

After perhaps the hottest day of the summer, and the date of my oldest daughter’s engagement party, the air shifted. Forecasts had predicted severe thunderstorms and torrential downpours, which made the outdoor event pretty much a moment by moment, hope for the best on the weather front event.

Well, the next morning the air quickly changed for hot and muggy to cool and fresh. The expected thunderstorms had passed just south of us and the skies were filled with the most wonderful clouds. So wonderful, I had to make a photo to keep that memory.

As I look back on that day I could not help but notice that the sky, as a subject of its own, is often over looked. Perhaps, as we mature, we spend less time looking up and appreciating just how beautiful a cloud filled sky can be. I experienced this same feeling a few years ago as I lay on my back next to a river in northern Ontario. I just lay there, looking straight up and noticing the multitude of dragonflies darting about, at significant height. It dawned on me that it had been too long since I did nothing but just drink it in. We smile in memory of the days where we sat in a park and named the shapes we saw in the clouds, but it’s ben far too long for many of us is this constantly busy world.

Just as I spend more time appreciating the fine details of the scenes I choose to photograph, it’s time for me to enjoy the larger things, like the sky, as well.

iPhone 5s back camera 4.15mm f/2.2
1/4600 sec;   f/2.2;   ISO 32

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“Blowin’ in the Wind”

“Blowin’ in the Wind”

“Voiceless it cries,
Wingless flutters,
Toothless bites,
Mouthless mutters.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien

I think I’ve photographed this tree about a dozen times. Sometimes, it’s still and brightened by a golden sunset, other times, it’s filled with birds, darting to and fro. But on this occasion, the strong winds of a hot summer day tossed it’s branches from side to side.

I took the opportunity to capture this motion through a long exposure and the results are quite pleasing. As I look at the photo, I can almost feel the ht sun on my back and feel gusts of wind blowing past me into the outstretched branches.

The slight motion blur makes the image look a bit like a painting.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 200mm
1/4 sec, f/32.0, ISO 200

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