Monthly Archives: September 2016

‘Three Orchids”

“Three Orchids”

“An elegant behavior, an elegant look, an elegant word, an elegant posture, an elegant idea, they are all moonlight, mysterious and magical, calming and peaceful!”
― Mehmet Murat Ildan

Orchids have a strange fascination for me. They seem almost alien at times, with their bizarre combinations of colours and textures. Yet they are also so mysterious and elegant. The natural world continually outdoes itself in the variations it presents.

These three posed a special problem for me to photograph. They are quite dark but have a faint magenta glow. I spent quite a while getting the light right to capture them accurately, retaining the dark, mysterious feel, while still showing off the glowing edges and bright yellow interior. I’m uncertain of the species but they are quite stunning and I’m happy to have been able to preserve their beauty in this image.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 200mm
1 sec, f/20.0, ISO 400

High Resolution image on 500px:

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“Hummingbird & Canna”

hummingbird-canna

“Grace is what picks me up and lifts my wings high above and I fly! Grace always conquers! Be graceful in everything; in anger, in sadness, in joy, in kindness, and in unkindness, retain grace with you!”
― C. JoyBell C.

For the past few days, as I looked out the window from my desk, I saw this hummingbird feeding on our canna lilies. He never came at the same time of day and I never had my camera ready. His routine was to arrive and drink from each blossom then move on to the next plant. When he was done with ours he flew next door to the neighbour’s flowers for more.

Today, I had my camera ready and the light was good enough that I could shoot through the window. I made several images and this is the best one. Even at this, the plants are not very close and he moved so quickly that there is a slight movement evident in his body. All things considered, I’m fairly pleased with this moment.

Nikon D800
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom
@ 300 mm
1/160 sec, f/6.3, ISO 400

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“Sunflowers

“Sunflowers”

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
― Henry James

Goodbye to a most glorious summer and hello to what is predicted to be a long, mild autumn in Ontario. What better image for the summer/fall transition than sunflowers? I see them as a ‘transition’ flower. They bloom mid-summer and continue to grow into the fall. They are frost resistant, though I don’t even want think about that!

One of the incredible contrasts in blog-land is seeing my fellow bloggers in Australia and the southern hemisphere welcoming spring, which for us in the northern hemisphere is a distant, though fond, memory.

Back to the sun flowers, such an appropriate name. They fairly glow with warmth, almost as if they have stored the glow of the summer sun to keep warming our days as they shorten.

I’ll miss this past summer, with it’s many warm days, record heat, and all the memories of days spent with friends and family, simply enjoying being together and sharing good times.

Creatively, it’s been a great time too. I have discovered a passion for this style of photography. I get emotional looking at the images as they emerge. As I’m shooting, it’s fairly technical, balancing light, parture and focus, but viewing the final product is so fulfilling.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 200mm
1/6 sec, f/20.0, ISO 400

High Resolution image on 500px:

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Thursday Doors – Sept 22, 2016

“St. Patrick’s Parish” - 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.

 

Today, a break from my University of Toronto doors, though the photo was part of that same day’s photo shoot. After leaving the University grounds and on my way to the Art Gallery of Ontario, my wife and I stopped by a nearby pub for a bite to eat. The image above is the view we had from our seats as we ate. I could not resist these wonderful doors of St. Patrick’s Parish in downtown Toronto. Moments after I made this image, the service let out and the steps were filled with people.

Once more, the light this day was beautiful and nicely reflected from the concrete to fill all the shadows and highlight the rich colour of the doors and surrounding stonework.

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

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“Sedum”

“Sedum”

“Life is amazing, and it’s awful, and it’s ordinary, mundane and routine, but like the sun behind the clouds, amazing is always there regardless of what is momentarily obscuring it.”
― Maximus Freeman

Once more, I’m not sure of the specific species of this plant, known generally as Sedum, which we affectionately call “Lives Forever”. The name was handed down by various family members and I can understand the rationale for it. This plant is virtually ‘neglect proof’. You can drop a clump of it almost any location and it will grow. It withstands downpours and droughts with no visible sign of stress.

This particular specimen comes from my adopted mother’s garden and I acquired it many years ago when she downsized to an apartment. Numerous portions of that same small clump have been passed on to friends, neighbors, and family. It’s quite funny visiting other gardens and knowing the ‘mother’ plant is in our garden. So, though my mother has passed away, a piece of her remains in our memory and in our gardens.

We like it , particularly in the late summer and mid autumn, when it’s really the only source of colour in the garden, long after other blossoms have died off. Even when it finally succumbs to a heavy frost itself, it still offers interest as the string stems still hold the dead flower-heads erect, even in heavy snows.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 200mm
10sec, f/25.0, ISO 400

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“Pink Dahlias”

“Pink Dahlias”

“If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”
― E.B. White

I simply had to revisit these beauties. I posted a similar photo earlier this week but was so pleased with the results that I went back for a second look and the outcome is the photo above. The unique way light plays on the flowers with the black background continues to mesmerize me and I honestly have to pinch myself to remind myself that the photo was something that I created. Yes, they have that effect on me.

What started as a bit of an experiment has been so enjoyable and virtually effortless for me. I’m now constantly on the lookout for new plants to photograph this way and am always amazed at the results. I find myself in that Georgia O’Keefe state where I’m drawn deeper into the flower and it temporarily becomes my world. I completely understand where she was coming from.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 62mm
1/6 sec, f/20.0, ISO 400

High Resolution image on 500px:

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“Begonia Close Up”

begonia-close-up

“Let the colours of your ideas be red so that all can easily notice them! And what is red? Red is a scream, red is power, red is assertion!”
― Mehmet Murat Ildan

A bit of a journey into the world of macro photography today. I’m still getting the hang of it but enjoying the results. This red begonia blossom is part of a floral display along the main street in my town. I was walking by and noticed them, immediately wanting to capture and image. It’s a less than perfect specimen, but beautiful nonetheless.

Needless to say, I will have to go back and try again. Stay tuned 🙂

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 200mm with 20mm macro extender
10 sec, f/16.0, ISO 200

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