Monthly Archives: October 2016

Happy Halloween 2016

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A quick image of this year’s pumpkin. Wishing you all a safe and delightful Halloween!

©Ed Lehming Photography 2016

“Gilded in Sunlight”

“Gilded in Sunlight"

Now the wren has gone to roost and the sky is turnin’ gold
And like the sky my soul is also turnin’
Turnin’ from the past, at last, and all I’ve left behind”
― Ray Lamontagne

Image four in my “God-light” series.

It still amazes me at how quickly a day can change. As I’ve said in previous posts, I was out for a brief walk, not expecting much to present itself as far as photos. I often have an intent of what I want to photograph and how, yet every now and then, more often of late, nature has surprises in store for me. This was the case on that short hike a few days ago. Over the span of a few minutes and a few hundred meters the late morning sunlight bathed the forest in an extraordinary light. The effect is further enhanced by the abundance of freshly fallen maple and birch leaves, which give the light a warm golden glow, yet vestiges of green still show themselves in the background. It’s a glorious time of year.

In this image the path bends gently to the left past brightly glowing maples and the surprisingly intense sunshine lights up patches of tree trunks and laps at the ground in tongues of flame while the clear blue sky shows itself among the high branches.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 70 mm
1/5 sec, f/25.0, ISO 200

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“Among the Pines”

“Among the Pines”

“Travelling the road will tell you more about the road than Google will tell you about the road.”
― Amit Kalantri

My third installation from my autumn walk in the woods. Once more, the image was made in a very brief time frame when the sun shone brightly between the trees, lighting up the forest floor with an unbelievable ‘glow’. C.S Lewis referred to it as a “God-light” and I can’t think of a better term for it. There is a life and energy in this light that is so utterly profound. You want to stand there and just absorb it. The light strikes the trees, yet leaves barely a shadow, as it reflects softly within the forest.

It was one of those days you wish could go on forever because it is so awe inspiring. I was happy to have witnessed it and even happier to be able to keep some of it as more than just a memory. Something to share and, hopefully, brighten someone elses day, when they need a bit of light to get them through.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 70 mm
1/4 sec, f/9.0, ISO 200

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“Birch”

"Birch"

“I loved sitting on the pile of freshly cut logs, running my hands over the different shapes and smelling their woody fragrance. To this day I think that there is nothing as interesting to look at as a heap of newly cut logs, the delicate colouring of their veined insides telling their life story, while they wait to bring warmth and comfort.”
― Alice Taylor

A very simple title for a simple composition that caught my attention during a brief hike this week. There is something about the white birch bark and the orange leaves and cedar that make this “pop” for me. It was one of those images that I liked straight from the viewfinder and the composition was relatively simple, yet appealing.

Given the abundance of fungus on these logs, I don’t believe they would be appropriate for firewood, they simply make a nice photo.

Sadly, I’m also envisioning this image with a light dusting of snow, which we had last night. Fall is moving all too quickly to the inevitable winter, which does have its own beauty.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 200 mm
1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200

High resolution image can be viewed on 500px

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“Dance in the Light”

“Dance in the Light”

“Any patch of sunlight in a wood will show you something about the sun which you could never get from reading books on astronomy. These pure and spontaneous pleasures are ‘patches of Godlight’ in the woods of our experience.”
― C.S. Lewis

The light in the forest last week was beautiful and brief. I was able to make a series of these forest ‘abstractions’ while on a short lunchtime walk. All were made within a few hundred meters of each other and then, the light was gone and the forest settled into an autumn gloom.

So, drink in this warmth, this “Godlight’, and dance like the trees of the forest in a gentle breeze. Reach your arms to the sky and turn your head to bathe in the warmth of the autumn sun, for inevitably, this gift will fade, and snow and cold will slow our step.

The golden glow was caused by bright yellow maple leaves which covered the forest floor, between the delicate new growth, on a gently sloping hillside. In the distance, some vestiges of green still shine through.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 70 mm
1/4 sec, f/25.0, ISO 200

High resolution image can be viewed on 500px

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Thursday Doors – October 27, 2016

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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 travel photo. I was in Saint John, New brunswick on business last week and though I brough my camera gear, I found little time to be a tourist. Rather, I made most of my images with my Iphone as I took a quick stroll through Saint John’s wonderful victorian streets.

The doors here are plentiful and beautiful. Germain Street is especially lovely, though there is a great variance in the condition of the homes and their doors. Some building have been meticulously updated and maintained, hearkening to San Francisco, while others are surprisingly run down and unkempt. The door above is somewhere between and seems to have been neglected of late. I’m attaching a Google Streetview for you if you feel like taking a quick tour.

“The Light from Within”

“The Light from Within”

Why we love with close hearts
Why we love with souls apart
Let the love flow from hearts to souls,
Let the world glow”
― Megha Khare

For the past few years I have found great pleasure in creating these photo abstractions, all done in camera, no Photoshop blur effects.

Several years ago, I was introduced to this technique by a photographer friend who did these for a brief period. She was kind enough to give me some pointers and I took that technique and personalized it. Since I make these images free-standing, each image is slightly different and unique. I usually make three or four and decide on which I like best. I always have a vision in mind but they are always a surprise. The light plays in such unique ways that it is hard to fully predict the outcome, though I have gotten better , I think, in my initial composition.

The image above was made as I was on the inner edge of a pine forest. The sun was shining brightly on the maples and birches just outside, creating this gorgeous glow, which reflected onto the forest floor. Many of the details are missed in the viewfinder, like the green grasses in the foreground and the solitary green leaf, glowing in front of the pines.

The forest, though seemingly dark, is alight with this reflected glow which seems to come from the ground itself, despite the cooling temperatures as we approach the inevitable winter time. You’d almost think it could melt the snow. I’m hoping for a few more days of this warm fall light.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 80 mm
1/4 sec, f/25.0, ISO 200

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“Bay of Fundy Surf” – Saint John, New Brunswick

“Bay of Fundy Surf” - Saint John, New Brunswick

“So slip on your goggles and your reading trunks, for the sun is high. Let me leave you with one more thought. In what season of the year do we find ourselves – I’m speaking for a moment in terms of the physical world – wading through things? Surf. Kelp. Books. Summer.”
― Roy Blount Jr.

This photo is not my usual style, but I love water, moving  water, and I especially love the sound of surf on a beach.

As I strolled the beach at Irving Nature Park, near Saint John, New Brunswick, I made several images of the waves rolling in, looking for a certain ‘feel’. This particular image captured that feel for me.

I can feel the power of the bay, see the sky reflected, bright and blue on the water’s surface, and hear the sound as the wave crests, sprays mist into the air, crashes on the sand, and flows back to its source. The wave is coming in, and going out at the same moment. A pattern, repeated for millennia, yet always appealing to me.

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

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“Backroads Colour” – 28th Sideline, Pickering

“Backroads Colour” - 28th Sideline, Pickering

“The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say”
― J.R.R. Tolkien

A convenient five minute drive from my house is this little country oasis, which also happens to adjacent to the farm my mother in law grew up on. The the family was forced off the land many years ago when the property was expropriated for use as a future airport (which after forty years, has not happened, and hopefully won’t).

This beautiful country road is one of the few remaining in the area where maple trees lean over the road, making a tunnel of colour . I had visited two weeks ago and the trees were just starting to show colour. Then, I had to travel for a week on business. When I return this past weekend, some of the trees had already shed their leaves, but what remained was beautiful, nonetheless.

I’m believing this may be an abbreviated autumn, in terms of colourful leaves, we’ve already had several days of cool, wet weather, with strong winds, which has knocked a lot of the leaves down already. So, I drink it in while I can, make photos, when I can, and simply enjoy the season.

Nikon D800
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom
@ 70 mm
1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200

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“Forest Floor Colours”

“Everything turns in circles and spirals with the cosmic heart until infinity. Everything has a vibration that spirals inward or outward — and everything turns together in the same direction at the same time. This vibration keeps going: it becomes born and expands or closes and destructs — only to repeat the cycle again in opposite current. Like a lotus, it opens or closes, dies and is born again. Such is also the story of the sun and moon, of me and you. Nothing truly dies. All energy simply transforms.”
― Suzy Kassem

Back at a computer after a week of travel, and time to add some context to my simplified posts of late.

The image above was taken on a whim. Autumn was just approaching and a few leaves had made an early descent to the forest floor, still littered with last years’ remnants and several green plants. The contrast between the dry gray leaves from last year, the newly fallen, and the still growing plants told the story of continuous cycle in the forest, made more noticeable to me by the bright colours, randomly scattered.

iPhone 5s back camera @ 4.2mm
1/30 sec;   f/2.2;   ISO 125

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