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Monochrome Mondays

“Final Traces”

“Painful experiences are like scars in our minds. Some have healed and been forgotten. Others are there as a reminder of what we have been through…”
― James A. Murphy,

“Final Traces”

As winter gives way to spring ‘final traces’ can be seen, reminding us of the winter that was. Not always fond reminders, but reminders, of what was, and is no more. We can chose to reflect on them, deliberately, curiously, or just leave the experience behind us, anticipating warmer days.

Pictured above is a branch sticking out of the water on the shores of Lake Ontario, with a big clump of ice still sticking to it, evidencing colder and stormy times, not so long ago.

I made the image because I envisioned it as a mono photo, the dark wood in contrast to the white of the ice. The water was multiple tones of blue and green, which translated nicely to mid-tones in the final image. There was also that element of isolation, the branch, sticking out of the water with nothing else near it. It seemed a bit unsettling, almost as if it’s reaching for the surface, trying to escape from the depths it’s currently locked into.

Nikon D800
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom @ 116 mm
1/320 sec, f/10.0, ISO 200

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Monochrome Monday

“Urn & Orchard” - Niagara Botanical Gardens.jpg

Urn & Orchard – Niagara Botanical Gardens

Just a bit under a year ago, I paid a visit to the Niagara Botanical Gardens, in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The Botanical Gardens are also the location of the Niagara Butterfly Conservatory, which was my true destination.

We spent several hours touring the Conservatory and making photos of the many bright butterflies. On leaving, I noticed this urn in the middle of an orchard. It was a flat, but bright day, if that makes sense and the scene became a natural candidate for a monochrome image, which is shown above.

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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Monochrome Monday

“Land’s End” - Cabo san Lucas

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive—to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love—then make that day count!”
― Steve Maraboli

“Land’s End” – Cabo San Lucas

A brief post today from this beautiful place. I made the photo as we were pulling out of the harbour to do some diving along the coast. It was a good time for the photo, as this location gets very busy with tourist boats.

When I made the photo. around 8:00 am, there was only one dive boat out, just to the left of the rocks and a very fine mist in the air added some ‘mood’ to the image.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 145 mm
1/400 sec, f/10.0, ISO 200

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Monochrome Mondays – “Peruvian Lilies in Mono”

“Peruvian Lilies in Mono”

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
2.0 sec, f/29.0, ISO 100

Hi Resolution image on 500px

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Monochrome Monday – “Awash in a Sea of White”

“Awash, In a Sea of White”

This was a bit of a theme for me last week as I was out making photos. Soft, pure, snow blanketed the fields and open spaces during my extended hikes. The low angle of the sun in the winter sky accentuated the shadows.

As I reviewed the many images I realized that as mono images and without context these images could be of almost anything: water, sand, cloth, foam, or soft clouds. What I liked most about this particular image was the gentle flow punctuated by a few coarser areas.

In reality, I am just happy to be able to capture accurately what I’m seeing. Snow is a real challenge and I have to fool my camera on exposure, especially on bright days.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 105 mm
1/200 sec, f/7.1, ISO 100

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