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“Top of Jarvis”

“Top of Jarvis”

“Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.”
– Leo Tolstoy

This is a very non-typical photo for me, but I do have a habit of making images of things that I find interesting or unusual.

Yesterday, I spend a few hours touring the area of Bloor Street and Church Street in Toronto. It’s an area which I drive through frequently when visiting my daughter, who lives in the area. During these drives, I have noticed some interesting architecture and have made note of them for a future walking visit. That opportunity presented itself and I went to see some of these features close up.

One of the features that I’ve been intrigued with is this art installation at the very top of Jarvis street. It’s a series of tall red tubbes, which stand about ten to fifteen meters tall. There is a complimentary installation just south of it, consisting of thinner blue tubes on an angel. I prefer these red tubes, which appear to be reaching up the side of the building like some subterranean monster.

Like I said, this type of photography is not my  forte, but I was please at how the resulting photo portrayed the scene I witnessed.

For those interested, here’s a Google Streetview image of the location.

iPhone 7 back camera @ 4.0mm
1/670 sec; f/1.8; ISO 20

 

 

 

 

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Thursday Doors – March 02, 2017

“Real Mexican Art?” - Todos Santos

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.

“Real Mexican Art?” – Todos Santos, Mexico

I found this gem while visiting Hotel California, in Todos Santos, a large town on the Baja Peninsula.While walking with my family, I was attracted to this door being framed by the two round windows, an unusual design. So, I made a quick image and then hurried to catch up with the group.

It was not till I was reviewing the image that I noticed the details of the sign above the door. It made me laugh. Honesty in advertising? I’m not sure, but after a few days of touring the gift shops and having every merchant tell me they had the best price around, that it was all authentic art, made by local villagers, or an isolated tribe from the surrounding mountains, this was kind of refreshing.

Too bad the door was locked, it would be interesting to see what they are actually selling, if anything.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/400 sec, f/10.0, ISO 200

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“Late Afternoon Light on Paudash Lake”

“Late Afternoon Light on Paudash Lake”

“To the complaint, ‘There are no people in these photographs,’ I respond, There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.”
― Ansel Adams

A day to pull back the camera from the very close and focus on some mid-range landscape work. The image above was made while having dinner with my wife after a day of transporting new photos to a gallery I am showing at, in the town of Bancroft Ontario. I also dropped some work off in a gallery of a friend of mine in Maynooth, just a bit north of Bancroft.

Bancroft and the surrounding area has been my summer haunt for a few years now. I have fallen in love with the raw beauty of this region and have begun to form friendships in it’s thriving artist community.

As autumn begins, a slight hint of colour is starting to show, but there is something magical about the light in the Hastings Highlands and its numerous lakes.

This day started off with a mix of rain and mists, which gradually cleared, making way for beautiful, soft sunlight and a mix of stray clouds, and the odd thunderstorm, depending on where you were.

I could not resist this view, which we enjoyed while dining and preparing for the last leg of the drive home. We truly live in a beautiful place, which I am pleased to capture through photos and share with others.

iPhone 5s back camera @ 4.2mm
1/1500 sec;   f/2.2;   ISO 32

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Thursday Doors – August 18, 2016

“Art Centre 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.

Another of many images made during my tour of the University of Toronto campus.

The door above belongs to the University of Toronto Art Museum. I did not know that the U of T had an art museum. Shortly after making this image, I went to the Art Gallery of Ontario for an exhibit of paintings by Lawren Harris and, sure enough, one of the paintings in the exhibit was on loan for the U of T Art Museum. Isn’t it strange how, shortly after discovering something new, you come across it in your life?

This door attracted my attention primarily because if the detailed carving above it, and it’s a wonderful dark oak door with lots of interest in the glass panels. The doors stops seem to have had better days and have not been gently used.
Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 70 mm
1/200 sec, f/7.1, ISO 200

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“Pink Verbena”

“Pink Verbena”

“When one tunes in into nature’s frequency, life becomes change, change becomes hope!”
― Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel

This has been a year of change and experimentation for me. It’s all been fairly carefully thought out and exciting. I’ve experimented with new photographic techniques, such as macro photography and new ways of editing, like using some Photoshop plugins to create paintings from my photos. I also experimented with some new varieties of plants in my gardens, breaking away from my go-to plants and placing splashes of colour and multiple layers in the flower beds.

Here I managed to combine several new things into one. The image is a close up, not quite a macro, image of one of my new plants, a pink verbena. I liked how the bright pink just jumps out at me, so I decided to isolate it further, as a colour layer and kept the background back and white. I like the result. Change really can be good!

Nikon D800
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom
@ 300 mm
1/60 sec, f/5.6, ISO 720

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“Pink Dogwood Blossoms” – Ancaster, Ontario

Pink Dogwoods

“A fine work of art – music, dance, painting, story – has the power to silence the chatter in the mind and lift us to another place.”
― Robert McKee

I could not resist posting one more dogwood image before the season passes. The image above was transformed into a painterly image using Topaz Impressions software in Photoshop. I can’t paint well and this plug-in allows me to create images in such a way as to satisfy the painter trapped inside me.

For me, it’s about how the image or moment made me feel and I try to convey that feeling through my images, be it a photograph or, as in this case, a painting or likeness to one.

How do you feel about this treatment?

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II LD As
 @ 32mm
1/60 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200

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“Algae Art” – Secord Pond, Uxbridge

“Algea Art” - Secord Pond, Uxbridge

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”
― Aristotle

Art is everywhere. Sometimes, in the most surprising places, and with unexpected elements. Case in point, this algal bloom on a local pond. It looks a bit like a satellite image of some tropical forest and smells just like a horse stable. In fact, I was wondering if the local trail riding association was having a meeting close by.

In any case, these wonderful layered patterns in various shades of glowing greens and dull brown were a sight to see and it would have been interesting to watch them form.The bloom was likely caused by the sudden heat up we had this past weekend and the waves and layers caused by winds blowing  from the east and forcing the progressive layers of the bloom into one end of the pond. It’s also quite thick but I had no desire to touch it to check consistency.

And that, is why I enjoy nature so much; there is always something new to see and discover that is beyond the imagination.

Nikon D800
Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm
1/80 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200

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