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“Isolated Lilies”

“Isolated Lilies”

“If you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it’s not because they enjoy solitude. It’s because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.”
― Jodi Picoult

I’ve been having some fun experimenting with the lilies in my yard. Yesterday, I caught them, mist covered in morning light, a bit softer and warmer, never noticing the subtle change in colour to more of a peach colour.

A few days prior, I photographed the same lilies, two still in bud. I liked the composition but had trouble isolating them from the background foliage, while using a smaller aperture to keep the entire blossom in focus.

So, I thought I’d isolate them be separating the pinks from the green via layers in Photoshop. I created a simple layer mask and switched the background to a darker black and white, making the lilies pop out from the background. I like the look and will continue to play with this, as I think it has potential to be more.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 140 mm
1/160 sec, f/14.0, ISO 3200

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Thursday Doors – June 23, 2016

“Call from Above?” - Bloor Street, Toronto

This week’s submission to Norm 2.0‘s Thursday Doors.

I was out a few weeks ago, walking Toronto’s Bloor Street West, looking for photo opportunities. The doors pictured above belong to St. Paul’s Church and I had stopped to photograph just the door earlier in the day.

As I was walking back to my car, I noticed this gentleman standing outside the church, very focussed on his cell phone. The title “Call from Above?” just struck me as funny and somehow appropriate.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 200 mm
1/60 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200

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“Underside” – Queenston-Lewiston Bridge

“Underside” - Queenston-Lewiston Bridge

“Seeing all life in perfect symmetry.
Perceiving each day with righteous clarity.
Living each moment in purposed reality.
Believing each day is the start of eternity.”
― S. Tarr

A unique way of looking at this heavily travelled bridge between Canada and the USA at Niagara Falls.

I’ve driven across this bridge many times and sat, lined up, for what felt like an eternity, at the border checkpoint both going to the US and returning home to Canada. With all the security on the surface of the bridge I was surprised at the complete lack, or apparent lack thereof, below the bridge. In fact, there is a beautiful walking/cycling path that I made this photo from, which allows you to see not only the details of the bridge supports but also the details and pathways on the far shore, which I had never noticed before.

Nikon D300
Tamron 17-50 mm f/2.8 @ 48 mm
1/125 sec, f/8.0 ISO 200

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“Chelsea Water Towers” – New York

“Chelsea Water Tanks” - New York“He has made me wary of chronological snobbery. That is, he showed me that newness is no virtue and oldness is no vice. Truth and beauty and goodness are not determined by when they exist. Nothing is inferior for being old, and nothing is valuable for being modern.”
― John Piper

One of the first things that I noticed while walking around New York was the wooden water tanks that topped most buildings, whether old or new. There are slight variations, some are metal but most are wood (which is apparently cheaper to build), of varying ages and roughly the same size, about 10,000 gallons. They seem like such an anachronism in this vast modern city. Yet, as I researched them, they are a very practical solution to an infrastructure that can’t deliver sufficient water pressure to buildings over six stories tall. In fact, there are 12,000 to 17,000 active water towers in service throughout New York and more are being built or replaced every year.

The towers work a bit like a toilet, whereby, when the tank level gets low, a valve is tripped and water is pumped into the tank from pipes in the building’s basement. Health concerns have been raised recently, since the water simply sits, untreated in heat and cold and can stagnate. Also, a layer of sediment builds up in the tank, which needs to be cleaned out annually, and is often overlooked. Out of sight, out of mind.

The image above shows both types, the wooden tanks in the foreground and a large steel tank on top of the condo. Once you notice them, it’s hard to tune them out, since they are such a unique feature that seems to define New York City.

Nikon D300
Tamron 17-50 mm f/2.8 @ 31mm
1/400 sec, f/10.0, ISO 400

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“Dome” – Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde, Montreal

“Dome” - Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde, Montreal

“It’s attention to detail that makes the difference between average and stunning”
– Francis Atterbury

From my hotel room in downtown Montreal, this view greeted me every day. The dome of  Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde (Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral) fascinated me. The lines and detail are beautiful and I could spend hours scanning over the dome finding small details in the larger view, including the differences in the ‘dormer’ window roofs from peaked to rounded (made you look!).

The 19th century cathedral dominates a large block  in downtown Montreal, in strong contrast to the shining glass towers and neon lights that surround it.

I felt the black and white treatment accented the details and subdues the bright blue sky, forcing the eye to the dome itself.

Nikon D300
Tamron 17.0-50.0 mm f/2.8 @ 50mm
1/400 sec, f/10, ISO 200

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“Three Columns – Place d’Armes” – Montreal, Quebec

“Three Columns - Place d’Armes” - Montreal

A simple photo of three columns at Place d’Armes in Old Montreal. The building is directly across the square from the well known Notre-Dame Basilica. I simply enjoyed the form and details of the columns. I’m not sure if this would be street photography, urban, or architectural. Technically, it’s travel photography, though I did not travel far.

What I also find interesting is the fine details that emerge from the photo, not visible in the viewfinder. I did not notice the meshing to keep pigeons off the scroll-work or the bolts stick from the fluting. Yes, thats what the official name of the carved out part of the column is. Something new I learned today. I also learned that the top of this type of column is a Corinthian Capital. Amazing what you can learn when you look at details and want to know more. I feel so enriched 🙂

Nikon D300
Nikor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 165 mm
1/60 sec @ f/5.0, ISO 250