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“September Sunrise” – Marble Lake

“September Sunrise” - Marble Lake

“Have you ever seen the dawn? Not a dawn groggy with lack of sleep or hectic with mindless obligations and you about to rush off on an early adventure or business, but full of deep silence and absolute clarity of perception? A dawning which you truly observe, degree by degree. It is the most amazing moment of birth. And more than anything it can spur you to action. Have a burning day.”
― Vera Nazarian

Dawn arrived cool and crisp, just below freezing, touching the earth with a light frosting. After the warm summer, the lake was still warm and mist hovered above the water in dancing tendrils of gold. Autumn has arrived in Ontario and though I will miss the long warm days, there is something about this snap and freshness in the air that is so invigorating. The heat parched plants of summer almost take on new life and vitality as the mists flow over them.

The light this time of year has a different feel, a warmth that is lacking in the direct sun of summer. As the days shorten, there is a promise of many wonderful moments that await me.

iPhone 5s back camera 4.15mm f/2.2
1/1800 sec;   f/2.2;   ISO 32

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‘Red Peruvian Lilies”

“Red Freesia”

“Did you want to save me now or does later fit better into your schedule?”
― Sarah E. Morin

Despite being a bit beat up, this small bouquet of red freesia is still quite lovely. It’s a bit of a ‘rescue’, pulled from a discarded bouquet ,but still wonderful on its own. The leaves have taken a bit of abuse, yet the blossoms are still in good condition.

There is something about this photography style that brings out the best in the subject. I’m convinced that I could photograph a piece of garbage this way and still have it look good. After all, not so long ago, a photo of a potato sold for over a million dollars, presented in the same style.

Apparently, there are big bucks out there to be had 🙂

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 62mm
1/2 sec, f/20.0, ISO 400

High Resolution image on 500px:

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“Nine Roses”

“Nine Roses”

“I feel as if I had opened a book and found roses of yesterday sweet and fragrant, between its leaves.”
― L.M. Montgomery

Though a few have seen better days, these roses still offered me an opportunity to continue experimenting with lighting on these studio shots. I thought the white might pose a challenge but they turned out beautifully, still retaining the soft pink/cream colour perfectly.

I’m finding it’s a matter of controlling the light and keeping it just bright enough to light the subject while keeping the background dark. In this case I also included the vase for a little more interest.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 95mm
1/3 sec, f/20.0, ISO 400

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‘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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“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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“With Love”

with-love

“I am the lover’s gift; I am the wedding wreath;
I am the memory of a moment of happiness;
I am the last gift of the living to the dead;
I am a part of joy and a part of sorrow.”
― Kahlil Gibran

In this case, a gift of love. This time of year, as the days shorten and the nights cool, I am reminded of my first date with my now wife, Betty. Many times we drive past familiar landmarks and recall our firsts and our milestones.

We’ve been through all of life’s ups and downs, raised three wonderful children, watched parents, grandparents, and loved ones pass to whatever lies beyond. We’ve had times that nearly broke us, but our love has, and continues to, sustain us through even the worst of times.

Flowers, as the quote above states so well, have been a part of many of those moments and I’m finding my recent fascination with them uplifting and wanted to share this gift, with love.

Nikon D800
Nikor 24-70mm f/3.5-4.6 @ 35mm
1/2 sec, f/20.0, ISO 400

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