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“Golden Shiver”

“Golden Shiver”

“A day’s brightness is determined by the light in our hearts.” 
― A.D. Posey

This ‘solitaire’ is not the same as the one I posted few days ago. Yesterday, after a morning of intense work, I needed to break free for a short time to regenerate, so I took to the conservation area just a few minutes walk from home and entered into the forest for some much-needed respite from the craziness of the day.

I’m frankly not sure what I would do if I did not have a forest close by to retreat into. Yet, I can still find myself uninspired in the familiar. This forest, at first glance, even at second, is a bit dull compared to the many other wonderful trails I have close by, but life does not always afford me the time to venture too far away, even briefly. So, here I stand, in such familiarity, within a commonplace wood, which I have sojourned so many times. You’d think there would be nothing left to discover, nothing of significance. Yet, nature astounds me in her diversity and constant surprises.

In a very familiar expanse of trees, this wonderful, singular, beech sapling presented itself to me, golden leaves shivering in the cold December breeze. I stood transfixed at this simple marvel. It’s just what I needed. Something to remind me of the boundless energy and beauty that surrounds me, even when I get caught up in the busyness of work and life.

As I sat processing the image, trying to adequately extract the ‘feel’ of the moment, a great smile came to my face and I just spent time with the image, recalling the wonder of the moment. I am blessed with so many of these moments and I am ever grateful for the privilege nature provides me. Simple, singular moments, when I’m privileged to enter, fully, into the life of the forest. It sustains me, moment by moment. Even on the dullest, coldest days, brightness reveals itself, even in a simple shiver of leaves.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD@78mm

1/4 sec, f/25.0, ISO 400

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“Jolt”

“Jolt”

“If you are a dreamer come in
If you are a dreamer a wisher a liar
A hoper a pray-er a magic-bean-buyer
If you’re a pretender com sit by my fire
For we have some flax golden tales to spin
Come in! 
Come in!” 
― Shel Silverstein

The title for this image came fairly readily. I was out making photos with my son and he was on a hillside on the path ahead of me, shooting some low angle shots of the surrounding forest. As he stood up, it shot a deliberate horizontal pan of him, backlit by the early autumn colours. The result was, to me, magical. A sensory jolt, as I distilled his shape among the light trails.

It’s a single, unprocessed image. The background light casting his form into shadow, as the brightness of the forest colours surrounds him like something magical and filled with energy. Of the several images I made that warm autumn day, this is the one I wanted to process first, since it fairly jumped from my camera’s preview display. It’s dreamlike and filled with energy, peaceful, yet subtly sinister. I like that in an image. It conveys multiple moods and energies in a single image.

The only real issue I had in producing the image was to stop the camera down sufficiently to prevent blowing out the back ground. Since I did not have a neutral density filter with me, which would be my go-to, I accomplished it through setting my ISO to the  L1.0 setting, a full stop below the lowest ISO of 100. Anything for the shot.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/4 sec, f/9.0, ISO 50 (L1.0)

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“Red Explosion”

“Red Explosion”

“And with the smallest intake of breath he had painted me a picture. Ash that stung your tongue like poisoned snowflakes and breaths of air that burned your lungs without fire”
― Quil Carter

What else do you call this image of a red Spider Dahlia, as it’s petals burst forth for the centre? It’s a bit disappointing, knowing the blossom has been ‘dyed’ red, that this is not its natural colour. Nonetheless, it is quite lovely.

Yet one more blossom from my recent bouquet. For those who are regular followers of this blog, I’ll continue working through the various flowers that make up this bouquet, primarily red and white, assembled deliberately for the upcoming Valentine’s day.

Despite the artificial nature of this particular blossom, it’s still nice to admire the structure and complexity of this  flower, as the petal gradually unfurl from the centre.

As I write this, I’m noticing the roses are starting to open up nicely, so they may become the focus of tomorrow’s photo, even though I photographed them already today. That ,or the lilies, which are not far behind.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
0.6sec, f/25.0, ISO 100

High Resolution image on 500px

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“Dispersion”

“Dispersion”

“Anger is like flowing water; there’s nothing wrong with it as long as you let it flow. Hate is like stagnant water; anger that you denied yourself the freedom to feel, the freedom to flow; water that you gathered in one place and left to forget. Stagnant water becomes dirty, stinky, disease-ridden, poisonous, deadly; that is your hate. On flowing water travels little paper boats; paper boats of forgiveness. Allow yourself to feel anger, allow your waters to flow, along with all the paper boats of forgiveness. Be human.”
― C. JoyBell C.

Today, an image I made back in the summer, at a local conservation area. The water flows through a small dam and concrete spillway, splashing a concrete pad below. I’ve photographed the chute a few times for the side, but had not considered this view till that day and decided to do a longer exposure to highlight the flow and spray of the water and communicate the energy I saw.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 70mm
1/10 sec, f/18.0, ISO 2000

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“Into the Mystic”

“Into the Mystic”

We were born before the wind
Also younger than the sun
Ere the bonnie boat was won
As we sailed into the mystic

Hark, now hear the sailors cry
Smell the sea and feel the sky
Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic

And when that foghorn blows
I will be coming home
And when the foghorn blows
I want to hear it

I don’t have to fear it and I want to rock your gypsy soul
Just like way back in the days of old
And magnificently we will flow into the mystic

-Van Morrison

I’m not sure where to begin with this image. It has fascinated me since I made it back in mid-September. I was playing with depth of field with my manual macro tubes, focussing on a few peruvian lilies that I had taken from a bouquet.

The results reminded me of a nebula from a science fiction movie, some alien life form, or a vision from a dream. I settled on the dream and thought of the Van Morrison song “Into the Mystic”. The title has stuck with me since then. I have just not gotten around to publishing the image. And, as I edit, and write this post, listening to the music, I’m still pulled into the image, with its intricate detail and bright colours. It literally ‘pulls’ me in and I flow into the mystic. It’s alight with energy, movement, and life. It is peace and chaos.

Nikon D800
Nikor 24-70mm f/3.5-4.6 @ @ 48 mm
3.0 sec, f/25.0, ISO 400

Hi Resolution image on 500px

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“Against the Odds”

"Against the Odds" - Duffins Creek

“When you do or think or feel something, do it with passion. Let it come from the heart. Put your heart and soul in it. And when you do, you will feel a river flowing sweetly through you and especially through your entire life. Life has much more meaning that way. ”
― Angie Karan

A painterly image I made yesterday, based on a photo of two trout swimming upstream at the Whitevale bridge, north of Pickering, Ontario.

What struck me was how the body of the dark fish flowed with the water, or did the water flow with the fish? As I processed the image, the flow of colour, from warm orange tones and larger river rocks at the bottom to cooler blue tones and multi-coloured pebbles at the top began to become more noticeable, yet the dark body of the fish dominates the scene. The entire image speaks of movement, energy, and overcoming. I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

Nikon D300
Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm
1/100 sec, f/5.0 ISO 200

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“Morning Light at Burleigh Falls”

“Morning Light at Burleigh Falls”

“Water that never moves.” I say to him. “It’s fine for a little while. You can drink from it and it’ll sustain you. But if it sits too long it goes bad. It grows stale. It becomes toxic.” I shake my head. “I need waves. I need waterfalls. I want rushing currents.”
— Tahereh Mafi

I’ve always enjoyed moving water and photographing it. I gain energy from it, as the quote above says so well, still water is fine for a while, but eventually it stagnates. Like the water, though it’s tempting to live in the calm, life is about movement and change, wheather by choice or circumstance.

Earlier this week I saw a Facebook post from a fellow photographer who had visited this beautiful chute mid week. I was astounded, looking at the posted photo, by the sheer volume of water rushing through the channel between Stoney Lake and Lower Buckhorn Lake in central Ontario’s Kawartha Region. We did not have much snow this past winter but despite this, the waters of the feeder lakes had overwhelmed the control dam above the Falls.

Needless to say, I had to check it out myself, on my way to Bancroft, where I show my photographs at a artist co-op called A Place for the Arts.

I arrived at the falls around 9:15 am and the light for the east was stunning, lighting up the water and the opposite shore. I took some time and made a few photos, with the intention of returning late afternoon, on my way back home. The image above is from my morning visit and I’ll post a few more at a later date from my afternoon stop, which was equally impressive.

Nikon D300
Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm
1/10 sec, f/32.0, ISO 200

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