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“Christmas Chrysanthemum”

“Christmas Chrysanthemum”

“This is the sacred secret of love. Love a person for their heart and only their heart, and you will be rewarded with the best unconditional love in return. If you ignore the heart and focus just on a person’s outer beauty, love will ignore you. Love a person for only the beauty found in their heart, and that beautiful heart will always be beautiful to you.”
― Suzy Kassem

Now that I’m on vacation for a few days, I decided to spend a bit of time in my studio and do some floral shots to brighten the early winter days leading to Christmas. It’s so nice to be able to buy floral bouquets locally in even the coldest weather (being careful to wrap them for the car ride). I deliberately chose a selection of red and white flowers, in keeping with a Christmas theme.

I must admit, I have a bit of a ‘thing’ for chrysanthemums and have had good success photographing them in the past. The white ones were a bit more challenging, since the brightness tends to wash out details and to underexpose them causes all the foliage to be too dark.

This image seems to be a good balance and captured the warm glow of the flowers nicely, I think.

Now I have a nice selection of birds and flowers to share over the next few days. I’m also only a few days away from my 2016 goal of posting a photo every single day. It’s been a lot of fun and has kept me looking for inspiration on even the dullest days.

Thanks to all who follow, like, comment, and engage with me on this quest, it’s a lot of fun and I continue to meet interesting and creative people from around the world here. My son recently asked me if I would continue this into 2017 and I don’t see a reason why not.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 130 mm
1 sec, f/25.0, ISO 200

Hi Resolution image on 500px

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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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“My Home Among the Cosmos”

“My Home Among the Cosmos”

“I live in my own little world. But its ok, they know me here.”
― Lauren Myracle

Another garden venture into the world of macro photography, which I am enjoying since it often brings about unexpected results. Like this little bug, which has made it’s home, deep inside the flower. I didn’t see him, even when composing the shot.

I still have lots to learn, as I have just started out with an inexpensive set of manual extension tubes and would value the advice of others with experience in macro. If I’m going to pursue this is it worthwhile investment in autofocus tubes or is the preference to remain manual and control the image?

Nikon D800
Nikkor AF 28-70mm f/3.5~F/4.5D
@ 50mm
1/400 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200

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Thursday Doors – June 16th, 2016

“Pure Spirts Door”  - Toronto Distillery District

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

These doors can be found in Toronto’s Distillery District. All the doors in this area are painted the same green colour to match the period when the buildings were part of the Gooderham and Worts Distillery. I posted another door from this wonderful historic district last week.

This door belongs to a great local restaurant and once led to the distillery’s shipping room.

If you are ever travelling to Toronto, this is a must see destination, filled with great dining spots, galleries and shops. Oh, and do bring a camera.

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

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“Balancing on a Log”

“Balanced on a Log”

“There are moments when I wish I could roll back the clock and take all the sadness away, but I have a feeling that if I did, the joy would be gone as well. So I take the memories as they come, accepting them all, letting them guide me whenever I can.” 

― Nicholas Sparks

While on a recent excursion to Lynde Shores, a conservation area on the shores of Lake Ontario, for some bird photos, I took a few minutes to walk the lake shore and enjoy the gently rolling waves. The stone ‘beach’ is made up of water polished rocks of varying sizes. I used some of these rocks, stacked on a piece of driftwood, to make this balanced stone sculpture. Just a bit of whimsey to share with you today.

As to the photo itself: I narrowed the aperture just enough to keep the stones in focus, while allowing the background to blur

Nikon D800
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom @ 270mm

1/200 sec, f/7.1, ISO 200

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“White Spotted Butterfly” – Secord Forest

“White Spotted Butterfly” 0 Secord Forest

“Only when we pay attention and notice small moments, do we make the connections that lead to a change in our perspective.”
― Andrea Goeglein

It’s pretty amazing what you see over a 5km forest hike, especially in a forest as diverse as Secord Forest. Which, fortunately for me, is only a few kilometers from my home, which makes it a super convenient place to go, without a lot of preparation.

Back to the woods, as it were. I’ve gone there a few times over the past few weeks, constantly amazed at how fast the forest goes from its brown, dead, winter form, to a verdant explosion of life and ongoing cycle of growth, blooms, and thriving wildlife.

Lately, with all the blossoming flowers, butterflies have been bountiful. I must admit, that I had no idea just how many different species are native to these woods. I am familiar with the common varieties, like Monarchs, Mourning Cloaks, and the multitude of Coppers and Skippers. Yet, there are vast numbers of tiny butterflies that barely catch your attention, till you stand and watch for movement between the plants.

This specimen eluded my attempts at a photograph for quite some time, but I finally got a good image of its spectacular colours. It’s so small, about the size of a thumbnail, that I did not notice the bright yellow shoulder patches till I looked at the image on my computer. I did spend a bit of time looking up the actual name, but among thousands of butterfly species, I finally gave up and simply named it by its appearance. If there are  butterfly enthusiasts out there who can enlighten me on the species, that would be greatly appreciated.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 200 mm
1/180 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200

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“Brown Dragonfly” – Secord Forest

“Brown Dragonfly” - Secord Forest

“A dragonfly can spend up to several years underwater until it is strong enough to surface, shed its skin and evolve into this beautiful creature. Then it flies free among us but only for a very brief period of up to 2 months before it dies” – Unknown

I spent quite a bit of time searching for the actual name of this species, with not much luck. There are some 5,000 species of dragonflies, each distinguishes by some subtle marking, or pattern. Perhaps an insect enthusiast can enlighten me. Part of my photography discipline is learning about the subjects I photograph and I went a bit ‘bug-eyed’ looking this one up, pardon the pun.

Since upgrading my camera a few weeks ago, I have been venturing out, knowing that noise and cropping were no longer big issues to me. My Nikon D800 performs consistently in almost any lighting condition and I tend to be less timid to do close crops in post production yielding results like the dragonfly pictured above.

In the case of this well posed dragonfly, it was a matter of time waiting for one of the dozens flitting and darting around to light on the branch. It did not take long for that composition to be realized. I went for a higher aperture, to keep the entire dragonfly in focus and the light was quite good, so my ISO was not too high. I’m quite pleased with this.

Nikon D800
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom @ 300mm

1/60 sec, f/10.0 ISO 220

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