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“Day Lilies”

"Day Lilies"

“It is in the darkest hour, when we are faced with our deepest most wrenching fears, that we are given the greatest strength. The choice is whether we succumb to the fear or rise with courage to face our truth and shine our brilliance as our sword of valour.”
― Monika Zands

I keep reminding myself to look around me, carefully, appreciating the common things.

Recently, I’ve been doing some macro work as well as playing with layers in Photoshop to isolate my subjects. Today, I moved to the studio and played with lighting to combine these two photographic styles. I’ve been inspired by the  works of a photographer on 500px who creates masterpieces (in my opinion) with flowers and studio lighting.

Drawing on that inspiration and gathering a few day lilies from the garden, which I always take for granted and essentially ignore as a ‘filler’ plant, I set up my lights, carefully positioned the lilies in a tall vase, and set about experimenting with ideal camera settings. Within a few tries, I had something that I was happy with and moved over to my iMac to check them out. The result is posted above.

I don’t think I’ll ever look at Day Lilies the same way again. They are stunning, seemingly on fire with colour and light.

Interestingly, I never saw myself doing much studio work, preferring to be outdoors in a canoe or on a trail somewhere. This might be a new rainy day pastime for me.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 110 mm
1/140 sec, f/14.0, ISO 6400

High Resolution image on 500px:

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“Toronto Skyline”

Toronto Skyline from RBC Tower

“When you feel life at crossroads, you need higher perspective view.”
― Toba Beta

This image is a throwback to last summer. I was at a business meeting on a high floor of one of Toronto’s office towers and kept being captivated by the view, spread out before me like a buffet. I just kept being drawn to the lines of the buildings and the gorgeous sky.

At lunch, I took the opportunity to make a few photos of this beautiful scene with my phone camera. It’s a great view, you can see Union Station to the right hand side with the Royal York hotel just across the street. it’s times like this that I am grateful for my iPhone camera.

It always struck me as odd, as I sat in Toronto’s boardrooms just how disinterested people seem to be in this beautiful city and wonder, “Did they just get numb to it, or is there an expectation that business must go on, undistracted?” I, for one, love the views and am perfectly happy for a bit of distraction. I’ve witnessed glorious sunsets, billowing storm clouds, and thick layers of fog, rolling in like waves, during my times downtown. All through quick glimpses through boardroom windows as business goes on.

If I had a window office on, say, the 45th floor, I’d definitely be taking a few minutes every day to charge my batteries with a bit of scenery, otherwise, why even bother with windows.

iPhone 5s back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 @29mm
1/1250 sec,  f/2.2,  ISO 32

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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

High Resolution image on 500px:

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“Garden Lilies”

“Garden Lilies”

“The simple things come back to us. They rest for a moment by our ribcages then suddenly reach in and twist our hearts a notch backward.”
― Colum McCann

Sometimes, it’s the simple beauty that is so close and so familiar that we take for granted, rather, seeking something exotic and exciting in so many aspects of our lives.

I’ve found myself in this situation so many times with respect to my photography. Surely, at least based on the gorgeous images we are inundated with, there are so much more beautiful things to photograph, in exotic and far flung locations?

Why is this? I walk into my backyard and survey the flowers and plants growing there, wondering if someone else, in a distant country is having the same thoughts and feelings? Then, I realize, that for that person, my location is far away and exotic. The plants, so commonplace in my garden are inaccessible to them and I need recognize just how special the here and now are.

Then, I look again at these lovely pink lilies, dripping with morning dew, and am thankful for this simple beauty, that requires no travel to enjoy, other than a fews steps down to the yard. I also consider the many recent forest hikes and all the wonder the world presents me with, here and now. I suppose I slip, occasionally, into the ‘grass is greener’ mentality, looking for ‘better’ when I already have treasure in my sights, daily.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 125 mm
1/80 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200

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“Boulter Road Vista”

“Boulter Road Vista”

“If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke

Just east of Bancroft, Ontario is a north-south connector road known as Boulter Road, which, naturally takes you to, and through, the small town of Boulter. The road travels north from McArthur Mills and offers spectacular views of the high rolling hills so typical of this area.

The warm summer days are upon us and the typical Ontario ‘summer’ clouds float lazily in the skies. It’s been dry and the grasses begin to yellow as they go dormant, flecks of wildflowers brightening the scene further, waiting for rain.

As I look back on this image, I can almost hear the crickets chirping and the cicadas buzzing in the heat. A very pleasant day indeed.

It’s not a very dynamic photo by current internet standards. There are no awesome sunsets, shimmering lakes, or rugged mountains, but it does remind me that I live in a wonderful part of the world that I can enjoy for what it is.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 70 mm
1/320 sec, f/9.0, ISO 200

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Thursday Doors – July 14, 2016

“A Brush with the North Door” - Maynooth, Ontario

“She is free in her wildness, she is a wanderess, a drop of free water. She knows nothing of borders and cares nothing for rules or customs. ‘Time’ for her isn’t something to fight against. Her life flows clean, with passion, like fresh water.”
― Roman Payne

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.

The colourful door above belongs to an art gallery of artist friend Linda Lang. The gallery just recently opened in Maynooth, Ontario and is called Linda Lang’s Brush with the North.

Linda has a spectacular gift for painting images of the Arctic, capturing it’s raw beauty in her magnificent paintings. The Arctic has become a place which is extremely special to her. She has made several trips there and is documenting the significant changes happening there due to climate change through her art.

Linda recently began renovations to this century old, former stage coach stop, transforming it into an art gallery, classroom, workshop, and studio. If you happen to be in the Maynooth area, please drop in and view her art as well as those of other local artists.

iPhone 5s back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 @4.2mm
1/320 sec;   f/2.2;   ISO 32

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“Cool Runnings” – Papineau Creek

“Cool Runnings” - Papineau Creek

“The river moved so swiftly and yet it had no purpose other than to flow, just flow.”
― Gioconda Belli

During a recent backcountry drive, I tried to retrace my route to a little gem of a park I found a few years back. There is no road sign identifying the park, just an unmarked road that leads to a beautiful groomed park on the shores of Papineau Creek, near Maynooth, Ontario.

Just before the creek enters the park area, it flows through a short set of rapids. On a hot summer day this was a nice spot to stop and cool down by the water, make some photos, and just enjoy the refreshing sound of the water as it gurgles over the rocks.

It was quite a bright day and without a neutral density filter,  it look a bit of effort to get my shutter speed down enough to soften the flow of the water. I used strategic timing of passing clouds to finally get the results I was after, keeping the rocks nice and sharp and highlighting the movement of the water.

Nikon D800
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom
@ 110 mm
1 sec, f/32.0, ISO 125

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