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“Wrapped in Scarlet”

“I stand, transfixed, surrounded by a sea of fall colours so beautiful that it’s hard to describe. And through it all, red beams from the forest. Bold and bright. It’s not even a competition, it has my full attention.” – Ed Lehming

Just yesterday, though it seems like days, my wife and daughter and I went for a walk along Prince Edward County’s Millenium Trail. Fall was in full show and the trail took us through some wonderfully wooded areas.

The entire landscape was filled with bright colours and leaves blowing in the gentle breeze. To be honest, autumn often overwhelms me as a photographer; to be surrounded by so much colour and beauty makes it difficult to focus on just one thing, as they all compete for my attention. And then, this stunning red vine had me transfixed. It stood out so dramatically from the surrounding colours that I could not take my eyes off it. As a simple photo it did look nice but I added my deliberate camera motion to it to make it even more stunning.

It’s also a bit of a milestone for me. I have felt completely uninspired artistically for the past few months, relying only on images I made with my iPhone, so It’s nice to get back into it with my real camera

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 185 mm
1/4 sec, f/32, ISO 400

“Canada Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)”

“Columbines in the lush green forest is a sure sign that summer is on our doorstep.” – Ed Lehming

As I set out for a hike recently, to photograph Starflowers, I was surprised to find an early patch of wild columbines. Most were in the shadow of the forest but a few dangled like faery bells in the sunshine.

These perennial flowers are always a delight and are so different in structure than most of the low-lying wildflowers usually associated with Southern Ontario woodlands. Their colour alone makes them stand out dramatically against the deep greens of the forest.

Of course, with late spring heat, the mosquitoes were also out to welcome me to their home. I was more concerned with blackflies, which are usually still quite active this time of year, but they seem to have burned off early. The abundance of mosquitoes surprised me, since the spring has been cool and dry, limiting their ability to breed, but they seem quite adept at overcoming such adversities and there were still enough to be an annoyance as I crouched low for this shot. Next time, I will bring bug spray, but for now, I’m just happy to have captured a few pleasing images.

For my fellow photographers, I was not particularly challenged by the light, but there was a slight breeze, which forced me to increase my shutter speed to limit the effects of the motion for this tight macro shot, but had to bump the ISO quite a bit to properly expose the image.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm

1/1250 sec, f/15.0, ISO 1600

“Crimson Splash” 

“Crimson Splash”

“It is always the simple that produces the marvelous. “
– Amelia Barr

Though fairly similar to my “Autumn Creeps In” image, this one is different enough to stand on its own. The autumn leaves of the Red Maple fairly glow among the thin shimmering veil of pine needles and their pale greens and oranges. It’s late summer, the last weekend of summer and it’s hot, really hot as a late season heat wave exerts itself on the forest.

I suppose that’s why the green undergrowth is so lush, deep green and thriving. It’s quite a contrast between summer and autumn in one place. There is life here, cycles of life and never ending change. Even the reds and greens, speak of stop and go. The very nature of nature, at the Papineau Bend, and lovely little park carved from the forest along the banks of Papineau Creek.

These scenes of healthy nature are nourishing for me to reflect on. I imagine myself standing in this place and time, making photos and loving just existing here. Perhaps images to carry me through the upcoming winter, which, while beautiful in its own way, pales in comparison to a green and thriving late summer forest.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/4 sec, f/32.0, ISO 100 

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‘Autumn Creeps In”

‘Autumn Creeps In”

“At no other time (than autumn) does the earth let itself be inhaled in one smell, the ripe earth; in a smell that is in no way inferior to the smell of the sea, bitter where it borders on taste, and more honeysweet where you feel it touching the first sounds.” 
― Rainer Maria Rilke

I made this image on the final weekend of summer, along the shores of North Hastings’ Papineau Creek. Among the red pine and green maples, a bright splash of red reminds us, that despite the unseasonably warm temperatures we are currently experiencing, the cycle of seasons is inevitable.

The red fairly jumps out against the background, bright sunshine enhancing the effect. I believe these are Red Maple acer rubrum, which is aptly named. This year because other leaves have not quite started to change colour, the red maples stand out like crimson beacons. I say many along the highway the prior weekend but could not pull over for a good image. This one makes up for that to some degree.

As I look outside today, I see that fall is really beginning to advance, and the rest of the trees are joining in on what promises to be a spectacular, mild autumn.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/4 sec, f/32.0, ISO 100 

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“First Reds”

“First Reds”

“The difference between darkness and brightness is how you thrive on those moments and how you use such circumstances with goodwill in your spirit.” 
― Angelica Hopes

Here we are nearing the end of September, and the end of summer. I was surprised to see just how much colour change is already occurring not too far north of my home. As my family and I drove through the North hastings region of Ontario this past weekend, I especially noticed than some of the maples had already turned bright red. Sadly, I’m not sure what species of maple this is but it sure stood out.

I simply had to make an abstract of it. As with many of these, the finer details don’t get noticed till captured in a photo. I was subtly aware of the colour appearing in the undergrowth, but it really showed up in the photo. There was also a dead tree, bleached white by the sun, which really popped, especially in the photo.

This image is part of a small series I have posted over the past few days, all made within a few hundred meters of each other on Papineau Creek.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/4 sec, f/29.0, ISO 100 

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“Red Cap”

“Red Cap”

“It is the dim haze of mystery that adds enchantment to pursuit.”
– Antoine Rivarol

I came across this mystery mushroom a few days ago, while hiking during our recent partial eclipse. I’m unsure of the species, but the red cap and ivory stem would indicate it to be a member of the Amanita family of mushrooms. The shape of the cap is not typical of this species though, so I’m stumped.

The image quality is not my best, as it was hastily made while trying to avoid the hoards of mosquitoes which were particularly active that day and were particularly voracious, despite my insect repellent, which is usually very effective. Despite the obstacles, at least I have an image I can review and figure out what this is called.

iPhone 7 back camera @ 4.0mm
1/15 sec; f/1.8; ISO 40

 

Thursday Doors – March 16, 2017

“House of the War”

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.

“House of the War” – Art District, San Jose del Cabo

Today, I’m returning to yet another interesting door in San Jose del Cabo’s Art District. This one just screamed out “Take a picture of me!” It is such a bold and different door, though I’m not sure how practical it is, since the door panels overlap. It makes me wonder about the intent, both for the door and for the name of the art studio behind them. The bold red and painted flowers certainly got my attention.

Like last week, I checked out the door on Google Streetview and it looks completely different.

One final note on some of these facades, which is really what they are. What, at first glance, looks like concrete, is really, in most cases, styrofoam coated in adobe or plaster and painted to look like stone.

I do have to apologize for the quality of the image, which I usually take great pride in, but I was travelling in unknown parts and had to rely on my iPhone and harsh mid-day light.

iPhone 5s back camera @ 4.2mm
1/1150 sec;   f/2.2;   ISO 32

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Thursday Doors – March 09, 2017

“Red Door” - Art District, San Jose del Cabo

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.

“Red Door” – Art District, San Jose del Cabo

It would appear that I’m experiencing two distinct themes this month: One being the Humpback Whale series I have posted over the past few days, the other is the fascinating doors, so different from the Central Ontario doors I see every day. Most of the doors I will be sharing where in the Art District of San Jose del Cabo, a small town about 20 kilometers from the popular tourist area of Cabo San Lucas.

Where Cabo San Lucas is a busy tourist town with a significant party scene, San Jose is a lot quieter with a bit of a mission town feel, despite the numerous souvenir shops. They also have a very deliberate focus on the arts, with an art district just off the town square. Each shop has its own unique look and feel and it’s marvelously bohemian.

The red door above is testament to the ever-changing look of the evolving art district. As I retraced my steps through the street with Google Streetview I discovered that this door has changed form from its previous persona, check out the Streetview link above and you’ll see that the door was previously bare wood. I actually prefer the red version. And who knows, next time I visit, it may be blue.

I find it funny, that I can talk about a simple door at length, I’m sure most of you understand. There’s just so much going on in the image that we tend to miss when actually there and we wonder how we could possibly not have noticed. That is one of the many joys of photography.

The experience has also made me keenly aware of the variability of light between Ontario and the subtropics of the Baja Peninsula, making for interesting shadows.

iPhone 5s back camera @ 4.2mm
1/4000 sec;   f/2.2;   ISO 32

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Tuesdays of Texture – Week 7, 2017

“Deep Red”

Here is my entry for Del Monte Y Mar’s Tuesdays of Texture Challenge Week 7 of 2017, Valentine’s Edition.

With all the floral photos I’ve been posting lately, this one does not seem that much different, except the carnation has beautiful texture in its ruffled petals. So, I decide to combine Valentine’s and texture in one photo. I hope you enjoy it.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1.6sec, f/32.0, ISO 100

High Resolution image on 500px

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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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