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“April Oak and Moon”

“April Oak and Moon”

“The art of writing is not as solitary as one might think. When it finally dawns on us one day that our task as writers is to share what we know of the human spirit, we suddenly discover that we were never truly alone.”
― Hal Zina Bennett

I’m following up my Monochrome Mondays post with the colour version of the same image. While it looks lovely in mono, I prefer the true colours, that lovely pre-dusk glow of yellow, as the setting sun lights up the fine haze that floats just above the ground.

It’s the end of another spring day, the promise of warmer days ahead, under the “Pink Moon” of early April. I eagerly await some hint of green, as life returns to the hilltop oak.

Nikon D800
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom @ 70 mm
1/250 sec, f/8.0 ISO 200

“Unaccompanied”

“Unaccompanied”

“I just like to be alone sometimes, no I’m not angry, no I’m not sad. I just like to be alone. It’s how I recharge” – Unknown

I’m still finding myself reflecting on some of the wonderful moments of late December 2016, including the many solitary hikes on our local trails. I was amazed that there were no other hikers out on several beautiful days after Christmas. The trails had obviously had use prior to these days, as they were nicely packed down by snowshoes and boots, the new snowfall remained undisturbed.

I am absolutely not complaining about this, it just seemed odd for me to have this all to myself. I often find myself hiking unaccompanied, since I tend to be a bit excessive when I get on the trails with my camera. it’s not unusual for me to travel six to ten kilometers in a day. I’m in no hurry and tend to make a circuit of it. Be it summer, winter, spring, or fall, I love being in the outdoors, enjoying and documenting the ever changing  sights. This past December was a treat for me, the trails were clear, temperatures were not extreme, and I had an extended vacation time which allowed me more freedom to do what I love.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 200 mm
1/50 sec, f/3.5, ISO 100

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“Papineau Creek Guardian”

Papineau Creek Guardian

“Solitary. But not in the sense of being alone. Not solitary in the way Thoreau was, for example, exiling himself in order to find out where he was; not solitary in the way Jonah was, praying for deliverance in the belly of the whale. Solitary in the sense of retreat. In the sense of not having to see himself, of not having to see himself being seen by anyone else.”
― Paul Auster

I have admitted before that I have a love of solitary trees. They stand alone, each with a story. They stand as silent witnesses to the world that moves around them, with no apparent support from their peers. I’m especially fond of trees that cling to the edge of water. The roots holding firm to land while being provided abundant water from below.

This beautiful red pine captivated me. The forest floor was littered with its needles, blocking off invading weeds. The creek seemed to bend towards it, just far enough to make contact with the roots. I know, the creek was there first and took advantage of the creek but that was the image my mind saw.

At this point in its course, Papineau creek has just come through a series of beautiful rapids and has slowed as it passes the pine. It’s a very serene image that I wanted to share here.

I came across this place in the fall a few years ago and returned this past weekend. It’s a very peaceful little park, with no signage leading you to it. I like to look at it as a private retreat, though I’m sure local residents know about it.

iPhone 5s back camera 4.15mm f/2.2
1/220 sec, f/2.2, ISO 32

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ONE WORD PHOTO CHALLENGE: CANDID

Keeping Score - Old Quebec 2012

Here’s my entry for Jennifer’s One Word Photo Challenge with the topic of Candid. This photo is one of my first posts for 2016 and has been a favourite of mine since I made the photo several years ago.

if you are interested in the story, please check out the original post.

Nikon D300
Nikkor 70-300 mm f/4.4-5.6, @ 300 mm
1/60 sec, f/5.6, ISO 450

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“Keeping Score” – Quebec City

Keeping Score - Old Quebec 2012

While on a walking tour of Old Quebec a few years ago, I came across this man sitting in Parc Montmorency. When I first saw him, I had a front view and he was talking to a lady in a nurse’s uniform and she walked away laughing. I imagine she knew him and they had just shared a joke.

As the tour progressed I came around behind him, at a distance. He was now sitting alone and was writing in a note book. The angle I shot from was ideal and incorporated all sorts of elements which make this, in my option, a wonderful photograph. There is the light reflecting off the bench, the diagonal lines of a staircase in the background, wonderful shadows and textures, and the pigeon (which I did not notice when I made the photo).

This solitary gentleman sitting alone in a park, writing in a book, or journal, pulls me in and has me wanting to know more about him and his situation, like: who is he, why is he sitting on a bench writing, what is he writing. The title came from my imagination as I pictured him sitting there, watching the world around him and keeping score as it unfolded.

Nikon D300
Nikor 70-300 mm f/4.4-5.6, @ 300 mm
1/60 sec, f/5.6, ISO 450

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“Oak Leaf on Snow Covered Log” – Durham Forest

Oak Leaf on Snow Covered Log

A New Year is upon us and already I am a few days behind my goal of daily blogging. I have numerous excuses but have decided to step into this year excuse free and just look forward rather than dwelling on why I did not do something, by simply doing what is required, to the best of my  ability, going forward.

The purpose of blogging, for me, has multiple levels: Firstly, it is to provide myself a space and time that allows me to focus, without distraction, on my photography and my world. Secondly, (and this has been transformative to me) it is forcing me to look at my images and discern what, exactly, it is about the composition that makes the image appealing. People have told me I have an ‘eye’ for this, but since it seems to be a natural thing for me, I’d like to understand what drew this ‘eye’ to the composition in the first place.

Many images from the past year have had an appeal to me which I don’t fully comprehend and I mean to seek out what this is. This introspection seems to be working. In the past I would go out and make about two hundred photos and have two or three good ones. By being intentional about my compositions, my ratio is now around ten to one. The final reason is that I am often being asked about the story behind my photos. I was asked details such as where was this, what camera did you use, and how were you able to see this the way you did?

Last year, I started to blog as often as possible to create individual pages for a book of my year and thoughts. This came to fruition last year ,as I published my first book of some 130 images and thoughts. I’m also making note of camera settings (which I share) and learn what is working for me and why. I have recently stared locking my ISO in at 250 to force me to be more deliberate in shutter and aperture settings as well as my selection of lens.

One final thing I am hoping for this year is a more interactive blogging experience, whereby I get feedback, both positive and negative on my images, so that I can continue to improve and be able to document and share more effectively my journey through this world.

So, please take a few minutes and offer your feedback. I’d love to hear from you.

Nikon D200
Nikor 70-300 mm, f/4.5-5.6 @ 165 mm
1/100 sec, f/5.0, ISO 720

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