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If we were having a coffee…

Stouffville Reservoir in Spring

“All thoughts, secret or spoken, belong in a coffee table book written in Braille, so you can really feel the emotions.”
― Jarod Kintz

I decided to start into this forum with my standard quote style. I find looking up suitable quotes to match my photos makes me think about the photo and the emotions it invokes in me and thus, enhances the image. And, I added a photo above of a local reservoir that I did some artistic work on a few weeks back

Which brings me back to the original topic and my reasons for blogging in the first place: Blogging provides me a simple forum to share my photos and my thoughts with an audience who tend to be more creative than the average populace.

I’ve started small and have been pleasantly  surprised to be ‘troll free’, thus far. I tend to be quite open in my posts, trying to stick to a narrative style, as if I was sitting down with friends and being quite transparent about the events and processes that enabled me to make the photo in the first place. I’m hoping to engage in a larger group of people with similar passions to mine, and that has been successful. My feeling is that if I like certain elements of photography, surely there must be a handful of others out there like me?

The experience has also helped me to realize that, while it would be nice to make a few bucks from my photos, at least enough to support improving my work, it’s been more about creating works that bring enjoyment and inspiration to others. Were it not for a few inspirational photographers  who shared their thoughts and techniques freely, I may not be at the place I’m at now.

The reason I started on this journey has many facets, the first being explained above and the second is for me to develop a daily discipline to create and share a photograph, every single day, whether I feel inspired or not. The ultimate goal is to publish this daily journey so a larger audience can enjoy the experience too. I’m also enjoying reading the works of so many talented poets and writers. They are all inspirations to me to keep improving.

I’m looking forward to future #weekendcoffeeshare chats.

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Ed

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“Pondering”

“Pondering”

“When photographers get beyond copying the achievements of others, or just repeating their own accidental first successes, they learn that they do not know where in the world they will find pictures. Nobody does. Each photograph that works is a revelation to its supposed creator.” – Robert Adams

As the above quote articulates so nicely, I never know where a photograph may be waiting. All too often an image reveals itself and I don’t have my camera with me. Then there are the simple moments where some slight movement catches my eye and what has become instinct takes over. I’ve made a practice over the past few years to photograph in as many conditions as possible, to take what was at first, technical learning of what my equipment was capable of, and making it an automatic extension of me. This has enabled me to capture those things in my world that provoke thought and emotion and ponder on them further. Every one of these moments being an opportunity to expand my understanding of the world I live in.

I spent quite some time watching this little fellow flitting to and fro, in an Ojai California meadow, protecting his little patch of the world from intruders. He had an assortment of perches to choose from but always returned back to this one. Then he’d sit, for long periods, surveying his realm. There was not much happening during these quiet times and it made me wonder what thoughts must be going through his head.

Nikon D300
Nikor 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300 mm
1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO100

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“Snowshoe Tracks on Ahmik Lake”

“Snowshow Tracks on Ahmik Lake”

While winter has been slow to arrive in southern Ontario this year (we’re in fog and rain right now), that was not the case last year. The image above was made last winter on Ahmik Lake, near Parry Sound, Ontario. It had snowed gently most of the night, partially obscuring the tracks of others and was quite cold, but the day quickly brightened up. At the top left of this image is an island which I set out to explore in the morning. The snow on the lake was too deep to just walk on, so I donned my snowshoes and headed out.

As I got back to the cabin, I looked back and saw the scene I’m sharing today. It’s an interesting introspection on the ‘why’s’ of our journeys. When I set out, I headed straight toward the end of the island, but there are rises, drifts, and other structures in the way of a straight walk, so I recalibrated a few times. It’s interesting that these ‘objects’ to not appear on the photo very well, but they were there and very real. Then I adjusted my path a few more times. I can’t think right now why, but it was probably to get a different view of something interesting on the shoreline of the island.

The analogy here is: when looking at my path, you would have no idea why I did not just make my way directly to my destination. Even I, having made the journey, can’t explain the whole thing, only that I made it and enjoyed the experience.

Nikon D300
Nikor 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6, @ 75mm
1/400 sec, f/10.0, ISO 200

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“Elgin Mills Solitaire” – Markham, Ontario

“Elgin Mills Solitaire”

I wish I could paint. There are so many scenes that I see on a regular basis and say to myself, “That would make a beautiful painting”. Especially if the light is just a bit off and I envision the image a bit different.

That was the case with this photo I made a few days ago. All the elements were just right, the light was soft from the west and a bank of clouds hovered low to the east, yet the image did not convey the scene in the same way as it struck me.

So, since I can’t paint, yet, I went to my Photoshop toolbox and started playing with some effects. And, lo and behold, I got the effect I wanted, as if it had been painted. Now, I will have some purists say that this is not photography, and I would agree, it’s art, based on photography. Be it a painting or a digitally manipulated image, it makes no difference to me and I don’t want to be limited by a particular discipline. Does that change how I approach my photography? Not in the least. As I’ve stated many time before: For me, it’s about ‘how’ I see things, rather than what I see. There is so  much more at play than just making an image. I want to be able to communicate how it made me ‘feel’. That, to me is art, and I’m good with it.

Back to the photo, I see many of these lone trees and they have been the subject of several of my photos. I’ve started calling them “Solitaires”, because “lone tree” makes it sound a bit depressing and that there are no other trees around, which is not the case, these ones are simply “apart” from their neighbours.

Nikon D300
Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 170 mm
1/200 sec, @ f/7.1, ISO 250

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