Idyllic Waters

It took me a few minutes to decide on a title for this post.  I even pulled out an old fashioned dictionary to look up the word idyllic.  It is defined as "pleasing or simple, pastoral or picturesque".  So there you have it.  The story of this image.  An idyllic spot to sooth your soul.

This was a challenging image to shoot.  First of all, most of the foreground is in the shade while the background is quite bright.  I find that my digital sensor doesn't handle drastic differences in highlight and deep shadow as well as film did.  Secondly, I knew the look of the cascading water I wanted.  I tried various shutter speeds.  This is 1/8 of a second.  I'm happy with it.  And thirdly, I had to consider my depth of field, or zone of focus.  This was shot at 800 ISO and F13.  Again, I'm pleased with it.

I shot this as a RAW file with my Nikon DSLR.  I made several adjustments to process it from RAW.  Particularly to downplay or tone down the bright area and lighten the foreground shadows to reveal more detail.

Just looking at this image soothes my soul.  I hope it does that for you as well.

August 17 2018

Selection of Succulents

Do you like to wander through villages and just soak up your surroundings?  That is one of my favourite things to do.  I was completely enthralled with exploring a handful of Tuscany villages.  This image was taken in one of them.

What's the story here?  I would say the story is the person living here has a green thumb and wonderful sense of design and they enjoy expressing their talents.

I find the composition quite pleasing.  The colour palette is harmonious and soothing.  The little splash of red in the foreground is a welcome touch.  The various heights of the pots creates interest.

The lighting is soft with no harsh shadows.  It must have been a partly cloudy day.  There is a touch of sun on the wall which adds some depth to the image.

The only photo editing I did was crop the image to tighten the selection of succulents.

July 18 2018

Time for a Beach Break

It's the elementary and high schools March break this week.  Students and teachers get a much anticipated and well deserved week off.  Many families travel to warmer climes for some sun and sand.  Here is a taste of it for you.

What's the story here?  Some folks are enjoying an carefree evening stroll along the beach.  That sounds good to me.

The major compositional element in this image is the trees.  They frame the sand, surf and people very nicely.  The people are an important image component as well because they give us a sense of scale and also perhaps we can imagine ourselves where they are.

The warm light really makes this image work.  It also stimulates some emotion in the viewer.

I took this image with my point and shoot camera.  You see it here exactly as I photographed it (except the watermark).  No computer processing.  I take two shots of the same thing most of the time.  The reason being that it's possible that one image may not upload properly.  Another reason for doing this is to have a little choice of which one to use.  I preferred the waves in this image compared to the other one.

I wish you some warmth of the sun.

March 12 2018

 

 

First Look at Iceland

You have flown through the night to Iceland.  You rested during the flight but didn't really sleep.  The weather forecast says sunny today in Reykjavik.  You want to make the most of the day.  It's about 4:00 am Toronto time.  You don't rest in the hotel.  No, of course not.  You drop your stuff in your room and head out to explore the city.

One of the first things you notice when you look down a street towards the north, you see these snow covered mountains.  Spectacular!  Welcome to the compact and walkable capital of Iceland!  Reykjavik has tidy and colourful architecture.  That is the story of this image.

I now shoot a RAW file and a JPEG file with every image I take with my DSLR.  I was a little hasty in deleting the RAW file for this image, so the image above is from a JPEG.  The only photo editing I did was to crop it and straighten the vertical edges.

I still like to have the sky blue if it's in the image. The shining sun adds some warmth to the view.  Fortunately the shadow areas aren't too dark so you can still see some details in them.

What a great start to an Iceland adventure.

February 13 2018

 

Your 2017 Holiday Wish

December 18 2017

Autumn Leaf Jumble

Who loves wading through a pile of fallen autumn leaves and hearing the crunch, crunch, crunch with every footstep?  I do.  Particularly if I didn't spend some time and energy raking the leaves into a pile beforehand.

Wha'st the story here?  It's fall and the colourful leaves are falling every which way.

This jumble of leaves caught my attention because of the one leaf almost perfectly placed on the moss covered rock.  The moss makes a striking contrast in colour and texture to the leaves.  I shot this view both horizontally and vertically.  I felt the vertical orientation emphasized the leaf on the mossy rock better so that is the one I chose.

I took this image with my cell phone.  My phone tends to over sharpen images but not so in this case.

I did crop the original image somewhat and added a colour balance layer to adjust the red, green and yellow.

I hope you are able to get outside and swish through some autumn leaves.  Just be sure that they weren't raked beforehand.

October 20 2017

It's Sunflower Time

Yes it's that time of year when these bright and cheerful flowers are blooming here and there.  Lovely!  They make me smile.

What do you think is the story of this image?  I would say it's that the owners of this authentic home have a great sense of colour, beauty and fun.

As for composition, the sunflowers are the subject matter and they look ever so striking in front of the gorgeous log and plaster wall of this Quebec home.  The yellow and green of the flora contrast strongly with the fairly plain simple pattern of  log and plaster.  I also shot this image vertically, but I preferred the horizontal orientation.  It gives the flowers more room to "breath and grow".

It was a medium overcast sky when I took this image.  That was perfect for this shot.  The flowers did not produce harsh shadows and the texture of the plaster and logs is noticeable.

I shot this image as a RAW file.  I boasted the saturation of the yellow and green when I processed the image.  Then I did a tiny bit of cropping and cloning on the top edge to clean it up.

Next time you see some sunflowers, pay attention and notice if you smile when you see them.  I do.

August 17 2017

It took me a few minutes to decide on a title for this post.  I even pulled out an old fashioned dictionary to look up the word idyllic.  It is defined as "pleasing or simple, pastoral or picturesque".  So there you have it.  The story of this image.  An idyllic spot to sooth your soul.

This was a challenging image to shoot.  First of all, most of the foreground is in the shade while the background is quite bright.  I find that my digital sensor doesn't handle drastic differences in highlight and deep shadow as well as film did.  Secondly, I knew the look of the cascading water I wanted.  I tried various shutter speeds.  This is 1/8 of a second.  I'm happy with it.  And thirdly, I had to consider my depth of field, or zone of focus.  This was shot at 800 ISO and F13.  Again, I'm pleased with it.

I shot this as a RAW file with my Nikon DSLR.  I made several adjustments to process it from RAW.  Particularly to downplay or tone down the bright area and lighten the foreground shadows to reveal more detail.

Just looking at this image soothes my soul.  I hope it does that for you as well.

August 17 2018

Do you like to wander through villages and just soak up your surroundings?  That is one of my favourite things to do.  I was completely enthralled with exploring a handful of Tuscany villages.  This image was taken in one of them.

What's the story here?  I would say the story is the person living here has a green thumb and wonderful sense of design and they enjoy expressing their talents.

I find the composition quite pleasing.  The colour palette is harmonious and soothing.  The little splash of red in the foreground is a welcome touch.  The various heights of the pots creates interest.

The lighting is soft with no harsh shadows.  It must have been a partly cloudy day.  There is a touch of sun on the wall which adds some depth to the image.

The only photo editing I did was crop the image to tighten the selection of succulents.

July 18 2018

It's the elementary and high schools March break this week.  Students and teachers get a much anticipated and well deserved week off.  Many families travel to warmer climes for some sun and sand.  Here is a taste of it for you.

What's the story here?  Some folks are enjoying an carefree evening stroll along the beach.  That sounds good to me.

The major compositional element in this image is the trees.  They frame the sand, surf and people very nicely.  The people are an important image component as well because they give us a sense of scale and also perhaps we can imagine ourselves where they are.

The warm light really makes this image work.  It also stimulates some emotion in the viewer.

I took this image with my point and shoot camera.  You see it here exactly as I photographed it (except the watermark).  No computer processing.  I take two shots of the same thing most of the time.  The reason being that it's possible that one image may not upload properly.  Another reason for doing this is to have a little choice of which one to use.  I preferred the waves in this image compared to the other one.

I wish you some warmth of the sun.

March 12 2018

 

 

You have flown through the night to Iceland.  You rested during the flight but didn't really sleep.  The weather forecast says sunny today in Reykjavik.  You want to make the most of the day.  It's about 4:00 am Toronto time.  You don't rest in the hotel.  No, of course not.  You drop your stuff in your room and head out to explore the city.

One of the first things you notice when you look down a street towards the north, you see these snow covered mountains.  Spectacular!  Welcome to the compact and walkable capital of Iceland!  Reykjavik has tidy and colourful architecture.  That is the story of this image.

I now shoot a RAW file and a JPEG file with every image I take with my DSLR.  I was a little hasty in deleting the RAW file for this image, so the image above is from a JPEG.  The only photo editing I did was to crop it and straighten the vertical edges.

I still like to have the sky blue if it's in the image. The shining sun adds some warmth to the view.  Fortunately the shadow areas aren't too dark so you can still see some details in them.

What a great start to an Iceland adventure.

February 13 2018

 

December 18 2017

Who loves wading through a pile of fallen autumn leaves and hearing the crunch, crunch, crunch with every footstep?  I do.  Particularly if I didn't spend some time and energy raking the leaves into a pile beforehand.

Wha'st the story here?  It's fall and the colourful leaves are falling every which way.

This jumble of leaves caught my attention because of the one leaf almost perfectly placed on the moss covered rock.  The moss makes a striking contrast in colour and texture to the leaves.  I shot this view both horizontally and vertically.  I felt the vertical orientation emphasized the leaf on the mossy rock better so that is the one I chose.

I took this image with my cell phone.  My phone tends to over sharpen images but not so in this case.

I did crop the original image somewhat and added a colour balance layer to adjust the red, green and yellow.

I hope you are able to get outside and swish through some autumn leaves.  Just be sure that they weren't raked beforehand.

October 20 2017

Yes it's that time of year when these bright and cheerful flowers are blooming here and there.  Lovely!  They make me smile.

What do you think is the story of this image?  I would say it's that the owners of this authentic home have a great sense of colour, beauty and fun.

As for composition, the sunflowers are the subject matter and they look ever so striking in front of the gorgeous log and plaster wall of this Quebec home.  The yellow and green of the flora contrast strongly with the fairly plain simple pattern of  log and plaster.  I also shot this image vertically, but I preferred the horizontal orientation.  It gives the flowers more room to "breath and grow".

It was a medium overcast sky when I took this image.  That was perfect for this shot.  The flowers did not produce harsh shadows and the texture of the plaster and logs is noticeable.

I shot this image as a RAW file.  I boasted the saturation of the yellow and green when I processed the image.  Then I did a tiny bit of cropping and cloning on the top edge to clean it up.

Next time you see some sunflowers, pay attention and notice if you smile when you see them.  I do.

August 17 2017

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