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

French Posies

It's summertime and the flowers are blooming!  I believe I have heard the word "posies" in place of the word flowers.  I couldn't find the word posies listed in my dictionary, but I'm going to stick with it anyway.

What's the story here?  The person that lives in this house (in a small town in France's Loire Valley) loves flowers and looks after them.

As for composition, the pop of colour contrasts beautifully against the plain and simple background which has character and some interest in the lace curtains.  While the flowers are fairly well balanced around the window, I placed the window a little off centre to create some interest.

The sky was most likely lightly overcast when I took this image.  That was perfect in that the light produced richer flower colours with minimal shadows.

As for processing, I cropped the image a little to eliminate some distractions.  I also added a thin grey border to add some definition.

July 19 2017

Manitoulin Pow Wow

 

For this month's blog, I decided to reach back into my pre digital archive and showcase this photo of a dance during an Ojibway Pow Wow we attended many years ago on Manitoulin Island.

Why did I choose this image?  To salute National Aboriginal Day which is June 21st.  And also to recognize the cultural roots of our land before it became Canada 150 years ago.

It is my practice to request permission to take photographs of the people before I begin.  I was granted verbal permission and was told not to take photos during the Honour Dances.  That was fine with me.

What's the story?  A proud and joyous celebration with great pageantry.  Their traditional costumes were magnificent!  This particular angle displayed the intricate and extensive ornamentation of their dress to maximum effect.

As for lighting, I believe it was a lightly overcast sky, which worked very well.  That meant harsh shadows were minimized.

I did crop the original image on the left side to eliminate a pole.  I filled the space with the dancers and was pleased to include the dancer who was ahead of the group of three for added interest and action.  I also felt it was important to include the flag and middle of the area to anchor the dancers.

This image was scanned from a 4x6" photo.  While it's not crystal clear, I felt it represented what I wished to convey well enough.  One of these days I will learn to scan 35 mm negatives and computer process them.  I expect that will produce a sharper image.

I salute our Aboriginal peoples.

June 13 2017

 

Serenity by the Pond

I make a conscious effort to have a camera with me whenever I go out.  Of course these days that is easier than ever with the amazing photographic ability of cell phones.  This image was taken with a point and shoot camera.

I happened upon this delightful sight quite by chance.  What's the story here?  A woman is caring for a clutch of toddlers who appear to be content with soaking in the serenity of the pond.  The little one in her arms was a little fussy.

Do you like the composition?  I think it works.  The row of people form a pattern on the edge of the pond.  There is conformity in their size, fairly even spacing and colourful clothing, which includes their sensible hats.  The background and foreground are plain and pleasantly the same colour, so the people are the obvious subject.

As for processing, I cropped the original image somewhat, darkened the mid tones a little to tone down the brightness and  covered the distracting writing that was on the woman's knapsack.

I wish you some serene moments this spring.

May 4 2017

Woman Watching Waves

It's the first week of March.  Are you ready for a beach break?  If so, you have come to the right place.

Take a few moments and just imagine you are the one sitting on the beach watching the waves pound up onto shore.  The fresh air, gorgeous sight, thundering sound and sand texture are awakening your five senses.  This is just what you needed.  You are on the North Shore of Oahu (Hawaii).  Fabulous!

Do you like the composition?  I think the image is fairly balanced with the three bands of; water and sand, mountains and sky.  Thank goodness for the woman.  She brings a sense of scale to the vista.

I now have my digital SLR set to shoot both a RAW and JPG file when I photograph.  That way I have the convenience of a JPG that does not require as much processing plus the RAW file if I want to play around with the images basic components.

I dedicate this blog to women around the world.  Happy International Women's Day tomorrow.

March 7 2017

Blue Sky Please

When I searched  through my images looking for an image to post here, I thought about this season and what our weather has been like.  Toronto weather has been relatively mild this month and we have had a lot of grey skies.  We are missing the sun and a blue sky.  So I selected this image to remind us how beautiful winter can be when the sun is shining.

Deciduous trees look different in the winter.  You clearly see their structure, their "bones".  This tree in High Park caught my attention because the bit of snow accented the jagged line of many of the branches.  Also the background is a plain and lovely open blue sky.  Its a strong colour contrast to the main subject.

The major editing decision I made was how to crop this image.  My camera captured it as a rectangle in the landscape orientation.  I played around with the crop tool and eventually decided on a square format.  I found the vertical trunk worked well being on one of the invisible "third" lines.

We could use some sunshine and blue sky please.

January 26 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

It's summertime and the flowers are blooming!  I believe I have heard the word "posies" in place of the word flowers.  I couldn't find the word posies listed in my dictionary, but I'm going to stick with it anyway.

What's the story here?  The person that lives in this house (in a small town in France's Loire Valley) loves flowers and looks after them.

As for composition, the pop of colour contrasts beautifully against the plain and simple background which has character and some interest in the lace curtains.  While the flowers are fairly well balanced around the window, I placed the window a little off centre to create some interest.

The sky was most likely lightly overcast when I took this image.  That was perfect in that the light produced richer flower colours with minimal shadows.

As for processing, I cropped the image a little to eliminate some distractions.  I also added a thin grey border to add some definition.

July 19 2017

 

For this month's blog, I decided to reach back into my pre digital archive and showcase this photo of a dance during an Ojibway Pow Wow we attended many years ago on Manitoulin Island.

Why did I choose this image?  To salute National Aboriginal Day which is June 21st.  And also to recognize the cultural roots of our land before it became Canada 150 years ago.

It is my practice to request permission to take photographs of the people before I begin.  I was granted verbal permission and was told not to take photos during the Honour Dances.  That was fine with me.

What's the story?  A proud and joyous celebration with great pageantry.  Their traditional costumes were magnificent!  This particular angle displayed the intricate and extensive ornamentation of their dress to maximum effect.

As for lighting, I believe it was a lightly overcast sky, which worked very well.  That meant harsh shadows were minimized.

I did crop the original image on the left side to eliminate a pole.  I filled the space with the dancers and was pleased to include the dancer who was ahead of the group of three for added interest and action.  I also felt it was important to include the flag and middle of the area to anchor the dancers.

This image was scanned from a 4x6" photo.  While it's not crystal clear, I felt it represented what I wished to convey well enough.  One of these days I will learn to scan 35 mm negatives and computer process them.  I expect that will produce a sharper image.

I salute our Aboriginal peoples.

June 13 2017

 

I make a conscious effort to have a camera with me whenever I go out.  Of course these days that is easier than ever with the amazing photographic ability of cell phones.  This image was taken with a point and shoot camera.

I happened upon this delightful sight quite by chance.  What's the story here?  A woman is caring for a clutch of toddlers who appear to be content with soaking in the serenity of the pond.  The little one in her arms was a little fussy.

Do you like the composition?  I think it works.  The row of people form a pattern on the edge of the pond.  There is conformity in their size, fairly even spacing and colourful clothing, which includes their sensible hats.  The background and foreground are plain and pleasantly the same colour, so the people are the obvious subject.

As for processing, I cropped the original image somewhat, darkened the mid tones a little to tone down the brightness and  covered the distracting writing that was on the woman's knapsack.

I wish you some serene moments this spring.

May 4 2017

It's the first week of March.  Are you ready for a beach break?  If so, you have come to the right place.

Take a few moments and just imagine you are the one sitting on the beach watching the waves pound up onto shore.  The fresh air, gorgeous sight, thundering sound and sand texture are awakening your five senses.  This is just what you needed.  You are on the North Shore of Oahu (Hawaii).  Fabulous!

Do you like the composition?  I think the image is fairly balanced with the three bands of; water and sand, mountains and sky.  Thank goodness for the woman.  She brings a sense of scale to the vista.

I now have my digital SLR set to shoot both a RAW and JPG file when I photograph.  That way I have the convenience of a JPG that does not require as much processing plus the RAW file if I want to play around with the images basic components.

I dedicate this blog to women around the world.  Happy International Women's Day tomorrow.

March 7 2017

When I searched  through my images looking for an image to post here, I thought about this season and what our weather has been like.  Toronto weather has been relatively mild this month and we have had a lot of grey skies.  We are missing the sun and a blue sky.  So I selected this image to remind us how beautiful winter can be when the sun is shining.

Deciduous trees look different in the winter.  You clearly see their structure, their "bones".  This tree in High Park caught my attention because the bit of snow accented the jagged line of many of the branches.  Also the background is a plain and lovely open blue sky.  Its a strong colour contrast to the main subject.

The major editing decision I made was how to crop this image.  My camera captured it as a rectangle in the landscape orientation.  I played around with the crop tool and eventually decided on a square format.  I found the vertical trunk worked well being on one of the invisible "third" lines.

We could use some sunshine and blue sky please.

January 26 2017

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