Watching the waves; Lagos Portugal

watching the waves at Lagos Portugal

watching the waves at Lagos Portugal

We spent part of the day, yesterday wandering around Lagos Portugal a beautiful little seaside resort in south Portugal. We also spent sometimes sitting in the harbour, watching the waves and testing out the Var Fader II filter, a neutral density filter that can add 6 to 11 stop to the time exposure allowing for the movement in the waves, and the white water.

The Var Fader II filter is one of the few “extras” in the camera bag.

more images from Portugal visit my gallery.

 

Long Beach California; shades of blue

Hazy Morning, Long Beach California

Hazy Morning, Long Beach California

Sunday Morning we were in Long Beach California, picking family up from the cruise terminal, we sat and watched the many people disembarking from the ship, there were many! It seemed they streamed off the ship forever.

Sitting and waiting, it was the first time in quite a while that I have had time to look around and just image what I might photograph.  I had recently purchased a new multi-stop neutral density filter, and wanted to spend a little time discovering the possibilities. The coastline was hazy, and there was hardly a line between the sky and the ocean. The ocean is in constant motion, so I thought I would use the filter to allow for a long exposure, softening the waves and eliminating any distraction on the surface of the water, or birds that might be flying by. Giving a photo of soft blue in just about as many tones of can be imagined.

 

Forest and Trees; motion and long exposure

seeing the trees amoung the forest

seeing the trees amoung the forest 

Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky,
We fell them down and turn them into paper,
That we may record our emptiness.
~Kahlil Gibran

I have been spending a lot of time doing both family and business portraits over the last year, and enjoyed every minute. Luckily I have also had time to spend getting out of the studio/home and thinking about landscapes. I love the trees as they blow in the wind, the tall pine trees had been covered by the wet snow, long white streaks against a dark background.

I have been exploring and experimenting with long exposures, motion and blur, and love the feeling of the image, white streaks representative of the growth, reaching for the sky, enhanced by the snow stuck to the side of the tree.  Freeman Patterson has always been one of my favourite photographers, and this photo is reminiscent (at least for me) of his work.

 

Stampede Midway, after dark

stampede midway after dark

stampede midway after dark 

I was down at the Stampede Grounds yesterday, after volunteering at the Western Photo Gallery for a shift, Bill and I headed over watch the chuck wagon races.  We indulged in the usually beer and hot dog, not bad, then tried the mini donuts,which we had to throw away because they were undercooked. The inside was still raw and runny!

Walking about I took a few pictures of the the midway with my fish-eye lens. The sky over Calgary just starting to change colour to a dark blue after the sun has set. Catching all the rides moving at the same time was a stroke of luck!

I hope you enjoy the Calgary Stampede.

I hope you have a great week!

redwing blackbird flying over the canola field near calgary alberta

blackbird flying over the canola field

I know every day is a gift, but where’s the receipt for Mondays? I want to exchange it for another Friday.

Minter Garden, Chilliwack BC.

Water Wheel; Minter Gardens, Chilliwack BC

Water Wheel; Minter Gardens, Chilliwack BC 

Happy Tuesday to everyone, for my fellow Canadians I hope you had a great long weekend. It was great to have an extra day for family and friends, and to use it as needed. In Calgary we had great weather, so we got a little gardening done; some flowers, lettus, peas and tomatoes planted.

This image was taken last summer at the Minter Garden, Chilliwack BC, one of my favourite gardens, I believe it is about 32 acres and I would recommend a sunday visit.

 

 

Calgary Stampede, July 5, – 14, 2013

Calgary Stampede, Midway Rides

Calgary Stampede, Midway Rides

For many in Calgary it might be a little early to start planning their Stampede activities, but for the many volunteers the work on this year’s stampede started last September. The schedule of events that will take place down at the grounds is jam-packed with activities. The midway will be filled with rides, this is one of my favourite places to visit.

This year the parade will be exiting, Astronaut Chis Hadfield will be Parade Marshall, and parade morning is always exciting. about 350,000 people line the parade route, and the parade is two hours long, one of my favourite days of the year!   So with all this thought about Stampede I am exploring some of the old images taken in previous years and planning my visit to the stampede this year!

One Billion Rising; Calgary Alberta

one billion rising; Calgary Alberta; Feb 14, 2013

one billion rising; Calgary Alberta; Feb 14, 2013

One Billion Rising, a world-wide even to end violence against women. In Calgary we danced at the TD Square downtown. Check out their website.  Get involved to stop the violence against women.

I have posted this image as part of Jakesprinter’s Sunday Post. His word this week is “Unforgettable”  I am hope the worldwide  “One Billion Rising” event will become an unforgettable annual event, and that violence against women and children can be stopped. For more unforgettable images check out Jakesprinter’s blog.

 

Ile de cite, Paris France and the image that inspired it

Ile de la cite, Paris France, and the evening river cruises

I am a big fan of Henri Cartier-Bresson, there is so much to be learned from studying the work of someone you admire. While most of us do not want to just copy someone else’s work, there are lessons to be learned by walking through the process the photographer  might have used to capture an image.  I believe that as much as you might try to copy someone’s work that our equipment, the processes that are available to us, our skill level and our personalities will all show in the images and separate your work from the original.

Take this image for example, the original inspired by Henri Cartier-Bresson taken in 1952 would be difficult to copy today, yes with Photoshop it could be accomplished, but what is to be gained by that, except well, to improve or show off your Photoshop skills.  I have my own memories of Paris.  Memories of  Paris of today, with the river cruises, the grey skies, the yellow and orange leaves of autumn. This is the Paris I want to capture in my images. But I did pick this spot to take picture not just because it was beautiful but because I had seen Henri Cartier-Bresson’s images, and loved it. I purposefully choose early evening because I wanted to show some of the city lights, and I choose a slow shutter speed to show how the River Seine is now a very busy place.

So while my image was inspired by Henri Cartier-Bresson it is quite different, and meets my objectives for the images.

jillian on the move

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one final post with Jillian, who was so amazing to work with, she was game to try just about anything!  We were trying to get a little movement.. Let me tell you, getting the right part of the face in focus, with the right depth of field, and great expressions is easier said then done.  Jillian was perfect, stayed in just the right spot, tried to keep her expression with just a slight smile, and then tossed and tossed her hair with the patience of a professional! She has such beautiful eyes it is really hard to notice anything else, and that helps the images.