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.
The title might have been a little misleading, but even a water fight is a little unexpected on the typical wedding day! They had fun, and my camera gear stayed dry, two very important points. This had to have been the most fun I have had at a wedding in a very long time.
My wish for Jeff and JoAnna, may all their battles/fights be this much fun.
Joanna is a wonderful photographer, and designer, here she has taken two of our favourite photos and created a beautiful thank-you card. As a photographer her work features landscapes, wildlife, rodeo and ranching subject. check out her work at Joanna Lynn Photography
Along with getting the wedding photos done, I spend a little time each day archiving old photos, and reliving old memories! Today I visited Ireland again, Inch Strand is three miles of sandy beach, so I don’t understand the name. I guess I will have to do some internet research to learn the story behind the name. We were there in October a number of years ago, so it wasn’t very busy, maybe someday I will get back to spend sometime in the summer, and to watch the surfers.
JoAnna and Jeff, up the creek after the wedding, aug 3, 2012
Sorry I couldn’t resist the title…..
I was lucky to meet JoAnna through a mutual friend and fellow photographer. JoAnna and Jeff were married on Aug 3, 2012 and they asked if I would photograph the wedding. I am grateful for the opportunity to meet their families, and to spend the day with them. I am hoping to get all the photos done this week. I have to say this is one of my favourite photos.
Water Reflections False Creek Vancouver BC, motion and zooming.
I have been concentrating on portraits for a while, and trying to get caught up processing all the portraits sessions I have been doing, so today I thought I would spend a couple of minutes and bring you something a little different. A couple of months ago we were visiting Vancouver BC, staying in an apartment booked through VROB (vacation rentals by owner) a great site I highly recommend. One evening we went down for a short walk and to watch the sunset. I wanted to take some long exposures of the water and rocks. After using several different exposure lengths to see the effects the different times had on the water, I decided to do a few shots zooming my telephoto lens while the shutter was open.
Here you can see the high-rise buildings of downtown Vancouver, with the sunset behind, their reflection on the water. It has a smoky fire effect, rather than water and reflection. In the bottom of the frame you can see how the rocks have change position, both from right to left and in a vertical line pointing into the frame. you can see my original image Water and Rocks
there are times when you need to let go of everything and to contemplate…. Water Poon
While in Vancouver we had time to visit the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden again, as I have said before it is a favorite place to spend a quiet morning. The cultural center was hosting a display of the art, and poetry of Water Poon. This image reminds me of his words, and I find it easy to sit quite, at least for a few minutes when I can watch the waves wash around the rocks, there is something in the quiet motion that is almost hypnotizing, that allows me to let go a find the stillness. The light and shadows across the water, ripples of waves. This image was taken using a slow shutter speed, blurring the water and emphasizing the light and shadows of the waves.
While it isn’t quite as good as sitting by the sea for a quite moment, I can now look at the photo and be reminded of the moments we had by the sea, and of Water Poon’s words.
The Giant’s Causeway lies at the foot of the basalt cliffs along the sea coast on the edge of the Antrim plateau in Northern Ireland. It is made up of massive hexagonal black basalt columns sticking out of the sea. The dramatic sight has inspired legends of giants striding over the sea to Scotland. My favourite explanation of how the Giant’s Causeway came to be lies in the legend of Finn McCool. There are many sites that tell the different legions of Finn McCool.
Bill and I visited the site several years ago now, we were lucky to have a friend that lives there show us around and tell us all the old legends. It was a cool and rainy day when we were there and I would love to go back to spend more time, there was so much in the area we didn’t get a chance to see.