It took me several different angles to get the one I wanted here. This picture makes me smile. I love the combination of horses/truck and barnyard. It’s so rural Waterloo Region isn’t it? The horse are all looking at a Mennonite family on the road with their horses & buggy. Shot on New Year’s Day 2019.
Taken earlier this year... I love the misty look and vantage point from the hill!
It almost reminds me of a Grandma Moses type painting - there are a few spots in our area that have such scenes.
Hello! It's been a long couple of months since I have posted anything. I have been flat out busy with my day-to-day real estate photography work.
One thing I want to talk about today is that I am offering greeting cards now. These are great ways to own or share a piece of fine art photography, perhaps before you purchase a larger version. The cards are put together by hand and are blank on the inside. These are for sale at the Uptown Gallery in Waterloo. Or contact me directly.
It was brought to my attention today that this photo is in my site banner but not in a post! How easy it is to forget things so obvious.
This photo comes with a story.
As artists we sometimes have our dry spells where we don't feel inspired to produce anything. This spell of mine lasted a year or so.... until.... one day in November 2015 I was pulled over to the side of the road in a rural area between Kitchener and Guelph. I was swamped with appointment requests and other emails - and I needed a break. As I sat in my car I noticed that every time a car drove by this group of birds (starlings?) would all take flight and then re-settle. I always have my camera by my side so it was easy to snap this one! I am thrilled how sharp the detail came out on the birds as they are flying. Some of them look rather comical to me -like little pocket sized rockets. They all have a different flying position which makes this a fun photo to peruse. I also like the fact that the background is very natural and somewhat disorderly. Quite often we like to produce "clean" images but this one is exactly how I saw it.
I'm happy to say after this day my dry spell had broken and I haven't had one since then)))
So much fun to share this story.
This photo is also displayed (plaque -mounted)at the Uptown Gallery in the Waterloo Town Square!
One last note, this and most other photos can be cropped to a panoramic size photograph if that is the look you want in decorating your home. Typically all my photos are cropped to one extent or another.
Here is a flashback from the past... nothing to do with winter for a change -!
Another one of my snow, fence lines and winter photos... Waterloo County. I have returned to this same spot in other seasons, believe it it doesn't not always look like this. Still, despite the cold, there is great beauty to this landscape.
One of my favourite photos. I drove past this on my way to an appointment, thought about it, turned around and returned to the spot to photograph it. So glad I did. This one looks amazing printed on aluminum.
Long and lonesome fence line and field
Taken at the end of a long day... having a quiet moment before heading home.
The title says it all
Even when we can't seem to get rid of it!
This was taken in an area northwest of Waterloo. Where I was I really don't remember!
I had some unexpected time yesterday and got this image:
It was snowing lightly which gives a "painterly" effect to the image.
I am happy to announce that I am now a member of the Uptown Waterloo Gallery- with the Chesley House Label!
The gallery is easy to visit- located in the indoor mall, Uptown Waterloo.
I am thrilled to be a featured artist at this event!
I stopped by one of my favourite spots for photos yesterday- Jedburgh Pond in Ayr, Ontario.
The ducks were excited to see me and the pond was lovely with it's mix of snow and ice and peacefulness.
As I was heading out, I noticed that the ice had melted near one shore and formed circles.
I always feel good inside when I find something like this.
Hello again! Here is an image which I took earlier this month – and forgot about posting it.
This was taken in an area of Wellesley, Ontario which was just off the highway, adjoining the river. I’m sure I and many other people have driven past it before without noticing. I mean basically this is a "swamp" or flood plain - what have you. Roadside empty land. For some reason I felt compelled to get out of my car and do photos that day. I saw something in it. The line of trees, the water, the stormy sky. When the sun came out - CLICK - I nailed it.
Just for fun, I created a view of what it would look like in a home, hung over the fireplace:
I also converted the image to black and white.... lots of fun. Not sure which I prefer?
I have to say the great thing about looking at winter photos is we can stay snug and warm while we view them )))))
Have a wonderful day
Last weekend I had a lot of fun shooting landscapes. I took two trips, one south of Brantford, Ontario and the other south of Baden, Ontario.
I typically do a lot of black and white photography but during these two trips I ended up with mostly colour photos. I like to surprise myself.
This one (below) is one of my favourites. I actually thought I had finished shooting for the day when this "popped" into my view.
Here is a farm that I have passed by on many occasions - just outside Ayr, Ontario. The clouds were nice so I took a photo- again.
Here is another colourful one. (see below) The barn is blue, and at that time the sky had turned pink. Interesting combination of colours. The sky was rapidly changing second by second as the sun was going down.
By the way, no crazy photoshop tricks going on here, this is the real deal! I actually shy away from heavy "photo-shopping" - the closer to the truth the better in my opinion. There are exceptions to this, but I will explain when that kind of photo comes up.
Next - can you tell I love barns? They remind me of my home (one of my childhood homes) in Farmington, Maine. Barns give me a visual sense of comfort. I picture myself running around with my sister and a bunch of cats, playing games. Or sitting on the grass and drawing, taking photos, or daydreaming. The weathered look is so appealing. This barn is outside of New Dundee, Ontario. I only "discovered" it the other day. I love the fence line. I think this image is a bit "crowded" but it is what it is.
Next image - I have quite a few!!! This one was on the drive back from Brantford, Ontario to Waterloo, Ontario. Old tobacco houses... soon to be a thing of the past. I loved how they stood in a row. Reminded me of those scenes from coastal England where you see beach house after beach house all in a row. Next time I see this I am going to try something with a zoom lens. I think a layer of snow might also make it even nicer.
This photo (below) and the two above were shot using the "dramatic tone" filter on my Olympus camera. I sometimes shy away from filters but this one really brings out the mood of the late fall season - cloudy, dark, cold, sunny, snow-in-the-air kind of feeling mood. This farm outside of Baden, Ontario
And here is yet another field photo... great lines and dramatic look.
Last but not least - THIS. I won't say a lot about it except that I am thrilled to have taken this. I love the way the light falls between the trees on the left. The sun was coming right at my camera. It wasn't easy getting this one. I think I took twenty shots and this is the one with the least splotches.
Have you noticed that most of my photos all have that rectangular size to them? It is my favourite shape for photos. It is also a familiar format as I shoot real estate panoramic views when I am not doing landscapes.
All images are for sale! If you see something you need to have, let me know and we can work out the right size, frame and shipping.
I had a pretty good day driving around. Except it seemed like everyone was tailgating me! It was like the national sport today. I even saw a lady tailgating a school bus. How wrong is that?
Here is an image I would like to share. This is just outside of Roseville, Ontario, which is between Cambridge and Kitchener. There is something about this field that always catches my breath it is so beautiful. It’s like the perfect field. If I am driving north towards Kitchener, then the field rises into view as I drive along the road. Broad, vast, and it moves upwards in a wave-like motion. I imagine they use this when the international plowing match is held here.
Every time I see the field it looks different. (Today, being late November, it has the silvery-golden look, no, more like a metallic golden look, almost like “white gold”. It’s a brilliant colour and one I’m not sure the camera picks up.) You can almost feel the cold air and warm sunshine as your eve moves across the image. It reminds me of an ocean, with the waves coming in. Or a ski slope and what fun it would be to ski down across the rises and falls. Look at the variation in colour. And how the sunshine and clouds make playful strips of light/ dark across the landscape. I didn’t plan it this way but I love how the top of the photo is sunlit. The dark green evergreens are a perfect border.
You will see more of this field in future posts :-)
Until next time.... / Susan
I have recently begun to think more about sharing my experiences driving through the rural Waterloo region, and all that I see and reflect upon.
In the past I haven't felt motivated to post a blog unless I take an "exceptional" photo. Ah, how perfectionism and the fear of criticism can get in the way of sharing.... :-/
Lately however I have been thinking I should post anyhow if I have something I want to show or share.
One of the things I love about rural driving is that I get to see the slow transition of colours from season to season. We all love the full blown colours of fall but I find the migration from orange and red to November's silvers and browns equally beautiful. And late fall into winter, and so on.
I think the reduction of colour makes me more aware of which colours do exist.
Here is a photo of a "roadscape" (I just made that up I think) :-) This is in Cambridge off highway 97.
Notice the colours are subtle here... try to name the colour of the trees! To me it's brown/ rust/ remnants of orange/ and (?). The sun picks up the slightest bit of yellow. Here is another view, turning left. Isn't it lovely in its own quiet way?
Then just for fun I extracted several of the colours and put them together - check this out:
Isn't it lovely?!
I hope you enjoyed looking this over.
More photos and thoughts going forward!
I've been fortunate to spend some time on back roads in the Waterloo/Perth/Oxford regions lately. Even though the striking colours of fall have all but faded, I am still mesmerized by the silvery look of late fall.
The image below in a barn in the old village of Greenfield.. which is just a cluster of small homes, outside the small town of Ayr. I love this barn and the whimsical flow of the vines over the fence below it.
This is another rural - Ayr location, taken early in the morning before an appointment. I know the composition is good but not spectacular.. there is something more to this image that gives me that "I've been here before" kind of feeling. I can't quite put my finger on it and yet the image grabs my attention. Here it is below:
This next image is one of my favourites from my outing. Not moody as the above, but more like wow I'm driving along and I see this! I love the look of those old tobacco sheds.
Here is another favourite, although from an earlier day, still the same kind of silvery look. This one gives way to the imagination, there is something dream like about it. See below:
The next image, well what can I say, I have a special love for rural fence lines:
The next image, shows some very subtle field lines, the day was foggy, this is what I saw:
And here we are... at day's end. Time for a bowl of warm soup and a nap !