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Cold day in Waterloo County

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.

Snow, fence lines, winter, Waterloo county

Winter Farm - Waterloo Region

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.

Art Exhibition of Photography, Mixed Media, Glass and Jewelry - Uptown Gallery Waterloo

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!

Great weekend for photography - area south of Baden, Ontario

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.   

~Susan

Fall Foliage drive

The trees are absolutely beautiful now in Southern Ontario.  I am so grateful that I have work which involves travel time between appointments so that I can see so many inspiring landscapes.

Yesterday I had the later part of the afternoon off.   After doing  a few errands I drove out of town to a particular spot where I have been so many times before.  I wanted to see how this spot looked with all the fall colors.   Here it is: 

Waterloo county landscape photo by Susan Arness

the last time I did a memorable photo in this same spot was in the Spring during maple syrup season.... 

Waterloo county landscape photo by Susan Arness

here is the exact same angle .. (taken yesterday)

Waterloo county landscape photo by Susan Arness

so different!!! and so much fun to return to the very same spot

 

The Creative Day that wasn't planned!

Waterloo county landscape photo by Susan Arness

a post from late november 2015....

Susan here. I had a wonderful day with my camera!

The interesting thing is I didn't set out to take photos but ended up doing so.

I wanted to go to St Jacobs to look around the shops.. and ended up taking the back roads.

This is my favourite photo from today. Its on a Mennonite fruit farm.. you can see the graceful lines of the orchard leading up to the tree on the right. The field has some leftover crops, and there is part of a tractor in the background which I didn't see until I pulled my photo up on the screen at home!

When I look for good images, I seek out interesting lines, patterns, colours and subjects.

Enjoy! 

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