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.
With my background in real estate photography, I am so accustomed to shooting photos in bright light. This one goes against my grain but that’s the fun of it - challenging ourselves to do the out of the ordinary. This was taken very early one morning in October outside a Mennonite church north of Waterloo. Morning is so magical. You can almost “hear” the silence in this photo.
This photo is from early October but I thought I’d post this before too long. The colours change so quickly! This was shot on an off the beaten path kind of dirt road north of Waterloo.
Saw this while on a trip up north
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.
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.
This one says to me " I stand tall, healthy, proud and beautiful"
I recently wrote about doing fall foliage photos. Here is something else I'd like to share from the same day I was out.
I saw this fence in a rural area. The crazy, almost playful lines of the derelict fence just called my name :-)
When I got home I pulled it up on the computer screen. I liked it but then I added some darkening, color alteration and sharpening. Here is the before and after:
then this: (the one I did creative alterations in photoshop)
I would be curious to know what others think of the alteration!
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:
the last time I did a memorable photo in this same spot was in the Spring during maple syrup season....
here is the exact same angle .. (taken yesterday)
so different!!! and so much fun to return to the very same spot