Sunday, March 29, 2009

Sunday Still: Landscape

After visiting so many of my fellow Sunday Challengers previous posts, I realized that I could never compete with the shear beauty of the lands they live in and around. My concept was to show the landscape from a different perspective.

So, while out walking Coal, I decided to get close to the earth. Laying on my stomach, more like a belly, I found this interesting angle of the land.

click on the image to get sucked into the land

So, Yeah or Nay, there you have it! A small but somewhat powerful view of the landscape.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Sunday Still: Lines

This week's Sunday Stills Challenge.... lines. On Wednesday I took the day off work and went skiing with my son. He loves Freestyle skiing that takes place in these ski parks. I think I took about 300 pictures of him using the continuous shooting mode. I had the idea of getting close to the rail and tried to get a cool shot of him doing a rail slide. This is the shot that has the most lines from the rail he is on to the elements in the background.

This is my only entry because I think that I have as close to a 'line' as you can get with the rail.

Please don't be shy. Let me know if the picture rocks or sucks.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Special Moments

My wife and I went on a date Thursday night to the Canada Blooms show. It isn't necessarily that I had an interest to see the actual show, but my wife totally loves plants, gardening and landscaping. I love nature and plants and all the scents that it had to offer, but the real joy I had was seeing my wife excited about the different displays and the wonderful creations that the presenters came up with. We got to discuss what we thought was interesting, what might help her in her landscaping design course and what we could incorporate into a plan for our on yard.

She worked from home on the Friday after, and we weren't able to share our morning commute. I missed her that morning.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sunday Still: Water

I had a few ideas for this weeks Sunday Still Challenge, but as spring nears, and the snow melts I was hard pressed to find THE water shot. My first idea was to create the ultimate glass of water with a still life shot. Condensating glass of clear water, ice and a lime and lemon for colour. Another idea was to find a water fountain or natural water area and show how beautiful it can be.

As I was walking Coal yesterday, I stumbled across a use of water that is becoming way to common and totally pisses me off. I hope my picture sends a bit of a message that although we will not be able to eliminate waste, we have to have the conscience to deal with it properly.

I know we should show how serene and lovely water is, but this is something that I'm very sick about.

Alright I vented, here's Coal showing that he doesn't care what temperature or how clean the water is, as long he can lay in it. He is a Black Lab all the way.

You have to keep your eye's on him. If there's water, he's in it.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Remembering Nature

We all have certain things that reminds us of people and places in our lives. One of the things that reminds me of my dad and the cottage is the common loon. Some evenings growing up on Nottawasaga Bay, we would sit by the lake and he would call out his best imitation of it's Tremolo. If you have a minute, check that link for the vary unique and haunting sound.

Although that sound always places me at the cottage with the family, I have grown found of the call of the Red-winged Blackbird.

I actually took this picture. If you click on it, it will view a lot nicer.
Saving up for a Telephoto lens.

I'm fortunate enough, until they plow it over, to be able to walk my dog Coal in by farmer's field that has a bit of a marsh around it which the Red-wings love to sit on the grasses. Yesterday I left work early to get home and walk Coal. It was -2C out and beautifully sunny. As this wonderful sound broke through the marsh grass, I felt at piece and for a moment forgot about some of the concerns that keep me up at night. When we take a moment to listen to nature, it is amazing how such a simple natural sound can slow us down and make us feel like we belong.

I know life continuously changes, but one of the things that I will always hold onto is the fact that for a little time in life, I enjoyed walks in the farmer's field with my dog.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Sunday Stills: Self Portrait

Here is this week's challenge. I felt very challenged doing this. Normally I don't mind having my picture taken, but actually shooting a self portrait is a totally different thing I've learned.
I took my camera downtown Toronto to try some adventurou
s shots, when the darn battery went dead. Then Saturday I didn't take it while walking the dog, then the rain came and messed me up.

Trying to learn different ways to express or shoot pics., I decided to go to the basement and utilize our son's blackboard wall.

Like it or hate it, I tried to be creative and sent the timer. I did try to make this blur. It worked.

Then I thought I shouldn't put a blurry shot up, so I tried to take an profile version.
I don't have a remote and I try to use Manual settings, so getting the right focus and lighting is tricky.

So these are my takes on the self portrait. I am not really pleased with them, but I was willing to challenge myself which is needed.

Oh, that is a banjo in the background. I thought I needed to add some content. And yes, I do play it, just not very well.

I shall now post, and check out the others.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


Sunday I was walking my dog while wearing a light jacket, saw a robin and thought, nice, spring is around the corner. Next thing I know, the temperature drops and I'm buried in my Eddie Bower parka again.

My mornings start at 5:45 when the alarm sounds, I do my morning routine upstairs, then head down to get my wife's travel coffee started and have breakfast. If I forget to make it, I totally get razed.

I head over to the fridge to get the milk for my cereal and do a double take at the thermometer.
This is actually my thermometer. Holy smokes... MINUS 17 Celsius. That converts to 1.4 Fahrenheit. That's freak'n cold no matter what measurement you use.

When my wife comes down, we both roll our eyes and bitch about how bloody cold it is. We pack our lunches, I grab the coffee and we dart off to the GO Train to muck through our days at work.

Even thought it is freezing out, the sky is wonderfully blue, the sun is beaming and I think about how fun it would be to be walking my dog in the cold.

I have enjoyed this winter, but it really is time for spring. We get to Spring Forward our clocks this weekend for Daylight Savings and it is only 1 week till the official start. But this is Ontario, so that really means we have a couple of more weeks.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Sunday Stills: In Motion

Okay followers, here is my take on the Sunday Stills In Motion challenge.

We were walking our Black Lab, Coal, around the shoreline of Nottawasaga Bay at my parents' cottage. I like this shot because it sort of has 3 elements of In Motion. My wife's arm tossing, the Chuck-It in flight, and our dog taking off as usual before he knows where it is going.

My second image is one of my favourites. This is the same day, and my wife had hid on our dog, and he was bolting over to where he saw her. For some reason he reminds me of a Jack Rabbit.

These shots were taken before I thought of getting more into photographing.
I look forward to your comments, likes or dislikes and critiquing.