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Old Montreal at Night

Yes I know it’s been quite sometime since I’ve published a post. First of all thank you to all who emailed me with concern, asking where I am and if everything is ok. Yes all is well. I’ve taken on a new expanded role at work and have been doing some business travel which has taken up a lot of my time. As much as I hated to do it, my photography and my blog had to take a back seat for a couple of months while I emeressed myself in my new role at work and learned the ropes.

It’s interesting though the guilt I felt the first couple of weeks of not blogging. I would arrive home fully expecting to sit down at the computer in the evening and crank out a post but then there was other “work” to finish and before I knew it midnight rolled around. I finally decided that a half-hearted post wouldn’t do and I would give myself permission to take some time off from blogging.

So here I am back again. I can’t promise I’ll be as regular with my posts as I had been, at least not for the short-term but I will certainly try to post semi-regularly.

I also haven’t done much travelling this summer but we did manage to go to Montreal for a weekend to visit family. Family visits are great but it’s always a bit tough to eek out some time for photography. We did manage to go out to Old Montreal one evening and I did bring my tripod and gear with me for a few shots.

Old Montreal is beautiful at any time of year but in the summer its bustling with people. Street performers are out, people are walking through the cobblestone roads or sitting at an outdoor Cafe enjoying the evening. Of course at night the star attraction is the lights which brings the buildings and streets to life.

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Old Montreal, Quebec, night photography, lights, buildings, historic

Photography DUH!

Shannon Kalahan and David Pasillas are both photographers/bloggers whose work I admire and follow. A couple of weeks ago they released their first collaborative effort, an ebook for the budding landscape photographer, Photography Duh!

This isn’t your typical photography book which covers technical information, instead it’s a no-nonsense, common sense book of mistakes you should avoid and not just any mistake but mistakes that both Shannon and David have made. Truth be told as I was reading the book I have to admit I’ve made some of them myself.Shannon Kalahan, David Passillas, ebook, photography, landscap photography

Now don’t get me wrong this book isn’t just about mistakes to avoid but there’s some great advice and instruction on things you should do. Shannon and David cover everything from how to keep your gear clean when out shooting; equipment you should have with you when out in the field (and not just camera gear); rules…when to break them and when not to and yes they do get into some of the juicy stuff that us photographers like to review every so often and such as exposure; light and editing.

The fun thing about this book…yes I said fun…is it’s written a with a great sense of humour and a little bit of tongue in cheek. Frankly I wish they had written it before I had made some of these mistakes over the years.

The book is available in Shannon’s store here and at $5.99 it’s a steal.

 

Sail Away

Sometimes you don’t have to travel very far to find beauty. Last weekend we headed down to the Beaches in Toronto. We found a spot on the rocks where we could look out and enjoy the lake. People were going by in canoes and paddle boards but in the distance the sailboats were gliding smoothly through the water.

I’ll let you in on a little secret. This was taken early in the afternoon on a hot, sunny and hazy day. A texture overlay in post created the ambiance I envisioned in my head.

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Lake Ontario, Toronto, Beaches, sail, sailboats, water

The Road to Peninsula Ridge

In my post last week I shared an image of Peninsula Ridge Estate Winery as seen from the vineyards. You can see that post here. Here’s another view of this beautiful estate from the road leading to the winery.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Peninsula Ridge, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, winery, estate, vineyard, Ontario Travel

Peninsula Ridge Estate Winery

My husband and I spent Canada Day with friends in Niagara on the Lake. We visited a few wineries, enjoyed wine tasting, had a wonderful lunch at Vineland Estates Winery and strolled through the town of Niagara on the Lake. I did bring my camera (just in case) an opportunity presented itself.

That opportunity presented itself at the first vineyard we stopped at, Peninsula Ridge Estate Wineries. As soon as we drove up the curved driveway and I saw the Victorian house I knew I had to get my camera out.  Don’t let the clouds fool you. Shortly after taking this shot the clouds moved on and the sun came out.  Given the heaviness of the clouds I decided to enhanced them even more with a texture overlay.

By the way…the wine was excellent ;)

To all my American friends…Happy 4th of July!

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Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, vineyards, grapes, wine, victorian house, escarpment

Solitude in Monochrome

I don’t know about you but it’s been raining in Toronto for 2 days straight. It started Saturday morning and as I sit here on Sunday evening its still raining outside. That probably explains why I was in a monochrome mood as I was processing this image.

The sun is supposed to shine tomorrow so here’s hoping. Have a good week everyone.

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Lake Rosseau, Muskoka, Ontario, Monochrome, black and white, muskoka chairs

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