Writing with Light

Landscape

The Light Within

Slot Canyons are caused by erosion. Water seeping through cracks over millions of years chips away at the rock and forms very deep and narrow canyons. Maybe that’s why they’re so beautiful…you should never rush perfection.

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Arizona, Page, Antelope Canyon, slot canyon, landscape, nature,


Albion Falls

A belated Happy Canada Day to all and a Happy 4th of July to all my American friends and readers. Hope you all enjoyed the long weekend. We stayed close to home and family and friends this weekend and did something that we don’t do enough of…explore in our own backyard. We took a drive to Hamilton, Ontario which is about an hour outside of Toronto. Hamilton is a port city on the western tip of Lake Ontario and on the Niagara Escarpment. The area is filled with beautiful hiking trails that lead to hidden gems such as Albion Falls.

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Albion Falls, Hamilton, Ontario, Bruce Trail, waterfall, falls, long exposure


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.

 


Lakeview Glow

There is nothing more relaxing then sitting on a dock in a The Muskoka Chair (aka The Adirondack chair…or vice versa), with a cup of coffee and a good book staring out at the lake.

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Muskoka, Lake Rosseau, Ontario, Muskoka Chairs, dock, sunset, nature


Sunset Solitude

I spent the weekend in Muskoka with my husband celebrating our anniversary. It was a wonderful, relaxing couple of days spent by the lake and exploring the neighbouring small towns. The resort we stayed at was right on Lake Rosseau and of course my favourite time to shoot is at sunset so how could I resist this scene.

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Muskoka, Lake Rosseau, Ontario, lake, sunset, silhouette, trees, landscape


Two New eBooks From Dreamscapes to Kick-Off the New Year

When its cold and dreary outside there’s nothing better then to curl up with a good book and I did just that this past week thanks to the creative team at Dreamscapes. They’ve just launched 2 new ebooks that I think you’ll find useful.

Gear for Landscape Photographers 2nd Edition

The first of these is The Complete Guide to Gear for the Landscape Photographer by Justin Reznick. This is the second edition of this book by Justin. I reviewed the first edition back when it first came out in November 2013. You can read that review here.

 

The second has been updated with new reviews on equipment ranging from the essentials such as tripods, ballheads, shutter releases and bags to cameras and lenses, iPhone accessories. clothing and more.

What I love about this book is that whether you shoot with a DSLR,  a mirrorless camera, a compact camera or an iPhone Justin covers them all. Justin not only reviews the different brands of cameras and lenses (Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Sony, Panasonic and more) but he also shares his thoughts on the pros and cons of each.

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This 150 page ebook is jammed pack with great information and while I love finding out more about useful gear for me the best part of the book are the last 50 or so pages that are devoted to Photographer Interviews with the likes of Ian Plant, Tony Sweet, Jim Patterson and Jim Nilsen. Each of these photographers (10 interviews in all) have their own special niche whether it be landscape, wildlife, infrared photography or desert photography and Justin gets them to share their own personal recommendations on what works for them and how they deal with the challenges that their own type of photography faces.

 

The second book that I want to share with you is Master Flash Photography by Glenn Bartley. In this ebook Glenn takes the reader through the fundamentals of outdoor flash photography starting with a lesson on the basic controls of the flash. Now he calls this basic but its anything but. As I was reading through chapter 1 I realized how much I didn’t know about my flash (this is where I hang my head down in shame).

Flash Simplified

While this book is touted for nature photographers I think the first 2 chapters, Basic Controls and Operations and In The Field are worth its weight in gold. This book gives you the foundation and knowledge to create better images in the field.

Glenn covers how to use your flash in manual mode, ETTL mode, High Speed Sync Mode as well as using flash exposure compensation. Set by Step instructions along with diagrams accompany each topic.

Learning how to properly use your flash in the field will allow you to shoot in low light, extend your shooting day, it will provide catch-light, fill light and punch to your images and it will freeze the action. Flash_Simplified-2014-13_1024x1024

 

The Complete Guide to for the Landscape Photographer is on sale for $9.95 (regularly $12.95) and Flash Simplified is on sale for only $16.95 until the end of January! (regularly $19.95) Click here to purchase.


Standing the Test of Time

Cypress trees line the hills of Tuscany. I don’t know how long these have been standing in this spot but I do know that I could photograph the Tuscan countryside ad infinitum.

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Tuscany, Italy, Blackand White, monochrome, landscape, travel photography, hillside, cypress trees, minimalist


Manarola Blue Hour

Along the rugged coast of the Italian Riviera, just west of La Spezia, lies Cinque Terre or “The Five Villages.” The five villages that comprise Cinque Terre are Riomaggiore; Manarola; Corniglia; Vernazza and Monterosso.

You can’t drive in the villages so we parked our car in La Spezia for a few days and took the 15 minute train ride to Manarola, which was our base for a few days. To say that I was blown away by the beauty of this region would be an understatement. The five villages are connected by hiking trails and by the train. If you plan to visit I would highly recommend getting a train pass so that you can easily hop on or off when you need a break from hiking.

On our first evening in Manarola we had dinner at a seafood restaurant by the water. I knew I wanted to capture that iconic scene that I’ve seen so many times from other photographers so I brought my gear along. We had a lovely meal and my very dear and patient husband waited for me at our table while I went to “get my shot.” I returned a short time later and we had a lovely desert and finished of a great evening with an espresso.

On another note I posted a new image from Portofino to my Facebook page today. Head on over and have a look. While I do publicize my blog posts on FB, I am also uploading Facebook exclusive images so please consider giving the page a “Like”

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Cinque Terre, Manarola, Italy, village, colored village, blue hour, long exposure, cliff, sea,


Beyond the Grand Landscape – A New eBook

Every year when I was in University there would be a poster sale that was held on campus at the beginning of each year. I remember in my first year purchasing 2 Eliot Porter posters, one was of Big Sur (it was a scene I stared at often and vowed to always go visit…I did) the other was a more intimate photographer of wildflowers. Just in case you don’t know Eliot Porter was an American Landscape photographer whose work will leave you breathless. Why am I telling all this…bear with me for a minute. A couple of years ago I was reading an Outdoor Photographer article on “intimate landscapes” and the writer used Eliot Porter’s work as an example of the beauty of the intimate landscape. It was about challenging yourself as a photographer who normally creates photographs of vast landscapes to stop and focus (excuse the play on words) or narrowing your field of vision to find the intimate details in nature. I knew that the Porter wildflower poster I had purchased was a wonderful example of that.

When I learned that the team at Dreamscapes’ latest ebook release was titled “Beyond the Grand Landscape – A Guide to Photographing Nature’s Smaller Scenes” I knew I had to pick Beyond the Grand Landscape, Dreamscapes, Ian Plant, ebookup a copy and read it. The book, written by authors and photographers Sarah Marino and Ron Coscorrosa, is a 172 page behemoth that covers everything from the principles of composition, abstract forms, repetition in nature to camera technique and processing.

I’ve reviewed other books by Marino & Coscorrosa including Desert Paradise – A Guide to Death Valley and Forever Light – A Photographer’s Guide to Iceland and was impressed then as I am now by the thoroughness; knowledge and depth that goes into their ebooks.

The first part of Beyond the Grand Landscape delves into the mind of the photographer, both from Marino’s perspective and Coscorrosa’s, of how to look for and see a smaller scene. They discuss topics such as visualization and the role of familiarity of scene and take it one step further by interviewing and including the work of other renowned photographers such as Greg Russell and Justin Reznick and allowing the reader to gain yet another perspective on the topic.

Throughout the book the authors share their portfolio of images with detailed explanation of settings, equipment and processing.

Beyond the Grand Landscape, Dreamscapes, Ian Plant, ebookThis book teaches:
Different types of small scenes that can be photography subjects.
Twelve key creative concepts and field practices used to discover and photograph small scenes.
Exercises to facilitate your learning and application of the ebook’s concepts.
Field techniques for macro, flowers, foliage, and abstract photographs.
Foundations of photographic composition and technical fundamentals.
Enhancing effects of light, weather and atmospheric conditions.
Value of mood and how it establishes an emotional connection to your viewer.

Beyond the Grand Landscape can be purchased for $19.95 at the Dreamscapes store. Just click here to purchase or you can also download a free sample.Beyond the Grand Landscape, Dreamscapes, Ian Plant, ebook

 


Photography Mini-Guides by Ian Plant

Aside from spending the weekend getting ready for Passover (and that constituted spending  lot of time in the kitchen) I was able to kick back a little bit and catch up on some reading. Last week I download 3 new photography books to my iPad and I finally found some time to read them.

Ian Plant has just released 3 new mini-guides….

The Mini Guide to Photographing Slot Canyons

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The Mini Guide to Photographing Sand Dunes

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The Mini Guide to Coastal Photographing

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These bite sized guides are the perfect companions when you’re planning your shoots or to have with you when you’re out on a shoot. Ian Plant’s has kept these simple and to the point with the information you need to know to get the shot. Each guide is 20 pages, they are concise and Ian has included all the tips that you need to get stunning photographers in these locations. From timing and composition, shooting angles and location specific tips, these guides are indispensable.

Each guide is priced at $4.95 but you can purchase all 3 for $12.95. In addition Dreamscapes is having a Spring sale until the end of April. Simply use the discount code SPRING and you can save 15% of all purchases in the Dreamscapes eStore. You can click here to go to the Dreamscape store.


An Invitation and A Little iPhone Fun (or the Day I Met Billy Crystal)

I am so excited to let you all know that I will be participating in a group photography exhibit that will run from Jan 19th to March 15th at the Rivoli Lounge on Queen St. in downtown Toronto.  The opening reception will be on Thursday Jan 23rd from 7pm to 10pm. If you’re in the Toronto area and would like to attend please come by. I’d love to meet you.

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Rivoli Show Postcard 003 (Side 3)

And now for the iPhone Friday part of the program.

Guess WHAT I saw in New York?

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Guess WHO I saw in New York?

700 Sundays, Billy Crystal, Broadway, New York, Imperial Theatre, iPhone, iPhoneography

Have a wonderful weekend…oh and….“Have Fun Storming The Castle!” 🙂


2013 – A Year in Review

I can’t believe another year is coming to a close but then again I say that every year. It seems they go by so quickly these days. As I look back on 2013 I’m proud of some of the images that I produced and some of the projects that I’m working on. As I announced a couple of months ago I’m launching a new pet photography business, PhoDOGraphy by Edith Levy. This is something that I’ve wanted to do for sometime and I’ll have the website ready for launch in January.

Below are some of my favourite images from this year. They don’t necessarily reflect the most popular images by hits or comments but ones that resonated with me for various reasons and I’ll let you know why as you go through them. Enjoy!

One last thing…wishing you all a Happy Holiday and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Jackson Square in B&W

Interestingly enough this image never appeared on the blog. The colour version did (and you can see it here) but for some reason I didn’t post the B&W version which happens to be my favourite of the two. This was shot before sunrise and I love the moodiness that comes out in the B&W.

New Orleans, NOLA, Jackson Square, benches, sunrise, dawn, travel photography, monochrome, Black White

Jackson Square

Cafe du Monde

To call Cafe du Monde a coffee shop is downgrading it a bit. It’s a landmark and institution in New Orleans which was established in 1862. Cafe du Monde is open 24/7 and it was the perfect place for me to duck in and warm up with a piping cup of coffee and beignet right after my sunrise shoots in the city.

New Orleans, Cafe Du Monde, cafe, coffee, French Quarter

Cafe Du Monde – New Orleans

The Elgin Theatre

I was fortunate to be able to shoot this iconic theatre in Toronto at the beginning of the year. This was one of my favourite images from that shoot. Little did I know that it would be selected to appear on the cover of the theatre’s souvenir brochure. Below is a scan (sorry about the poor quality) of the cover.

Elgin Theatre, Toronto, Ontario, Balcony, ornate, interior

The Elgin Theatre, Toronto

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Boston Strong

I attended a conference in Boston in April. At the time I wasn’t quite sure if it would be taking place as it was taking place a few days after the Boston Marathon bombing. The conference went on as scheduled and although security was tight at the airports and in the city I was amazed at the resilience of the city and its people.

Boston, Memorial, Bolyston street, Marathon, remembering, Boston Strong

Golden

This past July I took a trip to California, starting in San Francisco and driving down the coast to L.A. While the weather wasn’t always in my favour (lots of fog) I di manage to come away with some images that I was really pleased with. My second day in San Francisco called for an early morning wake up call to shoot the Golden Gate bridge. Being in a place for the first time without a lot of time to explore and get to know you’re way around means that you waste a lot of time looking for the perfect vantage point to shoot from. I was lucky here because as soon as I shoot this the lights on the bridge were turned off.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, Sunrise, Blue Hour, bridge, landscape, Edith Levy Photography

Golden

La Bicyclette

Come on…you had to know I’d include a bicycle image in my year-end recap 🙂 I loved that the name of this restaurant in Carmel-By-The-Sea was called La Bicyclette.

Carmel, California, night, bicycle, La Bicyclette, restaurant, window, French, flags, dining, travel photography

La Bicyclette

The Roman Pool at Hearst Castle

I was just really pleased with the way this came out. The light was very low and I didn’t have a tripod with me. I increased my ISO, braced myself against the railing and took the shot. Sometimes you just have to go for it.

Hearst Castle, Roman Pool, San Simeon, California, indoor pool, water, reflections, travel photography

The Roman Gods Stand Tall

Sponge

This is just a personal favourite. I took pictures of this little guy…his name is Sponge as part of my portfolio building sessions. Isn’t he just adorable.

French Bulldog, Frenchie, pet photography, best friend, dog photography

The Lonely Path

This image was taken at the Rockwood Autoyard in Ontario while I was attending a workshop with Denise Ippolito. It was drizzling the whole day with a light mist floating in the air which made for some terrific light.

Ontario, forest, path, autumn, fall, changing colours, trees, fine art, texture, fog

The Lonely Path

Santa Barbara Marina

Here’s another personal favourite from my California trip. I loved the different colours emanating from the boats and wanted to give this image a bit of an abstract, impressionist feel.

Santa Barbara, California, harbor, sailboats, abstract, pacific ocean, surreal, wharf

Santa Barbara Harbour Abstraction

Santa Monica Pier

One the last night of my California trip I was determined to get a shot of Santa Monica pier at night. Even though it was cold and I really wasn’t dressed properly I headed to the pier (with my husband in tow…he really does deserve an award) and set up for this long exposure.

Santa Monica, pier, amusement park, lights, ferris wheel, roller coaster, night photography, long exposure, travel photography, beach

Amusing Lights

Malibu Pier

This is probably the image I’m most proud of this year. A long exposure of Malibu Pier with a high key treatment.

Malibu Pier, California, long exposure, high key, beach, waves, malibu pier cafe, travel photography

Elephant Seal Rookery at Piedras Blancas

I really had fun photographing these elephant seals at Piedras Blancas which is about 3 miles north of San Simeon on the Pacific Coast. I title this image “A Little Disagreement” but someone made a comment that it looks like the seal on the right might be laughing at a joke (wish I had thought of that), but the loud barking of these mammoth seals is still ringing in my ears 🙂

Elephant Seal, Rookery, San Simeon, Piedras Blancas, California, beach, nature, travel photography, ocean front, beach

A Little Disagreement

Wishing you all a Happy Holiday and a Very Happy New Year.


The View from Nepenthe

In 1947 Lolly and Bill Fassett bought a log cabin in Big Sur, California with the dream of building a restaurant where people from up and down the coast could come and eat and drink under the sun and stars and marvel at the spectacular views of the Big Sur coastline. The name of the restaurant is Nepenthe and today it’s still owned and operated by Lolly & Bill’s children and grandchildren. The views of Big Sur are indeed spectacular but unfortunately on the day that I was there it was shrouded in fog. I certainly wasn’t going to get the image I was dreaming off (looks like I’ll have to make another trip out to California 🙂 ) but decided to try to see what I could do with the fog and my 10 Stop ND filter.

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Nepenthe, Big Sur, California, Pacific Coast, PCH, fog, mist, view, mountains, long exposure, travel photography


Floating Pier

Sometimes you work on an image, where an idea and a pre-visualization of the end result had been percolating for some time and it just clicks. I’ve been waiting to post this image for a few weeks. It’s not often that I’m pleased with the outcome of one of my images (I tend to be my own worst critic) but I was really pleased with this one. This was taken at the same time as the surfing images I posted a couple of weeks ago. I used my 10-stop ND filter in order to achieve a long exposure and I used Topaz Black & White Effects to create the final image.

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Malibu Pier, California, long exposure, high key, beach, waves, malibu pier cafe, travel photography


Photographing Waterfalls and Streams

The team at Dreamscapes just released another ebook, The Advanced Guide to Photographing Waterfalls and Streams by waterfalls, dreamscapes, photographing waterfalls, streams, Justin Reznick, ebook, guide,Justin Reznick.

I love photographing waterfalls and bodies of water and when I’d heard about this ebook I was ready to dig in but honestly I hadn’t heard of Justin Reznick before. Let me introduce you to this talented photographer and author first before I dive into the ebook.

Reznick is a full-time nature photographer who travels the globe in search for the perfect landscape. He’s been published in such magazines as Backpacker Magazine, the Audubon Society, Nature’s Best, Outdoor Photographer and Photography Monthly (UK).

Justin has a real easy-going way about him when he writes and it felt as if he was directing his instructions directly to me as I was reading the book. At a high level the book contains the following:

  • Eighteen water photography tips for how to get that best shot—including fashion tips for water wading (how to stay warm and dry), how to maximize your chances of getting the image you want (don’t leave too early), and how to protect your gear in damp conditions.

  • Post-processing tips for making the image—including advice on analyzing and choosing images in Lightroom, and practical how-to instruction on blending multiple exposures in Photoshop to showcase the best of the light.

  • Some of Justin’s favorite water images with extensive discussion of how he made them.

What I really loved about the ebook was his in-depth explanations about in-field techniques. He doesn’t just focus on the type of gear you should be using (which he does cover off very well) but what to look out for when photographing waterfalls. How to keep your scene clean, how to fight off water spray, what you need to do to get the best compositions. Within each section he provides a breakdown of the image that’s on the page so that the reader knows exactly how it was taken and under what conditions.

The section on post-processing was excellent as well. Justin goes through various techniques focusing primarily on Lightroom. Once again he provides tips (what looks like notes in the margin) based on the content of the section) which you can refer back too long after you’ve finished the book. As an aside this is actually a great follow-up to the last Dreamscapes release Master The Digital Darkroom (Lightroom) by Michael Frye.

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Until the end of the month, you can get 15% OFF if you use the WATERFALLS code when purchasing this ebook. Click here to go to the Dreamscapes Store.

Enchanted

While at the workshop at the Rockwood Autoyard this past weekend, I broke off from the group to go do a little exploring on my own and I came upon this scene. Remember in my last post I said that there was a foggy mist that enveloped the area? See what I mean.

After some minor adjustments in Photoshop I ran the image through Topaz Clarity to give it a bit more definition and then Perfect B&W to desaturate and give it a bit of a mysterious feel.

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forest, mist, fog, Ontario, mysterious, trees, path, nature, landscape


Landscapes in LightRoom & A Trip to Iceland

It seems that fall is the time for new product announcements from companies like Apple and Google. It’s also when we see new photography related ebooks released. In the last couple of weeks I’ve ingested 2 new such releases from the team at Dreamscapes.

Landscapes in Lightroom 5

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The first, Landscapes in Lightroom 5 – The Essential Step-By-Step Guide by Michael Frye was actually released a few weeks ago. If you’re not familiar with the author then let me introduce you, Michael Frye is a Fine Art landscape and Nature photographer, writer and teacher from California who has lived in or around Yosemite National Park since the 1980’s. As you can image his images of Yosemite are iconic.

In this, his 7th book (4 print and 3 ebooks) Michael instructs his readers on how to make their landscape images shine using Lightroom 5. Whether your new to Lightroom or just upgrade to LR5 you may want to pick up this book.

Michael walks you through the Develop Module in Lightroom and talks in-depth about the differences between the older versions and the latest. Learn about tone control and all the new features in LR5.

Want to Know What Got Me Really Excited?

Ok…I’ll tell you. Half of this ebook (it’s 87 pages) is made up of examples. A total of 6 example images each approximately 5 to 6 pages where Michael evaluates the landscape image; discusses the profile; what he did to process the image and there’s a link to a video tutorial for each example.  So now you’re asking why I’m so excited? Well at the start of the examples section Michael provides a link so that the reader can download all the DNG RAW files to the images he’s used in his examples so that you can follow along and process the image yourself. Now if that’s not exciting what is?

What a great why to learn!  Landscapes in LightRoom 5 retails for $14.95 but until September 21st Dreamscapes is having a 15% off sale on everything in their store. Just use the discount code CATSAWAY1 to take advantage of the discount. Click here to go to the store.

Forever Light

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The second book that I just put down was released only a couple of days ago. Forever Light: The Landscape Photographer’s Guide to Iceland by Sarah Marino and Ron Coscorrosa.

This is a terrific guide (I really wish I was planning a trip to Iceland but alas that is not to be).  Sarah and Ron are very thorough and discuss everything from the ins and outs of traveling through Iceland…driving tips; lodging options; food options; travel costs, etc to providing ideas on recommended gear and gear considerations as well as providing specific location guides from north to south. The location guides themselves are just as detailed providing GPS coordinates; best time to go; driving directions and even the best lenses to use.

Of course the images themselves make me really want to buy a plane ticket and head over there but if this is a photographic trip that you have planned or are planning to embark on then this guide is an indispensible resource.

You can find Forever Light in the Dreamscapes Store for $14.95 but remember until September 21st Dreamscapes is having a 15% off sale on everything in their store. Just use the discount code CATSAWAY1 to take advantage of the discount. Click here to go to the store.


Half Moon Bay

One of our first stops on our drive down the Pacific Coast Highway was Half Moon Bay in San Mateo County. It was mid morning and the fog was still hanging on. I was surprised to have the beach all to myself but I certainly wasn’t complaining.

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Half Moon Bay, California, pacific coast, beach, sand, fog, pacific coast highway, travel photography


Weekly Photo Challenge – Changing Seasons

My favourite season is Fall. After a long, hot, green summer it’s nice to put on a chunky sweater, breath in the crisp air and marvel at the fiery coloured leaves when taking a walk through the park. This is an image I made in October during a photo outing with my photography club to Rouge River in Toronto.

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fall colours, rouge river, ontario, trees, landscape photography


Weekly Photo Challenge – Renewal

I was contemplating this week’s photo challenge and which image I should post. Naturally with a theme like “renewal” I was leaning towards posting an image of a bloom in the spring but then I started to think about what makes me feel “renewed and fresh.” It’s being out by the ocean…it does it to me every time and obviously this couple felt the same way on this day. I was a bit envious when I spotted them. It seemed that they had Otter Point (in Acadia National Park) all to themselves. I made a mental note to bring a chair the next time I visited 🙂

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Maine, Acadia National park, Otter Point, ocean, view, B&W, landscape


Puddled Reflections

Here’s another image from Little Cove in Bruce Peninsula National Park. The ripples you see in the dolomite bedrock are called conchoidal fractures. Conchoidal fractures are a curved breakage on the surface of the bedrock which occurs over time from the crashing of the waves. The resulting effects are ripples in the rock that create pockets of water.

Little Cove, Bruce Peninsula National Park, conchoidal fractures, Ontario,


Saying Good-Bye To A Friend

Yesterday was an exceptionally beautiful fall day. It was warm and the sun was shining, the leaves on the trees and the ones that had fallen to the ground were a blanket of glowing reds, yellows and oranges. At that moment I wish I was anywhere but where I was…saying good-bye to a dear and cherished friend.

I know that on Fridays I post my usual iPhone Friday instalment but truth be told the last thing I felt like doing was a blog post or processing images. I then remembered how much my dear friend enjoyed looking at my images and how she always had a word of encouragement for me.

There are people who come into our lives who leave an indelible mark and have a significant impact on the people they touch. My dear friend was such a person.  She was the type of person who you just felt you could confide in and trust. She always made me laugh, always had a kind word to say about others and was always interested, genuinely interested in what was going on in my life and the goings on of my family. If someone was in need; was ill; was going through any kind of strife she was there for them.  She was the epitome of what a wife, mother, daughter and certainly friend is and should be.

Her passing is a profound loss to all that loved and knew her. I know it is for me. There will forever be a hole in my heart.

I miss you Pearl, my dear friend.

Rouge River, Ontario, fall, fall colours, landscape,

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Forest Mist

I’d like to thank everyone for the responses to Monday’s post, asking for your opinion on either the colour or black & white version of “Swirls.”  So what did everyone think?

66% liked the colour version

22% liked the B&W version

9% liked both.

It looks like the color version was a favorite. Thank you again for taking the time to visit and providing your feedback.

On to today’s images. The start of our Tobermory weekend was, how shall I put it…soggy. We had to delay our start on the first morning because of the pouring rain. When we did finally head out, close to an hour behind schedule, the rain had subsided. It actually subsided up until we parked the cars and were ready to start hiking. That’s when the sky opened up again. Our workshop leader and photographer, Ethan Meleg, quickly put plan B into action…we would hike to a wooded area where we could at least get some shelter from the rain. This provided another photographic opportunity.

There was this wonderful mist in the air and the the rain and dampness made the colors of the forest pop.

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Tobermory, Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, mist, forest, trees, nature

Tobermory, Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, mist, forest, trees, nature

Tobermory, Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, mist, forest, trees, nature


Tobermory – Black & White or Colour?

I took this image last month while attending Ethan Meleg’s workshop in Tobermory. This is a single exposure shot with my 10 Stop ND filter. I processed it initially in colour (which I was pleased with) but thought it might work well in B&W. Now I can’t decide which one I like better. Or really the question should be “which one works better?”

Would love to hear your opinion.

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Tobermory, Ontario, Bruce Peninsula, Landscape, Georgian Bay

Tobermory, Ontario, Bruce Peninsula, Landscape, Georgian Bay, monochrome