For those of you that have been following this blog you’ll know that I started this blog as a 52 week project. I wanted to challenge myself to shoot more often and I decided to start a blog and commit to posting a new image once a week. I started blogging using iWeb but quickly realized that it just lacked certain features and controls that I wanted on my site. Enter WordPress…after a lot of research, reading and immersing myself in all things having to do with weblogs I started this site.
The first post on my new WordPress site was on June 2, 2011. Now I’m sure that it’s quite obvious that I’ve been posting more than once a week. Buoyed by an indescribably wonderful photographic community and the many photographers and bloggers that I can now call “friends” this little blog grew every month. 52 weeks and just over 46, 550 hits later I can now say “Happy 1st Anniversary to the Little Blog that Could!”
One of the most wonderful benefits and outcomes of this blog is the wonderful community that I’ve now become a part of. I think I’ve said it before (and I will keep reiterating it) that the individuals in this photographic community are talented and generous with their time, knowledge and feedback, sharing information and tips that benefits not just myself but the whole community. You all foster in me a craving to learn more and be a better photographer. I thank you for that, I thank you for all your visits, comments and “likes” and I thank you for allowing me to be a part of this community.
So for Entry #52 I’ll take you back to Florence, Italy. This is a view of the Ponte Vecchio from the second floor of the Ufizi museum.
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Project 52 Entry #51
In Monday’s post, The Stables at Casa Loma, I mentioned that there were tunnels that led from the Hunting Lodge and stable complex to the main house. These tunnels are 800 feet long and 18 feet deep. This is the last section before reaching the main house.
Project 52 Entry #50
Welcome to Mars Diner.
Sometimes your eyes and you brain “see” very different things. Has that ever happened to you? I have a very romantic idea of what a nostalgic diner should look like and while Mars Diner is a fun place it was missing some oomph.
After processing my brackets through Photomatix & Photoshop I then provided some “oomph” using LucisArt and then a touch of glow in OnOne Perfect Effects. This is what my brain saw! The fact that there was a gentleman sitting on the stool and someone behind the counter was sheer luck.
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Project 52 Entry #49
Port Credit is located on the south shore of Lake Ontario in the City of Mississauga just west of Toronto. It’s commonly referred to as “the village by the lake” and in the summer it hosts jazz festivals, waterfront festivals and annual boat show. The summer is a busy place in Port Credit but spring is a perfect time to walk around and enjoy the sights and sounds before the crowds overtake it.
Last week I received a 10-stop ND filter that I had ordered and thought what better place to try it out then to shoot by the water. The image below is my first attempt at using the filter. The water was pretty choppy because (although you can’t see it) there were boats passing by before the exposure. I think I still need more practice though as I would have liked the water & clouds to have been a little bit smoother.
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Project 52 Entry #48
This past weekend the weather in Toronto was beautiful. On Sunday, my husband and I decided to enjoy the sunshine and go for a walk. Of course the camera came with. We headed to Unionville which is a small village in Markham, Ontario. Main Street is pretty much what you would expect of a small village…small quaint shops, restaurants, ice cream parlours. We veered off Main St. and walked up one of the side streets taking in all the pretty homes. As we were making our way up the street I spotted a house whose side windows were all boarded up. I thought to myself…hmmm, it would be great if I could get in there. Well I obviously didn’t just think it I must have said it out loud because my husband then said “look the back door is open.” (Yes you could see through the front window to the back of this tiny house.) Much to my husband’s dismay, off I went to the back yard, through tall grass trying to avoid the wooden planks with the nails sticking out of them and the cinder blocks that were strewn all over the side of the house.
I cranked up my ISO and fired off a number of brackets. It was a tiny house so not to much to explore. I probably would have spent a bit more time in there and I was tempted to go upstairs but then I heard creaking coming from the second level so I high tailed it out of there. I’m only brave up to a certain point. 🙂
Project 52 Entry #47
Sorry…so sorry about the post title. I just couldn’t resist.
If you missed Monday’s post (have a look here), I introduced Yeti, a Canadian Lynx that I photographed at the Muskoka Wildlife Centre. I was finishing up processing a few more shots and I just loved this one. Yeti was getting too comfortable just lounging in the sun so the staff member that was in the lynx enclosure with us fearless photographers waved a broomstick in front of her (just playing) which made her swat at it. You can see the snow flying in the foreground. You gotta love those paws…she’s just a pussycat after all.
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