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A Hard Drive Crash, A Day in the Country & An Aspiring Photographer

First I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day, President’s Day and Family Day (if you’re in certain parts of Canada). You may have noticed that I’ve been a bit absent this week. I have a good explanation…my hard-drive crashed 😦

No need to panic though because everything is backed-up on a raid drive and then I have a 3rd back up of all my images. The problem is I’ve been without my Mac for almost a week. See the Mac’s internal hard-drive is less than 3 years old. I had replaced it back then because I needed a larger one. Well it was still under warranty (that’s good) but it will take 7 – 10 days to send it back to the manufacturer and get it back (that’s bad). It should be coming home this week.

My son, Sam is home this week from University for reading week and it’s really nice to have a full house. Since today was family day we took a drive up to Port Carling, Muskoka. Sam has started showing some interest in photography so we did some shooting together today. Unfortunately I can’t process my images until I get my computer back but here’s a shot I took of Sam with my iPhone 6 and processed with Snapseed.

Port Carling, Muskoka, Ontario, winter, snow, bridge, photographer, iphoneography, black and white


2015 My Year in Review

Every year Jim Goldstein runs a project on his blog, JMG Galleries, where he encourages photographers to post their best pictures of the year. It’s a great project and I’ve participated every year. When I started participating about 4 years ago I thought, “what a great way to have pictures seen by a whole new audience.”

That was me when I first started blogging but now there are so many other reasons that I participate. Yes I still like that fact that I may reach a new audience but more than that I find this to be a difficult and yet rewarding exercise. It’s tough to cull through your work and pick what you think may be the best of the year. It really gives me a chance to go though my images (some that I haven’t looked at for almost a year) and decide whether they’re good enough to make the cut of the top 10 or 15.  I try to review my images from a technical perspective and from a creative one. Certainly I’m drawn to certain images due to the circumstances of where and when they were taken. The picks may not always be perfect and certainly wouldn’t win any awards but art is subjective and what one person views as a masterpiece another make look at and dismiss entirely.

It’s been a busy and rewarding year both on the photographic front and from a family and work stand point. I’ve taken on a new role at work which was unexpected at the beginning of 2015 but I am loving it. The only downside has been that its been so busy that my photography had to take a bit of a back seat.

From a photography perspective I’ve continued to sell prints and license new work which is always very exciting and rewarding. I won’t make any specific commitments for the new year because I know that my day job will still be taking up a lot of my time but learning new photographic techniques and honing my craft is something that I know will always be important and I will find and make the time to do it.

If you have a chance jump on over to Jim Goldstein’s site here in or about the second week of January and he should have a list of year in review post listed for your viewing pleasure. There’s always a great list of photographers on there, you won’t regret it.

As always you can click on the images to enlarge them or to Purchase a Print.

Cuba, Havana, Old Havana, street photography, travel photography, black and white


water drops, gerber flower, refraction, milkweed, macro photography

Refracted Water Drops

Havana, Cuba, Cuban Cigars, Cigar, Stogie, travel photography, cigar aficiondo, black and white


Hilton Falls, Ontario, Milton, conservation, waterfall, long exposure, trees

Hilton Falls, Ontario

Boston, skyline, Fan Pier, sunset, blue hour, travel photography, harbour, lights, Charles River


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


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

Lake Ontario

Old Montreal, Quebec, night photography, long exposure, historic

Old Montreal

Jerusalem, Israel, street photography, black and white, monochrome, man, beard

Jerusalem, Israel

Israel, Jerusalem, Western Wall, Orthodox, Man, Walking, Motion, black and white, travel photography,

Jerusalem, Israel

Tel Aviv, Israel, sunset, beach, family, photographer, golden, water, sea, Mediterranean

Tel Aviv, Israel


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

Sunday Afternoon on Lake Rosseau

I was in a canoe when I took this picture. Same day, same place to very different purposes. I, trying to find the perfect composition while trying to keep the canoe from bobbing up and down in the water and he finding the perfect spot to read while shutting out the rest of the world, including me.

I created a digital painting using LR, Photoshop and Topaz Impression. In case you weren’t aware Topaz Labs is running a promotion on Topaz DeNoise (it’s the noise removal software I use and love it) until June 30th. Topaz DeNoise is priced at $59.99 for the month of June, that’s a $20 savings. The coupon code is: JUNEDENOISE and you can click here to learn more.

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Lake Rosseau, Ontario, Muskoka, lake, canoe, trees, man reading in canoe, digital painting


Muskoka Living

It’s been along time since I created a “travel poster” and I thought this image from Port Carling in Muskoka would fit the bill perfectly.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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Muskoka, Ontario, Port Carling, canoe, boat, water, cottage, country house, lake, travel poster

Barn Boarded Antiques

Port Carling is a community in the Township of Muskoka Lakes. It was settled in the 1850’s by the Ojibway Indians. Today it is home to hundreds of year round residents and thousands of seasonal residents.

My husband and I spent part of the day, last weekend, walking around town. We were only going to stop in Port Carling for about an hour or so but it was such a lovely town that we ended up spending the better part of the day there. There were many harbour front stores to explore and restaurants to try but it was this antiques store that really caught my eye.

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Muskoka, Port Carling, Ontario, Antiques, store, vintage, small town,

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

Towards the Water

I hope everyone had a great weekend. I was in Montreal over the weekend for a family function and I did manage to grab some shots while I was there but I’ll share those with you a little later in the week.

In the mean time here’s an image from my jaunt to Muskoka a couple of weeks ago. This was taken while exploring the town of Huntsville.

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Muskoka, Huntsville, alleyway, fall, lake,

iPhone Friday – Muskoka Scenes

….of course here’s a selection of iPhone shots from my weekend in Muskoka….

Have a great weekend everyone.

fall colours, Muskoka, Ontario, chair

A Muskoka Chair in Muskoka

fall colours, Muskoka, Ontario, bras

Yes…we Canadians are a Crazy Bunch 🙂

fall colours, Muskoka, Ontario,

fall colours, Muskoka, Ontario, Huntsville, alleyway

An Alleyway in Huntsville…I’ll be posting my DSLR version next week.

Fall in Muskoka

Well the weather turned this weekend in Toronto and it’s now officially fall. I actually had to break out a warmer jacket, which was strange after the glorious summer we’ve had. Although I do admit that fall is my favorite season. This was the perfect weekend to take in all the beautiful fall colours and that’s exactly what I did with a drive to Muskoka.

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Muskoka, Ontario, fall foliage, fall colours, lake, boat, landscape


Project 52 Entry #37

Continuing our visit to the Muskoka Wildlife Centre (you can click here to see yesterday’s post on the Grey Wolves) I’d like to introduce you to a Saw-Whet Owl named Luna.  Saw-Whet Owls are native to North America and weigh on average 2.8oz making them one of the smallest owls in North America. Luna was brought to the Muskoka Wildlife Centre because she was found injured. The folks at the centre believe that she may have flown into a power line. As you can see from the images they’ve taken excellent care of her and she is just the sweetest little owl.

Just a little bit of trivia for my Canadian readers…Luna is actually quite famous in her own right. She is featured in the Telus commercials.

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Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf?

Hmmm…not me.

I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend. We had a long weekend in Ontario (as I know my American friends did too) and really enjoyed the much needed break and time with family.  I did take a little bit of time to indulge my photography fix this weekend.  I participated in a Photo outing with my Photography club where we headed out to the Muskoka Wildlife Centre to shoot some of the animals. What made the experience really incredible is that we were allowed entry inside the enclosures with some of the animals.  Scary as that may sound it was an unbelievable experience.  The only animal we weren’t allowed to get inside with was the cougar. I guess they didn’t want the photographers to get eaten…go figure. I’ll have some pictures of him, that I took from behind the fence, later this week.

The Muskoka Wildlife Centre is not a zoo but rather an interactive learning park. The centre is a refuge for injured wildlife or wildlife that were kept as “pets” and now can’t be released back into the wild. The staff at the centre are educators and wildlife experts who are responsible for the care and well being of the animals. They were truly incredible and accommodating (with both the animals and the photographers). If you’re ever in Ontario then you should put this on your must see list.

For this shoot I rented the Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS II. I’m in love with this glass and I think I better start saving:)

So for today I want to introduce you to Montana and Akayla, two Grey Wolves that we were fortunate enough to photograph.