Archive for the ‘blue’ Tag

Drip II   4 comments

water drop, blue

Similar to yesterday’s image, this one is backlit again, but this time I bounced the off-camera flash off the inside of a blue recycle bin.

In case you’re interested, this is a macro shot, but I don’t have a dedicated macro lens. I use a set of relatively cheap Kenko extension tubes. I say ‘relatively’ because at about $180, they’re not exactly cheap, but they’re a heck of a lot less expensive than a quality, dedicated macro lens.


In The Bleak Mid Winter   18 comments

My daily posts are starting to look about as ‘daily’ as ‘The Daily Show’. This weekend though, I had a good excuse. My hard drive with my photo library finally gave it up after a slow, lingering death. Thankfully, the drive was under warranty and backed up. After replacing it on Saturday and reformatting the new one Saturday evening, I restored the contents overnight and I’m back up and running.

It’s time for me to welcome winter to the blog. I made the photo above in William Hawrelak Park, here in Edmonton. It was approaching sunset, which for us is about 4:00pm right now.It was somewhere south of -30C at the time so I didn’t stay out long.   With the weather all warmed up again this week – we’re back around the 0C mark – we’re planning some skating. Just below the tree line on the right hand side you can see the sun reflecting off the ice. That’s a pretty big pond that the city clears of snow and it looks perfect for skating.

Day 262 – Balancing the Scales   10 comments

Today’s photo is the older daughter again as I continue to balance the scales on the kids being featured in the blog. I’m sure I’m going to end up over correcting, but I’ll worry about that later.

This photo was taken just a few days after yesterdays photo. The ridiculous cardboard glasses were part of a photo contest that I was participating in at the time. The contest had a few props that had to feature in the photos. Given the over-size nature of the glasses, I went with a humorous approach. I didn’t actually submit this image, though it was one of my favourites.

I shot this with my 20mm lens, not your typical choice for a portrait, but I like the distortion in this case for a fun twist on a child portrait.

Day 226 – Life’s Not Just Rainbows and Unicorns   6 comments

You may have seen this photo a couple of days ago, but it has gone through a few more revisions in the meantime. I have to thank Adrian for the inspiration. He left a comment on Day 223 saying the previous version looked a bit Avatar. The notion stuck so I ran with it. The stripes come from the zebra on Day 211. The eyes are actually wood grain with a colour shift. The fangs were cut from a photo I pulled off the web. The concrete texture behind her is from the foundation of our house. There’s also a bit of texture in her face from the high-level bridge here in Edmonton.

My six-year old loved it so we added the tagline and turned it into a 24″x36″ poster for her bedroom wall.

Sadly, the ten-year old likes it so much, I now have to do one of her. Doesn’t she understand how long this image took me to make? Really though, it’s my own fault. Looks like I really set myself up for that one.


Day 214 – Strutting His Stuff   2 comments

This weekend we are catching up with an old friend and reminiscing about good (and bad) times from many years gone by. We’re all testing our individual memories of a shared experience from our different perspectives and our different roles in those events that are now 15 years past. Each of our own memories keeps prompting new memories, especially as we try to remember names. Apparently my brain is not terribly well wired for remembering names.

Perhaps this is part of what I like about photography. A picture helps my memory work so much more effectively. Maybe I should start taking pictures of everyone I meet…

Day 185 – I Could Live Here   19 comments

“I could live here” said my eldest daughter one sunny, Sunday afternoon on Salt Spring Island a couple of weeks ago. I couldn’t agree more. Salt Spring Island is the largest of the Gulf Islands in the Strait of Georgia between the British Columbia mainland and Vancouver Island. My wife and I have been visiting the island for the last 16 years. Her folks live there.

Island life is different from mainland life. Life is slower on the island, more relaxed, simpler. You can almost feel the tension seeping out of your body as you arrive on the island. My in-laws’ house is on the water, which may explain why I like it there so much. It might also be because I’m always on vacation when I’m on the island!

This photo is the view from their house. Here, you go to sleep to the sounds of gentle waves washing up on the beach and the geese chatting away to each other as darkness falls.

It never occurred to me that the kids would notice, but apparently they’d like to live there too.

Day 184 – So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye   10 comments

And so, today, with much reluctance I have parted with my camera. It’s on its way to Toronto in the hopefully gentle hands of Purolator to be entrusted to Canon for three to four weeks. Hey, fingers-crossed, it might be back in my hands in early September!

On the bright side, before my camera died I had shot about 1300 photos on our vacation so I have plenty of fodder for the blog until I am reunited with my camera.

The photo above is a 30-second exposure across the Columbia River looking back at the town of Revelstoke and the mountains that surround the city. I shot this from a single-lane bridge leading out of town to the south and just a five-minute walk from our campsite. Revelstoke is a ski resort in the winter. During the summer it’s more about the hiking and the boating. You can hike up Mt Revelstoke or, like us, you can drive most of the way. There are beautiful trails at the summit through sub-alpine meadows. Fantastic.

A shuttle dropped us off at the summit and we set off on one of the trails. Within five minutes it started raining, but pretty lightly. Five minutes later though it was bucketing down and then it started hailing. We ran for cover in the bus shelter with a German family. After about ten minutes of rain, they gave up and took the shuttle back down. We waited it out – it looked like it was going to burn off and it did. We spent two hours walking the trails in glorious sunshine.