I wanted to see if I could make this into an image with a more artistic feel to it; to see what I could accomplish without using one of the one-click apps that convert photos to oils or watercolour.So I brought up the details and liked what was happening in the sky and the branches of the tree. I adjusted the colour in the sky I added … Continue reading Photo Editing: Artistically speaking
This beast transforms our 300 foot country drive from impassable to passable. Ailsa’s Travel theme: Transformation Continue reading Transformation
Few experiences are as serene as stepping outside after the storm has passed and the snow has settled to listen to the muffled silence of a snow-laden countryside. Please click on the photo for a better view.Weekly photo challenge: Serenity Continue reading After the storm
It feels good to be back in the studio … Stage 1 Stage 2 … haven’t ruined it yet Stage 3 Done or close to it … gotta stop before I ruin it … though that bank of trees on the left is too uniform … Had to change the structure of the painting – original layout wasn’t strong enough Continue reading New Pastel
I have enjoyed my photography so much lately I haven’t been in my studio for … a long time. This is a pastel I did this weekend. I’m not satisfied with the sky. I’m going to try another one … Continue reading Back in the studio again
“The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning.” – Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting Continue reading Visual Quotations 62: August
Living in the rural areas, a field ready for plowing or planting is a welcome sign of Spring. On the shores of the St. Lawrence River Weekly photo challenge is: Spring Continue reading Spring in the Country
I am out of season but other than the arrival of my daffodils, my immediate surroundings aren’t offering many photographic ‘must shoots’ right now. It is cold and wet and dreary, unlike these shots taken in the glorious days of fall in and around my own environs. At least I’m in sync with those down under 😉 Ailsa’s Travel Theme is: Glow Continue reading Autumn Glow
There is no photography without light and the play of light and shadow together is irresistible to those of us who tote cameras on every outing. The most mundane subjects become interesting and beg for their image to be captured.
St. Finnan’s Cathedral, Alexandria; built 1833
St Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church, St. Andrew’s West; built 1801 – one of the first Roman Catholic churches built in Upper Canada (Ontario) and the oldest remaining stone structure in the province erected as a church. During the War of 1812 it was used as a hospital.
St. Margaret’s of Scotland, Glen Nevis; church records start in 1882 Continue reading “Black and White: Rural Churches of Eastern Ontario”
I took the train into Ottawa on Saturday – haven’t been on many trains over the years though I used to be a daily commuter on the train … a few years back. Here are some before and after (Sagelight) shots – A vintage look to Casselman station. I didn’t need to add any grunge look as the train window provided all I needed. This … Continue reading Before and Afters
Looking out through the front window I saw
And following behind Continue reading “Turkeys: a short story”
Winter is about … Ailsa’s travel theme is: winter Continue reading Winter is …
“At the Winter Solstice, the wind is cold, trees are bare and all lies in stillness beneath blankets of snow.” – Gary Zukav All photos taken in my backyard in rural Ontario. Ailsa’s travel theme is: Still Continue reading All Lies in Stillness
I’ve said before that I am a tweaker. Some take pride, and rightly so, in getting the shot just the way they wanted it without tweaking. I use a point and shoot; I don’t have all the adjustments, lenses, and filters and experience necessary to get the shot the way I might envision it. So I tweak.
I think of every photo as a canvas on which to create the most interesting result I can. And I am testing out some new-to-me software on a 30-day free trial – Sagelight. I ever so quickly checked out Lightroom and, like other Adobe Photoshop software,I ever so quickly found out it is beyond my understanding. But I’m lovin’ this Sagelight. So many things to try. So many variations. So many combinations. And infinite possibilities.
From this original photo –
I cropped and began to experiment – Continue reading “I’m lovin’ this software”
My favourite time to walk in the woods is in the fall. I stride out across the open field where the summer crop is brittle and dry awaiting harvest, or the stalks are limp remains after the first heavy frost. I purposefully shuffle through the leaves dropped from the hedgerow because I delight in the rustle and crackle. But it’s the woods I head … Continue reading Heady scent of autumn
I am excited and happy to say I made a couple of sales recently. Both are photographs that I worked on with various photo editing programs. This one sold at a local showing that was actually held in the building pictured, which is in Martintown, Ontario.The Grist Mill 21 x 15″ The next one sold from an art gallery in Ottawa so that is doubly … Continue reading I’m Happy
I took a series of shots at the marsh just as the sun was going down – they had a big effect on my painting and inspired a number of attempts at capturing this scene in watercolour. I thought I’d try some of them out in black and white … The Cooper Marsh Conservation Area is on the shores of the St. Lawrence River … Continue reading Black and White: Cooper Marsh
Aaahhhh Boy in Blue on Bike Carousel de la Cité Carcassonne Dilapidated Door in Dinan Elephant on Elegant Egg First Frost in Flower garden Guard Gait in Gamla Stan Hero on High Horse Irish wolfhounds In St Ives Jaded Johnny Jump-up Knocking Knees with unKnowns Lamp Light and Lines & Last Leaves Lingering Marazion from St Micheal’s Mount Nothing Near Nomansland Ostentatiously Ornate Onion Domes … Continue reading Quintessential image of Quiet, rural Quebec
“… we must constantly dream and have the conviction and obsession to transform our dreams into reality – to create a future that never existed before.” – Clara ShihEse’s Weekly Shoot and Quote: Obsession Continue reading Visual Quotations 31: Obsession