Posts Tagged ‘photos’

Seal In The Harbor

March 9, 2010

I was driving over the bridge at Covehead Harbor yesterday and spotted a little black blob in the water. At first I thought it was just a lost bouy but it disappeared for a few seconds and then re-appeared so I knew it must be a seal. I drove down to the harbor to have a look and noticed that it was eating a fish.

Interesting to watch how it maneuvered that flat fish around with it’s flippers while floating on it’s back.

Harbor Seal

Door Number One Please

November 16, 2009

Ever see a door and wonder what’s behind it?  Sometimes there are doors you just don’t want to open and other times there are doors that scream, “Open me, please”.  Funny thing is though, you’ll never know what’s inside until you open it.  One of my favorite sayings came from Chris McCandless, the young man who left everything behind to experience living in the wild; Alaska. He said, “The core of man’s spirit comes from new experiences”.  I believe that. But to experience something new you have to open a door and accept what’s behind it.  Unfortunately for Chris, after discovering that the wild door to Alaska wasn’t what he wanted, it closed and locked behind him and he never came back.

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I’m pretty sure Chris would be the first to tell you that he didn’t regret opening that door.  He just made the mistake of running across the threshold a little too quickly.  Lesson learned.  Be prepared for new experiences and open those doors, but step inside carefully.

Pond Bouquets

November 6, 2009

Pond monsters are not the only thing you’ll find in the shallows of our wetlands and marhses. Like everything there is a dark side and a light side to every pond.  A yin and a yan, so to speak. The yang side of pond obstacles are what I call pond bouquets.  They never try to trip you up or snag your paddle. In fact they can guide you along by letting you use them to steer and sometimes to propel yourself forward.

The other thing about pond bouquets… they’re charming.  At least I think they are. They remind me of a centerpiece for a table or a dried flower arrangement.

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Pond Bouquet

Is It Cheating?

November 3, 2009

A lot of people ask me if I “enhance” my photos.  And when they ask, they always have that same look… that, are your photos fake, look.  In a word… of course I do. Okay then, in four words.  I wouldn’t want to display my photos to the world in their naked, RAW, format so of course I enhance them. Is it cheating?  Let me explain and then you decide.

When I shoot a photo I don’t use any of the camera’s fancy enhancement settings because I choose to do the enhancing myself.  I shoot in what is called RAW format. If I were to shoot a photo in JPG or TIF format I would be letting the techies at Canon Inc. decide how much colour, contrast, and sharpness etc., my photo should have and, to be honest, I don’t think I want someone else deciding those things for me.  So yeah, I enhance my photos.

Here is an example of a RAW image. (converted to JPG for the web)

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This is the same image after I have done my own enhancements to it.

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With cameras capabilities being what they are today, the photographer is left to use their creative talents to compose and, yes, enhance.  Otherwise they’re just snapshots.

Wildflowers

October 26, 2009

I think we have the prettiest wildflowers in all the world growing here on PEI.  Our ditches and meadows have such a rich variety of vegetation in them and they look great at any time of year, not just when the lupines are in bloom.  The goldenrod, wild roses, elders, asters, and fireweed make a wonderful display of dried flowers at this time of year.  It took me a while to find a shot that worked well for the camera but I think this field of regenerating growth works reasonably well.

Fall Wildflowers

Fall Wildflowers

I used a pastel filter on this shot to soften the colours just a tad, which also softened the textures a bit, but I don’t mind that. I think it works for this shot.  It was taken on one of those great semi-sunny days when the sky is just perfect for fall shots.

First Word

October 23, 2009

It’s time for me to jump into the world of blogging and social networking. As much as I don’t really “get it”, I think I may benefit from at least giving this a try.  So in an attempt to get my photos more “out there” I will be publishing some of them on this blog and hopefully adding some interesting information about each photo for readers to, well, read.  I can’t say how active I will be with this blog, but time will tell.

Feel free to comment on anything you read or see.  And, of course, you can always participate in my polls.