Pictures of my every day life

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Learning About Light


I went to Mod Squad in April, and learned about lighting, amongst other things. I was lucky enough to be taught by Steve Richard who is one of may favourite photographers.  Eric Boutiler-Brown also taught what he knows, which is just about everything anyone needs to take a decent picture.  Then came the chance to take our own shots with lighting set up by Steve:

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Two lovely models, and some red fabric 

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We all just snapped away

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until our cameras started to get hot

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What an opportunity

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It was magical

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and more,

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and more

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Thank you Steve

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Thank you Eric

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I’ll be there for the next course.

Starting Up


I haven’t been attending to my blog, or myself. Here’s a re-start

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This broken church has been left to collapse without interference. Although strange to see a building abandoned like this, it captures the imagination.

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What circumstances could have led to this?

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Sometimes, when my back is sore, it feels like what’s left of the roof of this church.

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Or when my knees creak they feel like they will give way eventually.

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But I have not been abandoned and left to rot. I have people who will look in to my rusty joints and give me medicine to keep them going.

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And there it was; new growth emerging from the ruins 

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and sunlight coming through the window broken frames.DSC_1080

After all, every one has their day don’t they?

I Found the Sun


Lucky me. I have a friend you asked me to tag along to Costa Rica with her. Being polite, I agreed. I think I’m in paradise!

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It was -21 when I left Halifax, and this is what I’ve come to: Paradise.

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There are special birds here

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Some fresh-water

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Others seeming to live on waterlilies.

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This little fellow lives on what he catches from the sea

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and this handsome chap hangs out in our garden.

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Trips on the river can be taken, either looking for fish or property for sale

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Flora and …….

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…fauna in abundance. Think I’ll stay a while.

Nova Scotia Beaches


Given the week of storms we’ve had, we were lucky it was a sunny morning to get out with our photography friends and have a look at some seaside sights.

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The light was silver when we arrived at our first beach.

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Wave after mesmerizing wave.

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Each one created a different effect as it swept up the shore

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The light was intense causing some colour distortion, but I didn’t mind.

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I couldn’t stop clicking as more waves rolled in.

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There’s something special about going on a journey with like minded folk.

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We all were there to get our pictures, no one cared who had what camera.

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The beach did its thing for us

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And we got our shots.

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Then the dogs turned up. Crazy, daft dogs, loving the beach.

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No one took notice of the ‘Dogs on Leads’ sign

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On we went

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Some got caught out by the waves

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Surrounding lakes edged by ice

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The waves got bigger, and then……….

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The biggest treat was waiting quietly on a rock

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A young snowy owl, was happy to pose for us until we were all clicked out.

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Thank you for waiting gorgeous bird!

Winter Day in Halifax


It was one of those sparkling winter days that just has to be photographed. The location was Halifax, mainly on the waterfront.

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The day started in the North End of the City where there is a lovely stretch of water near a boat club. I enjoyed its green railings.

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Feeling patriotic.

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Most of the water’s edge is frozen.

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Once in the City, this caught my eye. Why not?

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Empty mooring sites. In summer, fancy little yachts park up here.

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The sea is still. Reflections are good.

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These little lights are stung up like socks on a washing line.

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There was an excellent band playing in Halifax Market. This fellow had just played his violin at 100 mph. He was out of breath when it was over.

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Graffiti is always fun.

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I like these shadows.

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It was a day for looking at shapes and patterns

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There were plenty to be seen.

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The snow curved round the Lieutenant Governor’s driveway.

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I love this City.

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Not a bad end to the day aye?

After the Storm


Yesterday was the big blizzard of the season. It was spectacular to watch from within a warm house. Today was clear and sunny. There were some beautiful snow sculptures to be seen.

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Although there was drifting, last years seed-heads still stand.

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Our lawns have turned into snow deserts

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The water on the shore is frozen

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Melting slightly as it gets nearer to the ocean.

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Fishing boats are staying put.

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This little jetty is frozen solid.

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No one is launching off there today.

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A hammock reminds me of the summer that won’t be seen round here for many months.

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Shapes of unknown objects settle down for another freezing night.

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While Jimmy……

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Has no real plans

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For the rest of the winter.

2013 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,200 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Ice Art


At minus 12 you are going to find some good ice art along lakes and rivers in Nova Scotia. We chose Wooden’s River and weren’t disappointed.

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If you can stand still long enough you will see layers of sculpted ice 

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Some form an attractive edging to granite boulders.

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This one has been scalloped neatly all round.

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This one reminds me of a crystal windmill.

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Frozen floating grass.

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Dripping icicles.

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More carefully lit edging. But now it’s snowing and my feet have gone numb

Happy New Year

 

So Many Pictures


So, I’ve been away from my blog because my camera has been otherwise engaged in learning how to use itself. Rather, I have been learning how to use It! A photography course has been a revelation for me on all the bells and whistles my camera actually has. My teacher is a lovely fellow called Steve Kaiser, who is an ace photographer.

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We have been learning about lighting. Finding interesting materials to work with.

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Getting as close as we can with what lenses we have.

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Making a portrait without the person. 

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Or, in some cases with the face. Who’s face is this?

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We are learning to look, and then look again.

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To enjoy the colours of ordinary things.

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To use soft light for soft creatures.

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Try to get everything in focus 

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Keep looking for what interests us. We are now forgetting about that ‘automatic’ button, and learning what light can really do. We also have had to make a few purchases in newfound and wonderful camera shops. Oh how lucky we all are!!

A Visit to Quebec


 Quebec, our first City Break in Canada was magical. We could have been in France, such was the atmosphere of Quebec Old Town.

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Narrow cobbled streets had us fooled into thinking we were in Paris.

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 Rows of little antique shops tempted us to browse, but not to buy.

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Outdoor eating was still possible due to the Indian Summer Quebec was enjoying

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These coloured roofs are made of metal. Everlasting apparently.

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This is the famous Fairmont Le Château Frontenac Hotel. Crowds of tourists visit it every day. Not to stay, but just for a look.

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For me, the market was one of my favourite places in the City.

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The food and wines were arranged like art work.

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So fresh; so beautiful.

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Sparkling little jars of fruit jellies 

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Exotic vegetables I could not recognise

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And not to forget, we were bang in the middle of autumn, with all its colours.

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Always somewhere to stop for a coffee and a slice of gateaux.

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Such ornate architecture, we became confused when we saw Canadian flags, as we were sure we must have diverted to Paris.

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Nothing in English here

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Surely we can’t still be in Canada

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What a treat this City is. We will be visiting again for sure.

 

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