Simply Awesome!

Last night here in Yellowknife was simply spectacular! There are no other words. Mother Nature and Lady Aurora came out to play last night and we were simply awed. A full moon, beautiful Aurora, a stunning reflection and absolutely fantastic people surrounding me…WOW!

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The Journey

John Travolta I am not…but being silly and having fun is one thing I am good at! Tonight up in Yellowknife, clouds obscured most of the sky so we were out of luck for Lady Aurora, but fun was had! Pushing myself to be creative at times when weather or landscapes may not cooperate is all part of the photographic journey.

Lady Aurora

I am up in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories for a few days and a couple of hours after arriving last night I was out with some fellow photographers and Lady Aurora put on quite a nice show for us!

Morning Paddle

I spent a couple of hours at Grindstone Marsh here in Burlington, Ontario this morning watching the birds hunting for breakfast. Early on a kayak went by for a morning paddle. 

Toronto Sky

Yawn….
Did someone say coffee? After 2 very early mornings, I think I need it intravenously! 
Many years ago, when I first ventured into this thing we call photography, I wanted to shoot landscapes. Loved the big images, the amazing light. So I did. I found out that I needed to be like the early bird in order to get the worm, or in this case the best light. So I diligently would look up when sunrise would be and I would get to a location for sunrise. To my surprise, other, way smarter, photogs would be packing up when I arrived. I would look at them and ask “where are you going”? Their answer was “you missed the best light man, it was 30 minutes ago”. Disappointed I would kick my own butt and vow to try again. Fortunately I learned from my mistakes and I started arriving well before sunrise and, if I was lucky enough, was able to capture some decent light.

This morning was no different. But I arrived almost 1 hour before sunrise because, surprisingly, traffic was light in the GTA. (don’t look at me that way, even on a Sunday morning, traffic can be backed up). And I am very thankful it was. Because some of the most beautiful light I have ever seen was happening 57 minutes before “official” sunrise. Mother Nature was very kind to me. I guess she figured if I could drag my sorry butt out of bed 2 mornings in a row, I deserved some sort of reward. So thank you Mother Nature! You rock!!

Wilson’s Flats

Last weekend I ventured out with a couple of photographers who live in the Elora region of Ontario. We went out to scout a few locations around Elora. One of them was Wilson’s Flats. The sky did not cooperate with us last weekend so we ended up going for breakfast and chatting about photography. Early this morning I ventured out on my own and decided to try Wilson’s Flats again. This time Mother Nature came through for me and the sky was brilliant!

ON1 Effects Software

Yesterday through my Drobo (Data Robotics) account I received a complimentary copy of ON1 Effects software and plugin for Lightroom and PS. This is the first image I have been playing with. Sunset on the seas somewhere between South America and The Falkland Islands.

Life Through The Lens – Part III – June 3 – Desert Sunset

June is sunset and sunrise month during my Life Through The Lens project!

Last week I spent a couple of days in Arizona and one evening I noticed lots of cool clouds forming about 1 hour before sunset. I had scouted a location previously and went back to that spot for sunset. Mother Nature did not disappoint!

Cannon Knitting Mill

Yesterday I wandered to a few of the sites in Hamilton, Ontario that were part of the Doors Open 2018 event. This event happens every year and is great for those wanting to see the inside of buildings that are usually not accessible to the general public.

My favourite stop of the day was the old Cannon Knitting Mills on Mary Street. The original foundry building was built in 1854 and additions were made in 1910 and 1911-1922. There is certainly no lack of interesting images in this building!