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!!

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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!

Portrait Time!

A fantastic morning spent with Christine at Paletta Mansion here in Burlington! It has ben a very long time since I picked up the camera to do portraits, but it was a ton of fun! Here are a few shots from our morning! Thanks to Christine for being a great model and friend! 

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.

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!

Moody Piers

Sunrise just did not happen this morning at the old piers in Grimsby, Ontario, but before the rains started there was some nice light.

Pathway Closed

This has been a crazy weekend of weather here in southern Ontario. High winds, driving sleet, freezing rain and snow have all been mixed together. The wind created some spectacular waves at Spencer Smith Park here in Burlington on the shores of Lake Ontario.

Life Through The Lens – Part III – February 17 Image

As many times as I have photographed Niagara Falls, this is the first time I have gone at sunrise. Mother Nature did not disappoint! The mighty Horseshoe Falls at its grandest!

Favourite Images of 2017

The 2nd image of my favourites of 2017 is a shot of the old Caledonia Mill in Caledonia, Ontario.
 
I shot this on a very windy day and this particular exposure is 2 minutes long. I used the Big Stopper from Lee Filters since I shot this in the afternoon.
 
This mill was built in 1846 and is the last timber framed water powered mill along the Grand River in Ontario. There were rumours of its demise in 2017 but it still stands.
 
Shot on the Canon 5D MK III with the 17-40mm lens. Shot at ISO 100, f22 and 120 second exposure.

Super Seven for 2017

I belong to a wonderful group of photographers known as OFFBEAT. (offbeatphoto.ca)

Every year we are asked to post our “Super Seven” or our seven favourite images from the year.

These are mine.