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.
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!!
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!
As I progress further and further along my journey through photography, I find myself leaning more and more into the very creative and artistic side and way less into the technical side. Camera movement is one such piece of the artistic and creative vision. It is a very simple technique yet one I have done very seldom. For this I simply sat the camera on a solid surface, set a small aperture and as a result a longer shutter speed and then moved the camera horizontally as I was pressing the shutter button.
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.
With the new condominium building being built directly across the road from us, this scene has ben our daily view for the past few months. The building will be progressing higher and soon one part of our view will be blocked. Ahhh well…we still have lots of other nice views!