Friday, May 13, 2022

First 2022 Flowery Friday

The popular Flowery Friday feature returns, now that the flowers are up and doing their thing, and I'm doing my thing documenting them doing their thing. As always, I've no idea what many of these are. This time of year it's likely to be tulips. Beyond that I'm out to sea.


2. But lets start indoor so this one doesn't feel left out.



5. The yellow things perked up again once the snow melted.


7. This tulip just wants to be free, but we are protecting it from the marauding rabbits.


9. This looks a little odd because it was shot with extension tubes to get a better look at the fine detail, thus the blue is a bit out of focus.

10. Was loving the oranges and yellows in the afternoon sun.






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Michelle and Antje out take. This is the last one till the next photo shoot.

Monday, May 9, 2022

This is why you do it today

Yesterday I strolled the garden after coming back from finishing off a roll of film. It was cool and raining a bit. I'd been out the day before to get some flower photos, and was thinking of getting some wet flower shots, which are usually interesting. Except I was hungry, and the rain was getting harder, and there was a wine kit to start, and I figured I could do it tomorrow.

Except the rain turned to snow. We retreated to the media room and continued to binge Castle. We're in the middle of season 5. There was a huge crack of thunder and a flash of lightning along the way. We peered out to lots of snow, and slush building up on the road. It snowed all night. The roads are wet, but there are several cm of snow on the lawn. The flowers are pretty well buried. So much for those shots of water drops on the flowers. Maybe I'll put on a jacket, hat, wet boots, and go look to see what shots are there. 

Maybe. The coffee is really good this morning. No, we are not out on the patio in those nice deck chairs drinking our coffee. 

Except the light is really nice and soft, and snow sometimes makes for interesting patterns as it piles up on stuff...

1. Not my best shot ever of a tulip, but the first one this year. Oddly enough it's in the back garden.



5. The first peony I've noticed.

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Driftwood. I went looking for a shot of driftwood that included the rest of the beach. The warm, non-snowy beach.


Michelle and Antje outtake

Film. Michelle again, testing the limits of capturing only a small part of the negative with a high powered macro lens.  You can see the entire photo here. I've got two more rolls of film at the lab being developed. Watch the photoblog for the results of a walk in Kensington with friends.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Tricky daffodils

One of the things I want to try with garden photos is reflected light. The idea is to change the light that normally falls on the garden. The reflectors even have some different tints. The first attempt was with the gold tint, on the daffodils beside the house, which were in shade when I was shooting. The vision was to have the yellow blooms show up like a flare, while the grass is dark and almost disappearing. What you see is what you get.

And with a similar idea, still with the gold tint. This had afternoon sun coming from the left, and the reflection onto what would be the shaded side, which seems to emphasize the texture. This will work a whole lot better with someone else holding the reflector.

The chairs showed up as a standalone on Facebook, where I suspect most readers have already seen it. This is after one day of Linda shopping for plants to fill her various pots and containers. But first, not one, but TWO serendipity photos.

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Michelle and Antje outtake

Film double exposure

Thursday, May 5, 2022

It's bee season again

As regular readers know, one of my favourite photographic subjects is our garden. Between all the varieties of light over the season, all the different kinds of flowers in different stages of their lifecycle, and all the little critters around the flowers, there's lots to shoot. Plus, and I probably shouldn't say this, it's really handy. A few steps and I'm engrossed by a world of subtle colours and textures, playing with focus and depth of field.

So there I was yesterday, out looking for a new angle, a new way of capturing flower related images. After all, I wouldn't want my readers to get bored, saying "ho hum, another pretty flower." I'd picked up an orchid picture book from the library, but was actually disappointed in the images. I think they were cut flowers draped over a light pad, so it seemed to wash out the colour.

There are lots of flowers in bloom just now, and the bees are out as well. I was tracking two huge bees, and it's clear I'm out of practice. The colour and texture of their fuzz, especially this orange, really attracts me, but the real challenge is getting their eyes and face in focus.

And I'm reaching here, this really is a bee. I'd goofed on the settings a bit, so it's dark, and it's mostly hiding being that leaf. There will be more bee photos, stay tuned!

The other flower photos from yesterday. Don't ask.

I've got a busy several days of photography and related stuff starting today. A friend is coming over to try out the copy stand and think about the related workflow. He has many negatives from back in the day. Then Friday is a photo ramble with buddies. I'm going to bring some nice black and white film and look for contrast and texture. Saturday is a community association event. Sunday is a family shoot for a friend, and I'll try some film for that as well, if they're patient, and when I say they I mean the infant. 

Here's the copy stand, it's used to hold the DSLR to capture a photograph of a negative. This is much, MUCH better than trying to set the tripod up every time. Since this is my old T6i camera, it can just live on the copy stand, unless I need it for back up at an event or trip.

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Driftwood, but first a related serendipity.

Peony. I'll for sure be trying this shot with different film stocks. I recently acquired a high tech diffuser shade thingy, and I'll be trying that out as well.

Michelle and Antje out take.

Celina, through the window, disapproving.

Film, the other building in the industrially scenic tour.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

I am just a fuzzy blanket substrate

Celina has become more demanding of her humans. Most cats want what they want, and they want it now. Their furry expression leaves little doubt about the whole situation. Celina does all that, and in addition tells us, sometimes quietly, sometimes at the top of her lungs. Telling her to howl louder because the cats on Mars can't hear her does not impress her.

Is she lonely? We're still not sure what she really thinks of Curtis leaving, even after a bit more than a year and half (566 days, but whose counting?). I still miss him offering editorial comments on my photo editing and writing. I think of him almost every day. Does she miss furry company? Does she want us to get another cat, or cats? We tried that once, and it didn't go well at all. I am, however tempted by the thought of bringing home a box of orange kittens for a little while, just to see what she thinks. Anybody have some of them for loan? Yes, I know I'm going to cat hell for some large number of eternities.

One of the outcomes has been increased demands for lap time, though she doesn't want to be picked up and cuddled. Human breath or something. The lap she really wants is mine, provided the fuzzy wool moose blanket is there. She won't sit on my lap without a blanket. Nor will she sit on the fuzzy wool moose blanket when it's folded up on the footstool. Sometimes, if w're working in the back yard, she'll sit on the fuzzy red wool snowflake blanket in the back window. And yes, you know it, telling us what we're doing wrong.

Even if Celina is snoozing on a blanket in Linda's lap, warm and comfortable, being petted, as soon as I sit down, I get one slitty green eye watching me. Nothing happens till I put the fuzzy blanket on my lap. Then, and only then, she hops over and settles in. It's clear what I'm good for, in her mind. That and opposable thumbs for dealing out cat food. I know my place.

Because we've been talking about her, a photo in the main section of the blog.

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Lily. This is the last lily in the of the day feature till more bloom this year. I hope you enjoyed them. As a bonus you get a serendipity alligator.

Michelle out take.

Film. I was driving back from something, taking an industrially scenic route, and discovered this building, and one more in the next blog.