Friday, November 27, 2009

Well, the Halifax Public Gardens will close for another season on Monday. This week, before it closed I decided to take a walk up to The Gardens for one last photo expedition before it closed. It was a wet day with a light mist but I went anyway thinking I might catch some interesting shots with water involved.

When I saw the water drops on the leaves of the few trees and bushes that still had them I was hopeful. Lunch goes by so quickly but I still managed a few shots and this one was, I thought, the top of the heap. I find, even with the viewfinder and the wonderous instrument that is the histogram you never really know how good the shot was until you see it on the computer screen.

I'm certainly happy with the result. I hope you enjoy viewing it.
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Thursday, November 19, 2009

On the Way to Work

Heading to work the other day I pulled out my camera for a walk along the waterfront. I'm always looking up, down, and sideways for that shot that others miss. I'm sure I still miss plenty of opportunities but I also find a lot more than I used to find. This is one of them. I really liked the reflection of the downtown Halifax "hamster-tunnels" in the puddle on the red brick walkway. The only problem was that it was still missing something. I paused and waited for someone to walk through the tunnel and voila! The image was complete. Keep your eyes open while you are out for a walk. There are lots of interesting things going on in the world that we often walk past without noticing.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Reflecting at the Park

Got lucky with this one. Had gone downtown to re-shoot Charmichael St. from the Parade Square in an attempt to get a decent shot for the November assignment.

Not having any luck I decided to go home and on the way I wandered past the Public Gardens and noticed the way the sun was streaming across the park as it was starting to set. I parked and went for a stroll in the park where I spotted a gentleman sitting on a bench in the sun. I noticed the reflections in the water and the man reflecting on his thoughts. I thought the two fit together nicely and framed up the shot.

There was a fair bit of luck involved in showing up at the right time and the right spot but there was also a fair bit of artistic vision when the opportunity arose. Keep your eyes open and keep shootin'. If things aren't working out the way you want then go for a drive and maybe a new venue will present new opportunities.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Did some shooting yesterday morning. Perfect opportunity for some great shots - the sun was rising, the air was quite warm for November, and the light was kinda cool. Checking them out last night and noticed that they all seem a bit noisy. That's when I noticed I had left the camera on ISO 800! D'oh! My checklist wasn't working so well for me. I did better this morning. I changed the ISO and got a couple of decent shots which might work for this month's photo assignment at - portrait landscapes/cityscapes.

Hoping to get out shooting for an hour at lunch. Not necessarily the best lighting conditions but it's a great time to go shooting otherwise.