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green…

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Serenade…

I was sitting on my deck last week enjoying the last bit of warm weather of the season and was treated to a serenade by this fellow for a rather long time, a good half hour or more…it wasn’t and angry sound, which is why I called it a serenade.   In the beginning could hear the singing but couldn’t see the bird as he was a long way up…once I spotted him I took the photo.  As you can see the leaves are falling!

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a grand old lady!

this grand old lady, the Chief Commanda, once took passengers on cruises of Lake Nipissing and the French River from 1947 to 1974.  The original ship was named after Raymond Commanda, the local chief who drowned in the French River in 1944, three years before the Chief Commanda 1 was launched.  This location is at the Government Dock, and is now a restaurant in the summers months. Once the Chief Commanda 11 is launched I will take a few photos to post…in order they are black & white, color and sepia all have adjustments to them…
old Chief.b.and.w.2012
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community waterfront friends pergola!

this pergola is used as a fundraiser for the Community Waterfront Friends, they are raising funds to complete the North Bay Waterfront Park, which is a work in progress…the pergola allows for 2,500 stainless steel numbered leaves at $500.00 per leaf.  the idea is these are “leaves of inspiration” as they are engraved with the names of those individuals, family, children, parents, or non-profit organizations which have been an inspiration to others…with the purchase of each leaf the Community Waterfront Friends be one step closer to completing the North Bay Waterfront Park.
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experimenting…

I visit a number of photography blogs and every now and then I’m inspired to try something different with the processing of the photos.   I’m limited to some extent with the programs I have, Photoscape, and Picasa…I also have gimp but I’ve not taken the time to get into it.  recently I”ve seen a few blogs who are using some form of HDR effect, which I rather like so I checked Picasa and it has a setting called HDR-ish…so I gave it a try with a couple of my photos…if you’ve been visiting for awhile you will know I’ve a thing for gnarly, naked trees…the waterfront on Lake Nipissing offers a few great ones due to the very high winds blowing regularly in the area…below is the original photo.

two.trees.bent.waterfront.2013

below I’ve used the HDR-ish setting…

original.HDR-ish.twotrees.2013
of course this one is a simple black and white…more dramatic…

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this one is black & white with HDR-ish used…b.w.HDR-ish.twobenttrees.2013


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reflection, Mallard, floating

I went back to Sunset Park yesterday…I wanted to see if there were any changes since Sunday…not much really, with the exception of more snow piled up on the small islands off the shores of Sunset Park.   I rather liked this piece of ice floating along…
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on my way home I stopped at the Eva Wardlaw Conservation area…the creek flows into Lake Nipissing…it was like glass yesterday…allowing for interesting reflections…

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saw this Mallard Duck come out of the culvert and swim along towards Lake Nipissing…he didn’t appear to care that I was there, although he did make sure to stay close to the opposite bank…I saw a number of Mallards at Sunset Park but they didn’t like me around and quickly flew away…

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sunrise…sunset!

for the most part I don’t see the sunrise…I don’t have a clear view so I don’t bother…besides, for the most part I’m not up then!  this sunrise was captured through the vehicle window as we were driving home…between Windsor & London…I rather like the silhouette of the trees…

sunrise.2013the next two are sunsets from Key West…a bit dark…I had trouble with the first one in particular…couldn’t get it right! settingsun.kw.2013

 

this one is somewhat better…sunset.ship.keywest.2013


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full moon rising…

the sky was beautiful last night…crystal clear, no clouds that I could see and a huge bright, full moon…I took a few photos from my yard, at dusk, as the moon was rising, before it got dark.   while these aren’t great photos they are ok…better than my first attempt at shooting the moon a couple of months ago…I deleted those ones!blue moon3...2013.....cblue moon...2013...

I did the one below in grey scale for something different

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I also tried it out in reverse black & white…

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a gift to myself…

I love flowers, I usually have a bouquet of some kind in the house all the time, I love white flowers almost as much as I do shades of purple, while I enjoy all colours of flowers I prefer to stay with white for in the house, and ad accents, such as mauve & purple, or lime green, love lime green with white…I find those colours soothing to look at…I had a large bouquet this time so I put four in a tall bud vase…I know some would say there should be three or five, but four worked for me that day…

purpl.mauve.carnations.2013   this isn’t were they generally sit but I was trying to find a good light…this was the best I came up with at that time of the day, I see if I have time to experiment with the light before these flowers wilt.  this wasn’t the right angle either for the vase  but that’s fine for now…I know something is wrong with brightness of this one as well but not sure what to do to change it, is missing something???   hmmm…not my favourite photo

carnations4.2013again a different background and different light…I also used the bloom setting on this one, which I’ve not used before…gives an interesting look.

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I’m using my camera as much as possible while I’m away…taking photos of everything that catches my eye…trying to figure it out as I go…

this little fellow is very tiny, I don’t think he would be any larger than an inch…he just sat there while I snapped away, I zoomed in as much as I could…taken in Leesburg, Florida

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the pilot and crew managed to find a parking spot so the could go for lunch…taken in Traveres, Florida

airplane.2013.leesburgethere actually were about seven of these fellows, but they wouldn’t cooperate so I could get them all at once…taken in Marco Island, Floridathreebirds.marco.2013


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visions from my walks…

while I’m away I’ve gotten back into my walks…had to stop for awhile at home due to the terribly cold weather…here are three lovely flowers, unfortunately I don’t know their names…if anyone does please let me know!   a blogging friend of mine who takes many gorgeous photos of flowers said the first is a bougainville, the the 2nd, and 3rd are hibiscus…

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I’m around…

I thought I should do a post to let anyone who happens to stop by that I’m away…left February 15th returning March 17th.  with the exception of answering emails, I’ve not been online…I will visit and post when I have the time…below are photos from Florida…

this fellow is having breakfast in Dunedin…bird eating dunedin .2013Lake Dora, Tavares, lakedora.taveres 2013part of the Clearwater Beach skyline…clearwater skyline.2013these are the first photos taken with my “new to me” Nikon DSLR  camera…I’m having fun experimenting with it…after only a few days I realize already I need a macro lens, possibly a stronger zoom lens?  will see after a bit more working with it…

 


up close and personal…

I hunted for these two photos last week and I couldn’t find them…I found one similiar but not the right one…then yesterday when I was looking for something completely different, of course I found these two…the one below is a terrible photo, I was inside the house and there is a  very large over hang, like a huge wooden umbrella so it didn’t allow for a great shot, terribly dark and I tried many things to do something with it…but it shows how close the deer came to my house on the lake…

deer on balcony.2010...2013on his way home…as you can see the water is not up to full levels.

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Sunset Park…

I took a few photos yesterday at Sunset Park, before venturing over to the Radar Runs…it was such a beautiful day yesterday…today is pretty good as well…sunny and relative warm for a winter day!  -2C but 28F for those using Fahrenheit.  the photo below is looking out onto Lake Nipissing…to the west.  I rather like this one below, something about the trees that always appeals to me…think I’ll do a bit of experimenting with it in a few days…

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the next two photos are looking north west along the Lake Nipissing shore line….

sunset.looking north.west.2013looking north west from Sunset Park.2013


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radar run…

today was a beautiful day…sunny, no wind to speak of and not terribly cold!  I saw in the paper the snowmobile Radar Runs were taking place today at Sunset Park,Lake Nipissing, so I decided to take a few minutes and take a look…I used to love going to these events when I was younger…driving a snowmobile was very high on my list of a good time…I managed to get a few photos, but I have to say the lack of attendance surprised me…there were a large number of participants but very few spectators…years ago when I attended it was wall to wall people, it was difficult to get a good viewing spot for each event…radarrun.sunsetpark.2013.

the photo below should be to the left of the photo above…didn’t know how to pan with the camera so did it in two shots…regardless of the lack of spectators the participants  to enjoyed themselves…if you look very closely at the top photo you can see the track just left of centre in the photo…

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just finished his races…

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favourites…

I’d decided to show you a few of my favourite photos today…but…I’ve been having an issue with the photos showing up on the page properly…anyone else having a problem with this?

 

frothy at the shore.2012. (557 x 421)

corner house.14.2013

Island off Champlain Parknaked trees...lake nipissing 2010 (710 x 382)


looking for heat…

today is one of those days when I’m thinking of Florida…so I’m posting three photos from there…

this is one of the beaches at Naples, at the end of 5th Avenue…there was a person laying on the sand that was rather close so I used the cloning brush and brushed him out…kind of a cool process…this was my first attempt…I think it is rather visible but I’m sure my technique will improve over time…Naples 2012this is the same beach but if you look way down on the right you will see the white of the condos/high rises farther down…again I used the cloning tool to eliminate a body I didn’t want in the photo…very nice beach and not busy at all!!!Naples 20122sa US Navel ship docked at Fort Zachary, Key West…US Navel Ship docked at Fort Zachary key west


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more experimentation…or playing if you will!

I’m enjoying experimenting with the settings in PhotoScape…it is a free program that is basically for beginners like myself…it does have a few advanced settings, at least to me they are… of which I’m trying to understand but for the most part it is very simple to work with!

below is the original photo…love this area of Leesburge, Florida…

Leesburge Florida cropped.2012 grey scale…I would like to figure out how to do the grey scale, but adding a punch of color…for instance in this photo the bird or some of the docks could be coloured…that look appeals to me.Leesburge Florida cropped.2012 grayscaleworked with the saturation on this one…Leesburge Florida cropped.2012 saturation levelsand of course the reverse black and white…I love contrasts…Leesburge Florida cropped.2012 reverse black


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I’ve been playing around a bit more…rather like the results, especially with the luminance and the reverse black & white…

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brightened.2013snow day photo…luminance

luminance sky & branches.2013original photosnow day sky.14.2013


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experimenting with the levels…

yesterday I took this photo of the gnarly birch tree…I love trees with limbs like this one so interesting, always makes me wonder why the limb grew the way it did?   I took the photo of the whole tree but it is in front of what I think is one of the City yards and there are work buildings etc., which doesn’t contribute to an interesting photo…too much going on when I wanted to concentrate on just the tree, so as you can tell it is cropped…

knarly tree. 2013 originalthen I decided to play a little with the tools in PhotoScape as I’ve not done a great deal with it yet…this one is colour enhanced slightly.

knarly tree. 2013 colour enhancedthis one is of course grayscale…

knarly tree. 2013 grayscaleon this one I adjusted the luminance curve…

knarly tree. 2013 luminace curveand finally…this one is reverse black and white…

knarly tree. 2013 reverse black and whitevery interesting to see what can be done with a relatively simple program…for the time being PhotoScape works for me…I know there is so much more that can be done with PhotoShop, but I don’t have the time to learn the ins and outs before I begin using it…this works for now!


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low visibility or bright & sunny…

yesterday was bitterly cold, more important the wind was very strong & raw, it was a north west wind so it came of the lake, whipping up the snow and blowing it around…I took two photos yesterday of ice huts on the lake to show you what kind of day it was…today I took photos of the same ice huts to compare…

single ice hut.2013above is yesterday…visibility was very low…below is today, still very cold but nice!

ice huts.3.2013 ice huts 2.2013

again above is yesterday and below is today…the wind is still cold today but nothing like yesterday…

ice huts.5.2013there was a time when I enjoyed ice fishing, snowmobiling…I’m passed that now!   🙂


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more snow photos…

the weather here has been so strange…tons of snow…bitter cold, warm and rain, now back to bitter cold today…makes it difficult to walk!  which I miss, can’t take photos…the photos below were taken back on Feb. 13th…

I liked the snow on the pole like this, with the blue sky and branches in the back ground…

snow on the post.2013the next two photos are of the same bush/hedge, the first is of course head on… snowy bush.2.2013it amazes me how these branches can hold up with all the snow on them, as they look very delicate, as branches go… snowy bush.2013


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what a differnce a season makes!

the photos below are of the same tree, take frnm slightly different angels & of course taken at different times of the year…I added the double photo below as it was something I was trying with PhotoScape…turned out alright but it cuts off the original photo…would have to take the time to crop the photos to fit…the individual photos are below this one…

two trees.champlain part,.2013this tree is in Champlain Park, in North Bay…we are very fortunate here to have such a beautiful lake…the sad thing is this park has very little use…when I was a teenager I used to visit this park all the time…it was crazy busy then.

champlain park tree.2010now the park sees very few visitors, except a few people walking their dogs or people bringing children to play, or those who use the boat ramp off of Lavasse River…rather sad when you think of such a beautiful area not being used to its potential…tree champlain park.2010


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do you know why?

I found this photo of a Key West sunset and it is rather pretty but there is a very large halo above the sun…can anyone tell me why this happened?  did I have the flash on?  I’ve also had photos with circles in them…again not sure why this happens…

key west sunset.2012for those of you who enjoy the snow photos here is one of a tree that pretty much obliterates the house with the snow on it! tree covered in snow.2013