About Jay-Dee's Photography Blog

I became interested in photography at an early age when I had the opportunity to learn how to develop photos with my father in his darkroom. I remember the awe that I felt when, by the light of the red safe light, I saw my first black and white image appearing on the photo paper in the developer solution – as if by magic. I was hooked! Since then I have gone through many cameras, black and white film, colour film and slides, Cibachrome, dark rooms and on January 2000, my first digital camera. For the longest time I was frustrated with my efforts, which for the most part I believed were mediocre. In 2006, I debated about putting photography aside. Instead, I started to push myself. I became more critical of my work, learned new skills, techniques, took more photos, and most important, I left my ego at the door. This new approach has opened up many new doors and opportunities for me. I have no ambition to become a professional photographer – I just enjoy taking photos. I volunteer as a photographer to help support charitable and non-profit organizations that do not have the finances to hire a professional photographer. I do not charge for this service and only ask that my byline appears on any photos that are published. In the past few years, I have done photography work for organizations such as Ten Thousand Villages, Great Canadian Theatre Company, LIX and Ten Oaks, and more recently for Unison 2014. I take great pleasure in sharing my photos with my friends, and on several occasions, close friends have asked me to take photos of a special event in their life, something I enjoy doing. I often use my photos in greeting cards that I make and I am proud to say that many of my friends are now collecting them. I have published a few photography books, either for friends or just as a way to document a personal memory. There isn’t one thing that draws me to photography. I like to help others; I like to create memories for friends and myself; I enjoy learning; I enjoy new challenges. I can achieve all of these through my photographic efforts. And, I am totally fascinated with how I can trap light, shadows and colour in a permanent image and then view that moment in time, again and again. With digital photography, there are many opportunities to render a photo into something that reflects what I feel about a subject. I currently live in Ottawa, Ontario, where I spend my time doing just about anything I want to do. I do not work for a living, and I don’t plan to either.

2018 Casino du Lac-Leamy’s Sound of Light – Grande Finale


Lac Leamy Fireworks 2018 – Grande Finale

Photos taken from the Mackenzie King Bridge in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on Saturday, August 20, 2018.

2018 Casino du Lac-Leamy’s Sound of Light – CHINA


Photos taken from behind Richmond Landing in Ottawa, Ontario on Wednesday, August 15, 2018.

2018 Casino du Lac-Leamy’s Sound of Light – GERMANY


Photos taken from behind the Supreme Court of Canada building in Ottawa, Ontario on Saturday, August 11, 2018.

View of Alexandra Bridge with fireworks launch barge on Ottawa River.

Lac Leamy Fireworks 2018 – Germany

View of Parliament Buildings and National Art Gallery.

Lac Leamy Fireworks 2018 – Germany

… and the fireworks …

2018 Casino du Lac-Leamy’s Sound of Light – SPAIN


Photos taken from the Mackenzie King Bridge in Ottawa, Ontario on Saturday, August 4, 2018.

Visit to a Country Garden


Some friends and I had an opportunity to visit eastern Ontario mutual friends this past weekend. As usual, my camera was slung over my shoulder, and I spent some time wandering around the property and gardens taking snaps of anything that caught my interest. The photos in this album are the ones I decided to keep.