Blakeney Rapids, Ontario


Photos I have taken at Blakeney Rapids during the fall, spring and winter during the past few years.

Freeman Patterson/André Gallant Photography Course – Day 3


Day #3 on the Freeman Patterson and André Gallant course, and my anxiety has just about dissipated, but that is probably because I have become brain-dead. The constant flow of information is like the water from a fire hose. And then there is forcing myself to be creative and to “think out of the box”. I am not used to taking photographs in this manner, and although sometimes I feel overwhelmed, I am so glad that I made this decision. I have a long way before I can consider myself to be “fluent” with visual design, but I feel that I am starting to get it.

Today we had an opportunity to practice some of the things we learned yesterday and we learned more about visual organization and arrangement. There are no rules on this training – just guidelines and common sense. For example, we purposefully overexposed images to see what would happen, create images with no centre of interest, and purposefully jiggle the camera during a shot. And I’m sure we have all broken many other “rules of photography”.

It was raining heavily here most of today, so instead of going out, Freeman and André created some ideas for photography indoors.

This typewriter has nothing to do with the ideas but I saw it sitting on the floor and I loved the contrast between the harshness and weight of the typewriter against the warm, smoothness of the floor. Like I wrote, I think I’m starting to get it!

Typewriter on Floor (August 12, 2015) [_DSC5008].jpg

Was It Worth It?


I wake up at 5:00 am in the dark, go without my breakfast and coffee, and then drive on unfamiliar back country roads in the dark. All this to reach the rapids on the Mississippi River near Blakeney, Ontario. I have never been there before, but I heard that it is quite pretty and I wanted to catch the sunrise.

So, was it worth it? Yea, I think so! What do you think?

What Did I Do this Summer?


Do you remember returning to school every September and one of your first assignments was to write an essay on what you did during the summer? If only they had digital cameras back then – I could have shown my teacher what I did during the summer!

I typically carry my camera around with me and during this past summer I have captured some photos that I felt were worth keeping. These were photos taken while visiting friends, boating, riding my motorbike around the countryside, going kayaking, visiting nature areas, going for walks … in other words, many of the things I did this summer. I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed visiting these places and taking the photos.

Quiet Reflections


This week’s photos are brought to you by the letter “R”, for “Reflection”.
(Weekly Photo – Week #18, April 30, 2014)

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” (Edith Wharton)

Some of my photos where reflections play a key role … enjoy, and don’t forget to reflect on what you are seeing.

Ponds & Power


This week’s photos are brought to you by the letter “P”, for “Ponds” & “Power”.
(Weekly Photo – Week #16, April 16, 2014)

I couldn’t decide which photos to use this week for the letter “P”, so I made an executive decision and used photos of ponds and power lines.

So first the ponds …

… and here are the power towers and lines …

Cold, Hard Water


This week’s photos are brought to you by the letter “I”, for “ice”.
(Weekly Photo – Week #09, February 26, 2014)

Last week a friend asked me what I was going to post on my blog this week and she wondered if it would be “igloos” for the letter “I”. Close guess, but no cigar! This week it is about ice.

For what seemed like a brief moment this past weekend, we came out of the winter deep freeze to experience about 20mm of rain and above freezing temperatures. Then we were once again plunged into the winter deep freeze. So, I believe it is only appropriate that ice would be a great photo topic for this week.

Let us start with a few recent photos taken at the Rideau Falls here in Ottawa. This past Saturday a close friend asked me if we could go for a drive, I asked where, and she asked if we could go see the Rideau Falls. There were two interesting sights to see there:  the frozen waterfalls where the Rideau River flows into the Ottawa River, and ‚ the cutting of the ice on the Rideau River to help manage the water flow, especially after heavy rains and snow melt.

The remainder of these photos were taken at different times and all have an ice theme.

Now for a piece of trivia regarding water and ice. Have you ever wondered why lakes do not freeze solid to the bottom of the lake? It is because water has a unique property in that water is most dense at the temperature of 4° Centigrade. That means that water at the freezing point of 0° will always be above the denser and slightly warmer water sitting at the bottom of the lake.