Bunches of Love

Some days I don’t stray too far away from home for my photos. My mother has some beautiful plants in her garden, and one of them is the dahlia plant that is currently blooming in our front yard. They are like little bunches of love.

Purple Dahlias

Purple Dahlias

Our front yard garden is small with only a few plants, but in our backyard, we have a large bush of fall phlox. We have other plants around the house, but these two are my favourites.

Fall Phlox

Fall Phlox

I still went out for my walk and I found a couple of things to photograph, even though I didn’t feel as inspired to take many photos. One thing that caught my eye was this trio of yellow flowers. 

Elecampane

Elecampane

I found this vine, from either a cucumber or zucchini-type plant, that is struggling to escape the backyard it’s meant to be in.

Vines and Fence

Vines and Fence

The textures of the leaves against the texture of the wood fence intrigued me. By taking away the colours it made the textures more pronounced. I guess in the end, I still found things to be inspired by on my walk.

Still No Snow

Today looks more like late autumn rather than February. With no snow its hard to photograph so much brown so I know I have to get creative. Going out for my walk around the neighbourhood I decided to take the 50mm lens with me. This forces me to think more about the photos I’m taking and how I want to capture a particular image. It also means I have to use my feet to zoom in or out to get what I want in frame.

Vintage Walk

Vintage Walk

 For the above image the original version straight out of the camera reminded me of old photos so I decided to take it a little further when editing by washing out the blacks but also adding in some vibrance into the ground leaves for a more reddish look. Everything else was kept to a more muted tone to give it that old photograph feel.

The Neighbourhood Cat

The Neighbourhood Cat

I noticed this cat by chance when I was looking through the fence with my camera. He brought a nice point of interest to the shot and I kept the edges of the chain link fence and the vine to create a frame around him.

My regular neighbourhood walk ended up being a fun experiment and then I took it somewhere else while processing these. I will have to try to do this more often to stretch my creative skills.

The Shrieking Shack

I was visiting my friends, Brad & Tracey, for a Christmas celebration last night and on my way home this afternoon I decided to stop at a shack I discovered awhile ago. It’s my new favourite ruin up here in Grey County since the old house on highway 10 collapsed in a big storm. 

Old Shack

Old Shack

Abandoned sheds/homes/buildings have so much more character than newer ones. It has a history to it and figuring out its story is what makes it fun to revisit time and time again.

Old Country Road

Old Road

Before leaving Grey County I made one last stop at this old road. I don’t know where it leads.. Where do you think the road will take you?

Falling Leaves

On my way home from my friend Brad’s place up north I decided to drive back to that country road from the previous post to do more of a lifestyle-type shoot with me as the model. It always feels a little weird to photograph yourself and then add in the walking back and forth to the camera in the hopes that a) you got yourself in focus and b) that the angle/position was what I truly wanted. 

Autumn Walk

Autumn Walk

Let’s just say that the above photo took many, many tries before I decided I had enough photos of myself and that one had to be good.

After all that “fun” running back and forth to camera I decided to take some detail shots of the area before I ventured home. One of the things that caught my attention was this leaf sitting on the fence and with a little tweaking I took the photo. It’s one of my favourites from the day.

Fallen Leaf

Fallen Leaf

After leaving this particular back road I continued my drive along some other back roads when found this old shed that had me pulling over and reversing to get a better view.

Autumn Light on Shack

That late day light looked so good I could not resist stopping for this shot. Today’s backroad adventure has been one of my favourites of the year. There are so many photo opportunities driving along country backroads. I need to do these drives more often.

Backyard Views

I was sitting out on the patio this evening with my camera in hopes of catching something interesting. 

One-Legged Robin

One-Legged Robin

I got lucky when a robin decided to visit. She look a little rough land in this photo seem to be a one-legged robin. Okay, she wasn’t really one-legged but she kept sitting there staring at me with her foot up. It looked so odd. Eventually she had enough and flew away. After her brief visit I decided to explore the garden and work on some close-up photography.

Cherry Bark

Cherry Bark

This closeup is of a cherry tree that is over 40 years old and unfortunately will not be around much longer. The trunk has been split open for years and the main branches have broken in the past due to the weight of the cherries. Nowadays there are very little cherries to eat in the hot summer sun so its time for this tree to go and a new one to take its place.