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.

Glen Cross Side Trail

The day started on the gloomy side as I drove with my friend Nigel to Hockley Valley Provincial Park. On the way up we stopped on the side of the road to photograph this barn. 

Barn

Barn

There are times when I try to stop for photos, if its safe to do so, while I’m driving to and from my destinations. Occasionally, I’ll get something I really like or and sometimes not. If you don’t stop to take these photos (as I sometimes don’t) there’s a chance you might regret it. So, if you can, stop and take that roadside photo when it catches your eye,

Nigel and I decided to hike the Glen Cross Side Trail, a 4 kilometre hike inside Hockley Valley Provincial Park. Our hike was mostly though forest but we did find a large opening overlooking the valley below. It was here that we came across some purple flowers just about to bloom. I guess it’s not too late in the season to find little pops of colour.

Late Bloomers

Late Bloomers

This late bloomer is the New England Aster.

I also found some mushrooms. ‘Tis the season as they say…lol  One of my favourite mushrooms is the crown-tipped coral mushroom. It is one of the more uniquely shaped mushrooms since it looks like something that came from the ocean.

Crown-Tipped Coral

Crown-Tipped Coral

And then there is the yellow-orange fly agaric mushroom. Or as I like to call it the fairy mushroom, 

Yellow-Orange Fly Agaric

Yellow-Orange Fly Agaric

This reddish-orange mushroom reminds me of the mushrooms you see in stories about fairies or even something from Alice in Wonderland. It was the perfect mushroom to end our hike with. From here it was back to the car to head home.

Old Fences and the Colour Yellow

A quick walk around the neighbourhood can wield some fun things to photograph. I have passed this fence many times on my walks but today it caught my eye and I decided to photograph it.

An Old Fence

An Old Fence

Autumn is a great time for flowers. There are so many options and so many colours. My favourite are the yellows, oranges and reds that this season is known for.

Mellow Yellow

Mellow Yellow

As I pass my high school’s football (which I have no idea on when it was last used as a football field – certainly not in the last 30 years or so) I notice these vines reaching past the fence.

Vines

Vines

When we start seeing the things around us we notice how much we missed when we just walked by with our eyes focused on where we were going or on our phones. It’s time to start seeing.

Claireville and the New D810

So…I went to the Nikon repair centre to get my D800 fixed.

Let’s back up a smidge: I was out on the Toronto Islands doing some work and was happily filming away. While waiting for the project manager so I could film his piece I noticed that something funky was going on. Nothing was recording to the card. But I continued to film thinking it was fine. Well, it was not fine. So two days later I’m here at the Nikon repair centre waiting to find out what happened.

While waiting for the tech to come to counter I started asking questions about the Nikon D810 box that happened to be sitting behind the counter.  It didn’t take long before that puppy was in my hands and out the door.

So that brings us to today. I have this new Nikon but I have tons of work to do which means I can’t go far, so of course, I head out to Claireville. (are you sick of this place yet?).

Okay, this thing is pretty similar to the D800 but damn these file sizes are HUGE! What is up with that? I mean, sometimes its great but what the heck am I going to do with these super large files? I think I need a larger hard drive now.

Okay, so these images are not the best but there is not much going on at this park in March. Everything is brown and blah. And this is all I got for you today. Back to work.