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.
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
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.
For the first time in a very long time the dams above Eugenia Falls have been opened. The rainfall and snow melt have caused some flooding so the conservation authority decided to open the dams. Walking up to the main viewing platform at the top of the falls is challenging as the entire section is flooded.
Hiking down to the next viewing area is a little better but there is still a large puddle in the way. The puddle is not stopping people from getting over to the edge to get a photograph of the falls. Most of us have never seen the falls like this. It’s like the Niagara River is pouring over the edge rather than the Beaver River.
A few people can’t get past the large puddle but I was smart enough to wear my waterproof hikers and today was the day to test them out. They performed brilliantly and I was able to get the photograph below with dry, albeit cold, feet.
Isn’t it magnificent? This is a full blown waterfall here folks. Don’t know what it normally looks like? Take a peek below for a photograph taken last summer.
Eugenia Falls with Little Flow
Quite a large difference, don’t you think? The Falls is pretty much like that no matter what time of year with the occasional flow that might be a touch larger but not like the photo above this one.
It’s a grey Sunday in the city and I have had enough of winter and cold temps. Most Sundays I try to stick close to home especially with the weather being so blah but today I had other plans. Brad Quarrington Photography put together a styled bridal shoot and invited me along for the ride. Thankful for the opportunity but wishing it was nicer out I drove northwards to Brad’s place and then to the farm he booked for the shoot. Whinny Acres Guest Ranch is a great place to visit and get your horse riding fix. They were amazing getting the horses ready and putting up with all of us (we’re not that bad, honestly). Our “bride” was lucky enough to get taken around on a horse drawn sleigh to all the sites we picked out on the large ranch.
Also in our favour was the lightly falling snow which stayed with us for the entire shoot. Dana Marlee looks amazing; those flowers are perfection and were supplied by Petal In Thyme. By the end of the shoot they were frozen solid. Poor things.