February 23, 2008

23. Eclipse


This is a photograph I took of the recent lunar eclipse.

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February 6, 2008

06. Orchid


I was out with my father the other night at the Niagara Parks Floral Showcase (the greenhouse) where we took some photos of their many orchids.

Having shot orchids in the wild this was definitely not exciting, but the are still pretty nonetheless.

Some of my wild orchid shots:
Yellow Slipper
Spotted Tongue
Hat and Curls

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February 1, 2008

01. Snow and Rocks


I started this photo blog 3 years ago, on February 1, 2005 with a photo of a Silver Cheeked Hornbill. My posting record was pretty good for the first two years, then last year I became busy, and pretty uninspired as far as photography went and I didn't post as frequently.

I am hoping to get back in to the rhythm of things and keep up with the daily photography here.

This is a photo of a few small beach rocks with a light dusting of snow.

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January 22, 2008

22. Sunrise Panorama


This is another panorama of a sunrise. This one was shot this past Sunday, again in Fort Erie. Fort Erie is about 1/2 hour south of Niagara Falls, in Canada, for anyone who may not know.

This image is a composite of 9 photographs. The photos were shot in a vertical fashion before stitching together. Once stitched and cropped to eliminate any areas without image (which usually happens when creating a panorama), I ended up with a 48.5 megapixel image which works out to be a 27 megabyte .jpg at maximum quality.

A larger version (but not fullsize) can be viewed here. View image

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January 15, 2008

15. Pink

20080115.jpg A second sunrise photo from Fort Erie from Sunday morning.

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November 3, 2007

03. About to Die


Fall has been a little odd this year. Leaves have been green, then brown with very little colour. The end of October and we still had beautiful weather.

This is a photo of some Sumac leaves getting near their end.

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October 4, 2007

04. Alone Again This Morning


Creative use of inaccurate white balance yielding a pleasing combination of blue and pink in this first light of morning photo.

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September 10, 2007

10. Dragonfly


Though we though bug season was over, we lucked out and found this guy not too long ago. This is the same dragonfly I posted here.

I really like this image. I think it is the background that I like the most.

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September 4, 2007

04. Dragonfly


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August 16, 2007

16. Get Your Ducks in a Row


A while back I posted some photos of fireworks from a long fireworks display in Niagara Falls. I have created a gallery for those photos.

You can view the gallery here

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August 8, 2007

08. Skippers


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August 1, 2007

01. Hollyhock - Again


This is the last Hollyhock photo I am posting, for now anyway. John and I had been driving down the road when I saw this stand of hollyhock being back lit from the sun. My original image of how I wanted to capture them flowers was not working out, so I settled for some macro photos of the flowers with the dew on them.

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July 31, 2007

31. Morning Dew On Hollyhock #2


Another photograph of a dewy hollyhock

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July 30, 2007

30. Morning Dew On Hollyhock #1


Morning dew on Hollyhock

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July 29, 2007

29. Hollyhock


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July 13, 2007

13. Palm


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July 7, 2007

07. Hairstreak


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July 5, 2007

05. Dragonfly and Daisy


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July 3, 2007

03. Geranium


Wild Geranium shot the past spring.

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July 2, 2007

02. Found in my Backyard


I found this little guy in my backyard about to meet the gallows that would have been my shovel. Camouflage may not always work in your favour if a sharp object is heading perilously close to your head. Fortunately, I saw him with enough time to divert the shovel away from it's intended location.

A few minutes posing for the camera should be payment enough saving his life!

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July 1, 2007

01. Iguana and Tulum


Leanne and I are back from our honeymoon, mostly settled in and now it is time for me to get back to regular image posting. I received a lot of comments from people encouraging me to keep up the posting and I thank everyone for that (I will respond to all of your emails as well as things continue to settle down).

We went to Playa del Carmen in Mexico for our honeymoon where we took several trips (can't spend the whole time swimming back and forth to the swim up bar!). This photo is of an iguana sunning itself on one of the Mayan ruins at Tulum. In the background are the steps up the main temple (El Castillo). This was the hottest day of our trip, we were both burned a little that day and this site offers almost no shade. Leanne was able to find a small tree to hide under while I walked around photographing some more.

Even on our honeymoon, Leanne cannot escape the photographer she married!

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June 13, 2007

13. Morning Mist


Stopped to shoot a small group of horses in the morning fog the other day on the way out our first insect shoot for the year (did very well with that too).

As for my lack of posting in the last little while, it does not relfect a lost interest in maintaining this site, or in photography either. I will be getting married soon and between all of the final wedding planning and preparation along with my busier summer lifestyle and a few extra phtoo jobs along the way, something had to give.

I appreciate the comments and support I have received and will reply to them, and I will get back to posting on a regular basis but for the coming weeks, please just follow the site and hope for updates.


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May 18, 2007

18. Whatcha Staring At?


I shot this toad in my back yard. Poor little guy almost got bisected with my shovel!

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May 8, 2007

08. Looking Up


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April 27, 2007

27. Green and Purple


Early leaves growing out of moss on the side of a rock. I don't know for sure, but the purple on the end of the leaf may be frost damage.

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April 26, 2007

26. Unfurling


According to Movable Type, today's image is my 800th posting. This is small fern by the looks of it I shot last weekend.

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April 25, 2007

25. Hepatica #2


This is another photo of Hepatica similiar to yesterday's.

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April 19, 2007

19. Stream


I have been on vacation for the past little week or so and while I did not go anywhere, I did not get a chance to shoot or post either, both of which I fully intended to do on my time away from work.

Today's photo is from my last outing. Again, a stream falling down some mossy, snow covered rocks.

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April 10, 2007

10. Green and White


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April 9, 2007

09. Falling Water and Snow


We had another snowfall last weekend (yes, in April!) and John and I were out Monday morning to look for some falling water. I have several shots from this small series of waterfall's.

I have been on vacation this week, though I think I have more free time when I am at work. My car has been in the shop and I have been dealing with some of the wedding planning.

Also, I would like to Congratulate Dave on winning the Jorg.net Photo Hunt.

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April 7, 2007

07. Tree and Ice


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April 5, 2007

05. Crocus and Snow


We had a light snow fall last night that blanketed one of my last blooming crocus plants in the yard. I took a few minutes to document the snowfall.

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April 3, 2007

03. New and Old


New and old growth. Spring shoots poking out of last years dead leaves.

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March 30, 2007

30. Golden Tree


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March 29, 2007

29. Canada Goose


Bird, artichoke, butterfly wing were all guesses I received in regards to my What is it posts over the past two days. Bird was correct. Canada Goose to be exact.

There is a park not too far from my house where the geese, ducks and gulls congregate, mostly to be fed by people I expect. They are generally very docile and calm around people which allowed me to get within just a few feet of them to get the shots for the past two days.

I think I might try the 'What is it' theme again in the future. Thanks for participating!

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March 28, 2007

28. What is this, Part 2.


I'll give everyone another try at identifying, more accurately, the subject of this photo.

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March 27, 2007

27. What could it be?


Any Guesses on what this could be?

On Monday I had a few prints in a Juried Photo show at the Roselawn Art Center in Port Colborne, ON. Two of the three were chosen for display, while one of those two (Yellow Slipper) was chosen as 2nd place in the Nature/Scenic Category.

Both prints will be on display, either at the Roselawn Art Center or the Port Colborne Library.

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March 24, 2007

24. Swan in Take Off


This is a series of shots I took of this swan as it took off from a local river on the weekend. I panned across the river to follow the swan as it was in motion then put the images together to create this start to finish composite.

A larger version can be viewed here

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March 23, 2007

23. Alone


Another beautiful sunrise photograph.

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March 22, 2007

22. Alone


This is another sunrise photograph taken on the weekend.

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March 21, 2007

21. Morning and Two Trees


I love this sunrise. We found these trees a few months ago, set on a small rising hill, exactly what we wanted. Even better, we knew that if we could get them with the sun rising behind them, we just had to wait for the right time.

This was shot about 20 minutes before the sun even broke the horizon.

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March 17, 2007

17. Tulip


My last shot of my now dying tulips. I wish I had composed this photo better than I had.

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March 15, 2007

15. Lake Ice


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March 14, 2007

14. Another Crack in the Ice


Another crack in the ice from our shoot Sunday morning.

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March 13, 2007

13. Crack in the Ice


Don't be surprised when a crack in the ice
Appears under your feet...

As soon as I titled this photo, The Thin Ice by Pink Floyd started playing on the radio in my head. Don't mind when it happens with a song I enjoy, such as The Thin Ice, but really hate it when a song I don't like makes it to my internal radio station.

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March 10, 2007

10. Tulip #3


Another tulip photograph. The tulip is opening nicely so I might get some more shots of it later today.

Happy birthday Mom.

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March 9, 2007

09. Tulip


I like both the softness and texture of this photo. Again, another picture of the tulip I bought last week.

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March 6, 2007

06. Tail Feathers


Another photo of the wood duck I posted yesterday.

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March 5, 2007

05. Wood Duck in Reflection


I think wood ducks are one of the most beautiful birds. Their colours are amazing. This is a reflection of a wood duck.

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March 3, 2007

03. By the Water


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February 20, 2007

20. Skippers


Another Out of Bounds image. The photo is of two skippers I shot last year. I entered this into competition on Monday night and received a score of 14 out of a possible 15 for the photo. That is a Diamond award in the club.

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February 15, 2007

15. The Far North


Well not really, only Port Colborne, which is south of Niagara Falls. The conditions on Sunday sure made this feel like the far north though and given how this photo looks, might even be able to pass for it.

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February 13, 2007

13. A Cold Winter's Morning


Another photo of the frozen Lake Erie. Some of the ice built up here was close to 5 feet thick by my estimates.

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February 12, 2007

12. Frozen Lake


A frozen Lake Erie. The photo was taken in Port Colborne this past weekend.

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February 11, 2007

11. Snow Drift


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February 9, 2007

09. Morning Blue Out of Bounds


First attempt at an Out of Bounds image.

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February 8, 2007

08. Grasses in the Snow


Grasses in the Snow. I think what makes this photograph is the shadow of the grasses.

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February 7, 2007

07. Snow Detail


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February 6, 2007

06. Shadow On Snow


The past few days have brought some welcome sunlight and for many, some unwelcome cold temperatures. I believe the temperature went down to -17 C (1 F). As an aside, I won the recent weekly competition with my ongoing photo competition with Dave over at Jorg.org Photo Hunt. My image Aww Nuts was chosen last week as the winner so I am now leading the competition.

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February 5, 2007

05. Drifts


Patterns of snow drifts. Mid morning light emphasizes the texture of the snow, visible in the patterns on the snow and creates a pleasing photograph.

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February 4, 2007

04. Snow and Grasses


This photograph was shot on a cold morning. Although dressed warm, the chill still cuts through all the layers of clothing.

For this photo, I was lying on the ground with my face almost in the snow to get this particular perspective.

Happy Birthday Leanne!

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February 3, 2007

03. Spotted

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January 31, 2007

31. Morning Mayfly


This photo of a mayfly was shot 18 months ago (July 31, 2005). I came across this photo while reviewing some of my older work which happened to be the subject of my latest tip.

You can read it here.

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January 20, 2007

20. Showy


My second competition image for this month. This is a Showy 's LadySlipper.

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January 19, 2007

19. Yellow Slipper


Yellow lady slipper. This is one of my competition images.

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January 5, 2007

05. Clouds


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January 4, 2007

04. Pink and Blue


Another sunrise photo from Sunday morning. This was one of the most spectacular sunrises I have seen around here.

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January 2, 2007

02. Sand


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January 1, 2007

01. Lines in the Sand


This is the first photo of 2007 and with the new year, some changes to the site will come. I will be moving my site to a new server within the next two weeks, will be finalizing the code for sending daily emails out to my viewers (for those who request it) and will be offering select images for sale.

As mentioned in yesterday's post, here are some stats for the site for 2006.

40,927 Unique visitors to the site
194,470 Pages viewed
1,139,301 Hits on the site
115 Countries visits originated in
3-4 pm hour site visited most often
December month site received most traffic

The home page (http://potd.chrisempey.com) received the most visits, followed by my black and white archive page then the scenery archive page.

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December 31, 2006

31. Early Morning Sunrise


This is the last image of 2006 and also, my 700th image. Believe it or not, this is pretty much a straight shot. Spectacular sunrise this morning, one which we were not expecting. I'll have another shot for you tomorrow, along with some stats on the site for the year.

Happy New Year!

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December 26, 2006

26. Northern Sunset


One from the Archives. Sunset overlooking Lake Huron.

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December 23, 2006

23. Long Shadow


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December 15, 2006

15. Blue and Gold


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December 14, 2006

14. Trees


When I saw this on the weekend, I pictured something much more graphic. Regardless, the idea is stil there. Barren trees against a barren sky.

On a side note: I have completed a review for the ExpoDisc White Balance Filter by ExpoImaging. The review may be read at: http://potd.chrisempey.com/tips/archives/2006/12/expodisc_white_1.php. This is a must have tool for anyone who relies on accurate colour without the need for a lot of post processing to achieve it.

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December 13, 2006

13. Touch of Gold


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December 12, 2006

12. Rolling In


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December 11, 2006

11. Ripples


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December 10, 2006

10. Sand


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December 2, 2006

02. Rock and Reflection


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December 1, 2006

01. Grasses


This is hardly a December photograph, but I did shoot it just less than one week ago. The weather has been crazy.

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November 30, 2006

30. LakeSide Sunrise


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November 29, 2006

29. Pattens


More patterns in the sand.

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November 28, 2006

28. Lines in the Sand


Patterns formed in the sand from water running over the sand. I imaging the colours are different minerals and such leaching out of the sand, but I am not an expert so can't say for sure.

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November 27, 2006

27. Shell on the Beach


Another photo from the beach yesterday morning, this is a shell on the sand.

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November 26, 2006

26. Grasses


John and I went to a few beaches this morning in Fort Erie. The weather has turned warm (warm enough that the dandelions in my lawn have begun to flower again) though we were really hoping for some more of the frost we received earlier this week.

This is a photo from that beach of some grasses growing in the sand.

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November 20, 2006

19. Last Leaves


Abstract photograph of a fruit tree and it's last leaves of the season.

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October 29, 2006

29. Taking Flight


A pigeon taking flight after a night of perching on a wire. The warm colours of this photograph are deceptive, it was very cold this morning.

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October 28, 2006

28. 12 Spot on Thistle


12 Spot on thistle. This is obviously not a new shot, but it was taken this summer.

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October 27, 2006

27. Colour of Autumn


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October 26, 2006

26. Sassafras (I think)


I spent a lot of time trying to identify this leaf. From everything that I have read, I believe it is from a sassafras tree.

I could be wrong though.

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October 24, 2006

24. Another Trio of Leaves


This is another trio of fallen leaves. I have another shot where I eliminated a lot of the leaves under the water (the magic of the Polarizer!) but I like this one a little better. The three on top do not stand out as much though the contrast between the leaves on top of the water against those below the water.

I also used an improvised gobo on this shot to further eliminate some of the glare on the water.

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October 23, 2006

23. Trio


A trio of fallen Maple leafs.

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October 17, 2006

17. Beaverdams Creek


I think this is my last shot from the Decew falls area for the time being.

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October 16, 2006

16. Flowing


This is another shot from the mill at Decew Falls. This one is a four image stitch into a panorama.

You can view a larger version here.

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October 15, 2006

15. Fall Stream


This is one of the views downstream from Decew Falls at Morningstar Mill in St. Catharines. We've been to the mill many times before but this was the first time we made the trek down to the bottom.

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October 14, 2006

14. Drops


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October 12, 2006

12. Leaf


We have had a fair amount of rain recently and as the leaves have been falling, haven't had a chance to photograph them. So I took a few minutes yesterday to go out and do a little shooting.

Still not sure as to why I am depicting the fall colours in black and white this year?

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October 11, 2006

11. Crab Spider


This is a different crab spider than the one I previously showed. They are both on the same flower, birdsfoot cingfoil though in a different location.

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October 10, 2006

11. Clouds


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October 8, 2006

08. Sunday Morning at the Lakeside


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October 3, 2006

03. Fall Leaves


This is one of several abstract photos that will be coming up in the coming days. This is a photograph of some fall leaves.

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October 1, 2006

01. Dew Drops on Leaf


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September 27, 2006

27. Keep Crashing In


More waves pounding the shoreline.

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September 26, 2006

26. Crashing


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September 24, 2006

24. Leaf


Macro shot of a maple leaf, back lit.

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September 23, 2006

23. Cell Structure


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September 22, 2006

22. Heading South


Canada Geese heading south.

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September 21, 2006

21. Sunsrise over Lake Ontario


Sunrise over Lake Ontario Sunday morning.

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September 17, 2006

17. Getting a Little Sun


A gull suns himself on a boulder on the shore of Georgian Bay.

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September 16, 2006

16. Georgian Bay


Looking out into Georgian Bay from the Bruce Trail.

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September 15, 2006

15. Crab Spider


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September 14, 2006

14. Indian Paintbrush


Indian Paintbrush on the Bruce

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September 11, 2006

11. Striped Coral Root


Striped Coral Root shot in the Bruce Penninsula this summer.

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August 27, 2006

27. Cabbage White on Clover


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August 25, 2006

25. View over the Lake


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August 20, 2006

20. Eastern Tailed Blue


This is another Eastern Tailed Blue. These are very small butterflies, maybe the size of my thumbnail. They move their wings up and down a little and while they do, the tails resemble antenna so that if a predator takes a bite, the only get the wing, not the head.

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August 19, 2006

19. Jiminy


Well, he is really a grasshopper, not a cricket. But I don't know any grasshopper names.

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August 18, 2006

18. Blues


A pair of Eastern Tailed Blues mating.

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August 17, 2006

17. Mating Blues


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August 6, 2006

06. Black Swallowtail


Found this guy in my garden after a rain storm the other night. Looked like he was feasting on my parsley. I believe it is (or will be) a black swallowtail butterfly. After taking some photos of him, I let him go.

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August 5, 2006

05. Birch


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August 4, 2006

04. Black and White Butterfly


Shot at the Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory

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August 3, 2006

03. Bee


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August 1, 2006

01. Beetle on Butter and Eggs


This spotted ladybug was not my intended focal point for this photo, but once I got closer to the flowers, decided she should be in there.

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July 22, 2006

22. Wings


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July 21, 2006

21. Saddleback


I shot this saddleback last weekend. Like the Monarch, it was done later in the morning. Unlike the Monarch however, it flew to me, I did not have to chase this one.

I processed this image in the new Adobe Lightroom beta. The software looks nice, but I will need to do some more testing with it to see how the image quality is. It is a little slow though. Beta sofware...

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July 17, 2006

17. Crab Spider and Fly


This shot of a crab spider and fly was taken a few weeks ago. I originally set up to shoot the bird-footed cingfoil (trefoil?) and after my first shot notice a blur in the photo. Zooming in to identify the blur I noticed the crab spider. I photographed the pair for a little while after that.

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July 16, 2006

16. Five


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July 15, 2006

15. Monarch


Monarch Butterfly. Stalked.

Our usual method of shooting these insects involves finding them in the morning when they are still fairly dormant from the overnight cold. This monarch was shot a little later in the morning and I had to stalk it, moving slowly. It was quite co-operative though and allowed me to get closer than I needed to be.

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July 14, 2006

14. Orange Veins


This is a close up of a 12 Spotter Skimmer dragonfly. Scott originally pointed out the orange colour in the larger veins in the wings.

I am still fairly new at photographing these insects so I rely a lot on John and Scott for names and searching the Internet when I can. I identified this based on what I found at http://www.dragonflies.org

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July 13, 2006

13. Skippers


Two skippers covered in morning dew.

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July 3, 2006

03. On top of a Flower


Dragonfly perched atop a purple flowering grass.

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July 2, 2006

02. Resting


This Cabbage White is resting calmly on clover, basking before flying for the first time in the morning.

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July 1, 2006

01. Smiling for the Camera


This dragonfly seems to be smiling for the camera.

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June 30, 2006

30. Curl and Slipper


This is the final image I am posting from my recent trip (at least until I need to dip into the archives) up to the Bruce Peninsula. I have so many more, but need to move on.

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June 29, 2006

29. Spotted Tongue


This is the second of three yellow lady slipper photographs I am posting. Tomorrow's will be the last before I move on to other subjects, even though I so many other photgraphs I could post.

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June 28, 2006

28. Hat and Curls


This orchid seems to be wearing a hat and curly locks.

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June 27, 2006

27. Pond in Infrared


This is a pond not far from where we were staying up north. We passed it several times each day, and shot it once. This one was shot with a near infrared filter.

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June 26, 2006

26. Not Your Ordinary Portrait


Ha ha, this is definately not your normal portrait! This is the same dragonfly that I posted yesterday, only this time I shot the front of him. I definately like yesterday's shot of his back better than this one though.

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June 25, 2006

25. Wings


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June 24, 2006

24. Ram's Head


This was found purely by chance and was likely one of the last of the flowering Ram's Head orchids. We found it under the low lying branch of a cedar tree. It was not really accessible, and sensitivity of the area surrounding it, shot it where it was, from where we were. Really not ideal conditions, but you make do with what you have.

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June 23, 2006

23. Northern Sunset


This is one of the sunsets I shot on my recent trip to the Bruce Peninsula.

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June 22, 2006

22. Bird on a Wire


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June 21, 2006

21. Yellow Lady Slipper


The yellow lady slipper is one of the orchids we took our trip to photograph. The yellow lady slipper is fairly common where we were. Last year, we found one stemless yellow lady slipper here in the Niagara Region.

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June 15, 2006

15. Showy (Queen's) Lady Slipper


The Showy Lady's Slipper was just at the very beginning of it's blooming season and we were fortunate to find a small patch of them flowering. We did see others that had not even developed the buds yet. We photographed these on two occasions during our trip taking advantage of different lighting at different times of the day. The Showy is Canada's largest orchid and these were about 20" high.

I will post my original image I had planned for today, tomorrow, and then will post some of my shots from my trip in the days following.

Some blog stats so far:
500 Entries
514 Images (some days will post variations)
Visits from more than 96 countries
Most Posted in category: Nature
Least Posted in category: Dragonflies

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May 31, 2006

31. Droplets


Another macro photograph of morning dew resting on geranium.

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May 30, 2006

30. Drops of Water


Drops of dew on the petals of a wild geranium.

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May 29, 2006

29. Dewey Purple


Early morning geranium in a coat of dew.

I posted a couple other geranium shots (from another shoot) a few weeks ago.

May 10: Geranium Bud
May 11: Morning Bud
May 12: Geranium

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May 28, 2006

28. Blue Heron


Great Blue Heron from a distance.

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May 27, 2006

27. Great Egret Landing


This is the third and last shot of this Great Egret. This one also show three blue heron's that were feeding in the same pond.

The first two Great Egret shots were:
May 25: Great Egret in Flight
26: Great Egret #2

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May 26, 2006

26. Great Egret #2


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May 25, 2006

25. Great Egret in Flight


Great egret, just as she is taking off.

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May 24, 2006

24. Robin


Nesting Robin in it's nest.

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May 23, 2006

23. God Rays


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May 18, 2006

18. Columbine


Columbine shot while on a walk this past Sunday. There were several plants in the area, but they were growing on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment, and it was a 15 foot drop just on the other side. I would have liked to have been able to shoot a a few other angles. Maybe this weekend.

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May 15, 2006

15. Reflections


Reflections of the grasses and sky in water.

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May 13, 2006

13. Jack in the Pulpit


Jack in the Pulpit.

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May 12, 2006

12. Geranium


The geranium in flower.

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May 11, 2006

11. Morning Bud


Another macro photo of a wild geranium bud.

I can't believe for the second day in a row, I have left my post as a draft! Here it is though.

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May 10, 2006

10. Geranium Bud


Back to the wildflowers. This is a wild geranium bud. It was a frosty May morning, and as the frost melted created the great droplets of dew. I wish that I had photographed the frost on the leaves. There was some wild strawberry plants nearby as well that we covered in a beautiful frost.

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May 9, 2006

09. Blue and Pink


Morning sky over Lake Erie

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May 8, 2006

08. In Flight


This is in no way a great shot, but I do like the motion in the wings. Shot in Port Colborne, Sunday morning. Two Canadian geese.

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May 7, 2006

07. Spring Buds


While out with Scott and John last weekend, I shot these small beauties. Under the canopy of the growing forest, the light was fantastic, allowing for this wonderful, soft photo.

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May 6, 2006

06. Trout Lily


This is the bud of a trout lily. This wild flower will open up and resemble a day or easter lily, though I expect it would be smaller.

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May 3, 2006

03. Looking Out


Another black and white shot of the lake.

Yesterday's shot featured a black and white and colour version of the same lake, though in a different composition.

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May 2, 2006

02. Clouds


I have another copy of this shot, as a dramatic black and white. It can be viewed here.

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May 1, 2006

01. Lakeside Morning


Sunrise on the lakeside. Shot at 5:45 Sunday Morning.

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April 30, 2006

30. Tulip


The same tulip as yesterday, only in a different angle.

On a differnt note, last night I attended the Niagara Falls Camera Club annual awards banquet. I received a number of awards, including the McGarry Photo award for Slide of the Year for my shot of an Eastern Tailed Blue butterfly. I also received honour awards in the slide of the year, colour print of the year and monochrome print of the year competitions as well as top in the Gold division for both slides and monochrome prints. Finally, I was installed as the new President of the Niagara Falls Camera Club.

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April 26, 2006

26. Dutchman's Breeches


I was out Sunday with Scott and John in a light rain. Once we decided that conditions were favourable for shooting some spring wildflowers, we walked back to get our equipment. That is when is started to rain harder. We shot for a little bit anyway before it got really bad. This was about the best shot I could get off before things became too wet to continue without proper rain gear.

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April 21, 2006

21. Golden Grasses


Golden grasses in a blue pond.

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April 20, 2006

20. Pebbles


Pebbles on the beach, converted to Black and White.

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April 19, 2006

19. Rocks


Rocks on the lake shore. Timing was everything with this in order not to get the waves coming in over the rocks.

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April 17, 2006

17. The Water's Edge


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April 16, 2006

16. Landscape in reverse


I am not as happy this one as I was with the few previous reflections.

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April 15, 2006

15. Abstract Reflections


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April 14, 2006

14. Yellow


Same reflection as yesterday's shot, different composition though.

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April 13, 2006

13. Reflections of Grasses


When I was out shooting in the morning light Sunday, I shot a series of reflections in a pond. I will be posting some of the photos of those reflections over the next couple of days, beginning with this one.

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April 12, 2006

12. Surf


I was out Sunday as I am most weekends with John and Scott. There was a lot of waves at the lakeside (Lake Ontario) but surprisingly little wind. This is a shot of the surf as it crashed that morning.

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April 7, 2006

07. Cracked Rock

f6.3 1/50 sec...

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April 6, 2006

06. Patterns in the Sand


Like yesterday's shot, patterns in the sand.

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April 5, 2006

05. Prints in the Sand


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April 4, 2006

04. Gull and Sun


Another photo from Crystal Beach. This one a seagull flying across the sky, towards the setting sun.

I have another shot taking a dawn instead of dusk last year.

Happy Birthday Nicole.

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March 29, 2006

29. Horsehoe Falls from Afar


Another shot taken from the Maid of the Mist plaza in Niagara Falls. This one shows the Horseshoe Falls.

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March 18, 2006

18. Curl


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March 16, 2006

16. Grey


Same tree as one of yesterday's, different composition.

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March 15, 2006

15. Trees in a light fog


The weather has really turned around in the past week or so. Last Sunday we were shooting in cold, snow, then this Sunday we had rain, and the fog you see here. In between, all the snow had melted and my crocuses sprang up, as did chutes for my daffodils. What a difference a week can make.

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March 12, 2006

12. Twig and Frost


This is the last shot I am posting from last weekend. This weekend was drastically different. Winter is really over. This is hore frost on a twig poking out of a blanket of snow.

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March 11, 2006

11. Overhang


The third in this series of shots. The first two can be viewed at:

March 9, 2006 - Icicles
March 10, 2006 - Icicles #2

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March 10, 2006

10. Icicles # 2


Shot similiar to yesterday's. Slightly different composition, and in colour. I think I prefer this one though.

Happy Birthday Mom.

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March 9, 2006

09. Icicles


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March 8, 2006

08. Feather


This feather was caught upon a branch on the beach.

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March 7, 2006

07. 6:51


Blue and Orange, Sun, Sky and Snow.

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March 6, 2006

06. Morning on the Lake


Sunrise on Lake Erie, Sunday morning.

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March 3, 2006

03. Ice on the Water


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March 2, 2006

02. Barren


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March 1, 2006

01. Lakeside


The waters edge, frozen in winter.

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February 28, 2006

28. In Flight


A couple of Canadian Geese in flight.

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February 27, 2006

27. Peeking


Morning sun just peeking over the clouds. Shot in Fort Erie, overlooking Buffalo this past weekend.

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January 26, 2006

26. Frosty Leaves


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January 25, 2006

25. Clouds


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January 23, 2006

24. Patterns on the Frozen Beach


Patterns in the frozen sand.

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January 22, 2006

22. Hore Frost


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January 16, 2006

16. Red Planet


When I was reviewing my shots from this past weekend, this one stood out and it made me think of images I have seen of Mars, probably Hollywood based.

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January 9, 2006

09. Snow Texture


The texture of snow shot with my macro lens.

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December 30, 2005

30. Morning Grass


I have been working all this week, only having had Christmas and Boxing day off. I work tomorrow as well, then back in again on Sunday. Leanne has been around so I have been a little too busy to shoot. If the weather was better I'd get out, but it really has not been very cooperative.

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December 29, 2005

29. Roots


I have not shot in a little while so I am pulling from the archives today. This is a shot taken earlier in the year with a Canon EOS 1DS MKII. Canon's top of the line digital SLR. Does it make a difference in this photograph? Well, apart from being substantially larger than my other images, no. But the camera was a treat to use! Hopefully I can get some shooting in very shortly.

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December 21, 2005

21. Striations in Ice


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December 20, 2005

20. Ice Chunks


Ice chunks along the Lake Erie shore. I am not very pleased with this one. The ice seems to be dirty in the photo, but didn't look that way when I was there, at least not like this.

UPDATE: I guess I should check the site after posting, I left this in draft, hiding it from the web.

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December 19, 2005

19. Black Ice


Another shot of the ice shot yesterday. These shots were taken on the shore of Lake Erie.

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December 18, 2005

18. Designs in Ice


Designs in Ice

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November 21, 2005

21. Coleus in Black and White


Coleus in Black and White. This type of plant really works well in black and white I think. I remember shooting them when I first started out in photography. I think they are a great subject for beginners, and a great subject to learn to print in the darkroom with as well.

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November 18, 2005

18. The last of the Season


The last leaves of the season...

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November 17, 2005

17. Morning Clouds


Early morning light highlighting the clouds. It was odd that such a red sky produced such a yellow water.

Previous shots:
November 15
november 16

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November 16, 2005

16. Rainbow of Lake Ontario


Another shot of the same rainbow I posted yesterday in a different composition.

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November 15, 2005

15. Eerie on Ontario


The sunrise on Sunday provided some very nice colour in the sky, but created a very ugly colour cast in the water. Shortly after that this rainbow appeared and steadily grew until it completely arched from left to right.

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November 14, 2005

14. Twenty Mile


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November 12, 2005

12. Reflection in the Water


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November 11, 2005

11. A Fish Out Of Water


One of the locations I have been shooting over the past couple of weeks is a spawning ground for Salmon. This is about as far up as they can can go as there is a 90 ft waterfall only a few hundred meters upstream. That particular one seemed to have got caught in a shallow pool of water then drowned. I was mostly covered by some fallen leaves. I was really amazed at the size of the teeth they have though.

In general, it's really an amazing life they live. This is almost a 7km swim upriver with several small waterfalls to overcome before getting to this point, about 90m change in elevation from what I can see.

Other shots from the same location:

October 15, 2005
October 16, 2005
October 17, 2005
November 7, 2005

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November 8, 2005

08. Clouds in the Sky


In keeping with my attempts to recreate the infrared look, I dug around through some older images last night and found this one that was suitable for transformation. I think it is missing a subject, but the look is what I was after.

I posted this originally back in May, in colour. You can see that here.

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November 7, 2005

07. Twenty Mile Creek


A shot of Twenty Mile creek near Balls Falls. I like the conversion to Black and White on this one much better than the colour version. Having shot some Infrared film in the past, this is very similiar.

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October 17, 2005

17. Orange and yellow


Another shot from Balls Falls this past weekend. This is the last one for this week. I am hoping to get back there again this coming weekend, hopefully there will be more colour in the leaves by then.

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October 16, 2005

16. The Start of Change


Another early morning waterfall shot from Balls Falls.

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October 15, 2005

15. A Touch of Red


Taken at 15mm with a 10-20mm zoom lens. WOW. Took advantage of it this morning and went back to where I was last Sunday to get some water motion shots like this.

I also did some more photos of Meredith and Katie this morning, and will post those along with some of a couple other models they brought along later this week.

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October 5, 2005

05. Web #3


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October 4, 2005

04. Web #2


Another spider web.

I was in Toronto on the weekend though I did not take many photographs. I did get a few shots in though, and I'll post some of them later this week.

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October 3, 2005

03. Web #1


Spider web #1, a series of three.

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October 2, 2005

02. Clouds


Clouds... As if you couldn't tell!

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September 30, 2005

30. Duck and Reflection


This will hopefully be one of the last (if not the last) shots from Dufferin Islands in this series. I am happy with some of the others, others I'd like to reshoot, but I am getting bored of them. It's a good thing my camera came back yesterday! This shot seems a little too busy in the background to me. A shallower depth of field would have been more ideal.

I look forward to shooting and not having the associated costs or in turn, because there is a cost, the associated compression of my freedom to shoot. While I should not let cost govern what I shoot, the reality is, I am more likely to experiment on something if there is no cost associated with it.

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September 28, 2005

28. Upper Niagara River


Upper Niagara River at dusk. The long exposure of the water provides a sense of flow and softness to the water.

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September 27, 2005

27. View From Across the Pond


A view across the Pond at Dufferin Islands.

Last night was the first competition of the year at the Niagara Falls Camera Club. I entered four images and recieved for Diamond awards for them, including a perfect 15 for my image of http://potd.chrisempey.com/archives/2005/07/12_mating.html. You can see the images I http://gallery.chrisempey.com/search.php?search_keywords=competition2005 and their scores at my gallery. Also view the images I entered last year.

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September 25, 2005

25. Reflection


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September 18, 2005

18. Translucent


Sun shining through maple leaves at Dufferin Islands in Niagara Falls.

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September 15, 2005

15. Sulphur


I started my class last night. I am not sure why I had the impression, but I didn't expect it to be so much like school used to be. But, it is class just as I remember them being (it's only been 5 years).

Tonight I am heading out with Dave to do some shooting. It'll be the last digital shooting I do for a while as I have to take the camera in for repairs tomorrow. Canon has told me it could be up to 6 weeks, even though this is a known issue. I am very unhappy about that. So, I'll be going back to film.

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September 14, 2005

14. A Rainbow of Colours


This is another shot of the Sulphar I posted on Monday. I find it amazing just how much colour is really in these butterflies. When I first looked at it, it was a pale yellow, almost brown, but this image shows its true colours, yellows, greens, reds, blues plus some purple and brown.

Tonight I start a 12 week portraiture course. I have to say that it is my weakest photographic technique and I have always thought people are the hardest subjects to shoot.

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September 13, 2005

13. Eastern Tailed Blue


This Eastern Tailed Blue was in excellent shape. Often they have nicks out of their wings from attempts from being eaten. The small tails are actually a diversion. They will move them up and down to mimic their antennae so a predator may only nip the back of the wing, rather than a more critical near the head nip!

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September 12, 2005

12. Early Morning Sulpur


As I mentioned yesterday, the season is about over for the insects. This is one of two butterflies I shot yesterday. We were at the Wainfleet Bog on Erie Peat Road in Port Colborne where we have had some pretty good luck over the past few weeks. I have a couple different shots of this butterfly and one more of an Eastern Tailed Blue to post.

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September 8, 2005

08. A Little Wrinkly


The 1.6 multiplier effect of the digital sensor on my 10D allows me to crop in tightly to shots I would not normally be able to get. This photo of an elephant at the Toronto Zoo would have needed to be taken with a 480mm lens, which is too rich for my pocketbook! However, I really do miss the wide angle shots that I can't get with my current lenses.

I was looking at my old Pentax ESII last night, for which I have a very wide 21mm, and some very nice prime lenses... I may have to shoot some film soon!

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September 7, 2005

07. Dewy 12 Spot


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September 6, 2005

06. Meadowhawk


This is one of the meadowhawk dragonflies I mentioned last week. As this is the first year I have started shooting insects, it was an exciting find. The first dragonfly I posted back in July I did not actually find, but as my eyes are becoming tuned to what to look for, these creatures that camouflage themselves so well now are appearing to me.

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September 5, 2005

05. Eastern Tailed Blue


The Eastern Tailed Blue is only about the size of a nickel, so they are quite hard to find in the grasses.

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September 4, 2005

04. Sulphur


This was shot later in the day. I had to hunt this one down, and then slowly move up on it to keep it from flying away.

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September 3, 2005

03. Pearly Crescentspot #2


This is the same butterfly as yesterday, only with it's wings closed.

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September 2, 2005

02. Pearly Crescentspot


A Pearly Crescentspot warming itself before it's first flight of the day.

I was out this morning, and while I didn't shoot any butterflies, I did get some shots of a couple of dragonflies, a green darner, meadowhawk and a saddlebag. I will have photos next week.

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September 1, 2005

01. Duck


A duck on the old Welland Canal in Dain City.

Psst, Leanne. Guck!

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August 24, 2005

24. Golden Cabbage White


This Cabbage White appears to be seemingly made of gold. This little guy is seemingly enjoying basking in the sun, judging by the size of his smile!

Tonight is the Picture The Cure Exhibition and Auction for Breast Cancer and the Princess Margaret Hospital. The event is being held at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto. I cannot be there tonight because of some work commitments, but I would have liked to have gone. My best to the photographers who are supporting this worth cause.

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August 18, 2005

18. Bee on Black Eyed Susan


This is a photo I shot last year (I have been busy the week or so and haven't been out with my camera) that has done very well in competitions. I received a Diamond award for it in competition at the Niagara Falls Camera Club and and honour awards at the Rainbow Competition; a yearly competition between the Niagara Falls Camera Club (Niagara Falls, Ont) and Twin Cities Camera Club (Tonawanda, NY). It also received an honourable mention at this year's Niagara Frontier Regional Camera Clubs Annual Convention.

Remarkably, for this magnification, I was able to shoot this hand held.

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August 17, 2005

17. Thistle


The prickly weed we all know actually has a nice little flower on it.

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August 16, 2005

16. Stained Glass?


Butterfly Wings... like stained glass.

NOTE: The service I have been using to send out daily email updates had a problem over the past few days. It looks like the problem was resolved this morning, but I have already written most of the code to send out the emails myself. I hope to have it working in a few days. I look forward to any feedback on the change when it happens.

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August 12, 2005

12. Green butterfly


When Leanne and I were in Letchworth, there were butterflies everywhere. Overlooking the Mt. Morris dam is a field of wild flowers that was teeming with them, bright yellows and greens, red and orange, black and white. I was able to get this shot in (a sulphur maybe?) but would love to have an early morning there for some really nice ones, like this, or this.

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August 11, 2005

11. Genesee Canyon


The Genesee Canyon. It times of potential floods, the Mt. Morris Dam just a little down river from here is mostly closed, filling the canyon with water.

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August 10, 2005

10. Like a Fantasy


This is the last waterfall shot I will be posting from Letchworth State Park. I still have a few more photos of the park to post though.

Leanne and I had a very good time camping, and we are looking to get away again in the near future. Too bad so many of the good campgrounds I remember as a kid are so far away... a little to far for a weekend jaunt.

Previous waterfall shots from Letchworth
August 8, 2005 - Letchworth Falls
August 9, 2005 - Waterfalls

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August 9, 2005

09. Waterfalls


Another shot from my recent trip to Letworth State Park.

Previous shots from the same trip:

August 7, 2005, Turkey Vulture in Flight
August 8, 2005, Letchworth Falls

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August 8, 2005

08. Letchworth Falls


These are the middle falls (there are three seperate water falls in the park) at Letchworth State Park in the finger lakes area of New York State. The Genesee river flows through the canyon, over the three waterfalls through the park. While there, we saw the Mt. Morris dam which is about the height of Niagara Falls. It can hold off an amazing amount of water (filling the to the top of the dam for 17 miles).

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August 7, 2005

07. Turkey Vulture in Flight


Leanne and I went to Letchworth State Park this weekend. This is a shot of a turkey vulture in flight. They are large birds with wingspans up to 6 feet with a diet of about 50% vegetation, and 50% dead things (as they are scavengers). I'll have a few more pics in the coming days.

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August 6, 2005

06. Skipper


I am not as happy with this shot as I am with the Lacewing from Thursday. I would have like to have bounced a little more light back into the body to illuminate the from wing a little more.

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August 5, 2005

05. Morning Mayfly


I am really happy with this shot. I went out Sunday morning though I had thought about cancelling after having had a very long day at work the day before. Conditions were perfect and John has a very keen eye for finding these small critters.

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August 4, 2005

04. Skipperling


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August 1, 2005

01. Waiting to Harden


This butterfly had recently emerged from it's chrysalis. They emerge and sit for about an hour while they wings inwrap and harden before flying off. In the background you can see other chrysalis' from the hatchery at the Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory.

On another note, yesterday was the last day of my sixth month of posting. So far, 182 days, and 182 photos. It's been tough to keep up with at times, but I am still enjoying it so I will continue. I am putting together a selection of my favourite images from the past 6 months. I have 22 selected now, I want to whiddle it down a bit before I post the link.

Other photos from the Butterfly Conservatory:
July 30, 2005
July 31, 2005

UPDATE: I have come up with my favourite 15 images from last month.

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July 31, 2005

31. Butterfly


Another butterfly from yesterday's shoot. With so many butterflies at the Conservatory, it is a very great experiance to be there first thing in the morning, but really lacks a lot of the thrill of the hunt of going out and finding them on your own like this shot of a Saddleback Dragonfly, or this one of damselflies mating.

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July 28, 2005

28. Birch


Birch trees in the Niagara Gorge, just south of the Whirlpool Rapids

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July 27, 2005

27. Time for a Snack


While Dave and I were in the Niagara Gorge the other day, these cabbage whites were very abundant. Dave was able to get some nice shots in and I was able to get this female resting on this plant having a snack.

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July 26, 2005

26. Mallard


A Mallard duck spreading it's wings in protest as I came to close to it's young ducklings, a couple of which you can just make out at the bottom of the picture.

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July 21, 2005

21. Forget Me Nots


I found these forget-me-nots in my backyard earlier this spring. Leanne loves these so I know she will be happy about this posting. They are very difficult to shoot well though.

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July 20, 2005

20. Caterpillar


I found this caterpillar last week having a snack while out with Scott and John. While not as exciting as the damselflies or dragonflies we were looking for, I still thought it might make a nice shot.

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July 12, 2005

12. Mating


This pair of Damselfies are in a mating position. National Geographic has published an article which discusses the mating of can be found here.

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July 11, 2005

11. Hiding


This was shot yesterday along with my first dragonfly. I am working on my technique. Each week is a little bit better.

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July 10, 2005

10. Saddleback


Saddleback Dragonfly. This was posted late...busy day for me.

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July 4, 2005

04. Blue Damselfly


This was the only salvageable shot from yesterday. Manual focus and a diopter adjustment our of whack do not play well together. I am very disappointed as the sunbursts coming off of the water drops on both the grass and the damselfly are amazing.

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July 2, 2005

02. First Light


Early morning sunrise at Charles Daly Park.

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June 30, 2005

30. Stream at Duff


Leanne and I were at Dufferin Islands on the weekend, a nature area just up river from Niagara Falls. It is always a little amazing when I see an area like this so close to a developed area like the tourist district in Niagara Falls. There are streams similiar to this running throught the islands, plus a small river with a few water falls. They have done much work in the past few years to naturalize the area, adding bird feeding stations and bird boxes, introducing fish into the waters (with a catch and release program as well) and planting indigenous vegetation in the park.

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June 29, 2005

29. Peeking Through


I took this shot not long after a burst of rain passed through the area this weekend. Leanne and I were lucky, we were out when it happened, but the storm passed over us.

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June 21, 2005

21. Grasses


I wanted to catch the different colours of the grasses in this photo; the various greens browns and yellows. I have a few without the background visible, though I am torn on what I prefer more.

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June 20, 2005

20. Daisy


When I was out at Mud Lake with Dave yesterday, I did not find what I was looking for, so I was left to shoot some abstractions, pattern shots and this daisy. Wildflowers are usually not pristine and as such, often have spots on them, pollen littering their petals or even broken petals. All in all, this was was fairly nice.

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June 19, 2005

19. Washed Up Log


I went out this morning with an old friend of mine who has recently gotten back into photography. I took him to a few of the places I have been going recently (missed a good day yesterday, but today was not so hot) and we took a few good shots. I am hoping to get out with him more often as well.

This was something he found. I thought it was a good candidate for a black and white shot.

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June 18, 2005

18. Golden Grasses


I had every intention on shooting today, and even had a few things that I thought we make good subjects. But, as it turns out, I never even brought my camera out (though I had it with me). I am out in the morning again and hopefully will have better luck than I have been having the past few Sunday's.

This photo was shot last year, at sunset, at the School of Horticulture in Niagara Falls. The same place shot from earlier this week were taken.

June 15, 2005
June 16, 2005
June 17, 2005

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June 12, 2005

12. Goat's Beard


I went out this morning looking for some more damselflies. We found many, but the conditions were not good for shooting them. We did find a few of these flowers that we shot, and also some daisies (rather common, but nice none the less).

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June 6, 2005

06. Watching the Sun Rise


Perched on the rock, this seagull was content to warm itself in the morning sun while carp churned the waters near it in a mating ritual.

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June 4, 2005

04. Ready To Fly


A dandelion gone to seed. i hope this is the last one for this year so I can get the rest of my yard looking nice. Shot early this morning.

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June 3, 2005

03. Early Morning Waterfront


Shot very early morning, just as the sun was peaking over the horizon.

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