February 20, 2008
20. Rose #3
This photo is similiar to yesterday's but the main rose is a little closer and the background roses, a little more out of focus.
February 19, 2008
19. Rose #2
Another photograph of a rose.
February 18, 2008
I bought Leanne a bouquet of roses and gave them to her on our way to Ottawa where they stayed in our hotel room. One morning while she was getting ready, I took a few minutes to photograph them.
This is one of those photos. It was lit by window light by the morning light coming in to our room filtered by sheer drapes.
February 7, 2008
Another orchid photo from my visit to the Niagara Falls Greenhouse with my father.
February 6, 2008
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.
November 13, 2007
13. Rose and Fern
This is a two light setup of a rose I bought Leanne last week and some of the greenery that decorated the rose. For this photo I used one flash (about 1/16 power) to the right of the rose about 3 feet away to provide lighting on the rose. I used a second flash (also about 1/16 power) fired through the leaves of the fern directing the shadow on the background. This setup was about 6 feet away from the wall.
Neither light affected the other. The light on the flower did not spill over to the wall, and the light for the background shapes did not spill on to the flower. Using this simple setup and a variety of gobo's (which is what the fern acted as in this case) would provide unlimited possibilities for this one simple setup.
September 10, 2007
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.
August 17, 2007
17. Orchid and Shadow
I had been looking to buy one of this orchids for a while but just couldn't bring myself to spending $20-$40 on a plant that in all likelihood I will kill. A few months back a local grocery store had one for $2.00. It was badly in need of some TLC but I thought I'd take it anyway!
I placed it in my front window, called a friend who has spent a lot of time growing these and though she told me they do not really like direct light, suggested that I leave it where it was as it did bloom after I got it.
I then burned the leaves of the plant in the front sunlit window.
I've moved it to another location where it receives filtered light, Leanne fed it with some fertilizer we had around and even though the leave are very badly damaged, it threw another spike that you now see here.
I shot this with direct light from my Canon strobe specifically to capture the hard shadow on the wall. This is unlike most of the other flowers (like this and this) I have shot at home where I try to use large, diffuse light.
I used this technique once in the past to photograph a rose.
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.
July 31, 2007
31. Morning Dew On Hollyhock #2
Another photograph of a dewy hollyhock
July 30, 2007
30. Morning Dew On Hollyhock #1
Morning dew on Hollyhock
July 29, 2007
July 27, 2007
July 7, 2007
July 5, 2007
05. Dragonfly and Daisy
July 3, 2007
Wild Geranium shot the past spring.
May 20, 2007
20. Wake Robin
May 19, 2007
19. White Wake Robin
This was shot at the Niagara Falls Botanical Gardens last weekend on an outing with the Niagara Falls Camera Club. Up until then I didn't know Wake Robins came in white.
May 12, 2007
12. Trillium Pair
A pair of white Trillium's.
May 11, 2007
11. Early Trillium
April 29, 2007
29. Lone Bloom and Rain Drops
April 28, 2007
Daffodils in Queen Victoria Park, Niagara Falls.
April 26, 2007
According to Movable Type, today's image is my 800th posting. This is small fern by the looks of it I shot last weekend.
April 25, 2007
25. Hepatica #2
This is another photo of Hepatica similiar to yesterday's.
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.
March 17, 2007
My last shot of my now dying tulips. I wish I had composed this photo better than I had.
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.
March 9, 2007
I like both the softness and texture of this photo. Again, another picture of the tulip I bought last week.
March 8, 2007
08. Spring Tulip
The small flower pots I bought last week have started to bloom. I was shocked that the tulips actually bloomed, there are 3 bulbs crammed into a four inch pot. As you can see in this photo, the tulip is just starting to bloom.
February 19, 2007
The past few photos were shot in my living room using either window light through sheer curtains or as the sun dropped, a small light box for illumination. I used my 24 x 36 diffuser with the light box for a soft light and colour balanced my white balanced setting to the flourescent tubes.
On the other side of the flower I used a 22" reflector, rotating between silver or soft gold to add some light back into the dark side of the flower.
This photo of a Gerbera was a long 30 second exposure using the lightbox for a light source, f 25 for maximum depth of field and ISO 100 for the least amount of noise.
February 18, 2007
February 17, 2007
February 16, 2007
16. A Rose by Any Other Name
One of the most common ways to photograph a rose. Probably with good reason.
February 14, 2007
14. Valentine's Day Roses
Happy Valentine's Day Leanne.
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.
January 20, 2007
My second competition image for this month. This is a Showy 's LadySlipper.
January 19, 2007
19. Yellow Slipper
Yellow lady slipper. This is one of my competition images.
December 29, 2006
29. Black Eyed Susans
Black eyed susans, in camera effect, from the archives.
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.
September 15, 2006
15. Crab Spider
September 14, 2006
14. Indian Paintbrush
Indian Paintbrush on the Bruce
September 11, 2006
11. Striped Coral Root
Striped Coral Root shot in the Bruce Penninsula this summer.
August 23, 2006
23. Ring and Rose
This is the second shot I did for Leanne of her engagement ring and a rose.
August 22, 2006
22. For Leanne
Leanne asked me to take this photo for her. She has been watching a lot of wedding websites looking for photo ideas for our wedding and this was something she liked.
August 3, 2006
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.
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.
July 16, 2006
July 2, 2006
This Cabbage White is resting calmly on clover, basking before flying for the first time in the morning.
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.
June 28, 2006
28. Hat and Curls
This orchid seems to be wearing a hat and curly locks.
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.
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.
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.
May 31, 2006
Another macro photograph of morning dew resting on geranium.
May 30, 2006
30. Drops of Water
Drops of dew on the petals of a wild geranium.
May 18, 2006
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.
May 13, 2006
13. Jack in the Pulpit
Jack in the Pulpit.
May 12, 2006
The geranium in flower.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 30, 2006
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.
April 29, 2006
29. Garden Tulip
This is my first Tulip to blossom in my garden. The small joys of home ownership.
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.
April 9, 2006
09. Flowers for Sale
Flowers for sale along Queen Street in Toronto on a rainy day. Why does it always rain when I am in Toronto walking around hoping to shoot?
August 20, 2005
I have not had much chance to shoot this week... pulling from the archives instead.
Yesterday marked another milestone, image 200!
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.
August 17, 2005
The prickly weed we all know actually has a nice little flower on it.
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.
June 20, 2005
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.
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 17, 2005
This is a photo montage inspired by the works of Andre Gallant. This is a composite of 3 images in 7 layers. If you don't know what that means, then just enjoy the image. If you do, then don't anaylze it...
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).
June 5, 2005
A Viola from my garden.
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.