Monday, June 19, 2017

This One's for Eddie........

Occasionally, when I make an image, it is not until after I have made a large print of it, that I realize that it would probably look not too bad as a Black & White image also.
Such was the case with this one, and I decided to post it on here, and if there is still anyone who has the time to spend looking at my stuff, hopefully they will enjoy it a bit. The colour version is posted on my other site, as a little tribute to my sadly late photography mentor and friend, Ed Eng, of North Bay, Ont.. We had a lot of fun together at the many Photo Group meetings we attended, and there was no judging, or scoring....just appreciating and learning the craft from each other. Hope you enjoy it a wee bit.....

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Old Dad's Violin & Junk Store Vase....


This image is a black & white version of a coloured poster that I made tonight. Full size, it is printed on Epson's Ultra Premium Lustre photo paper, 17 x 22 inches, and it looks quite lovely. However, I decided for this site, I would give it a go in monochrome, and I quite like it that way also. The message speaks for itself....
Hope you enjoy.....

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Horseshoes to Start 2017.....


This image is actually a reposting of an image I posted back in 2012, but I thought I would start the New Year out with this same image, only it is a bit gnarlier than the last one. The way things are going, we will need a few horseshoes to help out with things in the future. It might be easier to just post these B&W images along with the colour ones on my other blog site, and just maintain the one site. But if there are still any folks who prefer looking a B&W images only, then this site might still have some use. So if there are still any visitors to this site.....lots of luck in 2017! Stay tuned.....

Monday, September 19, 2016

White Balloon Flowers...

It was quite overcast with poor lighting but I decided to try a shot of these blossoms using my remote flash unit, which was positioned on a tripod to the left and behind the plant, giving a nice backlight to it. The shot was originally in colour, but I thought that it might be nice in Black & White also. Now I am almost pleased when it is cloudy and overcast, as I get to use my remote flash unit and set up the lighting as I see fit. Hope you like it also.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Where Fishermen's Wives Pray.....

He would rise out of bed at 04:30 to 05:00 am, have a quick cup of tea, grab something to eat to tie him over until he returned with his catch for the day. Should the weather turn nasty, and the seas rage, often the wives would gather here in this little church in Trinity, NFLD, to pray his little boat would make it back....or give thanks when he returned. Such was life in the old outports, in the old days.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Dalton's Lily

Tonight I thought I would use a very colourful lily as a subject for a bit of Black & White treatment. It is a much more graphic rendition of this flower, and the colour version is lovely, but it is one of those objects that lends itself well to another viewpoint. Hope you like it.....

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Nikko Deutzia....B&W version.

This image is the Black & White version of the one that I posted on my other site, and I think I prefer this one. This is one instance in which the colour "gets in the way" in my humble opinion. An enlargement will likely confirm it one way or the other. After checking with our neighbour, I was informed that it was a Nikko Deutzia plant. All right then, I'll settle for that...sounds more exotic than I had expected. Hope you enjoy it also.....

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Interior Arch, McKenzie Hall, Olde Sandwich Towne

On a recent outing with the Windsor Camera Club, we visited McKenzie Hall, in Olde Sandwich Towne on the Western edge of Windsor, Ont.. It was an interesting visit, and while I do not know the history of this building yet, it had some very unique architectural features. From the looks of things, it appears that it used to be a prison at one point.  How the plaster craftsmen erected this tangle of what looks like twisted bed sheets, or cloth of some sort, defies the imagination. Someone really knew what they were doing and how to get it done! It made me wonder if there are any craftsmen left today who could do this kind of thing. Anyway, I had to take the shot, and when I got it home and loaded into the computer, I realized that it required a lot of work. This image is the result of my efforts to "clean" it up a bit, by removing various items of distraction, such as wall plaques, and a large flat screen TV right smack in the middle of the archway. Of course, the original was in colour, and I was all set to print it as such, but at the last minute decided to convert it to a Black & White image. It turned out better than I expected, and I actually prefer it to the colour one. It has a lot of graphic elements and the Poster Edges filter in Photoshop gave it some extra texture. Hope some of you enjoy it also.......

Monday, November 30, 2015

Of Rifles and Roses..........

Today we went for a little ride down to historic old Amherstburg and stopped a while in the Naval Yards Park beside the Detroit River. There was a sculpture there of 3 army rifles from the War of 1812. The artist had made a tripod of sorts from the 3 guns, and at the top, twisted the barrels together, and had roses growing from the top, reaching for the sky. When I tried to do something with the images afterward, they for some reason were not satisfying to me as straight photographs. After thinking about it for a while, I decided the sculpture would look best as a black and white image, and this is the end result which I find does it a little more justice than a straight photograph...if there is anyone out there who is still visiting this little blog of mine, I hope you enjoy it also.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Church in the Wildwood.....

The old gospel song "Come to the Church in the Wildwood" ran through my mind when I came across this little church tucked away amongst the brambles and bushes in Newfoundland. It is a simple little shot, and for me, that is what I find most appealing about it. If there is anyone out there who is still looking in on this site, hopefully you will get a little enjoyment from it. Cheers....

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Jagged Ragged Coastline.....

For many years, I always wondered what sort of place my father grew up in. A few days ago, I paid a visit, and found a few places I am sure he would have visited as a boy. This is one of them. These jagged "teeth" rising from the ocean were imposing and somewhat scary. Imagine navagating this coast line in pea soup fog with a fog horn blaring to warn you of these....is it any wonder a flask of rum was always handy. Black and White seemed to work best for me as it  helps bring out the textures of the stones....hope you like it.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Coal Dust on Blossoms??

Well, it has been many moons since I last posted on this site. But I figured there might still be the odd person who bothers to check on it from time to time. So this one is for whomever is patient enough to keep checking back here.
This image is from a fruit tree that was growing in our back yard a few years ago. I can't remember if it was an apple or cherry tree....no way am I a botanist! Anyway, I converted it from colour to Black and White just to see if I might like it or not, and as it turns out, I do. Then I decided to add a little something to it to make it look like it has a bit more texture to it, and after using a Photoshop filter I decided that it looked like it was covered with some very fine particles of coal. It somehow brought back childhood memories of when our home was heated with a wood/coal stove and on very windy days when there was a strong downdraft, things would get coal dust all over. The women especially would be really put out if they had their clothes on the line, and when they were brought inside at the end of the day, they would be all covered in coal dust! That was not conducive to a good mood for anyone afterward. So..... there you have it. My rendition of coal dust on blossoms.....

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Concentration...

This young lady was a treat to photograph. She said she wanted to have a portrait done of her with her flute. She looked absolutely elegant in her black dress, and so I decided that I would use a black seamless background behind her. This would enable her face and her flute to be the center of attention....
However, it was the expression of total concentration in her eyes that provided the most power and impact for me. This is a scan of a black & white 6 x 7 cm negative from my Mamiya RB67.
I am hoping to be using it more soon as we finally got some winter here in Windsor, and I hope to get some outdoors shots soon. Stay tuned....

Monday, December 30, 2013

Behind the Scenes

Helloooo! Anyone out there? I know, it's my fault for not posting very often this past few months.....have been somewhat tied up with situations beyond my control. That's the truth....almost. Anyway, for those who might be following this site still, here is my final posting for the year. I thought I would pay homage to the people who toil behind the scenes, and keep the cogs and wheels turning. They are the unknown, but our world could not function without them....and sadly they are becoming fewer and fewer as time rushes on. It seems that everyone wants to be experts these days, and few realize that the real experts are the ones who know how to keep things operating. They are mostly found in the background....the trades people....remember them? They are a dying breed in these times of  the "overqualified" disillusioned....
Here's wishing a Happy New Year in 2014 and good health and just rewards for everyone!

Friday, June 14, 2013

A Sad Demise.....

This old violin was my musical "muse" for quite a few years, and a couple of months ago, I opened the case to find that the bow had become detached at one end, and the bridge had collapsed. The rosin inside its little box, had crumbled into tiny amber nuggets. What a mess! Upon first glance, I guessed that it would take considerable repairs to get it back into decent condition again. However, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that it could still be of use. I just had to accept it as it was, and add a few items to make a story of sorts. So the roses from a Mother's Day bouquet were saved from the garbage bucket, and allowed to dry out or "age gracefully." They lent a certain mood to the photo, and in a way sort of speaks to the demise of many things in life....music included. Hope you enjoy it a little.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Mystery Mask.....

Recently, I posted a colour version of this mask on my other site. It was sitting up on a shelf at the Windsor Market, and its colours caught my eye. No one seemed to know the origin of it, and today I decided that it might make for a black & white photo as well. So, here it is, for those of you who might have stumbled upon this site. Hopefully you will see some merit in it also.....

Testing, Testing...

Things have been rather busy for us lately and tonight I finally got to play with my SONY a65 in the studio. It is still somewhat new to me, and is an upgrade for my old Maxxum 7D that I have thoroughly enjoyed using for the past 5 years or so. I bought it used from Adorama Camera in New York for a fraction of the original price. However, like everything else, the shutter mechanism became very unreliable and would often misfire, making a black or empty frame....hence the need for a replacement. This little collection was just a very quick set up, as I was curious as to how shiny metal, porcelain and frosted glass would appear when photographed on a sheet of black acrylic. The original was in colour, and I thought it would also look fine as a black and white rendering. It was not intended to be a work of art, and I was having a guilt attack for not posting on this site for so long. Hope you can find a little merit in it also....

Friday, January 25, 2013

Winter in New Liskeard, Ontario

It has indeed been a while since I last posted an image on here. It is winter now, and we just returned from Northern Ontario where the landscape is vastly different from Windsor. Since I did not get a chance to go out and shoot any snow scenes, I decided to go through some of my old Black & White negatives from years gone by and do a scan or two. This image was scanned from a 6 x 7 cm negative and I hope to actually make a darkroom print of it before too long. This scene may as well have been taken a week ago, because not much has changed. It was shot from the bridge that crosses the Wabi River in New Liskeard, Ontario. This is a very old building, and now houses a Doctor's Clinic.....can you imagine the heating bills when it hits -35 to -40 C. and stays there for days on end? The expense of upkeep for these stately old homes in the North must be mind boggling for sure.....Hope you like it.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

An Old Hybrid....

A few days ago, I went to a farmers market here in Windsor, at the Sportsman's Club, and in addition to the produce, there was a small display of old cars and hot rods. This one is a bit of a "hybrid" as the owner saw fit to transplant the old Ford engine, with a later model Chevy one. I don't know much about these things, but I wondered if an old Ford 289 cu. in. would have worked just as well. Maybe it is just a cool thing to have a Ford body, and a Chevy "heart", I guess. I have nothing against either make, as I have owned both Fords and Chevys and was more than satisified with them all. At any rate, this is just my Black & White version of this old beauty.

Shattered Realities...

If I am not mistaken, I believe that I had posted this photo as a colour rendition on my other blog site. Tonight however, I decided to see how it would look in Black & White. It somehow works for me. In the near future, I will be able to process my black & white film myself, and hope to be posting some of the images from my Mamiya RB67. It has been a while since I have felt "excited" about photography, and the thought of doing a little...or a lot, of darkroom work again seems to be doing just that for me. I hope if there is still anyone out there who is bothering to check out this site, will let me know. Hope you like this one......it was shot on colour Fuji Reala film, scanned, and converted to B & W in Photoshop CS3. It is from a series of shots that I did at Cape Anguille, Codroy Valley, Newfoundland quite a few years ago now.