Monday, November 10, 2008

Fine Tuning

He has tuned many a violin over the years since he was a young man. He and his brothers played music for the local dances around the country side of New Liskeard and area. Then he played his music in the lumber camps, and also with his comrades during the 2nd world war in Holland. He never talks much about the war. He also played the fiddle along with me as I tried to keep up with him on my button accordion. We played together on just about my every visit over the past 43 years. His ear for tuning a violin is impeccable, pitch perfect. No fancy gadgets needed. His head is full of hundreds of songs, and he doesn't read a note of music. They don't make 'em like that anymore.......

Her Day

This is another of my old wedding files that I happened upon tonight, while I was looking for something else. It was originally in colour, but I thought it might look good in Black & White also. This was one of many that I took of this bride, as she was obviously enjoying Her Day.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Boo!

We come out tonight!!
Happy Halloween..

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Architect's Whimsy?

This past Saturday, I took a ride along Riverside Drive here in Windsor, and as I passed Caesars Casino, I noticed the architecture of the building. It made me stop and take this photo, as I could not figure out the purpose of this structure or platform sticking out into the air, with a large hole in it. I am not up on these sorts of things, but if it is nothing more than an architect's whimsy.......some expensive whimsy!! But then again, money is likely no problem for this establishment, so why not a hole in the sky eh?

Friday, October 17, 2008

Autumn Ensemble

This is a black & White rendition of a very beautiful and colourful bouquet of mums that our neighbour Terry, had surprised us with at Thanksgiving. Photo editing was done with Photoshop CS3, and Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo x2. This was truly a table top still life, as it was shot on the kitchen table using only north light from the window beside it. Hope you like it.
Thank you Terry!

Camera: Maxxum 7D
Lens: Minolta AF 35 ~ 105 zoom

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

I'm Watching You!

This past weekend was beautiful, and I found myself out in the county picking pumpkins with our grandchildren. It is time to start thinking Thanksgiving, and pumpkin pies, and halloween decorations. I was busy watching the expressions on the childrens faces as there were ghoulish creatures everywhere. This rather toothy one caught my attention, and was just one of a hundred or more that decorated the place. The adults had as much fun as the kids, and that is what it's all about.....adults being kids again, and the kids having a great time!

Friday, September 26, 2008

A Moment To Reflect

She and her sister were celebrating their birthdays on the same day. Family and friends were gathered around, and the children were running everywhere. However, in the midst of it all, she found a moment to slip down by the lake and spend a moment to reflect. I was so lucky to have been invited and able to capture this quiet moment.

Under The Ambassador Bridge


A couple of days ago, while out for a bike ride, I came across this sculpture near by one of the structural support foundations of the Ambassador Bridge between Windsor and Detroit. I liked the contrast between the shapes made by the steel bracing of the bridge, and the irregular shapes of the sculpture itself. It looks almost as though a truck, high up on the bridge above, may have lost part of its load! This photo was originally posted in colour on my other blog site. I thought that it work well in Black & White as well, so the change was made and borders added using Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo x2.

Camera: Fuji FinePix S9100

Self Taught Astronomer

This gentleman, was a self taught astronomer, who worked in an iron foundry in New Liskeard, Ontario. He built his telescope himself, using brass tubing, plastic medicine containers, and old discarded lipstick tubes. And the photos that he took with his attached Olympus 35 mm camera were utterly incredible. He knew which film to use, for what heavenly body he was photographing. They rivaled anything you would see in any astronomey publication, or National Geographic even. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to photograph him before he passed away a few years ago. He was so very interesting to talk to, and stories were told of him taking his daughters, and neice and nephew, down to the nearby swamp, to collect some water. They would all go back to his home, and view the "swamp creatures" under his microscope. The man should have been a science teacher. But he worked in an iron foundry, and was content to have a job, and raise his family. It allowed him to do what he enjoyed doing, when he wasn't working.....star gazing, or looking at critters under his microscope. Hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into the life of a very intelligent man.
Camera: Minolta Maxxum 9
Lens: 35 ~ 105mm zoom
Lighting: On camera, Maxxum 5400 HS Flash with bounce card for fill, and Metz 60 CT into silver umbrella for main light.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Old Railroad Sculpture

So you think you've had a hard day at the office?
During a bike ride yesterday, I came across this sculpture of a railroad worker in the peak of the old Railroad Building on the Windsor riverfront. This is how it used to be, when men worked hard to win the pay cheque.