Monday, November 2, 2009


It has been quite a while since I have done anything in Black & White, and I would be amazed indeed if anyone even visits this site anymore. On the weekend, I happened to find myself in a greenhouse out in the county, and came across this lovely Orchid. I did not have my tripod with me at the time, and I decided that this would be a good test for the in camera anti shake system. I was using a zoom lens with a close up filter on the front, and hand holding. I converted it to B & W, and I hope to have done it justice.

Camera: Maxxum 7D
Lens: Minolta AF 70 ~ 300mm & #4 closeup filter attached.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Mrs. Edward Walker's Bedside Lamp

On a recent tour of the Willistead Manor in the old Walkerville section of Windsor, Ontario, this rather elegant bedside lamp figurine caught my eye. It sat beside the bed of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Chandler Walker. Hiram Walker was Edwards father, but he never lived there. This manor is very large and stately, and I was somewhat surprised to discover that it contained only one bedroom. It was built between 1904 and 1906, and upon the death of Edward Walker, his wife decided that she did not wish to occupy the residence alone, and gave the house and grounds to the town of Walkerville.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Fireworks Bouquet

I had just posted this to my colour site, and decided that it would probably work not too badly as a black & white as well. It is a shot taken during the annual Target fireworks that is staged on the Detroit River, in front of Caesars Casino. The event starts about 10:00 pm, after 2 helicoptors towing the Canadian Flag, and then the American Flag, up and down the river between Windsor and Detroit, much to the delight of the crowds lining both sides of the water. This fireworks shot resembles daisies, and I can't seem to escape shooting flowers it seems.
Hope you like it also.

Thursday, May 14, 2009


He is totally enthralled with this little toad that he found in his back yard, and would have played with it for hours I'm sure. It was obvious from the grin on his face that he was enjoying the experience of making contact with this little creature. He learned that it is fun to discover things of nature, but also important to set it free again. Very often we tend to forget that children derive the most pleasure from things that they find on their own, more than the latest toy or fad that they are constantly bombarded with on the TV. It was hard to say who was the more captivated, the boy, the toad, or me..........

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Fleeting Moments of Freedom

Last evening, while watching the NHL Playoffs out of one eye, the other was going through several binders of old B & W negatives. However, I was more interested in the negatives than the game, really. I happened upon this one that I took when I was first learning what "f" stops and shutter speeds were. The midway had come to town and I decided to venture out with my really neat Minolta SRT 101, with the 58mm f1.4 lens attached, and do a few shots to see what I could capture. I had no idea what I was doing really, just matching the needle and lollypop in the viewfinder, and pressing the shutter button. However, in retrospect, I find that this image turned out to be one of my favourites of all time. As the little girl went whirling by on the carousel, and glancing down at her wheelchair, she was probably hoping that the the merry go round ride would never stop. Up there on the horse, she was just like every other kid, totally enjoying the present moment. I hope that she has enjoyed a rewarding life since, in spite of her handicap. Even though the photo was taken about 35 years ago, I still love to stop and look at it. Hope it catches your eye for a moment or two also.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

A few years ago, in my other life......I used to do a few gigs in the various Irish Pubs and bars in Northern Ontario. After a while, I decided that I needed a poster, or some sort of a self promotional thing that would show the type of stuff that I was doing. Of course I was aware that my type of entertainment, if you can call it that, is NOT everyone's "cup of tea". I recall at one time in St. Catherines, when my son and I were at a music shop looking for guitar strings, clearing out ALL of the teenage would be rockers, from the store when I decided to do an inpromptu concert on a very lovely Paolo Soprani button accordion. Accordions are so UNCOOL eh? My son was mortified I'm sure. Anyway, I took this shot with my little Minolta S414 digital camera, and layered it along with a scenic shot of Cape Ray, on the southwest coast of Newfoundland. Then I added a few Celtic graphics to the borders, and there you have it. I had received my first accordion for Christmas, when I was 8, and over the decades, taught myself to play, or not, depending upon your point of view. As I had been born into a VERY religious home, I was strongly discouraged from playing all of the old jigs and reels of Newfoundland, as they were considered to be "The Devil's music"! It's a funny thing though, that I found "the Devil's music" to be just heavenly.........I would have none of that guilt trip.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Old Sandwich Town Dormers

Once the sun came out, these dormers on this old building in Old Sandwich Town, just came alive. I ran over to the parking lot to get a straight on view, and I had no sooner squeezed off a single shot, when a large transport truck decided that it would park in front of where I was standing. Old buildings are such a joy to photograph, especially since when they disappear, you know that they are gone for good. Modern buildings just do not have the class or style of these old relics. At least in my feeble mind they don't. Luckily, Old Sandwich Town is full of them, so I shall have lots to shoot for some time to come.

Camera: Maxxum 7D
Lens: Minolta AF 75~300 zoom

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Sandwich Town Windmill

It was a pleasant surprise to come across this old windmill in Sandwich Town yesterday. The juxtaposition of it against the square boxes of apartment buildings made it all the more interesting. The blades were actually working, and I had to time the shot to get the shadow of the blade to occupy blank space where there were no windows. In this black and white rendition, the old boards look more weathered than in the colour version. So, black and white it is.....

St. John's Church ~ Old Sandwich Town

Yesterday, I met with a group of folks from the Windsor Photo Guild, at the St. John's Church in Old Sandwich Town. We were allowed inside by the priest, who gave us a history of the old church. We then proceeded to photograph the various aspects of the church that were of interest to each of us. This area, just off of the main Sanctuary, caught my eye, and I exposed for the light coming through the window. It was somewhat overcast outside, so the light is not too brilliant, but enough to provide nice lighting on the ornate cross to the right. After viewing the shot on the computer afterward, I concluded that it would make for a rather nice black and white. Hope you like it also.

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

Friday, January 30, 2009

Quiet Bliss

A new mother and her baby asleep on her shoulder is one of those scenes that I never tire of shooting. Originally shot in colour about 3 years ago, I find that for some subject material, colour gets in the way. For me, the Black & White rendition is more satisifying, as it seems to convey a simple sense of serenity and quiet bliss. I hope you enjoy it also.

Camera: Fuji FinePix S20Pro
Lens: Fujinon (35mm ~ 210mm) Zoom

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Waterfountain at Amherstburg, Ont.

Happy 2009 to you all. Today I found my way out to Amherstburg, Ontario, and after wandering about the King's Navy Yard Park for about a half hour, I decided to grab a shot of this figure on a fountain that was near the entrance of the park. The lighting was not great, but I decided to give it a go anyway. Besides, I wanted to give the antishake feature of my Maxxum 7D a good test. This shot was taken with a Minolta AF 75 ~ 300 mm zoom lens (105 ~ 450 on the 7D) The lens was at about 425 mm and about 1/30 of a second, with the antishake switch on, hand held. I was quite pleased at how well it worked. I just may yet get used to going without the tripod.