Tuesday, August 24, 2010

B & W Hibiscus


This Hibiscus blossom was found at Coventry Gardens in Windsor, Ontario a few days ago. It was blowing back and forth in the wind, and was approximately 7 feet above me. There was no way that I was going to get a macro shot of it, so I put my 75 ~ 300 zoom lens on the camera and decided to take a chance that I may get something worthwhile. This image is quite a severe crop of the photo, and as such, I am fairly pleased with the result. I changed it to a Black & White image in Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo x2, which also enabled the addition of the borders as well. Hopefully you will find this to be enjoyable also.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Infrared Rose......

This rose is a lovely pink and yellow colour, but I decided to do an infrared version to see if I liked it that way or not. Infrared is not something that I do very often, as I find that like many other things, it is often overused and overdone. This was not true infrared photography, using infrared film. The effect was achieved using Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo x2 editing software. Hope you like it.....

Monday, June 7, 2010

Red Bull Air Racer


This Red Bull Air racer is posted on my colour blog, but I thought it might make an interesting Black & White image also. It has been a while since I posted an image on this site, so I am quite overdue. Most images that are taken of this event are usually of the high speed maneuvers through the inflatable pylons. However, I have been more intrigued by the perception of the aircraft cavorting amongst the high office towers of Detroit across the river. The compression aspect of the telephoto lenses make the aircraft appear to be much closer to the buildings than they actually are. This was shot with my Minolta AF 75 ~ 300 mm zoom lens on my Maxxum 7D. With a multiplication factor of 1.5, this makes this lens more like 105 ~ 450 mm lens in 35mm terms. Hope you enjoy it.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Sweetly Dreaming...........

Photographing this little lady as she had fallen asleep in a chair beside a window was a real pleasure for me. It was an overcast day, and the light was very soft. After years of doing formal portraits for folks, it was such a treat to do something very candid and casual. Maybe it is time to dust off the old Mamiya RB67 and reacquaint with it again.......

Berries for the Birds....


Today I am going to cheat a little as this image is not exactly a pure Black & White. There is a little dash of colour from the berries against the black logs of the old Nipissing Village Museum. Originally, I wanted to post it on my other colour blog site, but it did not look right against the amber coloured background. So here it is. The birds probably enjoy a variation to their diet of seeds and nuts found in the feeders during the winter months. Hope you enjoy.....

Monday, January 25, 2010

Inside Ice Formations...

This was taken about 35 years ago, while I wandered along the shoreline of Lake Nipissing in North Bay, Ont. one spring day. I had recently bought myself a new Rokkor Macro lens, and was eager to try for something a little different. One block of ice, about the size of a kitchen table, had been driven up amongst the rocks, and looked somewhat interesting. Up on closer examination, I looked deeper inside, what looked to be about 4 inches beyond the surface, and found these strange formations. So, I focused the macro lens on them, and this is the resulting image. It has always facinated me, and while the original Kodachrome slide was somewhat bluish tinted, I much rather this Photoshop converted Black & White version.

Monday, January 11, 2010

ZORRO Was Here.......

This ice crack was just a few feet from the scene in the posting below, and when I saw it, I remembered the old comic strip ZORRO from yesteryear. Do the kids today still get to read ZORRO, or am I just showing my age again.....?

Hangin' On.....

Yesterday, I took my camera and went for a stumble along the Detroit River waterfront in Old Sandwich Towne, and hoped to find something that was worthwhile photographing. Everywhere I looked, it was just a jumble of junk, covered with the latest snowfall. The wind was bitterly cold coming in off of the river, and made my eyes water so much, it was difficult to see anything, much less if anything was in focus. So I was really putting the camera's auto focus to the test. There was precious little that was of interest, but I found this little tendril clinging to the end of this twig, hanging out over the edge of the old dockside. The undulating pattern of the snow leading up to it sort of helped save the day, so I took this shot with my Minolta 75 ~ 300 AF zoom lens. Then I headed out of there to the warmth of the car. There were a few folks parked nearby who looked at me as though I were a madman. Maybe they were right......Then again, maybe I was an impediment to activities that I was unaware of, so after a few glares in my direction, I decided to get out of there.....