Archive | April 2010

Sunday April 25, 2010

Wow!  Last week of April already.  It’s insane how fast the time is flying by.  All the trees in my neighbourhood are out in bloom, it’s beautiful.  This past week was really busy, I was getting my house ready for company and didn’t have time to take new pictures so I chose to share some photos from a recent trip to Niagara Falls.  There is a little area down there known as The Secret Garden, it’s gorgeous and if you haven’t been there make sure you put it on your list of places to visit.  I’ve been told that it is a popular place to have wedding pictures taken and I can totally see why, the architecture and history of the area is worth seeing and learning about.  The pictures that I did share were my favourites, a couple of them are heavily processed so keep in mind that what my pictures look like and what is actually there are very different.  I will return within the next couple of weeks to take more  pictures now that the trees and spring flowers are in bloom.  There is a little spot where there is a man-made pond with trees and huge stones surrounding it, the pond was empty when I was there but with spring weddings coming up I’m sure it will filled soon.

My mother in law and father in law came to visit us for a few days, we had a fantastic time with them.  We don’t get to see them very often and I wanted to spend my time with them so I took a little break from taking pictures while they were here.   Tomorrow is Monday and life returns to normal, a brand new week for photo opportunities.

Hope you all have a great week!

Until next Sunday…

~Linda

Sunday April 18, 2010

Oliver

Oliver

Hey y’all!

It’s been a quiet week picture wise, my assignment for this past week was pets.  Luckily I am blessed with 3 beautiful animals, 2 cats and a dog.  Unfortunately every time I try to take a picture of my dog she turns her head, she definitely does not like her picture taken.  The cats on the other hand will totally pose for me, especially the white one.

Molly is my brown tabby, she is such a sweet girl but she doesn’t like people much.  I’ve had her for 4 years and still I have to let her smell my hand before she’ll let me pet her, she also won’t let you pet her unless you’re sitting down, weirdo!  I got her 4 years ago, 9 days after my other cat Molson (big fat orange tabby) died.  I went to the humane society to get her, a long time ago I dropped off a cat there that I couldn’t care for and always felt guilty, ironically enough that cat too was a brown tabby, this was my way to make it right.

Oliver is a pure bred Ragdoll, he is absolutely lovely.  I’m pretty sure we’re done having cats but if I ever had to have another cat in my lifetime it would without a doubt be another Ragdoll.  They are not like any other cat you’ve ever had before.  Oliver loves his picture taken, he always poses for me.  Why I love taking pictures of him is because his eyes come out so blue in the pictures, although his eyes are blue they are a very light blue and in the pictures they always come out deep blue.  I bought Oliver from a private breeder in Fergus a couple of weeks after I got Molly, he was a little white puff-ball and over the course of a year his colours developed.  All of my animals turn 5 this year.

Ginger wouldn’t tolerate me taking any pictures of her this week so that is why there is none of her, but there are a couple of Molly and a couple of Oliver.  Friday is my day with my husband, it’s my most favourite day of the week, we drop the kids off at school and have the day alone together.  This past Friday we went to Decew Falls again, but this time it was to climb to the bottom of the falls.  It is so beautiful down there, I can’t wait to go back in a few weeks when all the leaves are out on the trees, hopefully the sun will be out also.  Today’s picture is a Canadian flag Geo-coin.  We planted our first geocache this morning and this trackable coin is what we put inside of it.  When someone finds it they will take the coin and log that they found it and then they will place it in another cache so someone else can find it, it will hopefully move from cache to cache all over the world.

The picture above is the one from yesterday, it is by far the best one this week.  I am actually thinking about printing and framing this one.  Not only is it the best picture I have ever taken of him but I think it’s definitely in the top 5 best pictures I have taken (not that I’m tooting my own horn or anything!!).

Hope you all have a wonderful week and enjoy the beautiful spring we are having.  My in-laws are coming to visit later in the week and we are all excited to see them as we don’t get to see them very often.

Happy snapping…

~Linda

Sunday April 11, 2010

Phone Booth

Last Monday was Easter Monday and I had decided to take all my pictures for the week that day, mostly because I am trying to get my spring cleaning/purging done in preparation for company that is coming in a couple of weeks.  Unfortunately I came down with a cold and was sick most of the week so cleaning was not happening, I will take another attempt at it this week.

My assignment for this past week was composition.  After being in photography class and talking to many people I still never really understood the meaning of composition and truly had no clue what I had done right when someone would comment on the excellent composition of one of my photos.  Up until recently if I had a picture that had good composition qualities it was only from me cropping it until the image was pleasing to my eyes.  Now when I crop something I keep the “rule of thirds” in mind, I know that any picture can defy this rule, it really depends on who is editing it, but more often than not I prefer the look of a picture when that rule is implied.  For those who don’t know what the “rule of thirds” is I’m going to try to explain it to you simply.  It’s basically a tic-tac-toe grid within the picture frame.  When you crop an image let’s use a horizon for example, you would put the horizon line either at the top 1/3 of the page or the bottom 1/3 of the page…not in the middle.  If you had a flower you would place the flower on any one of the four points where the lines cross, not in the centre.  Using this rule usually results in a visually appealing picture.  This of course if very simply put.  Next time you see a picture that you like have a look at where the points of interest are…more than likely they will be in one of the four corners, just imagine  a tic-tac-toe grid within the picture frame.

My picture for today (the one above) was taken on Saturday.  We went geocaching and came across this old phone booth, it’s not maintained at all and after looking at it at home I wished I had taken some scissors so I could trim the weeds around the bottom of it.  The colour was seriously faded so first I heavily saturated the entire photo, saved it as that, then took all the colour out of it and used the eraser tool on the phone booth.  I love using this technique, I think it really makes for interesting photos especially when you really want to focus on one main thing in the picture.

My assignment for this coming week is pets, so be prepared to see lots of pictures of my animals.

Until next Sunday…

~Linda

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April 4, 2010 Easter Sunday

Bronte Creek in Lowville

Happy Easter to all, hope the day was full of fun and chocolate!  My kids were officially on chocolate overload by 9am Easter Sunday morning.  We went on a Geocaching adventure late morning, it was quite tiring because when we arrived home 3 of us passed out for 3 hours, one of them being me.

My assignment this week was supposed to be city streets…I was not fortunate enough to even get one good shot, but it’s only because there is a lack of interesting streets where I live.  Had I lived or least visited New York or Las Vegas this week things definitely would have been very different.  We got together with family for Good Friday and went Geocaching for the day in the Niagara Region.   I attempted to get a picture of Clifton Hill, again unsuccessful.  I think city streets are just not my forte, and that’s just fine by me.

I took a picture of my beloved Ginger, she’s a yellow lab.  I found a big lump on her back side and was terrified that it was a tumour, I always go to the worst case scenario.  I immediately called the vet and got her in right away (it was time for her yearly vaccination and heartworm pills anyway).  $466 later…she has fat deposits which apparently are very typical in labs, something else I didn’t know.   I found her sleeping in the kitchen so I grabbed my zoom lens (otherwise I would have woken her up) and got down on the floor and took this, the sound of the shutter woke her up.

I finally got a half decent picture of a cardinal.  There is an abundance where I live only I am always unprepared when they come around.  I still would like a clearer picture, this guy was way up in the top of a tree and my zoom is just not enough.  I think I’ll place some bird seed and patiently wait.

The baby toes…that’s all kinds of cuteness.  It’s my friends baby, and I went a little crazy with my camera.  I love baby feet so I couldn’t resist when I saw she didn’t have socks or shoes on.

While we were Geocaching in Niagara on Good Friday we went to Oak Hall, it’s the Niagara Parks Administrative Headquarters.  It is such a beautiful building on a beautifully maintained property.  The property looks over the raging waters of the Niagara River (above the falls).  Absolutely breathtaking.  If you haven’t already been definitely put it on your list of places to explore, Niagara has great history, take a picnic and make a day of it.

The above picture was taken this morning.  We drove out to Lowville, it’s a quaint little community.  Bronte Creek runs beside the children’s park.  It was gorgeous Easter morning, the sun was so warm.  We were going to go Geocaching here but because it’s in a valley and there is no cell phone signal, we figured if you live in Lowville you probably don’t care to have a cell phone!

So I’m at the start of a new week and the start of a new assignment, I have no idea what this week will have in store.

Until next Sunday…

~Linda