For this week’s post, I ventured out of the city to celebrate a 60th birthday and hang out with my cruise buddies. For those of you who are saying “but you don’t look a day over 55”, you’re right, it wasn’t my birthday – and I’m 47 so thanks for that:) We spent a couple of lovely nights outside of Cobourg, and then I headed north of Parry Sound for a couple of days.
The joy of being away from the city is that the night sky is fully visible without the glare of the city lights. I went out on Monday for an hour becuase the night was amazing, but was eventually chased in because it was a wee bit chilly.
I was taking shots that had the camera open for 30 secs at a time which let a whole whack of light (a technical photography term) into the camera. What resulted, was an image we can’t even see with the human eye. While it’s completely out of focus, I’ve kept the picture below to show you the huge amount of stars that hang over our heads every night.
The last time I posted a night picture from out of town, it was the Big Dipper. It made it’s triumphant return in this blog. I loved the fact it was sitting and framed just above the horizon.
The shot above and this one below were taken about 20mins apart and face different directions. The change in the night sky was quite remarkable. Again we have the framing of the cottage to “hold up” the stars.
There was a horse farm about a 25min walk away. My friend Alexis got to visit up close and personal with one of the residents. While I took a number of shots of them together, I wanted to use one where they were interacting with each other.
The highlight of this trip was a combination of fall colours and the fall light. The light is much more golden this time of year and this really brings out the colour in the trees. We spotted this tree on our hike back from the horse farm.
The light in the afternoons was practically edible. The reds on this bush were fantastic and I decided to get down on my knees so that the angle is pointing up a little more. It seem to give the bush a little more volume this way as it wasn’t very tall.
This shot combined that lovely golden light with the contrast of a cloudy storm rolling in. I really like the deep shadows and the golden glow.
With this shot I was trying to create a cozy warm corner (with the Friendly Giant moving furniture in place in my head). It didn’t quite work but I can attest that the chair was very comfy.
On our way to Parry Sound we stopped in a lavendar farm that had this awesome wood fence outside. I took a number of shots from various angles trying to capture this fence. I finally chose this one as it provides the shape of the fence. Your eye naturally enters the photo at the bottom left and then follows the fence around.
I also chose this other angle as I liked the way it acts as a dividing line between the green grass and the orange of the trees.
My friend DRW and her wife take in dogs that are in need in their area. These 3 are part of the 8 that make up their current pack:) To take this photo of them resting in front of the woodstove, I sat on the ground behind them. This way, I was on their level vs looking down on them from a standing position.
Finally, I tried to capture the weather outside their front window, especially since this was my first snowfall of the year. The challenge with photography rain or snow is that it is very hard to pick up on camera unless it’s very heavy(that’s why film sets use those big rain machines). To capture the snow, I decided to used the out of focus stained glass in the window to let you know you were looking out somewhere.
Well folks, that’s it for this time. Not sure what the next blog will contain… let’s be surprised together!