Monday, July 31, 2006

Mr Moon

I went out around 9 this evening to get my camera and lock my car. Looking up I snapped this quick shot. Converted to black and white in Photoshop.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Today's Clouds

It was so hot and humid tonight that we went out for supper. On the way home I noticed the clouds were quite interesting so I stopped and snapped a couple of pictures on Millennium Drive in Quispamsis.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Mr. Toad

I have pictures of all sorts of creatures in my yard but this is the first one of Mr. Toad. He has been living in and around my pond since spring but every time I tried to get a picture he would scamper in under the stone work. Tonight I was feeding the fish and to my surprise he is so large he can't hide anymore. I went inside and got my camera and flash and captured this picture. Sorry for the harsh light but I wasn't sure how much flashing I could do before he took off on me. He doesn't look too impressed does he? He may not realize how lucky he is. Mr Snake who also lives in the rocks around the pond is a good size this year ( 3 feet or so) but I don't think he is large enough to devour him so for all intents Mr. Toad is safe....for now.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Sunset July 24 2006

Here are a three sunset pictures I took last evening from the shore of the Kennebecasis River in Rothesay. I was so excited to see a sunset without fog and rain I couldn't help but record it.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Black and White Flowers

In between rain showers I managed to take a few pictures of some flowers today. The breeze was just enough to put the flowers in motion so sometimes I had to stand for 5 minutes in order to take one picture.

I got to playing with Photoshop when I got home and this is the result. Don't ask me exactly what I did as I didn't record the steps. Other than the conversion to black and white there was virtually nothing else done to the images. I cloned out two or three annoying dirt spots on one of the images; the rest was done using a bit of each of the following: Gradient Map, Channel Mixer, Exposure, Blending, Curves, Levels, Unsharp Mask, and Image Size.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

What I see when I look up, or down

I love clouds. Clouds are an important part of many of the images I have taken. Sometimes clouds are interesting all by themselves, other times they add that something special to an image. Here are just a few examples.

#1, 2 and 3 - Meenan's Cove.

#4 - Sometimes looking down is more colorful than looking up - Meenan's Cove.

#5 - Taken from the Confederation Bridge on the way to PEI March 2006. A snow shower passing over the Northumberland Strait.

#6 - A panorama of the Kennebecasis River.

Bird Feeder Thief

I have been wondering why I can't keep my bird feeders full. I had just filled all my feeders and caught this 'upsidedown furry greybird' having lunch. I snapped these through the kitchen window.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

After The Storm

We had a suppertime thunder shower go through yesterday. I was on my way into Saint John and stopped where it was safe to get a picture of the clouds. On my way home I realized too late the sunset had been quite beautiful too. I guess I spent too much time getting the packages together for tomorrow's Scavanger Hunt. When I was able to stop in East Riverside the beauty had all but faded. Here are a couple of the pictures I took. I returned home feeling a bit like a fisherman. All I had was the memory of the ones that got away.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Winter Storm

Not quite what you would expect for a storm on Feb 17th 2006. I took these pictures in West Saint John at the end of Sea Street just before the rain started. The wind was so strong I needed a tripod in order to steady myself and the camera.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Model Airplanes

As some of you know I also fly model airplanes, that is when I am not taking picture of them. Here are some pictures I took last September at the Balloon Fiesta in Sussex. I do not know who the pilot is but he did an amazing job.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Squirrels up close

I have a number of tame squirrels around here probably because I have been feeding them for the last couple of years. Here are a few close-up pictures I have taken. The young ones in the last four pictures are offspring of the squirrel in the first one. They are all more curious of the camera than scared of it. I bring in the bird feeders at night because the raccoons empty them if I don't. Every morning there are two or three squirrels on the deck waiting for me to put them back up and sometimes are in them as soon as I hang them up.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Hammond River

I went out after supper looking for sunset pictures and ended up with these.

#1 - Cruising down the river. Actually I went for the blurry look when I chose a shutter speed of 1/40".

#2 - Slowing down.

#3 - Speeding up.

#4 - Kayakers being watched by a Great Blue Heron? He took off moments after I took this picture. I need a longer telephoto lens.

#5 - I am always on the look-out for a photo opportunity. These roses caught my eye as I walked back to my car.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Meenan's Cove Montage

As I drove past Meenan's Cove this morning I caught a momentary glimpse of this scene. I immediately envisioned how it would look as a montage. On the way home an hour later I stopped and this is pretty well what I had in my minds eye.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

St Martins, New Brunswick

BJ and I took a trip to St Martins April 22nd. Here are a few of the pictures I took along the way.