Tea Time

I see amazing opportunities for photographs every day. Most times I have my camera available. Sometimes not so much. I had my camera when I saw the steam coming off the top of this cup of tea backlit by the sun. I actually played around with the camera angle to get the lens flare into the image. I think it adds a certain something. The cats on the cup were lit with reflective light coming from a window behind me. I really like the feel of this shot. Hope you do too!

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Shot with the Fuji X10 and processed in Lightroom 5 and Nik HDR Efex Pro 2.

19 Years old?

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So the Hydro One guys came a few weeks ago and trimmed a bunch of trees on my road to prevent them from falling on the Hydro lines during extreme weather.

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At the end of my driveway was a beautiful oak tree. They had to cut half of it away. I cut up the pieces for firewood and saw some really cool patterns. It always amazes me how a tree does what it does. It always is sad when such a beautiful thing has to be cut down. Thankfully trees are an amazing renewable resource. I shot these images with My Fuji X10. Processed in Lightroom 5 but converted them to B&W using NIk Silver Efex Pro 2. I love that program. Lets just say I love B&W. Don’t get me wrong though, colour rocks. I think back to all those hours I spent in an actual darkroom processing images, dealing with chemicals, hiding in the dark. I don’t miss that one bit.

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Take a look at the rings on this beautiful chunk of wood. I counted 19.

Next time you are outside, walk up to a tree and just place you hand on the trunk. Close you eyes and say “thanks for being there for me”.

 

Female Ruby Throated Hummingbird

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I was outside topping up the bird bath and I noticed a couple of Hummingbird Moths flying around the Butterfly Bush.So I ran in the house and grabbed the old trusty 7-year-old 6 MegaPixel Canon S3 IS. When I got back out and was standing about 2 feet away from the moths a hummingbird buzzed me. It hovered about 6 inches from my ear and then went about its business as usual. I was able to capture these two shots. This is an amazing creature that never ceases to make me smile and appreciate life.

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The photo that got me going again.

I’m really a firm believer in “The camera doesn’t matter”. Sure, I’m always taking a look at new and upcoming equipment. I love technology. I just don’t think having the latest and greatest makes you a better photographer. My blog is going to focus on the images I produce and what I was thinking when I shot them. I will tell you how I imagined  they would turn out and how I processed them. Take a look at the shot below. I shot this one at the Goodrich – Loomis Conservation Area in Northumberland County, Ontario Canada. It was shot hand held with a pretty low shutter speed (1/40 of a sec. at f3.5). This shot made it into a National Geographic book called “Life in Color” and get this, it was shot with a Canon S3 IS 6MP camera. You just never know where a photo might end up. The thing I really like about this shot, along with the amazing colours, is the many animal shapes that show up in the water. I can see an eagle in the gold flow at the top and a diving penguin on the bottom left corner. The big one is the dolphin shape right in the middle. What can you see?

http://shop.nationalgeographic.com/ngs/product/books/culture%2C-history-and-religion/culture-and-religion/life-in-color

This shot really got me back into photography after a much too long hiatus. My old Nikon FE is now simply a cherished possession. Most of the shots you will see on my portfolio web site were taken with the Canon S3 IS but most of them are with a Fuji X10.

More images to come. In the mean time stop by my portfolio site and take a look around.

http://craigbogdenphotography.zenfolio.com/

Keep shooting.  C.B.

 

 

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