This summer a new bit of public space opened on Queens Quay. It is a wildly oscillating walkway at the waters edge. In this first shot, I tried to draw attention to the textures on the surface of the walkway. I used a B&W treatment with very high contrast.
From another angle closer to the water, another facet of the lines of the walkway can be seen. I darkened the background to make the lit area under the walk (and its reflection) stand out. Notice the large fish hovering there?
Those of you following my blog on RSS may have noticed how sporadic my entries have become over the past couple of months. < excuse alert> I am a director on the Headwaters Arts board and I am managing Marketing and Publicity for them. The run up to the Headwaters Arts Festival has been a very busy time for me, managing the production of brochures, flyers and posters as well as ensuring press releases get written and published in the press. < /excuse alert> One week to go `till the festival, and most of my job is now done. Now I have time to pay a bit more attention to my art, my life, and you, my readers. First order of the day was to update the recent exhibitions list. There have been many in the past couple of weeks:
Back in August, I was hunting for old farm machinery looking for more cogs, wheels and pulleys for my “Out of Context” series. This led me to drop in on a place I had spotted alongside the highway that had all kinds of used farm equipment parked in the field beside the house. I went to the door to introduce myself and ask if I could wander around and take some photos. Thus it was that I met Mr. Bell. And found out his son was Craig Bell and about my age. This coincidence was enough to get myself invited into the house to talk tractors and check out his tractor photos for a while. Once I got into the field I found that the equipment there was mainly tractors and not much that had the pulleys and wheels I wanted. But there was an oddly serene feel in the field. Usually these collections of old equipment seem a little melancholy to me, but this was more of a “pleasant retirement” kind of feel. I think it comes through in the photos I took that day.
A note for the photoshop geeks out there (Yes, I can say it out loud – I am a Photoshop geek!)… I used Kuler on the above two shots to re-tone the grass to a complementary tone of the red of the tractors. A very interesting tool that I will be continuing to experiment with…
The final photo is from an old military deuce-and-a-half I found in the grass
This too is a continuation of a series I started almost accidentally while experimenting with control of light in my photos. I now have six photos in this series, so I thought it was time to add an album of this title to my portfolio. For those of you that are not familiar with southern Ontario, the Bruce Trail runs for several hundred kilometers from Niagara Falls north to Tobermory, following the ridge of the Niagara Escarpment. It features forests that range from Carolinian to coniferous to cedar, wonderfully eroded dolomite cap rock formations and literally hundreds of waterfalls. The scenes I show in my series are from Belfountain, Owen Sound and Eugenia Falls.
I followed pretty much the same process with all of these photos: Start with a properly exposed daytime photo, bump up the contrast and the saturation, add a layer that is darkened, blurred and desaturated a bit, then use a soft brush on the mask for this darker layer to “paint” back in some of the brighter under-layer.