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Harvest Time

Posted by on September 20, 2015 in Photographic adventures | 1 comment

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I captured this image a year ago at a local farmers market near Duncan BC and it demonstrates the importance of the decisive moment. The incredibly dry hot summer this year caused all the pumpkins to ripen back in August so this image would not happen here at this local growers market.

I positioned the two pumpkins on the fender of this old rusting farm truck. I love the texture and colour on old rusting vehicles. There is a wonderful contrast between the freshly picked pumpkins and the long past warranty truck. These old vehicles are disappearing so it is important to capture the image, when the light is right, before it disappears. Now that fall is officially here tomorrow, I need to get out looking for fresh opportunities – I find it amusing when people say there is nothing to shoot or they have taken everything as I see fresh things everyday where I have been before. New images are around if one only slows down and really sees the light painting images around us. Happy fall image hunting!

By the way, I hate potato salad, but they have amazing red potato salad at this market; another reason to go out looking for images as you may just have to get a treat!

Bird of Paradise/Tofino

Posted by on September 5, 2015 in Photographic adventures | 1 comment

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My favourite daughter before she got married demonstrating my athletic abilities…..

Ashley Mazzotta wedding images: sample 1

Posted by on August 16, 2015 in Photographic adventures | 1 comment

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Here are some images from the wedding.

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Ashley Nicol: ready to go!

Posted by on August 16, 2015 in Photographic adventures | 0 comments

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It is hard to believe that my favourite daughter – “in fact my only daughter” as she observed one day when she was little – is now Ashley Mazzotta. I grabbed this photo just before I walked her down the “isle” at the outdoor wedding in Perth, Ontario. She was listening to the wedding planner explain the process to the bridesmaids and her. I took her photo when she turned to look at me. I much prefer candid expressions over the posed ones.

So it was my last moment with her before she was married so it is nice to have the memory.

 

Log Delivery!

Posted by on April 6, 2015 in Photographic adventures | 0 comments

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I finally captured the moment of a log dump with great sunshine and wonderful clouds!

I waited for one hour mid-morning for the logs to dump – you get no warning and it happens instantly. I forgot my tripod, which I will not forget again soon because I had to hold my camera to my eye, with a heavy lens, so that I did not miss the moment. It would have been effortless to have camera set up on tripod and then press remote release to take the image. After a half hour my arm was so sore that every five minutes I said I was only going to wait five more minutes but I repeated the cycle until it finally dumped.

The clouds were spectacular for the half hour prior to the logs falling off and I captured some other great images. So despite the lack of tripod, it was worthwhile and it was a nice break in my day to enjoy the sunshine and lack of snow here.

Home is where the heart is! Version 2

Posted by on November 30, 2014 in Photographic adventures | 1 comment

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My wife, Kerstin, told me about this photo opportunity a number of times so we finally went out to “bag it”. The funny thing is that it is right on a highway and I have driven by countless times and never noticed it. It is an example of always needing to be vigilante when looking for great photos or just enjoying your drive.

We pulled to the shoulder and as soon as we got out the owner of the property appeared and told us about the history of the home. I really enjoyed chatting with the owner and also learned about his railroad hobby. It was a delight to go see this and capture the charm.

Harvey with beverage.

Posted by on September 6, 2014 in Photographic adventures | 1 comment

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I managed to get out with Harvey again the other day for a photo walkabout. He is an invisible rabbit but you can see that he is enjoying a wonderful drink. I captured him at f/1.4  on my Leica M to create a smooth rendering in the out of focus areas and to keep the focus on him. We really enjoyed watching the people wandering around the waterfront and the temperature was perfect along with low humidity and best of all there are no biting insects.

This was taken in Nanaimo at the marina after we walked around for about two hours and it was refreshing to sit out on the outdoor waterfront balcony and watch the people head out fishing on the ocean. Harvey, as it turned, was not very thirsty so I had to finish his drink. I am a little afraid of getting mono from someone’s drink but he is a special friend so I finished it – one does have to take some risks to really live! Cheers!

Feeling Neglected

Posted by on August 18, 2014 in Photographic adventures | 1 comment

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This  is one of the worst looking boats I have seen moored on the ocean. They come in all sizes and generally end up sinking at some point or catching fire and sinking – a large boat (ship?) sank at Cowichan Bay this year after years of decay and no action. The various levels of governments point at each other. Various harbours have collections of them waiting for the governments to do something. They are often an eye sore but this was quaint in its own way.

It is unfortunate that the generally highly emotional but usually factually uninformed environmentalists ignore these and focus on pipelines that will destroy our future if the do not get done. It is also unfortunate that the environmentalists and natives are funded by foreign interests and governments to protect foreign interests from our resources and jobs.

I was drawn to the texture and colours and decay that contrast with the lovely ocean surface.

This boat is a great metaphor for a lot of  the elderly that are neglected by their family until they enthusiastically show up for the will reading. I run into a lot of lonely seniors that are forgotten by the “busy” people in today’s world.

Pierre St. Pierre

Posted by on August 17, 2014 in Photographic adventures | 1 comment

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This street performer, Pierre St. Pierre, is wonderful to watch as well as to  listen to the music. The vibrant colour and detail in his costume is excellent. I have no idea how these coin operated performers stay frozen in  a pose until someone puts money in. When playing music he did very well-executed mechanical movements just like a coin operated machine. Every time money was dropped in he repeated the  exact same movement and music.

When I came upon the scene nobody was getting him to play. I put some money in and he started to play and I captured a number of photos. Once people saw me taking photos a crowd started to collect and more people started to drop money in and take pictures. Lots of picture taking was going on by people that were not putting money in so he eventually humiliated them into donations by repeatedly pointing them at them and then gesturing toward the  donation bottle. The crowd loved it and it actually generated repeat donations from some people.

The curious part was the people walking by and not noticing him, other than a glance, until I got him playing. People sure need to slow down and see things around them. Once the crowd was there, people would eventually change out but a crowd constantly remained and kept him busy. It was entertaining to see little kids get sent over to put money in and then to see how some of them nervously went up and had to be prodded onward. Very delightful!

Playful Artist

Posted by on August 10, 2014 in Photographic adventures | 1 comment

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It is do delightful to meet eccentric vibrant artists. Returning to my car parked beside this  sidewalk artist, I stopped and realized I should take time to capture a portrait of him. Most of the time when I went by he was not there or just starting a work of art. He has come up with this new wonderful idea of where people could take pictures of their friends and loved ones standing on the tray of the server. I engaged him in conversation and eventually asked where he got his art education. He responded ” in another galaxy and in another time”. I was initially irritated and then realized that was probably not far off my response. My wife has often accused me of being juvenile but I feel I am imaginative! In this day and age of increasingly cookie cutter stores, products, and people it is refreshing to meet someone that is on the “fringe” and interesting. So many people are hard to chat with as they have no interests beyond the weather….

I really enjoy unique things and people. It is so hard to find hand made things these days. MacDonalds and et al, and their dismal mediocre offerings, are everywhere in the world. I can remember when I was a kid that different malls had real boutiques with different goods. Now you can travel around the globe and get the same boring thing and its poorly made in China. It might last until you get home.

The same is common in the arts. So many people are copying others instead of daring to discover themselves and a unique style that some will like and probably many will dislike. I find incredible stimulus by meeting artists in various mediums who are truly exploring themselves and the world around them. It is often a delight to meet vibrant eccentric people even if they are not artists as they will stimulate you. Get out and visit with the nutty cat lady or the the person who invests time into gorgeous temporary chalk art and you will most certainly be enriched by the experience even if you are not an artist!