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Rideau Reflections

A back channel on the Rideau river, almost overflowing with spring meltwater

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bare branches overhead, almost bursting with budding leaves

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swirling, artistic impressions almost dancing on the water’s surface.

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Rural Abstracts 1

A drive through the countryside with nothing but flat, gray light and a bleak end-of-winter landscape forced me to see the world through different eyes.

I rarely stretch my imagination like this, as I prefer to take pictures of nature being beautiful, but looking for lines and contrast instead of colour and detail gives me a new perspective, and  helps me to develop my creativity.

And, well, it’s just fun, with neat results!

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This image I took at my recently found birch grove. I’m so excited about it! Birch is my favourite tree, so to find a dense stand nearby allows me to revisit frequently, and play around with the trees photographically. You’ll be seeing more of this forest through the months.

This image isn’t post-processed, except for a little change in contrast. I used the blur technique, where you set a slightly slower shutter speed, and move the camera up or down while taking the picture. Easy to do, with interesting results – try it!

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A Reprieve 2

It’s a triple fuzzy whammy: the indirect gray light made the world so soft and gentle; the cattails had all started to unravel; and then, on top of it all, I added unfocus.

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Confetti

Woke up to our first frost – if you squinted just right, you could imagine the world was covered in confetti – what a party it must have been!

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Dew

Got onto my belly to get a shot of the morning dew – which ended up soaked into my clothes.

All for the love of photography 🙂

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Lime green

The maple trees are budding, which means the world has a decided lime green flavour to it…quite fitting, considering the date, wouldn’t you say?

Happy Cinco de Mayo, everyone!

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Peacock feathers

Peacock feathers, two ways:

soft focus, blurred, an emphasis on colour and motion:

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high contrast, devoid of colour, an emphasis on texture and shading:

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Inspiration: Eddie Soloway

Unfocused forests, blurry water scenes, surreal sunsets.

I used to love seeing documentary nature shots, true to reality, showing the width and breadth and diversity of the natural world. But now I am so much more inspired by an abstract take on the world, where physicality is reduced to colour, shapes, lines and movement.

Eddie Soloway’s images are where I want my photography to be. ‘Nuf said.

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Check out his work here: http://www.eddiesoloway.com/see/galleries/

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Spruce tree in a Snowstorm

A mix of rain, sleet, ice pellets and snow.

Good thing I have nowhere to go today, and instead I get to stay in my pjs, drink hot chocolate, and build a cardboard castle for Playmobil and Lego figures.

I know, you’re jealous. Sorry ’bout that.

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An Oceanic Ode Part 6

Saying good-bye to Cuba (for now), with a last look at a pastel ocean view. I need to embrace the last month of winter, while it’s still here.

I’m off to check out some ice sculptures at the Winterlude festival  today, see you in a bit!

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FYI – these images are not post-processed – just a slower shutter speed while panning created this look.

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