Thursday, August 31, 2006
I shot up towards the sky for the first two photos. I thought that the blue sky would make a nice background for the black-eyed susans and dahlias. The orange and yellow nasturtiums were so prolific that our yard is very bright, even on a dull day. A single lily grew in one part of the flower garden, but no one remembers planting one.
I have many more photos of flowers, but I will probably save them until some time during the winter when a splash of colour will be a welcome sight!
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
The business has grown from two young ladies working from a small cart located outside the lighthouse to a staff of 8 or 10 people operating from inside the lighthouse. It was so interesting for me to photograph the scene again with people all over the cliffs. I have to commend the young ladies for their initiative.
The photos today show the lighthouse with quite a few people enjoying the day and a few of the small groups of people picnicking on the hillsides. Note the beautiful views that people have while eating their lunches.
For people who will be visiting this area, take the time to walk (10-15 minutes) out to the lighthouse and enjoy a picnic by the sea.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
The first photo today shows the ceiling of the Reception Hall. You can see the planets that are hanging from the ceiling. You can also see the roof, spotlights and other distractions. I removed these distractions from the image using my photo manipulation software. (I use Corel PhotoPaint 12, but most digital cameras have software that will allow users to do this type of thing.) Notice a few small spotlights that I left in the image on purpose. They represent moons around the planets.
The third photo shows a view of the moon. Again I removed all the reflections, words and other distractions from the image.
Monday, August 28, 2006
While I am not afraid of insects, I know that some spider bites can be pretty bad, and, since I do not know the species of spiders, I was very careful when getting within an inch or two of the spider in the first photo. I estimate the length of it's body (not including the legs) to be about an inch (2.5 cm).
A larger insect was unfortunate enough to get caught in the spider's web and the spider immediately went to the insect and bit its neck. I am assuming that it was paralyzing the larger insect. Approximately 50 minutes later, I returned to the web to find the insect completely wrapped in a silk cocoon.
The fourth photo is actually a different spider "feeding" on an insect it had wrapped in a similar cocoon. (some animal or person had walked by and destroyed the web I had been photographing) If you look closely you can see at least 4 of the spider's eyes as well as a damp area on the cocoon where it is feeding.
I know many humans are afraid of insects, but they are part of nature and play an important role in keeping the delicate balance of life. It is so simple - spin a web, wait for an unsuspecting insect to fly into it, store the meal, eat when hungry, spin another web.
Sunday, August 27, 2006
I wish to emphasize the effect the mist had on the photographs taken there. The first photo shows a few people enjoying a leisurely walk through the park. The scene is "softened" by the mist. If you look carefully in the right of the photo, just below my name, you can see a faint outline of a red and white crane. When I took the next photo, I zoomed in on the crane to show it more clearly. The third photo shows what the scene was like before the mist came ashore. The dock, with all the cranes and containers is adjacent to the park. If I had taken the first photo without the mist, the cranes would have dominated the beauty of the scene.
Saturday, August 26, 2006
When I was in the park, a slight mist came ashore creating interesting photo opportunities. The first photo shows a couple of people taking pictures from the front of the monument. The second photo is the view they may have captured. From this vantage point, the mist was hardly visible.
The third photo shows a close-up of the cross taken from behind and looking up. Notice the interesting effect created by the mist, sunlight and shadows. As I approached the monument, my first instinct was to stand in the shadow of the cross to see what effect the mist was having, and I was not disappointed. I took several images from that spot!
Friday, August 25, 2006
I was able to get very close to the squirrels there, much more so than squirrels I've encountered at home. I assume it is a result of them becoming comfortable with the many people that walk in this park throughout the year.
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Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Yesterday, I travelled to the Annapolis Royal area and visited Port Royal Habitation and Fort Anne, two historical attractions in the area.
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Tuesday, August 22, 2006
The first photo shows a bright red shop that sells lobster. The second shows the sign on the front of the building. I liked the name Lobster Dive.
This shop is located near the wharf where the lobster boats dock. The day I photographed this building, I was the only visitor that walked out to the end of the wharf even though it was a nice day. Most people were in the shops and restaurants.
Over the next couple of days, I will post other images of Fisherman's Cove. I have photos of other communities in Nova Scotia online at http://www.lanephotography.com/nova_scotia.htm.
Monday, August 21, 2006
The second photo shows a guy from New York playing drums on 5 gallon buckets. To be honest, he was very good and it sounded great. It seems like there are less people at this performance, but it was the angle from which I took the photo. There are quite a few people sitting in the front and standing all around me.
The biggest problem I had with the performances was the fact that it took quite a while for them to get their shows started. They talked a lot to try and attract a larger audience and I was anxious to get more photos, so I didn't stay for their full performances.
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Sunday, August 20, 2006
Today, I am posting three photos of face painting that I was lucky to capture. The first shows a young lady with her full face painted, including her eyelids. I thought the artist was very creative. The second shows a young child with another interesting design, and the final shows a young girl just starting to get her face painted.
Over the next couple of days, I will post other photos I took at the Busker Festival.
Saturday, August 19, 2006
The light was actually filtering through the leaves on an alder in the second photo. I liked the veins in the leaves as well as the texture and shape created by the sunlight as it passed through the leaves.
If you are interested in plants, I have several species on my web site. Feel free to take a look around - http://www.lanephotography.com/plants.htm. I plan to add more species as soon as I get a bit of down time.
Friday, August 18, 2006
The first photo shows a small portion of Corner Brook with the mountains in the background. The second shows a portion of a community on the north side of the Bay. Sorry, I don't know the name of this community. You can see that both are built on the sides of fairly steep cliffs.
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Thursday, August 17, 2006
The first shows a boat moored between two stages. It was a beautiful morning for photography - calm ocean, blue sky, and warm temperatures.
The second photo, taken later that day, shows a single boat floating peacefully in the calm waters of Bonne Bay. I think this type of boat is called a dory in Newfoundland and Labrador.
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Wednesday, August 16, 2006
The first photo this morning shows a view taken from the head of a wharf looking back towards the town. The second shows a fishing stage with the high cliffs in the background. It was a beautiful, calm morning with few clouds - ideal for photographing this scenic community.
Because the town is located within Gros Morne National Park, it has become a tourist destination for many visitors who wish to explore the history and culture of the area, scenic Bonne Bay, the Tablelands, as well as the excellent trails.
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
As I was takiphotographing the moose, a park ranger drove by and blew the horn several times to scare it away from the road. A few minutes later, I understood why. The third photo shows a couple of rangers loading a dead moose onto the back of a truck. The sign entering the park warned drivers that there had been 22 moose/vehicle accidents so far this year. Moose/vehicle collisions can be very serious, often resulting in serious injuries or death.
I spoke to a couple of guys in the park who had travelled from St. Anthony (a four hour drive from where we were) overnight. They said they had counted 120 moose throughout their trip, so there must be a lot of them on the Great Northern Peninsula.
Rule of thumb: Slow down and keep alert, especially in the evening, throughout the night and early morning. Moose are beautiful animals to watch and photograph, but can be dangerous when they are on a highway.
Monday, August 14, 2006
The first shows a red barn with an open door. Since the early morning sun had a reddish hue, it made the reds even redder. I liked the colours, the open door and the diagonal line created by the pole.
When I saw a great blue heron standing on the end of the wharf, I was really surprised. I knew that they visit the Codroy Valley (much farther south on the island part of our province) but didn't expect to see one in Gros Morne. I got fairly close in my car and took a couple of photos through the window. When I opened the car door to try to sneak closer, it flew off. I didn't see it again.
Sunday, August 13, 2006
The calm water in the lake is an indicator of the peaceful morning I experienced that day.
The last time I photographed this scene was late winter a few years back - see photos at http://www.lanephotography.com/tablelands/tablelands.htm
Saturday, August 12, 2006
The first photo shows three boats in the foreground, then I zoomed closer to the town (using my 75-300 mm lens) for each of the subsequent photos. Even though all three photos were taken from the same position, each is different from the others. I mention this because, when shooting digital photos I always shoot more than one photo, and usually, more than one composition of the same scene.
Though I have visited Gros Morne at least once a year over the past 25 years, I have never taken the same photo twice. In fact, this was the first time I had driven down the road to Neddies Harbour.