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wilted (colour and b&w)

Wilted

Wilted (B&W)

every once in a while i get a hankering for some studio photography. i have no formal studio lights – i tend to use existing light… in this case i used a wilting sunflower from a bouquet my wife received for her birthday a couple of weeks earlier. i set this one up using a black background positioned so that the light hit the scene just so.

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: miscellaneous & still life

 

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clouds over the point

Clouds Over The Point

upon first moving to the niagara peninsula, i was flipping through a tour guide and saw a picture of the point abino lighthouse. intrigued by such a lovely structure, i sought to visit it for a chance to photograph it. to my dismay i could not!

it would seem the monument has a contentious existence that remains very much alive today: the lighthouse sits perched on a narrow spit of land on the north shore of lake erie, a few kilometres west of fort erie, ontario. in 1915, construction finaly began after an agreement with local residents (mostly wealthy americans) of the community of point abino was reached. this was private land after all!

fast forward to today and though the town of fort erie has owned it since 2003, it still sits on private land and access is unfortunately quite limited. it can be visited through the summer months through a rather limited schedule – access is not granted throughout the rest of the year.

so, i finally managed to make it out there on a sunday, this past summer. the day seemed to have decent cloud cover to offer suitable lighting. alas, when i got there, by the time i had walked the mile or so to reach the site, the clouds were breaking up… this was one of the first shots i took before the clouds dissipated enough to let that harsh sunlight through.

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: architecture

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rodman hall under moonlight (colour and b&w)

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today, the stately rodman hall is as an art centre under the care of brock university in st. catharines, ontario. the building itself originates from the mid-1850’s where it was the private residence of one thomas rodman merritt, a businessman and politician in his day. an archway indicates that the estate was completed in 1863. the estate was under the merritt family’s control until 1960 when the city of st. catharines and the district arts council purchased the property at that time and converted it into and arts centre. brock university took over the property in 2003 with the understanding that it would continue as an arts centre.

here it is, photographed on a beautiful summer night with a full moon aglow.

these photographs can be found in the following gallery: architecture

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city hall lights (colour and b&w)

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nicely lit as dusk was settling in, this is the art deco-styled buffalo city hall building. after scoping out the area around, i setlled on this vantage point to photograph it. it is a 32-story building and measures approximately 378 feet from street level to the tiptop of the tower. not only is it one of the tallest buildings in western new york, but it is also one of the tallest municipal buildings in the usa.

these photographs can be found in the following gallery: architecture

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from across the lake (colour and b&w)

From Across The Lake (Colour)

From Across The Lake (B&W)

the jokes are no more. at least that is what i can tell… long the butt of many jokes, buffalo has made an amazing comeback! with its close proximity to home in st. catharines, i’ve been able to go on a few visits to explore ‘the queen city’. granted, i haven’t gone into full explorer mode yet, but what i have seen is a city on the rise… revitalized, chic and trendy neighbourhoods such as elmwood village and allentown are wonderful to visit and explore. the downtown is clean and the architecture is a feast for the eyes!

in any event, this is the buffalo skyline as photographed from across the lake in fort erie, ontario. admittedly it took a few attempts to get a good vantage point, but i think i found one! 😉

this photographs can be found in the following gallery: cityscapes

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canal lights

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standing on the division street bridge in welland, ontario, i had the opportunity to photograph the canada day fireworks over the welland canal – bridge 13 this past summer (2016). this bridge in the heart of the city’s centre crosses a now-abandoned portion of the canal known as the welland recreational waterway.

this photographs can be found in the following gallery: miscellaneous and still life

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stone to crystal

Stone To Crystal

no longer living in toronto, i did have the opportunity to stay at the posh park hyatt across the street from the royal ontario museum (rom) this past summer. a notoriously early riser, i let my body alarm clock wake me as usual; by the time i awoke at around 5:15am, daybreak had already begun. i hurried out to the streets and set up to shoot the latest incarnation of the rom buildings. on the left is the original facade from the early 1900’s while the right depicts the new, ultra-modern entrance to the museum known as ‘the crystal’.

the moon was indeed out and a pick-up truck stopped for a traffic light along bloor street. the cloudless sky was that early morning blue and it reflected off of the crystal’s glass panels.

this photographs can be found in the following gallery: architecture

 

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frozen journey

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a long-awaited winter scene from niagara falls, ontario. it shows an undisturbed lower observation deck of the age-old attraction called journey behind the falls during the second to last snowfall this past winter in the area. a long exposure ensured silky smooth falls contrasted with the textured rock wall of snow and ice by the horseshoe falls on the canadian side.

this photographs can be found in the following gallery: winterscapes

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standing around

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i love photographing lone trees – the countryside offers wonderful opportunities to do so. i came across this one near north pelham, ontario as i was exploring the country roads of the niagara region. the cow standing around was a bonus, I suppose… 😉

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: flowers, plants & trees

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mystery vessel revisited

Mystery Vessel Revisted

now living in the area, this mystery vessel visible from the qew (queen elizabeth way) stationed in jordan harbour near st. catharines, ontario, is readily accessible.

there does not seem to be a definitive story about this vessel. apparently it is (was) a replica of la grande hermine; the carrack that brought jacques cartier to this continent in 1535.

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: miscellaneous & still life

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