Wednesday, January 31, 2007
River in Winter
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
The first photo shows a frozen lake (Main Beach Pond) with snow covered trees and hills. This lake is on my walking route so I pass it every time I hike behind my house. I have photographed this lake several times a year since I moved to Holyrood in 1982.
The second photo was taken on my walking trail. Several years ago someone clear cut this particular area and I was so disappointed. However, nature has a way of rebounding and the trees have grown back thicker than ever. It will still take quite a few years before it looks like this.
Last week I asked you to share your first impressions of a couple of photos. The feeling I get from these images is Peace, and I remember feeling so peaceful as I walked winter trails on snowshoes .... I still have those peaceful feelings today every time I venture into the woods behind my house. Through my photos (and technology) I can share that feeling with over 750 people all around the world.
Monday, January 29, 2007
This is the type of image making I am planning to teach the grade 3 - 6 kids at school. Last year I had them put a face into a flower and they did well with it.
Sunday, January 28, 2007
I chose two photos (taken December 15, 2001) of ice in a river . The shapes and textures of the ice are interesting and every year I shoot a few photos that are similar, but like fingerprints and DNA, no two photos are the same.
Because there are few reference points, it may difficult for you to know the size of the ice. However, I suspect that those of you who live where water freezes in winter can guess fairly accurately at the size of the ice in both photos.
Of course, these photos once again illustrate the theme that Everything's a Picture and that there is beauty all around us if we look for it.
Saturday, January 27, 2007
People and Dolphins
The photos today show "sea-dooers" who slowed down to observe a couple of dolphins at fairly close range. Of course, I am always interested in getting photos of people and animals so I took lots of boats, people on beaches, birds and the dolphins. I observed that everyone who saw the dolphins took time to enjoy them frolicking and feeding in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
I wonder if there is anyone on this list who doesn't (or wouldn't) like to observe sea mammals such as dolphins, porpoises or whales.
Friday, January 26, 2007
Here in Newfoundland we have two species of hares - snowshoe and arctic. I see snowshoe hares around my property occasionally but usually in the early morning or late evening. This time of the year they are white and, though I see lots of tracks on my walks through the forest, I have only seen one live hare during 25 winters I have lived here.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Horses used to be very common around Newfoundland and Labrador, but in recent years I do not see as many on my photo trips. I have a few horse photos on my web site.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Battle Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador
I chose to send photos taken in Battle Harbour, Labrador in the summer of 2004. In case you haven't heard of Battle Harbour, it is a tourist destination in Labrador that offers visitors the opportunity to stay in an abandoned fishing community that was thriving during the heyday of the fishery. Many buildings have been restored and visitors can rent them. A walk around the community also provides the opportunity to view houses and stages that have not been lived in for many years.
I have photographed old houses, stages and boats all over the province of Newfoundland and Labrador but in Battle Harbour there are no electrical poles and wires so it is like travelling back in time. The two photos today show boats that have been pulled up on the shore.
I have created a slides show of Battle Harbour that shows the buildings that have been restored, the "ghost town", scenery and a beautiful display of the Northern Lights. I have added this production to the list of shows at http://www.lanephotography.com/uPIC/category.htm.
You can view a few of the photos at: http://www.lanephotography.com/battle_harbour/battle_harbour_01.htm
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Yesterday's posters forced many of you to think about your perceptions as you viewed two very different photos. Some of the common words that came to many of you are listed below. Many people who responded made comments about the photos and my attempts at "teaching" the people on my list to "see" the world in a different way. The photos also evoked fond memories. I am also including a couple of comments. Sorry I can't put them all on line. If you would like your comments to be viewed by others, there is a Comment section under each day's photos on my Blog - www.kbrucelane.blogspot.com. Thanks again for your input.
- homesick. (You really do not know what you got till its gone.)
- My first word upon seeing the sunrise at Deer Lake was not a word, it was an intake of breath ... so I guess "breathtaking."My first thought upon seeing the rose was of my grandmother. She has an old rose bush in her garden in western Newfoundland, which she had grown from a cutting from her own mother's garden in Trinity
- I'm really thankful to be receiving these photographs. I have saved those I like the most and browse through them every so often. They never fail to make me realize what a beautiful world this is - especially Newfoundland!
Monday, January 22, 2007
You are what you perceive
When I took the photos, I certainly perceived that each scene was beautiful. I am interested to know what perceptions and/or feelings you had when you first viewed each photo. What was the first word that came to mind when you viewed each image?
The sunrise photo was taken in Deer Lake, Newfoundland and Labrador in August, 2005. The mist rising off the Humber River was illuminated by the rising sun and added more beauty to an already beautiful scene. The photo of the wild rose was taken in my backyard in 2004.
If you would like to send a comment on these posters, just click the link below: A Comment on You Are What You Perceive.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
The first photo shows a seal that was getting a little nervous as I approached, camera in hand. Finally it moved to the edge of the ice and slipped into the frigid ocean. These photos were taken in Holyrood, just minutes from my house.
Here's what I do when photographing animals. I take a few photos from a distance just to make sure I get at least one photo of the animal. Then I slowly take a few steps closer, take more photos. I continue until I get enough photos, or the animal gets too nervous and leaves (usually the latter). Of course I remain as quiet as possible and don't make any sudden moves while using this technique.
There is another lesson in today's photos. The third photo in the sequence makes sense when viewed after the others. However if I showed the last photo only, many people would wonder what it was. The lesson is that some photos are not really successful if shown alone, but can be used when others provide enough information for the photo to make sense to the viewer.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Sunnyside, Trinity Bay
The first photo shows a wide view of a fishing stage and the harbour and provides information about the area - stage, shed, houses, mountains etc. The second image shows a closer view and provides more detail of the buildings and less of the whole scene. You can see that even though the photos were taken from the same location and show the same subjects, they are quite different!!
RULE: Take LOTS of photos then choose the ones you like after downloading.
Friday, January 19, 2007
House in Winter
Several years ago I did a "Virtual Tour" of my property. Feel free to check it out at: http://www.mqp.k12.nf.ca/plants/lane/vt.htm. All photos in the tour were taken with one of the earlier digital cameras.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
My Backyard in Winter
Most of you know that from time to time I ask people to share their own photos by sending them to International Photography Gallery. If you send photos from anywhere in the world, my students will add them to our new Photo Album Project. ( www.mqp.k12.nf.ca/photoalbum ) Feel free to check it out. By sending photos to this project, you are giving students permission to use your photos in school projects. Feel free to check it out.
Our Grade 3 students are creating the albums and adding keywords in English and French. Topics in which need photos:
- people of different cultures and religions
- birds (penguins and others)
- pets ..
- other countries
- anything that would be interesting to students.
If you wish, you can send the photos to me at email@example.com and I'll forward to the kids. Thanks for considering this worthwhile project.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Icy River, Holyrood
Sunrise near Deer Lake
Today's photos were taken near Deer Lake, Newfoundland and Labrador, in mid-August when the sun rises shortly after 6:30 AM. (Today's photos were taken around 6:45.) This is an excellent time because in June and July, the sun rises much earlier.
People who have been on this list for some time may have noticed that I usually photograph sunrises and sunsets when there is a fair amount of cloud in the sky. If there were no clouds to filter the light, once the sun rose, it would be too bright to take photos. Clouds also add shapes, textures and a variety of colour to the scene.
Monday, January 15, 2007
Since I didn't have a tripod with me, I knew it was a waste of time to try and photograph the model, so I decided to shoot some time exposures. I shot the photos at times ranging from 20 sec to a couple of minutes and got some interesting effects.
In the first image I zoomed in slowly while taking the photo. In the second image, I got some bright light near the bottom but was not sure where it came from. It is possible there was a reflection off something as people entered the room.
Sunday, January 14, 2007
There is another reason for showing the 3 photos this morning; the lighting. In the first photo the moose was standing in direct sunlight and was well lit giving fairly accurate colours. The moose in the second and third photos was standing in shade which caused the colours to be too "cool" . As a result the photos have a "bluish" cast on them.
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Black and White Images
I shot the first photo of cups, saucers and spoons at a luncheon. I tried several different compositions, but liked this one best in B & W. The photo was taken inside without a flash. I focused on the cups in the second row towards the back. Considering the low light, I was pleasantly surprised to get most of the cups in focus.
The second photo shows a key that was hung on the outside of a shed door in Burnside, Bonavista Bay. It was a very dull day and the colour image I made was almost B & W, so I converted it and liked the result. B & W makes sense for an "old fashioned" key. This image would probably be nice in sepia tone as well.
Friday, January 12, 2007
The first photo shows the town in the background and a lot of fishing gear and birch logs in the foreground. Many people in most outport communities still make a living from the sea and the land.
The second photo shows the entrance to the harbour. You should be able to see the green and red markers in the water just right of centre.
If you have never visited Twillingate, put it on your list of places to visit.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Have a great day!
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