Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Sandy Strikes

I decided that I wanted to take a few photos down by a nearby stream tonight. However, this was a bit of a challenge. As you are probably aware a large storm is hitting the eastern US today, and while we are on the edge of this the high winds are causing problems, with gusts as high as 50-60 km/h. With my tripod bag blowing away and the tripod shaking and feeling like it might topple over I decided I had to call it a night after only a few photos. The branches should give you a good idea as to how windy it was.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Billings Bridge

It rained today and I had planned to go out and take some photos that tried to make sure of the sitting water around Billings Bridge. My memory card had a different idea however and decided to corrupt itself before I got a chance to do that. So here are a few photos I took tonight. Most of them are pretty bad, but I did get a chance to play with the saturation and contrast, which resulting in some nice changes in the colour and differences between the shadows and lit portions of the images.

This building keeps showing up in my photos

Obviously I like buses

Monday, 22 October 2012

Down Below

I went for a walk fairly far south tonight, a lot farther than normal at least. I had wanted to take some photos of the CN trainyard but I did not get a chance to investigate just how close I could get to it. Perhaps another day I will be able to do that. However, I did follow a small road that went under this bridge and really liked the location. The photos were not great, but the grittiness of the location worked well for me.

These pylons were simply impressive. I will have to come back and take more photos near them. However, the humming was a little off-putting.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Patterson Creek Etc.

I set out a bit earlier than normal this evening as I had planned to walk all of the way down to the Fleet Street Pumping House and Bronson Pulp Mill but I got distracted and my feet were hurting so I stayed a little closer to home. Today I wandered down Bank Street until I got to Patternson Creek and from there I followed this strip of parkland until I reached the Rideau Canal. In the end I did not actually take many photos and I was not very happy with them. There were a lot of nice sights and some beautiful houses that I drooled over but for various reasons I found taking photos of these features rather difficult. Anyway, here are a few of the somewhat reasonable ones.

I think this is my favourite photo of the night

I just liked this centre building a lot. It was tall, deep, but very, very thin

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

A trip to Hog's Back Falls

My walk tonight was a fair bit longer than I expected and sadly I was not overly happy with the photos I managed to take. There seemed to be something a little bit wrong, something I was unhappy with, in every photo. Today I wandered from Billings Bridge to Hog's Back Falls. It was actually quite a journey as the roads were under heavy construction along Heron and navigating the sidewalks was a bit of a disaster. But once I got there it was worth it. The falls are as impressive as I remembered, the force of the water is pretty amazing and wandering around in the dark nearby them was a little bit creepy and weird.

They lined up so well, I had to take a photo.

An interesting crossing. You can really feel the water flowing beneath  your feet

Damn mist 

I really liked these tunnels for some reason

The barriers are pretty high, even with my tripod fully extended I was not able to get a photograph that did not include the railing

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

And the leaves were telling secrets to the wind

I went for a walk along Pleasant Park tonight. I had not walked very far along this street before and never at night so it was a new experience. It was very quiet and I found some nice forested and green areas to wander around in all by myself. I will have to do this again with someone else and perhaps explore Pleasant Park Woods at some point. There were a number of locations that I could not explore as it was simply getting too late or I was getting too creeped out. Another adventure for another time. The strong gusts of wind led to some interesting effects during the long exposure photographs. The trees whipped around, sometimes looking rather fuzzy in the final photograph, a bit like a painting in some cases. I am not sure if this is a good thing or not, but I will have to keep this effect in mind the next time I am shooting in weather like this.

I just liked the old school store sign

I am not sure what this location was. The field had some rutted tracks running through it and a lot of waste, little plots and such. Perhaps it is a community garden? I really need to find out. However it was so dark I really could not tell what I was looking at

I love the creepy light at the end of this path