landscape

Early morning ride

Over the summer I’ve taken up cycling as a way to stay in shape and keep some weight off. There are a few bike paths near the house so I don’t need to ride on the streets. I find that going out early in the morning on the weekends the best. Most people tend to sleep in so there are less people on the paths other than joggers or dog walkers. Not that its a problem, it makes for a hassle-less ride.

Last weekend I awoke early and saw on the weather site that there was fog. I jumped to it to ride to a spot I knew there would be fog. I brought along my X-Pro1 and 35mm lens to get something.

Sadly, at 8:00 am the fog was burning off already, such that by the time I got to where I wanted to be, it was too late. I carried on though and ended up down at the Rideau river by the locks. There I scored a few photos. So all was not lost. There was still mist on the very calm waters.

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And in an inlet the water was perfectly still allowing me to get these photos for my reflections series I’m poking along with.
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As the days get shorter, and my ability to get out for a ride after work continues, I hope to maybe get some nice sunset photos as well. We shall see.

Wild Backyard

Living in the suburbs presents an interesting dichotomy. While it is a bunch of humans in big boxes, there is still the ever-present wildlife, who have adapted to having people around.

Our backyard on some days, is like something out of a Disney movie: various birds and animals coming and going. From the birds at the feeder (Chickadees, Finches, Cardinals, Grackles and now Red-winged Black Birds) to other wildlife in red and black squirrels, chipmunks and rabbits.

Tonight there was a couple of visitors, one being a new little bunny. We have a couple of domestic bunnies, and to see the wild ones are fun to see and forever welcome in the backyard. I grabbed my Fuji X-T1 and affixed the 60mm (my longest lens) to get some shots. And the chipmunk also made an appearance. Both these shots have an extreme crop to “zoom in”. The 60 is my longest lens, and I’m thinking its time to invest in something longer to get some better shots.

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Let it Rain

Here in Ottawa, and in most of Ontario, it’s been pretty dry – near drought conditions. In the last couple months, there has been half as much rain as any given one month.

So today, the sky has opened up, and over the full weekend, it’s promising to be wet and grey. Sucks for those on camping trips and vacation, but it is needed.

As I was finishing up breakfast and getting dressed, it grew darker and darker. The thunder clapped and the rain came down in torrents. I love a good thunder storm, and this one didn’t disappoint.  I grabbed my Fuji X-T1 and fitted with the 16-55 I went out to get some shots. Both are weather-sealed, so I wasn’t concerned about the water problems. I was a bit damp, but got some photos. All taken with a longer exposure to get the water motion.

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Trillium

On my recent rides, I saw a bunch of trilliums in the forest. The Trillium is the official flower of the province of Ontario. It’s actually illegal to pick them. They flower in the spring and are easily detected by their three (typically) white petals and three leaves.

Shot with the Fuji X-T1 and 60mm macro lens.

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Abandoned

I recently borrowed a bike to get some exercise. I haven’t ridden a bike in nearly 20 years, and boy do I like it. I have been out a number of times, and love it. I’ve been looking for routes around the area.

I was on a ride and I saw some abandoned cars in the woods. So I took the camera out to grab a few shots. There were two different cars. One from the ’40s and the other looked like an old VW Beetle.

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A touch of red

During my excursion from my last post, I brought along my girlfriend’s red scarf. The main reason was because of the time of year. In mid-April, everything is pretty much grey and brown. Nature hasn’t woken up from its winter slumber. So I tried to be artistic by adding a splash of colour.

This was the best result. Of course the breeze that I had at the beginning dissipated when it came time to push the scarf around, so I had to drape it over the branches. Oh well, nothing ventured…

Interestingly, this area was engulfed in fire a couple of years ago. The conservation authority has taken the opportunity to run a path through the area with a number of information kiosks about the hows and whys of forest fires, and how the regrowth occurs.

Shot with the Fuji X-T1 and the 16-55 f2.8 lens.

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Down by the River

It was a beautiful spring day. No wind, 12 degrees (54 Fahrenheit) and sunny. I took a stroll down by the Ottawa river. I brought along the Fuji X100T and the additional teleconverter and wide angle converter (although the teleconverter remained on the whole time) to grab some shots. I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately, and decided to make the effort to shoot a “roll” of film – 36 shots or so.

These are a sampling. I set the camera to Classic Chrome simulation and there is only minor adjustments in Lightroom. With the much reported Nik software now free, I downloaded it and a few shots were edited using it.

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Edited with Silver Effect Pro. A piece of driftwood that looks like an alien statue.

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Blue Sky

Yesterday winter made one of its last hurrahs with a moderate snow fall. I was up to Carp to see my doctor and the snow on the trees looked fantastic. As I have mentioned before, a local freight runs up through Carp on a regular basis, and I always ensure that my appointments are on the correct day and rough time that it comes through. So I had my camera with me.

After the appointment (all is well) I drove around the area to scout out a new position for the train. In doing so, I caught a few pics of the snow covered trees. The blue sky just looks awesome.
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And after shooting this, I noticed the yellow fire hydrant. Blue and yellow are complimentary colours, so…

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Sadly, no train came. It seems to be a no luck week for the limited freight trains around here. Did make this shot down the line heading just outside of town.

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All shots with the Fuji X-T1 and 16-55 f2.8.