These days, it seems photography is a distant memory. My new job is in a location that is devoid of anything to shoot , although I really should take a page out of Thomas Hawk’s way of photographing everything. Still, with a new job and all the learning and work to do, inspiration falls to the side. Recently, after work, I’ve taken to sitting in the backyard with a drink and my X-T1 with the longest lens I have (60mm) to catch anything interesting. And while Mr. Hawk desires to publish a million photos before he dies and as such (and I think his camera is sewn to his hand) I’m little more discerning. The image has to be “worthy”.
So it was the other day when sitting outside that a Chickadee flew in close to check things out. Thus is the resulting shot with the setting sun. There have been a number of little creatures showing up, including a humming bird, which I’m hoping to catch next.
For me, the best part about the new year is the days, or at least the daylight, lasts longer. I’m not a fan of it being dark by 5pm. Once the winter solstice hits, then Christmas, its all about getting more daylight! I especially like it when its cloudy for a few days. When then becomes clear, the extra daylight is like a little present.
This was my view tonight on the way home. I sometimes catch a bus that will drop me about 10 minutes walk away. The sun sets by this time, but the resulting deep blue in the sky with the silhouettes looks awesome.
This was shot with the Fuji X100T with the Classic Chrome film simulation. Its straight from the camera. No post processing other than a little crop to take out an unwanted element. The camera is awesome.
A few years back, we went to Scotland. We stayed in Edinburgh a couple of days, and during that time, we went to the Royal Mile. Within the castle grounds, they were setting up for the Tattoo. We didn’t get to see it. There is also a Tattoo at Fort Henry in Kingston, a short 1.5 hour drive from Ottawa. While looking up when that was, we came across a Sunset Ceremony. It involved pipes and drums, army maneuvers (circa 1867) and fireworks.
We made a plan to go and see it. It was pretty cool. We arrived at the fort with enough time to get a tour of it before the actual ceremony. If you haven’t been, it is a replica of the fort that was originally built in the 1812 era to defend against the United States invasion – the only time Canada and the U.S. have been at odds.
The fort fell into disrepair after the war, and in later years was rebuilt and abandoned again. The fort was gain rebuilt in the 1930s as a museum piece, and that is what is there today. The really cool thing, is that it includes regular army reenactments from maneuvers, to punishments, and all the re-enactors are “on stage” when in public view. It’s like you are a silent observer of life 150 plus years ago.
But I digress. The sunset ceremony is pretty neat. It includes projection on the fort wall and audio. After our tour we found a spot in the bleachers and took in the ceremony. These photos are a few of the night.
All were shot with the Fuji X-T1 and the 16-55 f2.8 lens. The ISO was cranked to 1600, f2.8 and the shutter at 1/128.
After a number of days of rain and somewhat cooler temperatures, summer graciously reappeared for the weekend. Most of my Saturday was spent cutting back the grass (requiring two passes and some raking), and planting greens for our rabbits (a significant cost savings).
As the sun set, the various solar-powered LED lights started to come on. On days like these, I loathe to be inside, but rather, outside and enjoy nature, even if it is in a small backyard.
I had my X-T1 out with the 16-55 lens and tripod, itching to do some sort of long exposure thing. This was the result of a few earlier failed attempts. The Honeysuckle is glowing from the LED light, while the sun goes down, creating a brilliant colour palette.
And then the mosquitos came out, and it was time to go inside
At the end of a long day a Disney, we had dinner in Epcot in the UK pavilion area. We were heading back to the Magic Kingdom for the fireworks, and came across the sphere that greets you when you arrive, all lit up.
Shot with the Fuji X-Pro1 with the 18mm f2.
We were in Florida a week or so ago to take in a Rush concert. Well, I was. we went to Disney on the Friday, and that evening while exiting the Epcot Centre, a storm was approaching during sunset.
The sky was brilliant. I managed to snap a shot as we headed to the monorail to head to the Magic Kingdom for the fireworks.
Shot with the Fuji X-Pro1 and 18mm f2.
I found this one waiting to be posted but never got up. Winter is dark, and it gets dark early.
However, there are moments of brilliance. Take this photo. At this moment in the day the sunset runs right down the road. I was amused by the size of the shadows cast at the people crossing the street.
Got this from my office window before heading home at night with my Fuji X100.
One of the things I really don’t like about winter is the dark. Its dark when I get up in the morning, and its dark, or getting there, at 4pm in the afternoon. I really look forward to December 21st. Because that’s the day with the least light, and from there on, it gets brighter. Slowly, but it gets brighter, roughly two minutes more a day. Its really nice when its cloudy for a number of days, and then its sunny and the sunset is that little bit later in the evening.
Today on the way home, the sunset was brilliant and orange. As I got off the bus to head to the train, I saw a sun pillar and had to grab a picture. Its one of those times I’m glad I tote a camera around with me. The reds and oranges were spectacular. I couldn’t quite position myself such that the pillar was right behind the building (looking like a beam coming out of the middle of it).