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Late Buds (Two Photographs)

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When the cold days of early spring give way to warmer weather, we again begin to see new buds appear. My effort here was to keep the impression of the cool weather. I did this by ensuring that the colours remained cool (blueish) and not get saturated by the processing software. In the black and white I tried to retain this feeling by how I managed the shadows.

Spaceship (Two Photographs)

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The black and white is the final product though the colour version has its appeal. The idea for the photo hit me when I was experimenting with a wide-angle lens. Lenses in the 10-35mm range allow for creativity in perspective, angle of view etc. A little known fact is that you can focus quite close with most wide-angle lenses. The standard wide-angle is 24mm, for street photography 35mm. With a 20mm and down the exaggerated optics become more obvious. By the way the photo is of a skylight in a modern building.

Early November (Two Photographs)

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From that time in early November when the light is harsh, the breezes stiffer, and the flowers barely hanging on. I find the colours more subtle and the highlights often more prominent in the out-of-camera photographs, the latter needs to be played down a bit.

Eastern Grey Squirrel (Two Photographs)

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As they sense the winter coming on, and after spending the year learning that humans will feed them, the eastern greys are easier to spot and photograph. They wait hoping you will feed them. I found the wary look engaging. The fall colour distracted the eye from the subject so I chose black and white.

Shadows (Two Photographs)

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Fall light, harsh angled light creating interesting shadows. I could not resist taking these shots trying to isolate the subject from the world around it (a cross walk and busy sidewalk). XT-3, HDR Pro, Photolemeur, and Tonality CK, just the right mix.

Tulips and Impact (Three Photographs)

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Everyone wants their photographs to have impact on their audience; to stand out, speak up, impress, and be remarkable in some way. One of the ways is isolating the subject from its peers. And a useful technique is the vignette, or as I have used here, the radial dial in Lightroom to darken virtually all but the main subject. Either subtle or more heavy-handed, the objective is the same; to put your subject clearly in front of your audience.

Mundane and Simple (Two Photographs)

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Found along one of my walks. I like the plain and simple look of these as well as the perspective. I recall a series like this was bought and placed in a corporate boardroom. The CEO who bought them was quoted as saying something like “they should remind us of the city we live in”.

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