Fall Portrait

I took these photos on a very cold day in November. It was misserable weather for having your picture taken because all we wanted to do was bundle up and go back indoors. By the time we were done we had red noses and frozen fingers.

In my haste, I lament that I didn’t take the time to make sure the shots were turing out. Many pictures had a good idea going but I didn’t execute the way I should have. I think I really didn’t have a good idea of what I needed to get either, which led to many random shots that weren’t kept. I guess that’s part of learning from you mistakes.

In the end I did end up with some keepers. Here are a few…

IMG_2958-1Standing by the White Fence Sitting by the Red Barn Close-up by the Red Barn Leaning on the Red Barn

Before/After: Brush

Before: This first photo was taken in 2010. I was trying out my macro setting on the camera and was enjoying how much detail I could capture in the weeds and yet how blurry I could get the background.

Queen Annes Lace


After: This is my new favorite recent picture. It was taken at Lincoln Brick Park back in January 2013 when we got out to enjoy above freezing temperatures and some fresh air. I love how much detail there is and how warm the colors are.


Again, I used the macro setting in the this shot. I like how I used the treeline in the second one and how it’s much brighter as well. I would say that you can see a big improvement in my technique.

PhotoXplorer Wannabe

One of my most favorite Canadian TV shows to watch is PhotoXplorers. It’s about an adventurous band of photographers/urban explorers who slip behind the barricades to capture haunting images of abandoned buildings and structures from around the World. It combines the thrill of going into dangerous places with the excitement of capturing amazing pictures otherwise never seen.

Watching the show made me want to find an abandoned building of my own and backpack in with some fellow photographer friends to do the same. I pictured myself taking capturing photos like the ones Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre took of the remains of the motor city that were featured in Time. But, I don’t have free time to plan photography trips and travel around the country just to take pictures. Instead I started thinking about some more local options.

This is an old homestead that was abandoned years ago. It still sands today and with permission I was able to go take a look around.

This first taste of abandoned building photography has definitely whet my appetite. I’d love to go back and do it again. More than that, I’d love to check out some new locations. Anyone have any ideas?