Thursday, April 29, 2010

Late-night magic show

I was nonchalantly watching TV last night around 7:45 when I noticed the sun had blasted out after a mostly cloudy evening. The light was just fantastic as it created this glow, I quickly ran and retrieved my D80 and both Nikkor VR zooms and shot like mad. Sometimes, all it takes is being in the right place at the right time.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Cold and foggy morning in New Germany

Seems the month of March was much nicer than April, spring had some great momentum but it's now slowed to a crawl. Anyway, that doesn't deter me from getting out and about and capturing the mood for the day. D40 and Tamron 17-50mm.

Misty Sabbath morning

I have cultivated hat good habit of having a camera with me wherever I go, and I am often rewarded with good photo opportunities. My usual "lighter" kit consists of the D40, Tamron 17-50mm and Sigma 50-150mm along with the SB-600. Because the D40 is so small, I can fit my small-print LDS quad in the Domke F4-AF bag.

Veinot Road crosses between Highway 10 and the Branch Road. I often find moody light as I drive by it each day I go to Bridgewater.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Last evening in Lunenburg

It was a rather nice Sabbath day, and the evening promised to be glorious if I could get the right light and find something of interest. The town of Lunenburg always seems to a gold mine, tonight was no different. How often do kids play street hockey down by the harbour? It's not hard to tell the 12-24mm and 70-300mm VR Nikkors were used for these files.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Jaunt to Stonehurst

I am trying to clean up my desktop with all is NEF folders, I have been shooting more than I should have been as of late. I am slowly going back to work as I am spending more time with the Realtor company I am working for, I hope to soon get photos of listings, which will be a very practical endeavour........Anyway, Blue Rocks was not interesting, yesterday, so I thought I'd try Stonehurst. Not too shabby.

D40 and 12-24mm and 70-300mm VR Nikon glass works with some help from my SB-600.

Another nice walk - Centennial Trail

The spring warmth is hard to refuse, I took a short stroll along the trail with my D40 and AF-S 12-24mm. It's always a struggle to get good images on sunny days, some heavy overcast clouds helped add some drama.

Early spring flowers

Someone took the liberty to plant some flowers along side of the road in New Germany, and made a beautiful display. I saw this a couple days ago but I had to wait until the light was ideal. Thank goodness for VR and crisp Nikon telephoto zooms. At f/8, not much is in focus so it's critical to be careful with composition.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A few from a refreshing stroll around the block

Although the day started as a sunny one, I went out early enough to capture the best light. After a certain point, days like this are almost useless for images. The trusty D40 and 70-300mm VR are hard to beat for walks.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A different direction along the Centennial Trail

This great pathway that traverses through Bridgewater is of oneest to me, I have only walked part of it. Today, I had some time to kill so I ventured from the King Street section towards St. Phillps Street not knowing if I'd find anything worth photographing.

Fortunately, the stroll was worth it as I came back with these images.

Monday, April 19, 2010

This morning's moving water tribute

While I nervously await the results of my RE licensing exam, I took a short drive to Cherryfield along Trunk 10 and recorded a few decent files of water activity. It's been sputtering rain the last couple days, this was the first opportunity I had to shoot anything of value since Friday. Of course, the 70-300mm VR was used as it isolates and has the necessary reach.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Raindrops on a Sunday afternoon

There is just enough rain falling so that I am unable to do some shooting, but it didn't stop me from getting these files. The 500D close-up lens works great and actually seems to fare better on the Sigma 50-150mm zoom than any of my other lenses. I can't wait to try shooting flowers and small aquatic creatures that are burgeoning to life. Of course, the black flies will be out guests by that time, you learn to take the good with the bad.

Finishing of my trip to the valley - Windsor

My final destination on Friday was at Windsor, my friends were performing a concert at the Kings Edgehill School later that night. I must say a polarizer is a thing of magic on sunny days but I still find the light to be bland and uninteresting. My biggest enemy on any day of shooting is wind - it was constantly howling all day long, but I managed to get through it.

A few from the Cape Blomidon Look-off

The view from here is always spectacular, you can virtually see all of the entire Annapolis Valley from this vantage. A polarizer is almost mandatory if the day is sunny, I am wondering if my old Tiffen softens the image, somewhat, using filters on a zoom lens (in this case, the 70-300mm VR) will always be a risk. I suppose this type of shooting needs absolute stillness, and I didn't have such a luxury on Friday afternoon......

Along the mud flats of Pereau Road

I don't see these muddy formations in Lunenburg County, makes me glad I was using my 70-300mm VR to get where I needed to be as I would have got a soaker with my sneakers for sure. It seems every other parcel of land is a farm, but I could not find one farmer out with his tractor dong irrigation work.