Project 52 No 1. Night in Halifax (Clarity)

5 08 2011

The final post in my Project 52! This one was taken on a foggy night by the train tracks that cut through the south end of Halifax. I liked how the streetlights penetrated the fog, and yet the lamps and the tracks both faded into the distance, while the bridge is barely discernable in the background.

Street lights by a train track on a foggy night in Halifax

This is the third image in my Night in Halifax series (The other two, “Speed” and “Reflections” are linked here). The very first Project 52 photograph, a gorgeous golden longhorn beetle perched on a daisy, started off this project over a year ago. After going through thousands of photographs and two cameras, I can see how my vision and my skills have changed and improved each successive week.  By carrying my camera with me and capturing images, clarity is emerging from the chaos of our world. Being able to share those images and discuss ideas is a really good way to light the way as I continue to improve and explore.  I’ll be kicking off another year-long project which will be based on a thematic series and storytelling, so I’m really looking forward to that next stage in my photography!  Thanks for your support and I hope to see more of your photographs and stories over next 12 months.


Project 52 No 2. Night in Halifax (Reflections)

3 08 2011

This second photograph in the “Night in Halifax” series this week was taken over the August long weekend.  After heading out to the harbour for some sailing only to develop engine troubles, we ended up spending a relaxing evening in the Armdale Marina, enjoying the lovely light.  The industrial lights around the marina emitted an orangey-pink light that contrasted wonderfully with the velvety blue of the evening sky, and the water was very calm.  This resulted in beautiful and interesting reflections of the moored sailboats around us.  I like this image for its calmness, colour contrasts and the way the masts aligned to create an off-centre triangle pattern in the sky and in the water.

Reflections at the Armdale Marina

This is the second in a 3-part series: “Speed” and “Clarity” are the first and third respectively.

Project 52 No 3. Night in Halifax (Speed)

2 08 2011

The next (and last) 3 images for my Project 52 will reflect a common theme, “Night in Halifax”. Frequently over the last few days, I’ve found myself in interesting spots post-sunset and have been able to use the ambient light to create fun photographs. Today’s image is from the Halifax Citadel Historical Site in the middle of the town.  I was attending a gala celebration for the Mercury 2011 conference just as the sun was setting.  I like this image for the static lens flare of the sun on the horizon contrasting with the blur of the car going by. This seems to capture the way things are happening so quickly for Cosmoboy and myself, and how the future looks optimistic for us in our new hometown.

Driving into the sunset on the Halifax Citadel

This is the first in a 3-part series. The next two images will be posted over the next couple days and linked to here:”Reflections” and “Clarity“.

Project 52 No 4 – Summer is coming!

26 05 2011

It has been a very wet and dreary spring – rain nearly every day.  Yesterday, I went sampling on Lake Ontario and we were fortunate to be on the lake during a rare sunny day.  I saw this little scene at the marina where we had launched the boat which seemed to serve as a useful reminder that summer will come eventually and not to worry.

Broken-down bench in front of colourful sunflower paintings

Technicially, this is not “street art” since it was found at a lake-front marina, but it is still an inspiring image for those passing by.

Project 52 No 5 – backlit flies

20 05 2011

This is the final posting in my “bugs on plants” series this week.   Previous images include a true bug on a dandelion and a pair of Tibetan butterflies frolicking among ferns.  Today’s image shows the shadow of a fly perched on the other side of a plant.  This was taken in a weedy lot near my home last summer, which had gorgeous diversity of plants.

I liked this image for the dramatic green leaf with its yellow veins and red-trimmed edges, and how the fly’s shadow was so clearly seen through the leaf.

The shadow of a backlit fly against a leaf

For folks in Canada, have a great Victoria Day long weekend!

Project 52 No 6 – Tibetan butterflies having fun among ferns

18 05 2011

This week, I’m continuing my “bugs on plants” series. Yesterday, I started off with an image of a true bug on a dandelion.

Today’s image is of a pair of white butterflies I saw when in southeastern Tibet last July.  We were waiting on the highway for a speed check station to process all slips turned in by drivers.  On most major highways,  horrendous accidents due to speeding are common in Tibet, so the police have instituted speed check stations on many of the main highways.  The driver must stop at a police booth (more like a roadside kiosk) and pick up a dated slip with the time on it.  Later on, if the driver comes across another police booth, they have to stop and hand in the dated slip to confirm that they did not exceed the average speed on the highway.  In places, this can create quite long queues on the road as vehicles wait for their drivers to return.

During one such queue, I took a “call of nature” break in a grove of ferns within a roadside forest which afforded me the necessary privacy.  It was such a beautiful day that I was looking among the ferns for flowers and glimpsed a pair of white butterflies.  One very hyperactive butterfly was obviously trying to mate with another more passive butterfly. They were flying in and out among the fern boroughs, scrambling across the waxy leaves and leaving behind a trail of dust from their wings.

How can I not take photographs?  This one shows both butterflies emerging from a fern borough, with one having its tongue curled out.  This showed an very active side of butterfly life which I do not see often.

Tibetan Butterflies flitting among ferns

Note: I have not yet managed to identify the species of this butterfly. If I do, I will update this blog.  Any ideas to what genera / species this pair would belong to?

Project 52 No 7 – a plant bug on a dandelion

17 05 2011

For my birthday several weeks ago, Cosmoboy gave me a snap-on Raynox macroscopic lens converter for my 4/3 camera (Pansonic Lumix G2 HD). It is a nifty little tool which clips on to the end of a lens to enable macro pictures in a hurry.  I’ve been having some fun experimenting with this, and found that it creates lovely  bokeh when using a shallow depth of focus.

This image of a true bug (Hemiptera) on a dandelion was taken two weeks ago on a rare sunny evening in between rainstorms.  It was steadily making its way across the flowertop, then flew off into the sunset.  This tiny bug was one-third size of my fingernail, and I was pleased with how well the macro lens converter allowed me to capture its details so well.  Furthermore, the green grass provides a very nice painterly bokeh background for the little bug.

A true bug on a dandelion

Natural history note:  People who study insects only use the term “bug” (or true bugs) for the insects falling into the Hemiptera order.  Those insects, which are not beetles (Coleoptera), share certain characteristics including the way its wings fold and its proboscis mouthparts.  I think this little bug falls into the Lygus genus.