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Tanker on Chedabucto Bay, Half Island Cove

One of the most difficult things I phaced, oops, faced last Saturday when I spent the afternoon out driving around was being content with where I was. The theory of being present and the practice of it can have some serious divergences.

Old House, Peas Brook

As you can see in most of the shots it was a cloudy day and what often happens on days like this in winter is the clouds eventually grow heavier and heavier until they blot the sky out completely. Early on in the afternoon I wasn’t especially pleased with the scenes I was finding. Internal pressure mounted quickly as the little voice in my head insistently criticized me. It reminded me over and over that the quality of the sky and light would soon disappear. Versions of the grass being greener (whiter) elsewhere played like a jukebox.

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Whitehead

Snow is falling as I write. An hour ago the flakes were tiny and hesitant, now they are big and coming sideways at the window. They hang for a few seconds then begin to melt. Some bits streak straight downward while other remnants cling or wriggle slowly. An hour from now this snow will give way to rain.

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Half Island Cove (very lightly applied bleach bypass)

So, yet again, I abandoned my database chores without getting far: I made it to October. I came across some shots from Half Island Cove as I finished September and thought I could play with them for a little while then get back to the drudgery of entering keywords. I picked a few. Some had noticeable glow from HDR processing, others seemed too saturated or too dark or too something. When attempting to improve shots I go right back to the originally captured images, run them through the HDR software to generate 32-bit files which then get tonemapped, re-imported, stitched then adjusted before finally being exported and uploaded here.  (more…)

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I have been busy doing some behind the scenes house cleaning, mostly a process called keywording, which will allow easy searching of my photos once completed. I should be in the practice of doing this work each time I put new images on my hard drive but I’m always anxious to get directly to the images. I’d rather get through the processing rather than prolong it. Anyway, I’ve been coming across images that were overlooked and today I decided to take one to see what I could do?

Original shot

Original HDR

You can see the original, directly from the camera, is very low contrast and not very attractive. It is one of six frames required to make the entire image. There are three for each half which are used in the HDR rendering, then the two halves are stitched together for the final image.

The HDR version yielded some detail in the sky which is desirable but you can see below the window on the shingles and grass there is a glow. At the time I didn’t consider the photo worth the effort of trying to resolve the problem. When faced with processing a lot of images and wanting to get a good night’s sleep all the images with flaws are discarded or ignored.

Today I thought I would spend a little time to see if I could salvage this one. (more…)

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Guysborough

Winter cycling is, for me, still very much an experimental and completely optional pursuit. I am not required to travel from point A to point B out of necessity five days a week. I don’t have to train regularly or grit my way through miserable weather due to some unavoidable obligation. Basically I can do it when and if I chose. The problem is if I only chose the finest and fairest days I could end up going weeks without riding. Part of experimenting is going out in less than ideal conditions. Doing so allows me to learn, first hand, what is and is not a limitation for me. I draw the line at ice. Unless I purchase studded tires there is no sense messing about with poor traction. I also avoid heavy rain though it is possible to remain dry for modest distances with modest energy output. I also avoid strong wind. In winter wind not only makes it hard to hear approaching cars, the chill factor can be very difficult to dress for and/or tolerate. (more…)

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Coddles Harbour

Usually I am up to my knees wading through frigid bog muck, or enduring impossibly long back country treks, fending off the fiercest wildlife, baking in hot sun or on the verge of hypothermia riding around drenched on my motorcycle. On any given day my life hangs by a thread.

By contrast, when I stopped in Coddle’s Harbour, I expended very little energy and took no risks. (more…)

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Old house, Drumhead

There is no snow. I doubt many people are complaining. For once I am not going to adopt a dissident view. I’m sure lots of people want to get their snowmobiles fired up but I’m equally sure the majority of people would be happy with a continuation of the mild winter we’ve experienced so far. Lower heating bills make people happy. Less shoveling and plowing means less aggravation and less expense. Safer driving conditions are always welcome.

I had hoped, however, that by this time of year it would be possible to begin skiing and snowshoeing. These activities will permit me to write on new topics as well as access places not easily reached in any other season. Snow will permit me to photograph familiar places that have been transformed with a completely different look. (more…)

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