Photo Challenges

Weekly Photo Challenge: Early Bird


Cottages have a way of making time stand still. My family and I visit a cottage for one week each summer, and it never seems to matter how late I stay up or how early I wake; I never seem to get tired while on vacation. With that, it’s often easier than normal to get up early and greet the sun as it rises over the lake.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Blur

In shooting street photography, the aim isn’t so much on capturing the sharpest and most beautifully composed images as it is conveying the mood of the big, bad city streets. One way to convey the rush of life in the big city is to incorporate an element of blur in your images.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral

As a street photographer, I strive to capture those fleeting moments that would otherwise be lost forever. I suppose I could plop any old image from my archive into this post and it would fit the theme of this week’s photo challenge.

However I thought I’d turn to nature since I have been spending a heck of a lot more time enjoying the natural surroundings of Mother Nature here in Ottawa, than I could in Toronto. Our capital city is alive with greenery, waterways and wildlife, and I enjoy every minute of it. Here is an image I shot while on a hike last fall in Mer Bleue. You can read about my hike here and lose yourselves in the beautiful landscape.

The image below is a capture (or almost capture) of the ephemeral feeding ways of a chickadee.

Mer Bleue

Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry

Order has been a very important thing for me from as far back as I can remember. When I was a child in school, I was often the only kid in class with a tidy desk, notebooks stacked largest to smallest, pencils aligned. And because books and papers were always exploding out of the desks of many of my classmates, we always had to turn our desks in toward each other so our teachers didn’t have to see the mess. I’ve always found it calming to have things in order, and I’m not sure if I have been like that from birth, or if it was a learned trait.

However, in photography, I often write about using lines to throw interest points off centre. For me, this technique helps to create interest in my images and help viewers see an otherwise ordinary scene in a different way… hopefully. But on occasion, I find beauty in symmetry

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