Wednesday, February 10, 2016

CANADIAN CO-OPERATIVE WOOL GROWERS, CARLTON PLACE, ONTARIO

Last week I visited the Canadian Co-operative WoolGrowers company in Carlton Place. Actually I wandered into their huge warehouse and processing plant by accident. It is an amazing place located in the old Canadian Pacific Railway workshop and roundhouse, which was used  by the railway from 1890 till 1939. The WoolGrowers Co-operative moved into the building in 1940. They process over three million pounds of wool every year. It's an amazing operation and I could have spent a few days simply exploring and photographing the place.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

ICE FISHING HUT, LAKE NIPISSING

Yesterday I took a few pictures on the waterfront. I particular liked this image but it was difficult to process. First I made a straight colour image, which was fine but did not reflect the delicate tones of the actual landscape, so I decided to try a black and white image, which again looked fine but still lacked the mood I wanted. Finally I simply layered the two pictures and. so while the final image looks black and white, it does have some very subtle colours to soften the black and white tones.

Monday, January 25, 2016

BOXCARS, DOWNTOWN NORTH BAY

It was snowing yesterday. I like it when the skies are grey and the light is flat. It is the perfect weather condition to create some strong graphic black and white images. So when I looked at the parked boxcars near the downtown parking lot my first intent was to make a  picture just of a very elementary composition of a line of boxcars. However when working on the image today I decided that the added colour just added just that extra component, giving the final result a stronger visual impact.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

BEAUTY SALON, NORTH BAY

I took a walk downtown. In the Winter, Main Street  looks rather desolate. however i found a wonderful book with images from the Banff Purchase. The book contains  great pictures by some of the best Canadian photographers like Nina Raginsky, Robert Bourdeau and Tom Gibson to name a few. On the way back to my car I took afew pictures along the way with a few I quite liked.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

SANDPIT REVISITED

It has been too cold to venture outside to take new pictures. So this morning I was looking at some prints of a sandpit I photographed a few years ago. its actually interesting to revisit pictures from earlier shoots. You can re-interpret some of these pictures. I liked this image of a landscape with rocks and thinking how the photographer Bill Brandt would have printed this picture. I decided to print the image quite dark with strong lighting on the rocks emphasizing the surface textures.