Saturday, June 05, 2021
A gray, wet day along the beach in Basin Head. I came upon this piece of driftwood which had texture but its spidery shape resulted in an image with impact. I scanned the original colour negative in monochrome, which made for an image with a stronger emotional impact. Finally I always add grain to my final pictures, because to me grain defines the photographic image.
Thursday, June 03, 2021
Tuesday, June 01, 2021
Recently I rediscovered a neglected book hidden on my bookshelves. The title of the book is From Darkroom to Digital by the British photographer and writer Eddie Ephraums. While the photography software has greatly improved since this book was published, I still think that the Eddie’s ideas about traditional black and white photography versus digital are still relevant. I agree with him that the computer has greatly enlarged the technical possibilities for black and white photography. I especially got interested in his ideas about toning and I have been experimenting with duotoning photographs. It is one aspect I am exploring and enjoying.
Monday, May 24, 2021
Again a picture from my files. This time an image from the station master’s office of the old Vars railway station. This old station was moved to the open air heritage museum in Cumberland. Old railway stations remind me of the times when the main means of transportation for the small towns in the rural and especially the communities in the North was the train. The irony is that the same small towns have lost, with the exception of the private car, their various forms of travel. The train has been gone, now airlines and busses have closed their various routes. The only bus company here in North Eastern Ontario is the Ontario Northlander. Al in all a very sad situation,