January Photo Challenge: Up Close and Far Away

January was my month to choose a theme, and I wanted to make sure it was something very broad that could be photographed indoors as well as out, since I find that in January I often don’t get outside with my camera because it’s too cold.  That being said, I did get out on the Rideau Canal one afternoon when it was just below zero and possible to take off my mittens long enough to snap a few shots.  The rest of my month’s work took place around our “Lego World” that is constantly in a state of construction and flux in the attic.  Much of the building is still completed by Mommy and Daddy and other adults who happen to be around, but it’s an activity that we all enjoy and Adrian loves to play with all of the machines and buildings that we create.  I also discovered that it’s very hard to get good close-ups of Lego, at least using the lens that I have.  I never quite got the lighting and the focus just right…  (and for the record, whoever says that modern Lego is not creative has not been to our house!)

What's going on in Lego World?  Let's take a closer look...

What’s going on in Lego World? Let’s take a closer look…

Looks like the paramendics are out for a date.

Looks like the paramedics are out for a date.

Santa? is that you?  What are you doing on the roof of the blacksmith's shop?

Santa? is that you? What are you doing on the roof of the blacksmith’s shop?  Oh, just chasing that bad guy?  Ok, go get him…

There was a disaster and an earthquake flattened the city.  But the people rebuilt... newer and better coffee shops, bigger hat shops and more spaceships.

There was a disaster and an earthquake flattened the city. But the people rebuilt… newer and better coffee shops, bigger hat shops and more spaceships.

Let's have a cup of tea.

Let’s have a cup of tea.

And now for something completely different: Here are my photos from the Canal. I was relatively pleased with these.

Close Up

Up close…

Close Up

…up close…

And Far Away

…and far away (the Bridge into Patterson Creek)

Close Up

Up close…

and far away

…and far away

close up

Up close (Looking at the Chateau, under the Somerset Bridge)…

and far away.

…and far away (Looking down the Canal at the Somerset Bridge and the Chateau)

And a little bit of HDR for the last few shots: It’s always fun to play around with HDR to try to make mediocre images a little bit exciting.

close up

Up close (University of Ottawa)…

and far away (University of Ottawa)

…and far away (University of Ottawa)

Close up (Bank Street Bridge)

Up close (Bank Street Bridge)…

and far away (Bank Street Bridge)

…and far away (Bank Street Bridge)

And two more, that I just remembered from the beginning of January, we had an ice storm to start off 2015.

Far away... (after the ice storm)

Far away… (after the ice storm)

...up close (after the ice storm)

…up close (after the ice storm)

Movement: August Photo Challenge

After missing the July photo challenge – I just didn’t seem to get any inspiration for “Communication” I was determined to produce something for August.  In August we made our annual trip to Newfoundland to visit my in-laws and it’s usually the most photos I take in a year.  This year we visited for two weeks and I took 1200 photos.  Keeping the theme of movement in mind I have a few photos to share.

I found that my photos of movement naturally resolved into a few categories.

The first photo is of a boat in Petty Harbour.  It’s the “ironic” movement photo.

We saw this boat in Petty Harbour.

“Motion Bay”, Petty Harbour, Newfoundland

I spent a lot of time trying to get the perfect motion blur with water photo, but without a tri-pod it was a bit difficult. This was the only one that turned out worth sharing.

Stream

My kids, especially the big one, are in constant motion.  In fact, it’s hard to get him to stop moving long enough to take a photo.  So many photos of movement as we hiked and explored around Newfoundland.

Hiking near Grates Cove

Hiking near Grates Cove

Playing on the Beach at Salmon Cove.

Playing on the Beach at Salmon Cove.

Hiking near Maddox Cove.

Hiking near Maddox Cove.

And of course, here’s the little one, who’s desperate to move, but so far all he’s mastered is backwards.

I really want to crawl!  Look at me, I'm almost ready!

I really want to crawl! Look at me, I’m almost ready!

He starts out here.

He starts out here.

and then moves over here...

and then moves over here…

and finally, ended up over here!

and finally, ended up over here!

And here’s a final one of much of the family heading across a river.

Where the Manuels River meets the sea.

Where the Manuels River meets the sea.

 

Then I tired for the motion blur photos at night. The first two are from my Family Reunion at the beginning of August and the second two from out camping trip with a few other families at the end of August. Again, a tripod would have helped.

Long Exposure at the family Reunion

Long Exposure at the family Reunion

impromptu two step at the Family Reunion

impromptu two step at the Family Reunion

Little boys with head torches

Little boys with head torches

Little boys with head torches in the woods

Little boys with head torches in the woods

Finally, the trouble with capturing “Movement” using a still camera is that, well, it’s a still shot. This short video has a few series of photos put together that allows the movement to really stand out.

(about the Lego… I had visions of making a little movie for the big boy… but I’m not sure I’ll actually get it together. Stop motion is a lot of work! However, I did have fun playing around a little bit. Maybe someday I’ll actually do a project like that!