Murchie’s, Munro’s & Family

Opportunity surfaced – we would have a Saturday in late September to ourselves on Vancouver Island. It would be two hours, our drive from Qualicum Beach to Victoria, and, it would mean two hours at the end of our day in return. But, it would allow us an afternoon among our favourite, family summer haunts….

Between Terms – Hybrid Trail

We were in Edmonton and only days into our summer break when I seized the opportunity to cycle along Edmonton’s River Valley Bike trails. These trails were ones I road between terms at University thirty years ago. Then, I road a Kuwahara, chromoly steel-framed mountain bike. I bought it after my 1986 convocation and completion…

Summer Look-back

” … southward from High Level, camping around Alberta ….”

Summer Repose

Summer had begun. I left my truck at a Ford dealership for service and cycled eastward within Edmonton’s river valley. The morning featured billowing clouds against a bright blue sky. Rain and sun would feature throughout the day. I gathered in the world that met me with my camera. Here, the Alberta Legislature building sits…

Skyline Silhouette

A summer image, looks west from Baseline Road at 17th Street to Edmonton’s skyline; it appears as silhouette. To the left and right are various petroleum-based industries – the road is known also as ‘Refinery Row.’ Quote to Consider – “Just put on the lens and go.” – Miroslav Tichy Listening to – Bruce Springsteen’s…

Layover – Edmonton Dominates

Thursday, 11 August 2016 – the Edmonton Eskimos dominate the Montreal Alouettes in a Canadian Football League (CFL) game, winning 23 – 12. Despite my playing halfback thirty-plus years ago, and enjoying team and gameplay, this was the first CFL game I had attended. A big thank you goes out to my youngest brother for…

Pitch Black – Church at Buðir

The Black Church at Buðir (in Iceland) is a striking, black, wooden structure with white door and windows. Black pitch (or tar) preserves the church from the weather and has done so for most of a century at a time. This same black pitch is used to preserve the hulls of wooden sailing vessels against…

Morning Light – Athabasca Reflections

Before dawn, out with my camera, capturing reflections along the Athabasca River as it travels through Jasper National Park (July, 2016). Quote to Consider – ‘Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But, above all, know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.’ – George Eastman…

Basics, Practice – Seeing More

In my photography I am back to basics. I am working the fundamentals of post-processing in Adobe Lightroom 5. Haste in producing a photograph is taking back seat to broader consideration of what can happen with each image. Post-processing holds choices that I would also make using the Nik Collection. The resulting photograph, though, does…

Forty Sorties

I heard a lot about the AVRO Lancaster and the RCAF around our kitchen table. As an adolescent during the seventies, I was making sense of the Second World War. I was grappling with facts coming to me. Twenty years before I was born, Canada fought a war in Europe. My good-natured uncle, who now…

Drawn to Edit

My computer has sat dormant through six weeks. Now, summer’s hiatus concludes. The computer’s card reader accepts an SD card and I upload a first batch of images into Lightroom. I attend to those images pulling me to edit them. I begin work with new and old editing tools and wander the path of image…

Morning Images

Enjoying spring’s weather and colour in these morning images along 20 kilometres from High Level to our airport and back. Quote to Consider/Inspire – “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” – Pablo Picasso Listening to – Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born in the U.S.A. (Live Acoustic Version)’ from The…