David Forster's Photography: Blog http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/blog en-us (C) David Forster's Photography dforster@me.com (David Forster's Photography) Mon, 14 Jul 2014 03:04:00 GMT Mon, 14 Jul 2014 03:04:00 GMT http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/img/s/v-5/u865346559-o750017409-50.jpg David Forster's Photography: Blog http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/blog 120 90 Raspberry picking at Dekoks http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/blog/2014/7/raspberry-picking-at-dekoks

dforster@me.com (David Forster's Photography) http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/blog/2014/7/raspberry-picking-at-dekoks Mon, 14 Jul 2014 03:03:36 GMT
Family time at Ashland Farms http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/blog/2014/7/family-time-at-ashland-farms A group of two month old foals and their mares all bred from the same stallion at Ashland Farms.

dforster@me.com (David Forster's Photography) http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/blog/2014/7/family-time-at-ashland-farms Mon, 07 Jul 2014 01:34:11 GMT
Wildflowers http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/blog/2014/7/wildflower If you don't like these photos then just pretend to like them. I was almost killed by mosquitos getting these frames. These were taken in a little forest/parkland bounded by the 417, Kanata Avenue and Campeau Drive. I went there to find a small pond and see if I could get any interesting light from the setting sun through the trees overhead. But I never found the lake. Only mosquitos with death on their minds.

Viper's Bugloss (Blueweed)

Common Mullein (Torch Flower)

(If I am wrong about the identification of these plants, please don't hesitate to let me know :)

dforster@me.com (David Forster's Photography) http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/blog/2014/7/wildflower Sat, 05 Jul 2014 04:05:12 GMT
Downtown Ottawa on Canada, 2014 http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/blog/2014/7/downtown-ottawa-on-canada-2014 The nation's capital was once again a beehive of activity, patriotism and sometimes just plain weirdness for Canada Day. More shots of this fun and frivolity for your viewing pleasure here.

The SnowbirdsThe Snowbirds



dforster@me.com (David Forster's Photography) http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/blog/2014/7/downtown-ottawa-on-canada-2014 Wed, 02 Jul 2014 03:48:35 GMT
Fun at the Black Rapids Lockstation on the Rideau River http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/blog/2014/6/fun-at-the-black-rapids-lockstation-on-the-rideau-river I think four photos for one post might be a record. My rules, and I'll break em' if I want to. The girls had fun watching ducks, climbing trees, playing frisbee, exploring the Park and leaping through the air among other stuff. 

dforster@me.com (David Forster's Photography) http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/blog/2014/6/fun-at-the-black-rapids-lockstation-on-the-rideau-river Mon, 30 Jun 2014 03:56:53 GMT
Greg Wyard at Hughes Room in Toronto, Canada http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/blog/2014/6/greg-wyard-at-hughes-room-in-toronto-canada I was privileged to be there, camera in hand, at the launching of Greg's new CD, Encore. It was an amazing performance of some amazing music by an amazing musician and songwriter supported at any given time by anywhere from 6-13 other amazing musicians. This shot may not be the best one I took technically but I just love the vibe it has. :)

dforster@me.com (David Forster's Photography) http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/blog/2014/6/greg-wyard-at-hughes-room-in-toronto-canada Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:03:33 GMT
End of a long show day http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/blog/2014/6/end-of-a-long-show-day Out of the house at 6:00 am, pony loaded on to trailer, off to show, wait a lot, ride, win ribbons, wait, ride, ribbons... then pony back to stall, braids out (long painstaking process) legs poulticed and wrapped, pony groomed, etc... Then time for a well-deserved rest.

dforster@me.com (David Forster's Photography) http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/blog/2014/6/end-of-a-long-show-day Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:55:01 GMT
Exploring the edge http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/blog/2014/6/exploring-the-edge Tonight I just got in my car and drove. The sun was still well above the horizon when I left, but I wasted the sunset trying to find a shot from a place where a spectacular view of the Carp Valley is blocked by shrubs and scrubby trees. Argh. The first of the three shots I posted (yes, trying to make up for lost time) was a big pond in a great little piece of the Canadian Shield on Thomas Dolan Parkway. A simple shot of the lake itself just didn't look interesting or do justice to the scene. Hence the decision to focus on the grass instead. The second was on Old Carp Road on my way back to Kanata. No, I wasn't in the car and it wasn't moving. The claustrophobic feel of the rows of trees closing in on the road just seemed to speak to me. The third photo is from Huntmar Road facing the edge of Kanata Lakes. This is the very edge of suburban Ottawa at the very edge of day.

Not my most inspiring efforts but they all spoke to me somehow and it's important now to just keep this thing moving.

Unnamed pond on Thomas Dolan Parkway

Old Carp Road

The Edge of Suburbia

dforster@me.com (David Forster's Photography) http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/blog/2014/6/exploring-the-edge Sun, 22 Jun 2014 05:09:28 GMT
Back at it! http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/blog/2014/6/back-at-it Wow. 13 days. Nothing to be done but pick up where I left off. These were both taken at Beaver Pond in Kanata just a few hours ago.

dforster@me.com (David Forster's Photography) http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/blog/2014/6/back-at-it Sat, 21 Jun 2014 02:47:30 GMT
Grand River, downtown Cambridge, Ontario http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/blog/2014/6/grand-river-downtown-cambridge-ontario Taken at the Cambridge Mill. Another slightly hyper-realistic high dynamic range (HDR) photo. And, yes, another sunset. I like the light at this time of the day.


dforster@me.com (David Forster's Photography) http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/blog/2014/6/grand-river-downtown-cambridge-ontario Sat, 07 Jun 2014 12:56:19 GMT
Storm clouds http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/blog/2014/6/the-coming-storm This was the kind of storm you could feel coming long before it was visible. As the dark clouds slowly rolled in, as the wind picked up and the raindrops began to fall, you knew something big was going to happen.

In truth, the scene didn't look quite like this. This is a heavily processed high dynamic range photo (three photos with different exposures combined into one in photoshop or another software package). There are many different ways an HDR image can be processed. I was going for drama here. The colours in the sky are somewhat exaggerated, but they are the colours that were there when I took the photo. There are a few unfortunate artifacts of the HDR process that will be visible if you look closely. So don't look closely.

dforster@me.com (David Forster's Photography) http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/blog/2014/6/the-coming-storm Thu, 05 Jun 2014 04:38:30 GMT
I painted this myself http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/blog/2014/6/i-painted-this-myself No, really, I did.

Don't look down.

OK, this was actually produced using a variation on one of the BuzSim filters in the Topaz Simplify plug-ins for Photoshop. So I guess I'm more of a technician than an artist :( .

dforster@me.com (David Forster's Photography) http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/blog/2014/6/i-painted-this-myself Wed, 04 Jun 2014 00:22:34 GMT
The irises are out http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/blog/2014/6/the-irises-are-out Why should sunsets be the only theme I beat to death? Let's throw flowers into the mix too. As I said somewhere else on this site, taking pretty pictures of pretty flowers is not exactly an original thought. Good thing I'm not here to generate original thoughts! My goal when I photograph a flower is to try to find some way to add something to the beauty of the flower through the process of capturing and processing the image. 

An iris with some iris buds and a tulip in the background. I took about 50 photos of this iris, but this is the composition that stood out for me.

The iris below was being abused by a strong, gusty wind, and the windswept look caught my attention as something a little unique. This one has a bit of an impressionist look about it. Hmmm... tempted to take it into photoshop and have some fun with it.

dforster@me.com (David Forster's Photography) http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/blog/2014/6/the-irises-are-out Mon, 02 Jun 2014 23:58:11 GMT
Saturday and Sunday: More Sunsets http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/blog/2014/6/saturday-and-sunday-more-sunsets I'm all out of deep thoughts this evening. So instead, a photography lesson. After the photos. Feel free to read it or not. It's about how I achieved these colours without using any artificial enhancements in post-processing.

Some of you may believe that I artificially enhanced the colour of these images in post-processing. I didn't. What you see is what I got (when I pressed the shutter button). Here's what I did do:

1. Don't despair if (like me) you have a knack for getting to the place where you want to take the photograph literally seconds after the sun dips below the horizon. The best colour is yet to come, after the sun disappears.

2. Don't overexpose the image. The foreground will be much darker than the sky. Allow your camera to meter off the sky (if it has that capability). That will turn the foreground black. It's not the end of the world. Silhouettes are nice, and so are pretty colours.*

3. If you are going to process the images using a program like Photoshop Elements leave the saturation slider alone. Instead use the highlights adjustment to restore colour and (sometimes) detail in the most highly exposed areas of the image. It does this by lowering the luminance in those areas and drawing out more of the natural colour captured by your camera.

*If you want to have your cake and eat it too (i.e a bright foreground and a pretty sky), learn about high dynamic range photography. Here is an example of that.

dforster@me.com (David Forster's Photography) http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/blog/2014/6/saturday-and-sunday-more-sunsets Mon, 02 Jun 2014 01:02:25 GMT
Things you might find at Elmcroft on a Friday evening http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/blog/2014/5/things-you-might-find-at-elmcroft-on-a-friday-evening A cute picture of a fluffy cat! A lethal mouse exterminating killer cat. But a cute fluffy one. Carter, a key member of Elmcroft's pest control squad, seems like he might have the remnants of his latest victim on his chin fur.

Or Chere, being bathed for the first time since last fall, in preparation for her first show of the season.

dforster@me.com (David Forster's Photography) http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/blog/2014/5/things-you-might-find-at-elmcroft-on-a-friday-evening Sat, 31 May 2014 03:23:36 GMT
Good things can come in small packages http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/blog/2014/5/good-things-can-come-in-small-packages My daughter Emily is an 11 year old in and 8 year old's body. Well, maybe not. She is the size of an 8 year old, but she ran for her school with the big kids today in an 8 x 50 sprint relay and finished her leg (the second) with her team in first place. I've never seen her sprint like this before, and holy smokes, she was determined and she was fast. Her little legs were literally a blur (good thing my camera can shoot at 1/2500 of a second). Her she is receiving the baton, and in the second picture, just getting ready to hand off the baton to the third runner. The team finished second in their race and their time was 5th best overall.

dforster@me.com (David Forster's Photography) http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/blog/2014/5/good-things-can-come-in-small-packages Thu, 29 May 2014 01:25:29 GMT
Fire and life http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/blog/2014/5/fire-and-life The blazing sun (I did NOT touch the saturation, white balance or colour sliders!) behind those newly formed leaves got me thinking about the relationship between fire and life on this planet. When our very existence depends on a raging inferno 150 billion miles away, is it any wonder that our own existence can at times take on a fiery character of its own?

Or perhaps I'm trying just a little too hard to be profound here.


dforster@me.com (David Forster's Photography) http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/blog/2014/5/fire-and-life Tue, 27 May 2014 01:10:05 GMT
A triple hit! Summer in the hundred acre woods (and beyond) http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/blog/2014/5/a-triple-hit-summer-in-the-hundred-acre-woods-and-beyond I finally got around to mowing the paths in the back section of our property affectionately known to us and our kids as the hundred acre woods (three would actually be closer to the mark, but who's counting?) When I went back on foot to admire my handiwork, I conveniently just happened to have Finnigan and my camera with me.

We then went down to the bottom of our property to investigate our derelict apple orchard. It looks great when you blur it out like I did in this photo! Finny looked pretty good too (and didn't need to be blurred out), though he was getting very thirsty at this point and ready to head back inside.

On the subject of apple trees, there was an old apple tree in our back yard that was at the end of its days and died shortly after we moved in years ago. I cut the dead tree down, but there were a few sprouts on the trunk so I left it in place. This is a photo of some of the blossoms one of those little sprouts is now producing.

dforster@me.com (David Forster's Photography) http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/blog/2014/5/a-triple-hit-summer-in-the-hundred-acre-woods-and-beyond Mon, 26 May 2014 01:04:24 GMT
Fungus and moss on an old fallen log in my back yard http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/blog/2014/5/fungus-and-moss-on-an-old-fallen-log-in-my-back-yard  

When we took this tree down, I deliberately left this log as a play object for my girls and maybe an experiment in decomposition. These fungi are a regular occurrence and I think they add a point of interest to our yard :).

dforster@me.com (David Forster's Photography) http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/blog/2014/5/fungus-and-moss-on-an-old-fallen-log-in-my-back-yard Sat, 24 May 2014 22:45:19 GMT
Foggy wetland sunrise http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/blog/2014/5/foggy-wetland-sunrise Taken off Kerwin drive, close to the Unnamed Lake in an earlier photo, but on the other side of the road and facing the opposite direction (east :) .

dforster@me.com (David Forster's Photography) http://www.fifthlinephotography.ca/blog/2014/5/foggy-wetland-sunrise Sat, 24 May 2014 22:42:11 GMT