Spencer Gorge

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Spencer Gorge

Autumn in Ontario is lovely. We went on a hiking adventure, saw some waterfalls and a LOT of lovely fall colour. It was lovely.

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Haiti

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Haiti

Nothing warms up a winter like a Caribbean cruise. Our day in Haiti was filled with sun, sand and some pretty epic skies as we sailed out of port.

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A study in lilacs

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A study in lilacs

One of the things I've been noticing about myself this spring is that every flower that is currently blooming ends up being my 'new favourite flower'.  I was completely in love with the sakura and magnolias when they exploded onto the branches, and just the other day I came upon a bush of nearly-blooming lilacs that completely captured my heart.  I don't know if this makes me a fickle photographer, or just a girl who is entirely too giddy to be out amongst the colour and life of the world once again.  In any case, this girl's love for spring flowers is only growing.

We came across this lilac bush in a park on our walk home from work one day.  Actually, I think I smelled the bush before I even saw it - the scent of the lilacs was just intoxicating.  Luckily, my camera was in my bag (it's so much easier to tuck this little Fuji into my bag than it was my dSLR!) so I was able to spend a few minutes capturing the blooms.

I'm still finding my way around my new camera, so these shots were largely experimental: more of a study than anything else.  I don't recall using the 'macro' mode on my dSLR much, but these lilacs were just begging for a close-up, and macro mode is just a button tap away on my Fuji.  (For some reason, the way this camera is designed just makes so much sense to me.  I'm loving it, and I'm messing around with settings a whole lot more than I used to!)  The first thing I noticed was that, while macro mode is awesome ... the slightest breeze can be quite the annoyance when trying to get up close and focussed.  It took a fair bit of fiddling to find that sweet spot where I had enough depth of field to keep some of the lilacs in sharp focus, but a snappy enough shutter speed to freeze the lilacs if the breeze decided to run about and be difficult.  Because it was tending towards evening by this time, I had the benefit of lovely evening light... and the challenge of lower light levels (and thus longer shutter speeds) when shooting in the shade.  All of this meant I shot a lot more images than I kept. 

Challenges aside, I'm really happy with this little series of images.  The colour is just happy-making, and the shapes of the blossoming buds and the new petals still unfolding reminds me slightly of damask prints, and I'm really enjoying the fanciness of that.  I've walked past lilacs in full bloom a few times since then, and I have to say, they don't look nearly so interesting as this bush with all of its variety - my timing was pretty perfect here.  

I suppose that's part of the magic of spring:  all the colour and blossoming is so vibrant, but so fleeting.  It makes me quite glad to have a few more colourful snaps to warm me up the next time the weather gets cold and the world gets white.

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Let's start the new year in April!

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Let's start the new year in April!

I'm the type of girl who always wants to make New Year's resolutions, to inspire myself to do better and be awesome and learn new things ... the only problem is that January is the most un-inspiring month ever, and each year, all I want to do is curl up and hibernate until spring.  So, this year, I'm making my resolutions when I feel refreshed and inspired.

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Hot and cold

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Hot and cold

January was a month of varied explorations.  I've visited a colourful Caribbean town, and a snow-covered Canadian wonder ... within the space of a week. Because it's such a fascinating contrast, I'm sharing both series in the same post.

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Autumn reading

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Autumn reading

Jane's latest adventure is a quiet one.  While Winslow is off fording streams and climbing mountains, Jane is spending her time reading in the forest - something I don't do nearly often enough!  

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The forest stream

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The forest stream

High Park is a wonderful, if not slightly overwhelming location for toy photography.  With so many nooks and crannies, a potential opportunity awaits around every corner.  Which is a good thing, because the vision that I started with was slightly dashed when I saw that full autumn colour had not yet graced the trees of the park. 

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Sunset at the beach

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Sunset at the beach

Location photography is always a bit of an adventure.  My latest trip to Toronto Island for a sunset beach shoot was no different.  In spite of a few interesting moments, I managed to snag a few pretty nice shots to add to my toy photography series.

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Jane's Summer

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Jane's Summer

I haven't had nearly as much opportunity as I may have liked to focus on toy photography this summer - life has been doing a fantastic job of getting in the way!  But I did have occasion to take a few portraits of my little doll this season, and it's made me all the more excited to shoot some more.  

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On location toy photography, take 1.

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On location toy photography, take 1.

My favourite thing about creativity is how seemingly useless little ideas can blossom into a ... well, I'm not quite sure what this is yet, to be honest ... but so far, one thing's certain:  it's a whole lot of fun!

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'Sploring Ontario: Niagara Falls

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'Sploring Ontario: Niagara Falls

To celebrate my 33rd birthday this year, we spent a weekend in Niagara Falls.  We had all sorts of fun, and of course I dragged my camera with me everywhere.  Here are some of my favourite shots from the adventure.

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Getting Back into It

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Getting Back into It

Turns out my camera hasn't really left the house since Christmas.  Now that spring has (finally) sprung, I'm so excited to get back outside and do some photography again!

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Leaves

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Leaves

I'm still waiting for the world to properly green up around me, so I'll take comfort in some lovely colourful photos from summers past.

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...see Jane

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...see Jane

My first adventure into toy photography was supposed to have some big deep "meaning".  But it turns out I'm not much good at conceptual photography ... I really just want to make beautiful images.  Here's some of my favourite pretties from the original '...see Jane' series.  Jane's back to travelling with me in my camera bag now and I can't wait to start working on series two!

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