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End of the Day

In spring and late summer/autumn there is a ten minute moment at the end of the day when the setting sun shines at a low angle between houses across the street and illuminates the trees in our garden. It’s hard to capture thIs transient effect, but this is close to it. Goes well with a glass of something.


  • Aperture: ƒ/2.4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 4 September, 2020
  • Exposure bias: -7/10EV
  • Focal length: 8.8mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/125s

By |2020-09-05T08:02:37-04:00September 5th, 2020|Baie-D'Urfe, garden, light|0 Comments

Dawn on the Bay

Early morning driving east along the edge of the bay in town I happened on this glorious scene. I feel I have not done full justice to it as I only had my iPhone with me and no proper camera, but for all that I am quite pleased with the result.


I shared this image with the town’s community Facebook group and, to my surprise, I started getting enquiries about obtaining prints – in one case, someone was wondering even asking about a jigsaw made from the photo.

Anyway – I don’t do photography to make money (always open to offers, of course) so I set up an easy way for you to download FREE copies – maybe I thought someone here might be interested too? Head over to https://sparroworks.ca/product/baie-durfe-morning/ and have a look. All free other than some minor copyright restrictions about personal use only.


  • Aperture: ƒ/1.8
  • Camera: iPhone 8
  • Taken: 27 August, 2020
  • Exposure bias: -2EV
  • Focal length: 3.99mm
  • ISO: 20
  • Shutter speed: 1/12048s

By |2020-08-30T07:16:52-04:00August 28th, 2020|Baie-D'Urfe, Landscape|0 Comments

Memory Sunday #11

Dawn on the Lake

Kenauk again, and a few years ago. Early September – the sun was rising across the mist-shrouded lake. The disc was still hidden behind the trees on either side of a channel through to the main Lac Papineau and for just a couple of minutes this happened.


  • Aperture: ƒ/10
  • Camera: Canon EOS 20D
  • Taken: 14 September, 2007
  • Exposure bias: -1/3EV
  • Focal length: 100mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/400s

By |2020-08-20T15:59:23-04:00August 23rd, 2020|Landscape, light|0 Comments

Time for Some Music

After the storm …

A few days ago we saw the passage through this area of what started down in the Carolinas as a Tropical Cyclone – bringing high winds and prolonged and torrential rain. The next day, a friend (professional French Hornist) was in the town bandstand rehearsing with colleagues. Added to our morning constitutional.


  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: DSC-RX100
  • Taken: 5 August, 2020
  • Focal length: 20.41mm
  • ISO: 125
  • Shutter speed: 1/640s

By |2020-08-07T08:20:56-04:00August 7th, 2020|Landscape|0 Comments

Memory Sunday #4

Midnight Sun

A few years ago we spent a fabulous couple of weeks touring Iceland and birding, finding wonderful arctic plants and drinking really expensive beer. This photograph was taken near midnight in the very far north of Iceland just outside Akureyri.


  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: ILCE-7M2
  • Taken: 4 July, 2015
  • Focal length: 35mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/125s

By |2020-06-25T12:42:19-04:00June 28th, 2020|Landscape, light|0 Comments

Mid-Summer Sunset

Golden Light

Three years ago a group of Arboretum volunteers created the “Canada 150 Trail” to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the creation of Canada.Quite by chance it was found this year that the Birch Alley that forms part of the trail is directly oriented towards the setting sun for the few days around mid-summer’s day, the Summer Equinox.

Absolutely NO adjustments to the colour saturation was made in preparing these photographs – these colours are what our eyes saw. Well, what oour eyes saw through the clouds of ravenous mosquitoes, that is ;)


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: ILCE-7M2
  • Taken: 19 June, 2020
  • Exposure bias: -7/10EV
  • Focal length: 65mm
  • ISO: 250
  • Shutter speed: 1/80s

By |2020-06-20T12:10:55-04:00June 22nd, 2020|arboretum, Landscape, light|0 Comments

Winter-worn Grasses

Seed Heads at Evening

We have a stand of ornamental grasses in the garden that we leave through the winter as they have seeds for birds and hollow stems for insects to overwinter in. They will be cut down in a few weeks but this evening the low golden light lit up the seed feathers from within. Beautiful.


  • Aperture: ƒ/20
  • Camera: ILCE-7M2
  • Taken: 31 March, 2020
  • Exposure bias: -1.7EV
  • Focal length: 100mm
  • ISO: 125
  • Shutter speed: 1/100s
By |2020-03-31T17:53:37-04:00March 31st, 2020|garden, light|0 Comments
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