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Flatlands #2

Winter Solstice

On the flatlands west of Montreal looking towards the south on the winter solstice 2019. The sun doesn’t get very high (this was early afternoon) on this important day of the year. Very strange cloud patterns.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 21 December, 2019
  • Exposure bias: +7/10EV
  • Focal length: 23.95mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/800s
By |2019-12-21T17:02:13-05:00December 22nd, 2019|Landscape, light|0 Comments

Sunset on the St-Lawrence

Last day of November and it’s really getting cold

Sunset on the St-Lawrence river seen from Bertold Park in Baie-D’Urfé. The first ice is forming in the small bay at my feet with a loud and musical chinkling sound as small waves cause the ice fragments to knock together.

A lot of local photographers have been sharing sunset images on Facebook etc – I finally decided to join them and give them a run for their money.


  • Aperture: ƒ/9
  • Camera: ILCE-7M2
  • Taken: 30 November, 2019
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/80s

Post-processed with Capture One Pro software.

By |2019-12-01T13:58:26-05:00December 1st, 2019|Landscape, light|0 Comments

Into the Light

This was originally in glorious e-colour but I somehow thought it would take on something “special” if edited to monochrome – and it did. I shared it on facebook a few days ago and it proved to be one of the most popular images I have posted in a while.

Here is the original:


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 21 November, 2019
  • Exposure bias: +7/10EV
  • Focal length: 90.45mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/320s
By |2019-11-23T13:01:55-05:00November 24th, 2019|Landscape, light, Seasons|0 Comments

Katsura redux

Golden Hour in the Garden

Whenever this Katsura tree is photographed, it will always look more golden the next day.

One of the few non-native trees we have that we would not replace … beautiful.  These golds are genuine; the photo had some balancing of light and dark to bring out the blue in the sky for the most part but just before the sun goes down this really is the  way the tree looks. Almost as it it has lights inside it that someone has turned on.


  • Aperture: ƒ/10
  • Camera: ILCE-7M2
  • Taken: 20 October, 2019
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 640
  • Shutter speed: 1/60s
By |2019-10-20T17:49:38-04:00October 27th, 2019|garden|0 Comments

Serendipity

Birch Bark with Rowan Berries in the Rain

It’s showery here this Thanksgiving Monday and looking out of the window, as one does, i was struck by the combination of birch tree trunks and golden birch leaves forming a backdrop to a berry-rich rowan tree that has begun to lose it’s leaves, thus revealing the birch. A gorgeous combination – made all the richer in the subdued light of a rainy day – sunshine rarely makes for the best photographs.

BUT – see the picture below.

  • Aperture: ƒ/13
  • Camera: ILCE-7M2
  • Taken: 14 October, 2019
  • Focal length: 75mm
  • ISO: 1250
  • Shutter speed: 1/80s

BUT THEN …

… an hour later the sun appeared and the leaves were lit, seemingly from within. I still prefer the original in the more diffuse lighting as I find this a bit “chocolate-boxy” but what do you think?

Comments below please.


  • Aperture: ƒ/13
  • Camera: ILCE-7M2
  • Taken: 14 October, 2019
  • Exposure bias: +7/10EV
  • Focal length: 105mm
  • ISO: 1250
  • Shutter speed: 1/125s

By |2019-10-14T16:35:13-04:00October 20th, 2019|flowers, garden, light|0 Comments

Cold morning sunlight

Cold sunshine

There were white roofs down the road this morning and a low, bright dawn sunshine illuminating these wild carrot seed-heads. The average day for first, albeit light, snowfall in Montreal is barely a month away.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 5 October, 2019
  • Exposure bias: -7/10EV
  • Focal length: 139.53mm
  • ISO: 640
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
By |2019-10-06T08:13:02-04:00October 6th, 2019|flowers, garden, light|0 Comments