Friday, 28 February 2014

Grampy and Grandson on the PS3-1

  Intense moment fighting Lego Super Hero enemies on the PS3.  The Hulk, Spiderman and Iron Man fighting the Sandman.

Grampy and Grandson on the PS3-2

  Game distraction.  Saw the camera and left me to fend for myself.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

 Honey Bee 1

This picture was taken with my Canon Powershot A640.  Getting pollen between it's eyes on this flower in my garden.

Honey Bee 2

Back to business for this little guy after staring me down.

Monday, 24 February 2014

 White Swan 1

I took this picture of a lone white Swan swimming at the edge of the ice covered rocks in the Humber Bay Park in Etobicoke.  Taken February 24, 2014.  Sorry, did not have anything to feed this bird, if that is why it came over to me.  Picture taken with my Canon EOS Rebel T3i and a 250 mm lens, Focal Length: 90 mm, f/4.5.

White Swan 2

Don't know where this Swan went after I left this spot while taking scenery pictures.  Taken with my Canon EOS Rebel T3i and a 250 mm lens. Focal length: 70 mm, f/4. Too cold to take anymore pictures a the park today. Some brave people walking their dogs out here as it is treacherous to walk in most places. 

 Mouth of Mimico Creek at Humber Bay Park

This Picture was taken February 24, 2014 at the mouth of the Mimico Creek in Etobicoke at the Humber Bay Park.  The park is on the west side of Toronto.  I used my Canon EOS Rebel T3i and my 250 mm lense. Focal length: 55 mm, f/11.  I had to take it easy to get to this spot to take the picture as the park is a massive sheet of ice and little snow to walk on.  A Seagull in this picture coming in from Lake Ontario was captured as it passed in the picture below.

Seagull coming in for an ice landing


 Ice on the Rocks - Humber Bay Park

Shoreline is covered in ice.  I stood on some flat boulders to get this picture that were not too close to the water and did not have snow or ice on them. Didn't want to become a statistic in the days news.  Again I used the Canon EOS Rebel T3i and 250 mm lens.  Focal length: 154 mm, f/8.

 Toronto Skyline looking across from Humber Bay Park

This picture taken February 24, 2014 of the Toronto skyline was take while standing on a park bench in the Humber Bay Park looking across Humber Bay. It was (bleep) cold  and I was loosing the feeling in my fingers as I had my gloves off while taking these pictures. Picture taken with my Canon EOS Rebel T3i and a 250 mm lens.  Focal length: 84 mm, f/9. 

Driftwood along the shore in Humber Bay Park

Taken February 24, 2014, I took this picture on the was back to my SUV. Canon EOS Rebel T3i and a 250 mm lens.  Focal length: 163, f/5.6

Humber Bay Park Icy Shoreline

This picture also taken February 24, 2014 looking west toward the mouth of the Mimico Creek in the Humber Bay Park.  No, I was not standing on the ice when I took this picture.  Use my Canon EOS Rebel T3i and 250 mm lens.  Focal length: 55 mm, f/10.

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Wall Painting on a Building in Old Quebec City 2005

My wife and I took a trip to Quebec and stayed in a Hotel in Old Quebec City in July of 2005.  This picture was taken with my first digital camera, a Kodak DX3500. A whole 3.5 mega pixels. As you can see, the painting was fantastic to say the least. 


My Retirement Cake

I retired from work May 2011.  This was my retirement cake made by one of my daughters.  All of the cake was made of edible products. I guess I wasn't the most neat person in the world and she caught that quite well.  The picture was taken with a Canon EOS Rebel T1i. Don't know if my daughter or her husband took the picture. Even the picture on the monitor was painted using a printer made for edible pictures (Call of Duty).  I thought she had painted it by hand but she corrected me on that.   Great cake, but we had to eat it anyway. More of her cake work can be seen Sweet-D Cakes link at the bottom of the page.

Friday, 21 February 2014

 Unusual Flower-1

This flower was in a sidewalk planter in Niagara on the Lake, Ontario. It is called a Canna.  Picture taken July 2013 with a Canon Powershot A640.  Focal length: 21.71 mm, f/4

Unusual Flower-1  (Background colour removed)


 Unusual Flower-2

This was another type of Canna in a planter in Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, July 2013.  Picture take with a Canon Powershot A640.  Focal length: 7.3 mm f/4

Squirrel -Washington D.C.

This little squirrel was on some grass in Downtown Washington D.C. while on a tour of the city. They didn't seem to be bothered by people which made taking the picture quite easy.  Taken July 2011 with a Canon EOS Rebel T3i. Focal length: 55 mm, f/5.6

Butterfly-5

This picture was taken July 2012 at the Toronto Zoo with a Canon EOS Rebel T3i. Focal length: 35mm, f/5.6.  I take my pictures in raw format and convert to jpeg with Digital Photo Professional software that came with my Canon T3i camera.  To remove the colour from the pictures I used Adobe Photoshop CS5 software.  The photo must be in RGB colour mode to do this as CMYK will not work for replacing the colour after.  Your go to Adjustments and choose Desaturate to remove the colour.  Do not use the Grayscale mode as this will not work and you won't be able to restore the colour.  Now that the colour has been removed, use the History Brush Tool and adjust the brush size to suit. Magnify the picture so you can follow the outline of the subject you want to restore colour to and brush in the colour.  A short amount of practice and you will be making cool photos to frame.
The first photo I tried this on was the fruit in the bowl , restoring the colour to the orange and then the strawberry in another photo.

Reflection

Also taken July 2012, this picture from the Toronto Zoo was taken with a Canon EOS Rebel T3i.  Focal Length: 21 mm, f/3.5.  The water was smooth like a sheet of glass making it mirror perfect.  Can you see the bird?  I plan to go back this Spring or Summer to see the Panda Bears.

There it is!

Just in case you didn't see the bird I cropped the picture for its location.



Thursday, 20 February 2014

 Beauty inside Flowers
I took this picture in my garden July, 2012.  Looked like little flowers growing inside a bigger flower.  Picture was taken with my Canon EOS Rebel T3i (18 mega pixel), focal length: 50mm, f/7.1

Beauty inside Flowers

This picture was also taken in my garden July 2012. Looked like little flowers starting to bloom inside.  Taken with my Canon EOS Rebel T3i (18 mega pixel), focal length: 50mm, f/7.1

 Beauty inside Flowers

This picture was also taken in my garden July 2012.  These flowers grow in the centre of my back yard.  Taken with my Canon EOS Rebel T3i (18 mega pixel), focal length: 50mm, f/7.1.  Bee's will love the pollen on this one.


Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Hen and Chicks Cactus Flower

I have a large flower pot filled with these cactus.  They get covered in snow every winter and still survive year after year.  They flower once each summer.  An unusual looking flower for sure.  Kind of alien like.  Picture was taken with a Canon EOS T3i (18 mega pixel) , focal length: 50mm, f/5.6. Original cropped to bring out the detail of the flower.

 Butterfly-1

     Picture was taken with a Canon EOS Rebel T3i  (18 mega pixel), focal lenght 35mm, f/7.1 with flash
This picture was used on my header with my Title.  The Title was hard to read on the background so I made the background using a gradient effect to allow the Title to be readable.  I could not figure how to do this with Adobe Photoshop as I was eager to get the blog site up and running, so I used the Graduated Filter in Corel Paintshop Pro X5 to get the effect I needed.  To do this, I opened Effects, then Photo Effects, then chose Graduated Filter.  The setting was Linear Graduated Filter, Preset: Colour to Transparent, Colour was White (R255,G255,B255) Opacity was set to 87, Blend was set to 55, and Rotate was set to 89.0.  I used Image Effects for the Page Curl.

 Butterfly-2

  Picture was taken with a Canon EOS Rebel T3i (18 mega pixel), focal lenght 35mm, f/7.1 with flash

 Butterfly-3

Picture was taken with a Canon EOS Rebel T3i (18 mega pixel), focal lenght 35mm, f/5.6

Butterfly-4

     Picture was taken with a Canon EOS Rebel T3i (18 mega pixel), focal length 55mm, f/5.6 with flash

These butterfly pictures were taken at the Toronto Zoo.  Again  the colour was removed and replaced only on the butterflies.  Colouring was replaced by hand and was a challenge on the legs on picture 4. I had to do the legs a few pixels at a time.  I had cropped four of these pictures for framing so that is why they are square.  There is the Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara Falls Ontario that is fantastic as you get to walk through hundreds of different species.  I hope to go there again this year. I was worried my wife would squash them when they landed on her, but she controlled herself.

Fruit in a bowl

My first post is the first time I tried this method of photo editing by removing all the colour from the picture and then restoring colour to only one item in the bowl. Canon EOS Rebel T3i  (18 mega pixel), focal length: 50mm, f/4 and flash used.

Strawberry

This picture was taken from a hanging planter on my deck.  I had just watered them and the drop of water looked good in the picture.  Canon Powershot A640, focal length:7.3mm, f/2.8.  I use the Canon Powershot (10 mega pixel) camera often as it does macro shots really well.