Ice on the Lake and Sleeklens PS Workflow Test

image of ice crust on rice lake under sun warmed cloud coverI went out to one of my favourite spots to check out the ice situation.

image of chunks of ice crust on rice lake under sun warmed cloud coverThe ice has clearly expanded and contracted quite a bit in the last weeks and has created some dramatic rifts.

image of ice and rocks on rice lake under sun warmed cloud coverThis lake sometimes takes on an otherworldly look. I imagine the surface of Europa.

image of sunset reflected in the ice on rice lakeIt was warm, this particular evening, though. And the sunset was quite gorgeous reflected in the surface. The buoys, the trees and the docks certainly situate this closer to home. Which is good. I just love this view.

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I was also invited to test some workflow software for Photoshop that has been developed by a company that calls itself “Sleeklens.”

They sent me their “Landscape Adventure” workflow, which is a series of actions that are imported into Photoshop that you can, with one click, apply to your landscape photos to get various effects.

For advanced Photoshop users there might not be too much here that you aren’t already able to do, but it can be handy to have the actions in a single click setting.

For those who are new to photo editing and Photoshop, the actions could be a real boost to your workflow and could help you edit and correct your photos quickly and easily.

The actions can be used to change tone, exposure and colour temperature. There are also effects under the headings “Base,” “Enhance,” and “Specialty.” These actions add special effects or create more detailed changes to your photo as you apply them.

The gallery below shows a handful of the effects applied to one of the shots I took on the icy lake.

Click on the photos to see what effects have been added.

New Camera, Fog and Swinnerton

I bought myself a Christmas present. A new Sony A7. On the recommendation of my friend Matt O’Sullivan (if you’re on Facebook, you can see an excellent street photo gallery here), This photo, shot from the hip, is a tribute/thank-you to him for his recommendation and inspiration. Thanks, Matt. Read more “New Camera, Fog and Swinnerton”

Every City Has a Strip

image of the intersection of lansdowne and the parkway in peterborough, ontario on a cloudy day three days before christmas showing overhead wires and stop lights and the pedestrian walkwayEvery city has a strip. At least one. Some cities have several. Peterborough has a couple. But Lansdowne Street is our main drag into town, or past town if you’re headed out to easterly cottages.

image of the intersection of lansdowne and the parkway in peterborough, ontario on a cloudy day three days before christmas showing stopped taffic at the lights waiting to drive toward the viewerI thought that three days before Christmas might be a good time to catch the mayhem that the traffic can be on the strip.

image of the intersection of lansdowne and the parkway in peterborough, ontario on a cloudy day three days before christmas showing taffic and lights and snowI certainly wasn’t wrong. It was extremely busy, so I put on my safety vest and stood in the median to snap a few shots.

image of the intersection of lansdowne and the parkway in peterborough, ontario on a cloudy day three days before christmas showing turning cars and trucks on wet pavementI’m still not sure what it is I find so alluring about these sections of towns. I did grow up in the suburbs, but we were on the very edge of town when I was young. The “strip” near mom’s house wasn’t built until I was almost moved away. I never really spent any time there.

image of the northbound lanes of the parkway north of lansdowne street in peterborough showing cars waiting at the light coming toward the camera and an empty lane of wet pavement heading awayBut there is something, certainly, about this transitional zone that compels me. I think this is why I love these areas most at night. It’s the time that they’re really asleep. Empty. Not in service.

image of the intersection of lansdowne and the parkway in peterborough, ontario on a cloudy day three days before christmas showing stopped taffic at the lights waiting to drive toward the viewer with one car turning leftBut even during the day, with all this transient traffic and apparent hustle and bustle, this long stretch of commercial property has a simultaneously immutable and shifting quality. The individual stores will come and go and renovate and expand, but the strip itself will always be.

Humber Park Moon

humberparkgullsI got caught up in all the “super moon” excitement this week. I also happened to be on the west side of Toronto.

I thought I’d stop for a bit in Humber Park to see if I could catch a snap of the big ole’ moon coming up over the city. Read more “Humber Park Moon”

October Colour

image of a small, leafless, fall tree with large colourfull fall leaved trees behindThose of you who follow me on Instagram and Facebook may have seen these already, but I thought they were worth a re-post here.

The one above is called “Ambition.” I was struck by the way the little, bare tree was framed by it’s large, showy cousins.

image of a bare fall tree with a halo of textured cloudThis one is “Head in the Clouds, Roots Underground.” Kinda the way I feel, much of the time.

image of colourfull fall trees against a blue sky with sculptural cloud on the horizonWe’ve had some gorgeous weather this month. And in spite of yesterday’s snow, it looks like we’ll get a week or two of beauty yet.

image of low, pink clouds in a mauve sunset skyI’ll be ready for more snow in November, but for now, I’m happy to bask in this luscious fall.