Sun flare and magical backgrounds

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As I’m sure you’ve noticed, I tend to like photos of interesting things that aren’t necessarily the ‘perfect’ subject matter.  I like the perspective in my photos to match the ones I see in my mind when I find something beautiful to capture.  This is a terrible example of focus, depth of field and although I could have caught that magnificent reflection on the water, or the sunlight across the field of view, I like the photos that came out focusing on the rays of light that we can’t quite see with our own eyes.  The backdrop is beautiful, but the photo seems to take it all into account here and and lets me show you all the things I see….much of what would be missed if no one ever stopped to look.

Snow – Yes, we do take photos outside…

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I once knew a guy who asked me a question that has confounded me until this very day.  Here’s all the background you need:

It was winter.
I live in Canada.
We usually get a fair amount of snow in the part of Canada I live in.
I take photos in all seasons.

He said to me, one day, after seeing some photos from another Canadian photographer he’d met online:

“What’s up with you Canadians?  Do you all take pictures of snow?”

He said it with a hint of disdain and was clearly playing on the Canadian stereotype.

“Uhh, well, I suppose if you mean ‘do all Canadian photographers take photos OUTSIDE….I guess the answer is yes.  Particularly if you live in a part of Canada that sees snow for almost half the year.

So, this one’s for him.  I almost answered by asking if all the people in California take photos of sunshine but decided it wasn’t worth the argument.  😉

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Plus, how can you not think that ^^^ is beautiful?  I don’t like the cold, but I do love the snow (and Maple syrup AND I say “Eh” now and then.  Yay Canada!

Reading between the lines

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Everything counts – Copyright Whym 2017

Reading between the lines, to me, does not mean seeking alternate motives between the obvious.  Here, in this photo, reading between the lines is having a chance to notice the beauty in every layer.  The leaves are nice, the trees are strong, but there are a million little motions and intentions at play in a single moment in time.  I have no idea what is behind each of these things, but I can stop, capture and lose myself in the loveliness of the everything.

Everything counts.  Everything.

 

Perspective – change the way you see the world

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Perfectly simple – Copyright Whym 2017

Can it get any better?  Sometimes if you just shift your perspective every so slightly, you end up not only seeing the lovely fall colours, but also the sky above.  It might not be as lovely as the trees, but without it, they could not exist and our eyes would not see the colours in the spectrum raining down from above.  🙂

Love life.  That’s all that really counts in the end.

We fly as One

I’m not sure if this happens everywhere – I suppose it does, if this species of bird is indigenous to the area you live in…or maybe birds do this everywhere and I’ve just never captured it until now.

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It’s a single thought – One bird (who knows which one) seems to be making a decision for the entire flock to fly in a particular direction and they all go as one.  Great masses of these birds will black out the sky – all flying in the same zig-zag patterns like they’re performing some sort of new Olympic sport.  It’s spell binding to watch.

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I wonder if humans act this way and we don’t even know it.  From above, I can only imagine this is what we look like as we traverse from home to work through busy city centres.  Only, we stop for a 7$ coffee along the way.

 

The colours fade

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There’s such a beautiful array of colours around here in the fall but it is always such a fleeting thing.  There are usually three or four good weekends between

*Everything is still green with only a little splash of colour showing through* to *everything is dead and/or covered in snow* in a matter of days.

The snow IS beautiful to photograph and being out of the city allows for many nice shots of snow piled atop leaves and branches that haven’t been disturbed by humans.  Ice storms are, although terrifying and dangerous, spectacular when a chance to capture an entire everything encased in glass/ice comes along, but, everything considered, winter is really just a lot of white balancing with the camera and dead looking trees.  There’s still a ton of beauty out there though – it just takes a bit of patience and some warm boots to find.  🙂