Have you ever wondered 'where', maybe 'how' and then occasionally 'why' some of the photographs that you see posted are taken? Here is a little bit of background info on some of my favourite pics.

 

 

  Sante Fe Quarter Horse Colt    I’ve loved horses all of my life and reluctantly moved on from being a crazy horse owner in my mid thirties. I basically stopped riding although occasionally would go to a riding stable just to get my fix of the sights (and smells) of a barn and the horses. When I retired it would be my photography that would bring me back to horses once again.       My personal favourite horse is a Quarter horse and I was beyond ecstatic to arrive at a ranch during one of Tony Stromberg’s New Mexico photography workshops. Tony is considered the number one horse photographer in the world so it was already amazing that I was there and then a quarter horse ranch? Yikes!       This is my favourite shot of the many that were taken. There is just something about this colt that caught my eye. Maybe it is the many shiny coats of the horses milling around him or maybe it is just the idea that it only takes a moment before it passes. Love what photography can capture!     

Sante Fe Quarter Horse Colt

I’ve loved horses all of my life and reluctantly moved on from being a crazy horse owner in my mid thirties. I basically stopped riding although occasionally would go to a riding stable just to get my fix of the sights (and smells) of a barn and the horses. When I retired it would be my photography that would bring me back to horses once again.

 

My personal favourite horse is a Quarter horse and I was beyond ecstatic to arrive at a ranch during one of Tony Stromberg’s New Mexico photography workshops. Tony is considered the number one horse photographer in the world so it was already amazing that I was there and then a quarter horse ranch? Yikes!

 

This is my favourite shot of the many that were taken. There is just something about this colt that caught my eye. Maybe it is the many shiny coats of the horses milling around him or maybe it is just the idea that it only takes a moment before it passes. Love what photography can capture! 

 

 
    Misty Lake Reflection in Muskoka   Muskoka calls every fall. I used to live in North Bay and it seems rather ironic that after I moved to Toronto, my last few years there were spent heading north to Algonquin Park. I lived in the beauty of Northern Ontario for so many years growing up and there I was once again in the forest.      This shot was taken on a pretty misty morning and I decided the reflection was the way to go. I love how the photo sort of makes you step back and wonder what it is. I was happy to see that this pic won an honourable mention at the Toronto Camera Club in the nature category - it was more of an abstract so I was pleased it was noticed.          

 

Misty Lake Reflection in Muskoka 

Muskoka calls every fall. I used to live in North Bay and it seems rather ironic that after I moved to Toronto, my last few years there were spent heading north to Algonquin Park. I lived in the beauty of Northern Ontario for so many years growing up and there I was once again in the forest. 

 

This shot was taken on a pretty misty morning and I decided the reflection was the way to go. I love how the photo sort of makes you step back and wonder what it is. I was happy to see that this pic won an honourable mention at the Toronto Camera Club in the nature category - it was more of an abstract so I was pleased it was noticed. 

 

 

 

 
  Dancing Into the Light     I love colour and motion and I think this has to be one of my favourite photographs. I think what it represents to me is that I took a risk when shooting this. The dancers at the Grand River Pow Wow near Hamilton, Ontario ( http://www.grpowwow.ca)  were breathtaking - the colour and the patterns of the native costumes were mesmerizing as they danced to the drums and chanted. Sharp photos would have shown that but I wanted something different and thought I would try motion blurs. So I sat there and made blurry photos!! I kept thinking is this a mistake and then I saw the swirls of colour on the back of my camera and got even more excited! This will be hanging on my wall when I move - it captures everything about my new life in a new city - full of colour and optimism!!    

Dancing Into the Light

I love colour and motion and I think this has to be one of my favourite photographs. I think what it represents to me is that I took a risk when shooting this. The dancers at the Grand River Pow Wow near Hamilton, Ontario (http://www.grpowwow.ca) were breathtaking - the colour and the patterns of the native costumes were mesmerizing as they danced to the drums and chanted. Sharp photos would have shown that but I wanted something different and thought I would try motion blurs. So I sat there and made blurry photos!! I kept thinking is this a mistake and then I saw the swirls of colour on the back of my camera and got even more excited! This will be hanging on my wall when I move - it captures everything about my new life in a new city - full of colour and optimism!!

 

 
 Sable Island Stallion  So if you live in Canada, you may be aware of a small island off the coast of Nova Scotia where there are wild horses. When I was younger, I had visions of seeing these horses and as I got older, I realized that seeing them was going to be a bit more complicated than just getting in a boat and heading over! Very limited number of visits are allowed as they are monitoring the island to make sure that the horses stay wild and that visitors have minimal environmental impact. When I went, it was with Adventure Canada and they made sure that we arrived safely in our zodiacs and that we kept our distance from the herds that we saw. Fog can be a problem and we were lucky enough to have had four days to travel back and forth from the ship each morning and afternoon and have a chance to photograph these incredible animals. 

Sable Island Stallion

So if you live in Canada, you may be aware of a small island off the coast of Nova Scotia where there are wild horses. When I was younger, I had visions of seeing these horses and as I got older, I realized that seeing them was going to be a bit more complicated than just getting in a boat and heading over! Very limited number of visits are allowed as they are monitoring the island to make sure that the horses stay wild and that visitors have minimal environmental impact. When I went, it was with Adventure Canada and they made sure that we arrived safely in our zodiacs and that we kept our distance from the herds that we saw. Fog can be a problem and we were lucky enough to have had four days to travel back and forth from the ship each morning and afternoon and have a chance to photograph these incredible animals.