Racing Through a Dandelion Field

 

Sharp Focus on Blur : 6

Plus Post Week 6 Blurs and Unsharp Photography:

Taking a Picture? or Making a Photograph?

I had a ‘Eureka!’ moment yesterday, while thinking about the latest lesson of the Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2015 mentorship. I looked at the work that was in my mentorship album and I considered the thought, experimentation and planning, as well as processing that had gone into each of the photographs.. I realized with a shock that I was no longer ‘taking pictures’. I was making photographs!

Up to this point in my photography I have always done my best to show my viewers the scene that I saw before me. I wanted the picture to be in focus – I saw it sharp, (or more or less sharp) didn’t I? I saw it in colour, so mostly I wanted accurate colour. This was a kind of documentary photography and there is nothing wrong with that. But I was often left feeling that I had somehow cheated the viewer. When I stood in front of the scene I didn’t just see nice clear objects or great colour. I felt much more than I saw because all of my senses and my emotions were at work, not just my eyes. My heartstrings were being pulled, which was what prompted me to stop and capture the scene in the first place. But all of that is very, very difficult to communicate using a still photograph. I felt dissatisfied. I needed to be able to convey the emotion that the scenes brought to me. Does a misty, drizzly landscape with a soft light give me a feeling of calm? How can I make the viewer of a photograph experience that when there is no damp in the air, when the soft sound of rain on leaves is absent? Does a fast running dog in a bright, sunlit field of dandelions give me a feeling of exhilaration and joy and freedom? How was I to help make you the viewer feel all of this with me? I had to learn to use colour, light and tonality to produce a more powerful reaction in the viewer. More, I had to learn how far I could push an image to do just that. And when to hold back. Again, it’s exhausting, but so exciting at the same time.

This week I was given the tools (and the understanding) to be able to do that. It’s no longer just ‘taking a picture’. It’s all about ‘making a photograph’. In the photograph accompanying this post I hope you get a sense of the energy, joy and excitement as well as the speed of Joni racing through a field. I hope I have given you more than just a snapshot of a fraction of a second of that race, but a share in the whole run. Maybe you can even feel the dandelions under your own feet.

Thanks to all in the mentorship – +Alex Lapidus and assisting alumni and other students alike. All have been a terrific inspiration, help and encouragement to me. And of course to the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers

I hope you are enjoying accompanying me on this journey of discovery. I have a long way to go in my learning, but I feel that I am well on the way.

9 separate images taken in multi-shot mode, edited in Lightroom and processed and composited in Photoshop.

Are you not able to comment on Google+ because you don't belong? Would you prefer to comment on my blog? It's right here with all my G+ posts on it: http://www.elliekennard.ca .

#hqspphotoart +HQSP Photo Art curated by +Paul Howard +Anja Wessels
#hqspmotion +HQSP Motion curated by +Melania Pierce and +Anja Wessels

420

Check this out on Google+

Joni is 18 months Old and Her Collection is a Google+ Featured One!

 

I have been so busy posting images of unrecognisable (or barely) subjects on my blur mentorship that I thought it was time I shared another image of Joni, who is now almost grown out of the puppy stage. Here she was waiting by the front of the house, nicely backlit next to the rhododendrons that are about to flower. She is always ready for any game, in spite of being so grown up.

My collection "Joni the Border Collie" is a Google+ featured collection (thanks +Zarina Mujadedy for letting me know) and so this is to blow her trumpet about that achievement so you can browse through the collection if you want, too. https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/0G_hX

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Are you not able to comment on Google+ because you don't belong? Would you prefer to comment on my blog? It's right here with all my G+ posts on it: http://www.elliekennard.ca .

#hqspanimals +HQSP Animals curated by +Andy Smith and +Nicole S.

#noapologies #bordercollie #JonisDiary #AdayinthelifeofJoni #fansofJoni
#fidofriday +Fido Friday by +mel peifer +Lisa Lisa +Suhaib Ayaz +Wes Lum

954

Check this out on Google+

Transformer Transformation

 

Sharp Focus on Blur : 5

Plus Post Week 5 Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2015 by Alex Lapidus.

"Take sharp photos and blur them." Sounds easy? Well it seems to fly in the face of all that we usually strive for, as photographers. But nothing is sacrosanct when it comes to experimenting in this mentorship and so, kicking and screaming, I did just that.

I didn't just take any old photographs, I took ones specially knowing that I was going to transform them. This is remarkably liberating and quite different from the idea of 'whoops! this didn't work, can I fudge it with special effects or should I just bin it?'. But everything about this mentorship is liberating and refreshing. I managed even to take a sink full of dead flowers and turn them into a light and airy splash of colourful 60's psychedelia!

Now of course I'm not going to go into the details of how I achieved this effect, but I will tempt and encourage you to explore for yourselves if you ever have the wonderful opportunity to take part in such a mentorship. +Alex Lapidus is a bully in the most positive way, always pushing us, always goading us to achieve better and better (intentional) results and making us even love what we thought of as our mistakes. How do you do that, Alex? It's a gift.

With special thanks to my fellow students as they continue to learn and laugh with me. I'm a week behind but their fantastic (in the original sense of the word) results have inspired and encouraged me to keep going in spite of everything. Thanks everyone.

Thanks also to the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers which with the wonderful program of free mentorships make all this possible.

Are you not able to comment on Google+ because you don't belong? Would you prefer to comment on my blog? It's right here with all my G+ posts on it: http://www.elliekennard.ca .

522

Check this out on Google+

"Time's a Ticker, It Never Lets Down… Time, Do What You Must"

 

Week 13/26 : Shallow Depth of Field

Nothing tells time like a good old fashioned wind up clock like this Victorian carriage clock. This one is a seven day clock, which means it is part of a Sunday ritual. If it does't get wound up with its little brass key on Sunday night then the rest of the week might fall to pieces. And if the clock stopped, that lovely quiet regular ticking would not measure out the seconds, and minutes and the days and the hours.

The thing with these clocks with hands is that you always see where time is going. You can always see where it's been. The hand is moving past the 35 minutes towards the quarter to the hour.You can watch it you can listen to it and you know where it will go next. LCD numerals only show you where you are in that moment in time. That's all some people know. Think about it.

The sad thing is that apparently young people don't know how to tell the time with a clock like this. They have no choice but to live in the moment.

The title quote is from "Time's a Ticker" by Canadian singer songwriter Amelia Curran on her album "War Brides"

Are you not able to comment on Google+ because you don't belong? Would you prefer to comment on my blog? It's right here with all my G+ posts on it: http://www.elliekennard.ca .

#BWProject26 | Curated by +Tisha Montgomery +Brandon Luk +Lauri Novak +Al Chris

520

Check this out on Google+

Head in the Clouds

 

Sitting alone at this counter in a great little café in Halifax, this man was engrossed in his work. Sometimes you don't see what is right in front of your eyes.

Last night after the big screen special showing of all of the "Life's Work : Conversations with Makers" videos,we found ourselves back in the same café with our good friends +Michelle Yorke and +Kyle Cunjak. It was great to catch up with them over tea and snacks. We don't see them enough. It was a wonderful turnout at the screening and the Q&A afterwards was fascinating.

#justforfun #doubleexposure

Are you not able to comment on Google+ because you don't belong? Would you prefer to comment on my blog? It's right here with all my G+ posts on it: http://www.elliekennard.ca .
#hqspphotoart +HQSP Photo Art curated by +Paul Howard +Anja Wessels

501

Check this out on Google+

Behind the Scenes Making of the “Life’s Work” Series

For tonight’s program of special big screen viewing of the Life’s Work : Conversations with Makers series (in Halifax, Nova Scotia) Breakwater Studios has produced a short behind the scenes featurette. I am looking forward to seeing the series on the big screen and meeting up with the film maker and other craftspeople tonight.

The title photograph (and one other in the video) was taken by me! :-)

The Essence of Rhododendron

 

Sharp Focus on Blur : 4

Plus Post Week 4 Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2015 by +Alex Lapidus

This week was one of the most creative ones that I have enjoyed for a really long time. From the initial lesson post by our mentor Alex, through the additional material shared by alumni and fellow classmates, it was an exciting period of learning, trying, testing and discovery as I felt myself pushing the envelope of my own personal vision. In this image I used a multiple exposure technique that did not involve any work in Photoshop, but was done in camera. I decided to photograph all around this single rhododendron bloom to show every aspect of the unfolding beauty. I took many like this, finally getting one that I felt really captured the essence of the flower. I liked how the technique darkened down the distraction of the green leaves in the background, showing still the fine details of the marking on the petals and the definition of the opening buds.

Without the mentorship experience, I might well eventually have discovered the fun and creative potential in this and the other techniques that I have learned. But maybe not. I tend to be a bit stuck in my tried and familiar methods, so this environment has really helped me to blossom and show me more sides to my own creativity.

If you ever have a chance to join one of these mentorships, do not pass it up. You will not believe how much you will grow as a photographer from the experience.

With special thanks to my fellow students as they continue to inspire me and to the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers with +Robin Griggs Wood +Ron Clifford and Alex Lapidus (again) who with their wonderful program of free mentorships make all this possible.

Are you not able to comment on Google+ because you don't belong? Would you prefer to comment on my blog? It's right here with all my G+ posts on it: http://www.elliekennard.ca .
#multipleexposure #nophotoshop

#hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas +kaatje jansen
#PhotoManiaCanada by +Giselle Savoie +Mark HELM

791

Check this out on Google+

Multiple Exposure of Metasequoia Glyptostroboides or Dawn Redwood

 

During the blur mentorship (Blurs and Unsharp Photography Guided Play, led by +Alex Lapidus) I was inspired to discover the feature of in camera multiple exposures. I have had loads of fun this week and this was the result of one of these experiments. It was composed of a total of 9 images taken one after the other as I walked all around this rare deciduous conifer, common name of Dawn Redwood* which is in full spring foliage now. The resulting image, blended in the camera, gives a lovely effect of light, I think and I was pleased with how it came out.

*"This genus, dating from prehistoric times was thought to be extinct and was known only in fossils until a single living species was found as recently as 1941 in an old Chinese temple. Since its discovery the Dawn Redwood has been widely distributed and is found in many arboretums, parks and gardens throughout the world." source: Conifers for Your Garden, by Adrian Bloom.

Are you not able to comment on Google+ because you don't belong? Would you prefer to comment on my blog? It's right here with all my G+ posts on it: http://www.elliekennard.ca .

#treetuesday +Tree Tuesday by +Christina Lawrie +Allan Cabrera +Ralph Mendoza +Kim Troutman +David R Robinson

600

Check this out on Google+

Rupert and Molly

 

Week 12/26: Yin Yang

These are two old friends, Rupert and Molly, our Cornish Rex cats. This back view really shows off their curly hair and big ears. They were both pretty interested in something on the other side of the room so fortunately paid me no attention at all.

Yin and Yang is defined in this way: "Yin and yang can be thought of as complementary (rather than opposing) forces that interact to form a dynamic system in which the whole is greater than the assembled parts." Yin is the shady side (Molly) and Yang is the sunny side (Rupert). And the two definitely interact to form a duo that is greater than the assembled parts. Molly can be moody, is very deep in her affections and emotions. A little shy until she gets to know you then she tries to take you over. Rupert is a sunny golden joy boy, always asking for you to pick him up and cuddle him. Happy at any moment to have a conversation and to leap around the kitchen to get some laughs going. Together they form the perfect dynamic duo.

Are you not able to comment on Google+ because you don't belong? Would you prefer to comment on my blog? It's right here with all my G+ posts on it: http://www.elliekennard.ca .

#cornishrex #cats

#BWProject26 | Curated by +Tisha Montgomery+Brandon Luk+Lauri Novak+Alison Christensen

#caturday +CATURDAY!​ by +Shantha Marie Fountain+Cicely Robin Laing+Khrystiane Friedli

#hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome​ curated by +Luis Vivanco S.+Оксана Крысюкова+tri rini nuringtyas+Jean-Philippe Jouve​ and +Giuseppe Petruzzella

#hqspanimals +HQSP Animals​ curated by +Andy Smith​ and +Nicole S.

830

Check this out on Google+