Photo-Art by Neil de Boer

Archive for April, 2012

Wind Swept Tree

Wind Swept Tree

Wind Swept Tree

We were away at the cottage this weekend and on the way back we kept and eye out for a tree my brother in-law said I needed to get a picture of . It is halfway between Teviotdale and Harriston. We don’t usually go down this road but we had no trouble finding it. The timing was pretty good with the sun  going down just behind the hill. Although about a half hour later the sky had a lot more colour in it. So Steve – Here is your tree! Thanks for telling me about it.

3 exposure HDR , Lighroom, Photomatix, Photoshop, Topaz, Noiseware.


Golden Pond

Golden Pond

Golden Pond

I have driven passed this little pond a few times and when there is no wind this tree reflects nicely in the pond. Even though the wind was up this evening the clouds were great and the sun lined up with the tree just right so I stopped and took a few shots. The location is the south east corner of Laurel Creek Park – Waterloo.

This is a 3 exposure HDR processed in Photomatix, Lightroom, Photoshop, Topaz and Noiseware


Into the Sunset

Into the Sunset

Into the Sunset

This one is from the Baden horse series. The sun was setting and we were getting ready to leave and this one seemed to be longing to ride of into the sunset


Through the windows

Through the windows

Through the windows

The horses ran around this feed shed and I spotted them through the window and fired of a couple a shots. Thought it made an interesting composition.


A Tree – Out standing in it’s field.

Tree in a field

A Tree outstanding in it's field.

After taking pictures of the horses the other night we were standing around talking before leaving to go home. We all spotted this tree standing all alone in the field across the road. It was starting to get dark and the others had to leave so I grabbed my tripod and took a few shots of this wonderfully shaped tree. I still wonder why you see loan trees growing all by themselves in farm fields. If there is and actual reason let me know!

This is a 3 exposure HDR processed with Photomatix, Photoshop, Topaz and Lightroom


Guest Post from Anthony Stocco

Port Dover

Port Dover

This is a picture my good friend Anthony Stocco took in Port Dover on Easter weekend. I have brought him over the HDR side. He will soon have a new web site up and running and I will post a link to it when it is ready.

3 exposure Photoshop CS5 HDR, Topaz


Calhoun Stables

Here are some more shots from the other night out at Calhoun Stables.


Grazing

Horses Grazing

Grazing

A group of us went out to Calhoun Stables this evening and took some more horse pictures. This was shot at the end of the evening with very little light left.

Processed with Lightroom, Photoshop, Nic Silver Efex


Peeling Back the Layers

Paint Peel

Peeling back the layers

As time goes by the layers of this old house in Elmira get peeled back. Almost like construction in reverse.

This is a 3 exposure HDR processed in Lightroom, Photomatix, Photoshop, Topaz.


A Cross To Bear

Old stone building with Cross

A cross to bear

This old stone building is located on the old Hergott Cider Mill property just outside of Waterloo. The cider mill is no longer in operation and the property has been sold. The wooden cross on the side of the building reminded me of the saying “a cross to bear”.


Garden Chair

Garden Chair

Garden Chair

This is another shot from our friends garden who have the wooden swan. This table and chair are tucked away in the corner of the garden inviting us to stop and enjoy the beauty of the plants.


Wooden Swan

Wooden Swan

Wooden Swan

I took this last summer in a friends garden. I love the texture of the weather worn wood against the green plants.

Processed in Photoshop and Topaz


Riveting

Riveting

Riveting

I found this bridge to be quite riveting. It was taken in Toronto during the photo walk in March.


Conflicting Messages

Sunset and bridge

Conflict

I can’t decide if I like this sunset shot or not. I think it is because of the conflicting messages it gives. You have a nice peaceful sunset broken up with the chaotic branches of the trees and then there is the strong lines of the bridge structure. At least it makes you think. Art should do that sometimes. What do you think?


Jonathan Seagull

Seagull Diving

Jonathan Seagull

Strolling along the shore of Colpoy’s Bay I came across this colony of seagulls and one of them liked to pop up and dive into the water. The rest seem to say ” There goes Jonathan showing off again. Don’t look at him. It just encourages him!”


The old mill in Scone

Scone Mill

The Old Mill in Scone

On the way up to Wiarton we stopped in Scone to see the old mill, at the suggestion of my cousin John. Built in the village of Scone in 1856 on the Saugeen River it operated as a gristmill. It was badly damaged in a flood in 2010. It looks like it could fall down anytime.


Out of the Ashes

Out of the Ashes

Out of the Ashes

I’ve been away for the weekend so here is a quick post. I came upon an old camp fire and these three yellow flowers were growing up out of the ashes. What was once dead is now alive! Happy Easter!


Cambridge Mill Restaurant

Cambridge Mill

Cambridge Mill Restaurant

This is the Cambridge Mill Restaurant. It has undergone extensive renovations and is a unique blend of old and new architecture. It has become a very popular spot for weddings.

3 Exposures. Photomatix, Photoshop, Topaz, Noiseware, Lightroom.


Just Call Me Beauty!

White faced Horse

Striking a Pose

This is another shot taken just outside Baden the other night. This one has an unusual face and she seems to be saying – Just call be Beauty!


Horse on the Run

Horse on the Run

Horse on the Run

Tonight I got together with a couple of friends to photograph horses. They are truly magnificent animals. This was taken just outside the village of Baden Ontario.

Processed in Lightroom, Photoshop, Noiseware and Topaz filters


Through the Green Door

Green Door

Through the Green Door

It may be rough and worn but it is still doing it’s job as the front door to a business in St. Jacobs called Artefacts.

This is a single raw shot processed in Photomatix, Photoshop, Topaz and Lightroom


Oh Canada Geese

Canada Geese

Oh Canada Geese

On my evening stroll I came upon this pair of Canada Geese. They are a beautiful bird and soon we will be seeing the little ones. Maybe next month I will be able to post this pair with their young.


Mill Race Park Stone Arch

Stone Arch

Stone Arch at Mill Race Park Cambridge

This was taken at Mill Race Park in Cambridge Ontario. It is the same area as my previous post “Troll Bridge”. I think it is an interesting contrast between the stone construction of the original mill and the concrete construction of the bridge.

3 Exposure Photomatix HDR, Lightroom, Photoshop and Topaz.