Photo-Art by Neil de Boer

Archive for June, 2012

Colpys Bay

Colpys Bay Wiarton Ontario

Colpys Bay at Wiarton

I took this picture of Colpys Bay at Wiarton Ont. a few years ago. We are at the cottage this weekend so I am posting this picture from the archives.


McCormick Deering 10-20

McCormick Deering Trackor

McCormick Deering Trackor from the 1920’s

This McCormick Deering 10-20 tractor is in the Village of Alma Ontario. I’m not in anyway knowledgeable about old tractors so I haven’t been able to tell exactly what year it is. If you know please leave a comment about it below. I just loved the rustic look of it and proceed the picture to reflect that rustic look. Hope you like it.

Tech info: 3 exposure HDR, photomatix, photoshop, topaz filters (spicify) and then adjustments in Lightroom.

St. Paul’s Church Neustadt

St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church Neustadt

St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran – Neustadt

On the way back from the cottage on the Easter weekend we decided to check out some of the back streets of the Village of Neustadt. We came across this beautiful little church. It has been well taken care of indicating a congregation grateful for the blessing of a place to gather and worship.
Click here for a photo taken apparently in 1927

Tech info: 3 exposure HDR, photomatix, photoshop, topaz, lightroom.

Alpaca – It’s just fun to say!

Alpaca head shot


I took this Alpaca portrait at a antique farm machinery show that we came across on the way back from the cottage.

The following is copied from the Alpaca Ontario site

Alpacas are small, endearing animals of the camelid family (other members include llamas, camels, vicunas and guanacos). They were domesticated over 5,000 years ago and became a cherished treasure of the ancient Inca civilization. Their fine cashmere-like fleece was once reserved for Incan royalty.

Alpacas produce fibre that is as fine as cashmere, soft, silky and much warmer than sheep’s wool. With the exception of mohair, alpacas produce the strongest animal fibre in the world. Their fleece comes in 22 natural colours, the widest assortment of colours of any fibre-bearing animal. Prized for its unique silky feel and superb handle, alpaca fibre is highly sought after by the textile makers of Britain, Europe and Japan.

Alpacas have a life span of 20 – 25 years. Adults weight 100 – 180 lbs and stand 34 – 36 inches high at the withers. Baby alpacas, called crias, generally weight 14 – 20 lbs at birth. Gestation is approximately 11 months. As a rule, alpacas are born during the day, usually between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Alpacas communicate through soft humming noises and a unique body language.

Today, in Canada, alpacas are raised for their exquisite fibre, and are enjoyed for their delightful personalities as well as the financial returns of raising and breeding them.

There are two types or breeds of alpaca, the huacaya and the suri, which differ primarily in the character of their fibre. The huacaya, the most common alpaca breed has a crimped or wavy fleece, whereas the suri has straight, lustrous fibre. In full fleece, the huacaya has a full, fluffy appearance, while the suri is elegantly draped in long, wavy locks.

Various worsted and woollen mills in Canada offer custom processing of alpaca fibre into various yarns, fabric and felt. Sweaters, blankets, mitts, socks, shawls, hats and duvets can be purchased through various home-based businesses.

Coming Through!

Running Horses

We’re Coming Through!

I was able to get this shot by standing in a ditch at the edge of the lane that these horses came running down. They could see me there and seem to be saying “Look out we’re coming through!”

All post processing in Lightroom

Waterloo Central Railway Engine #9

Night Train Waterloo Central Railway Engine #9

Night Train

The Waterloo Central Railway is restoring this Essex Terminal Railway Alco 0-6-0 Switcher Number 9 to active steam. The restoration shed is located in the village of St. Jacobs and along with my friend Anthony I was able to get some shots of this Steam Train . We challenged each other to do something creative with the shots so these are a few of them. All the photo’s in the compilation shots are photo’s I have taken over the past year.

Mister Chips

Mister Chips Chip Wagon

Mister Chips

Mister Chips Front

Mister Chips Straight On

Mister Chips Chip Wagon is in the same field and the abandoned cottage I posted yesterday. I’d say the only Chips left are on the paint!

3 exposure HDR, Photomatix, Photoshop, Topaz, Lightroom

If These Walls Could Talk

Abandoned Cottage

Rural Decay

This abandoned little cottage is south of Wiarton Ontario on Grey Rd. 10 at Hwy. 21. When I went inside and found abandoned chairs, clothes, shoes and just stuff it made me wonder what the story behind this little place is. It is very small. Just 3 rooms. If only the walls could talk!
Click on the gallery  for larger pictures

Old Steel Bridge

Old Steel Bridge - Winterbourne Ontario

Old Steel Bridge

This old steel bridge crosses the Grand River just west of the Village of Winterbourne Ontario. It is a single lane bridge and one of those that make you think “can this support the weight of my car?”.
Click the image to view larger

It is a 3 Exposure HDR with a texture blend and an old photo frame from Photoframe 4.6

I’m Keeping An Eye On You

Owl Portrait

Keeping an Eye on You!

A few weeks ago I went to the Henry’s Camera Show in Toronto and they had this Great Horned Owl and  a few other birds of prey an display to take pictures of.


Great Horned Owl

I just want to take this opportunity to thank those of you following my blog. I appreciate your likes and checking out my art. I also keep an eye on what your up to!

Thanks again


Wiarton Sunset

Sunset Colpy's Bay Wiarton

Sunset – Colpy’s Bay, Wiarton

Another beautiful sunset over Colpy’s Bay near Wiarton. The water is low this year in the bay. This rock is usually covered with water. A mild winter and not a lot of rain this spring has left the lake levels down.

3 Exposure HDR, photomatix, photoshop, topaz, lightroom

Evening Stroll

Evening Stroll with horse

Evening Stroll

Cooling down with an evening stroll into the sunset.
Click on the image to view larger. 

Low Tech

Gears on Threshing Machine

Low Tech

Happy Fathers Day!! This picture is dedicated to all the Fathers out there who appreciate the ingenuity of the machinery of the past. This is on the side of an old Lion Thresher. These old threshing machines where used to separate the grain from the stocks. It amazing me how much is actually happening in this shot with gears, cogs, springs chains and belts. It would have been pretty High Tech in it’s day.

And They’re Off

Running Horses

And They’re Off

Last week we were out at another horse farm getting more shots of horses on the run. There is nothing quite like standing out in a field with these beautiful animals.

Tree House

Tree House

Tree House

I came across this tree house a few weeks ago when I was out shooting with my friend Anthony. He actually spotted it first so I had to stop and get a couple shots. I decided to spice the picture up a little with a grunge texture and played with the hue and saturation in light room.

3 exposure HDR, Photomatix, Photoshop, Topaz, Texture added, Lightroom

The Nith in Paris

Nith River Paris Ontario

The Nith River in Paris Ontario

The Nith River runs into the Grand River in Paris Ontario. This shot of the Nith is just a short walk from downtown Paris. It was a great spot to go for a hike.

3 Exposure HDR. Photomatix, Photoshop, Topaz, Lighroom



Ruthven Main House

Here are an other couple of shots at Ruthven, south of Brantford. The main house is very impressive and has undergone major renovations.

Ruthven Peonys

Ruthven Peonies

The back entrance to the main house has this wonderful arched window and the Peonies were in bloom.

Both shots are 3 exposure HDR, photomatix, photoshop, topaz, lightroom

Golden Goose

Golden Goose on the Grand River

Golden Goose

This is another shot taken in Brantford of the Grand River. Now that the golden eggs have hatched the Golden Goose turns the water it touches to Gold!

Empty Pedestal

Empty Pedestal

Empty Pedestal

An Empty Pedestal on the grounds of Ruthven near Cayuga, Ontario. The pedestal once used to display art is now a piece of art on its own.

3 Exposure HDR, Lightroom, Photomatix, Photoshop, Topaz

Wine Bearer

Wine Bearer Statue

Wine Bearer

This statue is at the side of a large house near the train station in Brantford Ontario .

Processed in Lightroom, Photoshop, Topaz.

No Rats!

No Rats Graffiti on side of rail car

No Rats

This was taken in Brantford at the Train Station. There were some rail cars there and they seem to be a magnet for “Graffiti Artists”. I don’t consider this to be Graffiti Art but it made me smile and I love the texture of the paint and rusty metal.

Processed in Lightroom, Photoshop and Topaz


Sunset north of Shakespeare

Sundown North of Shakespeare

Another beautiful sunset last night. This was taken north of the Village of Shakespeare Ontario. As the sun went down it cast it’s firey glow up into the clouds.

3 Exposure HDR Photomatix, Photoshop, Topaz, Noiseware, Lightroom