Photo-Art by Neil de Boer

Archive for July, 2012

Fishing on the Grand

Fishing on the Grand - Below Wilkes Dam, Brantford

Fishing on the Grand – Below Wilkes Dam, Brantford

Taken at Wilkes Dam Brantford a fisherman tries his luck as the sun breaks through the clouds in the evening.


Harmony Square, Brantford

Harmony Square, Brantford

Harmony Square

This is Harmony Square in Brantford Ontario. It is a central gathering place down town and is used for a variety of events through out the year. You can check out their web site here

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


St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Wiarton

St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church Wiarton

St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Wiarton

When we came across this Church in Wiarton they were having a garage sale so I took the opportunity to go inside and take a few pictures.  It was built in 1922-1923. Here is a link with a bit more info. http://www.laamb.ca/stpeter’s_wiarton.htm


Country Singer

Country Singer

Country Singer

I took this shot at the Kitchener Farmers Market a few months ago. The background was very distracting so this is what I came up with. This guy caught my eye because he looks a bit like my Grandfather who past away in 1990.


Knot an Eye

Wood knot that looks like an Eye

Knot an Eye

Found this piece of wood on the beach. Looked like some sort of fish washed up on the shore.


Gilligan and the Skipper

Gilligan and the Skipper figures

Gilligan and the Skipper

I spotted these figures of Gilligan and the Skipper on the dash of this motor boat. I took it through the windshield and it gave it a nice vintage look. And the name of the motor boat? The Minnow of course!


Crayons

Crayon Bike Rack

Crayon Bike Rack

This was taken outside the Glenhyrst Art Gallery in Brantford. A Creative bike rack for creative people.
Here is a link to Art Gallery’s web site http://www.glenhyrst.ca/


Sun Daisy?

Sunflower or Daisy?

Sunflower or Daisy?

This pretty flower is on a plant about 6 ft. (2 meters) tall but the flower is only about 4″ (10 cm) across. It looks a bit like a miniature sunflower but also like a daisy. Anyone know what it is?


Yellow Boats

Yellow Paddle Boats

Yellow Paddle Boats in Stratford

We came across these yellow paddle boat while walking around lake Victoria in Stratford Ontario. A little creative software additions resulted in this image.


Huron Street Bridge Stratford Ontario

Huron Street Aqueduct Bridge

Huron Street Double Arched Aqueduct Bridge

Built in 1885 this double arched aqueduct road bridge is the only one in North America still in use by automotive traffic. It is located in the picturesque City of Stratford Ontario. Yes, the same place Justin Bieber is from.


Gondolas

Gondola

The Three Gondolas

There where actually four Gondolas tied up here and I really wanted all four in the picture. But cropping it down to three looked better and kept the picture simpler. Just like vine dresser has to prune the grape vines to get the best crop, some time the photographer has to crop to get the best shot.

Shot in Stratford Ontario on Victoria Lake.


Right Versus Might – Stratford War Memorial

Right Versus Might Stratford War Memorial

Right Versus Might Stratford War Memorial

The Stratford War Memorial – Right Versus Might was completed in 1922. It was designed by Canada’s most famous sculptor, W.S. Allward and the dramatic style was the precursor to the famed Vimy Ridge Memorial to World War I Canadian soldiers in France.


Draganslayer

Dragon slayer metal artwork

Dragon Slayer

We spent the day in Stratford Ontario. This piece was on display at the Art in the Park show. It is amazing metal artwork by Rich Baker. You can see more of his work at http://www.richcraftironworks.ca


Fire Bird

Fire Bird Clouds

Fire Bird

On the Canada Day weekend we arrived at the cottage on Colpoys Bay just as the sun dipped below the horizon. I quick parked and ran down to the beach with my camera and tripod to get a shot of this fire red cloud that looked like a giant bird. The only problem was there were millions of midge flies (like a mosquito)  swarming about. When I looked at the shots on the computer the beak of the bird/cloud was covered in a swarm these flies. I almost gave up on this shot but processed it any way to see what I could do. After running some noise and scratch and dust filters and masking back in detail where I could it came out not to bad.


Mountainous Clouds

Mountainous Clouds

A Mountain Range of Clouds

We don’t have any mountains in this part of the country. When I saw these mountainous clouds I was reminded of when I went out west and saw the Rocky mountains. As far as a view goes these are the next best thing!


Muscovy Duck

Muscovy Duck

Muscovy Duck

I took this picture at a farm where we went to photograph horses. He is kind of beautiful and ugly at the same time. I had no idea what kind of duck it was but a google search of wart head duck did the trick. So it is a Muscovy. Check this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muscovy_Duck for more info.


Have Bus Will Travel

Old Sunday School Bus

Have Bus Will Travel

This old Sunday School Bus sits at the corner of Grey Rd 10 and Hwy. 21 just east of Allenford Ontario. The side of the bus has 13 different Towns and Villages listed on the side of it. They are Flesherton, Durham, Conn, Priceville, Red Wing, Markdale, Dromore, Rock Mills, Irish Lake, Feversham, Eugenia, Berkeley, and Maxwell. Flesherton is probably the biggest of these so maybe that was home base. Here is a link to Google maps showing where each place is including where the bus is now. “A” on the map. http://goo.gl/maps/Xutu


Bleeding Heart

Bleeding Heart

Bleeding Heart

I took this shot a few weeks ago. It was one of the last flowers left.

 


Old Sleigh

Old Red Sleigh

Old Sleigh

This old sleigh with memories of past winters transporting laughing children now sits chained up waiting to be purchased. At one time it would have been pulled by a loving parent or gliding free down a hill. Now it will probably end up as decoration in a restaurant or someone’s back yard or recreation room. Probably not a bad fate for there are many others just like it that have been discarded and no longer with us.


Rock Abstract

Rock Abstract

Rock Abstract

I love how nature can be an inspiration for creation. I found this rock while walking along the shore of Colpoys Bay. It was not nearly as colourful as this but had some cool lines and  shades of green that caught my eye. With a little software magic I was able to saturate the colours and bring out the lines to create this abstract.

Processed with Lightroom, Photoshop, Topaz Adjust.


Fill ‘er up – BA 88 Gas Pump

BA 88 Gas Pump

BA 88 Gas Pump

I came across this old gas pump in the Village the other day and of course the rusty texture always appeals to me so I had to photograph it. It is a Bennett gas pump from around the 1950’s from a BA Gas station. For a little history on the British American Oil Company Click Here


Butterflies are Free

Butterfly on the sand

Butterflies are Free

I caught this Canadian Tiger Swallowtail butterfly sunning itself on the sand. There is something about butterflies that fascinates us. Could it be because we know that they were this hard working caterpillar crawling on the ground and they transform into this beautiful and free butterfly? Maybe there is an analogy there!


Sunset Fence

Sunset Behind Fence

Sunset Fence

The sun was setting behind this old fence and I liked the combination of textures in the wood, rope, and steel along with the sun lining up with the knot hole.


Catalpa Tree Flowers

Catalpa Tree Flower

Catalpa Tree Flower

Have you ever seen a tree with large heart shaped leaves and beans hanging from it and wondered what it is? Well it is a Catalpa Tree. There is a large Catalpa here in the Village of St. Jacobs. I have always thought they are a wonderful looking tree and the flowers in the spring are beautiful.