Photo-Art by Neil de Boer

Archive for August, 2012

Beam Me Up

Fallen beam in abandoned stone building

Beam Me Up

This old stone building in Elora Ontario is full of fallen beams and vegetation with lots of photo possibilities.

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


Capture the Colour

I have been nominated by Chillbrook to enter the Capture the Colour contest being run by TravelSupermarket.comThe idea of the competition is to publish a blog post containing 5 photographs that capture the following 5 colours – Blue, Green, Yellow, White and Red, to give each picture a caption and to write a little about each photograph. All these photographs have been taken in and around the area I live in Ontario Canada.


This shot was taken at the marina in Bronte Ontario. The reflections in the blue water caught my attention as I love the abstract art that can be found in nature.


This is the front door to a business in the Village of St. Jacobs called Artefacts. I love the texture and colour. Inside you can find all sorts of interesting Artefacts.


We came across these yellow paddle boats while walking around lake Victoria in Stratford Ontario. You can rent them out and go for a leisurely paddle around the lake. Stratford has many interesting shops and gardens to visit.


This chair is sitting on the shore of Colpy’s Bay near Wiarton Ontario. The air was crisp and even though we did not get a lot of snow this past winter the blue chair is a nice contrast to the white snow.


This is one of the most historic landmarks in Waterloo County – The Kissing Bridge. The red exterior is visible from a distance and is maintained mostly by volunteers.   The sun was at a good angle and with no leaves on the trees to obstruct the view the whole bridge was visable. Below is the description from the Township of Woolwich web Site.

You are suppose to nominate 5 other bloggers to enter this contest but since this is the last day to post I will not be able to do this but I do hope you will check out the other bloggers who are following me.



Elora Bistro

This little Bistro is in Elora – Just waiting for some customers to enjoy the afternoon.

3 Exposure HDR, Photomatix, Photoshop, Topaz adjust, Poster Edge filter, Noiseware, Lightroom preset. Basically played around with it till I liked it.

Elora Gorge David Street Bridge

Elora Gorge David Street Bridge

Elora Gorge David Street Bridge

This is the David Street Bridge spanning the Irvine River portion of the Gorge.

“The first bridge in this location over the Elora Gorge was a simple wooden span built over the winter of 1847-48, while the second was a bowstring bridge completed in 1859. The third version, built in 1867, incorporated a stone central pier, which has become the bridge’s defining architectural feature.

The current bridge was constructed in 2005 and is the sixth bridge in this location. Local
residents insisted that it retain the historic central pier, even though the pier no longer
supports the bridge structure. For walkers, the bridge provides one of the most scenic
views of the Irvine River portion of the Elora Gorge. If you enter the Elora Gorge
Conservation Area and take the time to hike up the gorge (in the summer when river
flows are low), the view looking up at the David Street bridge from river level is truly


3 exposure HDR, Photomatix, Photoshop, Topaz adjust, Lighroom

Garden Gate

Garden Gate

Garden Gate

This garden gate is in Elora Ontario. Wood stone and metal. Give nature a little time to work on it and they come together beautifully.

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

Stone Wall and Vines

Stone Wall and Vines

Stone Wall and Vines

Took a little tour around the village of Elora the other day and I liked the texture and the vines on this stone wall.

Wedding Day

First Dance

First Dance

On Saturday my Daughter got married! She looked beautiful. We couldn’t be more happy for them. Everyone had a wonderful time and everything went as planned.

Mermaid Architecture

Mermaid Soffit Supports

Mermaid Architecture

These unique architectural features are on a building in downtown Brantford Ontario. Not sure if they are suppose to be Mermaids. I could not find any history about them. If you have any insight into these I would be interested to learn more.

3 exposure HDR, photomatix, photoshop, topaz adjust, lightroom.

Colpoy’s Rocks

Colpoy's Bay

Colpoy’s Bay

Another shot of Colpoy’s Bay. This was taken mid afternoon when the wind was up.

Friday Footprints

Footprints in the sand

It’s Friday and I found some Footprints in the Sand

Footprints in the sand. From several perspectives it symbolizes we are not alone. Happy Friday.

Colpoy’s Sunset

Colpoy's Bay Sunset

Colpoy’s Bay Sunset

Here is another sunset shot taken at Colpoy’s Bay near Wiarton. I never get tired of watching these sunsets.

Wiarton Fair Ferris Wheel

Ferris Wheel at the Wiarton Rotary Fair

Wiarton Fair Ferris Wheel

Every Fair has to have a Ferris Wheel. It’s a great ride for young and old.

The Hammer

Wiarton Rotary Village Fair - The Hammer Ride

Wiarton Fair The Hammer

This Civic Holiday weekend the Wiarton Rotary Village Fair took place at the Bluewater Park in Wiarton. The weather was warm and everyone was having a great time. The proceeds went to the Bruce Peninsula Health Services Foundation. The hammer was popular with those who could stomach it! More pictures to come later.

Dock of the Bay

Overlooking Colpoy's Bay

Dock of the Bay

It was a beautiful weekend up on Colpoy’s Bay. On Sunday a cold front blew through and we had a beautiful sunset which we took in from the end of the dock.

Mystery Photo

Red and Black design on wood

Mystery Photo

Can anyone guess what this is? If you look through some of my old posts you may find a clue! I probably will not be posting this weekend so I will give the answer on Tuesday. Leave a comment with your guess!

The answer to this mystery photo is that it is a Threshing Machine. These Threshers where used for the separation of grain from stalks. The following photo is the machine that has the above symbols on it. I have no idea what they stand for.

Threshing Machine

Threshing Machine

You can see the symbols on the side of the machine just behind the L in Lobsinger. As for the post with the clue. You can find it Here

Wilkes Dam Brantford

Wilkes Dam Brantford

Wilkes Dam Brantford

Wilkes Dam was built by George Samuel Wilkes (1822-1906), mayor of Brantford in 1853, to supply water to his business, Holmedale Mills. It is a popular fishing location in Brantford. Click on the image to see it a little larger.

This is a 5 image panorama stitched in Photoshop CS2. The images are made up of 3 exposure HDR mixed in Photomatix. The final tweaks were done in Lightroom.

Clock Tower in Brantford

Clock Tower Brantford

Clock Tower Brantford

This is one of those “in the right place at the right time” shots. We were down-town Brantford Ont. taking a few pictures when I noticed the sun shining through the top of the Clock tower.
The Historic Places website describes it this way. ” The Federal Building in Brantford is located on a prominent corner lot in the downtown core of the city. It is a monumental, reinforced concrete structure with a variety of stone facings. Designed in the Beaux-Arts style, it features a tall clock tower and a row of engaged Ionic columns along the principal elevations.”