Photo-Art by Neil de Boer

Archive for September, 2012

Hillcrest World

Hillcrest World abstract

Hillcrest World

The last post featured Hillcrest B&B and in their garden they have this beautiful glass ball. I got this image with the surrounding landscape reflecting in it. I love the colours and the surreal look of it.


Doors Open Waterloo Region – Hillcrest House

Hillcrest House

Hillcrest House

Our 6th stop on the Doors Open Waterloo Region Tour was Hillcrest House. Built in 1882 by Theodore Bellinger this 130 year old house is lovingly cared for by the Schusters and operates as a unique Bed and Breakfast in the heart of Uptown Waterloo. Find out more about this B&B at their website http://www.hillcresthouse.ca

Next stop is another old building in Waterloo with an interesting manufacturing history. Stay tuned!

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Doors Open Waterloo Region – St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Waterloo

St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church Sanctuary

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Sanctuary Altar

Our 5th stop on the Doors Open Waterloo Region tour was St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church on Willow Street in Waterloo. This church was build in 1962 after a devastating fire destroyed an earlier one. The congregation is well established in Waterloo, celebrating it’s 175th anniversary this year.
The church features a magnificent vaulted ceiling, many stain glass windows made from imported glass, and pipe organ.
The modern interior is a interesting contrast to the mid 20th century Gothic exterior.

This beautiful church is well worth a visit if you get a chance.

Last time I said the next post was going to be a 130 year old house but I got ahead of myself on the tour as this church was our 5th stop. So now that we are back on track the next post will be the 130 year old house. Stay Tuned!


Doors Open Waterloo Region – Sun Life Financial

The Fourth stop on our Doors Open Waterloo Region was Sun Life Financial in Waterloo. Celebrating 100 years this building was a real treat to tour.

Sun Life Financial - Original main entrance

Sun Life Financial – Original main entrance

In the spring of 1912 24 men and 14 women – Employees of the the Ontario Mutual Life Assurance Co. carried their files and papers from their old location through this magnificent entrance into the Great Hall inside. One employee is said to exclaim, “We will never fill it!”. Eight additions later and 2,600 people working in this location  proved filling it was not a problem.

Sun Life Financial Great Hall

Sun Life Financial Great Hall

This shot taken from one of the balconies of the Great Hall is a panorama composed of 5 pictures.  Great care has been  taken to preserve the original features of the building.

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This stop was well worth the time to see and learn about this significant Waterloo landmark and contributor to the economy.

Our next stop – A beautiful 130 year old home! Stay tuned!

 


Doors Open Waterloo Region – Wellesley Mill

Wellesley Mill

Wellesley Mill – Village of Wellesley

Our third stop on the Doors Open Waterloo Region tour was in the Village of Wellesley. The Wellesley Mill was built in 1856 by the Doering Brothers as a flour mill. As described on their web site “The actual structure is composed of massive timbers, which are mortise-and-tenon-jointed together with brick infill (known as half-timbering), and is set on stone foundation walls 2 feet thick. As such, it is rather rare as most existing gristmills in south-western Ontario are constructed either of stone or brick.”

It was a real treat to be able to get down and see the massive stone walls and heavy post and beam structure.  At one time the mill was apparently powered be a coil fired steam boiler which is still in the basement. There where also many interesting artifacts to be seen.

The rich textures lends itself to a more artistic and grungy approach to the processing of these pictures.

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Wellesley Mill

Wellesley Mill

By the time we finished looking around this site it was time for lunch so we ate at the restaurant and headed back to Waterloo for our next Doors Open site. The next site is very much the opposite of this one. Stay tuned!


Doors Open Waterloo Region – St. John Lutheran Church Wellesley Township

St. John Lutheran Church Wellesley Township

St. John Lutheran Church Wellesley Township

Our second stop on the Doors Open Waterloo Region tour was St. John Lutheran Church in Wellesley Township. Designated an historic site in 2003 this little church on a hill just north of the village of Bamberg was built in 1872.

St. John Lutheran Church - From the Choir Loft

St. John Lutheran Church – From the Choir Loft

There is quite a contrast between this and the first church we visited. There was a cozy peaceful atmosphere and the representatives of both congregations where equally grateful for their place of worship.

St. John Lutheran Church - Sanctuary

St. John Lutheran Church – Sanctuary

St. John Lutheran Church

St. John Lutheran Church – Sanctuary

As the congregation grew older and the people moved away the congregation was no longer able to support a full time pastor and the members have joined neighbouring churches. The church has however remained open and since 1982, four special services are held every year.

St. John Lutheran Church - Harvest Home Service decorations

St. John Lutheran Church – Harvest Home Service decorations

The next service will be their Christmas Service on December 16, 2012 at 7:00 pm and all are invited to come worship with them.

St. John Lutheran Church - Key to the church

St. John Lutheran Church – Key to the Church

So after 14o years of worship the old key still operates the lock on the front door.

Our next stop takes us into the Village of Wellesley for a basement tour! Stay tuned.

 


Doors Open Waterloo Region – St. Clements Roman Catholic Church

Sept. 15, 2012 was the date for Doors Open Waterloo Region. Part of Doors Open Ontario it provides an opportunity to tour participating noteworthy buildings and heritage sites in Waterloo Region. This is the first year we took advantage of this and were able to visit 9 of the 37 available sites . It was hard to choose where to go so we decided to check out the villages in the townships and then head into Waterloo.

Our fist stop was St. Clements Roman Catholic Church.

St. Clement Roman Catholic Church

St. Clement Roman Catholic Church – Front

St. Clement Roman Catholic Church

St. Clement Roman Catholic Church – Back

From the outside it is a typical brick village church. I have driven by it many times without giving it much thought.
Inside is a different story. A visual feast of art.

St. Cement Roman Catholic Church - Interior

St. Cement Roman Catholic Church – Interior

The walls and ceiling are covered by the intricate painting of the artist L. Scott Young. Young completed the work in 1948 and tragically died at the age of 38 in 1950 at Kitchener’s St. Mary’s Hospital following an operation for a ruptured appendix.

St. Clement Roman Catholic Church - Last Supper

Depiction of the Last Supper

This depiction of the Last Supper was done on canvas and applied directly to the ceiling plaster. The ornately carved, painted, and gilt alters date from the nineteenth century and the Canadian made stain glass windows where installed between 1800 and 1900.

St. Clement RC Church - Statue of Christ and Mary and stain glass windows

Statue of Christ and Mary and Stain Glass Windows

This photo shows some of the intricate painting Young achieved. The stone work around the statue and the windows is all painted on the flat walls. The mosaic tile work – all hand painted as well as the block work below. The 3D effect was quite amazing.

St. Clement Roman Catholic Church Interior

St. Clement Roman Catholic Church – Mary and Christ.

St. Clement Roman Catholic Church Mary and Christ

St. Clement Roman Catholic Church Mary and Christ

I not sure about the history behind the creation of this statue but it is a prominent feature on the side wall of the sanctuary.

This last picture is a view from the choir/organ loft.

St. Clement Roman Catholic Church

St. Clement Roman Catholic Church – View from Choir/Organ loft.

This first stop on our tour was a pleasant surprise.

The next stop is also a church – but quite a bit different. Stay tuned!


Down on the Conestogo River

Sunset on the Conestogo River in St. Jacobs

Down on the Conestogo River

There was a nice sunset the other evening so I joined the fishermen on the river and this is one that I caught.


Cambridge Mill

Cambridge Mill Resturant

Cambridge Mill Restaurant

This is the second time I have posted a shot of the Cambridge Mill. This shot was taken when it was darker out and a slightly different angle. The previous one is here. https://villagephotographer.wordpress.com/2012/04/07/cambridge-mill-restaurant/

 


See Gull Falls

Water Falls with Sea Gull

See Gull Falls

Couldn’t resist the pun! This was taken near the Templin Gardens in Fergus.

Started out as a colour HDR – converted to B&W in Lightroom


Templin Gardens

Templin Gardens, Fergus Ontario

Templin Gardens, Fergus Ontario

Today we took a drive to my home town of Fergus. This is a shot of the Templin Gardens on the Grand River in downtown Fergus. Templin Gardens was built by John C. Templin as a gift for his wife, an avid gardener. Although the exact year is undetermined, it is believed that it was built in the 1920’s or 1930’s.


Over The Rainbow

Rainbow with reflection in the river

Over The Rainbow

Backyard Rainbow

Backyard Rainbow

I was about to work on a picture to post tonight when the call came out that there was a Rainbow. I dashed out into the backyard and grabbed a few quick shots and then headed down to the bridge to see if the angle was good. The one half of the rainbow that I shot in the back yard was gone but the other half was reflecting beautifully in the river.

Back yard shot was adjusted in Lighroom. The river shot is a 3 exposure HDR, photomatix, photoshop, noiseware, topaz, lightroom.


Centennial Fountain

Centennial Fountain

Centennial Fountain – Galt Cambridge Ontario

This is on of the photos from Wednesday’s photo walk in the Galt section of Cambridge. It is a fountain built for Canada’s Centennial in 1967. It is located in Queen’s Square.

3 exposure HDR, photomatix, noiseware, photoshop, topaz, Lightroom


Group of Four

Jim, Rick, John & Neil

Our Group of Four

The best way to improve you photography is to practice and there is no better motivation to practice than to share the experience.  The four of us got back together after a busy summer and took some pictures of a classic car show and the architecture of down town Cambridge (Galt). We try to get out at least once a month. Anyone is welcome to join us. If you are in the Kitchener / Waterloo area send me an email and I will let you know when we are going out again.

I’m the only one without a camera in the shot since it is taking the picture on timer. This is actually a 3 exposure HDR. We all sat real still for the longest exposure which was 2.5 seconds.


Fall Flower

Yellow Fall Flower

Fall Flower

Another beautiful long weekend for taking pictures. There are still lots of fall flowers blooming and this is one shot I thought turned out pretty good. Just did a little adjustment in Lightroom. This is also a good example of why you should take you camera of automatic or program mode. I shoot a lot of my shots in Aperture priority so I can control the depth of field. In this case to get the background out of focus.


Heart Wood

Wood covered window in stone wall

Heart Wood

Love is all you need!