Photo-Art by Neil de Boer

Archive for March, 2013

It is Finished

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It has been a Good Friday. “It is Finished” Happy Easter everyone!


Molsons Bank

Molsons Bank

Molsons Bank

Another architectural delight from the Uptown Waterloo Once Around the Block tour hosted by the Button Factory with the Baden Storytellers’ Guild. The following description can be found on the Waterloo Public Library site.
3 King Street South, now the Bank of Montreal and formerly Molson’s Bank, is a good example of classical bank architecture. Notice the Ionic columns and the stonework over the windows. It was built in 1914 but the land that the bank was built on had been owned by William Snider and used for a park by the public. When the town decided to tax Snider on the land he decided to sell it to the town, but when they wouldn’t buy it he sold it to Molson’s bank and thus Waterloo lost its original town square.

Tech Info: 3 exposure HDR processed in Photomatix, Lightroom, Photoshop, Topaz, OnOne.


Marbles Resturant

Marbles Resturant

Marbles Resturant

On Saturday the Waterloo Community Arts Centre in the Button Factory on Regina St. Waterloo hosted Once Around The Block – Uptown Waterloo. Our tour guides consisted of 3 members of theBaden Storytellers’ Guild

The building that is now home to Marbles restaurant was originally built as a livery stable for the Alexander House, a hotel that once stood on the corner. The hotel was built in the mid 1870s by David Kuntz, the owner of the Kuntz brewery, which was on the diagonally opposite corner of King and William Streets. The hotel was torn down in the 1930s but the livery stable continued to be used as an automobile service station. Notice the wide entrance way to allow for a horse and buggy. Today it’s one of many excellent restaurants in Waterloo. (description from http://www.wpl.ca/walkingtour/MaryAllen/02-8William.html).

Tech Info: 3 exposure HDR in Photomatix then effects added in Photoshop, Topaz, OnOne


Waterloo Train Station – A Look Back In Time

Waterloo Train Station

Waterloo Train Station

This afternoon the Waterloo Community Arts Centre in the Button Factory on Regina St. Waterloo hosted Once Around The Block – Uptown Waterloo. Our tour guides consisted of 3 members of the Baden Storytellers’ Guild.
The first stop was just across the street from the Button Factory. Story teller and artist Michele Braniff took us back in time to when the original building of the 1880’s was an integral  part of Waterloo’s social life. During both World Wars troops from this area departed from this station. The present building was built in 1910 and was closed to passengers in 1934.
Today the station is a men’s clothing store.
In keeping with going back in time I treated this photograph with a vintage look to combine the modern  surroundings with the vintage look of the building – inspired by Michele’s dynamic stories of days gone by at the Waterloo Train Station.

Technical info: 3 exposure HDR processed in Photomatix, Lightroom, Photoshop, Topaz and OnOne filters.


Hidden Entrance

Hidden Entrance

Hidden Entrance

This building is what is left of the Chapel of the old Central Prison located in Liberty Village, Toronto Ontario. It makes you wonder what it looked like originally.


Conestogo River Paintography

Conestogo River Paintography

Conestogo River Paintography

Here is another sunset shot of the Conestogo River. I added a paint filter to change it up a little.

3 exposure HDR with the paint filter in CS6


Only in Canada Eh!

Only in Canada Eh!

Only in Canada Eh!

I know – other countries have beavers also but we have it on our 5 cent coin so we claim it as one of our symbols. When I was taking the Conestogo River sunset picture I heard a splash in the water. Looking back to where the sound came from I saw nothing and assumed something fell into the water. Then out of the corner of my eye I saw several beaver swimming near by. I took the camera off the tripod and waited to see what they would do. One came up on shore and I got this shot. It was a real toss up what to shot – the beaver swimming around and occasionally slapping their tail on the water before diving (the splash I heard) or continue shooting the sunset.


Conestogo River Sunset

Conestogo River Sunset

Conestogo River Sunset

This was the sunset this evening in St. Jacobs looking west up the Conestogo River. I knew today the sun would set in line with the river and the weather cooperated so I could get a shot. How did I know the sun was going to line up with the river today? Well I found a cool program that is free for your desktop. You can find it here http://photoephemeris.com/ .

3 exposure HDR, processed in Photomatix, Photoshop, Topaz, & Lightroom


The Office is Closed

The Office is Closed

The Office is Closed

This shot was taken at the Greenwich-Mohawk Brownfield Site located in the Southeast area of Brantford.

3 exposure HDR processed in Photomatix, texture blend using onOne Perfect effects, tweaked with Topaz Adjust.

 


Ruthven Garden Statue

Ruthven Garden Statue

Ruthven Garden Statue

This garden statue is in the Ruthven Park National Historic Site. It was the former country estate of five generations of the Thompson family. Consisting of approximately 1500 acres, it is situated along the banks of the Grand River between the towns of York and Cayuga. The estate house is beautiful and can be seen here https://villagephotographer.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/ruthven/ .


Paris on the Grand

Paris on the Grand

Paris on the Grand

This is a shot I took in Paris last year. Paris Ontario Canada that is! The sun had gone down and I set up the tripod on the bridge to catch the lights reflecting in the river.
This is a 3 exposure HDR processed with Photomatix then brought into Photoshop and filtered with Topaz adjust and the Paint filter in CS6.


Last One Standing

Last One Standing

Last One Standing

I’m not sure how old this shed is but it has seen better days. But that’s what gives it it’s charm. This was taken in West Montrose near the Covered Bridge.

This is a 3 exposure HDR with some filters and a texture blend.


Spring’s Coming

Spring's Coming

Spring’s Coming

There is still a fair amount of snow here but I am going to declare that spring is coming! This weekend the clocks go ahead 1 hour and the days are getting longer and the temperatures are slowly getting warmer. YEAH!


Window Dressing

Window Dressing

Window Dressing

Sometimes the most beautiful window dressing comes from nature itself as reflected in this old window.


Exit In

Exit In

Exit In

Found this on the side of an old building in the Village of Elora Ontario. Looks like someone couldn’t make up their mind. Is this where I come in or go out. Or maybe both! Out of here into there!

3 exposure HDR enhanced with Topaz Adjust.

 


Stone Arch Doorway

Arched Doorway

Arched Doorway

The abandoned building is in Elora Ontario. The limestone construction is typical of this area.

This is a 3 exposure HDR shot with a texture added.


Bad Hair Day

Metal plate treeI couldn’t decide what to call this picture and my Wife came up with Bad Hair Day! I makes this kind of spooky looking shot into one that makes you smile!

This shot has been processed with various filters and texture blended.