It is Finished
It has been a Good Friday. “It is Finished” Happy Easter everyone!
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.
Waterloo Train Station – A Look Back In Time
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.
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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!
Sometimes the most beautiful window dressing comes from nature itself as reflected in this old window.
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
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
I 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.