Photo-Art by Neil de Boer

Archive for February, 2014

Pretty in Pink

Pretty In Pink

Pretty In Pink

A bit of an experimental piece for this post. I added several texture layers to create this art effect.

Software used was Lightroom and onOne Perfect Layers.


Snowy Cap

Snowy Cap

Snowy Cap

We sure have had our share of snowfall this year! This was taken near Wiarton Ontario. This rock has 2 – 3 feet of snow on it. The trails are very difficult to navigate without snowshoes or skis. I know because I had neither!

Snowy Sunset

Snowy Sunset

Snowy Sunset

As the sun set over the still snowy landscape, the warm yellow of the setting sun contrasted with the cool blue of the snow. Some how everything seemed in balance.

This was shot on the shores of Colpoy’s Bay near Wiarton Ontario.

Watching and Waiting

I am posting two versions of the lighthouse in Southampton that I took this weekend. One realistic and the other more artistic. Do you have a preference?

Southampton Lighthouse

Southampton Lighthouse

Southampton Lighthouse Art

Southampton Lighthouse Art

Watching and Waiting
Not a Ship in Sight.
Ice and Snow,
Fog or Storm.
Ready for the Night

The lighthouse at Southampton Ontario is looking a little lonely these days. Lake Huron is pretty much fully covered by ice. But the lighthouse will sit patiently waiting for spring.

Staying in focus: Neil de Boer

I was interviewed by the Red leather booth Blog. If you are interested in the arts and culture of Waterloo Region you should follow Jude’s blog!

Red leather booth

Factory with green door Chemtura in Elmira, Ontario, by Neil de Boer

Neil de Boer of St. Jacobs is rarely found without his camera, and is always on the lookout for an unusual object or a unique perspective to photograph. “I often go out looking for patterns, interesting lines or things that catch my eye,” he says. “I use software to track the sun, to tell me when the sunset will line up with an interesting location and I make sure I’m there, camera in hand.”

Landscapes, architecture and artifacts are the things that capture his attention. “A landscape with an interesting foreground, buildings with bold lines or in disrepair or an object that tells a story of a forgotten time, combined with a rust or peeling paint, will get my attention every time,” says Neil.

Rusted gear on gravel By Neil de Boer

Neil is a passionate photographer who uses technology to his creative advantage…

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Sunny Bee

The  Sunflower and the Bee

The Sunflower and the Bee

A little taste of summer during this cold winter here in Canada. This little bee is hard at work making sure there will be a good crop of seeds.

Mennonite Buggy Bridge – St. Jacobs

Mennonite Buggy Bridge - St. Jacobs

Mennonite Buggy Bridge – St. Jacobs

This bridge is near the dam I posted pictures of recently. At times of high water it can be completely submerged. Below is a description from the Township of Woolwich web site.

This seven span concrete low level bridge is located west of the village of St. Jacobs on Woolwich Township Road 21.  The bridge is adjacent to the St. Jacobs Dam.  The first dam on this site was built in the 1840s to provide power for a sawmill.  The wooden dam was later replaced by a concrete structure.  The one-lane road surface is only about two feet above the normal river level, and there are no railings since the river floods at this point each year.

The current bridge was built in 1962 by members of the Old Order Mennonite community for a cost of $2,500.00; all labour was provided by volunteers.  The bridge was designed so water and ice would not do any damage in time of flooding.  Other bridges constructed on this site had been washed away or damaged by high waters.

Today, if you go to visit this bridge and the orange gates are closed; water will be flowing over the bridge surface.  The gates were installed after a dramatic rescue of a young Mennonite couple who had been swept off the bridge by fast flowing waters while crossing in a horse-drawn buggy.