Photo-Art by Neil de Boer

Archive for September, 2015

Misty Sailboat

Misty Sailboat

Misty Sailboat

It was a misty morning in the village of Colpoys on Colpoys Bay. We were waiting for the sunrise and this pretty little sailboat was anchored on the bay. I put on my telephoto lens and took a few shots. Because of the conditions the results were rather flat – so I started to experiment in Photoshop with several different layers and techniques.
Hope you enjoy the result.

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Doors Open Waterloo Region 2015 – Young Chapel

The Young Chapel is in the Mount View Cemetery in Cambridge. It was a real treat to get to explore the inside of this rarely opened jewel.

Unchanged and rarely opened, this chapel boasts beautiful original exposed-timber roof, stained-glass windows, chandeliers and woodwork. See the original basement vault and two-floor casket hoist system. The exterior features superb stonemasonry, original lighting and a slate roof. The chapel was built by the family of James Young, local businessman, journalist and MP in Canada’s first parliament (1867).

Young Chapel

Young Chapel

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Young Chapel Entrance

Young Chapel

Young Chapel

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Young Chapel casket hoist system in the basement


Doors Open Waterloo Region 2015 – Trinity Anglican

Another Doors Open Waterloo Region has come and gone and this year had no lack of interesting sites to visit.

One of our first stops was Trinity Anglican on Blair Rd. in Cambridge. Here is the description from the Doors Open Web site.

Trinity Anglican is the oldest church building in Galt (Cambridge), set in a traditional churchyard surrounded by a cobblestone fence with a 1909 lych gate. Trinity’s striking, exposed-timber nave roof has ornately decorated trusses. Other highlights include beautiful stained-glass windows, an 1845 bell, an abundance of carved woodwork by Waterloo’s Globe Furniture Company, and other vintage wood trim.Trinity AnglicanTrinity Anglican-3
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Summer Sunrise II

Colpoys Bay Sunrise

Colpoys Bay Sunrise II

Another shot at a different angle of the sunrise over Colpoys Bay on the long weekend. This is a great place to shoot from with lots of angles to choose from.


Summer Sunrise

Colpoys Bay Sunrise

Colpoys Bay Sunrise

The last long weekend of the summer. Sleep in, relax. …wait what – Not this time.My wife and I were up at 6:00 am – Stopped at Tim’s for coffee and tea and then to a little cove just past the Wiarton Marina to take pictures of the sunrise. We may not have slept in but it is relaxing to sit and watch the sun rise. I am not a morning person but I never regret getting up for a beautiful start to the day.


A Night Out With The Stars

A Night Out With The Stars

A Night Out With The Stars

One the great things about going to the cottage is the night sky. It is humbling and awe inspiring to see the heavens full of stars. The Milky Way cut across the night sky this weekend and it was beautiful

This is one of my first attempt at shooting the night sky and while this is technically not great (focus is way off on the stars) I have learned a few things and the next time will be better. Even so I still wanted to share it with you.


Presque Isle Lighthouse

Presque Isle Lighthouse

Presque Isle Lighthouse

Presque Isle Lighthouse
On our road trip to Ohio we drove along the south shore of Lake Erie. Just past Erie Pennsylvania is the Presque Isle State Park. We drove around the park and found this beautiful lighthouse which is actually a private residence.

A little history from the park web page. Presque Isle Lighthouse is located on the north shore of Presque Isle State Park at Lighthouse Beach and is the second oldest lighthouse on Lake Erie’s shore. Completed in 1873, the brick tower with attached dwelling was home to nine U.S. Lighthouse Service keepers and their families until 1944. During the shipping season, the keeper climbed to the top of the tower 3 to 4 times each night with fuel to put in the lamp.