Photo-Art by Neil de Boer

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Open Streets Uptown Waterloo

On Sunday September 15 we went to Uptown Waterloo to check out the Open Streets event. Open Streets Uptown Waterloo is a series of community afternoons inviting everyone to come walk, ride and play in our vibrant urban centre along King Street.


Numus @ the Button Factory

Numus @ the Button Factory

Numus @ the Button Factory

After the Uptown Waterloo Once Around The Block tour we had the privilege of experiencing Numus (New Music Now) in the Button Factory Studio. As quoted from their web site “NUMUS invites audiences to explore the bold sounds and ideas of a new generation of composers and performers while celebrating the innovators of the past.” For the day they called themselves The Button Factory Band. They were all excellent musicians and the compositions where playful, interesting, complicated, and artistic. It was a joy to watch and listen to them paint with sound. While taking these pictures I was more or less stuck in one spot and I feed off their creativity to come up with shots that focused on the interaction of their hands and the instruments.

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.

Waterloo Central Railway Steam Train

Waterloo Central Railway Steam Train

Waterloo Central Railway Steam Train

The stream train was heading back from Elmira to St. Jacobs and was about to cross Hwy 85. Dozens of cars were stopped and people were out taking pictures. I like the nostalgic look of the Black and White effect. The Waterloo Central Railway did a great job restoring this engine. If you are ever in St. Jacobs come and check it out!

Golden Pond

Golden Pond

Golden Pond

I have driven passed this little pond a few times and when there is no wind this tree reflects nicely in the pond. Even though the wind was up this evening the clouds were great and the sun lined up with the tree just right so I stopped and took a few shots. The location is the south east corner of Laurel Creek Park – Waterloo.

This is a 3 exposure HDR processed in Photomatix, Lightroom, Photoshop, Topaz and Noiseware

Heavy Horses

Heavy Horses

Heavy Horses

These horses reminded me of one of my favourite Jethro Tull Albums – Heavy Horses. This was taken between Waterloo and the village of Conestogo. I had to crawl down quite a steep embankment to get to their level. Anything to get the shot.

This shot is an HDR with a texture layer and various adjustments.

The Centre for International Governance Innovation

The Centre for International Governance Innovation Waterloo

The Centre for International Governance Innovation  is the last stop on this mini tour of Waterloo. It is next to the Seagram Lofts and attached to the old Seagram Museum. I think it is a beautiful combination of historic architecture and new. Amazing things happen here. Below is the description from their web site. Click on the link above and watch the video on their site for a good overview of what happens here.

(CIGI) is an independent, non-partisan think tank on international governance. Led by experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, forms networks, advances policy debate and generates ideas for multilateral governance improvements. Conducting an active agenda of research, events and publications, CIGI’s interdisciplinary work includes collaboration with policy, business and academic communities around the world.

CIGI’s research programs focus on four themes: the global economy; the environment and energy; global development; and global security. CIGI was founded in 2001 by Jim Balsillie, then co-CEO of Research In Motion, and collaborates with and gratefully acknowledges support from a number of strategic partners, in particular the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

This is another typical HDR Shot.

Waterloo Central Railway

Waterloo Train Station

This is the next stop on our mini tour of Waterloo. This station is the Waterloo stop for the Waterloo Central Railway which runs restored trains between Waterloo, St. Jacobs and during the Maple Syrup Festival up to Elmira. This station is behind the Clay and Glass Gallery and beside the Perimeter Institute. Tomorrow will be the last in this series and I think the most recently built.

This is a 3 exposure HDR in Photomatix, processed in Photoshop and Topaz.

The Perimeter Institute

Perimeter Institute and the new Steven Hawking Centre

This picture is a repost but the Perimeter Institute is world renowned. It is next in this series since it is behind the Clay and Glass Gallery that I posted yesterday. You can see the Grist Mill, the Clay and Glass Gallery and the Perimeter Institute standing in one spot. The architecture of this building is quite interesting and it is pretty neat inside. I will have to see if they will let me shot the inside “public” area sometime. Here is a link to the original post.

Stay tuned and tomorrow I will post the next interesting building you can see standing in this one place in Waterloo.

This is a 3 exposure HDR fine tuned in Photoshop and other filters.

The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery

The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery

The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery is literally steps away from the location of the Grist Mill I posted yesterday. It is a public art gallery of  works made of glass, clay, ceramics etc. They have exhibits, workshops and a Gallery Shop. To tell you the truth I have never been in this building. I will have to put that on my list of things to do! Tomorrow I will point my camera in another direction at this same spot and show you a building that is world renowned.

This is a 3 exposure HDR shot with Topaz filter applied.

This Is February?

Streams of Light

What a beautiful day. It is hard to believe it is February. This was taken on Benjamin Rd just north of Waterloo. The Sun was streaming through the clouds. Some times all you can say is wow. (which by the way is mom upside down)

Market Flowers

Market Flowers

Here is another shot from the St. Jacobs Market on Saturday. Flowers seem to be a popular item. Especially at the end of the day when they go on sale.
Here is a photography tip for you. Take Pictures. I know it sounds simple but it is true. If you want to get better at something it takes practice. So don’t just take your camera with you. Take it out of the bag or your purse or where ever you keep it and put it in your hand. The neat thing that happens is that it really makes you aware of what’s going on around you. When we went to the market I didn’t just wonder around aimlessly, I actually was looking for things to photograph. Look for patterns. Things that repeat. Interesting lines and interesting people. Most of all Have Fun!!

Pick Your Poison!

This was taken in an abandoned barn just out side of Waterloo Ont. Canada. These old bottles with who knows what in them were lined up across from the abandoned toy truck which I posted back in December – “Forgotten Memories”

This was shot with 3 exposures +2, 0, -2 – Raw – processed in Photomatix and then in Photoshop and Topaz.