Tuesday, April 30, 2024

The Lachine Canal comes back to life

Stories in brick and steel
Montreal, QC
September 2023
This photo originally shared on Instagram


It’s been decades since I lived in Montreal and cycled alongside the Lachine Canal.

As I was commuting to work, I didn’t have the opportunity to take in the history of this place, to appreciate the century-plus of history oozing from giant relics of a vanished industrial era.

Yet as I silently cruised between water and crumbling brick, I wished for a renaissance, that one day I’d return here and the area would be home to a new generation. I hoped future cyclists would have more reasons to stop - and fewer reasons to fear the rusty neglect that had come to define this place.

When we visited last year, I was able to walk around the once-abandoned factories, now lovingly rebuilt as homes and offices. Cyclists still whizzed past as they moved from here to there, but now there was a reason - ample reasons, actually - for many of them to stop along the way and lay down some roots.

For much of my life, this had been a city that bulldozed its history in the misguided pursuit of progress and future. What we ended up with was anything but, and I always worried the canal zone would similarly fall victim to this shortsighted urban planning narrative.

Thankfully in my absence, at least a few lessons seem to have been learned. I’ll have to bring my bike along when we next return. I’ll have a whole lot of reasons to slow down and enjoy the ride.

#montreal #quebec #yul #throwback #lachine #canal #architecture #architecturephotography #buildingporn #architectureporn #urban #downtown #city #history #brick #photography #canon #canonphotography #canon_photography

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Monday, April 29, 2024

Walking the corridor one final time

Perspectives
London, ON
April 2024
This photo originally shared on Instagram


Long after we’ve had our final class, written our last exam, and moved out into the so-called real world, I’m guessing memories like this one remain indelibly imprinted in all of us.

In this scene, I’m running an errand with our daughter as she goes through the final steps of wrapping things up before she graduates. And as we walk through this corridor in the middle of her graphic design faculty, I feel the need to stop and remember the space.

Because soon enough we all go out into the world and apply everything we’ve learned in places like this.

And as much as the doors are always open for a return visit, life often seems to have other plans.

#ldnont #london #ontario #canada #parenthood #fanshawe #college #school #building #corridor #architecture #architecturephotography #buildingporn #architectureporn #geometry #photography #apple #iphone #shotoniphone

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Sunday, April 28, 2024

Pausing at the crossroads

Drawing a line at the corner
Tavistock, ON
November 2023
This photo originally shared on Instagram


At an eerily silent intersection in the middle of a sleepy town, I stand beside the red brick and struggle to take in the myriad stories playing out in all directions.

From the clutter just inside the craft beer store window to the reflections in the window to the streetscape to the left, it’s a place where lives get lived and memories get made.

Except they tend to whisper here more than they shout. Which is as it should be in this picture-perfect spot in the middle of farm country, where time moves at its own pace, and history unfolds according to its own rules.

#tavistock #ontario #canada #throwback #building #architecture #architecturephotography #buildingporn #architectureporn #ruinporn #urban #city #hope #woodstock #street #streetphotography #photography #apple #iphone #shotoniphone


Saturday, April 27, 2024

Reading the flaming skies

One last flourish of light
London, ON
April 2024
This photo originally shared on Instagram


The sailors should be rather happy with this one.

The rest of us, too.

#ldnont #london #ontario #canada #redskies #sunset #cloudspotting #weather #wx #silhouette #optimist #park #nature #naturephotography #landscape #landscapephotography #photography #nikon #nikonphotography #nikon_photography #photooftheday #instagood #nofilter #nofilterneeded


Friday, April 26, 2024

Everyone has a favourite spot

Waiting for her next treat
London, ON
April 2024
This photo originally shared on Instagram


Calli the Wonderschnauzer is lying in her favourite spot, a corner of the area rug in our living room.

It’s where she’ll take her post-morning-walk treat, carefully prop herself down on the white rectangle, and enjoy her greenie as only she can.

We’re all creatures of habit, and this tiny ball of joyous energy is no exception. By instinct, she’s decided this singular spot is the very centre of her world, where she knows she’s surrounded by her family, where she is absolutely safe, and limitlessly loved.

In other words, it’s home to her.

Don’t we all deserve the same?

#ldnont #london #ontario #canada #callitheschnauzer #callithewonderschnauzer #dog #dogs #actofdog #schnauzersofinstagram #schnauzers #dogsofinstagram #photography #apple #iphone #shotoniphone #photooftheday #─▒nstagood #nofilter #nofilterneeded

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Thursday, April 25, 2024

Hot Wheels parking job

The smallest Ferrari
London, ON
April 2024
This photo originally shared on Instagram


We often see weird parking attempts in the local grocery store lot, but never something like this.

So of course the moment called for a spontaneous still-life shoot.

Just because.

#ldnont #london #ontario #canada #grocery #retail #store #shopping #metro #parking #lot #hotwheels #red #ferrari #toy #abstract #stilllife #photography #apple #iphone #shotoniphone #photooftheday #instagood #nofilter #nofilterneeded

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

It was a windy day on Lake Erie

Energy, visualized
Port Stanley, ON
September 2023
This photo originally shared on Instagram


The bigger the wave, the smaller we feel.

I don’t think it’s possible to understand why this is so, but it probably doesn’t hurt to spend more time beside the windswept waters so we can ponder the possibilities.

#portstanley #beach #ldnont #ontario #canada #throwback #great #lake #erie #beacon #water #waves #nature #naturephotography #landscape #landscapephotography #photography #canon #canonphotography #canon_photography #photooftheday #instagood #nofilter #nofilterneeded

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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Why yes, I do repeat myself. Often.

Look in any window
Montreal, QC
September 2023
This photo originally shared on Instagram


I take a lot of photos of the same thing.

Exhibit A: this angled view of 1 Place Ville Marie, a followup to yesterday’s impressionist-reflective shot of the same building.

Why I do this is rooted deep in my childhood, as I took my first steps as a photographer. In the pre-digital era, every photo was precious. So I might have grabbed a frame or two of a sight like this before calling it a day and packing the camera away.

Inevitably, I’d get home and develop the film, only to realize it wasn’t what I intended. Maybe I botched the exposure. Or the composition. Or the focus. Or I thought of another angle. I’d be left with a feeling of having missed out on telling the full story.

In today’s digital age, I can capture as many images as my memory card and battery will allow. So I’ll stand there and think of all sorts of ways to remember a place or a thing or a moment. I’ll give myself the time to ponder the possibilities, to brainstorm, to dream a little.

And as thoughts pop into my head and I try to realize them with the shutter, it often dawns on me that the photo isn’t always the mission. They’re just reminders of a moment in time where nothing else matters, where I get to put the planet on pause and just take in the experience of being there, then.

And on any other day, I could come back to this very same place and stare at the very same thing, and come up with a completely different experience in my mind of what it felt like to be there.

And every photo might ostensibly be of the same building. But it would tell a very different story.

And so I continue to return to places like this. Because there’s always another story to tell, and another moment to remember.

#montreal #quebec #yul #canada #throwback #pvm #building #architecture #architecturephotography #buildingporn #architectureporn #urban #downtown #city #geometry #reflective #mirror #glass #photography #canon #canonphotography #canon_photography #photooftheday #instagood #nofilter #nofilterneeded


Monday, April 22, 2024

Impressionism and architecture

Hometown funhouse
Montreal, QC
September 2023
This photo originally shared on Instagram


When we were in Montreal last summer, I managed to grab a bit of time for a photowalk around the downtown core. It had been decades since we moved away, but my wife and I were both born and raised here, and we spent years studying and working in the core.

As I wandered streets that unlocked long-dormant memories, I caught sight of Place Ville Marie - well, specifically, the main 1 PVM tower - whose white cruciform design has long defined this city’s skyline. The iconic building silently drew me toward it, and soon enough I was just a few blocks away, staring at its shimmering, ruler-straight surfaces.

I stood on a crumbling sidewalk for a while as I pondered how to best remember the moment. I’m weird like that, always thinking about the kinds of photos to accompany experiences I’ll want to revisit later.

Largely because of the challenges of shooting enormous buildings from crowded streets, it was difficult to compose directly. So while I churned some alternatives, I leaned against a wall and found myself staring at a rather wild-looking reflection.

It has a carnival funhouse kind of vibe, where realism takes a firm back seat in favour of something a little - okay, a lot - more cartoonish.

I’m strangely comfortable with the result, as it reflects (sorry) the realities of real-world photography; namely that none of this is ever about capturing reality at all. Rather, it’s about remembering what it felt like to be in the moment.

And if it looks a little weird in the process, well, that’s kinda the way the process is supposed to work.

More to come.

#montreal #quebec #yul #canada #throwback #pvm #building #architecture #architecturephotography #buildingporn #architectureporn #urban #downtown #city #geometry #reflective #mirror #glass #photography #canon #canonphotography #canon_photography #photooftheday #instagood #nofilter #nofilterneeded


Sunday, April 21, 2024

Always eat dessert first

Signs from above
London, ON
April 2024
This photo originally shared on Instagram


In the ideal world, we’ll always start with dessert.

That way, even if we get so full that we can’t continue, we’ll at least have had something sweet.

That way, we’ll have made a memory of something we enjoy, which hopefully will colour and shape all the other memories that we make next.

Because life is too short to miss out on the good stuff.

So we make little reminders to ourselves to find our way back to the things that bring us joy.

#ldnont #london #ontario #canada #grocery #store #signs #metro #shopping #retail #photography #apple #iphone #shotoniphone #photooftheday #instagood #nofilter #nofilterneeded


Saturday, April 20, 2024

Making weather with afterburners

So, about that stealthiness...
London, ON
September 2023
This photo originally shared on Instagram


Burn a whole lot of fossilized dinosaurs.

Punch some holes in the sky.

Loudly.

Angrily.

@airshowlondon @f22demoteam #ldnont #london #airport #ontario #canada #throwback #SkyDrive #AirShowLondon #aviation #lockheedmartin #usaf #f22 #raptor #fighter #flight #aircraft #avgeek #aviationphotography #planespotting #instaplane #photooftheday #instagood #nofilter #nofilterneeded #Nikon #nikonphotography #nikon_photography #photography


Friday, April 19, 2024

One of these things is not like the others

Canned imperfection
Thornhill, ON
April 2024
This photo originally shared on Instagram


Always be the one that stands out, even if it means you get bashed around a bit in the process.

#toronto #thornhill #ontario #canada #grocery #store #nofrills #shopping #retail #stilllife #monochrome #photography #apple #iphone #shotoniphone #photooftheday #instagood #nofilter #nofilterneeded

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Thursday, April 18, 2024

Reflections at the end of the day

It's all in the framing
London, ON
April 2024
This photo originally shared on Instagram


Just one photo. But so many lessons.

We have to look at, or through, or into, the correct window.

We have to wait for the right moment.

We have to understand the context of the thing before we can understand the thing itself.

We have to be prepared to look in the opposite direction.

We have to be willing to change our position. Often multiple times.

We have to keep returning to the places we’ve been before.

We have to be open to seeing the familiar in new ways.

Thank you for attending my TED talk.

#ldnont #london #ontario #canada #windows #reflection #building #architecture #architecturephotography #buildingporn #architectureporn #brick #lines #glass #window #geometry #optimist #park #sunset #photography #apple #iphone #shotoniphone #photooftheday #instagood #nofilter #nofilterneeded

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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Herring. Not red.

Which fish?
Thornhill, ON
April 2024
This photo originally shared on Instagram


On a grand grocery-getting adventure to the Big City to the East with my most favourite human ever, I come across a stranger selecting the perfect jar of herring.

I’m mesmerized by the scene as he slowly zeroes in on the display case and carefully scans his options.

I’m not much of a herring fan, but I appreciate that my tastes are far from universal. This is a serious choice for him, and he’s taking his time.

I quietly watch from afar as he settles on one, places it in his cart, and moves on. He never knew I was there, never knew I was watching, will likely never know his story is being told here.

The anonymity is deliberate. Because he could be any one of us, looking for whatever it is that touches our taste buds. Or souls.

Most of the time, we do so without an audience. Sometimes, though, I like to imagine that exceptions can be made.

Either way, I hope he enjoyed his find. I hope everyone here found what they were looking for.

#toronto #ontario #canada #grocery #store #sobeys #fish #shopping #retail #streetphotography #photography #apple #iphone #shotoniphone #photooftheday #instagood #nofilter #nofilterneeded

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Publish Day - AI, political theatre, and you

It's #budget day in Canada - and I've got some thoughts re. the federal government's announcement of $2.4 billion in funding for AI.

My latest #ThoughtLeadership piece breaks it down:

Canada’s $2.4b AI bet is merely political theatre


What Po saw

What can you see up there?
London, ON
April 2024
This photo originally shared on Instagram


Here’s what Po was staring at on Sunday night. I’m guessing the flaring light from the sun slipping beneath the horizon jumped out at her.

I get it: logic dictates that a stuffed animal can’t appreciate a sunset. Or anything else, for that matter.

But no one ever said every moment needed to be dictated by logic. Perhaps it’s just as reasonable to stand quietly and feel the wonder of starlight brilliantly piercing the late-evening atmosphere. Perhaps moments like this should be felt rather than explained.

So I’ll continue to tote this tattered stuffie with me whenever I head out on random adventures. I’ll continue to imagine that she has a semblance of a soul. I’ll continue to seek moments of wonder through a tiny icon of our children’s childhood, a faded red relic of their upbringing that stays with me to this day.

Maybe Po can’t appreciate all of this. But I most certainly can.

#ldnont #london #ontario #canada #po #teletubby #sunset #cloudspotting #weather #wx #silhouette #optimist #park #nature #naturephotography #landscape #landscapephotography #photography #nikon #nikonphotography #nikon_photography #photooftheday #instagood #nofilter #nofilterneeded



Monday, April 15, 2024

Taking a stuffie to watch the sunset

Finding comfort in the light
London, ON
April 2024
This photo originally shared on Instagram


Po the Teletubby wanted to see the sunset last night, so who was I to say no?

Off we went to the park to see what we could see.

The angles when we got there weren’t working in our favour. A cloud bank had moved in, with only a tiny sliver of glowing colour peeking out from behind the thickest part of the treeline.

So we walked to the other side of the park, and just like that we were back in business.

Soon enough the skies began to fade, but not before I snagged this test shot of my favourite stuffie taking in the scene.

While I’ve always appreciated the profound power of a simple change in perspective, I truly felt it last night as I realized the moment just wasn’t working out, so we went for a little walk.

I suppose I should listen to the smallest Teletubby more often.

#ldnont #london #ontario #canada #po #red #teletubby #optimist #park #goldenhour #metaphotography #photography #apple #iphone #shotoniphone #photooftheday #instagood #nofilter #nofilterneeded


Sunday, April 14, 2024

Just go with the flow

Water, time, and light
London, ON
November 2023
This photo originally shared on Instagram


If Planet Earth seems a little turbulent these days, you’re not alone.

The skies overhead have been rain-filled, tinged with violent thunder and lightning, whipped by raging winds.

All this has fed the watershed below. The waters are now higher than they’ve been in recent memory, and they make a heck of a lot of noise as they rush chaotically downstream toward destinations often unknown.

At least that’s how it seems as I stand along the banks of that now-dangerous river.

But I’m guessing if I stand here long enough, a number of things might happen.

The storms will gradually fade into the distance. The skies will slowly clear. The sun will emerge once more. The winds will ease off. The waters will slow down and drop, eventually receding to a gentle burble. The birds will resume singing their songs.

It’ll remind us that everything is cyclical, that no turbulence lasts forever, that brighter skies are always out there, somewhere.

We just have to be a little patient. We just have to be a little hopeful.

#ldnont #london #ontario #canada #theowback #medway #valley #heritage #forest #thames #river #water #longexposure #nature #naturephotography #landscape #landscapephotography #monochrome #photography #nikon #nikonphotography #nikon_photography #photooftheday #instagood #nofilter #nofilterneeded

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Saturday, April 13, 2024

Be the light, squared

Scene from a restaurant
London, ON
April 2024
This photo originally shared on Instagram


If one source of light is good, then two sources of light are even better.

That is all.

#ldnont #london #ontario #canada #random #lightbulb #light #led #led #design #art #electric #abstract #stilllife #jackastors #restaurant #photography #apple #iphone #shotoniphone #photooftheday #instagood #nofilter #nofilterneeded


Friday, April 12, 2024

Boys (and girls) of summer

Postgame
Toronto, ON
September 2023
This photo originally shared on Instagram


The Boys of Summer are back.

Why just boys, though?

#toronto #yyz #ontario #canada #throwback #bluejays #rogers #centre #stadium #skydome #baseball #sports #sportsing #photography #photooftheday #apple #iphone #shotoniphone #photography #photooftheday #instagood #nofilter #nofilterneeded

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Thursday, April 11, 2024

Homeless in the core

Scene from a sidewalk
Montreal, QC
September 2023
This photo originally shared on Instagram


Some have. Some don’t.

#montreal #quebec #yul #canada #urban #downtown #city #throwback #homelessness #streetphotography #photography #canon #canonphotography #canon_photography #photooftheday #instagood #nofilter #nofilterneeded

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Stories through glass

Someone used a ruler
Montreal, QC
September 2023
This photo originally shared on Instagram


Behind every window lurks a story, which means there are a lot of stories happening here.

What are they? Who tells them? Are they happy? Sad? Somewhere in between?

From the sidewalk across the street, peering through glass, none of these questions can be answered. From the outside looking in, we’ll never really know.

Which is perhaps as it should be. Not every question needs an answer. Not every mystery needs to be solved. Not every story needs an audience wider than those whose lives it touches.

#montreal #quebec #yul #canada #throwback #building #architecture #architecturephotography #buildingporn #architectureporn #urban #downtown #city #geometry #photography #canon #canonphotography #canon_photography #photooftheday #instagood #nofilter #nofilterneeded

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Tuesday, April 09, 2024

Back to our regular programming

The sailors should be delighted
London, ON
February 2024
This photo originally shared on Instagram


There will be no eclipse today.

The crowds have all gone home, and I’ll once again be standing under an ordinary sky.

Alone. Looking for the other wonders that no longer seem to matter to everyone else.

Yet wonders they are.

Every day.

#ldnont #london #ontario #canada #sun #sunset #sky #pink #clouds #cloudspotting #weather #wx #silhouette #forest #tree #trees #optimist #park #nature #naturephotography #landscape #landscapephotography #photography #nikon #nikonphotography #nikon_photography #photooftheday #instagood #nofilter #nofilterneeded

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Monday, April 08, 2024

Brick, meet sky

Not a curve in sight
London, ON
August 2018
This photo originally shared on Instagram


When our nearest star isn’t being blocked by our even nearer satellite, it’s busy bathing the rest of the planet in soothing light.

I found this particularly fetching tone during a walkabout that took me behind an otherwise unassuming strip mall. I was in between appointments, and at the time I thought the clean lines of the drawn-with-a-ruler architecture offset nicely against the late-afternoon blue sky.

Or something. I guess I just liked it.

Come to think of it, I like a lot of things like it. Ordinary things in unassuming places. Everyday moments that never seem to attract our attention.

But part of me thinks they should. That we should maybe spend a little more time looking for them.

Because while everyone’s pursuing the obvious things, the non-obvious things live just as vibrantly in the shadows. And shadows happen every day, not just today.

There won’t be an eclipse tomorrow. But there will be lots of ordinary things and moments.

You know where I’ll be.

#ldnont #london #ontario #canada #throwback #building #architecture #architecturephotography #buildingporn #architectureporn #brick #blue #sky #geometry #southdale #wonderland #street #photography #canon #canonphotography #canon_photography #photooftheday #instagood #nofilter #nofilterneeded

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Sunday, April 07, 2024

Always ride with your shadow

Me, myself, and my machine
London, ON
April 2024
This photo originally shared on Instagram


It was a good day to go for a ride. So I did.

I admit I had been remiss in getting on the bike. Mild winter notwithstanding, I just wasn’t feeling it. The roads here have become overrun with street racers, and the near-constant cacophony of screaming engines and fartcan exhausts reflects the almost total absence of enforcement.

To be frank, it scares the daylights out of me. And I’m ashamed that I allowed the fear to keep me off the bike.

But a few weeks ago, I agreed to join a community ride. And that ride is today. So fear or not, I needed to take the bike - and my body - for a shakedown ride to ensure everything still worked.

Not 2 kms from the house, I had angry, naughty words for a motorist who blindly turned through an intersection into my path. I saw it coming - too busy with her phone - but still.

Regardless, it didn’t rattle me so much as it galvanized me to keep riding. We may indeed be surrounded by distracted, indifferent, and reckless drivers. But I’m not going anywhere.

The rest of the ride was lovely. The bike - an orange gravel bike that a friend suggested I name Tangerine Dream - performed beautifully, smooth and responsive and oh so freaking quick. I couldn’t wipe the stupid smile off of my face, and I reminded myself, after too much time on the sidelines, why I’ve always loved this sport as much as I do.

Soon enough I reached my turnaround point and stopped for some spontaneous shadowy selfie photography. I’ll often send my wife little photo-notes from the road, just to let her know I’m okay. Today I also needed to thank her for quietly pushing me to get back out there.

#ldnont #london #ontario #canada #cycling #cyclist #cycle #bicycle #bike #cyclinglife #bikelife #instabike #highbury #shadow #selfie #photography #apple #iphone #shotoniphone #photooftheday #instagood #nofilter #nofilterneeded

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Saturday, April 06, 2024

A simple map on a frozen street

Frozen, not the movie
London, ON
March 2024
This photo originally shared on Instagram


It only looks simple.

Maybe we’re talking about the ice beneath our feet.

Maybe we’re not.

#ldnont #london #ontario #canada #onstorm #water #gutter #ice #frozen #winter #walkabout #actofdog #nature #naturephotography #abstract #stilllife #monochrome #photography #apple #iPhone #shotoniphone #photooftheday #instagood #nofilter #nofilterneeded


Friday, April 05, 2024

Everyday miracles above us

No crowds here
London, ON
April 2024
This photo originally shared on Instagram


With three days to go until millions of people gather to take in a possibly-once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse, I find myself questioning whether it’s worth the hype.

Don’t get me wrong: the Moon blocking out the Sun is rare enough that it’s worth noticing. Millions of people will form core memories that will last a lifetime, and it’s hard to argue against being part of something so universally understood. We remember where we are when history happens, and that’s an important part of being human.

But in all the hype around this one-time event, I fear we’re forgetting that great things can also happen on any other day, at any other moment, in any other place.

To wit, the park near my house, where I’ll sometimes go to take in the sun before it winks out for the day. It happens often enough that it isn’t remotely special - at least not special enough to generate a headline or entice millions of people to travel huge distances and stand among the crowds.

As I was watching the clouds from home and debating whether or not to make the walk at all, my wife told me the worst outcome would be an extra kilometre or so of walking. I followed her advice, and the clouds had largely cleared by the time I got there.

It ended up being a particularly memorable sunset. Not the only one. Not a headline-grabbing one. Not something millions of other people were doing at the same time.

But uniquely special all the same. To me, at least.

So please don’t mind if, in the decades between the big ticket eclipses and other major events that pull in the crowds, I fill the quiet evenings by standing alone and making memories no less valuable in my own admittedly lower-profile life.

Indeed, what are we all up to when the rest of the world isn’t paying attention? Perhaps that’s where we might want to be pointing our lenses.

#ldnont #london #ontario #canada #sun #sunset #sky #clouds #cloudspotting #weather #wx #silhouette #forest #tree #trees #optimist #park #nature #naturephotography #landscape #landscapephotography #photography #nikon #nikonphotography #nikon_photography #photooftheday #instagood #nofilter #nofilterneeded


Thursday, April 04, 2024

Hope comes from the sky

Just wait it out
London, ON
April 2024
This photo originally shared on Instagram


It had been cloudy all day, with intermittent rain spitting from the steel-grey sky, whipped up by winds that whistled through even the most tightly drawn coat.

So I wasn’t hopeful we’d see much of a sunset.

Yet as evening approached, the skies began to clear just enough to make it interesting. Or at least worth a short wander to the nearby park. Just in case.

I asked my wife if she thought I should give it a try, and it wasn’t so much her yes that convinced me, but her tone, almost willing me to pick up the camera and go, simply with her voice. She gets me.

So soon enough I was on my way, not getting my hopes up, but still glad to be giving it a shot.

From the first photo as I arrived, I could feel it was the right call. There were just enough puffy clouds backdropped against a slowly clearing sky that it was hard to know where to look. Wide-open compositions to take it all in? Or tightly framed pics to zero in on the optical fire that seemed to backlight the treeline?

Maybe a bit of both.

I happily enjoyed the moment through glass, and shared a couple with her back home via text. Because I’m never alone, no matter where I might be.

Today’s photo is a quick test shot off of the smartphone. I’ll share more as I process them through my usual workflow.

Last night’s shoot taught me - or at least reinforced - a few key lessons:
  1. Always listen to your wife. She is wise in ways words cannot describe. And she gets me in ways no one else ever has or will.
  2. Special moments take many forms. Everyone’s talking about the upcoming eclipse because in some ways it’s a once-in-a-lifetime event. But sunrises and sunsets happen constantly. So do countless other everyday moments that don’t seem to merit global headlines. Doesn’t make them any less worthy, though.
  3. Never give up hope. The skies may look grey right now, but that can all change in a blink. Somehow, this doesn’t just apply to photography.
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