Under the right conditions, cloud will sit over Lake Ontario in the winter.
These were the last of them for 2017, blue and brooding settling in a pink sky.
Shot at dusk Dec 31 2017.
This is not a photo; it’s a document, a testament. This is the year we started out as Canadian bad asses. January 1st, 2018. Broken and bruised hearts full of hope, the way life has a way of coming at you. We came out with our bottle of whiskey, my camera, our boots. I didn’t even know how cold it was because my phone froze. -13? -14?
This is the kind of photo I might have admired from a distance. You won’t catch me out there, doing that. But there we were. Wondering about the light in the sky and the hard life of swans and other birds on a day such as this.
Shot January 1, 2018 as the sun went down. Approximate weather at the time was recorded online as:
|Temperature: -13 °C or -14°C||Passing clouds.||Wind: 26 km/h||Humidity: 56%||Barometer: 102.78 kPa||Visability: 24 km|
The last light of 2017. Incredible light.
The latter half of 2017 was personally tough. It kind of culminated into a difficult tangle of emotion by December, enhanced perhaps by the lack of light and the Canadian winter. Things seems more desperate and hopeless than they had to be at times. Unnecessarily so. I was going through the motions.
But has often happened to me in the winter, the act of shooting moves me away from the day to day struggle. I was positively giddy when I shot this. The sun was setting in the other direction which was what I was actually planning on shooting and missed. I saw this and had to stop. This is the one, this is the one! I realized a little later, this was the first time I had been purely happy in a long while, where the other stuff didn’t matter.
Whether it is the ”one” or not is immaterial. These are experiences when we get connected to the universe, to a higher purpose. Or if not that grand, at least to the magic of life and experience.
This is why I shoot. This is why I spent money I don’t have on my camera.
My sails got righted that night…. We have plenty of dark and cold to come in the next few months. There is more struggle. But the days are getting longer now.
Happy New Year!
So I’ve taken a bit of a side path with my more recent work. I haven’t shown a lot of landscapes here, probably because I just didn’t want to be associated with my late father, landscape painter, Richard (Dick) Ferrier. Besides I was a city person, concerned with urban things. Truth is I take quite a lot of shots of skies, and often water.
Recently I did a couple of classes on landscapes, and I took the opportunity to work on my long exposures and water. I’ve wanted to get those dream long exposure water shots for ages, and never mastered the logistics of it. The class had us shoot the sunset, but I was the last one back stumbling my way in the dark.
This is the one I showed to the class. Quite a few went before me. I was impressed with the variety of shots, both with the content and the quality. When mine came up on the screen I felt disappointed. The screen showed a much less vibrant shot than this which I was prepared for, but it wasn’t that. My reaction was: all it looks like is a bunch of rocks! Why did I shoot that? Ha!
But the response of the class was more than I could have hoped for, and maybe they saw what I did originally.
This was shot at f11, 30 seconds with an ISO of 100. The sun had gone down. That’s Toronto way back there in the background. If you look carefully you can see the CN Tower.