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A crisp morning in Canada

I’m posting this image for my good buddy Heath, a great photog (check out his work!) and a Canadian, which is where the scene above resides: Ontario. He’s enjoyed some of my photos from my time there, so I figured I’d go ahead and post one more.

I ran out into this field to grab this image of a tree at dawn. The photo above looks a little more flat color-wise than the one that would be printed, but if you click on the larger version, you can really see the light and shadows on the tree trunk, which gives you an idea of the sunlight just hitting the field. It was also bitter cold, I think around 25 degrees and for a Phoenix boy, that’s DANG CHILLY.

Sticking to the theme of this previous image, Field of Dreams, this one is also overlayed with a texture I shot in Bruges earlier this year. I may do a little more editing on this photo before it’s finalized.

As dead as these scenes look…brown, no leaves, sticks, dirt…I simply love them. I could have been out there for hours finding places like this with amazing looking trees.

Road to Perdition

I’ve decided that once a week (maybe on Wednesdays, who knows), I’m going to post an image that has a corresponding movie title. Why? Well, it came to me on a whim last night and that’s the way most things I do get started. First off, I love movies. Second, I think this will stretch my imagination a little bit. Heck, this may even lead to me taking a photograph specifically BECAUSE it reminds me of a movie. We’ll see.

Completely coincidentally, my buddy Brian posted an image today that was sort of inspired by the Lord of the Rings. I took it as an omen, or confirmation, when I woke up this morning that this was a good idea. I’m looking forward to this series.

Road to Perdition, a movie with Tom Hanks, really has nothing to do with this photo other than being the perfect title. Um, you got a road, and something fairly evil or damning looking lies ahead. I photographed this last year whilst in Toronto for work. I took a day trip exploring the areas west and north of Toronto and this was a little old, abandoned SOMETHING just off a road I was traveling down. Wasn’t sure if it was a barn or a house or what. I honestly didn’t want to get much closer to it, hence the reason I like this title so much. It was foreboding…scary, especially as this was in the quiet, wee hours of the morning with the sun having just risen. I’d be a horrible solo urban explorer…I get spooked too easily *grin*

I’ve been going back through old RAW brackets deleting stuff I wont ever use, but while doing that, I am finding photos I love that I never really processed. This is one of them. I knew right away it was going to be black and white, but I wont lie and say I wasn’t a little bit inspired by Bob Lussier’s photo posted  a few days ago. This is just a three-bracket HDR image, using Photomatix, CS5 and Nik software.

Visiting Ontario, Canada

My job has sent me to Ontatio, Canada for two weeks, more specifically the Toronto-Burlington area. Since we were here over the weekend, I was able to visit Niagara Falls and then take a long drive on Sunday exploring Toronto and some farm land areas.

Below are some of my favorite photos from the trip so far, hope you enjoy them!

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