DTK Photo Walk

A few weeks ago, my good friends Kevin and Paul came down to Kitchener to check out the Edward Burtinski exhibit at the KW Art Gallery. The exhibit was (of course) incredible and while we were there we also got to see Kent Monkman‘s breathtaking series “The Four Continents”. It was pretty mind boggling and I am thrilled that we’re able to have such world-class art here in KW.

Inspired, we headed out into the utterly frigid streets of KW to take a few photos of our own! Here were a few of my favourites from the day.

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Owen Sound Grain Elevator – Sketch

As I work to improve my sketching, particularly around things like scale and perspective, I often find it easier to start to with a photo. I don’t always do this, but I find it effective to learn the more technical side of the art – and I also just find it really enjoyable.

This sketch is based off an a photo I took about 6 years ago of the Owen Sound Grain Elevator. You can see the original here.

I was pretty happy with the result 🙂

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Sketchy

Clearly, I don’t get out to much on the photography front much these days – or at least not the way I like to take photos, which tends to be away from people and out in nature. That said I have been doing a lot more work with my phone camera, which I’ve been posting here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/139848974@N04/

Still, I wanted to find a way to something creative while at home – so I tapped into one of my older creative pursuits: drawing. I used to draw quite a bit when I was younger; I even took an art class on cartooning when I was about 13 or so. I used to spend a lot of time trying to sketch characters I developed or replicating baseball team logos that caught my eye.

I’m not sure I was ever very good, but that’s really not the point. I liked it. And I recently discovered I still like it thanks to my wife Kim and my friend Steve. Kim started colouring complex colouring books a while back and I realized that she was really onto something not over complicating her artistic endeavours – she didn’t wait for the right conditions or the time. She just sat down and created something.

Steve on the other hand embarked on the #100daysproject, where he did something creative every day for 100 days. This was my favourite of his.  

I started with a rough sketch in a notebook, but it wasn’t until I sat down with our oldest son to draw together that I really found enjoyment in it. The kids inadvertently destroyed that sketch by “adding to it” with some markers. But we sat down again a little while later and I made this sketch based on a photo I took last fall.

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I was pretty happy with the result, so I soon embarked on another effort, this time based off of a photo my friend Wayne Simpson took of the Elora Mill.

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More recently I did this one, which was a pen sketch, that I went over with charcoal afterward. This wasn’t based on an existing photo, and while I need to work on perspective, I was quite happy with the results.

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Looking forward to sharing more with you!

M.

Hamilton Waterfalls

This past weekend I had the great opportunity to go shooting waterfalls in Hamilton with my good friend Kevin and Paul.

I knew Hamilton had a lot of waterfalls, but I really had no idea of the scope! When we hit our first stop at Tews Falls, I was stunned to see a plunge of over 100 feet in a massive canyon. My jaw dropped.

In all we visited four falls: Tews, Webster’s, Albion and The Devil’s Punchbowl.

Webster’s and Albion were the most accessible and the latter’s beautiful cascade was definitely my favourite for the day. Tews was only accessible from the top so I have fewer shots from there and the timing wasn’t great for The Devil’s Punchbowl so I didn’t come away with much that I loved.

We had a great time at all of them though and I’m looking forward to revisiting! Here are a few from the day!

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Old places

One of the things I love most about visiting my in-laws farm is the opportunity to photograph places and things that have been around for generations. There’s a sense of history here – everything feels lived in and well loved.

One of my favourites around the farm is this shed just behind my in-law’s house. It occasionally houses tractors, but it also holds a host of things like old windows, flower pots, and old machine parts that don’t get used much anymore.

I photographed it a few years ago, but the pink cast in the sky has always bothered my (I’m told this is a common problem with Cokin filters).

Anyway, I tried again this summer and was really happy with the result. Hope you like it!

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