Manitoulin Island

Obviously I don’t post a whole lot these days, but a few weeks back we visited a cottage on Manitoulin Island and I managed to get a few shots done around sunrise while the kids were looking for frogs.

Bonus, the next day we found a little tree frog on the deck!



Slowly working my way through a small mountain of processing from this summer. Here’s a a shot I liked from the dinosaur exhibit at Grey Roots Museum.



Fall Fairs

Walking around at the fall fair I heard a woman bitterly state to her daughter “I can’t believe they’re charging seven dollars for this!”.

The comment made me sad more than anything. It was proof of something I have kind of had a feeling about: that people outside the communities involved don’t really understand what a fall fair is about.

I suspect this woman was probably anticipating carnival rides and stalls hocking cotton candy and cheaply manufactured “crafts”. I don’t know what those things have to do with fall, or with the agricultural society, which hosts the event, but that seems to be what people expect to see.

Fall fairs were born out of the medieval carnival tradition, when, after a season of hard work, people would celebrate the blessings of a fruitful harvest with festivities.

It was about fun and food! Yes rides are fun and cotton candy is technically food, but that’s not what I mean. It was the fun of friendly competition; proud farmers setting out their best before the community. It was about celebrating how fortunate they were to have such plentiful food.

And it continues to be so, albeit with a little more in the mix.

Today’s fall fair still celebrates the harvest and the hard efforts of those who made it happen. It still allows people to engage in friendly competition and to show off their best.

But it also helps to raise awareness about agriculture and engage people (like me) who might not know about what it takes to raise a herd of cattle or sheer a sheep.

It celebrates local talent and craftsmanship. It celebrates people and our collective history. I’d rather have that than the cotton candy any day.

I was asked to photograph this year’s fair. Here are a few of my favourites from the day.


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What will become of us?

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I don’t really care much about technology – at least not for its own sake.

Improvements and innovations are only as valuable as what they allow me accomplish. If I can’t do something I like with a given piece of technology, then it isn’t really a worthwhile innovation.

But, I am interested in how technology can change the way we do things.

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Take photography.

I don’t often carry a camera around with me. I set aside time for photography and outside that I rarely take a picture. If I see something beautiful, I just admire it and move on.

But I must admit, it can be fun to keep a small camera handy, and lately doing so seems to be getting easier.

My old smartphone had a 5MP camera built in, which meant I didn’t have to carry a lot of gear, or even both a phone and a camera, to take a photograph.

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But how did that change my behaviour?

Firstly, I tend to photograph more when I have quick access to a camera. Not necessarily a good thing as I also tend to be less careful. But it can yield some neat results.

Secondly, I tend to photograph things with a small camera that I might not were I using my Canon Rebel.

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I’m a different kind of photographer when using a small point and shoot.

What I find even more interesting is how the current technology allows me take a picture, process it and post it online in a matter of minutes using a single device.

The images in this post were taken with my Torch, cropped and processed using a filter app called Instaphoto, and originally posted to Facebook, and most of this was done while I was on a 165KM, 2 Day bike ride (no room for my Rebel).

It’s interesting to speculate on where the technology is headed.

Will we soon have Photoshop level capabilities built right into a DSLR?

Would we ever really want that?



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Monthly photo challenge – May 2011

We like to keep the theme of the monthly photo challenge kind of broad and ambiguous. This allows us each to lend some interpretation to the theme and really try to do something different.

In each iteration of the challenge thus far Dave and I have managed to come up with something quite individiual, while still keeping in step the theme.

This month is no different. Our theme for May is “contrast” and as you can see, we had fairly unique interpretations of this concept. Hope you enjoy!


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