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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Classic blue

A few weekends ago we were visiting my wife’s family for Thanksgiving. It was a beautiful day and we were all hanging around outside, playing football with the kids and chatting.

I noticed that Connie and Harv (Kim’s aunt and uncle) had this beautiful looking classic Dodge pick-up truck out front of the house. I loved the colour and the way the fall colours in the trees and the fallen leaves were providing a warm colour contrast to the cool blue truck.

After taking a few shots I immediately thought of creating this triptych:

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Here are a few others I took that I really liked – I particularly like the last one as it has a sense of motion to it despite everything being perfectly still.

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Icy Fractals

These are two images that I took the same day as the images in my last post. I wanted to post them separately from the other set as they have a very different feel to them. Where the previous group has a very painterly and abstract feel to them, these have a more mathematical feel.

When I looked at the shapes through the lens, I was immediately reminded of a Mandelbrot fractal. I am not great at math, but when I was a kid I was fascinated with a computer program my Dad had that created fractal patterns. You could zoom in continuously – infinitely – and see the same patterns repeating over and over. It was pretty amazing.

Interestingly, it was only on reading up on fractals a bit for this post that I discovered that the frost crystals form which naturally on cold glass are actually natural fractals.

Nature is just awesome!!

Anyway, I hope you like these as much as I do!

Mike

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Icy Abstracts

We live in an older house – 85 years this year actually. It’s seen plenty of updates over the years, but there are still a great number of features that date back pretty far, including the windows in our upstairs.

The upstairs windows are wooden with single panes of glass. At some point, someone put steel framed permanent storm windows up to keep out the cold, but the poor seals around both the storms and the wooden windows allow a fair amount of condensation to build up in the colder weather – which then freezes on the storm window panes.

The other day I was in our oldest son’s room and noticed that the ice was forming into some really interesting patterns that looked stunning when the sun began to reflect off it. I spend about half an hour playing with this little scene and I think the results were really cool.

Definitely click on the images below to see the larger versions.

Let me know what you think! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by the blog.

Mike

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Ice Storm – December 2013

I am still planning to post some of my favourites from 2013, but before I do, I wanted to post a couple I took over the holidays of the ice storm that hit our area.

The place was stunning really, but the impact, as you may have read in the news, was pretty destructive. Luckily we have an amazing community bolstered by some awesome hydro workers who gave a herculean effort to get the power back on.

These were all taken on my BlackBerry z10 – I continue to be impressed with how good the images on this little guy can be.

Happy 2014!

Mike

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