Thursday, April 28, 2011


Some inspiration is just plain better than others. Stronger, more specific, more unique; some inspiration is worth waiting forever for. It's the kind of inspiration that doesn't hit you like a flash; it's more like you just realize that you always knew it. it takes hold and points and composes and whispers in your ear what it's supposed to look like and then before you even realize it's there, the photograph has been created. Such was the case with the second photograph, Hug a Tree. I love this photo, it just works so well, and describes two different ideas (the Free Hugs movement, and the old saying "When you're lost, hug a tree"). the first is not the same per se, but still turned out different, but better, than I had originally conceived. I call it Jigsaw (because it describes both the wood wall and the puzzle).
Archipelago Photography: islands of thought and image, connected with a name.

City Streets

One of the big things I've noticed recently, is how much of a city person I am. I mean, my family does a lot of camping, and I'm pretty outdoorsy, but I've lived my entire life inside a large metropolitan area. And talking with some friends who live in more rural areas, I realize that living where I do has given me a pretty specific view of the province I live in. I only really see the completely habituated, busy-city kinda stuff, and the wild, totally untamed areas; never anything in between. So my photos today are of the city. The first, in Ottawa, and the second downtown London.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Some of you may remember me saying some time ago, that I had just finally gotten photoshop. Well, I may have lied a little. I was using (from then until a few days ago) a free software, that was really very basic and rudimentary. A few days ago I found, on sale, Adobe Photoshop Elements 9. Frickin sweet, right? So, I picked it up, and I've been fooling around, trying to get the hang of it for a while, and I've found some cool tricks. Still, a heck of a lot of work left to do, but a good start nonetheless. The first image, Workshop, Is one I made nearly a perfect year ago, at my sisters college in Oakville. I used some filters and played with the levels a bit. The second image, Kicks, I made some time ago (possibly last summer?) and I mostly just played around with levels and shadows/highlights, etc. This very well could be a great leap in the finality of my images.
Archipelago Photography: islands of thought and image, connected by a name.