Ahhhhhh, sweet bliss to finally get the Harley out of the garage and go for the first ride of 2015. The weather was perfect and after an insufferable winter, this weekend was a blessing. I took my girlfriend, Missy, along for the ride and it was also a thrill for her to get out on two wheels. Our first stop was to visit some friends in Oshawa and then head out to Bluffer’s Park in Scarborough.
I have photographed Bluffer’s Park a number of times with “serious” camera equipment and that means hauling around a chunky camera, tripod and a heavy bag full of lenses. This time around, I just wanted to have fun and not feel encumbered by any bulky gear. As a matter of fact, I was not even sure I would take any photos. So, I grabbed my tiny Pentax Q10, a polarizing filter, spare battery and everything goes into a small belt bag. Nice, simple, light and liberating. Also, I wanted to experiment with photos that distort the world, rather than produce a mirror image of it.
I was not interested in high resolution photos with accurate colours, great dynamic range and razor sharp optics. Instead, I would embrace imperfections such as distortions, strange colours, noisy grain, blown highlights and blocked up shadows. This is just another excuse to play around with the Pentax Q10’s “art” filters, enjoy the day and do photography for the sheer fun of it.
I did not stick around for the golden hour of sunset and make postcard shots. We wanted to get home before sundown and enjoy our own BBQ. The rib eye steaks were delicious.