Apr 202015
 

This bluejay, who we have named Jared is a frequent visitor to my backyard.  We started putting out peanuts in the last month and he comes looking for his treats every weekend morning or any day I am lucky enough to be at home.  In fact, if I’m not paying attention, he will sit on my deck and call out to me.  He won’t leave until I give him a treat.

Dropping In

Dropping In

Jays are smart birds and over time, Jared has started to develop a rapport and recognizes us.  In the last month, he has become more accustomed to our presence and will even hang around just a few feet from us on the deck, look at me with curious eyes and then fly away with his peanut and return a minute later for second, third and fourth helpings.

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He Will Be Back

Little by little, we are earning his trust and soon it will not surprise me if he eats out of my hand or at least becomes bold enough to lose his fear.  For the time being, he’s been quite the character and seems to like having his photo taken.

 

Apr 202015
 

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.

Faded Postcard Look

Faded Postcard Look

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.

Scintillations in Green

Scintillations in Green

Mine is Smaller

Mine is Smaller

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.

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BBQ Smoke Screen

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.