I’m getting ready to go on my first bike ride of the summer. I’m not taking my camera, there’s something else I want to bring. I hope I’ll see my four-legged friends, I didn’t see them all winter as I only take this road in summer and fall. It’s a beautiful early evening, so peaceful on this rural back road as I’m going up the hill. I see them farther in the field. Every time I get there I stop to talk to them and each time they come to meet me. I always wonder if they recognize me, especially after the long winter months without seeing me. I open my backpack, I have something in there they really like, some pieces of apples and carrots. I don’t give them too many, just a few. I hang around for a little while, I tell them how beautiful and graceful they are. It’s time to go now, it’s getting darker. I tell them I’ll be back soon and wave at them as I go down the hill.
Two other horses I used to see on another bike ride. I don’t see them anymore. I wonder what happened to them.
A nice encounter at Frampton Brasse microbrewery
I hope you are all doing well and are having a wonderful time this summer. Until now it’s been rather cold here but I know warmer days are coming and I’m looking forward to them.
“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields that it kisses them so gently ? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt, and perhaps it says “go to sleep darlings, till the summer comes again ” Lewis Carroll.
This winter was very cold. Most days were -20°C and I didn’t go out much on photographic excursions. Now Spring is at our doors and before concentrating on flower photography and verdant landscapes I’d like to share these two images I took last December, a few days before Christmas.
It was a peaceful end of afternoon. The only sounds were coming from my snowshoes sinking in the snow and, occasionally, from a little chickadee’s distinct whistle. I could hear, way up above me, tree branches cracking in the wind. I would stop, looking in the distance, observing, listening. Silence, solitude, peace…
Enchantment and gratitude to witness this beautiful end of afternoon. You can see this photo with a better image quality here. Scroll down if you’re interested to read a Behind The Lens story I wrote.
We are now at the first days of Spring and it’s always with a bit of regret that I see the end of winter coming. But at the first notes of the song sparrow I know I’ll be ready for Spring.
The faint light of dawn was on the horizon. I was ready to go on this chilly new day. Everything around me was asleep waiting to emerge from Morpheus’s arms with the first rays of the rising sun.
The first rays
A horse was watching me. He came to greet me and slowly made his way to the meadow.
The first rays of the sun, the mist rising from the river, the flowering meadow, the colours of the sunrise, the companionship of the horse… It was a peaceful morning.
It was the first time I would get up so early in the middle of the night, 3 am, to get ready to photograph the sunrise. It was an unforgettable and wonderful morning and I plan to return soon to another place I would love to photograph in the early hours.
I hope you are all having a wonderful and peaceful Summer. And to those in the southern hemisphere a wonderful and peaceful Winter.
I know many people are tired of winter at this point. But me, I’m not ! I love winter and I think it’s as beautiful and great as summer. Even when I freeze my hands and toes when I go cross-country skiing or venture out for photos opportunities. And even when I get caught in a blizzard. It happened a few weeks ago as I was taking a walk with my dog. Suddenly, and out of the blue, strong winds were blowing and snow was swirling and lashing my face, I couldn’t see neither earth or sky and I could barely walk. I was enveloped in a muffled, furious and white swirling cloud and it felt as if I was in another world. In some ways it was beautiful and I loved it all ! I love to feel nature’s pulse and power, it sharpens the senses and make me feel more alive. I had a black coat and when I arrived home it was completely white 🙂
Here are some winter scenes I captured recently.
St-Joseph de Beauce
A beautiful scene in front of my house
Hockey time !
St-Joseph de Beauce
I’m happy, It’s snowing today. A beautiful week to all of you dear friends !
I love this photo so much. Yet, there’s nothing spectacular about it, nothing to be amazed of. Only a barn and a snow-covered field. But, for me, it represents something that I really love. The country.
I must love this photo a lot to have spent 6 hours only to remove two trees in the foreground. These trees were spoiling the composition. They were going all the way from the bushes to the barn, to the tree and into the sky. When removing the trunks and branches it would leave some marks so I had to work these areas by drawing branches in the bushes, planks on the side and lines on the roof of the barn and many of the tiny little branches on the tree. I had to paint colours in the sky and shadows on the snow near the barn. I knew this would be very time-consuming getting rid of those trees and at first I didn’t want to work on this, but I just couldn’t let it go… So it was many hours to restore this image and only then I could edit the rest of it. This image is a blending of three different exposures using luminosity masks in Photoshop. Christopher O’Donnell wrote a tutorial on how to work with luminosity masks, click here to read it. It didn’t go exactly as how he explains it in his tutorial so I’ll have to practice this technique again.
I also love this photo with a more vintage look
We’re having a little break from the cold spell, here’s a photo of Winny playing in the snow during one of these polar colds.
And since I’m ending this post with a photo of my dog, I’m sharing a link to a wonderful slide show from professional photographer Julie Clegg’s from Bailey & Banjo. If you love dogs this will put a smile on your face, guaranteed ! (Thanks Janina for sending me this link 🙂 ) Click here for the slide show.
I wish you all a wonderful week. Be happy, be sweet, laugh a lot, smile and dance in the rain or in the snow !
I don’t know how the weather is in your part of the world but here it was awful these past few weeks. Gloomy days with grey flat skies, high winds, rain, snow, and always with this humidity that chills you to the bone. I needed new photos. I miss it when I don’t have any new photos to edit. So I went in the fields near the river and in the meadows where the sheep and horses were peacefully grazing. There wasn’t much light and it was poor quality light. I knew the photos wouldn’t be at their best and I was a little disappointed when I saw them. The light was so flat, not a bit of sun rays to illuminate the scenery and make the colours come to life. But later, while viewing my photos, I felt joy in my heart by remembering those afternoons spent in the fields. It was peaceful, flocks of geese were flying low over my head, their honks vanishing in the distance… The silence, the solitude in the meadows with the sheep in a bucolic landscape… The friendly horses drawing near to greet me… Yes, the light was awful and the photos are not exactly how I wanted them to look like, but I had a wonderful time in these fields and that is part of photography too. Photography is all about technical jargon, compositions and rule of thirds, light and exposures, equipment and skills. But there’s more to it. There are all those wonderful memories we are left with from our adventures and that is a big part of photography, and it is as important as the most beautiful photos we can create. Photography is a long journey, a journey of discoveries and amazement, just like life…
Are you in the mood for Christmas ? All my decorations are out and I want to try to make bokeh Christmas images, maybe one involving my little Winny 🙂 I would like to wish a happy Thanksgiving to all my friends from the United States and a beautiful week to all of you !