Wonderful winter

Hello dear friends ¬†ūüôā

Last October, as I¬†marvelled¬†at the spectacular colours of fall, I remember thinking there wouldn’t be anything interesting to photograph in the coming months. ¬†After all the vibrant colours of summer and fall, winter seemed,¬†photographically¬†speaking, a little boring with all its white. ¬†I thought that all the excitement of going on excursions to find new places and landscapes to photograph would be much less fun, because I thought winter wasn’t visually as interesting as the other seasons. ¬†I was almost ready to hibernate and rely on still life till spring. ¬†But… I had forgotten one thing. ¬†I had new eyes now, and I wasn’t seeing the world around me as I used to. ¬† Everywhere I look now there are more details, more richness and nuances in colours, more textures. ¬†But the biggest improvement is the light. ¬†I see it everywhere now and the amazing transformation it can induce when it is illuminating something. ¬†Photography has this capacity to¬†heighten¬†and broaden our sight and I would never go back to how I looked at the world before.

Duncan meeting new friends

Duncan meet new friends.  Percherons horses

After having completed my first round of the four seasons with my camera, I realize how wrong I was and how winter photography is as fun and exciting as the other seasons.  Winter is definitely the most challenging season to photograph, both technically and physically, but despite its challenges it is a really  wonderful season and one that I greatly enjoy photographing.

The sugar shack Chez Jaco, St-Joseph De Beauce.

Chez Jaco, St-Joseph de Beauce.  The sugar shack

Chez Jaco, St-Joseph De Beauce

Chez Jaco, St-Joseph De Beauce.  Winter photography

The heart of the village.  St-Joseph De Beauce

The heart of the village.  St-Joseph De Beauce.  Winter photography. Village in winter

A cabin at St-Simon Les Mines

A cabin at St-Simon Les Mines.  Winter photography. Cabin in winter

An abandoned old house, St-Simon Les Mines

An abandoned old house, St-Simon Les Mines.  Winter photography.  Old house in winter.  Heritage homes

Winter hasn’t yet said its last word, as we received 20 cm of snow yesterday. ¬†I’m ready for spring but I didn’t mind this snow, it’s so beautiful !

Next week I’m going to Montreal’s botanical garden where they are exhibiting “Butterflies go free”and I hope to come back with photos of gorgeous flowers and wonderful butterflies. ¬†The butterfly I’m most interested in, and of which I really hope to capture its exquisite beauty, is the morpho, the blue butterfly. ¬†I’ve seen it once and it’s an amazing butterfly ! ¬†Hopefully I’ll come back home with a few beautiful shots to share with you.

Until then, have a nice end of week and week-end !

Jocelyne

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All things pretty

Hello dear friends !

Still life template

” You don’t take a photograph, you make it ¬†Ansel Adams

In photography, still life is my favourite thing.  Creating something is so fulfilling, whether it be a photo, a drawing, a painting, a sculpture or any other art form.  I have always been involved in artistic endeavours in one form or another.  Creativity is an internal force, and I would even say a calling.  Still life photography provides a way for me to be creative and I enjoy each minute of each moment spent preparing and shooting my images. It is also during these sessions that I feel the most accomplished.

I like everything about still life because I like to be creative.  I group different objects together to make nice and visually pleasant images, and if they convey a mood or tell a story, then I have really succeeded in creating a unique image.  Sometimes my goal is to just make a beautiful image simply because I am a great lover of everything elegant and pretty.

Tea cup and roses

Tea cup and flowers

My Teddy Bear !

Still life bear and doll

A calm afternoon

A calm afternoon

Vintage memories

Vintage memories

Waiting for snow

Waiting for snow

Madeleine’s violin

Madeleine's violin

Two of my favourite things

Two of my favourite things

If you love still life photos, here are the links to the blogs of two professional photographers I greatly admire. Their still life creations are exquisite and wonderfully beautiful, a real delight for the eyes.  Georgianna Lane and Sarah Gardner are my favourite professional photographers.  Click on their names to get to their blogs.  Another photographer I admire is Kelly from Nothing finer blog.  Kelly creates wonderful still life images, I really love her style.  Click here to go to her blog or here to get to her Flickr where you will see more easily  her photos grouped in albums.

I hope the weather will resume to warmer days¬†soon so I can get outside and take landscape photos. ¬†The thermometer indicates -26¬įC (-14.8¬įF) and with the wind chill factor it’s -32¬įC (-26.6¬įF). ¬†Brrrrrr !

Have a lovely week everybody !

Jocelyne

The last flowers

Hello dear friends !

Now that all the flowers are gone and the trees are bare and most days are cloudy and rainy, it feels a little boring and I am so ready for snow ! ¬†But before forgetting all about flowers and plunging head first into winter, I have a few more flowers photos to share with you. ¬†Autumn flowers of course ! ¬†I don’t have a lot of them but I have a few I really love. ¬†As all the other flowers have stopped blooming, these few last blooms takes center stage¬†and become my autumn stars.

John Cabot climbing roses

Wild asters

A beautiful pink bush at the Arboretum

Alma Poetschke asters

Arctanthemum

Verbena and Alma Poetschke

Two weeks ago I had to send my camera away for repair. ¬†I was reluctant to go the camera shop knowing it will be many weeks before they return it to me. ¬†I really miss my camera, I think I even had some withdrawal symptoms ¬†ūüôā

Last friday I spent the day in downtown Montreal and I would have loved to photograph the beautiful old buildings and surroundings of Mc Gill University. ¬†I also went to the Mus√©e Des Beaux Arts, another wonderful building with great architecture. ¬†I saw an exhibition of the Impressionists, a lot of the paintings were from Renoir and Pissarro, and I couldn’t take one single photo.

Fortunately I have some photos in my archives that I never shared, some from a day I spent this summer in Old Quebec city, and it will probably be the subject of my next post.

Enjoy your week, I hope it won’t rain all week-long !

Jocelyne