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Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
09-06-2007

Algonquin

Algonquin Park Panorama

Algonquin is a massive nature park north of Toronto. We hiked 3 km to get to this spot. We went in backwards, normally the hike is 10 km (6 miles).
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
09-08-2007

Whitby Harbour

Whitby Harbour

Struggling through a bit of photographer's block. Sunsets and kittens seem to help me through it.

Walked down to the lake with my daughter on Saturday. A bunch of fishermen had their lines in the water. We could see the fish jumping out of the water. The only one who caught anything was this very happy 10-year old girl. Her catch? A very ugly catfish. You couldn't pay me to eat the fish from Lake Ontario. But it does give up some lovely sunsets.
friuduric 11 years ago
That is, indeed, a beautiful sunset. A quiet (or chatty!) walk with one's daughter is also a beautiful thing.

--Imperatrix
Adventures on Sabbatical
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Algonquin Park is beautiful!! I could stay there for weeks.

You have such quality pictures!
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Beautiful, and it moves! I would have missed the motion if I didn't pause to look at it. Doing a Buns on us, Rick?
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
It's always a beautiful thing. She's precious.

Thanks Tim!

Buns is my hero :)
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
09-11-2007

Thomas Foster Memorial

Thomas Moore Memorial

I like to visit this spot. I usually take long drives around the region north of my home. We have a hilly region that extends about 250 km -- it stops at another hilly area known as the Niagara Escarpment.

September 11 is becoming a little easier every year. I will always remember my cubicle partner (Mike Yaffe) casually stating that a plane hit a building in NY. As the horror of that morning set in, we realized that our boss at the time, Vlad Tomasevik, was in New York for a business conference. He was on the 95th floor of the north tower having breakfast with Ken Basnicki. Vlad was a very gentle guy -- a great consultant and facilitator. I will always remember our receptionist and admin frantically searching for Vladimir's itinerary.

It was a surreal day. We worked in an office in the same building as a local sports cable outfit. They had their monitors tuned to every available news outlet. We were bombarded with the awful images of that day. I simply left and went home to make sure my kids weren't exposed to those images. I joined thousands of other people as we tried to find room on the local commuter trains. Everything shut down that day. People were worried that they were targeting the CN Tower. It's collapse would have caused a lot of damage and destruction.

I still wish nothing but a complete public humiliation for those responsible. To think these people are viewed as heroes in places in this world. They need to be brought down to earth and exposed as cowards.

Must remember those who died, not those hateful murderers.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Sobering reminder of how terrible the act on 9/11 was.. Thank you Rick. I have been up the twin towers before, and I just shudder at the thought to this day of the horrors that day brought down to everybody around the world- especially those personally affected by it.
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
Thanks Tim
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
09-12-2007

Hail Fallopius

Hail Fallopius

Went down to the Oshawa Pier tonight. Lovely light. There was a massive cargo ship unloading its wares. There's about 100 stray cats down there. It's an interesting place.
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
09-13-2007

Feather

Feather

Could it be that I'm regaining momentum - I may actually have a picture-a-day? Hopefully. I have been completely unmotivated lately. I believe I'm coming out of it. Which is very easy. Just take a whole boatload of pictures. Statistically one is going to be marginally interesting. Build on that.
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
i'm ticklish.
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
I thought you were bookish, Jewish, or Irish or something-ish.
ReeBeckiSupergirl PRO 11 years ago
Love that feather! Such lovely lighting.
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
Thank-you. I used a desk-lamp and placed a piece of paper in front of my flash - which dispersed the light. I'd love to purchase an off-camera flash.
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
i'm ticklish, bookish, and by heritage english
ItinerArts 11 years ago
Really nice detail and lighting on the feather.

www.flickr.com/groups/2007/discuss/72157594528937014/7215...
Dragonhide 11 years ago
that's a great feather.

Yay to getting motivated again! Will you throw some my way? I've only been snapping with the cellphone lately.
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Did no one else pick up on Fallopius?! Stinkin' brilliant, Rick!!! :-D

--Hey Tim, snappin' with 'only' a cellphone is no excuse! It's a challenge!
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
I did, Emil -- he is quite brilliant, isn't he.

I thought I was the only uninspired one lately... however, you could've fooled me, Rick!
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
Thank-you Itinerarts

thanks Tim -- at least you're still snapping. I stopped all together. I think it must be the changing seasons (something the southern Californians among us can't relate to).

eb -- you're half right, I'm stinking!

Bella -- thanks (blush)
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
09-14-2007

mmmm

MMMMMM

Went to the cottage this weekend with my son, nephew and brother-in-law. We golfed twice and hung around the cottage. Starting to get cool in the evening. We are slowly moving into fall -- get ready it's coming. We experience the change of seasons a little quicker than our southern friends.

mmmmm Leo's chipstand on Hwy 62 in Bancroft. Great chips and poutine (so I hear -- the stuff eeks me out).
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
09-15-2007

Leafy

Leafy

Plenty of sun showers this weekend. We were greeted with rain every three of four holes on the golf-course. Then it would be glorious sunshine. Strange weather.
Plenty of rain. We played 9-holes and went back to the cottage. We caught a movie on TV, Nanny McPhee. What a hoot -- and the camera work was saturated and lovely. It's a good family movie. My son complained for about two minutes, then he was as engrossed as I was.
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
09-16-2007

Brian

Into the Water

We all pretty much sucked at golf. The only competition was to see who could lose the fewest balls. My brother-in-law, Brian, is possibly the most generous, patient mentor you can imagine. He soaks up knowledge on carpentry, golf and other things and he enthusiastically shares and teaches you. He is a great coach who missed his calling as a teacher. His enthusiasm is contagious.
As much as I respect him, I broke his balls for landing this shot in the water. I was up next and placed my ball about 2 inches from his. Oy!
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
09-18-2007

leaf

Faux Lomo

Located my new cubicle at work today. It overlooks an expansive roof and I can see the small park behind my office. I'm quite happy about my new digs.
ItinerArts 11 years ago
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Lost and broken balls?! OY!
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Hi Rick; sobering picture and text on 9/11 - you were affected more directly than most of us.

I got the subtlety of your 12/9 title before Emil, heavy-handed and Bella, coyly pointed it out.

Nice delicate feather, which drew ticklish Glory out of her hiding-place. I'm not allowed to look at, or even consider eating, your 14/9 shot; one heart attack is enough, thank you very much.

I guess, just as I take "sunset light on a wet beach" shots, because they are endlessly available, you take "water-drops on leaf" shots, but you do it very well.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Wow, how do you make the droplets pop out so? Do you have a black material off camera to add blackness to it? Whatever you did, they're truly great shots!
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
lmao. did you see that flickr has announced today as pirate day? those nutty admins. THAT'S THE BEST IDEA EVER!

*yars!
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
Yawr missy! Beware of me mighty sword. yawr!
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
Thanks!

Oy vey!

Thank-you for the kind words Rob

Thanks Tim -- photoshop made them pop :)
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
09-19-2007

Field

Strawberry Fields

Went out to photograph my favourite phone booths, I thought this was the most interesting shot.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Those phone booths! Tell the truth now, Rick. Do you jump into those phone booth, and take off your clothes, and then put your pants back on and then your underwear over them, and jump out like a superhero when you think nobody's looking?

hehehe

Superb shot. draws in the eye and sends it flowing.
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
ya -- I put my clothes back on. ya - hehe

thanks Tim
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
09-20-2007

Me

Me
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
09-21-2007

Tree [2]

Tree

Tis the season to drive the kids around. Outside the piano teacher's.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
I really should visit your thread more often...great stuff here and on your photostream...
CollardGreens: Oops!
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Really nice suburban shot - looks like a lazy Sunday morning. I can almost hear the piano lesson in progress.
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
I understand vascilating between inspired and un-inspired moments... As you can tell by my spotty journal. But I still strive to keep it going... Cycles. All cycles.
Яick Harris PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Яick Harris (member) 11 years ago
Thank-you CollardGreens -- I follow your pictures closely. Thanks for the kind words!

Thank-you RobW -- not a huge fan of classical music. But classical piano (esp Chopin) is quite beautiful. Especially when you hear my daughter progress from fumbling, stuttered playing to something beautiful.

Magpie, you're right a season for everything. I shouldn't be so afraid of posting crap to my thread (I'm not implying anything about your lovely photographs). I think I try too hard to achieve a perfect picture. Otherwise I hesitate to post. My attitude from here on is to post eveything (worthy or not). It's a matter of working through the slumps. Thanks for the kindly advice.
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
09-22-2007

IMG_6489

A Change of Seasons

OK -- we have two seasons in Canada, summer and the driving season. My son was counting the sleeps to the start of his hockey season. He's a big huge kid among big huge kids. Somehow everyone caught up to him in the summer. He's not the biggest kid, so he will have to improve his skills (skating and puck-handling). I love watching him play. He has his game face on here.

Interesting news. My neighbor (always watching for a deal), picked up a D40X at Costco for $500 (including lens). She kindly lent it to me for the week as she is out of town. Yeehaw. This is the camera I want, she saved over $300! What a bargain. I will have to keep my eyes open.
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
09-23-2007

DSC_0091 copy

Cody

OK -- playing with my first SLR. Of course I stalked the dogs. It is a little intimidating. I am unfamiliar with the Nikon -- so there is a learning curve. I carry the manual with me everywhere. It is a great camera. I am working a lot in Program mode. So for the next week, I will haunt those old familiar places in hopes of learning how to use this thing.
friuduric 11 years ago
Aw, the flash seems a bit too bright for poor Cody!

I look forward to seeing your Nikon shots. I know they'll be great, 'cause your stream is alwasy great.

--Imperatrix
Adventures on Sabbatical
Dragonhide 11 years ago
9-20.. a mishap with a hammer? That looks painful!!!

Wow, I didn't realize you hadn't been using a dSLR all along! You have the skills with a camera (which is just a box that captures light anyway), that I just assumed you were using a high end dSLR!

Be sure to try both Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority modes... the two are what I alternate between the most, depending on what I'm working toward.
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
thank-you -- it's proving to be a bit of a learning curve. No pictures for the 24th, because I left the setting on shutter-priority. Everything was underexposed. Arrgggh

Well - it looks worse than it is. I was dropping a tire back in place on the boat trailer, and got caught between the fender and the tire. Hurt for about 10 minutes, then my wife came out and kissed my bo-bo -- all was well :)

Where were you when I needed you yesterday :) I was working in P mode (or so I thought). Next time I listen when it says too dark. Thanks for the kind words Tim.
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
09-25-2007

RAW

Raw

A familiar picture. My first attempt using the RAW file format. It's interesting, gives you good control over exposure. Now I will follow Tim's advice and explore the Shutter and Aperture priorities.

Working on my 8 things.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
You have to admire a guy who tries to post the perfect picture every day for a year.You come close Rick, but the dedicated daily diarists among us have become accustomed to compromising and posting whatever is available. That last picture indicates that you are rapidly getting to grips with the DSLR.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
No kidding, Rob.. :)

I shoot in RAW exclusively... Unless I'm in a situation like say, shooting a wedding, where I want to give away a whole cdrom of images, I shoot JPEG.

RAW is for when you're trying to get the perfect capture of an concept, you have to tweak every image- a default JPG looks better than a default untouched RAW, by far.

But the upside is you have amazing amount of latitude tweaking an RAW image- you're manipulating the metadata, and not affecting the source. You can tweak stuff to the extremes without losing any quality.

You probably know all this already.. you just hit a geeky nerve in me :)
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
Thanks -- I try. My family pictures are more candid and diary-related. I'm using my diary to gauge how much I've learned over the year.

All good advice. I've only been shooting RAW since borrowing the camera. It really bogs my machine down. These advancements always seem to mean a new computer for me.
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
09-26-2007

Whitby Harbour

Whitby Harbour

My Super-Slutty® Sunset. Still playing with my borrowed camera. I'm not being very creative in my subject matter, just trying to wrap my head around all the new buttons and buzzers. There's way too much too learn. Tonight I was test-driving the panorama features on the camera.

(saying a little prayer for a good friend)
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Great shot - more Impressionist than Great Master, actually.

(With you on the prayer).
sunshinecity 11 years ago
Put put green... love the golfing shots...
And what can I saw about that tree outside the piano teacher's house?
Oooff... I miss that about the 'burbs... the wonderful greens and browns and golden reds of this time of year!
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
thanks Rob

It's about to get very colourful around here. It is the nicest time of year up here in Canada. The leaves and trees are quite beautiful. Thanks!
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
09-27-2007

Lomo Plant

8 Useless Facts

The Sexy Swedish Babe added 8 useless things to her diary. I thought it was a good idea.
1) I'm left-handed and quite like the way it separates me from the herd
2) I inherited my handwriting from my mother
3) I'm a kick-ass Scrabble player
4) I spent an ungodly amount of time in hospital as a child
5) I sliced my scrotum open while learning to ride a bicycle (see #4)
6) My childhood home was rife with violence
7) My children's home is peaceful and loving
8) I'm agnostic but believe in prayer
Dragonhide 11 years ago
*cringes* ouch ouch ouch ouch.

Kudos for rising above and beyond your childhood, and becoming a gentle soul. I would have never guessed.

That sunset took my breath away... ooof.
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
ouch indeed -- I will spare you the details. I still have the scars (trust me). thanks Tim
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Hahaha!
Not laughing at you, Яick--but because I was reading that list as if it was SSB's list.

Of course when I got to #5, I had to start over.
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
Admit it - you're laughing at me. Scrotum jokes are as old as the hills. Life a pie in the face, always guaranteed to get a laugh. Thanks for dropping by bro!
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Your facts:
#3 - sounds like a challenge.
#4 - me too.
#5 - ouch! (cringing, not laughing). You have children, so no lasting damage? Do you still ride bicycles?
#6 - even more ouch! That is sad.
#7 - from what we've learned here, I have no doubt. Good for you.
#8 - prayer is good. It has worked for me.
sunshinecity 11 years ago
Ouch.. sorry that you had a such a traumatic experience.

Again another stunning capture. You played with the saturation a bit, right? Or are colour just so much brighter "up there"?
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
No the colours aren't that saturated up here. Played with it a lot in Photoshop. There's an action (google: free lomo action +photoshop) to convert an image to a super saturated lomofied picture.
Thank-you.
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
RobW_ Yup no lasting effects. Still riding bicycles :)
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
09-28-2007

Mud Lake

Mud Lake

Mud Lake is a Kettle Lake situated north of my hometown. I was lucky enough to catch a rainbow.
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
09-29-2007

Off Leash

Off Leash

Went to the off-leash park in Oshawa. The dogs loved it. Everyone was well-behaved. Lots of running around, butt-sniffing and chasing sticks. Our three pugs loved it!
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Well if #5 didn't kill you, did it...er...make you stronger? *nudge, nudge. Wink, wink.
Яick Harris PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Яick Harris (member) 11 years ago
09-30-2007

Nuit Blanche

Nuit Blanche

Went to an art festival in Toronto, Nuit Blanche. The intent was to bring art to the masses, which is code for present as much pretentious crap as possible. While some of it was very good, the crowds were massive and some of the work was really silly. For instance, one video installation invited you to text message how you intend to stop global warming. Your messages were displayed on a billboard-sized screen on Queen Street. One of the messages read: I intend to hold my farts in longer. You see what happens when you bring art to the masses? You get fart jokes.

The balloons were fun and some of the galleries had lovely work. And me and my daughter had a hoot walking around downtown Toronto until 2:00 am.

Also watched my good buddies complete the Toronto Waterfront Marathon.
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Oh and WOW!
It looks like you went to visit the Shire on the 28th.
And...that's a funny looking pug?
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
yes, eb, what doesn't kill me (or castrate me) makes me stronger :-)
Dragonhide 11 years ago
hahahahahhaa fart jokes.. haha Oh geez.
ebilflindas 11 years ago
But did it make you (or rather, the part of you that was hurt) s t r o n g e r?

Boy, Nuit Blanche sounds...[sorry about this]...artsy...

say it with me...

...FARTSY!
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
eb ... you made me laugh very hard.

that's awful :)
ebilflindas 11 years ago
My work is done here.

I've had a lot of fun...You've been a great audience!
Don't forget to tip your waitress.

Thank you! I'll be here all week!
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
10-03-2007

^

North Durham

The old Toronto to Lindsay CP railway. It runs along the southern edge of the Oak Ridges Moraine. Rarely does it see any traffic. Great place to practice levitating.
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Ohhhhh...

I thought you'd jumped the tracks and gone off the rails!
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
umm, eb -- you should be pun-ished for those puns :)
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
10-05-2007

Burleigh Falls

Burleigh Falls

This was a long weekend up here in Canada. We celebrate our Thanksgiving earlier than our neighbours. We have an earlier harvest, so we celebrate in early October.

The fall colours are at their peak in the area around the cottage. The weather was wet and warm. I was able to escape the in-laws by going for a long canoe ride. The next day I went for a long lovely drive in the colours.

I pass this spot on the weekends we go to the cottage. I love this spot. In the summer people swim in the currents. Fortunately there is no undertow. The water is about 4' deep at this point. The flow is controlled by a dam upstream. In the spring water roars through the falls because of run-off.

Burleigh Falls in winter and summer.
friuduric 11 years ago
Hope you had a good Thanksgiving, then!

The sound of water is one of my favorite things. Thats why I love waterfalls of all types, large or small.

--Imperatrix
Adventures on Sabbatical
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
10-06-2007

Off the Dock

Off the Dock

We had a wet, warm weekend with extended periods of visiting with the in-laws. Hey I love my in-laws, but I love my time alone too. I retreated to the canoe and took a lovely long canoodle. It was heaven. We are slowly approaching the cold season. I will take this weather anytime!
Яick Harris PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Яick Harris (member) 11 years ago
10-07-2007

Last flower

Last Flower Standing

The colours and the remaining flowers stand proud, waiting for winter.

We had a lovely Thanksgiving. We had our meal on Saturday and feasted on leftovers for the remainder of the weekend.
jelliajamb 11 years ago
did it really look that perfect? vicariously soaking up the quiet and prettiness so, thanks!
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
It was proud and pretty, personifying perfection. :)
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
10-08-2007

End of Summer

End of Summer

Pretty pictures were pretty easy to find this weekend. They literally fell from the trees. We are blessed with beautiful falls in Canada. Waterfalls and autumns.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Astounding beautiful stuff.

I hear you loud and clear about the in-laws. Mine have been living with us for 4 weeks, visiting from Spain. They go back home tomorrow.

*looking around the room making sure no one is looking*

YAY!
jelliajamb 11 years ago
not to say that the flower twernt pretty, but we must have posted at the same time - I was really struck by the canoe trip shot and was posting about it. We canoed our local river and it was lovely, but still very muddy water and nowhere near the prettiness of your river there.
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
Rick unmark those pretty leaves PRIVATE for the love of god. i cannot fav it until you do.

*clucks
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
Thanks Tim. 4 weeks. Oy! My sympathies buddy!
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
It is that lovely. We are very lucky to be in a quiet bay on a large lake. It is remote northern Ontario). I love this spot.
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
They're now public. Fav away!
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
10-09-2007

End of Summer

End of Summer

Found this tire under a bridge over a small narrows between two lakes. This lake is about 10 minutes away from Lake St. Peter. I love this area.

It's just me and the kids for the next few days as my wife is traveling to Ottawa. Hopefully we survive without her -- she is our single civilizing influence.
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
10-11-2007

Whitby Ontario

Whitby Harbour - Long Exposure

Went downtown to meet with my Urban Explorer buddies. We are planning for next year's Contact photography exhibit (entitled Between History and Memory). Which is a fitting theme for the industrial decay that Urban Explorers capture.

Stopped off at the harbour to experiment with long exposures.
Яick Harris PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Яick Harris (member) 11 years ago
10-14-2007

Tractorial

Tractorial

Very busy these days. My wife was out of town last week and up cleaning the cottage over the weekend. Which meant I took over the household duties. We survived without any major disasters.

Early Sunday morning while my teenage kids were still nestled in their beds, I stole away and took some pictures. This is an abandoned tractor in a field north of my hometown.

My son played his first two hockey games this weekend. Scored twice in the opener.

Record: 1 win 1 tie 0 losses
Goals: 2 goals 0 assists
PIM: 2 minutes
----
Sat Oct 13: 7-2
Sun Oct 14: 1-1
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Abandoned farm machinery are so photogenic!
sunshinecity 11 years ago
Oh gees... just look at those wonderful colours!!!
I'm so jealous!

BTW, we had our Nuit Blanche (Notte Bianca) too!!
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
Thanks Tim.

Notte Bianca -- sounds much more romantic.
Thanks for the encouraging words!
friuduric 11 years ago
I'm sensing a color theme here. Nobody does orange like Mother Nature in the autumn.

Your son is sure in his element in hockey. PIM = puck in motion? (I'm assuming 2 minutes is good, yeah?)

--Imperatrix
Adventures on Sabbatical
Яick Harris PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Яick Harris (member) 11 years ago
Nope -- PiM == penalties in minutes. He was penalized for tripping. He took his lumps and served his 2 minutes like a man :)
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
10-15-2007

Grass 'n Glass

Grass 'n' Glass

I moved offices. I now have a window. This is a big deal for me. I'm very excited.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
YES!! offices with windows! Congratulations is in order!

I wondered PIM too.. thanks for asking Imperatrix :)
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
10-16-2007

Ajax

Ajax

An old bridge, built in 1911, given a makeover.
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