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Posted by: oldraven 10-Nov-2003, 09:17 AM
And now, it's time for me to join in the fun. wink.gif

Posted by: oldraven 10-Nov-2003, 04:18 PM These are all of the DA 3D design submissions in order of latest sub date. My favorite artist is, his renderings are beyond belief. Almost all fantasy related. This is my favorite so far.

As for the photo. I'm not sure what kind of tree. I blew through a whole roll at the dog park when the autumn colours were out. I named the series Autumn Lights. I've got lots more.

Posted by: oldraven 11-Nov-2003, 09:55 AM
The Stoning Tree.

Posted by: oldraven 11-Nov-2003, 06:51 PM
Autumn Lights 2

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Autumn Lights 12

Posted by: oldraven 12-Nov-2003, 10:51 AM
There. biggrin.gif Hopefully that'll make things easier on Macfive.

To show you what I mean by the reflections having a pinkish border.
It's quite large, made to be addapted for a desktop wallpaper, so full view is necesary. smile.gif

'39 Ford Tudor

If you would like a full size wallpaper, pm me. I also have it with the modern Blue Oval Ford emblem, or without.

Posted by: oldraven 13-Nov-2003, 09:37 AM

Autumn Lights 24

Posted by: oldraven 14-Nov-2003, 12:58 PM

Jasper Park Lodge

Posted by: oldraven 14-Nov-2003, 02:08 PM

I just got off the phone with Ange. has caused quite a stir already. thumbs_up.gif

Posted by: oldraven 17-Nov-2003, 09:53 AM
Thanks a lot, desertrose. As Keltic said, Jasper is in the Alberta Rockies, about three hours west of Edmonton. It's very humbling out there. If you want to know just how small you are, just stand at the foot of one of those mountains. I'll post some more for you. smile.gif

Angela and I went to Calgary, over to Canmore, to Banff, up to Lake Louise, then to Jasper for a vacation road trip two years ago. We camped in our tent everywhere we went, and it was one of the best times I've ever had. It was quite hard to go back to work after that.

Last September Angela's company sent everyone to the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge for the weekend. Very posh, and quite relaxing. It's like it's own town in there. The lodges base at $500 a night, so it's not something we could afford to do on our own, but would love to, of course.

This was the view from our lodge porch. Could you imagine waking up in the morning to that? Sipping coffee on the log porch watching squirels and listening to nothing but the birds.

Posted by: oldraven 17-Nov-2003, 12:09 PM
Richard, this is where the real fishing is.

The St. Mary's River in Nova Scotia has some of the best Salmon fishing in the world. And if you're looking for Salmon, you want Atlantic Salmon.

Posted by: oldraven 17-Nov-2003, 12:46 PM
Truth be told, and I get flack for this ALL the time, I've only caught one fish in my entire life. One piddly little lake trout.

Never got into it. Growing up with ADD, it's not easy to stand still for very long and stare at the rippling river without running into the woods or down the stream. But I do know quite a few people who are heavy into hauling fish out of the water. My brother, for instance. And if you're going to St. Mary's, you'll be able to find a guide easier than dropping a hat. There are a billion rivers and streams on that little peninsula, so there's lots of fishing to do whether you want a guide or not.

Here's a picture of the IceFields, between Lake Louise and Jasper. It was taken with a Kodak Fun Saver, so the quality's crap. Our Minolta was under the weather.

Posted by: oldraven 18-Nov-2003, 12:52 PM
QUOTE (Angel Whitefang (Rider) @ Nov 18 2003, 02:48 AM)
Breath Taking....absolutly Breath Taking !

And that was in the middle of the summer. August, actually. I was wearing shorts, sandals and a muscle shirt when I took that. cool.gif

Posted by: oldraven 18-Nov-2003, 12:59 PM
Buffy at about two months.

Posted by: oldraven 18-Nov-2003, 01:46 PM
QUOTE (Angel Whitefang (Rider) @ Nov 18 2003, 12:03 PM)

Buffy is sooooooooo CUTE!



After her first Halloween.

Posted by: oldraven 21-Nov-2003, 04:21 PM
Nice, desertrose. I'm a bit of a doggy freak, and that's some great work.

I've actually got a shot of Buffy making that expression.

Posted by: oldraven 21-Nov-2003, 04:37 PM
And another to go with it.

Posted by: oldraven 23-Nov-2003, 01:26 AM
Very nice ladies. Do you get a lot of comissions for pet portraits, desertrose?

Angel, here's a sunset for you. biggrin.gif

Posted by: CelticRose 23-Nov-2003, 01:35 AM
Absolutely the most beautiful sunset, Old Raven! Have you won awards and sold your photography? I am sure the answer is yes to both. You do outstanding work!

Yes, I have done lots of commissioned pet portraits. In fact, I spent two years just doing them alone. Could not even get to my other genre, Native American and desert wildlife, at the time.

Posted by: oldraven 24-Nov-2003, 02:24 PM
QUOTE (desertrose @ Nov 23 2003, 01:04 AM)
Angel!  Love the red sunset.  You are so creative.  You must have quiet an imagination!

OldRaven -- What?????????????  You have never entered a contest or sold your work?  Now, this is a hint! Get your work out there.  I have done many art shows for many years and I have seen a lot of good photography, but yours surpasses a lot of what I have seen!.....really!  This isn't BS I am giving here.  Get your work out and let others enjoy it as well.  I am sure you will reap many benefits once you do.  thumbs_up.gif

Flattery will get you no where..........except that big soft spot in my ticker. wink.gif

I'd like to, but for now, I'm just enjoying the hobby part of it. Perhaps one day when I have prints bigger than 3x5". king.gif

Autumn Lights - 21

Posted by: oldraven 24-Nov-2003, 05:16 PM
Will do, desertrose, will do. smile.gif I'll do it for myself for now. And if I ever get the confidence in my work where I can get a showing, I'll simply do it for the show. I have no plans to become a proffesional photographer.

Autumn Lights - 4 (this one went whitewash on me)

Posted by: oldraven 24-Nov-2003, 07:51 PM
I don't think I posted this in this thread, but here's the old Minolta I use. I'm sure it cost a small fortune in its day, but I picked it up for about $100 Canadian on Ebay after our old one, of the same make and model that Ange got at a flea market for $50, started leaking light. Repairs would have cost around $250-500, so buying another was the only option. At least the first one had a wide angle 28:1 lens, and the new one (actually older) had the original 50:1. Plus, we've got a spare XG-1 body, if we ever damage the case.

Something about these old 35mm SLRs that digitals just can't touch. king.gif

Posted by: CelticRose 03-Sep-2004, 12:08 AM
OR! You know I am your biggest fan! You should be doing this professionally!

Posted by: susieq76 03-Sep-2004, 12:01 PM
CelticRose is right, oldraven! Your pictures bring tranquility to my soul. It's also great to hear from a fellow ADDer thumbs_up.gif Both my daughter and me have been blessed with that mess lol.gif (emphasis on the blessed) You really should look into professionally taking photographs. And I love your dog, Buffy! Our golden retriever/irish setter mix, Amber, passed away a month ago, so for right now I am living vicariously through other dog owners biggrin.gif

Posted by: ANNHAM 16-Sep-2004, 09:45 PM
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Jasper Park Lodge

Old Raven,
I noticed that this is an old post, but since I'm a newbie, I just "found" it.. It is a beautiful place.
Where is it??
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Posted by: oldraven 17-Sep-2004, 09:17 AM
Hello Annham. smile.gif That's at the Jasper Park Lodge (obviously) in Jasper, Alberta. One of the wonderful Rocky Mountain towns that hosts breathtaking views and world class skiing.

The lodges there start at $500 a night, and that's for a strip lodge, with three cabins each. That porch view shot is literally the scene from where we sat and read in the afternoons, or sipped coffee (among other things wink.gif ). Angela's boss payed for everyone and a guest to take the long weekend there. One of my all time favorite weekends, needless to say.

Posted by: ANNHAM 17-Sep-2004, 07:36 PM
WOW, what a nice Boss biggrin.gif
That's a lovely place... Wish I could go there some day.

Posted by: oldraven 21-Sep-2004, 09:03 AM
Some fullo brought in this 1931 Ferrari Grand Prix race car replica to my brothers' shop. The only thing is, the first Ferrari wasn't built until 1940, and even then, it was forced, by Alfa Romeo, to cary the name Auto Avia 815. The first car to wear Enzo's name was the Type 125, (125 was the size of all 12 cylinders, coming in at a whopping 1500cc ), and that came to life as a pure race car in 1947.

This is actually a VW 1600cc air cooled chassis with, what appears to be, an old Alfa body, since they were producing back in '27. Or a Fiat, who was in the game since 1905, when it won the Congo de Ventoux hill climb. That car had a 16.2L (16,200cc) beast.

It's funny to look at, because it has this huge nose, with nothing in it but a battery and gas tank, where anything from a huge inline 4 to a tiny screaming V12 would have been at home. It's fully fiberglass and has all the weight directly over the rear transaxle. Donuts anyone? Could you imagine the fun you could have with this sort of machine. I'll make a thread in the garage so you can see some other views.

This car is one true bastard, but it's one of the coolest things I've ever seen. cool.gif

Posted by: oldraven 21-Sep-2004, 09:39 AM
Oh, and I updated the earlier photos, so they work now, and they're not so small you can't make them out. smile.gif

Posted by: susieq76 21-Sep-2004, 10:57 AM
Those are awesome, oldraven! Would it be alright to make them into a slideshow for my desktop? They are so relaxing and beautiful!

Posted by: oldraven 21-Sep-2004, 11:12 AM
Oh, absolutely. Like I've said before, this is a hobby. For my own enjoyment. If others enjoy it too, that's a bonus. laugh.gif So, by all means, play away. I'm actually quite flattered.

Posted by: oldraven 21-Sep-2004, 11:28 AM
This shot was taken from our road trip around the Alberta Rockies. We found this place just east of Jasper. Not far from the Park boundary. The entire clump of hills here are sand deposits mounted high up on rock outcroppings. Sort of like sand dunes that don't move. It feels like walking on the beach in the middle of a mountain delta.

Minolta XG-1 200 ISO, 500 SS, 1:28 fixed lens

(I thought I'd posted these later ones, but I guess not)

Posted by: oldraven 21-Sep-2004, 11:31 AM
This shot was taken from our road trip around the Alberta Rockies. Moraine Lake is 25 minutes away from Lake Louise. You drive up the side of a mountain, and down into a pass. For you Canadians about 20 and older, you'll notice this from the back of the old $20.

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Posted by: oldraven 21-Sep-2004, 11:33 AM
A different view over the same lake. smile.gif

Posted by: celtica 21-Sep-2004, 11:47 AM
Yes, you already posted the last ones (I can't remember where rolleyes.gif ), but they are so beautiful, it's a pleasure to see them again smile.gif

Posted by: oldraven 21-Sep-2004, 11:59 AM
Thanks. I thought I had, just can't find out where. They probably got eaten when this place was revamped. laugh.gif That's alright though. I'm sure it helps that I shrunk all the images this time around. Some of those things were 500kb, and now are around 80.

Posted by: CelticRose 21-Sep-2004, 03:36 PM
Gosh! OR! You make me want to move to Canada! Those photos are so awesomely beautiful. I know this is just a hobby for you, but don't they have a magazine there called Canada Highways? We have one here called Arizona Highways that have photos no better than yours!

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Posted by: oldraven 22-Sep-2004, 09:23 AM
Aren't you just overflowing with encouragement. biggrin.gif Thanks Rose.

Here's another repost, since it got eaten too.

The Sisters

Well, not really sisters. Just one. Ivy, who is my real sister, is the one in the middle, Angela, my wife, is on the end, and Buffy, my beloved pup, is .... well, that's pretty obvious.

We were waiting for about 45 minutes for the sun to go down behind the hills that encompas the Bras D'or lake in Cape Breton, a peninsula off the tip of New Scotland, my home. It used to be an island, until they put the causway in. The point was to wait until that time where the red sun lights up the bottom of the clouds, and reflect over the lake and give a dark silouette of the hills. I look to my right, and this is what I see. Before they had a chance to even notice what I was doing, I prepped the shot and took it. I think it came out better than the one we were waiting for.

On a side note, it's amazing how many people will stop to talk, or point out something interesting you should take a picture of, when you have a tripod.

Posted by: oldraven 22-Sep-2004, 09:31 AM
Thief In The Night

I found this on the road entering an old abandoned pig farm in rural Alberta. A wheasle must have taken the egg and had a feast. Damn thieves.

Posted by: CelticRose 22-Sep-2004, 01:07 PM
I just love this photo, The Sisters! Awesome lighting that couldn't have been better and you captured a very special moment with all three characters experiencing the time and occurence of the day. smile.gif

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Thanks again, Rose. smile.gif

Posted by: ANNHAM 22-Sep-2004, 08:22 PM
I love the pics of the lake Oldrav,
They are so peaceful looking.

Posted by: cori 13-Oct-2004, 02:21 PM
*lets out a sigh* I love the pics of Lac Moraine. How beautiful! happy.gif

Posted by: oldraven 13-Oct-2004, 02:54 PM
Thank you so much, Cori, and Anne (sorry I didn't see this one right away Anham sad.gif ). We spent the better part of the day just walking around the woods by this lake. There were brooks and streams everywhere, and moss covered stones. You can rent a canoe there as well. I wish we had time for that, but we also had the dog with us, and that's just not an option. laugh.gif

Posted by: oldraven 13-Oct-2004, 10:04 PM
One of those brooks I was talking about. One of many. smile.gif

Posted by: oldraven 13-Oct-2004, 10:12 PM
And doubtlessly THE worst picture I've taken since my teens, but the scene is cool, so I'll share it. It was taken on that same hike, and I crawled down into this crevice looking down to the lake. You can't tell from here, but my head is about three or four feet lower than soles of Ange's feet. I have no idea why I did this, because I'm incredibly afraid of heights. Oh, and it's not my picture, (obviously), I just set it up. The one I took of Ange and the dog is much better.

................ unsure.gif Why didn't I just post that one?

Posted by: urian 14-Oct-2004, 11:41 AM
I love the motion in the brook. Very nice.
If you dont mind, I saved it to my hard drive

Posted by: CelticRose 14-Oct-2004, 12:55 PM
Both of them are wonderful pics, OR! Boy you were brave in that one photo. I am terrified of heights too, but it made an awesome pic! thumbs_up.gif

Posted by: susieq76 14-Oct-2004, 01:19 PM
I agree. What gorgeous pics, oldraven.

Posted by: oldraven 14-Oct-2004, 01:22 PM
Thanks Urian. And no, I have no problem with that. It's actually a really small pic, so I'll upload a larger version when I get a chance.

Rose, thanks again. I took the shot of Ange and the dog from the same perspective, but I had wished she were farther down. I wasn't going to ask her to do that though, so for the sake of a cool shot, I did it myself. tongue.gif I scared myself a few times, both crawling down, and scrambling back up. That's some VERY loose gravel there. blink.gif

And thank you, susieq. smile.gif I'm going to find a few more of these brook pictures. I know there's at least one more good shot around of the water.

Posted by: Irish Stepper 14-Oct-2004, 02:49 PM
Hey OR! You take beautiful pictures. I just bought a digital camera, and I'm waiting for the leaves to turn, so I can start snapping away! If you don't mind, I'm going to use some of your autumn pics for backrounds on my computers. They are really great! thumbs_up.gif cool.gif

Posted by: oldraven 20-Oct-2004, 07:30 AM
Be my guest, IS. If you want larger images, let me know, and I'll get them for you. smile.gif

Posted by: dragonboy3611 08-Nov-2004, 03:01 PM
All your pictures are amazing...I wish I could capture beatiful photos like that! laugh.gif

Posted by: oldraven 21-Jan-2005, 09:08 AM
Thanks dragonboy. (yeah, that's one really delayed echo tongue.gif ) I'm glad you enjoyed them. smile.gif

Posted by: oldraven 19-Feb-2005, 10:19 PM
This is the '05 Lamborghini Murciellago Roadster that was at the Edmonton Motor Show here two weekends ago. VERY..... nice..... car

Anyway, I discovered why you need a flash indoors, or at least 800iso film. But it was the first time I got to use my macro lens since messing around on Christmas day. That too was a mistake. tongue.gif I should have just stuck with the 1:28 fixed. Oh well. I still enjoy seeing the cars, which was the purpose of taking the pictures. I'll know better for next time. wink.gif There's no such thing as too much light.

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Posted by: CelticRose 21-Feb-2005, 03:00 PM
OR I think it is a great photo! Great looking car too! How are you enjoying your new Minolta equipment?

Posted by: oldraven 22-Feb-2005, 09:09 AM
Thanks Rose. smile.gif It really is an amazing automobile.

Well, I'm enjoying it a lot. The only thing I need to work on is knowing the application of each piece of equipment. Indoors, always use the flash. Automotive, use a wider focal length than a macro can give you, because you want the whole car to be in focus, not just the front, or door.

Trial and error, right? smile.gif

Hey, did you ever get your flash working on both cameras?

Posted by: CelticRose 22-Feb-2005, 03:29 PM
yep, that is what photography and art is all about and how we learn is by trial and error! I have had some of the best stuff I did come out because of error! LOL

Well, I didn't get the flash to work on both cameras. I need to take it to a camera shop but that is an hour from me and I just have been too lazy to drive down there. However, I got my old Canon flash to work again and so I use that one on one camera and the new one I bought on eBay on the other camera. That way I have flashes on both cameras and different lenses on them too. So either way it works out and I am happy! smile.gif thumbs_up.gif

Posted by: oldraven 03-Aug-2005, 12:36 PM
Hi everybody. smile.gif It's been a while since I've been in here, but I finally have some new pictures to share. These first ones are just a few good ones I squeezed out of the digital. wink.gif I took over six rolls of film in the eight days, so when I get those developed, I can share those. I reeeeally hope they turn out.

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This one's more of a fun shot, than a quality one. biggrin.gif
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Posted by: Aaediwen 03-Aug-2005, 04:46 PM
Absolutely Stunning!! I love scenes, and you've got some nice ones there smile.gif WOW!!

Posted by: oldraven 03-Aug-2005, 09:47 PM
Thank you, so much, Aaediwen. Yes, scenes. BC sort of lays them out for you to take for yourself. smile.gif

Posted by: CelticRose 04-Aug-2005, 04:04 PM
Those are some really awesome photos, OR! Love the scenes, but the one of Coira is absolutely terrific! I love portraiture anyway. Great job! thumbs_up.gif

Posted by: oldraven 05-Aug-2005, 03:16 PM
Thank you, dear. smile.gif I had to make it a point to take some pictures of people this time around.

Here is a shot from the SLR that came out. It was taken at Athabasca falls. It was drizzling, so there was absolutely noone there.

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Posted by: oldraven 05-Aug-2005, 03:21 PM
And another. biggrin.gif

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Posted by: Irish Stepper 05-Aug-2005, 03:31 PM
You've outdone yourself again OR! Beautiful pictures. cool.gif The baby one looks hauntingly like one my mother has of me! LOL! Let's hope that one never makes it onto the internet. wink.gif

Posted by: CelticRose 06-Aug-2005, 11:26 PM
More awesome photos, OR! It is good to see you posting again and showing your photos again as well! You do such awesome photography!

Posted by: Haldur 13-Aug-2005, 07:34 PM
Wow! Amazing artwork, truly. Makes me wanna go out and buy a cam!

Posted by: stoirmeil 14-Aug-2005, 11:40 AM
You've got a wonderful eye for the grand rhythm of those textured rock formations. I wonder, do you think about doing them in black and white as well as color, just for sheer form?

Posted by: oldraven 23-Aug-2005, 11:18 AM
Thanks everybody. king.gif I appreciate the comments, a lot. Although, credit is hard to take when you're doing photography like this. It's more the job of a messenger than an artist. wink.gif

IS, I'm sure we'd all love to see that pic. biggrin.gif Don't hold back on us, now.

Rose, your words are humbling and so kind, as usual. smile.gif

Haldur, git'er done. There's a camera out there with your name on it. laugh.gif

Stoirmeil, wow, thank you. smile.gif And yes, I've done a few in b&w. I'm sure as I get more rolls developed, I'll find some more suitable for monochrome. smile.gif

Anyway, here's another scene taken from the side of the road around Revelstoke. smile.gif Man, I'm loving that 80-200 zoom.

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Posted by: oldraven 04-Jan-2007, 09:32 AM
I see that it has been quite a while since I posted anything (pictures or words), so I chose a few of my favorites from the last year. smile.gif They need to be processed yet, so the contrast is a tad hazy.

This was taken at Victoria Park in Truro, Nova Scotia, in October. Angela was perfect in this, as was her outfit quite suitable.

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Ange, being Ange. wink.gif

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A couple photo, of sorts.

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The view of the same space, from the cliff opposite. I was literally on my arse/belly scrambling to the edge for this. Had to hang over the cliff a bit, holding a tree, just to get the nearer leaves and branches out of the shot.

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A familiar photo from the other end of the country.

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Posted by: oldraven 04-Jan-2007, 09:40 AM
These were taken at Inverness beach in, you guessed it, Inverness, Cape Breton. It's a small town on the West coast of the Cape, where the Northumberland Straight crashes in huge surf into the sandy coast.

This is Buffy, running up the path. smile.gif

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Posted by: oldraven 04-Jan-2007, 09:42 AM
Coira's mini photoshoot on her Grandparent's lawn.

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Posted by: oldraven 04-Jan-2007, 09:48 AM
I hate to flood this any more than I already have, but here is a version of that Inverness Beach photo (second one).

Posted by: Lady of the Loch 04-Jan-2007, 11:23 AM
those are really beautiful pictures!

Posted by: oldraven 04-Jan-2007, 12:58 PM
Thanks, Lady. smile.gif

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Posted by: Rindy 05-Jan-2007, 10:13 AM
Very nice photos. I could look at them all day. What a beautiful little girl. Thanks for posting those Old Raven..

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Posted by: haynes9 05-Jan-2007, 09:57 PM
Stunning photos, OR! Very nicely done! Thanks for sharing them and please do so anytime! Candy for the eyes!

Have a great day!

Posted by: oldraven 08-Jan-2007, 07:54 AM
John, Rindy, Haynes, thank you all. smile.gif Taking the pictures is more than a pleasure. Sharing with those who enjoy them is all a bonus.

I have more suitable photos to post, but I can't get them from here.

Thanks again, everyone. I'm glad you all like them, even in these raw details.

Posted by: oldraven 24-Aug-2007, 08:54 PM
Ange took some pictures of Coira when she put her new bucket on as a helmet, and captured this gem. I had to do something with it, it was so perfect. biggrin.gif

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Posted by: sisterknight 27-Aug-2007, 11:55 AM
you are right it is perfection!!but angels are always easy to picture, eh?

Posted by: Rindy 28-Aug-2007, 01:00 PM
oldraven- that picture is just precious!! Melts my heart. Thank you for sharing these..keep them looking.


Posted by: CelticRose 01-Sep-2007, 07:41 AM
Oh my! I am really behind in here! OR, awesome photos as usual! My, Coira has grown and what a cutie! Love the natural lighting! Thanks for sharing and I look forward to seeing more!

Posted by: oldraven 11-Oct-2007, 05:46 AM
Thank you, lassies. I'm glad you liked it. I'll be sure to pass those pats on the back on to Angela. smile.gif

This is a new one I took on Tuesday. I was piling wood in the shop and saw this guy on the wall.... about six inches from a light bulb. Well, I knew the lighting wouldn't get any better. tongue.gif I'm really starting to feel the limitations of the stock lens, as this macro is as close as I could get. Still, I think it takes up just the right amount of frame. The funny thing is he's (and I assign gender without proper knowledge wink.gif ) actually vertical.

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Posted by: CelticRose 19-Oct-2007, 07:55 PM
Awesome photo, OR! And your right, the lighting couldn't have been any better! Like the horizontal view. wink.gif

Posted by: oldraven 11-Dec-2007, 07:34 AM
Oh, thanks Rose! I haven't been in this thread in a while.

Anyway, I haven't added anything in a while, so here are a few shots of the 'pond' across the road from our house, and Pringles Lake, which is about two minutes away on my daily commute. I had the Canon mounted on my tripod and ran out to catch these before leaving for work. There were bucket-loads of dew on the weeds, though, so I arrived at work with my pants soaked half way up my thighs. tongue.gif

These are stock and un-doctored photos, so forgive me if the colours don't exactly pop.

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I really like this one. Believe it or not, that is the moon, and yes, those are stars. I took these probably two hours after sunset with a 30second exposure.

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These aren't spectacular photos, but they were fun to take and I enjoy them for their honesty. wink.gif

Posted by: CelticRose 11-Dec-2007, 08:16 AM
Absolutely breathtaking, even in raw honesty! You are such a wonderful photographer and I strive to be as good as you one day.

It is true what you say about honest photos. It is hard to know which are true and what is not anymore with all these editing programs out there.

Thanks so much for sharing. I truly love your work! You also live in an awesome area....a place I hope to visit one day. smile.gif

Posted by: oldraven 24-Sep-2008, 08:32 AM
Hi everybody. A very belated thank you again, Rose. These are a little less honest, but not much has changed other than some work with B/C and a bit of saturation (very little, the reds you see here are pretty much exactly what I saw, and no hue adjustments were made).

I saw this just as I was pulling into our road last night and ran to get the camera. smile.gif

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Posted by: valpal59 24-Sep-2008, 08:44 AM
Thank-you for posting the photos Oldraven. They are beautiful. thumbs_up.gif

Posted by: oldraven 25-Sep-2008, 09:28 PM
Thank you Valpal. smile.gif I was actually running back to the highway to get these. (we're the first house off the highway) Those clouds were cruising, and I didn't want to miss it.

Posted by: DesertRose 26-Sep-2008, 12:52 AM
OR, photos are absolutely wonderful! I love seeing Nova Scotia and hope to get there one day myself. Looks like you have access to some wonderful views. Thanks for sharing!

Posted by: Rindy 26-Sep-2008, 11:23 AM
Awesome photos oldraven. I love the reflections and the colors. Thank you for posting these.


Posted by: Aaediwen 26-Sep-2008, 07:16 PM
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Posted by: oldraven 06-Oct-2008, 05:53 AM
Thanks guys. smile.gif Ange and I are taking our late anniversary hiking/camping trip this weekend and I'll hopefully have some new images to share. We're doing a hiking tour through Cape Breton (NW) now that the Celtic Colours Festival is on the go. The colours should be perfect. There's still about a third of the leaves that are still green, but should be all turned by the weekend.

Posted by: oldraven 06-Mar-2009, 11:50 PM
Here are some of the photos from the trip, unaltered. The haze was a little out of control about mid-day when we were on the skyline trail (looking over at the Cabot Trail).

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Posted by: oldraven 06-Mar-2009, 11:51 PM
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Posted by: Harlot 07-Mar-2009, 12:07 AM
Beautiful is all I can say takes my breath away. Thank You for this thumbup.gif

Posted by: oldraven 07-Mar-2009, 09:13 AM
Thank you, Harlot. And no problem. What's the point of taking them if you're not going to share, right? wink.gif

Posted by: Leelee 07-Mar-2009, 09:20 AM
I absolutely love all of your pictures, oldraven smile.gif They are breathtaking note.gif thumbs_up.gif Thanks for sharing smile.gif

Posted by: Camac 07-Mar-2009, 09:27 AM

"And the Gods created Paradise and called it Cape Breton"


Posted by: valpal59 07-Mar-2009, 10:17 AM
I so agree with everyone. They are breathtaking. Heaven on earth. I would really love to see it someday. Do you offer a guide service? biggrin.gif
Thank you for sharing.


Posted by: stoirmeil 07-Mar-2009, 12:18 PM
QUOTE (Camac @ 07-Mar-2009, 10:27 AM)

"And the Gods created Paradise and called it Cape Breton"


Yes, indeed. In fact it seems to me, looking at these, that if you couldn't get the Scottish highlands, Cape Breton would not be a poor substitute. . .

You've got a wonderful eye, oldraven, as I've said before, but you also have some stunning subject matter to work with.

Those rock-and-water shots remind me of a verse from Willam Cullen Bryant's poem "March" (timely, no?):

" . . . Then sing aloud the gushing rills
and the wild brooks from frost set free,
that lightly leaping down the hills
renew their journey to the sea . . ."

(I had one of those sixth-grade teachers that made us memorize things smile.gif)

Posted by: Camac 07-Mar-2009, 12:28 PM

Alexander Grahame Bell chose Cape Breton as his home because it was the closest to the Highlands that could be found outside of Scotland. Old Ravens' pics are gorgeous.


Posted by: Rindy 07-Mar-2009, 12:38 PM
Beautiful photos oldraven. Thanks for sharing these.


Posted by: stoirmeil 07-Mar-2009, 02:39 PM
QUOTE (Camac @ 07-Mar-2009, 01:28 PM)

Alexander Grahame Bell chose Cape Breton as his home because it was the closest to the Highlands that could be found outside of Scotland. Old Ravens' pics are gorgeous.


Did you know they are geologically related of old, my dear? The top half of Scotland above the diagonal rift came in from the west on a shifting tectonic plate many millions of years ago, all the way from the vicinity of Nova Scotia, and ground to a stop on the southern half. Everything about it is different from the south: the stone, the formations, the life it will support -- everything. Even the kind of Scotsman it will produce, as I firmly believe.

A Highlander for me.

Posted by: Camac 07-Mar-2009, 03:54 PM

I did not know that as I have never thought about the geology. Now that you have mentioned it no wonder there is such an affinity between Scotland and Canada.I know I should not do this but just one last little note for glaswegian. Up until the 1960s' there was more Scots-Gaelic spoken in Cape Breton that there was in Scotland. In certain parts it was the only language spoken.


Posted by: oldraven 09-Mar-2009, 06:25 PM
Absolutely true, Camac. But it has since suffered the same fate and has been fully replaced by English as the first language of all Cape Breton residents. Thankfully, our Province has put a lot of resources into reviving the language by promoting Gaelic classes for all ages after hours in select schools, as well as day time classes for the children to get them acquainted with the speech their parents let go. St. Andrews Elementary School in Antigonish Co. is one example of this, and the students had a float in the parade for the Antigonish Highland Games where they brandished posters with Gaelic phrases, greetings, etc., and sang Gaelic songs. There is also St. Anne's Gaelic College in the heart of the Cape Breton Highlands, where many aspects of traditional Gaelic culture are studied. Last, but certainly not least, Antigonish Co. has added a second language to all of their road signs on high traffic highways. This is probably the most important, as it is something we can see every day, though I'm sure one in 200 can properly pronounce the names (myself included, as I've only begun to understand the phonetic structures of the speech). wink.gif

Well, all I can say is thank you so very much. Coming into this thread gives me both a huge boost to my ego, (which probably doesn't need the help), and joy at knowing others get to see the beauty I've been lucky enough to capture and share. I've said it before, the only art involved with nature photography is in trying to show it in its' best light. It's already there. wink.gif

Valpal, any chance to to to the Island I'll take. tongue.gif

That being said, it turns out those photos DO have a bit of touching up. I didn't remember doing it, but going back on the office PC, (I use it primarily for photography now and photoshop work for clients. Day to day, we use the laptop.), I saw that they were doctored. I'm just now learning about colour manipulation, though I'm not sure how to keep these darker areas (river) from hazing out without contrasts turning the entire section black. I've read a bit about layering the photos, so you can take two identical (tripod) photos at different settings and paste them back together later. One photo for the trees and sky, another for the river and rocks. Maybe someday I'll have the time to try that out. biggrin.gif

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To give this photo some perspective, this is shot about 35-40 degrees from vertical, not horizontal. You can see a ledge below with trees growing on it. This is taken from the same height as the other shots looking over at the Cabot Trail highway. Those trees farther below.... I couldn't even guess how far down they are. Try not to get vertigo. wink.gif There are no railings here, but there is a $5000 fine attached to taking one step off of the boardwalk built there.

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Posted by: oldraven 11-Mar-2010, 02:32 PM
These were taken at Uisge (OOSH-ka) Ban Falls, near Baddeck in Cape Breton. We took the kids and dogs out there for a hike on Monday. It was too nice of a day to stay inside, and we wanted to do something to celebrate some recent good news. It may look cold, but it wasn't in the least. The kids' snow pants were soaked by the time we got back to the car. The whole time we were walking on 2 to 3 feet of hard packed snow, so the bridge railings were only up to Seamus's waist. The dogs were there to deter the Coyotes (a girl was attacked and killed last year on the trail those photos above were taken from. The Skyline Trail.). Anyway, since you can't really see the upper falls without climbing gear (ice climbing gear this time of year. You could see where people had been climbing the lower falls.), and the lower falls were just one big chunk of ice, there weren't any photos of the falls worth sharing. I got some shots from behind a wall of ice, which were interesting.

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I don't know what happened here. It must have happened when I transferred the image to the flash drive, because it's like this everywhere but the original on my desktop.

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These are just to show how damn big the falls really are, and also the size of the gorge.

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Posted by: oldraven 11-Mar-2010, 02:35 PM
These are just some family fun photos. smile.gif

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What a goof!

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Posted by: DesertRose 11-Mar-2010, 04:49 PM
Greetings, Old Raven!

It has been a long time since we heard from you. Or is it me? Cause I haven't been too active on here myself. I love CR, but so much going on in my life all the time I forget to visit.

Your photos are wonderful! I personally don't know how you live in snow. Been there and done that and I hated it! Well, I was fine as long as I could stay inside, but I sure hate driving in that stuff.

I was also impressed with how big your kids are now! Wow! What a shock! I bet they keep you busy. Great looking dogs to keep the coyotes away. Are they both German Shepherds?

Great seeing your new photos and know that you all are doing well.


Posted by: wdorholt 11-Mar-2010, 10:29 PM
Great photos oldraven! I would guess it is hard for some to believe that it could ever seem warm when there is snow on the ground, but for those of us who are longing for running water to appear again, this looks pretty darn toasty!

What a beautiful family!

Thanks for sharing!

Posted by: oldraven 12-Mar-2010, 12:25 PM
Thanks to you both. beer_mug.gif

It really wasn't cold at all. The temperatures were between 6-10 (42-50) degrees that day. It was almost warm enough to get that heavy fog that comes from fast melting snow. I only had my jacket liner on, and Ange was wearing a simple hoodie. Plus, it was a 3km walk. Here at the house, there is no snow left in the yard, just the ditches. Then again, what I consider hot is probably sweater weather for you, Rose. biggrin.gif

Seamus couldn't do much walking, though, due to the uneven surface. Coira had such a good time. We pretended it was a treasure hunt, and at every trail map, we would talk about 'clues'. She wasn't that impressed that her treasure ended up being a frozen waterfall, though. wink.gif A natural treasure. She was expecting candy, I'm sure, since we do these hunts at home sometimes, with a map of the property and a box of treats at the end of the 'trail'. It took her about 30 seconds to get over that, though, and start enjoying herself at the destination. She was sliding down the banks on her but with Ange. Her little photo shoot gave us some gems. Most were of her making ridiculous faces.

Posted by: oldraven 12-Mar-2010, 12:29 PM
Oh, and as for the dogs. Buffy is a pure-bred German Police, and Ozwald (Oz) is a Stafordshire mix. They were both good, but Oz shocked me with how well he behaved. He's a bit prone to chasing anything that might even think about moving. I was very proud of them.

Posted by: stoirmeil 15-Mar-2010, 02:53 PM
Uisge Ban -- isn't that "White Water"?

These are lovely, but so cold . . . that one from behind the icicles is interesting. There's a beautiful rhythm in that first one looking upstream over the rocks and into the trees-- it looks like it should be an engraved frontispiece in an old book of poetry or fairy tales.

That boy's eyes are just astonishing. They haven't changed at all. Both those kids are going to be real heartbreakers -- you will have your hands full!

Posted by: oldraven 15-Mar-2010, 04:39 PM
Thanks for the compliments, Stoirmeil. smile.gif

Yes, that is White Water. It's too bad that I couldn't get up to take a proper photo. That one blurry photo of the upper falls only shows the top half of the 52' falls. It really is immense. This random googled photo shows just how big they are.

Both those kids are going to be real heartbreakers -- you will have your hands full!

It's funny, but it sounded like you were using the future tense there. laugh.gif

I'm starting to see my Dad in him now. Those eyes are recessive in both Angela and myself, but they're very much like my brother Jimmie's. Some days they're cold blue, others they're flat grey. In that photo above they're the grey. It seems the name Seamus was very appropriate (my Dad is a James, as is my nephew, who is James III).

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