Saturday, 18 February 2017

More Oldies
February 18th, 2017

I have to admit, I'm apprehensively following the 'soap opera' to our south, but I need a break, so back to my blog. 

I'm definitely slowing down on 'getting out with the camera' so I dug up some more from the past.

Child in Africa. Is the white 'powder' for the sun? The loving hand on his shoulder is something we all understand.
























Talented tea-pourer in Morocco. You may have seen this on my Facebook page.  I'm taking a break from posting on Facebook, though I'm still following what others post.





















 

'Academic Conversation' in Portugal.















Young girl fishing in St. Catharines, Ontario.

















All smiles are heart-warming, but when a young child smiles, it lights the world around. But his mother's smile is a warm one too... can't remember what country this was in... somewhere south.





















Chatting as they walk... Cuba.

















I don't like face-ons, but this guy set himself up for us tourists, and I do like to give to them, so I took the shot. He knows what tourists like obviously... Cuba.


















On my walking path... a bit of doctoring.











After an airshow near home... the second guy from the left is how I felt when I took the shot.















'School Chums'... this is in my top-10 favourites... I love the pose I happened to catch them in. Walking home from school in Casablanca, Morocco in a famous tourist spot... but they're just going home. Kids (and adults) are much more likely to hold hands as they walk than we are in this part of the world. That says something, don't you think?















'Young Conversation'... St. Catharines, Ontario.















Farm near home.











A clever turn of a common phrase I thought... on a Paris doorstep.


































Not really sure what his expression says but he doesn't look impressed... Morocco.










'Let Me In'... I've taken dozens of shots of our neighbour's cat but this is one of my favourites. She visits us a lot. We often find her sleeping on our patio furniture.


RJ insists on taking his hockey bag himself. :-)

















Back to see what the I've missed in the last hour... it's hard to keep up with the 'Pres'.

 More blog later... probably more oldies the way things are going.

Take care,
Bob




Monday, 6 February 2017

More of my favourites
February 6th, 2017

Still no recent images to offer you.

More personal favourites. Jane & the pigeons.






















At Cobourg, Ontario















In Switzerland. 3 & 3.












People-watching people in Cuba... don't we all people-watch?














Going home? Egypt.
















Barn near home...















Lake Ontario...












Churchill statue in Paris... the two people make all the difference for me.























Toronto skyline from Oshawa lakefront.
Dad getting the kids ready for fishing.















One of Jane's favourites too... along the Seine.















Grandfather & child I assume... Russia.






















 
Do you prefer it in B&W? I do... colors distract in this case I think. B&W lets you concentrate on the humanity.


Hadzabi tribe member in Africa. It's almost hard to believe that they still exist in our time of smartphones & excessive technology.





















This one violates photography rules... they should be walking into the frame, not out of it, but I took the approach that they were going home.














Jane on a bridge near home. Another of my all-time favourites. Why? Can't explain it.





















 


Kids in Cusco... I think. The location doesn't matter. Only their expressions do.















On a Cuban beach..."Wait for me." Sisters?















Kids in Spain. One of my all time favourites.  No comment. What comes to mind with you?
















Take care,
Bob
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Saturday, 21 January 2017

More Personal Favourites
January 21st, 2017

Still haven't been out with the camera. Have been watching the world reaction to Trump. Where I was previously thinking he might turn out to be better than many thought, I now wonder what the hell is ahead for the world. I agree with you Gene... he's scary. Is he really at heart, an idiot? And it's only Day 2.

So to take a break from world news, and put my head back in the sand maybe, I'll post some pictures. :-)

This post is all shots from a Toronto outing. I love street photography. Henri-Cartier Bresson has always been an inspiration to me. I could only dream of coming up with something to compare to any of his memorable shots.

Many of these are what some call "a moment in time". That moment is gone, but it's been recorded. These are the type of shots that no one else could possibly have captured, unless they were there beside you at the time. Even then, the split second before or later that they took their shot, it would be different. 

These are all in B&W. Colour can distract. B&W lets you look at the overall scene without pulling your eyes to a shirt, dress, etc.

























Street shopping.

















I prefer shots of people who are not looking at the camera. When anyone looks at a camera, they put on a camera face. They may try to look natural but I don't think that's possible. You see a camera looking at you, your expression changes. It has to.














The dog... whose is it?... the conversation at the table. We share their lives for an instant.














She saw me with the camera. No camera-face here.





















Two guys, two newspapers. No doubt reading two different articles.















Waiting for the bus. One inside the shelter, three out. One on a cell phone?















Got the coffee. Get the little one ready and we're off.


















I caught them in step... just luck. Though I was in the ROM Museum at the time, I was looking for street shots. I guess she wasn't in the mood for coffee.















Another taken from inside the ROM. They're pretty much in step too. Again, just luck.
















He looks tired. Time for a break. Just outside the ROM.

















Another just outside the ROM. Dogs can add to a shot.





















Outside the ROM. Though we were visiting the ROM, I took very few shots inside it.















Studying or just reading?
















Her stride caught my eye. She wasn't just strolling by.

















"Should We Go In?" I wonder if they did.













This has always been a special favourite of mine. Four people, four lives sharing a space for an instant. Hard to say why some images have special appeal to me. It varies with us all so I won't try to explain why it's special to me. 

In fact, it may be boring as hell to some. Some people just like pictures of kids, family, pets and flowers. Different folks, different strokes.















The last time I was here (Toronto) it was plastered with advertising. I don't think you'll be able to get a shot like this anymore.












This was in the Science Centre in Toronto. I'm guessing she was trying to figure out where to go next, or maybe how to get out of the place.

Pulling out favourites let's me relive some times from the past. Not venturing out the camera as much as I used to means I'll be doing more of this I guess. I hope some of the shots may bring back memories for some of you as well.

Memories are in large part what photography is all about, isn't it?

Take care,
Bob




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