Virginia and I took a long weekend and spent it doing a great deal of not very much in Niagara Falls Ontario. I can’t say we discovered anything new or earth shattering other than a lack of tourists which was enjoyable. The days were overcast but the imagery we found was wonderful.
I had the wonderful opportunity to shoot an Engagement session for these two fabulous people. It was an overcast day so colours were standing out beautifully. The venue that they chose was an unknown treasure for me. We went to Eldred King Woodlands and it was full of the fall colours. I was lucky to be joined by a friend, Mr. David Clare, who sometimes fills in with us when in need of another shooter. It was a fabulous time.
Chris was all good with anything we wanted to try but we had to get Darina to loosen up just a bit. I loved that she is so formal, but we wanted to get some fun shots too. It was a great day and we had a lot of fun. In the end it was Darina who was having the most fun. She thought little ideas were fabulous and was having a great time being carefree with Chris.
I can’t wait to shoot their wedding as I am sure it will be full of pomp and circumstance. That will be their formal time and it will no doubt be beautiful.
Historic re-enacting is something that I have been involved in for well over 34 years. In trying to recreate the past it is interesting just how much study and effort goes into making sure everything is just right. Not just the late night study sessions but the sitting around the camp fires discussing the historic in’s and out’s of any given time period. It’s hard to know just what draws people to try and recreate the past. If you where to line up 500 historic re-enactors you’d more than likely get 500 different variations on the theme. For the most part, as people, we are interested in where we come from because it also helps us to answer the question of where we are going. These are some of the people that I photographed at Stoney Creek Ontario this past weekend who like me are interested in preserving and presenting the past.
Before the advent of modern communications in the military musicians played a vital role. Not just for playing music to entertain or while on the march. Musicians where also the communications network for every military regiment. Every order that regulated a soldier’s life had an accompanying musical tune that told him when to get up, when to eat, when to sleep, and everything in between. The tonal pitch of fifes and drums could also be heard over and under the roar of battle making them vital as a communications system to relay orders and commands. This past weekend I had the joy of photographing one of the finest recreated early 19th century fife and drum unit as well as listen to them play.
The city where I live is small and at one time was an industrial power house. But with the decline of industry and the growth of the rust belt much of that power is now gone. However if you are in reasonable shape and are use to walking then Brantford makes for a good walk with a number of trails or along it’s streets. With the Grand River cutting Brantford in two you can see wild life close to the down town as well as get a number of interesting panoramas. I’ve shot this section of the river many times and each time I can find something a little different in the vista.
Today I found myself wondering around the old canal near where I live. I’ve photographed the area and the canal a few times but it’s nice to go back and look at it again with different eyes. Today was over cast so the light was soft with the threat of rain. I wanted to experiment with some long exposure photography as well as self portraiture. I also have an idea to combine the long exposure and portraiture so I wanted to work out a few bugs and to make sure I could get it right. These are the result of the walk and the experimentation. I was once told that every good photographer should be willing to experiment and push the envelop. I may not have pushed the envelop today but I gave it a nudge.