Friday, February 27, 2015

Paws for Reflection

The high gloss finish on photo voltaic (solar) panels makes for great reflections.  This is a detail of the PAW Centre at the university of Alberta.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Winter Architectural Photography

Winter architectural photography presents its only special challenges, the available daylight hours are fewer, the sun is much lower in the sky and there's a distinct absence of greenery.  Their are advantage to it though, for instance this point of view in summer would be quite different as the trees in the centre of the shot would be blocking a fair bit of the building.  The thin band of snow on the ground hardly factors into the over all photograph at all - in fact, it looks quite nice I think.  This is the PAW Centre at the University of Alberta.

Friday, February 13, 2015

University of Alberta PAW Centre

The new Physical Activity and Wellness Centre (PAW Centre) recently opened at the University of Alberta.  It's much larger than it looks as it extends back a good distance and connects several pre-existing buildings.  The large conical structure on the right houses a climbing centre and the main fitness area is on two levels behind the solar panels in the centre of the photo.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Surely Spring Must Be Right 'Round The Corner....

Leaves frozen in the melting snow make for nice photos.  I usually have to hurry to get a photo like this because when my dog Banjo sees me showing interest in something he likes to assist in the investigation and stomps all over the subject.

Friday, January 30, 2015

New Industrial Abstract Photograph

Dripping paint, worn metal and heaven know what else are all fair game when it comes to industrial abstract photographs.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Keeping It 'Abstract Expressionist' With the iPhone

As I go about my daily routine I keep a look out for photo opportunities that feature interesting details and that have an abstract quality.  If they're a success I add them to my 'Industrial Abstract' collection.  I've spent time photographing rusty steel, parts of old trains, mining equipment, scrap metal, abandoned electric motors, iron filings, broken glass, battle scarred armament, even the bottom of a submarine.

The American Abstract Expressionist artist Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) produced many paintings that had this sort of feel; loads of dripping paint applied to canvas with gusto.  You can read about the tormented artist at

And what is the subject you ask?  It's the bottom of a well used aluminium row boat.  Image capture made with the iPhone 5.  Minor contrast adjustments made with Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Friday, January 16, 2015

It's All in the Details, Baby!

Whilst out walking the dogs before Christmas I came across a basketball sized wasp nest laying in the snow.  It's easy to spot these in the winter when the trees are void of leaves.  Someone probably knocked it down with a snow ball or perhaps a stick.  Fair game in winter - quite a different matter to attack a nest in summer.

I took several photos with the regular iPhone camera and some with the Hipstamatic app.  This is my favourite, taken with the Hipstamatic.  Levels and Curves adjustments made in Photoshop CS6.

It was a good thing I got to this nest when I did; when we came along the same trail 24 hours later the nest was still there but in pieces having been stomped on and kicked along the trail.