Testing

Prior to a photo session I like to set-up and test the lighting as well as the types of shots I will be taking. Here are some lighting tests with my favorite models. I start with the stuffed toy then used my dog Rickie. I found out that my lens was set to DX and was able to change the mode to Full Frame before shooting with the live model. Lens cleaned again for dust, batteries ready, and everything is ready for my time with the guest of honour.

Porte Musings: Kayaking Season 2022

Provincial Parks are open and back to almost normal use. Kayaking season is well underway. The Ontario Government was kind enough to extend my Provincial Park Pass until the end of the summer 2022. I aim to go Kayaking at least once a week to make sure I get the most out of my 2021 Provincial Park Pass. At least this year all the washrooms are available (you don’t have to pee in the woods). I’ve learned to get out of the kayak at the far end of the Old Ausable Channel at the Pinery and use the facilities before heading back downstream.

I also bought a 2nd kayak so I can take friends with me. My husband rigged my trailer to accommodate the 2 kayaks. My first outing with the new setup was with my Sister. We counted 159 painted turtles and 2 snappers. I’m certain there were more turtles, but I kept loosing count and need to buy a manual clicking counter. We also were lucky enough to see 2 muskrats, turkey vultures, Blue Heron, King Fishers and King Birds. The slide show below includes photos from my last 2 trips on the Old Ausable Channel. I loved seeing the Juvenile Bald Eagle. The new to me kayak is a fishing kayak and is a bit more stable for taking photos.

Porte Photos: May 4th, 2022

May the 4th be with you today and everyday.

It was a rainy day yesterday with torrents of water falling from the sky. Our internet was out for most of the afternoon and evening, so we did the typical Canadian thing and went to Canadian Tire to see what’s on sale. When we got home this drenched Blue Jay was sitting on the telescope just out our back door. He looked almost black just sitting there under the gazebo.

Porte Photos: May 3, 2022

Today’s picture is of a pigeon at Zephyr Park. A little ordinary and found everywhere.

Florida is just a memory now as we’ve returned to Ontario and I’m open for business. I have a newborn gift certificate that was purchased.

I look forward to my new grandson due in late June 2022. Babies are so beautiful.

The road trip home was thankfully uneventful. Georgia was very slow traffic through Atlanta. I followed the Google instructions and drove the HOV lanes, but it was still very slow going. The only time I’ve ever gone through Atlanta without issues was a Sunday morning at 4 AM. We did see a truck on fire headed south and the traffic was backed up for miles. It looked like everyone was safe.

Rickie and I have resumed morning walks with my sister and her dog Maddie.

Porte Photos: April 26, 2022

Rhinoceros. The safest place to see these huge creatures is in the train at Busch Gardens. Huge animals with horns that are actually made of hair, roaming through the enclosure.

My Florida time is quickly coming to an end. Friday we head back to Canada and vacation time is over. Is Vacation time really over when your retired? Well, I’ll be back to my daily walks with my sister, seeing my grandkids, Monday suppers with Emily, Thursday nights out with Spencer, I’ll be available to book photo sessions again, and looking forward to using my provincial park pass to kayak. Yes, it truly is a blessed life.

Porte Photos: April 24, 2022

People net fishing in Zephyr Park never cease to amaze me. They gather up there nets and toss them into the air then gather back whatever is caught, check their catch, then do it again. Often the birds gather to watch, just in case something is of value to them when the fisherman walks away. I love how the camera stops the nets mid-air or splashing on the surface of the water.

Today is Saint George’s Day. I’m certain my son is one of the Saint Georges. 😉