Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Northern Flicker

My poor little crabapple tree is looking a little rough and here is one of the culprits. A few days ago, there were 3 Northern Flickers on the tree. Today, we had just one visitor. He's looking about as scruffy as the tree!

I'll have to practice a little more...the tree is more in focus than the bird!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

something new

a little doodle...something new I am playing with...black marker on white watercolour paper
something new I am playing with
"Don't let fear or insecurity stop you from trying new things. Believe in yourself. Do what you love." - Stacy London

Monday, September 8, 2014

when sharing is not okay

Edited to add: I think I better clear something up. The newspaper just printed the request for submissions. The newspaper was not the one asking to use the photos...the photos are for use in an exhibit that's happening at the end of September.
Everyone is entitled to their own view. I am just voicing mine.

Pictou County mill, 2013
If you live in Nova Scotia, you are definitely aware of the problems going on in Pictou. Now that Erin Brockovich is commenting on the situation, you might even know about it if you live outside Canada.

Recently, there was an article in the newspaper about a group asking for images showing the impact of the mill. An exhibition is planned for the end of September.

I sent in this photo which I took in July 2013 when we were visiting the North Shore, and it was accepted into the exhibition. The photo would be printed in a large format (3 feet by 2 feet) with a 100 word statement that was submitted by me.


The photographers had to agree that their photos "may be used for publicity purposes". 

Okay. No problem...I agreed....as long as photo credit is given when the photo is used. Right? 


Photo credit would be given at the exhibition but not when used for publicity purposes, and I had to agree to give up "all rights" to my photograph.

Huh? I don't think so. I withdrew my submission yesterday.

I'm not sure why everyone thinks it's okay to use someone's photo without photo credit. That is not cool.   (see my previous post about this issue here: Yellow Chairs on the LaHave) Not only is it not cool, it's extremely frustrating. And that's why you see ©Sara Harley on my blog photos now. 

Just call me - The Grumpy Photographer.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Exposure Time - Opening Reception

Thursday evening was the opening reception for the Exposure Time exhibit at Viewpoint Gallery. I was very excited to have my photo included in this juried exhibit. The exhibit runs until September 28th. Also, my photo was included on Photo Life's website to promote the event: http://www.photolife.com/2014/09/new-photo-exhibition-in-halifax/
Viewpoint Gallery

Our friend Derek Johnston took a photo of John and me outside the gallery

Sybil Nunn...a fellow blogger and friend (crittersnus.blogspot.ca)

with my photo...hard to see the birds flying above the trees, but they are there

celebrating with John after attending the opening

Friday, August 29, 2014

Exposure Time Exhibit

I'm proud to say that one of my photographs is featured for the month of September in the "Exposure Time" exhibit at the Viewpoint Gallery. If you can, please drop by for the opening reception on Thursday September 4th.

What? Photographs by current and former students of PhotoWorkshops by Eric Boutilier-Brown

Where? Viewpoint Gallery, 1272 Barrington St, Halifax
When? September 2nd through September 28
Opening Reception: Sept 4th, 6 - 8 pm
Artist's Talk: Sept 14th, 2pm

Friday, August 1, 2014

happiness is a butterfly...

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
Nathaniel Hawthorne
not sure what kind of butterfly this is?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

backyard birds

I'm finally taking some time to process some of my photos....these were taken in our backyard in May.

You know how you see certain things....or smell certain things....and it takes you right back to your childhood no matter how old you are? Flowering crabapple trees always remind me of my dad. He planted one in our backyard when I was small, and then he used it as a backdrop for many portrait photos of me over the years. When we moved to our current home, I planted my first flowering crab.