Thursday, June 21, 2012

window in the garden

I always love to see photos of the windows I make when they are in their new homes. I made this window for DIL in honour of her 50th birthday. It has 50 flowers, and the leaves are engraved with all the special friends and family in her life. Here is the window mounted in a special frame, placed in her beautiful garden.
photo by Kelly Harley

And here is a special garden visitor...
photo by Kelly Harley

Monday, June 18, 2012


This little hummer was very cooperative in getting her photo taken...quite a diva.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

good morning

I was awake very early this morning, and noticed there was a lovely sunrise. So I was out in the backyard at 5:15am with the dogs and my camera.
lupin at sunrise

Then I decided, since I was up anyway, to head down the road to see if the loons were on the lake. No loons this morning, but there were ducks. And lots and lots of mosquitoes.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Flower Power

Last week, I arranged for our photo club members to visit the greenhouses at Wiles Farm Market and Bakery. Only 5 of us were able to go, but it was a fantastic outing. We took photos for 2 hours, then headed out for lunch. These are a few of my photos...not my best (saving those for our photo club floral competition!) but the photos will give you an idea of what's available at Wiles Market.

I have hundreds and hundreds of photos....I'll be sorting through them for a while!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

completely different

I've been reading a book called "The Practice of Contemplative Photography - Seeing the World with Fresh Eyes" by Andy Karr and Michael Wood. The whole concept is grounded in Buddhist teachings on perception and creativity. Familiar photographic principles and technical standards are thrown out the window. Orthodox and conventional photography are discarded in favour of fresh and simple images. In this approach, real creativity is based on openness and genuineness. 

The examples in the book are mostly very simple things, and the idea is that you make a photograph of what your eyes actually see, without adding any changes in perspective or using any software, etc to enhance or make it "better".

I found it quite interesting, and there are lots of exercises to do throughout the book to explain the principles. It's worth a read (especially if you pick it up at the local library!). The above photo is something I captured after reading the "Working With Light" chapter. 

From the website for The Miksang Institute of  Contemplative Photography: ( Miksang, at its most basic level, is concerned with uncovering the truth of pure perception. We see something vivid and penetrating, and in that moment we can express our perception without making anything up—nothing added, nothing missing. Totally honest about what we see—straight shooting.

If you want to see some examples of the photography, here is a link to a page with links to their student's galleries:

Friday, June 1, 2012


We were out and about running errands, most of which were unsuccessful today. However, we had time to stop along the way for some photo ops. I finally got an osprey photo with blue sky in the background...quite happy with these ones.