Tuesday, September 30, 2014

dew drops and spider webs

On Sunday, I had a deadline to get something done. And where was I? Out in the yard with my camera and macro lens. Never fear....I met my deadline too!

"The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web." 
- Pablo Picasso

Saturday, September 27, 2014

day trip

We took a half day trip down to Cape Sable Island on Thursday...The Hawk is one of our favourite places. I'll post a few photos in the next couple of days.
The Hawk, Cape Sable Island, Sept 2014
From www.novascotia.com:


The Hawk, Cape Sable Island, NS. The Hawk Beach is located on the most southerly tip of Nova Scotia. Walk this white sandy beach and explore the 1500 year old drowned forest; a broad area of tree stumps still rooted in the original soil. Exposed at low tide. 
A great birding destination as it is part of the Cape Sable Important Bird Area which makes it one of the best birding areas in Nova Scotia.
From the beach you can view the Cape Sable Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in Nova Scotia, standing at 101 feet tall.

Bathroom on site during the summer months.
Explore at own risk.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

different day, different view

This black and white photo is currently on display at the Viewpoint Gallery in Halifax. The artist's talk was on September 14th, and it was interesting to hear the other photographers talking about their photos. Also interesting was listening to them talk about their difficulities in choosing their photos for submission, how to choose a framer, what type of frame and matte to choose, how and where to sign their photograph....etc....and all questions that I was asking myself while going through the process. 

I had my photograph printed at two places...one expensive print on high quality paper (I had a free coupon that I won at a seminar I went to)...and one "cheap" print done by Costco. I showed both prints to several people...and some employees at a framing shop...and they all chose the "cheap" print as their favourite. So...expensive is not always your best choice.

I signed my photo on the front, which is apparently a no-no for photographs. Artists sign on the front. Photographers sign either on the white border (to be covered up by the matte) or they sign on the back of the print. Signing on the matte is a "no", as projects can get re-matted and therefore the signature is lost. Signing on the actual print is considered distracting and de-values the photo. I don't understand that...why should a photographer sign on the back when other artists sign their work on the front? 

To each his (or her) own, and I think I will continue to sign on the front.
on exhibit at Viewpoint Gallery until September 28th, 2014
In early September, we drove by the "two trees" and the hay had just been cut. I went back later in the afternoon and the hay had been raked...I love the pattern of the hay around the trees. The next morning, all the hay had been baled and taken away with no evidence (other than a newly cut field) that the mowing had taken place. I was glad I went back with my camera when I did. You can't see them in this photo, but there are red apples on the trees. 

This photograph has such a different feeling than the black and white winter photo!
same location, September 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

comfort zone

The internet can be a wonderful thing. I have "known" artist Carrie Jacobson for several years, but only through the internet and email. She has been involved in my Paws For Charity Project for several years, and I started following her blog to keep in touch with her painting adventures. She has a bold style, which I admire. And...she has lots of courage to try new things, which I really admire. So many of us are afraid to try something new that we miss out on all kinds of things. I think it's important to get out of our comfort zone. I find that as I get older, it's easier to try new things because I care less about what other people think. Carrie recently posted about this subject (Thoughts on Fear and Courage), which you can read by clicking here.

Carrie goes on painting trips and gets sponsors to help her out. They provide funds for her trip, and she gives them paintings of their choice. So...I gathered up my courage and approached her with an idea...if she was interested....I would create a book about her trip in exchange for a painting. I wasn't sure what her response would be, but what the heck...it was worth a try!

She agreed...I compiled a book about her latest trip using entries that she posted on her blog (you can view it by clicking here)...and, in return, I received this beautiful painting of one of my favourite beaches.

Carrie's painting - "Sara's Beach" - oil on canvas, 16x20

the photograph I emailed to Carrie
I was so happy to create a book for someone else. It was a challenge for me, and I have  hopes of doing more of this type of thing. Aside from the awesome art I received, it was a great experience to put together a book with someone else's material.

So...lesson for today...don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. You never know what treasures you'll end up with.

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