Flowers

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Fall Walks and Picking Flowers

I’ve been talking so much about going for walks to picking flowers to dry for a DIY project I’m doing this month (resin bracelets with dried flowers embedded) so I thought I’d show you bits and pieces from my walks of my many photos of beautiful flowers and leaves. Leaves are my weakness – I can’t just pick up one as I want to find a perfect one…which never happens. Growing up on the West Coast makes it hard for me to remember how stunning Montreal gets in the Fall because I am so programmed to think Spring = Flowers when here it seems the opposite. There wasn’t much selection but the ones that survive this far into the year I find very stunning, it’s almost a shame I had to dry them since I love them much more in this state. I’ll try to give more context under the photos as I feature a lot of different walks…

picking flowers (11) picking flowers (8)picking flowers (9) picking flowers (10)It’s hard to imagine but these flowers are on a medium in the middle of one of the busiest streets in Montreal’s downtown.

picking flowers (28) picking flowers (27) picking flowers (26)I love this bird just chillin’ on a bench and his orange eyes.

picking flowers (23) picking flowers (24)Flowers found on the way to Mont-Royal – one of the most colorful days when it came to the flowers.

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picking flowers (11) picking flowers (12)picking flowers (19) picking flowers (3) picking flowers (9) picking flowers (13) picking flowers (15) picking flowers (16) picking flowers (17) picking flowers (20)picking flowers (14)After one of my first walks of autumn I ended up locking myself out of the house and had to wait for Victor to come home to let me in. In the meantime I sat on the bench on my backyard and took shots of my tupperware container packed with various leaves and flowers.

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picking flowers (6)picking flowers (1)I have a habit of just filling up my hands with as much as I can before unpacking it into one of the containers I brought along.  This unicorn container is my favourite to bring with me on walks at it’s very compact but still holds a lot of flowers. Plus, WTF.

picking flowers (11) picking flowers (12)This cat was just about exploring between bushes at Parc Laurier and having a great time. She reminds me of the Norwegian Forest bred and seems to be very at home with being in nature. I’ll end with Victor walking into the distance…

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Double Exposure: Flowers

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I’ve been trying to do more double exposures with flowers this summer and trying to apply some of the techniques I learned from taking my sunrise multiple exposures… and I am kind of in love with the results.  Optical or trippy illusions with photography are just really fun to look at especially when you view these in full size – there are just so many details of the overlap and little things you may not have noticed the first time. I would love to have prints made of some of these or use them with my projector to take even more trippy shots. I’m really encouraged lately to explore the full extent of multiple exposures with my DSLR. Let me know what you think in the comments and if you prefer the ones I left with the background or the ones I photoshopped out the overlapping clouds!

If you want to see what the flowers I used look like without double exposure, I’ve included a few below: Continue reading %s

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Summer Flowers

What’s better than summer flowers? Very little, I think. While taking these I was discussing with Zara who was with me that I’d love to take photos of plants for a living – for National Geographic or something. Of course I’m also super terrible at remember and identifying plants of any kind so I’d be pretty shit at it. Ummm in this shot I have the exotic purple flower…lol. I do know that the orange flowers are tiger lilies (Zara may have told me that)! These were all at the farm we went to pick blueberries at last week. They had a whole row of flowers just before you got to the orchards and they were just breathtaking. Hope you enjoy my flower shots and if you care to fill me in on their names, I’d love to know.

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Marche Atwater – a Search for New Plants

marche atwater (1)Marche Atwater is the perfect place to buy plants in Montreal, at least I think so. We went here last year as well and all of those plants managed to live so we came back again to expand our inside garden. I don’t think I’ll ever have one of those super impression inside gardens I see sometimes walking around the Plateau – the windowsill’s that are wall to wall plants but this year we got much bolder in our choices. It was also a really fun day just wandering around and looking at all the plants.

marche atwater (34) marche atwater (30)marche atwater (14)marche atwater (19)marche atwater (18)I’m obsessed with this plant, no idea what it is but if you do, let me know in the comments.. I see them around randomly and love the fuzzy pink flowers. I was tempted to buy for our balcony.

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Plateau Flowers

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Cherry Blossom Season

Spring always reminds me of cherry blossoms. It was my favourite season when I lived in Vancouver for that very reason. There are blocks in Vancouver you just walk down and see petals everywhere covering all the lawns and road. It’s beyond beautiful, I miss it every Spring as you can barely tell in Montreal when the seasons change (there was actually snow on Tuesday night, SNOW). I loved when I lived in Vancouver walking around with the cherry blossoms and the Japanese magnolia everywhere. I wanted to revisit and thought I’d share with you the last time I was in Vancouver during the cherry blossom season….

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Vintage Tuesday: A look at my slide collection

Today I wanted to share part of my growing collection of vintage slides because not only are slides really neat but who ever took these shots was very talented. It feels like an honor to have a part of a photographer’s hard work, almost like owning an original from a painter.  There is just something so much more tangible about slides than with digital photography or even negatives to me. Plus I love holding then up to the light one by one to see the image – it’s like opening a present! I don’t have any information on these slides since I bought them on Etsy for various shops but I do know they are from America and taken in the 1960s to 1970s. Currently I own over 200 and since they are going to end up being used in future DIY projects I wanted to scan each one and save the photography forever. I thought today I’d share flowers since its Spring.

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Fall Walk with Holga Close Up Lens

Fall Walk (2)I am in love with taking photos of everything around me with my Holga close up and macro lenses. I have been considering for a long time to get an actual set of close up filters made for my Nikon camera lens but keep putting it off because I already feel like I have a set (the one difference is these are shaped for Holga cameras so I have to manually hold the lens in front of my camera lens which is not comfortable). I have never actually used these with a Holga camera because the results I’ve found online don’t really seem worth it.  It’s much easier to use with a digital camera that has a proper viewfinder. I adore the Holga lenses though especially the fact I spent a mere $10 on each set. These are from a walk around the Plateau in Montreal a few weeks ago.

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Montreal Botanical Gardens

Botanical Garden (75)Last week I showed you the amazing event Mosaicultures Internationales that happened at the Montreal Botanical Gardens but that wasn’t the only event happening when we went. They also had their usual Fall tradition of paper lanterns in the Japanese area as well the gardens were still full with flowers and life. Me and Victor have been before to the lantern festival and it’s really wonderful walking around with the lanterns glowing everywhere. This time however we were pretty exhausted from the crowd by the time it started to get dark so we checked it out in the daylight before heading off to grab pho. I thought I’d show you guys a few pictures I took just walking around the Botanical Gardens. I love walking around for hours even if it means my feet will hurt the next day. I hope this long weekend me and Victor go on a little bit of an adventure if it’s not raining.

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Mosaicultures Internationales Part 2

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Here is the rest of the photos from the Mosaicultures Internationales event in Montreal. Mosaïcultures Internationales was an event featuring 50 living sculptures throughout the Botanical Garden happening all summer long in Montreal. For the first half click here from earlier today. This will have some second looks and even more living sculptures that weren’t included in the first half. Plus portraits of me, Victor and Zara in front of these giants. I spent the last few days going through all my photos and couldn’t part with any less. lol. Are you excited for the weekend? I am, I just need one big long nap after going through so many photos from the weekend.

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Mosaïcultures Internationales Part 1

Mosaïcultures Internationales (12)Mosaïcultures Internationales was an event featuring 50 living sculptures throughout the Botanical Garden happening all summer long in Montreal. Me and Victor were very excited to attend but kept forgetting and putting it off. Last weekend was the final weekend so we made the decision that we simply couldn`t let it pass us by. Zara joined us again on our walk through the event as well. We had fun walking around and seeing the giants, I think everyone agreed the Mother Nature sculpture was really the stand out. My favourite was the giant coming out of the ground and throttling the snake and the tree one. The only downside was it being the last day as there were so many people there is was very hard to really enjoy it but we managed to despite that. Enjoy the first half of Mosaicultures, tomorrow I will have another set of phtoos of these amazing statues!

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Lomography Wednesday

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Photography of flowers is one of my passions, it’s so nice having the holga close up lens and micro lens for just this thing as it helps get very dreamy sort of romantic frames shots. The shot above is my bridesmaid bouquet from my friend Nicole’s wedding in Vancouver. As well there is some of her bouquet, as I was the lucky lady who caught the bouquet (hahaha I decided earlier that night that I wanted to catch it just to freak out Victor and I did just that). I kept my flowers in the fridge a few days before I had the chance to take some photos which was quiet a shame as they welted quite a bit although not surprising as the day of the wedding they were in blistering heat for hours.  I don’t often have flowers to take photos of, nor nearly this wonderful and beautiful so I jumped the chance welted or not. It very hard to play around with focus with the holga lens but I do love using them to see what I get. Check out all the photos below!

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a behind the scenes photo (still taken with a close up lens mind you), this is the wedding bouquet and as you can see my bridesmaid one is in the background. I borrowed a vase and sat outside taking photos the day I was leaving on the plane because I knew the already beat up bouquet wouldn’t look very good after the plane ride home. I also toke some Polaroid that failed because it doesn’t have a very short focus distance.

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Lomography Wednesday

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An Intro to Holga Macro Lens:

I spent some time last week taking photos of one of my neighbor’s flower pots with my Nikon D7000 and Holga macro lens. I love the combination of the toy camera lens and the quality of my DSLR. The macro lens are suppose to be used with Holga camera but what I do is hold them in front of my Nikon lens and change the distance to over 35. The lens are not the same size and changing the focus distance will remove the bullet eye look – h    owever I will show you a few of the bullet eye shots because they are kinda neat. The lens allows me to get a good macro effect without needing an expensive macro lens, as well  it can be used on other toy cameras or vintage cameras. I don’t usually use it on my Holga lens because without a proper viewfinder it’s impossible to know what shot you are getting and measuring out the distance and amount of light available is tricky.  I simply hold my lens in front manually and haven’t created a harness (perhaps I will do a DIY for that). The only downside is my hands get tired easily and manual focusing is hard to do while holding the lens.

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Bullet View:
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