The mystical landscape of Long Beach, Vancouver Island.
One of the areas of double exposure and multiple exposure photography that I haven’t explored too much are flowers. For some reason I always feel they do not turned out as well as I expect. There is some really neat and surreal multiple exposure tricks you can do with them (like I’ve done here) but when I shoot with a lot of foreground I am not sure what I don’t’ like but the confusion of the foreground is what I notice most. Below is the singular exposure shot so you see the difference.
I loved these shots so much and how electric green the leaves were I couldn’t resist sharing a lot of them. See what I mean though that double exposure photos just don’t have as much feeling and strength as it should.
During the summer I had a chance to explore this wonderful urban garden with my intrepid friend Pang. I arrived to her house one blazing afternoon and we decided to go for a walk so she could showed me the community gardens near her place in East Vancouver. The gardens (which I forgot the name of) were beyond expansive, and packed with all sorts of vegetation, flowers, herbs, you name it. It was fun walking around between the beds and discovering what the next one had in store, and parts of the garden seemed to wind around and almost become semi-hidden at times which added this element of discovery and adventure to the whole walk. One of those magical places you marvel at for existing in a city like Vancouver. So I thought it would be a nice break from the grey skies of winter to share the photos I took during the walk, although I did not take many as I was much more interested walking through the place and absorbing it.
My balcony this autumn has turned into the most wonderful showcase of changing leaf colour, or at least I think so. I was so captured by it that I spent nearly an hour outside just enjoying the breeze, finding color combinations and spending time with Butter. My own overgrown secret garden as I like to think of it.
Here is my collection of sunset double exposures from Long Beach, Vancouver Island during our one single night there. Besides the above photo I am presenting these in chronological order so you can see the gradual change in hue as the sun gets lower and lower. The sky starting out as a pale orange, pink hue then a more vibrant deep one and eventually pale pink and purple to end the night before nightfall. Beautiful, regardless of the smoke filling the skyline and what better than having three of your best friends along with you to watch (and some alcohol to take the edge off of the steep climb back off the beach). My obsession of photographing multiple exposures during dusk and dawn continues…
I love getting the chance to visit Marche Atwater every spring and pick out new plants to add to my inside garden as well as view all the amazing flowers they have there. Our apartment doesn’t offer much space on our balcony or by the windows so I love being able to day dream and think about what I would plant if I had a whole yard and house to fill. I just wish I knew more of their names. If you know any botany 101 books that include photos and North American plant varieties let me know as I’d be interested to try and learn so when I post photos of them I can identify them too. We ended up leaving with a bunch of new plants, including a few air plants, a variety of succulents and a licorice plant to name a few. I also bought a small bunch of flowers to test grow on the balcony as I am unsure if they will get enough light. It’s so nice to have a space filled with life, I love it so much. I should probably take a few photos my what my garden looks like now with the new additions – maybe later this summer have they’ve grown a bit.
For the last few months I was thinking about doing my installation in this empty lot in the Hochelaga. Since the weather was a bit better I decided to pay a visit and see if it was what I wanted in terms of a space. The lot use to be a quarry of some sort and is surrounded by train tracks leading up to a factory on the river that delivers goods to freight ships. We didn’t really visit the part of the lot I wanted to check out as there was fireman doing drills and burning down trees in the area. However I did happen upon some great graffiti by Starchild Stela and Harlequin Davidson that I didn’t even know would be there. As well there were a lot of train parts on the usually empty tracks that we checked out. I did get a good look at what I’d be working with for space and I’ve decided to not do the installation there. On the hunt again for a perfect spot.
My favourite piece of graf of the day was this rose, which looked spectacular to me. As well there were a lot of train parts on the usually empty tracks that we checked out. Victor couldn’t help jumping up on the train lines and goofing around. I joined him but didn’t take many photos since I was trying to avoid getting covered in grease and dirty if possible (didn’t’ work, I got covered).
I found some quartz on the bridge leading up to the factory and had to take it home. We also found train wheels just chilling on a track they were in the process of ripping up. We pushed one set of wheels and they proceed to roll down the track on its own until it hit another with a loud clang. No idea why that’s so fun to do, but it is.
It appears they covered some of the large pits they had opened for years with cement tops recently. This frog looks like it’s leading to a secret door so I had to snap a shot of it. After scouting the area I was thinking for the installation when the fireman left, I decided it wasn’t what I wanted so we headed home. We did have a chance to catch the amazing view of the sun setting in the distance before we left. I will probably do a post about the sunset photos I shoot another time as I wanted to keep today’s post not too overloaded with photos. The last three shots are from just before we left the lot with the almost full moon in the distance.
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…
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.
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.
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…
Today’s double exposures were all taken at Mont-Royal here in downtown Montreal during a nice day back in earlier October. I have been to the ‘mountain’ a few times this Fall but haven’t been lately (I probably should although I fear I’ve missed the prettiest trees by a few weeks). We sat in one of the fields there between a bunch of trees and had a mini-picnic that only consisted of strawberry cheese cake slices and tarts. I love the name of this set of photos, “No Escape from Autumn” – me being clever I guess. I’d live in a land of infinity autumn just as long as there wasn’t any rain.
Aren’t these wonderful? These are a part of my vintage slide collection, I thought I’d show you all the landscape slides I have this time. I posted early this year with a bunch of my flower slides as well if you want to check out more of my collection. The landscape slides are the most breath taking to me, I only wish I had more of them to treasure and knew more information about where they were taken. I’ve actually used most of my vintage slides now for DIY projects but I’d hate to see the slides’ photo lost forever so I scan all of them beforehand. Scanning can be a really long process it’s so worth it to digitalize the photographs and have them saved. I can’t wait to show you more of my collection, let me know if you enjoy seeing them and I post some sooner that I would normally. Also if you want to check out one of my DIY slide project, here is my Vintage Slide Lamp DIY. I’m doing another quick and easy DIY in December too of slide necklaces but all in anticipation of the big one – my slide curtains in January!
Didn’t I say yesterday that I’ve switched to collecting sunsets now? Well I thought I’d follow that up with showing you the gorgeous sunset I experienced this summer while on my road trip in Ontario. It was just after a light rainfall while Zara and I were driving through Amish country (seriously, we saw a horse drawn bugey a few minutes before). We were heading north blindly as my phone had run out of battery and we didn’t have a map or GPS, trying to find our way to Peterborough. I think even though we knew we were heading the right direction we felt a tad bit lost so the sunset really cheered me up. The first shot you can just barely see the giant rainbow reaching across the skyline – it’s moments like these that really make a road trip what it is!
Just like last year me and Zara headed out to Durham, Quebec to pick blueberries together and try and consume as much antioxidants as we could handle. We ended up going to the same farm as last year too, the only difference is this year we headed out at the end July instead of mid-August and it made the world of difference. Not only did we get to pick some raspberries (we arrived too late to pick from the good field sadly but we did pick some!) but we also got to pick over 9 varieties of blueberries. We didn’t really like many of the variations that much, but we at least learned the yummiest blueberry variety – Nelson! There is not much else to say as all we did was be silly, talk about inappropriate things and pick blueberries and raspberries for a few hours and then headed home. I did end up taking a lot of glamour shots of blueberries sand some instant shots that I’ve already shared (here). Our U-Pick day…
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
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.
I’m a little obsessed with sunrises…I’m sure you’ve guessed that by now. It’s not the healthiest obsession but what obsessions are? I have managed to cultivate a massive collection of not only sunrise photography but also really interesting multiple / double exposures from my early mornings so I thought today I’d show you some. I’ve taken so many in the last 3 months…if you want to know my tips and tricks for striking non-photoshopped double exposures let me know in the comments. Happy to share any camera knowledge I have with you!
Hung out this week with one of my good friends and I thought I’d share photos of our mini adventures. We were driving past a small town and happened upon a train bridge. We stopped to check it out and ended up walking on it even though both of us have issues with heights and bridges (Zara almost didn’t go across but I convinced her it’d be fun). We also sat down at the half way point to dangle our legs over the edge and just enjoy the overcast sun beating down. We probably spent at least 30minutes sitting there just enjoying the river, it was really funny because people from the town kept either walking or biking past on the ‘person’ part of the bridge and staring at us….it just felt like one of those amazing summer moments. And okay, this post officially convinced me I need to buy new flats and STOP wearing my beat up ones from last year but they are so teal and have the cutest cut-outs – I love them so much. lol. What have you done this summer that felt like one of those perfect summer moments?
My birthday was two weeks ago and I decided to spend the morning watching the sunrise from the bridge near my house. The view from my front window is pretty stunning but I thought it’d be even more beautiful from the bridge. Sadly it just wasn’t a good day for the weather all around so the sun rose into clouds – it kind of ruined there being a super pretty sunrise but I had fun anyways listening to Sparta and Bjork swinging my feet over the river below. It’s definitely something I want to do again this summer even though it’s kind of intimidating being alone on a bridge at dawn.
I biked there at 4:20am as the end of the bridge is a pretty short ride from my house and setup on the middle of the bridge with my IPOD and a slew of camera around me and took off my shoes. I just sat there with my feet dangling in the wind taking photos and watching the sky until after 5:30am (sunrise was at 5:15am but the sun didn’t get out of the clouds till way after). Beside an early morning commuter and a drunken guy walking home after a rough night towards the end it was super peaceful and I could just get lost in the moment. It was pretty terrifying on the way home though because I didn’t ride my bike onto the bridge but I did going off and it was FAST. I took a short video but had to stop since it was just way too fast and I need to concentrate (have you ever ridden on walkway on a bridge? It shakes so much and is too narrow for my liking). I collapsed when I got home which wasn’t a bad choice since it rained for most of the day and it was a Tuesday so pretty boring. I’m sure someone reading this will think I’m nuts, lol but it’s exactly how I wanted to start the next year of my life (except of course my feet in the ocean which is the best thing ever but couldn’t happen this year).
It’s been almost a year since I went on a trip to Prince Edward Island and somehow I never shared these cool multiple/ double exposures with you. I wish I was going back again this year, it was so nice! Me and Victor went by car with my friend Zara to go camping for a few days last August. Both me and Victor fell in love and have decided at some point when we are financially able we’d love to go there every summer and just spend a few months enjoy the air and ocean. It was so beautiful. Most of these double exposures are taken at one of many graveyards we passed along the road and at the north tip of PEI (the lighthouse and ocean shots). Hope to go back soon!
Here is a look into my inside garden that I’ve been growing since moving in last year. A few weeks ago I showed you the slew of new plants that I’ve added and an update on my old plants so today is all about how I choose to decorate my inside garden this year! I have my garden organized into 3 different parts of the apartment, first my kitchen window, my front room and Victor’s office. I am running outta space around the house now as we don’t have many sunny areas but I love the little spurts of green and feel like they add so much to our apartment. Hope you enjoy the look into my little garden!
The part of the garden that was super fun to decorate was the terrariums for my air plants. I bought 3 small air plants so I have one larger bowl for two of them and a smaller bowl for the other. I filled them with seashells and rocks and positioned the air plants like they were coming out of the shells. Because I need to take them out once a week to soak in water I made them very accessible.
The biggest change is the kitchen window! I wanted to get the vines higher up because they were growing down to the ground so I bought some fabric plant hangers and installed hooks on the ceiling. I wanted to create a curtain effect of vines because we don’t have any blinds or curtains on the window because we enjoy being able to look outside and all the light. I just love how it looks with all the different heights and think it’ll look great when the newer vines grow down. We did have 5 hangers with vines but we had a causality (the lemon licorice vine seems to reject getting replanted and died right away). I think it looks magical especially with all the different colors. The one big issue is the higher plants are really hard to water, if you have any tips for that let me know in the comments.
For the rest of the kitchen I have my little vintage table setup with 4 plants on it and I’ve decorated with some seashells and two porcelain rabbits I picked up for Easter and decided were too cute not have out all year long. I even have one of my tattoo Hello Kitty Easter eggs resting in the soil of the umbrella plant. I brought in a little tower I was using last year for herbs inside to put beside the table to hold my succulent that doesn’t need as much light and my garden gnome friend! The bottom shelf even holds all my gardening supplies which is super handy. The pink quill has flowered twice already and it just makes me smile so much, I think I’ll have to pick up more flowering plants next year because I love it so much. The flowers disappear after 2 days but the purple contrasting with all my green foliage it beautiful while it lasts.
It’s probably one of the worst starts to a summer we’ve had in Montreal in the last few years but at least all this rain means amazing clouds. I’ve been taking so many photos of clouds recently to take advantage of this. I find double exposures using clouds are pretty tricky. I’m not completely in love with the few shots I’ve taken over the last two weeks but thought I’d share them. The one above and below are the more successful ones. Also sorry if the exposure is all over the place, most of the photos were taken on different day.
I want to share an update of last year’s plants and new additions to my inside garden! I’ve went full all in to creating my perfect garden this year after all my plants from last year managed to survive. I went little nuts at the nursery and even had to go twice so there are a lot of new plants. I hope this year is just as successful as the last and that I haven’t went in too deep. While researching the feeding schedules of my plants online (total geek, I know) I realized that a few of the ‘easy’ looking plants at the nursery are pretty advance plants for someone as beginner as me. So let’s just say, I’m nervous. First the plants that have survived a whole year, if you want to see the before check out my last update post, here!
Honestly the growth of them all is what surprises me the most, they seem to be thriving which is wonderful. Our apartment doesn’t get amazing natural light but the kitchen and Victor’s studio do have pretty good light through out the day so that helps. The craziest to me is the fishnet stocking plant that seems to lose it’s leaves and never grown them back…I guess it’s because it’s an annual so it should technically be dead (and not 5 feet tall). The vines are a little insane too and I’ve had to put them in hangers because they’ve outgrown sitting on the counter. No casualties and that’s the most important, now for the new additions…
Vines & Succulent
The Echeveria succulent had an accident on the way home from the nursery so lots of its leaves fell off but it’s starting to grow back. I’m weary of succulents since I’ve had them die on me before out of nowhere so this year I’m getting one to test out. I also bought a Lemon Licorice vine, English Ivy and a Hoya vine to hang in the kitchen window. So excited to have whole row of hanging vines.
For Victor’s office he bought a Umbrella Tree and a Boston fern to have on the desk. He also picked up a large Bamboo Palm as well (not pictured since we repotted it instantly after getting it home). For the kitchen I got another Umbrella Tree since they look so neat, a Song of India and Palm Lily.
Scarlet Star & Cronton
I had to buy another Cronton because mine was so small and they take a long time to grow and it’s just a really awesome plant. Although I kind of regret it now because it’s so rewarding to grow them out and the new one is a little too large for my apartment (may give him away). I also picked up a mature Bromeliad Scarlet Star since they are amazing look at, a tricky plant I realize now but I’m up to the challenge and excited to see if it’ll bloom for me. Last but not least I picked up a Pink quill which is just tiny and beyond cute, it’s also a bromeliad.
Today is just Part 1 of my inside garden update, I just wanted to show how much the older plants have grown and the new repotted plants in their containers. The next update will have the plants actually in my house so I can show you how I display them. I’ve picked up so many hanging plant holders for the vines and created plants areas around all my windows; they really need their own post. So check that out, I believe it’ll be the 2nd week of July. Let me know if you have any plant tips, I have the watering schedule all written down to make it easier for myself so I feel ready!
*Note: Before leaving me a comment or e-mailing me, yes I do know that some of my plants are poisonous to cats, in fact I know which plant is poisonousness to me as well. I have had my cat for enough years to know her habits around plants, and as much as she loves gnawing on cat grass, and the bamboo palm she actually never pays any attention to my other plants. If she did, I wouldn’t have the plants anywhere near my house. Thanks for your concern :)
I was hoping to share with you photos from this year’s Mural Festival that was happening last weekend in Montreal however the first day it rained all day and the second I had work so I had to miss out. Last year it was so much fun watching the artist’s work on making their pieces. I’m excited to check them out at a later time since the murals are permanent but it’s more exciting going to see them being made, and it’s nice since the street is closed and they have food stalls and everything. Instead I thought I’d share with my collection of cloud photos from the last month of constant rain. I’ve been going to the Olympic Parc lots and they have the most beautiful unadulterated view of the sky – it’s really nice to be there on a cloudy day and see all the cool of combination of clouds.
In my last 5 years living here I have never seen such a perfect sky, I managed to grab a few of Victor to kind of compare how it looks in person. Feels the sky is swallowing up the shot. At least there is positives to all this rain.
A few photos from a walk me and Victor did together a few weekend’s ago after I finished work. We decided to head to the Olympic Stadium and check out Parc Exalto as it was their grand opening. Parc Exalto is an ‘urban acrobatic park’, I was quiet excited to see what that meant. It’s more or less an obstacle course in the air but pretty neat. We didn’t try it out because it was raining lightly and also because they weren’t doing anything special for the grand opening which was a little disappointing. We did get to climb into hammocks and chill out and have some fun though. We also went out for supper afterwards closer to home in the Plateau (which is where all the building and flower photos are from).
A nice chill Saturday, happy it’s summer.
This week all the posts have been so colourful and vibrant I want to keep it up so I thought I’d share some flower photos. I take too many photos of flowers when I go for walks around Montreal, it can be so addicting especially if I see any bees. These were taken during a walk around Plateau in 2012 with my amazing friend Arturo who I miss so much (he is back in Mexico now after being in Montreal for 5 years). I am a really random photographer, sometimes I wonder if that’s a problem – I mean instead of honing my “vision” or creating a mystic or conceptual identity to my photography…I just take photos of everything and anything. I am very envious of photographers who can hone that part of themselves and only create or share photographs that belong to a certain theme. I hate rigidness and not being able to share with people all parts of myself however I feel like perhaps I should. Anyways kind of weird tangent for this post about flower photos, lol.
A few weeks ago after The Game of Thrones season premier I ‘accidently’ didn’t go to bed all night because I started to marathon the older season and I was rewarded with a beautiful sunrise over the Jacques Cartier Bridge. It was the first glimpse of light that actually made me realize it was 6am and I had in fact been so deeply engrossed in series that I had forgotten to go to bed. It was amazing though watching the sun rise over the bridge from my front window. I am always super thankful that I have such a nice view, sure most of my view is the ugly old buildings across the street but the top half is church and bridge peaks and it really nice. I’ve really been exploring double exposures since starting this weekly post at the beginning of the year and I am absolutely loving it. It feels like such an accomplishment to create a perfect double exposure using a camera instead of Photoshop. I prefer using camera tricks instead. It mimics very much those classic landscape photos where the scenery if reflecting on the body of water back to it – which I love so much.
Okay so the title is a little bit of an extreme but these polaroids definitely had a long journey from being taken to being scanned onto my computer. Mostly because I decided to sleep for 2 hours before getting up super early to go apple picking with Zara and Victor and was a lacking in the brain power to basically function. No only did I manage to lose one of my bag straps (that closes my camera bag) and my triceratops brooch from Hungry Designs….I forgot all the polaroids in Zara’s car. We don’t see each other much so let’s just say it was probably 4 months before I saw them again. Lol. Much to my dismay since these are probably the best instant shots I’ve taken in the last year. I’ve had them for a while but it felt weird sharing photos of sunny skies when it was -30 outside and snowing. A little late is always better than never (that’s my photography slogan by now I think). All of these were taken on a sunny late October day that looked like it would rain at any moment. We walked through a wonderful apple orchard in D’Oka picking apples and eatting them too (until we felt sick). It was a lot of fun and we ended up with a haul of apples and even pumpkins in the end. We also got to pet goats they had there too, that was probably my favourite part! I share some none instant photos of this day back in November so check them out here is you want to more.
Today I felt like sharing some of my less recent double exposure from back in November when me and Victor went on a walk to Mont-Royal. One of our goals this spring and summer is to go for walks every weekend and I was remind of one of my favourite places to walk to. I will have to go back when the weather is a bit warmer to attend Tam-Tams and perhaps to go to the massive graveyard that’s on the opposite side of the hill. They even had a gaint pond you can rent paddle boats at but it’s pretty small. I don’t think we even went to Tams-Tams once last year which was a shame because laying on a blanket with the sun on your face is really unbeatable way to spend Sunday afternoons.
I also have these as postcards: here!
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.
Okay so I lied last week when I said there wouldn’t be any more snow photos, but in all fairness there is actually still snow in Montreal. Much to my disdain as the yo-yo’ing of the weather has given me a permanent cold and I’ve been feeling unwell for weeks. But today I’d rather focus on happier days like my trip to Toronto at the start of February. I had a few shots left from the train ride up to Toronto and wanted to share them. Sadly the train’s windows were pretty dirty so all the photos have this smog quality to them but I just love the ones of Lake Ontario so much I couldn’t resist showing them. I was actually planned this big trip to one of the small towns that we drove past on the train a few weeks ago. I was hoping to go for my birthday weekend in July and just spend a few days with my feet in the sand and swimming in Lake Ontario as I’ve never swam or visited any of the Great Lakes. Sadly it turned out it’s the type of place families make a tradition of going to every year so this awesome motel I wanted to stay at on the beach side was literally booked for everyday for the whole summer already – ALREADY. That’s crazy to me. It was perfect too because we could have taken the train directly there and it was so small you could pretty much just walk everywhere. I’m tempted to book for next summer but Victor’s convinced me that it’s nuts. Hope you enjoy my train window shots!
I’ve being doing a lot of double exposures this winter as they are really fun during this season since there is so much white space to play around with. It’s hard in some cases like landscape shots but I find doing upside down second exposure is a great work around if you have the sky (ie too much light) in your first shot. If you have never taken an upside down double exposure (no idea if there is some fancy name for this method) it’s exactly what you think it is. You basically take one shot regularly and then flip the camera so it’s upside down for your second exposure. It helps minimize the white space as the ground is now the sky and I find that middle ground area ends up getting really neat geometric patterns in it (great for sunsets). Examples of this are all over these shots, see if you can tell which ones are taken with this method ( I’ll give you a tip – the first one is ). There are a few too many photos today that are kinda the same but I really like all the variations.
I feel like these photos were taken ages ago, although to be fair it was only a month ago. I went a little crazy and ended up with over 200 photos from my trip to Parc Jean-Drapeau for the Fete Des Neiges festival (still haven’t posted photos from the event either). I am so bad about posting photos around the same time I take them because of this – my procrastination for photo sorting is my weakness.
Watching the world pass makes me feel so at peace. I feel that being such a nomad as a kid as made me forever uneasy when I’m in one place for too long. Travelling and watch the landscape just slip by just eases my mind and makes my soul feel fulfilled. I wish I could travel all the time like my brother, it’s one of the things I should do more of. The decision to never learn how to drive was a mistake on my end, although I feel like if I had a car I would just drive around for hours at night when I couldn’t sleep so maybe it’s a good thing I don’t have that ability. I really enjoyed the 5 hour train ride from Montreal to Toronto two weeks ago, I could be on a train forever. I was able to take so many photos out of the dirty window for the last few hours of our trip. I think the people behind me thought I was wired as I was snapping away with my Polaroid and Nikon camera. The self portrait double exposures really capture me trying to be a part of the landscape I being whisked through.
I love morning frost on the window. I wish I had a macro lens for my Nikon camera for moments like these. Regardless, I still love shooting the frost on my front window, it always has such a beautiful changing pattern.The crystallization of water is always magical to me. We don’t get icicles here very much which is too bad because those can be just as cool as the frost. I took these last week when it had just started to get cold again and the frost was taking over the window.
Today’s Vintage Tuesday is Polaroid shots taken in November from a walk to Parc La Fontaine and in our back balcony. I love the first shot of the man-made lake, it’s so calm and the smearing of the ink on the side make it almost looks like a water color. I haven’t shot any film with my Colorpack in almost a month now, I’ve been trying to get my other land camera polaroid to work instead so I’ve been holding onto my film. I am actually going to do a How To for my land camera because I need to convert it from a speciality battery to AAs. However ever place I ask about buying a converter to install I just get blank faces but I haven’t resorted to buying it online yet so it’ll take some time to track it down locally. I did watch a few videos last week about making double exposures with Polaroid film. I am very curious to test it out so maybe I’ll load my Colorpack up again soon and see if I can. It’s freezing here so not the best time of the year for taking instant photos. Let me know if you’ve tried taking double exposures with Polaroid cameras and if you had any luck!
It’s been a long time since I’ve shown you guys my inside garden (post here) and I’ve been super curious myself to see how the before and after shoots would look of all my new plants so today we are having a look at my inside garden before its winter.
The fishnet stocking plant and the random vine plants grew so MUCH! I was so impressed with all 3 of these. The first vine plant is my favourite because it has the prettiest leaves and I am looking forward to buying another one next year. I was actually given the plant as a present from Zara last year but it barely grew anything from when I first got it so I was so surprised when it started too during the summer. The other vine is out of control, I have no idea what to do with it – it just keeps growing. Clearly it needs to be potted in a hanging container but since its winter I’ve decided to wait until next year to do that. I am already excited to have inside hanging baskets in the kitchen, there is so much room by the window and it’s really the only spot in the house that gets good light. The fishnet stocking plants though is the real big guy of the bunch, it’s too bad too because it’s supposed to be an annual which means it’ll die after a year. I had the fishnet stocking plant in the living room for all of the Spring and half the summer and it hadn’t grown much so in August I decided to move it to the kitchen and since then it’s grown in every which direction to no bounds. It’s still growing too, every time I look at it I see new leaves and a new limps starting up. It’s really in need of a much bigger pot but again I’m not sure if it’s supposed to survive the winter so I am waiting to see. Now for the other two..
These two have grown a little bit but both of them are in rooms that do not have much light during the day. The great thing about them is they don’t need a lot of light so they are perfect. I was hoping my crazy colored leaf one would grow more. When we were at the nursery they had bigger versions and they were so pretty. I have moved it to the kitchen as well now for the last two months to see if that would help. Victor’s one though is just perfect for him, he really loves it. Below are some extra shots at all the plants, after I took these I repotted my favourite vine and added soil to the others and I am just hoping the winter doesn’t kill any of my babies :)
In October I made myself a promise that I’d go on a long walk at least once a week, and so far I’ve been doing a really good job of that. It’s my favourite season but the colder tempatures and clouds usually keep me inside so it’s been nice to drag myself outside and really enjoy the falling leaves and the amazing colors. These are from a few weeks ago, I thought about smushing them all together but last weekend we went to Mont-Royal and I took a few too many photos. It’s nice just taking fun pictures and not being stressed out about making sure they are perfect – and throwing leaves at the camera. I’ve been working for the last month on some old photographs for a seriers of postcards I am getting made so it’s nice to have a break. I’ll be sprinkling a few comments along with the photos taken in Parc La Fontaine.
I sat on one of the benchs infront of the lake by myself for awhile before meeting up with Victor and just spent some time taking photos with my Kodak Dualflex (here)
It’s so nice being 15minutesaway from a big parc when you live in a city. Next spring I think we will be spending a lot of time here. I love just walking around with Victor. This weekend we are going to investigate the side of Mont-Royal where the cemetary is so that should be fun.
In the middle of October I had a chance to go apple picking with Victor and Zara. It’s becoming one of my must do activities for Autumn and we had a lot of fun. It feels like so long ago even though it was just a few weekends ago though, the weather changed so much. It was an interesting day for photography as it was really cloudy but sunny. I had to adjust for the shifting light non-stop. It felt so great though being out in the fresh air and away from the big city. It was really different experience from last year because we went in late October so a lot of the orchard was already out of season. We still manage to eat so many apples and collected a lot to take home (I think all of our stomachs hurt a little towards the end). I didn’t help too much with the picking because I was having fun taking photos with 3 separate cameras, a little crazy I admit but it was so nice to be away from the city. I have to say that I wouldn’t have been much help anyways because most of the trees only had apples on the top branches. I think out of all the apples I picked, I had to jump to reach most of them. Lol. I really wish I had a car myself so I could escape the city more but I’ll take what I can get!
We wandered off from the area where everyone was and found a bunch of really amazing apples, totally forget the name but they were really good. I love green apples the most so finding these made my day.
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.
I spent a few hours yesterday enjoying myself in Parc Lafontaine with several of my cameras in tow including the Kodak Dualflex to capture some autumn leaves before they were all gone. I had been bugging Victor all weekend that we really ought to go to Mont Royal or Lafontaine but the weather was against us, yesterday though I was determined to go so I started out from my house late afternoon. I gave myself an hour to spend at the Parc by myself before meeting Victor at the metro for another walk so I could take photos. In my camera bag I had my Polaroid Colorpack, Nikon D7000, Holga and a last minute addition on a whim my Kodak Dualflex. Best of all I had one of my favourite artist K’Naan playing on my ipod.
I was freezing in my sweater but I had so much fun walking around the lake taken photos of the trees in bloom. Most of the shots I captured were using the Kodak Dualflex as a “through the viewfinder” apparatus. I really need to load up my Kodak with actual film soon but it’s so fun doing through the viewfinder photography. I’ve included some fun shots of me where you can actually see the whole Kodak Dualflex but for the rest I’ve cropped them in square format.
After I meet up with Victor we walked around again and took silly photos of each other throwing leaves that I am making in gifs and will probably be up next week. I also took a few Polaroid shots that didn’t turn out as vivid as I had hoped with the autumn colors around us, I think the combination of cold weather and the sun going down really wasn’t ideal. Look out for those photos in the next few weeks in the meantime my viewfinder shots of the last few days of Fall.
I thought since this week I was supposed to pick apples but that got cancelled that I’d share a few photos from my pick your own blueberries adventure I had with my friend Zara this summer. I really love the idea of getting fruit directly from the farm, it just seems such a wonderful relationship between the grower and me as a consumer. Up until last year I had never done it before but it was such a great experience I was excited to do more. Zara has a car which is wonderful because being a city girl and living on transit I cannot actually get myself to farms on my own. We rode out to this random farm I had found the day before online and spent a few hours under the hot sun eating and picking blueberries until we were exhausted. It was really hard work, much harder than apples that are for sure. Zara picked and ate so many, she was like a pro. I gave up after a while and just took photos of the blueberry bushes – lol. The only disappointment was they didn’t have their raspberry picking open which would have been amazing as it’s my one of my favourite summer fruits. It was really fun though, and the store they had there sold the most amazing apple juice and honey. I was so happy I picked some up because it’s just so great getting unpasteurized produce when you can. The best thing though is I ended up with so many blueberries I was able to freeze a whole bunch on the day I picked them so I have fresh local blueberries sitting in my freezer to make cupcakes or just adding to my yogurt for the next few months. Anyways, here are the photos of our day picking blueberries.
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.
For Lomography Wednesday I grabbed my Nikon camera and my trusty Holga close up and macro lens and headed to my balcony. My favourite thing about the Fall is the changing colors of the season! There are a few changes happening already around my house. The first is this little bud I got from the Botanical Gardens started to sprout out something that looks like a kidney bean. The bud was growing on a tree that was covered in them and they looked like a penis with balls – lol so I grabbed one to take a better photo. As well my entire herb garden has become dried and weathered, it didn’t survive the summer at all which is sad. The best part though is the vines on my balcony are starting to turn orange and yellow and it’s just amazing to watch. I am hoping to soon replace my toy lens with the real thing so I can even more amazing close up shots soon, in the meantime I really enjoy these Holga lens and they were only $10 for each set.
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.
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!
Self-Portrait Sunday: Me and the Giants
Yesterday I went to the Mosaicultures event in Montreal with Victor and my friend Zara. They have giant living sculptures that are just breathtaking. The place was packed to the brim but I did manage to sneak in a few shots of myself with the statues. They feel right out of a story tale and are so glad I was able to capture myself beside them…now only if they would come to life. Wouldn’t that be amazing? I want a tree giant to be my friend. lol. There will be more photos on Thursday from our walk around the botanical gardens so look out for that. Hope you had an amazing weekend!
Today marks the last day I’ll be sharing my photos from Prince Edward Island. This is from our last few hours in PEI to our long and tedious drive home through New Brunswick. It was such an amazing trip and it was great to finally see 2 provinces in Canada that I had never been too. At some point on our trip we reached a turn off for Nova Scotia (another province and if we had time we could have drove 20minutes just to say we had been there. Haha. All in all it was really fun and probably the best moment of the summer for me as I love a good road trip. The tree near our house is starting to turn orange so I am all excited again for the start of Fall – I will have plenty of non-summer adventures to show you too coming in October. If you missed the previous weeks about PEI, my little round up is here starting with Day 1, Day 2 part I & part II, the first half of Day 3, and the special photo shoot of Zara. So let’s get started, last week we end with the north tip of PEI and headed down the coast again towards the bridge and we found….
I am getting so close to the end of my Prince Edward Island series, today I am sharing the beginning of Day 3. It was such a crazy trip since we basically drove almost all of Day 1 and Day 3 as well. We did stick around in PEI for a bit longer then we anticipated because I don’t think neither me, Zara or Victor wanted to leave. So we chilled out in the morning and did our own things before checking out of the campsite and getting into the car to checking out the north point mid-morning. There were so many photos to go through so it’s another 2 partier so look out for it next week. There will be a double post next week because I realize it’s been all about PEI this month and maybe you’re a little bored of it so don’t worry next week is the second half and little something something extra. I have work still midnight tonight and am not looking forward to it so wish me luck and I hope you are ready for Friday because I have some amazing baby photos of Butter to share with you.
More photos from my amazing adventure to Prince Edward Island. We are taking off right after the end of the last weeks Day 2 (if you haven’t checked it out click here). We start our journey in New Glasgow, PEI and head to find a lighthouse and found so much more, check it out below.
I thought it’d be great to update you on my fishnet stocking plant (solenostemon scutellarioides). It’s an annual so I am guessing it will die as soon as the temperature drops but in August it almost tripled in size which was amazing to see. I was disappointment when I found out it was an annual buts it’s grown so much it feels worth it to rebuy again next year. I feel so happy as a plant mom as I kill most plants (rest in peace herb garden) but all my vines and other plants have just blossomed so much. It is great to see and really encouraging. This one is my favourite because it’s just so pretty and changes all the time. When the morning light hits it I always grab my camera for a few shots. These were all shot with my Holga macro and close up lens which I am using all the time on flowers and plants – I really cannot wait to upgrade to an actual close up or macro lens soon but in the meantime enjoy Lomography Wednesday – Plant Addition!
Next week I will have a handful of photos from my Holga Tim that I just got developed. I need to start using that camera more. It had over a year of moments on it which is totally crazy. The photos weren’t as great as I was expecting but I think the end of the film was a little over exposed from being in the camera for so long. Its just a fun mechanic having the half frames, I really want to grap a Golden Half camera and have even more half frames cameras because they are really fun.
Today is a continuation of last week’s adventure in Prince Edward Island, starting with our second day there. It was our only full day there and we managed to drive all over the island and see lots of local life. Since I have the tendency to take so many photos Day 2 will be broke up over the next 2 weeks. I am excited to show how beautiful the island is and today’s post has some shots of their capital Charlottetown and the countryside.
The start of the day was breakfast on the fire pit with me and Victor’s tent and the ocean in the background. It was freezing cold until dawn when it became insanely hot so none of us got a very good sleep.
So last weekend I got an offer from my friend Zara to go on a road trip and camp because she had wanted to go to Prince Edward Island. For those of you who don’t know Canadian geography, it’s an island/province on the east coast tip of Canada on the Atlantic Ocean just across from the province of New Brunswick. It’s roughly a 12hour drive from the Montreal. I was really excited because the farthest east in Canada I have been is Quebec City and have never been to either NB or PEI before. As well I am a huge lover of islands (I grew up on an island) and always feel so spiritually happy being near the ocean. I really wanted to show you some of my photos from the trip so I thought I’d share them over the next few Thursdays.
And just like that the time zone changed an hour ahead and we slipped from Quebec into New Brunswick Continue reading %s
Last summer when me and Victor went by train to Quebec City for 2 days I brought along my Holga adapter for my Nikon camera. I had completely forgotten about these photos until last week when looking through old trip folders in preparation for my trip to Vancouver. I really loved the whimsical nature of these shots; it’s a very good presentation of Quebec City itself. I thought I’d show them off but I have quite a few so this week it’s more nature shots of trees and grassy hills and in two week it will be all about the unique architecture of this beautiful city.
Charlotte is an amazing and large spider I found dangling from the bars of the Jacques Cartier Bridge before the fireworks last Friday at dawn. She had caught an insect of some kind and spent over 45minutes carefully spinning a large web (it was impossible to see in the light but must have been huge). Victor was not at all happy to be sitting below a spider but I was fasniated even though I’m a tad scared of them. The lightening made her seem like she was always just floating in the air and I happy toke many photos of her until it got to dark going in circles. She never stood still which made the photos quiet tricky to capture but I enjoyed the challenge, I just wish I had the forethought to bring a close up or macro lens (firework’s don’t really scream macro lens do they). Check her out!
A few close ups of the spider:
a short video I toke of her spinning the web:
Looking at these brings back lots of memories from my trip around the west coast of America…back in 2009 I spent two weeks touring the States on a the various Greyhound buses between 10 different States, taking Holga photos as I went. This was one of my longest stops, and on one of my days there I climbed part of the Franklin Mountains range! This guy is located in the middle of El Paso and towers around the whole city, it toke me little over 2 hours to climb. It was wonderful, and the view was breath taking. In most of these photos you can see both El Paso and Mexico and from up on the mountain there was no difference between them. Kind of makes you wonder why they were dumb enough to think that building a wall between the two countries would do anything. I really felt at home in El Paso.