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The Sights and Sounds of Long Beach

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The mystical landscape of Long Beach, Vancouver Island.

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Multiple Exposure: Glimpse of Spring

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double exposure flowers (4) double exposure flowers (5) double exposure flowers (3)double exposure flowers (8)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.

double exposure flowers (1) double exposure flowers (2) double exposure flowers (6) double exposure flowers (7)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. 






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Garden Dreaming

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summer garden (15)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.

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Autumn Leaves

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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.

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Double Exposure: Long Beach Sunsets

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long beach sunsets (4)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…

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Marche Atwater

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atwater marche flower plant garden (14)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.

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On the Hunt

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montreal walk (1)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.

montreal walk (5) montreal walk (8) montreal walk (7) montreal walk (6)montreal walk (4)montreal walk (3)montreal walk (2)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).

montreal walk (11)montreal walk (9)montreal walk (10)montreal walk (12)montreal walk (15)montreal walk (16)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.

montreal walk (14)montreal walk (13)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.

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Fall Walks and Picking Flowers

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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.

picking flowers (2) picking flowers (5)Geting flowers ready to be pressed.

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.

picking flowers (4) picking flowers (6) Changing leaves are magical, I could look at them forever.

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: No Escape from Autumn

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multiple exposure autumn trees (4) multiple exposure autumn trees (6) multiple exposure autumn trees (7) multiple exposure autumn trees (11) multiple exposure autumn trees (12)multiple exposure autumn trees (10)multiple exposure autumn trees (5) multiple exposure autumn trees (2) multiple exposure autumn trees (3)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.






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Vintage Tuesday: Landscape Slides

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vintage landscape slides (2) vintage landscape slides (3) vintage landscape slides (4) vintage landscape slides (5) vintage landscape slides (6) vintage landscape slides (7) vintage landscape slides (8) vintage landscape slides (9) vintage landscape slides (11) vintage landscape slides (13) vintage landscape slides (14) vintage landscape slides (15) vintage landscape slides (16) vintage landscape slides (17) vintage landscape slides (18) vintage landscape slides (19) vintage landscape slides (1)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!






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