Multiple Exposure: Glimpse of Spring

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

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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Marche Atwater

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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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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A Simple Saturday

this week in photos (7)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.

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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

plateau flowers (14)plateau flowers (20)plateau flowers (19) plateau flowers (18) plateau flowers (13) plateau flowers (8)plateau flowers (11)plateau flowers (23)plateau flowers (7) plateau flowers (6) plateau flowers (5) plateau flowers (4) plateau flowers (1)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.

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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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