Multiple Exposure: Lost

Sometimes you are lost, and I mean actually lost not existentially lost and you come upon the greatest thing. This weeks’ multiple exposure is from a trip a few years ago when we stopped for gas and directions and unlike my fellow passengers who were so focused on getting home I noticed the sky from the parking lot and stopped and stared (and took a few photographs).

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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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Multiple Exposure: Sunset Waves

Sunset waves are a series of multiple exposures taken during a summer camping trip a few years ago to Lake Ontario The sun was just starting to go down and you could see it disappearing along the water’s horizon, so I captured the sunset and waves of the lake as one.

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A portrait of Victor on the shore watching the sunset.

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Autumn Leaves

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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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.

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

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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Things That Make Me Smile

This month’s “Things That Make Me Smile” features photos from walks around Montreal I’ve been going on with Victor plus Halloween bits and bobs. I’m always excited in October, as Goth Christmas used to be the biggest deal for me. The last few years (heaven forbid I’m getting old and losing my touch) I’ve haven’t gotten too crazy to Halloween but it’s still fun.  I miss having a front door to decorate and give out candy to neighborhood kids or going to the Basement for a big party. I really should have just convinced Victor to go to the Rocky Horror Picture Show with me this year – I’ve never been before but have always wanted to go. Regardless it’s been a great month, here are the moments that really made it…

things that make me smile - CopyPicking flowers  to press! Although I think I enjoy the picking process more than the pressing process. Flowers look so amazing when they are fresh.

things that make me smile (4) things that make me smile (3)This house has some impressive vines. I love that we have vines on our balcony but I dream of the day I can own a house covered in them.

things that make me smile (2)Victor and I’s initials carved into the sidewalk outside of our house. They did construction on our street for 5 months and just finished in the beginning of October – even though they had a security guard I managed to write in the cement before it dried for all the days woken up to drills.

forest cemetery (61)This photo isn’t from October but I had to include it. This portrait of John on his tombstone was really touching.

things that make me smile (1)Maple Leaves! Even though these are the icon of Canada we don’t have many maple trees on the West Coast so living in Montreal gives me a chance to enjoy them and their amazing colors.

things that make me smile (7) things that make me smile (6)Starchild Stela had a show here in Montreal during October, it featured a wide range of her work from paintings, illustrations, to photography of her graffiti, and her newest work with silk screening and doilies. She included two photos that I took in her show (in the first picture) which was really awesome. Check her out if you haven’t already!

things that make me smile (8)things that make me smile (9)I love the flowers that are still kicking around in Fall. I find Montreal looks the most pretty as a city in October. My little unicorn container is where I put all my flowers that I need to get home safe to press.

things that make me smile (2)What’s more perfect than a walk surrounded by this?

things that make me smile (10)All the Halloween goodies I managed to find around town. I love the skull decanter & shot glasses the most.

things that make me smileMy snail mail setup with spooky postcards/cards, stickers, and stamps. These stamps are holographic and feature various ghosts apart of Canadian folklore – so awesome.

things that make me smile (1) things that make me smileThis is my anniversary present! I found this Halloween snow globe just waiting in line at Winners. I immediately picked it up and shock it so all the black sparkles went everywhere and was delighted. The best thing though – it plays music too. Probably the best anniversary present I will ever get from Victor – honestly it’s so cool. He wanted to buy me another one but when we went back a 2nd time they had all disappeared.

things that make me smile (5)The coloring on this graffiti piece is sublime.

things that make me smileMy sticker table! I spent so many hours this month getting this all together. It always rewarding when a project works out wonderfully.

things that make me smile (3)This part of pressing flowers is not as fun as picking them but I love laying them out and seeing how pretty they are.

things that make me smile (1)things that make me smile (2)Enjoying both the best strawberry cheesecake in Montreal and Mont-Royal on a warm day.

things that make me smile (4)things that make me smile (5) things that make me smile (6)We found the best street in the Plateau area of Montreal for Halloween decorations.

Well this month was cramped packed. I honestly had a lot more that I could have chosen as well. Everything about this month and Halloween make me grin from ear to ear. At work I plan on dressing up and having even more fun and I’ll also be doing a special Halloween post tomorrow.

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Ontario Sunset

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!

ontario dusk sunset (8) ontario dusk sunset (6) ontario dusk sunset (3) ontario dusk sunset (10) ontario dusk sunset (12)ontario dusk sunset (16) ontario dusk sunset (14) ontario dusk sunset (17) ontario dusk sunset (18)After night had fallen I was still obsessed with the sky and took these from the front seat of the car as we drove towards Peterborough.

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