Autumn Equinox

For the first day of fall, here are images from past years covering some of Ontario’s nature trails, some of which are a part of the Bruce Trail that spans 890km.

 

Dundas Peak

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Autumn at Dundas Peak//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Autumn at Dundas Peak//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Autumn at Dundas Peak//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

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Autumn at Dundas Peak//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

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Autumn at Dundas Peak//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Devil’s Punchbowl Conservation AreaDevil's Punch Bowl, Hamilton//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Devil's Punch Bowl, Hamilton//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Tiffany Falls
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Tiffany Falls//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Tiffany Falls//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Tiffany Falls//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Cootes Paradise

Autumn at Princess Point//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Autumn at Princess Point//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

 

Autumn at Princess Point//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Mono Cliffs Provincial Park

Mono Cliffs Provincial Park//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Mono Cliffs Provincial Park//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Upper King’s Forest Park
Autumn in Upper King's Forest Park//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

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World Travel

In retrospect, I look back as to why I picked up a camera in the first place – it was to capture the best moments in my life. These include travel, events and people. The truth is… I’ve always been jealous of those who could capture a moment in a single photo and make it look amazing. As in the case while flipping through many National Geographic magazines. While there were many amazing images, one struck me as memorable – the vibrant green moss growing on vastly tall trees of a forest. I have also been in awe of those I knew personally who took photos of landscapes and family. They looked so professional.

This is when I decided to buy a DSLR and learn. Here are some of my travel photos put together in a short video clip.

Locations in this video:

Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse and Welcome Centre, Nova Scotia
Spencer Gorge Conservation Area, Hamilton, Ontario
Tierra del Fuego National Park, Argentina
Point Pelee National Park, Leamington, Ontario
Cavendish, Prince Edward Island
Beagle Channel, Patagonia, South America
Sturgeon Bay Provincial Park, Ontario
Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Crack, Killarney Provincial Park, Ontario
Anne of Green Gables, Cavendish, Prince Edward Island

I look forward to creating more memories and capturing them on camera.

Autumn

I love fall because of the moderate temperatures and the changing of colours. Here are some of what I captured – old and new. The first few locations are taken in Hamilton and it is known as the Waterfall Capital of the World. While I’ve only been to a handful, I hope to see more in the next few weeks while the weather is great. Many of these trails are located along the Bruce Trail which run about 900km from the Niagara Escarpment to Tobermory.

Tiffany Falls

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Tiffany Falls//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Tiffany Falls//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Tiffany Falls//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Tiffany Falls//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Devil’s Punch Bowl

Devil's Punch Bowl, Hamilton//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

<Devil's Punch Bowl, Hamilton//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Devil's Punch Bowl, Hamilton//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Albion Falls

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Albion Falls//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Albion Falls//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Albion Falls//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Albion Falls//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Albion Falls//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Rattlesnake Point (Milton)

Rattlesnake Point, Bruce Trail//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Springridge Farm (Milton)

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Springridge Farm//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Springridge Farm Tractor Trailer Ride//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Springridge Farm Store//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Springridge Farm//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Chudleigh’s Farm (Milton)

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A day at Chudleigh's Farm//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

A day at Chudleigh's Farm//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

A day at Chudleigh's Farm//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Tractor ride//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

A day at Chudleigh's Farm//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Riverwood Conservancy (Mississauga)

Red Maple Leaf, Riverwood Park//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

A Beautiful Day

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On Saturday, May 3rd and Sunday, May 4th, I grabbed my camera and decided to learn how to do time lapse. Initially, I took a cable release and stood there as the sun started to set. I set my Nikon D7000 on timer with 9 photos per click and 3 second delay between photos. I ended up spending almost 50 minutes. While the sunset was beautiful, I’m sure there was a more efficient way to do time lapse as I’ve seen several examples of night photography with star trails. There are cable releases specifically made to have a timer on them. My camera can also do intervals. You can set how long you want it to run with x number of photos to be taken and how many seconds or minutes you want it to wait between each shot. This is far more effective as I went online to do more research. I was limited to the number of shots I can take since I only had a 16gb SD card and I shot in both RAW and Fine jpeg formats.

Uploading and doing minor edits took a long time but in the end I was happy with what I got. On the fourth try, I took a little more time in ensuring the camera was set perfectly, i.e. focus. It was an oversight. I focused on the subject and switched the lens to manual mode thinking it would help time lapse run smoother. I did learn how to do animated gifs over a year ago and tried to apply the same principles on Photoshop to create a time lapse. I also wanted to compare how much better, or easier it would be to create a time lapse on Lightroom. I found that it was a lot of work to manage all the layers on timeline in Photoshop. At the most for one time lapse, I had about 500 photos and at the very least, I had about 150. On the other hand, Photoshop has a lot of good editing features as well as having a lot of options when converting to a video for rendering. With Lightroom, there is a plugin to create a video. I did see online that there are some extra features if you have it. In this case, I did not. After completing my edits, I went to Slideshow, converted the photos to create a slideshow and exported it as a video. Here are the results:

Click on the links:
A Sunday in Mississauga

Mississauga After Dark

For more, check me out on Flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/greceln_ifoxygn/

Cherry Blossoms

It’s spring time again and cherry blossoms will soon be blooming. I saw a post on our local 24 hour news station that there will be a National Cherry Blossom Festival taking place this year in Washington D.C. from March 20 – April 27. Also known as sakura in Japan, it is the flower of many trees of the genus Prunus. Hanami is the practice of picnicking under a sakura tree. People eat and drink sake. I once had a friend (I actually have a few friends) who went to Japan to teach english. This one particular friend was known to write few and far in between, but when he did, they were like novels. He did experience this tradition with his Japanese friends and in so many words, enjoyed more so the art of picnicking where sake was involved. In the words of Wikipedia, “In Japan, cherry blossoms also symbolize clouds due to their nature of blooming en masse, besides being an enduring metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life…” You can read up on it yourselves by Googling it. For now, I want you to enjoy these photos I took from last year in High Park, Toronto. It was hard to predict when they would bloom, and when they did, the weather was warm and people came en masse. Unfortunately, there is only one cherry tree in Mississauga’s Kariya Park, named after our twin city in Japan.




















Fall in Ontario

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For the past month, I’ve been busy photographing and editing. This year has brought on milder weather in the fall and has allowed many Ontarians to go out and enjoy the changing of colours. The weather has now only come down to its normal range of 6°c – 9°C. Rattlesnake Point in Milton connects to the Bruce trail. It is part of the Niagara escarpment that runs 885km from the Niagara region to Tobermory in Northern Ontario. It links many parks and has some campgrounds along the way. They also host many events for families, even in winter. During a very warm Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, thousands of people came to at least a portion of the trails according to an employee. For those who wish to walk part or the whole trail can do so with provided trail maps. The length of time it takes to complete it is up to you with a minimum completion time of 30 days. There are also some opportunities to rock climb. There are hooks for harnesses to latch onto. Here are some of what I captured.

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© Grecel Nepomuceno 2011

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Although Chudleigh’s Farm is one of the most famous apple farms started by a prominent family, there are other farms around Milton. These photos are taken at Springridge Farm.

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© Grecel Nepomuceno 2011

© Grecel Nepomuceno 2011

Nikon D7000 allows photographs to be turned into sketches using the editing tool right in the camera. This photograph is the same apple photo from above turned into a sketch. Below the apple photo is a display of gourds photographed and turned into a sketch.

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© Grecel Nepomuceno 2011

Daisies still in bloom today in my garden, but you can see it’s starting to wilt. Today’s temperature: 9°C.

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