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perspective is everything August 4, 2010

Filed under: blog,one shot wednesdays — sylvia @ 7:08 pm

The map library at Western was giving away random old maps and lithographs, and I came across a few great old Canadian gems. The one which piqued my interest is a reproduction of a 1734 map by Matthäus Seutter of France’s New World colonies.

If your nerd quotient is as high as mine, you can go take a look at other maps of the period, or try to figure out when exactly Lake Ontario was called Lac Frontenac. Staring at this map until my eyes blurred, I noted that there is little Western “civilization” in my geographical area beside Detroit (founded in 1701), since Toronto/Fort York wasn’t even a twinkle in the French fur traders’ eyes. And while you could fill a Great Lake (or five) with all of the things I don’t know, I’d had NO idea that Detroit is taken from the French détroit.

And for those who are curious, should be launching within a few days! Just working out the last kinks now.

ISO: 800
F-stop: f/1.8
Focal length: 50mm
Exposure program: aperture priority

In hindsight, I should have bumped up ISO a notch and stopped down the aperture to get a slightly greater depth of field, but the goal at that moment was focusing in on my little corner of Southwestern Ontario.


unlocked July 28, 2010

Filed under: blog,fine art,one shot wednesdays,personal — sylvia @ 11:00 pm

While going through one of my frequent cleaning/purging binges, I came across a large and unwiedly set of keys to my maternal grandparents’ house in Ursus. I’m heading there in four short weeks and I’m curious if the keys still fit the locks…. because I’ll likely need them to sneak out.

Since my laptop died on Monday, here’s a quick edit of today’s One Shot processed with an online app. And with the ill-timed death of my terrible HP, I say goodbye to Windows and become a Mac girl.


the view from here July 21, 2010

Filed under: blog,one shot wednesdays,personal — sylvia @ 11:00 pm

Today’s idea for the One Shot Wednesdays series was thwarted by an unfortunate flare up of my lower back problem. With the only camera in reach, here is an SOOC view from my position on the couch. At least I have pretty flowers to look at and Mad Men to watch.

Slightly irrelevant EXIF data since I only tweaked the ISO to get a vaguely usable shot:
F-stop: f/1.8
Exposure time: 1/25 sec.
ISO speed: ISO-640
Focal Length: 50mm
Exposure Program: Aperture Priority


texture July 14, 2010

Filed under: blog,one shot wednesdays — sylvia @ 8:46 pm

Today’s one shot was nearly a black square; somehow I’d deleted the image between taking it and throwing the memory into my computer. I debated my next step for a little while, and in the end decided that to stay true to the ill-defined ideals of One-shot Wednesdays, I had to go back to the drawing board and find something new for today.

EXIF Data:
F-stop: f/1.8
Exposure time: 1/50 sec.
ISO speed: ISO-500
Focal Length: 50mm
Exposure Program: Manual


sunset in putnam July 7, 2010

Filed under: blog,one shot wednesdays — sylvia @ 8:42 pm

I spend a lot of time on country roads, and this view outside of Putnam made me want to pull over and stay a while.

Coming up tomorrow: more photos from Erieau.


meet tugger June 30, 2010

Filed under: blog,furry,one shot wednesdays — sylvia @ 8:40 pm

For the next few days, Tugger will be my friend and shadow while his humans are away. One shot was all I got today; he was too excited to leave my side and let me get a shot of anything except the back of his head. Don’t worry, L&J, there will be more of his cute/ugly mug as the days go on, if I can force myself out of the pool!

The Ultimate Underbite - Tugger


variation June 23, 2010

Filed under: blog,one shot wednesdays — sylvia @ 11:47 pm

I love the eggs I get from a local farm, each one slightly different than the next.