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Canada – 147 Years Old

Happy Birthday Canada! It was a great Day.

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Light the Bridge!

There has been a campaign in the city of Edmonton to donate money to light the high-level bridge after the waterfall proved too costly and full of flaws. There are 50,00 lights due to the generosity of the citizens of Edmonton and I do not think that it cost the tax-payers anything. While out on an evening walk I thought that I would take my camera and tripod and practise some shots for the fireworks and bridge display on Canada Day next Tuesday.The lights seem to move in lines  from one end to the other, changing colour and rhythm.

Last year I got pretty good fireworks but black sky and was envious of the blue skies of my fellow photographers.I did some research on exposures and decided to try putting my speed on “bulb”, pressed the remote shutter down for 5, 6 and 7 seconds. I used manual mode and manual focus, and kept my ISO at 100 and tried f/8 to f/11.I used my zoom lens at 70mm up to 300mm and prefer the wider shots, and probably move the viewfinder up,which will be good for the fireworks. The blue bridge in the foreground is the pedestrian and LRT pathway. Here are the results:







Skyline in Early Evening

Went out on a photo club outing on Sunday evening and caught the rays of the setting sun just before and after sunset which took place at 7:46 p.m. The days get shorter by 3 minutes a day.

I used a variety of exposure settings, manual, aperture priority, shutter priority…nice to be open  and I found that I was wishing that I had checked my notes on fireworks about what exposures to use to get those cobalt skies. It wasn’t a blue sky, there was more grey and yellow so I will have to get out there again. There was good conversation with others about what people were using and I enjoyed being out there.


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A Beautiful Night

Took the dogs out for a walk and grabbed the camera as I went out the door – it was that kind of night.






Strolling along Candy Cane Lane

Oh,  I thought, I have seen Candy Cane Lane so many times. But, maybe there is something new or a change in the usual.

I am glad that I went because there were new things to see and changes that made it better than last year. It was fun to run into friends and I enjoyed the music, some from the houses and some from live singers. It was cold and my thighs were frozen after eight blocks , even with “long johns”  on, but it was worth the trip and the wonder of it all warmed my heart.

I am going out for a walk right after this blog because the sun is shining and it is a beautiful day though somewhat cold and because we are, according to the weather reports,  heading for colder weather ( a ten degree drop) and more snow.

So enjoy the tour and blessings of the season to all…

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Whiteout is when it is snowing so hard it is just white in front of you,usually in a blizzard and people can get lost in their own yards. Now it wasn’t that bad today, but close. I needed to pick up some items between 1 and 1:30 p.m. and it started to snow just before. I went out to my car and took the brush and wiped the snow that had accumulated in about a half hour. There was a couple of inches but as fast as I could sweep off the snow with the brush it was replaced. By the time I got to the front windows of my car there was a couple of inches on the back windows so I did the best I could and backed out of my spot went down the alley and onto the street. At the church a few people were shovelling the walk in the same manner. Quickly, but to no avail. I got what I needed and headed right back home. There was a few inches on the road and it felt like I was driving through butter.

Thank goodness it didn’t last too long and there is evidence the plows were out and obviously people were out with their snow blowers as well.

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Unfortunately I didn’t get any photos when it  was snowing at the heaviest point this afternoon, but I went outside tonight and took some snapshots..no longer a whiteout, more like serene evening snow scenes.

After the Storm

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Winter Wonderland in Fall

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My Neighbourhood


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Tomorrow I am supposed to go out on a photo shoot with my friend Frank  so I will share some of the photos with you tomorrow evening. I am definitely looking forward to it.

Canada Day

Listening to Choirs and taking a Stroll

©Jane ChesebroughJoined a friend for a walk around the legislature grounds tonight and took some photos then went inside to listen to the choir and taste some hot chocolate. The snow is almost gone and icy and dirty so not much of a winter wonderland but the music sure makes a difference. I am putting a photo here from the other night because I have a sneaky suspicion that my battery will die before I complete the download. So here is a straight shot of the Alberta legislature then a shot from the front steps looking at the large Christmas tree-with a new star at the top.A very bright star I may add, that got me turning my shutter speed up to compensate.©Jane Chesebrough


Skyline at Sunset

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Was having trouble uploading my photo. I am not well at this time and SLOWLY  recovering so picking a photo from earlier in the month.. Not a good time to deal with anything stressful like problems up-loading.This shot was taken at dusk and darkened  for a better effect and  truer to what I actually saw. Taken with a 34 mm lens at f-stop of 4.5 and ISO 400 It will be nice to get out again and get shooting.

That Focal Point

When I see a potential picture I get excited and snap away-seem to forget to think about composition. For instance, using the “law of thirds” and getting a focal point in the cross section of the imaginary  lines that divide a photo into thirds. Got feedback on the barn that it would be so much more powerful if I cropped it and got the back window(focal point) in the part of the photo at the cross section of the lines that divide the photo into thirds. That is why I am taking a course-because I want to turn my ideas into better, even great shots.Today’s shot was a spur of the moment shot taken last night when I was excited by the beauty of the sunset and clouds. I did make the choice to get the trees in ther but then the focus is on the trees, not the sky. And where would the focal point be? Hmmm, something to explore.

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Comparing this with yesterday’s photos, what do you think?

Maisie’s House

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This house on the corner of 144 Av and 97 Street happened to still be displaying its lights this week when I happened to pass by. Apparently it was done as a labour of love in memory of the man’s deceased mother(whose name was Maisie) and is supported by Home Hardware store in the northeast of the city.

Alberta Legislature at Sunset

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After hearing that the best time to take pictures of Christmas lights is around sunset, I ventured over to the legislature grounds from 3:30 to 5:30 and took this at  5:08 p.m. I used shutter priority at 1/20 second, aperture of 4 and  set WB at cloudy to get more golden tones. I don’t have a lot of detail on the building but was going for the colour in the sky and the lights and am pleased with the result.  It helped that a couple wandered into view for perspective. There are still some shots I took earlier while it was still daylight and thought afterward, “Now why didn’t I get that point of view when it was darker and the lights were on?” I will get my chance when I go on a shoot with the Edmonton Meet Up Photography club next week, weather permitting. I am playing with different settings and using horizontal and vertical layouts for landscapes with interesting results.

Something a little less traditional….

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and definitely more abstract….

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New Year Celebrations

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Happy and Prosperous New Year!

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Because I was working throughout the holidays I decided rather late in the year to go to the New Year’s Eve  celebrations in downtown Edmonton. Enjoyed the indoor entertainment at CBC radio and at city hall. The last hour outdoors was minus sixteen celsius but felt warmer with the crowd of thousands; the music from Soulijah Fyah  helped us stay warm, too. Sometimes having a conversation with a friend while you are both taking photos is almost impossible. Every time I turned to say something to my friend she was clicking away at something and I am sure I did that to her too. But glad I had the camera for the crowd shots and fireworks. For the latter I just set my camera to night scene mode and fired away, sometimes had to wait for the the camera to catch up before I could shoot-annoying being in a crowd and people are pushing you to get by when you are trying to line up a shot-being short has it’s disadvantages at times as well. Ha Ha got a few “head shots” when I was taking photos of the fireworks.Helps to be patient and not take myself too seriously.

I do wish all a happy, prosperous New Year of good will and the heart to follow your dreams.

Blue and White with Lanterns


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After our photo club outing to Candy Cane Lane got canceled on Wednesday because of a storm with high wind-chill factor, I went for a quick look this evening.  1/10 second, 4.5 f stop 500ISO using shutter priority mode.

Embracing the Light

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Went into the streets the other night with a friend to capture some of the seasonal  lights. We learned a lot from each other, as I do from others on this blog site. I saw a person in this composition, reaching up to embrace the light.

used shutter priority of 1/10 second, f3.5 at a focal length of 18mm and 800 ISO



More Lights

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This photo is from the other night when I took my walk-about.did some post-editing on Photoshop, straightenened it out a tad, and lightened it. shutter priority at 1/10 second, f-stop 4, ISO 800

Enjoying the Lights


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Used shutter priority mode with 1/25 second at aperture of 3.5 The ISO was high at 800.18 mm

I would love to hear others opinions on the best way to take a photo of the Christmas lights with a DSLR. I am sure that it may be personal preference though I have heard the opinion that the best time is around sunset. I am happy with this one because it is in focus, and the colour is true, the way that I remember seeing it. I used a tripod, although a flimsy one.

I really had trouble with fog-up of both my LCD and my glasses, sometimes could not see the image at all-was surprised that the photos came out. I will take a plastic bag with me next time-the idea is to put the camera in the bag before going back indoors to avoid condensation. But mine was fogging up outside, probably because I kept breathing on it. Ha Ha….It was minus 15 celsius.

I am registered in a Continuing Education Photography course in January-looking forward to that! I know it will help me get more range out of my camera and help with catching the light in a variety of ways. In the mean time I will practice from the instruction manual and explore the different settings.

Winter Wonderland

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I made some edits to make the photo darker. It was cloudy and some snow so those conditions made the light even brighter. I took this using shutter priority 1/13 sec f3.5. I see now that I adjusted the Av up 2/3-maybe wasn’t necessary. A reminder to check my histogram and do a little more thinking and looking before I take the shot…..hmmm…..would also save time erasing all those unwanted shots….

Tis the Season at the Legislature

no matter what you think about politics, the legislature is sure a place for people at this time of year. I couldn’t wait to get there yesterday afternoon for the light up ceremony. Arrived a little late but in time todrink hot chocolate inside the rotunda and hear some wonderful music before and after taking photos outside. It helped me get into the holiday spirit.This is the second time taking photos of seasonal lights with  my new camera and did take some totally manual shots but went back to aperture priority and shutter priority where I still get the best results and feel the most comfortable. Hard to pick my favourites but here goes….

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The Pyramids

Went back to The Mutart Conservatory to shoot some night photos. Was sick for a day or two so haven’t experienced the snow but that will be an inevitable event. This was shot using shutter priority of 1/4 of a second f stop 5.6


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Seasonal Lights

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It is so exciting to see the beginning of the seasonal lights in the city. I took shots of the downtown area from Telus field and the Mutart Conservatory.  It was interesting to me to see the clouds in the photos , something that I didn’t see when I was taking the photo. I used live view and was experimenting with  manual, auto focus , aperture priority and shutter priority. Some were a disaster. All part of the learning process and grateful that this is digital and not film or I could never afford it.

I went to the Muttart Conservatory to catch the lights on the pyramids. Amazing how focus changes and colour, too, with the change of focal point.Aperture priority  f11 at 10 seconds, focal length 18 mm

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