Posts Tagged 'winter'

Just the Sunrise

And that big ice cube? That’s Lake Ontario.

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Cold and Beautiful

Heading into another cold one tonight… -42 with the wind chill. But it’s so, so pretty…

©Shireen Nadir 2014 ©Shireen Nadir 2014

Freezing Rain? Get out the Camera!

We’ve had freezing rain in Toronto all weekend. To Tito and I, that means it’s time to get out the cameras and head to Leslie Street. I apologize for the image-heavy post… but I hope you’ll agree that it was worth it :)

Leslie Street Spit ©Shireen Nadir 2013 Leslie Street Spit ©Shireen Nadir 2013 Leslie Street Spit ©Shireen Nadir 2013 Leslie Street Spit ©Shireen Nadir 2013 Leslie Street Spit ©Shireen Nadir 2013 Leslie Street Spit ©Shireen Nadir 2013 Leslie Street Spit ©Shireen Nadir 2013 Leslie Street Spit ©Shireen Nadir 2013 Leslie Street Spit ©Shireen Nadir 2013 Leslie Street Spit ©Shireen Nadir 2013 Leslie Street Spit ©Shireen Nadir 2013 Leslie Street Spit ©Shireen Nadir 2013 Leslie Street Spit ©Shireen Nadir 2013 Leslie Street Spit ©Shireen Nadir 2013 Leslie Street Spit ©Shireen Nadir 2013 Leslie Street Spit ©Shireen Nadir 2013 Leslie Street Spit ©Shireen Nadir 2013Leslie Street Spit ©Shireen Nadir 2013 Leslie Street Spit ©Shireen Nadir 2013 Leslie Street Spit ©Shireen Nadir 2013 Leslie Street Spit ©Shireen Nadir 2013 Leslie Street Spit ©Shireen Nadir 2013

The Morning After the Deluge

Tito and I are taking off to Montreal today :) I promised I wouldn’t take my camera or computer (knitting, of course, is still coming. To do otherwise would be madness). To get my shutterbug out of my system I went out an hour before dawn this morning to snap some shots of the beautiful snow we got yesterday.

Who says we don’t have white beaches in Canada?

PS – For those interested – here is my set up this morning. I shot everything RAW, at f.10 for sharpness, and processed the details in Lightroom.

Canon 7D, Lee Filter, Sigma 10-20

  • Canon 7D
  • Tripod
  • Remote Release
  • Lee Filter System with .6 Graduated Neutral Density Filter
  • Sigma 10-20mm, f4.5 Lens

Snow, Toronto, Canada, Winter, HTO Park

Snow, Toronto, Canada, Winter, HTO Park

Snow, Toronto, Canada, Winter, HTO Park

Snow, Toronto, Canada, Winter, HTO Park

Snow, Toronto, Canada, Winter, HTO Park

Snow, Toronto, Canada, Winter, HTO Park

Snow, Toronto, Canada, Winter, HTO Park

 

Lee Filter System + Snowy Saturday = Love

Lee Filter Systen ©Shireen Nadir 2013

Recently I purchased a Lee Filter system for my camera. I was dubious as to the worth of an on-camera filter system – after all, Lightroom has a graduated filter built in where I can adjust exposure, white balance etc. However, having taken it for a walk I can honestly say that being able to make adjustments while shooting is amazing. The filter can rotate, and slide in it’s holder to achieve a variety of effects, and the creative possibilities are endless. I foresee a new place to dump my camera funds – for sure the big stopper is coming on my next trip!

Here’s an image-heavy post of the beautiful Leslie Street Spit here in Toronto – almost every shot here is taken with the filter on. I’m using the 4×6 holder, on a 10-20 mm sigma wide angle lens, my trusty Canon 7D and a 0.6 graduated neutral density filter.

Leslie Street Spit, Toronto, Canon 7D

Leslie Street Spit, Toronto, Canon 7D

Leslie Street Spit, Toronto, Canon 7D

Leslie Street Spit, Toronto, Canon 7D

Leslie Street Spit, Toronto, Canon 7D

Leslie Street Spit, Toronto, Canon 7D

Leslie Street Spit, Toronto, Canon 7D

Leslie Street Spit, Toronto, Canon 7D

Leslie Street Spit, Toronto, Canon 7D

Leslie Street Spit, Toronto, Canon 7D

Leslie Street Spit, Toronto, Canon 7D

Leslie Street Spit, Toronto, Canon 7D

Leslie Street Spit, Toronto, Canon 7D

Leslie Street Spit, Toronto, Canon 7D

A beautiful weekend with wonderful people

This weekend Tito and I drove up to Coboconk Ontario to see a friend. We were looking forward to seeing him but didn’t expect the incredible weekend that was in store for us!

Heaven

It turns out that his family lives in a winterized cottage, right on the lake. Their home is filled with art, pianos and pottery. They are also the most loving people imaginable, fascinating to talk to and, to boot, great cooks. We celebrated Earth hour with a feast by candlelight in a glassed-in patio facing the lake. They’ve got a dog – and everyone knows nothing was ever so perfect that it wasn’t made ten times better by the presence of a dog! Absolute heaven.

In the morning we discovered that something very special had happened.

 

So after an entire snow-free winter I got to take some of the pics I had been waiting for – serene mornings with a white coating on every single tree branch.

Thank you Annie, Jane and Ben for a wonderful weekend!

To the snow, and beautiful Manitoba

Selkirk Manitoba

Because, though my heart is in eastern Canada, the prairie provinces are gorgeous in their own austere way :) These were all taken in Selkirk, Manitoba.

Selkirk Manitoba

Winter by Walter de la Mare

Clouded with snow
The cold winds blow,
And shrill on leafless bough
The robin with its burning breast
Alone sings now.

Selkirk Manitoba

The rayless sun,
Day’s journey done,
Sheds its last ebbing light
On fields in leagues of beauty spread
Unearthly white.

Selkirk Manitoba

Thick draws the dark,
And spark by spark,
The frost-fires kindle, and soon
Over that sea of frozen foam
Floats the white moon.

Selkirk Manitoba


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