A Love Letter to Fall | Toronto Nature Photographer

How can you not go outside this time of year and just fall head over heals in love with your surroundings? It's like instant peace and tranquility whether you're standing in the country or in the city. Similar to last year, we have been lucky to have some unseasonably warm temps lately making it easier for me to venture out with the little one. Yesterday she had her first experience playing in the leaves...an activity that was a favourite of mine as a child. :) 

Here are some images from yesterday. Some eye candy for your Friday, and a lot of it, so get cozy and enjoy! 

 

 

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Morning on the Balcony | Toronto Nature Photographer

I noticed this spiderweb this morning on the balcony with the soft, orange light of the sunrise streaming through it and couldn't pass up the opportunity to capture it! I find spiderwebs rather challenging to shoot and edit, but I was a little happier with my result this time. 

 

 

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A Short Walk | Toronto Nature Photographer

It's been quite a while since I shot any nature images lately, so the other morning I decided it was time. The baby wasn't feeling it though, so it was a much shorter walk than originally planned, but that's okay. I still got a few decent shots and it was still nice to get out and enjoy that fresh air and warm weather that I'm so afraid will turn freezing cold soon with no in between! 

 

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Colour vs Black and White | Toronto Fine Art Photographer

Oh the never ending dilemma among photographers...the age old question...colour or black and white?

Sometimes the choice is simple, but sometimes it's just not that easy. This is especially true for me when shooting nature photography. I wrote a similar post on my old blog, but thought enjoyed writing it so much that I thought I'd share it over here as well and maybe make it a monthly occurrence so you can help me decide! 

When you think about nature images, I bet your first inclination is to keep everything colour. You're probably thinking, "Duh, Jenny! Why would you convert something so vibrant and beautiful to black and white? You will lose the essence of the image!" Well I beg to differ. 

What I love about converting a colour nature image to black and white is because the colour is no longer the first characteristic of the image you are drawn to, therefor leading your eye to the other elements instead such as composition, shapes, textures (oh the textures!) and depth. Aside from those elements I have always been a sucker for black and white because of it's emotion and timelessness. 

So with that being said, I'm going to post a few images in both colour and black and white for you to see which you prefer. While looking at these, I challenge you to see what qualities of the black and white image jump out at you first now that the element of colour has ben taken out of the equation. And for a further challenge, I would love for you to find some of your own favourite colour images in your portfolio and see if you might enjoy them just as much, but for different reasons once converting them to black and white. 

I will also note, that when I convert to black and white, I also fix my white balance first, as that makes a big difference, believe it or not, in how your end image will look once converted. I find it equally as important to adjust with black and white and with colour. Also, I tend to process black and whites slightly heavier as it's just my personal preference to have a deeper, moodier black and white image, but I also find many less contrasted black and whites equally as beautiful when looking at other's work. 

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Before and After Macros | Toronto Fine Art Photographer

Good Morning and Happy Saturday! 

Every Saturday morning since May we have kicked off our weekends with a trip to the local Farmer's Market. It's so perfect because it's just a 5 minute walk away to the park at the end of our street, and we get breakfast, a flower bouquet for the week and fresh air all in one! 

Something else I also do every Saturday is document the gorgeous farmer's market flowers that we bring home. Usually I take pictures of the bouquet as a whole as well as some freelensed macro shots so I thought this week I'd share some before and after shots with you. 

I love moody edits on nature/macro images, so I have fun trying to challenge myself to create something a little deeper and darker when editing lately which means underexposing, bring down highlights and shadows a little and usually adding a little vignette to bring more attention to the subject. Also, on a side note, I've only been using Lightroom for about the past 2 years. Very rarely do I use Photoshop anymore, unless absolutely necessary. 

Here are my before and afters for this week. Enjoy!

 

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