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Mon ancien quartier est mon nouveau quartier

Je suis ravie d’être ici dans un nouvelle maison avec mon cher Max. C’était une très belle journée dans l’ancien quartier ! Les photos sont de Montréal – je les ai prises juste avant mon départ.

I’m delighted to be here in a new place with my dear Max. It was a beautiful day in the old neighbourhood ! I took the photos in Montréal just before I left there.

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let’s go riding in the car, car . . .

Max dans l'auto

bonne année ! happy new year !

Il est désormais temps de quitter l’année 2014 et se lancer dans un nouvel an et des nouvelles aventures excitantes ! A toutes et à tous, je vous souhaite une bonne année, pleine de joie, de l’amour, de la paix.

Time now to leave behind 2014 and jump into the new year and exciting new adventures ! I wish you all a very happy new year, full of joy, love and peace.

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C’est l’Halloween !

C’est l’Hallowe’en ! On veut des bonbons !

la squelette et le grinch

business card • cartes d’affaires

Je viens de recevoir mes nouvelles cartes d’affaires ! Je suis satisfaite de Clubcard – ils ont fait un super boulot, et rapidement. Je suis reconnaissante à mon frère et mes amies qui m’ont donné de bonnes idées, commentaires et conseils utiles.

Just got my new business cards ! Clubcard did an excellent and speedy job with them. I’m grateful to my brother and friends who offered me ideas, feedback and helpful advice.

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hockey #2

During Friday’s match, the little ones took to the ice and had a game of their own. Very cute!

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hockey

Last night I went to the first hockey game I’ve ever seen. Even though I’ve lived in Canada since 1969 and have been a citizen since 2002, I have somehow managed to miss this quintessential Canadian experience until now! Let’s just say that I have no clue what was happening, but found it visually very interesting – I loved the movement and the contrast of colours and shapes against the background of white ice. Thank you to the lovely Teresa (of One Wet Foot) and her family for inviting us to go!

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Northern Voice 2013

One highlight of the first day of Northern Voice yesterday was the photo walk, led by Vivienne McMaster, an excellent photographer and a really lovely person. I really enjoyed meeting other photographers and strolling around in the sunshine.

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the role of equipment in photography

Here’s something I hear fairly often: « Great photos! You must have a really good [advanced/expensive/fancy] camera! »

This irritates me enormously. I mean, it really, really, really annoys me. Being a good photographer wouldn’t have anything to do with oh, say, knowledge of its technical aspects, or years of learning about light, or having some artistic talent, for example? Nope. Must be the camera.

How often do you hear people say, « Wow, great artwork! You must have seriously expensive paint brushes! » Right.

Back when I shot 35 mm film, I used a few different SLRs and a small variety of fixed and zoom lenses. My last film camera was a low-end manual Nikon SLR, and my everyday lens a wonderfully smooth 50 mm 1.8 that I borrowed from my brother.

The time came, however, when even that relatively lightweight camera and lens were too heavy for me to use. I have osteoarthritis and nerve damage affecting most of my body, and in particular my limbs, and as it worsened I just couldn’t carry around and hold up an SLR anymore.

Add to that the fact that I could no longer tolerate the chemicals or the physical stamina required to spend hours in my darkroom, and my decreasing ability to manage the hours of work involved in doing photo shoots, and it was looking like photography would no longer be a part of my life. I certainly couldn’t do it for work anymore.

This, as you can imagine, was a serious drag. Very, very depressing. But I figured I’d better try to be a « good sport » about the whole thing, and so I sold the SLR and dismantled the darkroom — shipping all the equipment to my brother, who hopes to one day set up his own at home — and bought a compact digital camera. It had to be something that I could carry and hold without difficulty, and that I could use in my left hand — I walk with a forearm crutch on my right side, so using that hand is sometimes a bit awkward, especially if it means raising my arm up, as one often does when taking photos.

I ended up with the Fujifilm Finepix F30, a compact digital camera that offers a good selection of exposure control — it has a manual program mode, as well as aperture priority and shutter priority, and allows exposure compensation of two stops either way in 1/3-stop increments. (It can also be used as an automatic point and shoot, and has a lot of nifty sounding scene modes, but I confess I’ve never explored those features.) I do available light photography only — never use a flash — so that, at least, wasn’t an issue. I figured this camera would give me enough control over exposure to not go completely unhinged with film+SLR-withdrawal.

Turned out, though, that for a long time it didn’t satisfy my photographic desires. I mean, I kept taking pictures, but they all felt like random snapshots. I missed my darkroom. I missed using my favourite films, with their characteristic grain.

In time, however, I managed to get over this (okay, not entirely, but to a reasonable extent.) Photography started becoming more interesting again. I started learning a little bit about colour — I had always worked with black and white film, and was, frankly, completely intimidated by colour photography, and not quite sure I really wanted to do it at all. Now I see that I can keep trying and learning and growing as a photographer.

A couple months ago I put up this web site — kind of my way of telling myself and the world that I was not done as a photographer. I didn’t have to keep thinking of myself as a former photographer. I might not do this as my full-time work anymore, but I still do it, and I love it, and I learn more and continue to be inspired by what I see around me and by other photographers’ work.

I had a point, originally, and then rambled off. Oh, right: it’s not about the equipment. Yes, you can do all sorts of groovy and wonderful things with fancy cameras and accessories. But you can also explore photography and make beautiful images with pretty basic equipment.