PhotoJae

capturing memories & moments one shot at a time

Shadow Of A Man

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Taken on Stephen Avenue in Calgary during the 2012 Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk. I really liked the lines (brick, steel, ladder) and the shadow of the worker that was doing work outside The Core.

Downtown Calgary Old and New

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This shot was taken on the Worldwide Photo Walk 2012 in downtown Calgary. I like the detail of it and the contrast of old and new. If only the flag would have cooperated a bit more.:)

A Day On The Lake

 

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Walking through the trails on Mill Lake in Michigan, I came to a clearing just in time to catch this fisherman taking out his boat in the early morning.

Stopping for a Drink

185This photo was taken at the Calgary Zoo in 2012. Just before I shot this the mother and her new cubs were playing in the distance. She came close enough that I could zoom past the chain fence and get a decent shot. I was hoping to get a nice mirror effect in the water.

Freedom

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Photo was taken during a tour of the Windsor, ON Jail in November 2014. It was a very interesting experience and my hope is that something productive happens with the building and that it isn’t lost.

The Creative Process – “Ice Feathers”

I was finishing up my day at work and looked out the window and noticed that the ice had formed in an interesting way on my window. It almost looked like feathers to me. So, I grabbed my Razr and snapped a quick pic. That pic is below.

Window With Ice

After taking the pic, I brought it into Adobe Lightroom, cropped the image and pumped up the contrast, saturation, then dropped the temperature a bit and lifted the clarity. I put a bit of a vignette and liked what I was seeing.

Ice Feathers

After this I had the idea of dropping some text on it, so I moved it over to Adobe Photoshop Elements and added some text and effects.

See the finished product below.

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Overall, the process took about ten minutes, and it inspires me to watch the windows for other patterns through the winter season to see what else I can come up with…

Hope you’re all having a great day!

Jae

New Year’s Day River Ride – Peche Island

A couple of folks out on the water in kayaks in front of Peche Island, ON. This photo was taken the morning of January 1st, 2013. You can see the ice starting to form in the foreground and in the top right corner you can just make out the lighthouse on the island.

River Ride

Sunset Blvd – Hollywood, California

In 2005 I attended a software users conference for Macromedia (now owned by and branded under the name Adobe) in Anaheim, CA. While there I decided that I needed to get out and see some of the sights in the vicinity. A friend and fellow attendee and I decided that it would be cool to see Los Angeles and we found a night tour that showed the city as well as stopping by Hollywood! I was very excited to check out the glitz and glamour that is “Hollywood” and was quite disappointed when we arrived outside of Mann’s Chinese Theatre and were dropped off by our bus tour. The city streets were dirty and there were a bunch of homeless people around the area. It was nothing like what I’d come to see sensationalized on TV. The place definitely clears out and cleans up when there are red carpet affairs, but otherwise, there wasn’t a lot to see other than a very messy, dirty “Walk Of Fame”.

At the corner of Sunset Blvd and Santa Monica Blvd I snapped this picture in front of the Hollywood Entertainment Museum.

Behind The Curtain

As for Sunset Blvd itself – there were lots of clubs and it looked like it would be a crazy place on the weekends, but when I went, it was just not what I was expecting.

Lake Liner – Windsor, Ontario

I took this shot yesterday as the sun started to go down. The clouds and sky gave and interesting backdrop as a lake liner heads from the Detroit River to Lake St. Clair.

Heading Out

Heritage Park – Calgary, Alberta

Ten minutes away from downtown Calgary there is a park where you can step back in time and experience life as it was from the late 1800’s through to the early 1950’s. Heritage Park Historical Village is a great place to learn about the history of the Calgary area and how early settlers came to call it home and started to build the great city that it is today.

While I was living in Calgary, I visited the park twice. Both times I was in awe at how wonderful the park staff were and at the well done exhibitions and learning experiences. A train ride, boat ride, car museum, and midway rides for the kids are just a few of the things to do. This picture was taken on my Motorola Razr during the early morning in August, 2012. I like the color of the buildings as they contrast against the blue sky. The horses were just getting warmed up for the rides that they provide for visitors throughout the day.

A Step Back In Time

If you get a chance to visit, I highly recommend it.

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