It’s Magical

I’m not sure why, but the lens flare effect from my Helios 44-2 lens is pure magic.

Both times I have experimented with shooting towards the sunlight for an intentional flare, have had amazing and beautiful results.

Perhaps it isn’t the lens, but the location instead. Preservation Park is a rather magical spot to explore.

I think I will have to explore both options on their own before I can come to any conclusion.

It

Magic indeed! Ilove the colors too.

Evocative

I love images like this one.

Although there is no clear subject matter, the colours and focus evoke emotion. Sometimes good, and sometimes bad.

What do you see when you look at this? How does it make you feel?

Evocative

The Light Always Shines Through

Only four months in, and I can say this year has been a really tough one.

Slowly though, I am finding myself again.

I have learned that as dark as it may get, and as bleak as it may feel, the light will always shine through.

When you let yourself see it again, everything is beautiful.

The Light Always Shines Through

5 Things About Me

Owen and I put posts together tonight, 5 things about each of us.  You can view Owen’s list here.

1.  I love Froot Loops.  In fact, I had them for dinner tonight.

As a kid, we had a family friend who worked at the Kellogg’s factory.  She often brought us cases of the damaged unsaleable cereal.  I loved it when the cases of Froot Loops came.

Froot Loops

2.  I have started watching the TV show Gossip Girl.  It is juvenile, and utterly ridiculous.  But, I love it.  So does Connor.  The two of us have had Gossip Girl marathon afternoons full of rich kid drama.

Gossip Girl

3.  I HATE, and I mean HATE doing laundry.  It is the WORST CHORE EVER!

It reminds me of being a kid, and doing the laundry for 2 adults and 5 kids.  It was the chore that never ended.

Now, I wish they would invent disposable clothing, so I never had to do laundry again!

Laundry

4.  I have never been on an airplane.  Yes, that is right…  I am 36 years old, and have NEVER been on a plane.

I actually think I have a healthy fear of it now too.  The older you get, the more you hear about the tragedies, and the more you overthink the dangers of flying.  I know it is irrational, and I am sure when the time comes, I will fly somewhere.  Until then, I will happily stay grounded.

Airplane

5.  Completing the Guelph Lake II Duathlon last August, was my proudest accomplishment.

I trained hard all summer to be able to race.  I ran 2-3 times a week and biked almost that often as well.  In July alone, I logged 400kms between the two.

It was a gruelling 39km race, but getting to finish line and meeting up with Erin, and realizing we had both finished the race was the best moment.  I don’t think I had ever been more proud of myself.  So much so, that I am going to race again this summer.

Duathlon

Toronto Pride 2013

Way back at the end of June, I headed to Toronto with Andrew, Becky and Kim for the 2013 Pride Parade.

It was a hot sunny day, full of fun, colour and flamboyance.  I have never seen so many happy people in one place before.

We spent much of the parade camped out in one spot, dodging the inevitable water gun attacks, and then headed up Church Street to enjoy some of the post parade party.

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Diane

Glad to see you finally got them up, I have been waiting.Really great shots and what a fun experience for you.