Finding Beauty in the Commonplace

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Dragonfly resting on flowers

One of my all time favourite images has a new home today. A print of a dragonfly at rest on some flowers sold today from the Village Gallery in Sidney, BC.

At 36 by 36 inches, the impact is quite intense so I am very happy that someone liked it as much as I do.

Some similarly impactful images in the collection are shown below.

Orange tulips and cedar wall

Shout-out to the Happiness Engineers

During this past week, I have experienced some issues with this site and its connections to the rest of the digital world. This post is a thank-you to the support folk at Automattic (, Jetpack, etc.) who did such an excellent job of helping me sort things out.

I was getting to be a bit of a wreck with the broken connections and misconfigurations that had crept in with changes over the past year and with the migration from on hosting service to another.

The “Happiness Engineers” did a bunch of work on my behalf, but also provided references and links to help me upgrade my knowledge and understanding. This is such a sharp contrast with attempting to get help from a certain other social platform that I use.


My Morning Doughnut

Apparently this cloud formation is a really rare sight. A whole lot of photos of this hole in the clouds made it to the evening news. The context is that in the lower Vancouver Island (and probably other nearby areas) there was a spectacular sunrise this morning and I managed to catch a shot of it from my son’s place in Saanichton.

The two trees silhouetted in the photo are leftovers from the farm. On the left is a may tree and on the right is pear tree which still bears a crop each year.

Upcoming Feature at Village Gallery

BC Ferry at sunrise

I have a small exhibit starting on February 1 at Village Gallery in Sidney. There will be 6 canvases featured for about 6 weeks. I will also have the usual stock of Art Cards available. These vary seasonally.

One of the images that will be showing contains a tree that is no longer there. “Morning Oak” shows the oak tree that stood in the field near East Saanich and Mount Newton. During the big December storm, that tree became a huge pile of rubble. Unfortunate because this tree and its field was a truly iconic piece of Saanich Peninsula beauty. This image shows the tree in the early morning when it was still whole and reasonably healthy.

Oak tree in a field


What is the Real Colour in an Image?

Another post republished from the previous site.

I had a comment from a Facebook viewer a couple of days ago to the effect that she was disappointed in some images I had posted. Her complaint was to the effect that the colour in the images was not the real colour. My reply was that I find exact reproduction to be a boring pursuit in my photography. I create images that come close to matching what was in my imagination at the time I clicked the shutter. Here is a little sequence of stages in one image that illustrates my point.

The featured image is final product image that I might print. But it is far from the original RAW file that my camera recorded. The RAW image looked like the following:

This is what the camera recorded. I think everyone would agree that as it stands it’s a pretty disappointing photo. It is also not a reproduction of the “real” colours that my eye saw.

If the photo had been recorded as a JPG file it would have had the camera’s intervention. It would show what the camera interpreted as the “real” colours and would have probably looked something like this:

This was created by using the automatic basic adjustments in Lightroom. Definitely more lifelike than the RAW image but much bluer in cast and less interesting than my eye saw and much less interesting than what my imagination saw.

The next two images involve some processing to bring things to what my imagination saw.

Because of the backlighting in the photo, I reduced the foreground shadows in order to create some interest in the subject. I warmed the colours somewhat and managed a bit of translucency in the leaves. This matches my imagination of the light flowing through the gaps and highlighting the foreground leaves.

The last step toward my imagination was to filter in a bit of reduced realism.