Wow, what a day! We had our first big dump of snow today (probably between 10 and 15 cm) of the winter. It was very near the freezing point so the snow stuck very nicely to the trees and whatnot, making for some super wintery scenes. I headed over to Elora and did some shooting in a park there along the edge of the gorge. It was worth the trip, believe me. Have a look in the New Work section for some keepers from today.
A good friend (Jordy) and I made our way up to the top of the Bruce Peninsula yesterday in hopes of catching some dramatic light on The Bay (Georgian Bay) as a storm from the day before receded. The area is renowned for snow squalls however, as the cold air passes over the relatively warm waters of Lake Huron at this time of year, and that phenomena plagued us for the duration. While we didn’t have much snow, we did have all kinds of clouds which made getting dramatic photos rather difficult, if not impossible. Throw in the cold winter wind that was blowing off the bay and conditions were rather miserable. Nevertheless, we weren’t totally shut out as occasionally the sun did pop through the few breaks in the cloud cover there were and we managed to take advantage of those. I tend to like the dark, gray and stormy look for that part of the country so I wasn’t completely upset at the conditions. Anyway, have a gander at the “New Work” gallery for the keepers of that day’s work. Till next time… .
I think I’m there :). The site is redone to about what I want and how I want to present my work (as well as what I want to present). My bio will tell you where this change has come from, but basically I am a wilderness photographer at heart. It is what I do; it is my passion. Any good/successful photographer will tell you that you need to follow your passion in photography and it’s a lesson I learned a long time ago. Unfortunately with huge changes and upheavals in my life in the past few years, I rather lost sight of that. Well, thanks to David DuChemin and my friend Jack, I have relearned that important message and changed my website around to reflect that. I hope the passion does show through in many, if not all of the images you will see here. I will be uploading new work as it becomes available and I really hope that will be soon. I’m looking forward to more stormy winter shots of the Georgian Bay coastline and peaceful backcountry images of Algonquin, Muskoka and Haliburton as the snow starts to pile up. Stay tuned for that. So, thanks for looking in and please enjoy your stay here. All the best for 2019.
I’ve been reading a very good book called “The Soul of the Camera: The Photographer’s Place in Picture Making” by David DuChemin (Amazon has it if you’re interested, and if you’re a serious photographer, you should be interested). In it he talks a lot about finding and identifying your own passion and how to handle that and what to do about it when you do find it. It has helped me immensely (see? You’re never too old ;) ). I’ve always been a wilderness/adventure photographer, but have lost that sense of who I am a bit over the past few years. Well, I’ve definitely found it again in part with help from David via his book. While the “adventure” part is a bit more subdued now due to age and some physical barriers that have crept up as a result of past adventures, the wilderness part of my shooting is alive and well, and now revitalized. With that in mind, I am in the process of revamping the site rather significantly to reflect what I really do. Please bear with me for a few days here while I get things straightened around. I do know the pages seem to be loading a bit slow since I’ve changed them and I suspect it’s because I have many more images on a page than I used to. I may break one or two of the galleries up into parts. We’ll see on that. In the meantime, if you let the thumbnails fully load before going into the main images, the large versions will load very quickly for you. Hopefully I can get things sped up considerably before too long. OK, look for more work, and some new work, shortly. Thanks as always for looking in and have a great day.
Well, it’s a new year again! How time flies. There are too many changes to the site to list at this point so please just have a look around to see what catches your fancy. In the meantime, I will tell you I have a seriously rejuvenated “photography bug” in me and very soon I hope to be out capturing all kinds of new material for you. With any luck I’ll have a “New Work” or “Recent Images” gallery up and running. A little cooperation from the Weather Gods would be of some help, but either way, there’s always something to be had. For now though I’ll wish everyone a very happy New Year and may it bring you peace and prosperity. Back soon I trust :) .
With the new year almost upon us, I’ve been working on some new galleries for you and removing others that have been up for a while. Please check out “The Beaver Valley” gallery. The Beaver Valley is located near the edge of the Niagara Escarpment and a relatively short drive west of Collingwood and the Blue Mountains region which is famous for its winter skiing. Just to the north of the valley you’ll find Georgian Bay and the town/harbour of Thornbury. I have found this entire region to be beautiful in all seasons, and have tried to show you a good cross selection of seasons in the process. I hope you enjoy. Stay tuned for more changes to come yet.
A very good friend and wonderful photographer (particularly of trains and portraits!) sent me a Christmas gift of a book done by Art Wolfe, “Earth is My Witness”. This wonderful gift has had a tremendous impact on me. Not only has it reignited my creative juices and the spark to get shooting again, it has inspired me to make the most of what I see, and get back to minimal processing. The images produced in this book are “real” and “genuine”, meaning much of it is film and thus does not have the over-the-top processing that some like to do (myself included, and maybe especially). The majority of my shooting days have been with film, where what you got out depended a lot more on how/when you shot the image, and on how good your stock of Kodachrome or Fujichrome was; not on how good your skills with Photoshop are. I seriously miss those days. Back then you had to KNOW how to read your light meter and how to compose correctly the first time round, because you didn’t see the results of your work until some hours to weeks after your image was shot. There was no reading of an LCD screen or looking at a histogram. If you blew your shot, it was gone for good (and likely your Client along with it). I have put up a new gallery (“Seasons - Winter”) and have processed those images more like I was handling film, not NEF (RAW) files. The adjustments are more tweaks than full on processing and I must admit, I like the look much better. The Seasons gallery will be a permanent fixture on my site now, and will change with the, well, seasons :) . Obviously right now, Winter in Ontario is being featured. I hope you enjoy. Happy New Year everyone, and thanks ever-so-much Jack! Our friendship means the world to me.
I continue to be inspired by space events, as I suspected I might in terms of my graphics/digital arts projects. While I still have a great deal to learn, each new project sees an important step in the learning process being mastered. While the space events have had my interest of late, I am starting work on a relatively large and more involved project that will be a “terrestrial” one. It’s a project I’ve long wanted to do, so stay tuned for more on that. I hope to have that up by January, but we’ll see. In the mean time, thanks for looking in and please enjoy.
Check out the new Digital Art graphic I put up today in honour of the successful landing of the Mars explorer, “InSight”. Everything was done by hand on this one. All the best to the people behind this mission at NASA/JPL. You all deserve a lot of credit!
I finally have a new piece of art in my Digital Fine Art section. It’s called “The Christmas Cabin” and is a composite of 2 original photographs of mine. There is a short story with it at the bottom left of the enlarged version which I hope you will read. I must say, this new direction of mine is one I’m really enthusiastic about and look forward to doing a lot more of. Currently I’m working on another piece that will be classified as “space art” and hope to have that up by mid December. The piece I just uploaded is a seasonal project, but it is versatile enough that it may well continue on past the Christmas season, albeit without the Christmas lights. I hope you enjoy it.
On a related note, for various reasons, “Glenn Davy Photography” will cease operations as of 31-Dec-18. This site, however, will continue on so that I can put my photography and artwork out there. The changes the general public will see are already in place on the website as the site now refers only to “The Artwork of Glenn Davy” rather than as “Glenn Davy Photography”. Beyond that, it is unlikely you will notice any difference at all.
Welcome to the new home for Glenn Davy Photography. I hope you will find this site the best one yet and that the images and artwork contained here in will be easy on the eyes, fun to look at, and even pique your curiosity a bit. As stated in the “About” page, you will note that I’m getting more and more into digital art. Composites have been a fascination of mine now for a couple of years but now I’m taking that more seriously than ever before. I’ve long held an interest in space, and space art is going to be a new focus of mine along side new techniques and subject matter in my photography itself. There will be times when the lines will be blurred between straight fine art photography and compositing, but the objective will be to make that line as seamless as possible. One thing you will find on this site is that my work will be less and less pure documentary (stock) photography and more along the lines of interpretive artwork. That doesn’t mean you’ll be seeing photos of spots on the wall (if you do, maybe that would be a good time to check in with your Ophthalmologist <G>) but you may notice certain combinations of things that you would wonder how any camera today could capture in a single scene. You’ll also be finding that the Digital Fine Art gallery will be slowly filling up as I get more pieces done that I feel are worthy of showing. This is a new discipline for me and the learning curve is steep, but exceedingly enjoyable. As with the photographs found here, digital art pieces will also be available for sale. So thanks for looking in. Expect (hopefully) to see at least one news item per month, and hopefully new work at least that often.