Monday, March 30, 2009

Sunset in Focus

No, this is not an in-focus sunset. It is a sunset reflected in my wife's Ford Focus. Walking past my front door, I chanced to see this fleeting moment, grabbed my Canon SD10 and here is the result. Please, share a photo or two with me. Send an attachment.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Green Feather Mask

Today's picture comes complete with an interesting story. Principal cello with Orchestra London, Christine Newland, used her Mac's built-in camera and iPhoto to create a picture of herself behind a Venetian-style green feather mask. She then took the image, quickly created a dry pastel sketch on black paper and, using her computer camera again, photographed her art.

Recently Newland has been rekindling her interest in the visual arts by doing quick sketches and e-mailing copies to her friends. If you're interested in having a work of art by Christine Newland, she does portraits of loved ones or pets for clients.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Coconut and Apple

Old Mac 128s were said to have been given second lives as fishtanks. How often this was actually done is a question. But in London, photographer Steve Martin has discovered a creative way of recycling an old Apple e-Mac. It is now a comfortable kitty hangout for his cat Coconut. Pretty cool, Steve.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Swans at Springbank Park in London

Taken with a miniature Canon SD10, this snap of swans at Springbark Park still works - just don't enlarge it too much. The cool weather, it may have hit only eight degrees Sunday, kept a lot of the Springbank Park strollers at home.

Photo by Ken Wightman

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Today's Photo_Looking Ahead to Spring

It's spring in London and time to look ahead. The neat thing about this photo is that it was taken with a simple, little Canon SD10 - a fixed lens point and shoot.

Get out there and take a picture.

Photo by Ken Wightman

Friday, March 20, 2009

A Warped Look at London

Jeffrey Donado, 6, of London flashes a gappy grin as he poses with his brother, Brennan, 12, left, in the fun mirror at the Family Fun Fest, which wrapped up at the Western Fair Agriplex yesterday.
© The London Free Press.

The London Free Press often carries fine, fun pictures. On seeing this morning's paper, I knew immediately what picture to feature.

Have a nice day!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

St. Patrick's Day's Day in London

Maggie, a seven-year-old schnauzer, was adopted from Schnauzer Rescue. The little Londoner now enjoys the good life. She was sighted recently celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a stroll(er) through London's Springbank Park.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Tom Hanson Tribute

I knew Tom Hanson. Now, I did not know him well but one couldn't work in the newspaper business for decades without meeting and working beside Tom Hanson. He was an aggressive shooter and a fine person. He will be missed.

You see, award-winning photojournalist Tom Hanson is dead at 41. He died suddenly Tuesday, March 10, 2009, collapsing while playing hockey, one of his passions outside of his work. Hanson's other passions in life included playing the guitar and riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, but towering above all his interests was his passionate love for his wife, Catherine.

The day after his death, Prime Minister Stephen Harper honoured Hanson by saying Tom was a talented photojournalist who distinguished himself both by the quality of his work and his character. "Through his photos, Tom helped to chronicle our story as Canadians. Whether it was a defining moment on the campaign trail, the shy smile of an Afghan child or the triumph of a Grey Cup victory, Tom had a unique ability to capture the essence of whatever he was photographing."

The House of Commons responded to Harper's tribute with a thunderous ovation.

Hanson and Catherine lived in Ottawa but Hanson was often away from home, travelling the globe for Canadian Press, CP, Canada's national news agency. Hanson's last foreign assignment was covering Harper's recent visit to New York. Hanson was as comfortable covering Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan, the evacuation of Canadians from Lebanon in 2006, or the humanitarian crisis in Haiti as covering a political scrum in Ottawa.

On each and every assignment Hanson focused his unique skills as a photojournalist -- he melded photographic skill, news judgment and a creative, artistic eye to create memorable, award-winning images of lasting importance.

To see some of Tom Hanson's work go to the CP site honouring his work at: