Seen at artist Viktor Tinkl's home, Sunderland, Ontario
Some of us have skeletons in our closets but Viktor Tinkl has them on his house and in various places around the property he owns with his wife, Judith. Tinkl's figures are made of cement so are permanent -- not just for Halloween.
On the side of his workshop
Menacing? No! Tinkl's art is more humourous than scary.
Do you feel the joie de vivre here?
Okay, the photo above is NOT of a skeleton, but don't you agree that the figures here look like they are having FUN?
Another skeleton but created in a different style
Have you also noticed that Tinkl uses recycled materials as well as cement?
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Strange things have been known to happen at the end of October! And this is spooky, for sure - but not created by anything supernatural. This is "planet photography" following the tutorial found at Dirk's Photo Blog HERE.
We've experienced a couple of mild frosts but some flowers still continue to bloom in my gardens. I took these photos on Sunday. We have had a few days of overcast skies and rain with ONE sunny day in between.
Largest square: flower fly on toad lily (Tricyris). Moving clockwise: Hydrangea 'Limelight' . yellow butterfly bush (Buddleia), barberry (Berberis 'Rosy Glow), phlox, and seedheads of grass (Miscanthis).
Eight days ago marked the end of the boating season for many boaters in Thornbury on Georgian Bay. Here you see a crane that had just hoisted this boat out of the harbour and was slowing swinging it over over two other boats to its stand where it will stay for the winter.
Straps that hold the boat
When the boat was still in the water, these straps were slowly positioned under the boat.
Moving to over the boat stand
The boats owners and a couple of workers are watching. If you look carefully, you can see that one of the the workers in brown has one end of a rope and is guiding the bow of the boat into position before it's lowered onto the stand.
Setting the boat into its stand
Now that the boat is on its stand, the owners can check out the boat's hull to see if it needs work before next spring when it will be hoisted up and over and back into the water.
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Yes, I have been playing in Photoshop Elements again!
This is "planet photography" following the tutorial found at Dirk's Photo Blog HERE plus some added "shadows" that I hope makes this photo look like it's twirling like the blades on a wind turbine.
FYI: This photo is not pro or anti wind turbines.
Original photo cropped so its length is 3 times its height
The Province of Ontario uses wind turbines in the Shelburne area to produce some of its electricity. I took this photo a week ago on our way to visit some waterfalls south of Georgian Bay. Along the way we passed fields and fields of turbines turning in the wind.
We stopped so I could take several photos including this one on farm fields near an old country church. I was fascinated by the old architecture in contrast to the tall, sleek turbines but to me the photo lacked character so I decided to play with it following Dirk's instructions.
And this is the result. I was pleased how the wind turbines stood out from the rest of the "planet" but I wanted to add the feeling of movement so in Photoshop Elements I made a pencil sketch and rotated it 90°and 180° to make two copies.
Planet Photography pencil sketch 1
Then in layers, I placed Planet Photography pencil sketch 2 over pencil sketch 1 at 50°% opacity, and then placed the coloured Planet Photographer over all at 75%,
This week's Alphabe-Thursday challenge is not a letter in the alphabet. Nope, this week our assignment is to post autumn colour.
Some of Ontario's best colour is in Muskoka - part of Ontario's Cottage Country - which is halfway between the Equator and the North Pole (I kid you not) so reds and oranges have already given way to yellows and bare branches.
The red bulb marks Bracebridge on latitude 45°N
But fear not! We chose a delightful, bright sunny day in early October for our road trip/ photo shoot.
Reflections in unknown lake
I am linking to Jenny Matlock at Alphabe-Thursday HERE
The largest square: In some places the trees are bare and leaves line the ground below. Moving clockwise: asters are still in bloom; red haws hang on their branches; witch hazel swing in the breeze; fox grapes are ready to be eaten by wildlife; and many trees are still showing colour
I love old barns and am lucky that I live in a rural area where there are plenty for me to photograph. The more holes the better and this one sure was holey!
I took this photo more than a couple of years ago but was never happy with the photos (I do hope I'm a way better photographer now!) until I decided to try the filter in Photoshop Elements called Pencil Sketch.
Close up of first photo's left-hand side
In layers, I applied Pencil Sketch, next duplicated the layer and then multiplied the two and merged down.
Next I changed the opacity to somewhere between 70 and 80% and voila! some colour from the original layer came through.
Foundation on left-hand side
I repeated the process for all four photos and now I am happier with the look.