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Updated: May 21, 2019

When I arrived last Friday evening at Danielle and Garrett's wedding venue to let them know I was in town and to get the photo booth set up I noticed right away how perfectly this couple complimented one another. Even though they were giving instructions to a dozen or more people so that everything for the wedding and reception got done and taking part in a wedding rehearsal they still connected with one another throughout the evening-- by sharing a joke, holding each other's hand when the opportunity presented itself or simply smiling across the room at one another. They took time to eat together and calmly reviewed the plans they had for the weekend. And surrounded by their family and friends they had a great time laughing and enjoying themselves. That's always a good sign in my books.

I've known the bride since she was a little girl and she has always been an energetic, happy, take charge type of person who loves people, sports, and having fun. The groom shares many of the same character qualities, likes and dislikes as the bride but simply shows them to the world in a calm, peaceful manner that compliments Danielle's personality so well.

Danielle and Garrett used Garrett's family church for both the wedding ceremony and for the reception and the church grounds and a local park for the outdoor portraits.The end result was some amazing pictures inside and out! Mother Nature even cooperated by not sending rain and making the temperature chilly but manageable for the bridemaids with their short sleeve dresses. The leaves at the park were also starting to show which added lots of spring colour to the images. A triple positive for a Canadian wedding in May. Delicious food, fun speaches and dancing together to some favourite music rounded out the day making it a beautiful experience for everyone taking part. The photos below I think attest to that. I want to say thanks to Danielle and Garrett and their families for allowing me the opportunity to share this special day with them.

Blessings xxoo

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My husband is a music lover and as a result I attend a lot of concerts with him. (I know--tough life!) The Ottawa Bluesfest is one of his favourite events because of the amazing line-ups they have each year. The 2018 season had Brian Adams as one of the opening night acts. Since the Bluesfest has a rule that no one is allowed to bring in cameras with detachable lenses (other then the photographers they have working for them of course) then I am left with one of two choices--don't take any pictures (which is not going to happen) or learn to use other cameras and devices that take pictures that do not have the capabilities of my SLR cameras. Suddenly shutter speeds, ASA levels, f stops and how the device zooms in and responds to movement by the photographer, etc are issues that need to be addressed and reconciled in order to get the picture you have in mind. Needless to say shooting at the Bluesfest the last few evenings has been a bit of a learning curve for me. Below are some images I've captured using a Sony digital camera I borrowed from my daughter. It has the ability to shoot up to ASA 3200. I needed to shoot at 1/160 at F5.6 to get enough light and be able to stop action. I also had to zoom in because of where we were in the crowd. The images on the camera screen appeared in focus but any images larger then the 2 x 3 screen began to pixelate. The end result was some interesting pictures which immediately made me think of Impressionism. This makes me laugh because of this quote I found in the Wikapedia information on Impressionism:

"The development of Impressionism can be considered partly as a reaction by artists to the challenge presented by photography, which seemed to devalue the artist's skill in reproducing reality. Both portrait and landscape paintings were deemed somewhat deficient and lacking in truth as photography "produced lifelike images much more efficiently and reliably".[26]

In spite of this, photography actually inspired artists to pursue other means of creative expression, and rather than compete with photography to emulate reality, artists focused "on the one thing they could inevitably do better than the photograph—by further developing into an art form its very subjectivity in the conception of the image, the very subjectivity that photography eliminated".[26] The Impressionists sought to express their perceptions of nature, rather than create exact representations. This allowed artists to depict subjectively what they saw with their "tacit imperatives of taste and conscience".[27] Photography encouraged painters to exploit aspects of the painting medium, like colour, which photography then lacked: "The Impressionists were the first to consciously offer a subjective alternative to the photograph".[26] "

Photography has been called painting with light and these are my 'paintings' from the Brian Adams concert last Thursday night. Enjoy..

Brian Adams Impressionism-1 2018

Brian Adams Impressionism-2 2018

The videos playing behind the artists make for some interesting photos.

This image and the next one are two of my favourites from the night. The video image is so large and has a surreal feeling because of the way it projects on the screen. It's Adams singing live yet it's simply an image of him singing--not the real person. The real person is the tiny creature next to the big image. For me this photo captures stardom in one picture--The Brian Adams that the crowd is watching is bigger then life--people at the concerts often spend the whole time looking at the video screens and not the live performer. But the real man--the real Brian Adams is the small man down in the corner of the video image --a man who just had his father die recently and his mother suffer a stroke, who dropped out of school at 16, and who's now almost 60. A man who seems bigger then life but is really just human like you and me.

I'm calling this my Brian Adams record album picture LOL

This girl along with a number of others (mainly women although Adams asked for anyone who was a great dancer to come and join in the fun) were dancing for one of the songs and so their images made it to the main screen during the concert. They both look like they are having so much fun!

Brian Adams Impressionism-3 2018

Brian Adams Impressionism-4 2018

Brian Adams Impressionism-5 2018

The Three Amigos

The video really is an itricate part of the whole show.

Brian Adams Impressionism-6 2018

I love this because when you look at it your eye immediately does to the large image of the two men singing on the left side of the picture....but the real peopl are across the bottom.

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For the past few years, if I'm in town, I try to get out and take part in the Open Doors Ottawa event. There are so many unique pieces of architecture in this city and I love taking some time to capture the 'heart and soul' of the buildings I've decided to visit. The first building we went in to was the Bank of Canada on Wellington Street in downtown Ottawa.

When the neighbour reflects the image of the building being admired.
A Face in the Mirror

Bank of Canada, Wellington Street, Ottawa ON.
Tall and Proud

The Bank of Canada, Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON.
Kissed by the Sun

The Bank of Canada, Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON.
On My Way

The Bank of Canada, Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON.
Linked Together

The Bank of Canada, Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON.
Three Dimension or See-Through?

The next building we visited this year was the Bytown Museum located below the Chateau Laurier near the start of the Rideau Canal. A neat place to discover some of Ottawa's history and to learn about a local ghost or two as well.

Bytown Museum-The Commissariat Building, Ottawa, ON
A Tourist's Delight

Bytown Museum-The Commissariat Building, Ottawa, ON
Since 1827

Bytown Museum-The Commissariat Building, Ottawa, ON

Bytown Museum-The Commissariat Building, Ottawa, ON
From The Bridge

The third building we got to visit is the Connaught Building in Downtown Ottawa. One of the guides we talked with told us her daughter thought it was a castle because it, like so many of the buildings in downtown Ottawa has turrets. Her daughter was quite disappointed when she came inside though--looks very much like most of the other government buildings inside save for the Board room on the top floor. :)

Connaught Building, Ottawa, ON
Parliament Building

Connaught Building, Ottawa, ON
Parliament II

Connaught Building, Ottawa, ON
Revenue Canada

The last building we visited this year was the Hindu Temple of Ottawa-Carleton in the south part of Ottawa. I've drove by this building many, many times and always wanted to see inside. We weren't disappointed. The greeters made us feel welcome, my camera was smiled upon and I was invited to take images of the worship area, and a gentleman named Ken was available to share lots in interesting information about the Hindu faith. There was even a 50th anniversary celebration going on while Doors Open took place. The building is the whitest of white and has these neat sections on the roof that led to the neat abstract images below.

Hindu Temple of Ottawa-Carleton, Ottawa, ON
One Candle Drives Back the Dark

Hindu Temple of Ottawa-Carleton, Ottawa, ON
Open Doors

Hindu Temple of Ottawa-Carleton, Ottawa, ON
Hindu Shrines

Hindu Temple of Ottawa-Carleton, Ottawa, ON

Hindu Temple of Ottawa-Carleton, Ottawa, ON
Towards the Sky

Hindu Temple of Ottawa-Carleton, Ottawa, ON

Hindu Temple of Ottawa-Carleton, Ottawa, ON
Three Parts of God

Hindu Temple of Ottawa-Carleton, Ottawa, ON
Curved Lines

Looking forward to Doors Open 2019!

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