When you go out to shoot something in Manitoba, you inevitably come across rust. Not just the rust on your own car from driving over backroads and through puddles/potholes, real rusty items. Items that were once treasured possessions. Possessions reduced to rusty blobs, abandoned in fields somewhere.

Treasured rustbucket

While this truck was still in working condition, I had the impression that it was very much prized rust.

Photos need to show something. Photos need to be clear and precise. Photos need to be sharp. That has always been my mantra. No manipulation of any kind other than boosting a bit of contrast and saturation.

Yet, there seems to be a whole world out there that screams the contrary. Once I got a book as a gift that stated that Out of Focus was good and that “in focus” was not the norm.

Now is the time to post the colourful pictures of fall. The reds, yellows and browns are everywhere. At least in this part of the country. Before we know it, that colour will give way to the greys and blacks before snow comes and covers that all up.


By then it will be time for me to post the warmth of the colours of fall. Right now, everyone is depleting their stock of colourful pictures to post in record time. So I will have something to look forward to. For now, it’s time for the wonderful world of closeup and micro.

Summer, that is. And like every year, we think we hardly did anything during this precious summer time. “Too short to mention!” is what I often hear from people. Yet when I make a list of things I did do during summer time, the balance is somewhat different.

Common Grackle

The start of the summer is usually around or after May Long Weekend, the last weekend in May. Grass and reeds are still dead, but birds are already there for the new shoots.

Pictures in the dark often reveal more than the darkness can hold back. The mood is different from the same shots during daytime. Over the years I have taken quite a few nighttime shots. Identifying them all was a bit of a hassle, but I found a way.

Konotop, Ukraine

Or at least a Lightroom plugin found a way. It found around 7000 pictures that were shot between 10pm and 7am. Most of them were night shots.

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Thanks :) !

2 days 7 hours

---Very nice Blog Henk - some nice shots there...-:)

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Presets can speed up your workflow a lot, provided you have plenty of the same type of pictures. People doing weddings will a ...

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Hi, I hadn't noticed that the typing colour was that dark... changed it to pure white, that should do it ... Henk

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I certainly agree the use of presets will discourage people learning their own methods but they can offer a shortcut to fulfi ...

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Well, I was told so by a "pro" that later recanted... :-) I removed the name, so at least it is now correct.

josie brendle
29 days 4 hours

nice blog but sorry the horses are not Clydesdales. Those are a little bigger. :)

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Test comment here

Henk Von Pickartz
29 days 22 hours

This is a comment. I will see if this works or if this will be taken over by spammers. If so, then I will take it down again.