Have you ever been to a place where you are told to take water with you? Nowadays, if you fly, you cannot even take more than a sip with you (at least not more than 100ml). When you think of Canada and more of Manitoba specifically, you don’t think there are places where you need water and cannot get it. There is a place in a park (!) where this is the case.

Water unfit for immediate consumption Water unfit for immediate consumption

The only available water at the entrance of the park is this… Not recommended for immediate consumption. Welcome to the Spirit Sands in Sprucewoods Provincial Park, Manitoba. The only place that would qualify for the name of desert in Canada.

Sometimes we think that nobody knows what we are doing. And we like to keep it that way. Has it occurred to you that some “people” always seem to know where you are? Take a look at these maps in provincial parks, here in Manitoba. Whenever you look at a map, “they” always seem to know where you are. So then you check on your GPS, and yes, for sure they are right… They even put it on the map: “You are here”…

Getting that paranoia feeling? Getting that paranoia feeling?

Even worse, they seem to acknowledge the fact that it may disturb you and they even add a message that you may call “911” if this seems too much…

Hmmm, yes, that’s how I feel about many, if not most HDR pictures.  High Dynamic Range may, however, be a good way to go if your camera is not capable of seeing the way you see.

Dorchester Avenue in HDR If only my camera worked like my eyes…

The camera has some its shortcomings, whatever money you put in it. HDR or High Dynamic Range photography is one way of overcoming that limitation.

John Henry Munson was born in 1859 in Cobourg, Ontario. He was a lawyer and lived on an extensive piece of land on the borders of the Assiniboine river in Winnipeg. Today it is called Munson Park. This was the site of the house on what used to be Munson’s farm.

The entry of Munson Park today The entry of Munson Park today

The original home, built in 1889, was renovated and modernized during the time it was owned by the James Richardson family. It had its own private swimming pool and a large kitchen garden. It was demolished in 1980. Some people still call this park Richardson Park. The Richardson family then donated the land to the City of Winnipeg to make a park out of it.

Well, I haven’t been in all the world by night, but many places, yes. The saying is “Paris by night”, hmmm, no pictures of that time. Lived there for 12 years, but in the non-digital era of photography. Oh well, you’ll just have to do with some more recent places :-)

Kiev by night Kiev by night

Ok, this is my very first night picture in Kiev, Ukraine. Point ‘n’ shoot, placed firmly on a high-tension electricity pole. In the dark you can distinguish the next in line… Yep. they have those in the city there…

Henk
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It's the National Geographic Fieldguide to Birds of North America

Art
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Thank you. I saw these birds at my feeder today and wondered what they were. Could you tell me the title of the bird book you ...

Sursohog
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---Great Blog again Henk - well done..

Henk
2 months 29 days

Thanks :) !

sursohog
2 months 30 days

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

Henk
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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 ...

Henk
3 months 3 days

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 ...

Henk
3 months 24 days

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

josie brendle
3 months 25 days

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