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Flash Photography and Wildlife Hamilton

Flash Photography and Wildlife Hamilton

Puddles, Leaves and Flash Photography

Sunday October 3rd 2010

My cat Angel diffused flash

When the weather gets crazy; rain provides some of the best conditions for exploring the creative side of photograph.  Different behaviour patterns come out in people, during the rain.  Watching people through a camera lens in rain can bring about interesting portraits.  Just like any other action shot, the rain is moving.   Glory of rain drops on fall colours in Indian Summer include: the splashing everlasting raindrops falling on the unforgiving concrete; , water as it beads off trees; that is, the rain makes trees look like they are dripping, when the rain hits the puddles it looks like the rain is producing bubbles. Puddle adventures are metaphoric  like little rocks hitting a bongo drum. Surveying various leaf formations and colours, including capturing the rough textures on the bottom of leaves.    Making the photograph composition interesting, several patterns during rain are observed as wonderful objects for abstract and architectural photography.  For example, a spider’s web, the droplets of water delineate into a mosaic pattern; and,  rain droplets act as a mirror producing a plethora of reflection.  of rain water serves a light reflectors, adding a sense of “awe” and an abstract feeling to the image in the photograph.  To the naked eye, a rainy day or thunderstorm can be a beautiful event.  Scan each and every puddle, leaves, trees, a  blade of grass for a great view you would never come across on a bright and sunny day.  When photographing with Flash  photography in the rain you need to shoot with shallow depth of field so water droplets are in perfect focus.  Flash photography includes a device used in photography that process a  flash artificial light, typically 1/1,000 to 1/200 a second at a colour temperature of about 5500K.

Mute swan flash Signet and Cob

Leaves and their various fall colours are affected by the amount of rain they get during the year.  A severe drought will delay the colours a few weeks.  A warm, wet period during autumn will lower the intensity, or brightness of the colours.  The best colours occur when weather conditions included a warm, wet spring; a summer that is not too hot nor too dry, and an autumn that has sunny days and cool nights.  But, in Canada, we have many evergreen trees.  The needles of the evergreen trees do not change colour, they are covered with a heavy wax coating and the fluids inside the cells contain substances that resist freezing; therefore they are ever green all year   Water drops of rain add another dimension to leaves being photographed – like being rejuvenated.

Hamilton harbour drizzle

Puddles can be considered bodies of water.  In fact they can look like mini-lakes.  If you look at the street lamp in a puddle of rain water at night you will observe it is surrounded by a lot of sparks rising when a drop of rain has fallen.  They look like small lines of light radiating from the reflection.  Sometimes in a shower, the rain drops are not observable in the bright sky, but they are on trees.  The rain droplets  can be seen only when they deflect the light from its path .And they  bring brightness where formerly it was dark. That is because the light rays are deflected chiefly through fairly small angles and the more the brightness of the background changes for a small deflection of the light, the more clearly the drops of rain will be seen. Rain drops can be seen shining like pearls against a dark background; but, against a light sky they seldom appear dark.  This is an application of the general principle that the eye is sensitive to the ratio of light-intensities, not their difference.  If raindrops are close to us, such as large drops of rain off our umbrellas – they look dark as they fall, and during a heavy rain we can see dark parallel streaks against the light background of a gap in the sombre rain-clouds.  Similar phenomena can be observed in fountains and in the jet of water from a garden hose spray. In optical laws, the distribution of light is reflected at the surface of the raindrop and to the rays that have passed through the drop after refraction.  They cause the light to deviate only through  small angles.

Misty Day

Doug Worrall



Thursday august 5th 2010

All Pictures today are shot with Nikon D90

Nikkor 80-200mm ED 1:2.8D

Manually/auto focus

Aperature priority
After a few days travelling to London Ontario Canada, was Happy to be back on the trail again
at Hamilton Harborfront Trail.London Ontario is my home town, and had the unique opportunity
to evaluate change in architectural and natural surroundings. Downtown London has evolved into
a cultural oasis. Talbot square is no longer and nothing of aesthetic value has been  replaced it. The removal of the whole corner was a contentious issue
and the decison to rip it down was a long fight, where modernization won-out, sadly enough.
I used to frequent Covent garden market as some what of a hang out as a Teenager, now 20 years later
The Market has become cosmopolitan and a tourist attraction.The picture below is taken manually, I was trying to get all in focus
while preserving some sort of depth of field which I think I accomplished well.

London Market
Covent Garden Market London

Arrived back into Hamilton last night, and at 6AM this morning was riding my Ebike heading to the waterfront.
The dramatic climate change from the core of the city to the breeze of the lake was quite noticeable and refreshing.
The nesting night heron is always on the tip of cootes paradise and each day am able to sneak up to this guy and snap a manual shot already set-up
for prime clearness, Auto focus is on due to poor eyesight.


After a nice trip all around the harborfront was time to stop in and see my old friend Swanny and her family.
The mute swan family is doing well for hatching so late in the Summer.The sygnets are 12 weeks old now and are starting to molt “turn grey”
from molten white.The male sygnet is always out on the water with the male mute swan protecting the family from Canadian geese.
The woodland duck get along well with the swans and share the habitat without conflict.


This weekend Jaquelline and myself are taking a 3 mile hike into Cootes paradise nature preserve to capture
some amzazing pictures and  get close to Mother Nature. Hope you come back to see the post and enjoy todays pictures



Conservation vs Control in Coote’s Paradise Hamilton

Conservation vs Control in Coote’s Paradise Hamilton


In 1974, a request came form RGB for control  of Coote’s Paradise.  But, the Hamilton Harbor Commission held tightly to the control  it claims it had under the 1912 Act Of Parliament by which it was created.  In fact, the 1912 Act of Parliament …supercedes the 28 year-old RGB legislation.
Now, the conservation issue in 1974, was the preservation of Coote’s Paradise being in doubt because of a recommendation that would double the release of sewage into Coote’s Paradise.  It was suggested to construct a sewage line along the base of Coote’s Paradise and Burlington Bay to the east-end Woodward plant.  Then RGB director, Leslie Laking, had great concerns about the decision.  he said “The RGB would have no effluent in Coote’s Paradise from here on in.”  And, chairman of the Harbor Board, Ed Tharen, ” pointed an accusing finger at the Dundas sewage treatment plant as the major polluter responsible for that gunk being poured into Coote’s Paradise.”
Stewart Morison, Ducks Unlimited Canada which is an offshoot of the U.S. group, in 1987, expects to spend $43 million in 1988 to build and restore wetland habitat for waterfowl.  Morison looked at prospects for involvement in a Coote’s Paradise project proposed by RGB biologist Len Simer.  From the high level bridge, Simer described the marshland’s problems and potential underlining three issues that hamper growth of plants needed for good wildlife habitat.  Perceptual opportunities for current difficulties hampering wildlife habitat in Coote’s are a justaposition of elements  and how they relate to each other, such as :: (1) wind-stirred mud; (2) bottom-feeding carp, and, (3) changing water levels. Carp and other invasive species continue to be an issue, even in 2,010 ,  Reduction of Carp is due to the Fishway operation.  This allows other fish and plants to return to the marshland.

In 1988, Ducks unlimited Canada said “Half of Coote’s Paradise can be restored to the wetland wildlife preserve it was earlier this century.  DUC, provincial  manager John Blain told RGB board of directors.  The now flooded swamp and surrounding wetlands at the far west end of Hamilton Harbor are part of RGB property.  Blain said “Coote’s Paradise restoration – We believe it’s feasible in terms of both biology and engineering and asked the conservation group to investigate.

In 1988, DUC would build more than 3 km (2 miles of earthen dikes to wall off 3 km (250 acres) of open water below the McMaster University CampusThis exciting initiative included: (1) Water depth would be lowered to foster the growth of natural marsh plants needed for good wildlife habitate; (2) There would be NO CARP to uproot young plants; and, (3) There would be less wind-stirred MUD to block sunlight.
Coote’s Paradise had another concern in 1988 because the region set sites on a Perimeter Road (now hwy. 403).  The north-side alternative was cheapest to build at $48 million.  Planners backed the north-south site because it would offer drivers an attractive view of the waterfront.  The Hamilton Harbor Commission would have to approve the scheme.  Now the negative side is beastly ugly because it includes three issues:
(1) Noise would affect the western harbour and
proposed waterfront park.  ( Now in 2,010 we
have a beautiful waterfont part with little
(2) The harbor’s surface area, volume and fish
habitat would be reduced.
(3) Fill would be needed in Coote’s Paradise.  And, thank goodness for former Alderman Mary Kiss, who recommened “to build 403 hwy WITHOUT PUTTING FILL IN COOTE’S PARADISE – one of the most ecologically important areas
Memory is like Jazz.  Life jazz, memory has more to do with now than then.  Then is just fiction now.
in Two Sides of a Centre
Robert Clark Yates

Would like to thank Robert Yates for his inspirational books and watchful eye on Cootes paradise.

Enjoy the pictures and information today and  have a great weekend.
Doug Worrall Photographer