Cottage Perks



One of the perks of staying in a well tricked-out cottage during your summer holidays is that you can often find interesting subjects indoors for an impromptu still life. This crackle-glazed bowl really woke up when some lovely green apples were placed inside. Lit by natural window light and one reflector.

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Key Cottage in St. Mullins, County Carlow

Key Cottage, St Mullins

Key Cottage, St Mullins, beside the River Barrow in County Carlow, Ireland

While much of this former mill-worker’s home has been modernised, Key Cottage still has a corner that maintains some old world charm. This is the seat where I would read every morning before the others woke up. I added my canvas photo backpack and an old pair of  ‘veldtskoene’, to further the feeling of pseudo-nostalgia. The area is fascinating, and there is much walking and exploring to do in the vicinity, so the props are realistic. I’ll do a more extensive review of our Éire trip someday, but this photo does bring back warm memories!

Click on the Ireland category below to see more of the photos from our family holiday.

(11 May, 2014. Canon 5D Mk II with 24-105mm f4 L IS USM lens at 24mm. ISO 160 @ f22. 3 images in a HDR stack, processed with Nik software and Adobe Lightroom)

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Wind Power

Every time I do a tour of southern Alberta, I find that the number of wind turbines have grown. Sprouting like massive metallic blooms on crests of hills, these are part of the path that will eventually take us to an oil-free energy economy. See more wind turbine photos at the updated Wind Power gallery.

Wind Farm (west of Pincher Creek, Alberta)

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Less attachment leads to better images

Have you ever been disappointed by an image you have taken? Have you ever struggled to Photoshop an image to make it meet the first great expectations you had for it? Are you on the verge of giving-up on photography all together? I have done all this, but let’s stop for a moment and consider this advice from Mike Browne …

I’ve been working on (slightly tongue-in-cheek) posts on how to apply the Buddhist Four Noble Truths and the Eight-fold Path to photography, so it came as a distinct pleasure to come across this video by Mike Browne (hat-tip to DIY Photography) who essentially says that to improve your photography skills, and to avoid constant disappointment, your must learn to be less attached to your images. I am not Buddhist, but I am willing to admit that many of the teachings for life have practical applications for growth, and non-attachment is one of them.

And after watching the above, you may want to subscribe to Mike Browne on YouTube. He has a wealth of helpful videos for amateur and advanced photographers alike.

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Milky Way over Writing-on-Stone

While the next few months will largely dedicated to developing new material for workshops, I am also hoping to catch up with a huge backlog of photographs from previous years.Here’s one from Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park taken in September, 2011: a nighttime exposure showing part of the Milky Way over the hoodoos.

Adrian Thysse Photography: Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park &emdash; Milky Way over Hoodoos

(Canon EOS 5D Mark II,  24-105mm f4 L IS USM lens @ 24 mm. ISO 1600, f/5.6 @ 30sec.)

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Waiting behind the barn…

Eyes within eyes...

Eyes within eyes…

A crowd of people were snapping shots of the horses as they were led to the barn, where they were placed in stalls with some feed. While they were being brushed down, I wandered around the building to find these windows, and the horse that would look up occasionally to peer outside.

Fort Edmonton, 14 September 2014.

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