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Week 11/26 #BWProject26

I am always in a hurry to get things done, so I just zoomed in to take this then zoomed out again!

I am not a great one for taking self portraits, there are many much more interesting subjects around, but this is the theme for this week and who am I to fight it? As this week I am focusing on the zoom, this seemed an ideal opportunity to try out different techniques.

With a tip of the blurred hat to those of us taking part in the blurred mentorship run by +Alex Lapidus, I am posting my blurry self portrait image for the B&W project. You can still see it is me, so that works for me.

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#BWProject26 | Curated by +Tisha Montgomery +Brandon Luk +Lauri Novak +Alison Christensen 
#hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome curated by +Luis Vivanco S. +Оксана Крысюкова +Howard Salmon and  +tri rini nuringtyas
#hqspportraits +HQSP Portraits curated by +Heiko Köster  +Frank Nöthe 
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Fantastic! :)
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*Mother Earth - Louise Pentz, the Third Voice in the Conversations with Makers"

Once again, +Ben Proudfoot  and team at Breakwater Studios, courtesy of the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council and Craft Alliance has produced a wonderful cameo of a gifted craftsman. This is such a beautiful profile, another 10 minute video from the series that is well worth watching.

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Snake in the Sun

It's so wonderful to be able to go into the woods and just walk on the ground again! Most of the snow is melted and we don't need to pile on our warm clothes, boots, snowshoes and all the paraphernalia that a winter walk involves. It is so wonderfully freeing ! On this particular afternoon I almost trod on a snake, just caught myself from putting my foot down on it by grabbing onto +Linda Jess's arm, much to her horror as she has a pathological fear of the reptiles. That time the slender creature slithered away out of sight in the undergrowth at the side of the path before I could put my camera to my face. I was so cross to have missed that chance. After about 40 minutes or so we were walking back along the same trail and I spotted this one just lying in the path in the sun. He never moved no matter how much I walked around him, taking photographs in case he decided to make a run for it or moved myself to get in closer for a better view. He kept an eye on me, but didn't seem to be worried by our proximity nor by Joni who was waiting a little distance away. It was as if he was sitting for his portrait in his favourite environment. Did I see two snakes that day? Or was it the same one, overcoming his pathological fear of humans and hoping to get a closer look at us on our way back?

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#hqspanimals  +HQSP Animals curated by +Alejandro J. Soto +Andy Smith 
#wildlifewednesday by +Mike Spinak +Morkel Erasmus
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Lovely picture - looks like such a cheerful snake :0) I'm sure it weighed up the choice between the danger of humans and the warmth of the sun and after such a long hard winter decided the sun was well worth the risk.
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Flight of Silken Flowers

In setting up my photograph for this week's Black and White project, I had played with a silk print using various lighting and techniques. One of the effects that I particularly liked was this, taken with a slow shutter speed and intentional camera movement (blur). I was partly thinking of the mentorship that +Alex Lapidus​ is beginning soon, where he will be guiding the (fortunate) chosen participants to play with such techniques to produce just this kind of effect. The colours in this were way too lovely to desaturate them for a black and white image, so I am posting this as it is, in glorious colour. Abstract, but still obviously floral in design.

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#unsharpsaturday   #intentionalblur   #photoplay   #camerafun   #colorsonfriday +ColorsOnFriday​ by +Britta Rogge+Karsten Meyer​
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Beautiful colouring
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Floral
Week 10/26

The subject for this week's black and white project was 'floral', but I wanted to avoid the obvious subjects (the only ones in the garden at the moment are crocuses and bluebells) so I decided to think out of the garden. 

#BWProject26 | Curated by +Tisha Montgomery +Brandon Luk +Lauri Novak +Alison Christensen  
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Eastern Townships, Quebec

The Eastern Townships, outside of Montreal, Quebec, have a special place in my heart. My uncle's dairy farm in Waterloo was the warmest and most welcoming place that I knew. His barn, full of the scents of the gentle Jersey cows, milk, sweet molasses and hay represented a place of calm and security. The soft sounds in the early morning, with the rhythmic milking machines, the swish of grains thrown from a pail, the munching and movements of the animals and the voice of my uncle were like music to me. My happiest times were spent sitting in that barn, on the edge of the stalls, listening to him explaining to me everything he was doing. I felt enormously proud when I held the buckets to feed the calves and watched the wild barn cats and kittens crouched over the saucers of milk I put down for them. My proudest moment though, was when a beautiful, newborn calf with her large, soft, brown eyes was named after me. Although I rarely visited, the times I spent there are the strongest of my childhood memory. For me it was a place of love, of security.

When I got older I always yearned for a Jersey cow of my own. It was as if my life was not complete without one. When we had the farm in France we finally got our Florette. The association of those same smells and sounds in the warmth of her stall in the early morning made me feel that I was the richest person in the world. I would rest my forehead against her warm flank as I milked her into a bucket and listening to her deliberately chewing her hay I would be transported back to those days of quiet calm and remember that special, loving family in Quebec.

I still feel that my uncle is one of the wisest people I have ever met. We go to see him when we can as he is still very much alive and active, though no longer farming as he is in his 90's. Instead of milking he gardens and golfs in the summer and curls in the winter. 

I feel as if it's been ages since I posted an image of a landscape. This was taken not far from my uncle's farm, in the Eastern Townships, on our trip to see him last fall. I remembered it when I saw an image posted here the other day, where snow frosted the mountains in Colorado. 

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#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape​​​ curated by +Michael Garza​​​ +Leo Schubert​​​ +David D​​​ +Jesse Martineau​​​ +Mike Hankey​​​ +Peter Marbaise​​​ 

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography​​​ +Margaret Tompkins​​​ +Kevin Rowe​​​ +Toshi Nakamura​​​ +Bill Wood​​​ +Tony Phillips​​​ +Jeff Beddow​​​ +Krzysztof Hanusiak​​​ +Dennis Hoffbuhr​​​ +Dave Gaylord​​​ +Doug Hagadorn​​​ +Eric Drumm​​​ +RJ Wilner​​​ 
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Did Someone Say the Lighting With Intent Mentorship is Starting Soon?

Brent and I are really excited that tomorrow I am going to be starting this mentorship with the master of lighting, +Eric Raeber. This should be a wonderful period of learning and we have an amazing group of people lined up ready to explore the mysteries of lighting in photography. I am looking forward to being able to understand and use new techniques to make better use of lighting in my photography, including portraits. This was taken, as he was sitting waiting for his supper, so cute in his little leather jacket.

Brent is the son of good friends of mine and his expression shows perfectly the wonder and excitement I feel waiting for tomorrow's very first lesson to arrive in my inbox.

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#portraitgallery +Portrait gallery  by +Aamir Shahzad 
#hqspportraits +HQSP Portraits curated by +Heiko Köster  +Frank Nöthe
#hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome curated by +Luis Vivanco S. +Оксана Крысюкова +Nader El Assy +Howard Salmon and  +tri rini nuringtyas
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Such a cutie :0) Enjoy your new learning experience - hope you get olads from it.
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Sharp Focus on Blur : 1

Plus Post Week 1 Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2015

Focus on Blur? Oh yes! And you wouldn't guess how hard that can be. Hard as in hard to stop! I am having such a lot of fun in learning from +Alex Lapidus in this mentorship that is enabled by the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers team. There is a wonderful freedom in mastering the techniques that allow you to choose to take images that are out of focus, in whole or in part. Blurring the extraneous and distracting details can really focus in on what is important in the mood of an image. 

Before learning the techniques we have discovered this week, if I ever put my camera into manual focus mode, it was to be sure to focus as sharply as I could on my subject. In some cases this is important. But sometimes the story you are trying to tell needs a different approach. And learning when to do that (and how to achieve the effect) is both refreshing and freeing. And fun! (Did I say that it is also a little addictive?)

We have a fabulantastic group of mentors who are sitting at their computers or devices 24/7 (or so it seems) ready to give encouragement or assistance where needed. The students are also crazy, fun and committed to enjoying this to the full and producing images according to their own unique visions. If you ever see this mentorship being offered, don't hesitate to sign up for it as I guarantee that it will change your focus and perspective in a wonderfully positive way. Thanks Alex and team and fellow mentees. On now to week 2! I wonder what Alex has in store for us?

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#unsharpsaturday +Unsharp Saturday v2.0  #intentionalblur   #photoplay   #camerafun  
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Wonderful post Ellie, so glad you're having fun with us!
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'Turns' Has Hit 50,000 Views and Become a Vimeo Staff Pick!
(Turns is the Short Video Featuring the Work and Inspiration of Wood Artist +Steven Kennard )

Terrific job everyone. It is a beautiful profile video, that's for sure. It is featured on the Collectors of Wood Art site as well as the American Association of Woodturners site.
It was tweeted by +Guy Kawasaki and was on some pretty major sites apart from the specialist ones mentioned above.
https://vimeo.com/126545288 for any who missed it.
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Thanks +Ellie Kennard After I asked I went back and found some links. These guys are great.
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The Culprit : Superstitious Pileated Woodpecker

For those who saw my black and white posting referring to a superstitious bird (knocking on wood, of course) linked below, I thought I would share a photo of the actual culprit, the pileated woodpecker himself. He was on a huge and very old maple that is one of my favourite trees, behind our house. This bird is doing his best to bring it down single handed beaked.

Superstitious bird posting: https://plus.google.com/+EllieKennard/posts/Tb49kSrCsA4 

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#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Andy Brown +Dilip Mundkur +Wade Cochran and +Serkan Mutan
+Backyard Birding Monday #BackyardbirdingMonday/105832555748880810955 curated by +Ricky L Jones  108602149449027340564 and +Marilou Aballe
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Beautiful photo +Ellie Kennard! The woodpeckers like to get atop the metal cover of my fireplace to call for mates. It sounds like a jackhammer in my living room!
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Turns : The Voice of Steven Kennard in the 6 part Series "Conversations With Makers

+Ben Proudfoot of Breakwater Studios did a wonderful job on this profile video about +Steven Kennard and his work.

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Turns - Conversations with Makers

This is the next in the series of Conversations with Makers, featuring my work, this time.

Thanks to the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council, to the Canadian Crafts Federation and to Breakwater Studios for making this possible and doing such a great job.

I hope you enjoy this glimpse into my world.

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I'm not sure if +Robin Griggs Wood got a chance to take a look at this short, but as you are closely involved with a film maker, I thought it worth a mention. I think you will enjoy this.
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Excellent Trailer of the Upcoming Series
I've re-shared this post as I think it is such a brilliant short trailer and, of course, because +Steven Kennard features heavily in it. His video is due for public release on May 5th. I'll make sure to share it too.

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Official Trailer to the Series of 6 Conversations with Makers - "LIfe's Work"
https://vimeo.com/125964077

My own profile is being released on May 5th, so watch this space!

The Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council has written about this great series: (from http://www.nsdcc.ns.ca/news-opportunities/lifes-work-six-conversations-makers)
“Life’s twists, challenges, surprises, and possibilities have been captured by filmmaker Ben Proudfoot in a new series of short documentary videos called Life’s Work:  Six Conversations with Makers.   The trailer forLife’s Work, containing clips from all six videos, is being released today.
Life’s Work introduces viewers to six of Nova Scotia’s master craftspeople.   Through the videos we get to visit them in their studios, and learn a little about their lives and what inspires their creativity.   “The satisfaction that you get from actually making something with your own hands can’t be described,” says woodturner Steven Kennard, “The joy and the delight!”
Stone, featuring stone carver Heather Lawson was released last week.  Turns, featuring Steven Kennard will be released on Vimeo on May 5, followed by Mother Earth (May 19), Fibre & Wood (June 2), Lady Bug(June 16), and Rust (June 30).
Directed by Ben Proudfoot of Breakwater Studios International Ltd., Life’s Work is a collaboration between Craft Alliance Atlantic Association and the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council.  Funding for the project was provided by ACOA Nova Scotia and Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia who recognized and supported the opportunity to celebrate and promote our vibrant culture, our talented craftspeople, and our beautiful province to a global audience.
“There’s something that turns me on about the fact that, at the end of the day here’s something that I think is very cool that didn’t exist in the morning.  It wasn’t there last week.  It didn’t exist last year.  And here it is,” says sculptor Gordon Kennedy, “If you want to do things, do it.  This isn’t the dress rehearsal.  What matters is life.  Life matters.  Live it.””
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I totally agree with you regarding the team that made this movie +Northlight Images​ the producer +Ben Proudfoot​ and cinematographer +David Bolen ​are extremely creative and make very special films!
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Partner at Innovative Imaging Studio, working with Steven Kennard (Shadows and Light Photography) as well as Steven Kennard Turned Art and Sculpture
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Sarlat, Dordogne, France - Bramfield, Suffolk, UK - Aldeburgh, Suffolk, UK - Helsinki, Finland - Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, UK - Arnprior, Ontario, Canada - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Words and Pictures is what I am about.

If you're looking for the Calendar Girl - you've found her. (I created and maintain the goo.gl/zcCTK (posting) Google+ Daily Photo Themes calendar - traduction francaise, grace a notre ami Paul Paradis ici: http://goo.gl/t97OK)

I am also the "Farm Friday Girl" as I am co-curator of the Farm Friday Photography theme along with Steven Kennard.

My G+ Policy:

** If you have circled me and want me to add you to my circles (and I don't know you personally), the best way to make me interested is to make comments on my postings. (I have so many people adding me that I have not got time to go through everyone)
1. Please be using a real name or a professional name and display a real picture of yourself.
2. I like to see your profile contain some information about yourself (reasons I might want to add you) 
3, It's important to have made some public postings (more reasons I might want to add you)
4. Don't add me to market to me.

You won't find profanity on my postings or comments - even from others. If you do, I have had my account hacked. By the same token, if you use profanity on your postings or comments I won't circle you. I just don't want to see it in my stream.

Why would you want me to circle you?

In the words of Plusser Giselle Minoli  -  "... Ellie Kennard, is a kind of G+ "midwife," coming to assistance of so many people who are new on G+ and showing them the ropes, sharing information, tutoring, guiding. She is a self-described photo "snapper," who facilitates the appreciation of so many different arts on G+ aside from just photography, but other visual arts and she is brilliant and kind and generous in her commentary, which is a gift in my view." - Thanks Giselle.

I am one of the Women of Google+

** If wondering what circles I might fit into check out my public postings and see which is the best fit for yours.

I don't post nor take part in religious, philosophical or political discussions. It's not what I'm here for.


About Me:
Born and brought up in Montreal, Quebec, lived in England, Finland and France before returning to Canada. Work extensively with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom and also teach classes in these, and in colour management in digital print work.

Feature interview on Women of Google+

I am also a birdwatcher and love to cook (real food) and bake (particularly artisanal breads). So feel free to include me in any circles that cover any of my interests.

Music is important to me and fills my environment all the time. I love the music of Ron Sexsmith, Elvis Costello, Teddy Thompson, Van Morrison, Mark Knopfler, Peter Gabriel, Nora Jones etc etc. I particularly enjoy well performed live music.

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Education
  • TMS
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  • Watford School of Technology
    Advertising Copywriting, 1968 - 1969
  • CENTRE DE FORMATION PROFESSIONNELLE ET DE PROMOTION AGRICOLE DE MONTMORILLON
    "Elevage Equin" Equine management and breeding, 1994 - 1995
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Ellie Wornell
Very clean, staff support friendly and helpful. Completely non smoking though trip advisor offers only smoking rooms! Breakfast above average for the type of hotel. Pillows horrible and lumpy. We have booked again for the trip back.
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Comfortable, clean rooms, food only so-so. Rambling layout with updated older rooms but clean. Restaurant promised lots of veggie choices for breakfast and dinner, but apart from one pizza there were none. Very hard to find even following Google map directions. We went wrong minutes from the door and went all the way back across to Quebec city. Watch carefully to avoid that.
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Just discovered this restaurant last night and was very impressed. Service was friendly, courteous and knowledgeable. The atmosphere was calm and pleasant. The food was delicious, beautifully presented and reasonably priced. Vegan or vegetarian choices are possible. I had the lentil and squash burger, with spicy cashew mayo sauce. The sauce was VERY spicy (hot). The salad was local organic and beautiful. My partner chose the chef's concoction of pizza and was very pleased and impressed. We had the cocobanana pie (me) which was excellent and not too sweet and the peanut butter vegan cheesecake (my husband) and he loved it. Highly recommended.
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Went hoping to get diner food and were not disappointed. Excellent service, relaxed and diner type decor, excellent fish and chips (good sized portion) and reasonably priced. Good value for money. Not pretentious, it's exactly what it is supposed to be. Home cooking. We are going back for breakfast.
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Great service, excellent food. Lots of choices for vegetarians. Try the Halimi. Not so keen on the vegetable kebabs, but there are so many choices that you can eat a great meal there without meat. The Baklava is the best I have had anywhere. And that includes Greece.
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I wrote my review and it was removed. Be warned.
Quality: Poor - FairFacilities: Poor - FairService: Poor - Fair
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