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Photographer's Note

Hello TE!

Here I am for my third - or is it fourth? time back after an extended hiatus from participating on this site. I probably have stunted my growth as a photographer by not visiting for so long - but as the title says, I had some "loose ends" to tie up. Actually, since I have retired, I have to actually stop and make time to do what I want to do - there are are so many "need to do's" and other people's needs, as well.

I heard this might happen. A lot of folks find they have less time to do things after retirement than when they worked. Apparently those folks were doing their TE at work! I know I did!

So, after a busy summer we finally took a trip to the place my wife and I have wanted to go for three years. I actually found TE when I was searching for information on the Canadian Maritime Provinces a few years back. I could say "the rest is history", but there's little history from me here. History of abandonment, perhaps!

Anyway, we went to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island in September. Took the train all the way from St. Louis to Halifax and rented a car. We put over four thousand kilometers on that rental - and barely touched the surface of these wonderful provinces. Especially PEI - I only scheduled a couple days there and when I go back I will spend a week, at least. So many things to explore!

So, to start again, I have uploaded this photograph which I have titled "Loose Ends". I shot it on our second visit to Halifax, Nova Scotia (we started and ended our visit to the Maritime provinces there) during a stroll down the wharf one foggy morning. There's nothing special about it, just a line dangling in the water on the outgoing tide. In the distance you can see George's Island on the right and some shipyards and the Woodside and Dartmouth areas of Halifax.

I converted this shot to b&w as the color version just looked awful with the sky blown out and the black water. This version allows for some definition of the sky and just enough contrast to show the light fog in the distance. The day stayed fairly overcast, unfortunately, but when you are a visitor and on a schedule you have to take what you are given and the rope said something to me. Please forgive the slight barrel distortion at the horizon - I got the horizon straight, but the lens distortion is still there. I guess I could have corrected it with a filter in Photoshop, but did not. This is one of my favorite photos from the trip - maybe not the best, but one of my favorites.

That's one good reason for coming back here again, right? To get some lessons, some real input from what others think.

Another is because I've missed you all greatly - I hope to be around to see all my favorite's latest work as soon as I put in an honest days retirement...

Have a wonderful day yourself!
Reed

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