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In the old downtown of Fort Erie, Ontario is a Chinese restaurant, Ming Teh’s. Above the front entrance is an elaborate brick and decorated tile wall section. I have no idea what the tiles say or represent. But the colours were fabulous. - JW

(if you want to see my images larger as well as the full text and details, check my Flickr stream, www.flickr.com/photos/jwvraets/ )

Date Taken: 2019-08-10

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Taken using a hand-held Nikon D7100 fitted with an AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm VR lense set to 98mm, ISO100 (Auto ISO), Daylight WB, Aperture priority, f/6.3, 1/500 sec with an EV-0.33 exposure bias. PP in free Open Source RAWTherapee from Nikon RAW/NEF source file: set final size to 9000px high, square up the brick wall by using the perspective correction tools, crop a little off tall sides to produce a nicely symmetrical image, slightly increase contrast and Chromaticity in L-A-B mode, enable Shadows/Highlights and recover highlights and shadows a bit, adjust colour balance by taking a sample of the ‘white’ bricks and using that for a neutral reference, slightly increase vibrance, sharpen (edges only), save. PP in free Open Source GIMP: use the levels tool in Auto mode to set a good base overall tonality, sharpen, save, scale image to 6000px high, sharpen slightly, save, add fine black-and-white frame, add bar and text on left, save, scale image to 2048px high for posting online, sharpen slightly, save.

Tags:   Fort Erie downtown brick wall restaurant Ming Teh Chinese tiles front door Open Source RAWTherapee GIMP Nikon D7100 AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm VR

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I was in Smithville, Ontario ( a sort distance South of Grimsby, Ontario up in the agricultural area atop the Niagara Escarpment) looking for possible images. Sadly, photographically speaking, the town has had a great deal of wealth injected into the local economy and that has, in turn, led to redevelopment of most of the downtown as well as a lot of new housing construction. This economic boom has bypassed the old feed mill located on Mill Street. It is now boarded up and been left pretty much derelict. One of the silos was particularly interesting because it had been neglected long enough that the various paint layers had been eroded and the underlying metal exposed to the weather leading to interesting corrosion patterns of blue and green paint, rust and corrosion scabs. A nice abstract. - JW

(if you want to see my images larger as well as the full text and details, check my Flickr stream, www.flickr.com/photos/jwvraets/ )

Date Taken: 2019-08-14

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Taken using a hand-held Nikon D7100 fitted with an AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4.5-6.3 non-VR lense set to 90mm, ISO180 (Auto ISO), Daylight WB, Shutter priority, f/4.8, 1/500 sec with an EV-0.33 exposure bias. PP in free Open Source RAWTherapee from Nikon RAW/NEF source file: set final size to 9000px wide, apply perspective correction to reduce the keystoning, brighten image by increasing the exposure compensation by EV+0.58, Enable the Graduated Neutral Density/GND tool and rotate it to cover the right side of the frame and darken the right side to balance the tonality of the rest of the image, slightly boos the black level, increase contrast and Chromaticity in L-A-B mode, reduce the Vibrance a bit to tone down paint colours, apply a bit of noise reduction, sharpen (edges only), save. PP in free Open Source GIMP: use the tone curve tool to slightly brighten the image, boost contrast a bit, sharpen, save, scale image to 6000px wide, sharpen slightly, save, add fine black-and-white frame, add bar and text on left, save, scale image to 2048 for posting online, sharpen slightly, save.

Tags:   Smithville downtown Mill Street mill silo painted corrosion rust green blue ladder derelict Open Source RAWTherapee GIMP Nikon D7100 AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4.5-6.3 non-VR

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Along the Niagara River in the parkland between the Fort Erie historic site and the old downtown of the city of Fort Erie, is a stone wall to prevent people from inadvertently walking into the river and being swept away in the strong current. The local Ringbill Seagull population has adopted this wall as a perch and they set themselves up along the wall as seen here. The front bird is a juvenile as indicated by the brown-tinged feathers. As it matures, it will turn completely white, like the seagull just behind the juvenile. - JW

(if you want to see my images larger as well as the full text and details, check my Flickr stream, www.flickr.com/photos/jwvraets/ )

Date Taken: 2019-08-10

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Taken using a hand-held Nikon D7100 fitted with an AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4.5-6.3 non-VR lense set to 270mm, ISO100 (Auto ISO), Daylight WB, Aperture priority, f/6.3, 1/2500 sec with an EV-0.33 exposure bias. PP in free Open Source RAWTherapee from Nikon RAW/NEF source file: set final size to 9000px wide, brighten image by increasing the exposure compensation by EV+0.24, slightly increase contrast and Chromaticity in L-A-B mode, enable Shadows/Highlights and recover highlights and shadows, enable tone mapping (at default levels), slightly warm the image by boosting the White Balance colour temperature to 5107K, apply a bit of noise reduction, sharpen (edges only), save. PP in free Open Source GIMP: use the tone curve tool to slightly brighten the image, duplicate the image to another/top layer and then add a white/opaque layer mask after which paint in the wall and seagulls in black/transparent, use the tone curve tool to darken the top layer (ie. the areas outside the wall and seagulls, duplicate the seagull layer and add a black/transparent layer mask to that new layer on which the front seagull is painted in white/opaque, sharpen only this new layer to avoid accentuating noise throughout the rest of the image, flatten the image, save, scale image to 6000px wide, sharpen slightly, save, add fine black-and-white frame, add bar and text on left, save, scale image to 2048 for posting online, sharpen slightly, save.

Tags:   Fort Erie downtown wall seagull ringbill juvenile Open Source RAWTherapee GIMP Nikon D7100 AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4.5-6.3 non-VR

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This is another image from a recent wander through the old downtown of Fort Erie, Ontario, On the side of an empty commercial building (formerly a store of some type it seems) is a bright red metal stair case (hence, Red Rule). Set against the brick wall and accented by the green eavestrough downspout and the deep, late afternoon shadows, made for a nice abstract composition. - JW

(if you want to see my images larger as well as the full text and details, check my Flickr stream, www.flickr.com/photos/jwvraets/ )

Date Taken: 2019-08-10

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Taken using a hand-held Nikon D7100 fitted with an AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm VR lense set to 34mm, ISO100 (Auto ISO), Daylight WB, Aperture priority, f/4.5, 1/800 sec with an EV-0.33 exposure bias. PP in free Open Source RAWTherapee from Nikon RAW/NEF source file: set final size to 9000px wide, square up the brick wall by using the perspective correction tools, crop a little off the bottom and left (maintaining the aspect ratio), slightly increase contrast and Chromaticity in L-A-B mode, enable Shadows/Highlights and recover highlights a bit, sharpen (edges only), save. PP in free Open Source GIMP: use the tone curve tool to slightly brighten the top 1/3 of the curve, hold the mid-tones at default and slightly darken the bottom ¼ of the curve, sharpen, save, scale image to 6000px wide, sharpen slightly, save, add fine black-and-white frame, add bar and text on left, save, scale image to 2048 for posting online, sharpen slightly, save.

Tags:   Fort Erie downtown brick wall stairs staircase red Red Rule eavestrough downspout green shadows Open Source RAWTherapee GIMP Nikon D7100 AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm VR

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Walking around the old downtown of Fort Erie, Ontario, I was doing my usual hunting for colours and patterns to photograph. The original downtown area sits along the mouth of the Niagara River and at one time had a vibrant shopping district. Times have changed and the area is struggling badly. At a now-vacant storefront with an inset entrance area, one wall had been painted bright green. The mailboxes for the apartments above (I assume) were showing signs of weathering and neglect. Apartment designations on each mailbox was the basis for the title. The poor reflection of the green wall in the dirty store window seemed to provide a nice balance to the image. - JW

Date Taken: 2019-08-10

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Taken using a hand-held Nikon D7100 fitted with an AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm VR lense set to 38mm, ISO100 (Auto ISO), Daylight WB, Aperture priority, f/6.3, 1/200 sec with an EV-0.33 exposure bias (to keep the dark greens from causing the metering to render the image too light). PP in free Open Source RAWTherapee from Nikon RAW/NEF source file: set final size to 9000px wide, level image, use exposure compensation to reduce (darken) exposure slightly by EV-0.33, use the Graduated Neutral Density/GND tool rotated to cover the right half of the frame to darken that area and better balance its tonality with the left side of the frame, slightly increase contrast and Chromaticity in L-A-B mode, very slightly boost Vibrance, sharpen, save. PP in free Open Source GIMP: slightly darken the mid-tones using the tone curve tool, reduce the green-channel-only colour saturation slightly to tame the green paint a bit, sharpen, save, scale image to 6000px wide, sharpen slightly, save, add fine black-and-white frame, add bar and text on left, save, scale image to 2048 for posting online, sharpen slightly, save.

Tags:   Fort Erie downtown run-down store front mailbox green abstract Open Source RAWTherapee GIMP Nikon D7100 AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm VR


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