Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Portraits and lighthouses
As a little change of scene, I thgouth I'd try my hand at this month's Virtual Paintout which is the Halifax region of Nova Scotia. I know the area to some degree, or at least the more scenic parts and chose the classic tourist destination - Peggy's Cove. This little lighthouse is perched on the edge of the Atlantic with surf worn rocks surrounding it. Seas can be very rough at times there and tourists often stand on the rocks to watch them. Bad idea. A number of individuals have been washed out to sea by standing too close. Rogue waves are notorious on the east coast. Be warned!
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I made a little start on a watercolour sketch. I still have to finish the rocks and intensify values. However, that will have to wait for a few days most likely, as I head to Toronto tomorrow on business for a few days. I'll be back late Sunday night so will unlikely be posting to the blog until Monday.
I ordered a new camera that should arrive next week. I have a couple of cameras, an old SLR Minolta and a little Canon point and shoot. They provide reasonable photographs but the megapixel size of the slr is tiny compared to what is available now, so I figured it was time for something new. A Canon Rebel EOS with an 18-55 and 75-300 telephoto lens should fit the bill for current needs without breaking the bank entirely either.
Now I just need to learn how to use it properly!