May 7, 2012

Letter to Matthew - Today Is Your 4th Birthday

Dear Matthew today is your 4th birthday. I don't even know where to start it has been such a busy year for you. You have grown a lot. You are much taller. You are much smarter. You ask questions, you tell us stories, you sing and hum songs, you try to read, write and color and most of all you have lot of fun always. You have friends. You are a little boy who will be going to school in September.

I have to warn you that I may keep this letter short, as one day I am sure you will discover somewhere in the house all the notes I wrote about you in 2012.

This year was year of superheros. Iron Man continued to be your favorite, but them came along the Superman.

Whenever you wear your Iron Man shoes to the library you ask the librarians - 'Do you know who I am?'. Of course they don't, and you tell them you are the Iron Man. Whenever you wear your Superman shirt to the library you ask the librarians - 'Do you know who I am?' Of course they do, 'Oh hello Superman', they reply and you stand there proud with both hands on your hips not to mention the precious smile. My heart melts every time I see so much happiness in you.

Speaking of the library, this year we introduced you to the library and you got your own library card. You love the ride in the elevator, until one day we ended up in the basement of the library. We both got scared and laughed at each other when it was just someone down there waiting. When we ended up in the basement again, I thought you pressed the wrong button, 'no I didn't I only pressed 2' you replied surprised. Now we take stairs.

We read lot of books, obviously the superhero ones, but then there was The Cat In The Hat and Green Eggs and Ham. Because of you I discovered some great children books I never had a chance to read. I lost a count how many times I read the Green Eggs and Ham book for you.

We took you to the cinema three times for Cars 2, Smurfs and The Lorax. To keep you preoccupied longer we would wait and get popcorn later. It worked with the first movie, a bit with second movie and on for the third movie you said 'but every one else has popcorn here but me'.

You love shopping for toys. I think I may have to stop taking you grocery shopping because we always end up buying toys. You are so stubborn and it is so hard to walk out empty handed.

When comes to electronics you seems to be an expert - you can take pictures and delete pictures from my camera (good thing I got all these recovery tools), you can operate the TV and DVD players, you insisted on the BluRay player (now we got one), you can play Nintendo 3DS and now you are a big fan of Mario. Daddy finally got himself PS3 and you claim it is yours. You operate the electric piano but I was really happy to hear that you started to play some little tunes.

So finally you don't mix all the paint colors together. You can draw nice things like sun and people, and you can write M very well, and then with our help you can write your name. You can write Mom and Dad from your head. You can color so well, and most of all your attention span is much much longer when you come to Mommy's School.

One day we went for an orientation to your potential school. When we arrived at the parking lot of the school you asked 'but where is my big box of food?'. You didn't understand the orientation concept so you really thought that you were going to school that day and we forgot your lunch box. You never wanted to come back to this school and you will not.

We are sending you to Northern Lights and I will give you big box of food, chicken soup included as per your request. I asked you one day what will I do without you when you go to school, your reply was 'you will cook and wait for me'.

Dear Matthew I can sit here all night and write about you but may be from now on I will leave you with photo memories, and I think you will remember those moments better. Just remember no matter what I love you more and more every day.

You are starting to develop your own character and I am always amazed how determined you are to accomplish something that you want to accomplish, even if it is to get a new toy; and if that does not work by asking and sometimes telling me why you need this toy, then you turn around, you look into my eyes and say 'but I love you'.

And you really do love us both, because sometimes when we are sitting together and have a good time and lots of fun, you grab our both necks, hug us and say 'oh we are family', and we are even better family now because of you our dear Matthew.

Matthew, our little boy, we love you so much and we wish you all the best. Hopefully you will have another 'amazing' and 'fantastic' year filled with learning and new adventures.

February 26, 2012

Winter Fun Fun And More Fun, Canon Lens Lots Of Fun

Creation of the snow was such a blessing for children. I cannot emphasize enough how much I enjoy watching Matthew playing in the snow. This little busy bee enjoys himself to the fullest - making snowman, throwing snowballs, making giant snowballs, making snow angles, removing snow, cleaning cars with the broom, mowing snow (yes just like cutting grass) and tobogganing.

Its been snowing here on and off. Last couple of days snowed but guaranteed that this snow will be gone by next week - warmer temperatures are in the forecast. Just a repeat of the last week.

Well Matthew is not the only one having fun. I finally decided on the new lens but came out from the store with two lenses, and I am very happy camper with empty pockets. I am glad that I fixed my Canon 20D because I don't have to do lot of lens switching. It gets heavy to carry both, but I don't mind at all. Canon 20D is past few generations but it is still a good camera.

Since I am Canon shooter, I decided to stick with Canon lenses. I bet you are curious and already know that one of them must be a macro lens, and it is - Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro lens. I also treated myself with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens. Both are excellent lenses. I have not been able to use the macro lens as I cannot find anything tiny small (may be microscopic) to photograph, meaning small creatures (probably hibernating at this moment), however, this lens is great for portraits.

The photos below of Matthew are using macro lens.

December 29, 2011

Winter Wonderland, Happy New Year 2012

Another year is over. I think it was a good year after all for us here. I was not very busy on myonlyphoto blog; however, I continue to photograph everything and anything. I am now carrying two cameras on my shoulder, the Canon 7D and Canon 20D, which I fixed not too long ago. I am still hovering around my town, with Matthew on my side, as I cannot go far from home. I think it would be a little too much for a three year old.

My focus this year was where I live. We have very rich history here in town and we are surrounded by beautiful nature trails. It will take ages to explore all so I am going to continue to focus my photographic energy in that area.

The above photo shows our local picnic pavilion in the Sheppard's Bush Conservation Area, which is about 65 acres in size and has over 3 km of hiking trails. Sheppard's Bush also has a maple syrup evaporator hut. As I said our town has so much and I have not seen all yet, one of them never attended the maple syrup making festivities.


The beauty about the winter is that you get this beautiful black and white effect that surrounds warm objects. The first photo is only cropped, no editing was done. The natural wood color makes this photo very magical. However, I discover new editing tool in Google Photos and tried some of the effects. I thought I show off my experiment, the second photo. Whoever comes up with the editing algorithms is doing wonderful job and making my life easier.

Happy New Year 2012!

'A new year is unfolding
- like a blossom with petals curled tightly
concealing the beauty within.'

October 20, 2011

Suspended, A Leaf

It is not just the dancing colorful leaves that make autumn so interesting. It is a season full of spiders, mushrooms, butterflies and fungi. Thousands of subjects to photograph.

I am so pleased that many of you still visit me despite of my low posting. Every day I tell myself I will go for posting marathon, but then when the night comes all I can think of is sleep. I did not give up on photography. I carry my camera with me most of the time, sometimes two and sometimes all three of them (one is just point and shoot).

Also, for a low price of just under 200 dollars Canadian, I was able to fix my Canon 20D. They never claimed that it was the number of shutters, all it was it needed major overhaul and probably was shorting somewhere. I am missing probably one more and important lens, macro lens and I will be set for many years. Suggestions are welcome.

No I wasn't that lucky to photograph the falling leaf. It is very easy to spot hanging leaves on the spider webs during the fall season. Since the web is nearly invisible, one can be fooled, and not I am not suspending my blog. I may take a break such last, but I will be always back.

My Matthew continues to grow. We wander around the town streets, parks and we are regular visitors to our local library. My parents borrowed my small point and shoot camera for their trip to Poland, which was also used at home by Matthew. So now he is getting hands on my DSLR. He likes the zooming effect when looking through the view finder. He is almost 3 1/2 years old.

Photo was taken at Thronton Bales Conservation Area, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada.