Photo of the Month – June: Collecting Stories

Hi Folks:

There’s an old adage that says ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’, and since we’re both writers and we’re both photographers, in a given month we can collect a lot of ‘words’. In June we shot nearly 600 images between the two of us, and choosing one image is never an easy task. That’s my excuse for choosing two images for June. 🙂 These two images were chosen both because they’re good images in their own way and because of the stories they have to tell…

The first image shows a young black-tailed deer buck who happened to wander into the back yard of our neighbour. Mike was out gardening when the deer showed up, and being a deer in the city means never knowing how people are going to respond to your presence so he was a little nervous at first, approaching slowly and ready to bolt. However, a few minutes conversation soon put him at his ease, and when we found a shady place to wile away the hot summer afternoon he settled in and stayed there until dark. The next morning he was off to new adventures.

Black-tailed Deer

This second image has more to it than first meets the eye. One of our favourite walks in Victoria is along the Dallas Road walkway, fronting the ocean along the Juan de Fuca Strait. There’s one section of the walkways where the trees on both side grow in to each other so tightly they form a green tunnel, and it’s always a magical place to visit. A recent exercise for our photo meetup group was to capture a sense of movement in an image. For this project Marcia took one image then walked forward a couple of steps, made another image, walked forward a couple of steps, made another image… seventeen images were later combined using the LR/Enfuse plugin to collapse them into the final result. The result is ghostly, ephemeral, but with a wonderful sense of movement and light.

Dallas Road Tunnel

Okay, that’s it. Now go out and make some photographs!


4 Replies to “Photo of the Month – June: Collecting Stories”

  1. pwiinholt

    I think that the first picture almost has a more surreal atmosphere than the second. I'll have to try the second technique some time. I have my eye on a canopy covered spring nearby, carpeted right now with jewelweed. Waiting for the right light.

    1. wolfnowl Post author

      Thx! It’s all about the light… 🙂 You can get a similar effect to the second image by using a zoom lens, but it’s a bit different.


  2. Worzelodd

    Is that Marcia's image in the second photo? If not you have captured a Ghostie- definatley a woman there, I love it


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