Year in Photos – Week 9

It’s the last week of February and the weather was perfect for getting outside. Alas, the season for good cross-country skiing conditions in southern Ontario may be coming to an end unless something changes in the long range forecast.

February 22, 2021

Every New Year’s I try for at least one goal for the coming year. Last year was 52 books and 52 hikes, both of which I managed to achieve. This year, I opted to change things up a little bit. I’m aiming to take (and post) one photo for every day of the year, go on as many hikes as I can, and try to close the 30-minute exercise ring on my Apple Watch as often as possible.

Canon 80D – 50mm – f1.8 – 1/80 – ISO 200

As of this picture, I’ve managed to close the exercise ring every single day of 2021. Some days are easy, when I was skiing, going for long hikes, or shovelling snow. Other days, I’ve had to make the effort to do something just to close the ring. It’s a simple goal that keeps me moving, at least a little every day.

February 23, 2021

We’ve had a lot of snow this winter, and the pile on the patio table is somewhere around 20-22 inches high. I decided to take a different perspective with this shot and punched a hole through the snow pile and took a picture of the bird feeder.

Canon 80D – 50mm – f1.8 – 1/1000 – ISO 200

Oddly, we have had very few birds this winter, so I’m hoping the return of warmer temperatures will mean the return of the birds. In hindsight, this picture would have been better if I had stood back further to get the snow more in focus as well.

February 24, 2021

We’re trying to find time to do things that we enjoy, and can still do, during the pandemic. I’ve been doing photography, and enjoying my vinyl collection. My wife recently did a virtual paint night.

Canon 80D – 50mm – f1.8 – 1/60 – ISO 1000

I love this shot because it’s more spontaneous and you can see how she is concentrating on the stroke of the brush.

February 25, 2021

A late afternoon dog walk around the neighbourhood was a good excuse to take the camera for the shot of the day. I shot this next image in both monochrome and colour because I liked the contrast of the straight lines of the power lines to the irregularity of the trees.

Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – 18mm – f3.5 – 1/8000 – ISO 200

The colour shot was good as well, but the sharp blues, yellows, and whites took away from the contrasting subjects of the shot.

February 26, 2021

I finally got back to the local ESPA for a walk and it was much quieter than I expected on such a nice afternoon. Instead of looking across the landscape for another tree, snow, and sunlight shot, I decided to look up.

Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – 18mm – f3.5 – 1/1250 – ISO 200

I can’t wait until these trees are full of leaves and the smell of spring is in the air. With March comes anticipation of better weather.

February 27, 2021

We often walk around the Laurel Creek Conservation Area and the staff keep a handful of bird feeders filled during the winter. This usually attracts chickadees, nuthatches, mourning doves, and squirrels. You can stand nearby with seeds in your hand and the small birds will land in your hand.

Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – 135mm – f5.6 – 1/125 – ISO 200

This little guy seems interested in the sound of the camera shutter. I really enjoy taking pictures of animals, when I get the chance, and warmer weather means I’ll start to see more of them.

February 28, 2021

Another walk in the Conservation Area and another shot of a chickadee near a feeder. This time, I tried to get a shot of the bird in flight.

Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – 135mm – f5.6 – 1/1600 – ISO 800

The lower lighting meant for a shutter speed that was a bit too slow for this bird, hence the blurring.


  1. ML

    You have some great shots there, Joel. Particularly the 24th, 25th, and 26th!

  2. Evange

    My favourite this week is the 25th

  3. Rob

    2 thumbs up on the monochrome shot. Are you familiar with Ansel Adams’ work?

    • joelarthurs

      I am and I’ve been looking at some of his work lately. Certain shots just need the attention drawn to the texture instead of colour.

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