Sunday, February 25, 2007

February 25, 2007-Snowgolf Day

Saturday was our annual Snow Golf day. I ~ think ~ this is around year number 20, but i have only been home from work traveling for a few years now, so this is my 4th year.

Its a fun day, with 30 or so people attending. This year, due to other commitments, we had about 20, but still enough to carry on.
The game is simple, play golf in the snow.
The course is on 10 acres of land, however we usually play on about 1/2 that, just so me and a few others don't have to call 9-1-1 for a defibulator.:-). In previous years, we have played an upper or lower course. This year we played a combo of both and it worked out well. A number of holes were in behind trees, one was next to our mid course warm up fire and 1 up the drive way, which proved tricky when people were coming and going.:-)
The course hazards are just a few. Two dogs chasing the balls,a ton of trees(we play 'tween em, not around 'em)and a large fire pit, working.LOL

Takes about 2 hours to play, and the winning team gets a nice trophy and accused of cheating all year long.:-)

A pot luck dinner is next on the menu, cold beer and good tunes and conversation.

Most leave around 10-11pm, but thats WAY past my bedtime.

I've included a shot here on the blog, but the pictures can be seen at
See the Colour Links.

Have a great day, and Thanks for listening


Thursday, February 22, 2007

February 21, 2007

Well, not much happening the last few days. Been sick with the cold going around. I thought i could make it through the winter, but my luck ran out.

As mentioned, i dabble in digital Infrared pictures, so, i thought today might be a good day to post one.

Shot June 2006 in the Blackwater area of Ontario.

For those that are not familiar with IR photos, this is not a winter scene, but a shot taken with a custom white balance and a Hoya r72 filter, which cuts out visible light and allows infrared light through. Blues are black and greens are white, as the infrared light is being reflected back.
I used to shoot these with infrared B&W film, which gives good results, but is difficult to work with and results can vari, shot to shot. Doing this digitally allows for instant viewing and exposures, balances can be adjusted for your own tastes.
Some work in Photoshop or similar editing software is needed, but once a work flow is established, things will speed up.
I still need a decent work flow.

Its not necessary, but it is advisable to shoot in RAW mode, as you have more control over the final shot, and adjustment to white balance can be made in the image editor at this time.

So, enjoy the shot, more will be posted.

Thanks for listening.


Tuesday, February 20, 2007

February 20,2007 A new show season starts

Well, as mentioned below, i';m involved in the horse world. Part time photographer, and full time banker/wallet, horse holder for the kid(my daughter).
The Central East Trillium season started with the first show, held over two weekends as there is alot of snow on the ground and somepeople think its cold out.

Its only -20 C, which is a nice July afternoon, in Thunderbay.LOL

Our Hunter show team is quite large this year, and several of our younger ladies did very well. A rider moving up from X rails to Short Stirrup, and CEq, won ribbons from 2nd to 6th. Great way to start off.
One rider showing in her very first Trillium show, won Reserve Champion in Adult Amature.
Our Equatation riders cleaned up as usual.

Great start girls.

Daughter is switching over to Dressage this year. It suits the horse a bit better, although she still is a good 2'6/2'9 Hunter.Lessons are intense, help is always there, and progress is happening.

WhiStle Radio.

Had another board meeting last night to discuss progress on fund raising, studio location and equipment as well as show pitches. Its slowly coming together.

One of our, make the public aware of CIWS 102.7 FM will be a giant whistle off, held at the Stawberry Festival, July 1st, 2007. This will set a Guinness world record, and we invite everyone to show up.

Details can be found at or here, later in the spring.

Help support Whitchurch-Stouffville Communitty Radio.

Thanks for listening


Monday, February 19, 2007

February 19, 2007. I'm here

Welcome to North of 19th Avenue, my blog site.

I'm new to this so bare with me for a while.

Most of what you'll read, will be of my hobbies and volunteer work, which is photography and Equestrian Events.About 80% of my photography involves the Equine Industry, and my personal work involves recording the older farm buildings, houses and barns as well as equipment and rural landscape shots.
I converted to digital in 2001, but still shoot conventional Black and White film both 35mm and 6x7 formats.

I use a variety of equipment, Pentax K10D and Nikon D1H, D2H and D200 digitals.

I have been dabling in digital B&W and digital Infrared as well. Lots to work with and lots to learn.

My site will have updates on my equine photography, my personal photography and likes and dis likes on the current and past music scenes. You'll also hear some rants about a pet peeve of mine up here, north of Toronto, and thats the demolotion of old and historic biuldings in York Region.

I'll also contribute in regards to our Communitty Radio station, CIWS, which we hope will be up and running by July 1, 2007 on 102.7 FM.

Stay tuned and thanks for listening.

Dave Brooks