Dinghy Planks

On June 27, 2017, in Nova Scotia, Photography Tips, by admin
Dinghy Planks, Fortress Louisbourg

Dinghy Planks, Fortress Louisbourg (click to enlarge)

Walking from the parking lot to Fortress Louisbourg proper you pass by a beached dinghy.  Okay, maybe it is bigger than a dinghy, but smaller than a dory? Anyway, the planks have great, weathered, texture to them.  As you can see, some of the planks have sprung outwards.  The arc of dark color along the bottom edge is actually red paint.

I wanted to focus attention on the the knots, splits, and grain of the wood so I converted the image to black and white using Silver Efex Pro.  A little extra contrast to highlight the splits and the image drags the eye from left to right into the sprung boards.

Notice the slight wave of the boards as they move from left to right.  This adds just a little bit of depth to the image.

Dingy, Fortress Louisbourg: N 45 53 38.02 W59 59 29.02

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Ricksecker Perfumes

Ricksecker Perfumes (click to enlarge)

One last image from Sherbrooke Village in Nova Scotia.  One of the little houses is a drug store with period bottles, cartons and other goods.  The above image is a row of perfume bottles sitting on a shelf.  I like the names on the bottle, they are not names that one would associate with modern perfumes.

Because you can find anything on the internet, this link provides a history of Ricksecker Perfumes.  According to that website, the Washington is from 1884, I think  That is the only perfume with Washington in the name listed on the website.  That perfume is named after Martha Washington, “after whom Mr. Ricksecker has named “the first perfume of the land””.  The White Rose is from 1889, Jockey Club is from 1909.  I am guessing those are the years perfumes bearing those names were introduced and not necessarily the year of those bottles.

Sherbrooke Village: N45 08 16.67   W61 59 04.23

Brick Window, Fortress of Louisbourg

Brick Window, Fortress of Louisbourg (click to enlarge)

Here is a scene from Fortress Louisbourg near the town of Louisbourg Nova Scotia.  The fortress is an easy day trip from Sydney where we were staying.  There are several small towns (such as Port Morien) and lighthouses along the route that offer photographic opportunities.

I thought about making this a black and white image, but liked the red in the shutters.  I converted the image to black and white using Google’s Silver Efex Pro.  I then used a layer mask in Photoshop to expose the red shutters.  That looked a little awkward, so I also exposed the red bricks around the window at the top and bottom of the image.

I think this makes for two interesting areas for the viewer to explore.  First is the red brickwork and the shutters.  The second is the black and white stone wall.  The mix of black and white and colored areas also creates a little depth in the image.

Fortress of Louisbourg: N45 53 27.65 W59 59 08.59