C B Images

Photography by Chris Bates


Christmas, Alberta, Canada, Red Deer, Lights, City Hall
Christmas in the Park: Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

This was taken the same night as the previous image. This is facing west at the Red Deer City Hall gardens.

In the summer it is quite the sight with roses and perennials.

In the winter, the city covers the trees, bushes and shrubs with lights. People are always strolling the pathways to get a closer look.

Kitty, Cute, Christmas, camoflauge, trouble
Trouble: ISO 200, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/60

Christmas can almost be counted down on one hand now. Our newest family member, Goose, is experiencing his first Christmas. We weren't sure if we should put up the indoor Chrismtas tree as Goose is still very much a kitty.

We compromised and put up the tree but not very many decorations. As you can see from this picture that was a good choice. Goose likes shiny glass balls and we do find them on the floor from time to time. He is careful not to break them though.

Christmas, Holidays, Lights, Bokeh
Christmas Tree Bokeh: ISO 400, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/15

Playing outside tonight with the camera. I shot this out of focus to achieve the "bokeh" effect on the lights.


Soldier, Remembrance Day, Hero
Remember: ISO 200, 30mm, f/6.3, 1/15

Poppies Remembrance Day Veterans Day
Poppies: ISO 400, 250mm, f/4.5, 1/250

Remembrance Day is coming up. I have a few images I want to share this week in honour of this very important day.

Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae wrote a poem called "In Flanders Fields." From this poem poppies have become a symbol of the sacrifices men and women have made during times of conflict.

The colour of the Remembrance Day poppy is significant as well. Red is a symbol of the bloodshed of trench warfare during World War I. In Canada, we wear the poppy close to our heart.

We grow poppies in our backyard garden and they alllow me to remember sacrifices whenever they bloom. These two images I am sharing today are identical. Top image is in colour and the bottom is in black and white.

It was interesting when I did some post processing work on the original image and discovered that the red colour turned to white, which is a symbol of peace, when converted to black and white.

Poppies Remembrance Day Veterans Day

Halloween, Cemetery, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
Halloween Scene: ISO 200, 28mm, f/6.7, 1/90

I took this shotback in late September when I photographed "The Chase" and "Falling Leaf."

There is an old cemetery on top of Michener Hill in Red Deer. I put this photo away knowing I would pull it out again for Halloween.

I did some post processing on this photo using a plug in for Apple's Aperture (Colour Efex Pro by NIK software). I used the Midnight filter to give this image a more eerie look.

Happy Canada Day

Maple Leaves and Spruce Needles: ISO 200, 35mm, f/8, 1/500

July 1st is the day we celebrate the birth of our great nation.

I was going through my photographs to find something red but did not have much luck. I came across this shot I took a couple of weeks ago while visiting my parents in Ontario. When I was much younger the trees in our front yard were not very high. As I was admiring their height and realizing how long ago I left home, I noticed this sky and how the light was hitting the leaves on the maple tree. I snapped off a few shots.

So for Canada Day, I am not posting red but instead giving you a shot of Canadian maple leaves, spruce needles and a bright blue sky.

Happy Easter

Good Friday Cross: ISO 200, 35mm, f/6.3 1/1250

Easter Sunday Cross: ISO 200, 35mm, f/6.3, 1/800

I drive past this Ukranian Catholic Church a few times a week. It is about 8 blocks from our home. I keep saying to myself that I must stop and take a picture of the roof line. The church has a wooden shake roof and I find the crosses on top of the steeples quite unique.

Tonight I finally put thought to action! I stopped tonight as the sun was setting and the subject of the cross is fitting for an Easter Weekend journal entry.

Both of these images are taken within minutes of each other. One was taken looking West into the sun (Good Friday Cross) and the other taken looking East (Easter Sunday Cross).

People believe cameras take pictures. I see the camera as capturing light. How the light falls on a subject can drastically change the mood of your subject.

Hope you have a Happy Easter!

Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day to all my Readers!