Coloring Outside The Lines



Photo Op; in the basement there is…


Title; in the basement. Photography by Ross W © 2015

There is a thing in the basement, it goes bump sometimes. Sometimes; the pipes shudder and the taps leak. Whirring and humming noises stumble out of the shadows as the pumps and heaters secretly labor for the upstairs world…

I grew up in a house that in the beginning our basement had a dirt floor, it was dark even with the lights on. The only access was a spooky staircase with no banister. Spiders and beetles, earwigs of unimaginable size (to a child) lurked ready to pounce. The above photo was taken in the basement of my current building. This is a small room where the piping comes in from the pump and the hot water heater. I found the long shadows of the copper pipe familiar and the abandoned bottle lightly covered in sand; seems like it was teleported here, never touched by human hands. This photo brought back a rush of memories, home. Mom & Dad. Life.

recovery Day X; Satisfaction Guaranteed

When I unplugged my recovery support unit…

I found a whole new world. I am back to work now, most anyone that reads my blog knows I’m now working in the bike industry again. And… I LOVE IT!

I know transitioning is hard, I did it slow. I set 3 Goals, part time work (started at the QEII) then two part time jobs within 6 Months to a Year (I was hired on with FRED 6 Months after the QEII) I then worked for FRED and IDEALBIKES for another 3 – 6 Months and now recovery Day X lands directly on top of full time employment with IDEALBIKES.

I love it, I love my co-workers & my employer is amazing. I mean all workplaces have their hiccups and I am not always the most passive person making grinding gears a touch more common BUT… There is very little stress thanks to the management style of my employer.

I never thought this is where life would land me. I made a plan though, I sat down with my councilors. We started with the simple stuff, wake up in the morning. Shower, brush your teeth. Leave the house and be productive. Every Day! Even if your productivity yields the smallest of rewards.

And you know, I had set backs. I made mistakes. I lapsed once. I learned my life lessons. Here I am, standing at the gates of achievement. The gates have opened and I see nothing but endless opportunity. And it all starts with setting a small goal in the shadow of a bigger picture.

Don’t be scared, step out into the world… But walk at your own pace. Success comes in all shapes and sizes. Be kind to yourself and live to the maximum potential your situation permits. Satisfaction Guaranteed 😉

Photo Op; pinkbike orange

Title; pinkbike orange, Photography by Ross W ©2015

Title; pinkbike orange, Photography by Ross W ©2015

Working in the shop I see all different kinds of corrosive effects on bike equipment. And honestly most of it comes in the most brilliant arrays of color. This is a bottom bracket out of an old old bike in for a tune up. I love the brilliant orange colour of the rust! I see this happen and sometimes its yellow, green or blue and the brightest colors!

Photo Op; Kim’s “Patio Lanterns”

Title; Kim's "Patio Lanterns, Photography by Ross W ©2015

Title; Kim’s “Patio Lanterns, Photography by Ross W ©2015

Walking the harbour front, as I do most every night on my way home cause I live on the water… I spotted these hanging lights that use now oldschool lighting technology. The lit metal coil was like a magnet to my eye. In contrast against the tree and the brilliant blue sky that day it was heartwarming beauty to me.

This photo has been processed digitally by adding an HDR filter, the Saturation has been bumped up and I added some light leak. I wanted to pop the yellows and greens in the tree branches but nearly black out the tree’s silhouette against the hanging light and the sky. I used a slight centre focus on the foreground lantern and applied a mild blur to the outer edge. Its funny, I used the combo almost exactly backwards on a photo I took at night… Produced the exact same effect on the sky. I just borrowed the values from that photo and reversed them.

Enjoy! And oh yeah, I had this song in my head while shooting; Patio Lanterns

Photo Op; Bus Stop Safari

Title; Bus Stop Safari, Photography by Ross W ©2015

Title; Bus Stop Safari, Photography by Ross W ©2015

Waiting for the bus, which was super late… I noticed this little figurine of an elephant just chilling in the mini gardens surrounding the stop. I snapped a few photos and tons of people were staring at me. Roll’n my photo session. I doubt they even knew what I was taking pictures of. The elephant really blends in and is not immediately noticeable. I hope you like it. I ramped down the detail on the elephant to give it a more realistic feel. In the original photo, Mr. Elephant had a very high contrast lvl. You could tell for sure it is plastic. And well you can tell it’s plastic now but at least it leaves a little more to the imagination.