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The Job Interview

The Job Interview

Marc eyed the empty spot, but parking enforcement circled like a vulture sensing his desperation, waiting to swoop in and take whatever remained the moment his broke-ass pulled in.

He’d spent his last two and a quarter to acquire the morning coffee needed to calm his anxiety and provide the jolt of courage he needed to survive a 10:00am job interview; none of which would matter in six minutes.

As he pulled around the block again he could feel his lips curl, as luck would have it the spot was still empty and the pesky meter maid was nowhere in sight.

His right side signals flashed as he pulled past the spot, slipped the stick to reverse and began working the vehicle into the vacant space.

He was forced to slam on the brakes as he watched a convoluted movie scene unfold in his rearview; another car barged into his spot, front-end first, no signals, and horn blaring into the morning air like a divine “fuck you” screaming at him from the heavens.


Marc stepped through the storefront door at 13 minutes past ten, his interrogator, the same monster in high heels who had jumped from the demon vehicle and flipped him the bird stood at the front counter tapping her clipboard in annoyance as she waited for him to arrive.


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Abandoned

The above photos were taken near a storm management pond in Northwest Waterloo. The unnamed area is a small oasis of engineered nature tucked into the suburban landscape that cradles it.

As I walked the trail with my camera the signs of abandonment were evident. The milkweed seeds have long flown, mature enough to leave their summer womb behind. An empty nest that sheltered a new generation once hidden in the dense foliage now barren and exposed. The small white seed globes are all that remain where the flowers of a Canadian Horseweed plant once bloomed, its remaining leaves black and shrivelled from an early frost.

The chlorophyll-laden hues of summer and the fiery shades of early autumn have long since faded, replaced by muted tones and subdued colour as this place waits for the snowy white of winter’s grip. For now, there is still plenty of beauty to be found in that which has been left behind and abandoned.

Images were captured in November 2022, in Northwestern Waterloo, Ontario.

Photo Details (left to right):
1) Canon EOS 60D, EF70-200mm ƒ/2.8L IS II USM | 200mm, 1/400 sec. at ƒ/2.8, ISO100
2) Canon EOS 60D, EF70-200mm ƒ/2.8L IS II USM | 130mm, 1/60 sec. at ƒ/4.5, ISO100
3) Canon EOS 60D, EF70-200mm ƒ/2.8L IS II USM | 200mm, 1/13 sec. at ƒ/11, ISO100
Additional processing via Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop.


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Milkweed Blizzard

This late blooming Milkweed, well maybe bloomer isn’t the right terminology as we are talking seeds and not flowers, is just releasing its payload now in November. In early fall the pods of this Monarch butterfly favorite split open to reveal silky tufted seeds. Most have already blown away on the autumn wind but as I walked along the edge of the Grand River I happened upon this stubborn plant just getting to it. I took the opportunity to capture some images of the mini blizzard spilling from the dried pods. When I was done my son helped the seeds on their journey by grabbing them in handfuls and throwing them up over his head and into the breeze.

Images were captured in November 2022, Claude Dubrick Trail along the Grand River, Waterloo, Ontario.

Photo Details (Clockwise from top left):
1) Canon EOS 60D, EF70-200mm ƒ/2.8L IS II USM | 200mm, 1/400 sec. at ƒ/3.2, ISO100
2) Canon EOS 60D, EF-S18-135mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 IS | 135mm, 1/250 sec. at ƒ/5.6, ISO200
3) Canon EOS 60D, EF-S18-135mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 IS | 135mm, 1/250 sec. at ƒ/5.6, ISO200
4) Canon EOS 60D, EF-S18-135mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 IS | 135mm, 1/250 sec. at ƒ/5.6, ISO200
Additional processing via Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop.


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Backlit Maple

Image was captured in October 2022, Snyder’s Flats Conservation Area, Woolwich, Ontario.
Equipment: Canon EOS 60D, EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6.8 IS.
Settings: 106mm | 1/160 sec. at ƒ/5.6 | ISO100.
Additional processing via Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop.

Copyright 2022 Greg Glazebrook @ GMG Photography, All Rights Reserved.

Divine Design

Divine Design

I’d arranged some free time to take a quiet hike along the Grand River. It was a beautiful day, overcast but bursting with shades of fall in the crisp afternoon air. I stepped from the trail to examine a fallen tree, gnarled and weathered shades of sun-bleached gray concealing a punch of colour nestled within. Red, orange and yellow waves of an inner light radiating outwards across a monochromatic backdrop. I ponder the moments when each broke free from captivity, falling on the autumn wind before congregating in this nook. A series of seemingly random acts so divinely orchestrated.

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Queens of the Diamond: Pride and Joy

Pride and Joy” marks the final week of the “Queens of the Diamond” summer photo series. The four images above depict my daughter both in the field and at the plate. She is a phenomenal young woman and as her Dad, I couldn’t be prouder.

Sports photography is not my forte but when the softball season began I set out in an effort to expand my photographic range and to capture a few magical moments for my daughter’s fastpitch team. These four final image mark the end of this creative journey for me and although I know I am only starting to push the boundaries I am pleased with my growth and the results of my efforts. I hope you have enjoyed this summer series and hope you will check back often to see what new adventures I may chronicle at Greg’s Blog. Please take a moment to let me know what you thought of the series, I look forward to any feedback you may have to offer. Thank for following along.

Image Details (Clockwise from top left):

Image 1
Equipment: Canon EOS 60D, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM.
Settings: 102mm | 1/1250 sec. at ƒ/2.8 | ISO100.
Additional processing via Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop.

Image 2
Equipment: Canon EOS 60D, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM.
Settings: 200mm | 1/8000 sec. at ƒ/2.8 | ISO1600.
Additional processing via Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop.

Image 3
Equipment: Canon EOS 60D, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM.
Settings: 200mm | 1/1600 sec. at ƒ/3.2 | ISO100.
Additional processing via Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop.

Image 4
Equipment: Canon EOS 60D, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM.
Settings: 200mm | 1/1600 sec. at ƒ/3.2 | ISO100.
Additional processing via Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop.

Images 1, 3, 4 captured in June 2022 at the Dundalk Baseball Diamond, Dundalk, Southgate, Ontario.
Image 2 captured in May 2022 at the Steve Brown Sports Complex, Brantford, Ontario.

Copyright 2022 Greg Glazebrook @ GMG Photography, All Rights Reserved.

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Queens of the Diamond: Batterymates

This week features two images, the pitcher and catcher also known as “Batterymates“. They represent the twelfth and thirteenth images in the “Queens of the Diamond” summer photo series. In fastpitch or any similar game such as baseball the term ‘battery’ refers to the pitcher/catcher tandem. This weeks images depict both halves of the battery, one showing the pitch moments after it has left the pitcher’s hand, the other shows the catcher receiving the pitch and framing it for the umpire as they await the call.

There was going to be a third image showing the batterymates celebrating an inning-ending strikeout as they ran off the field however as is often the case the images did not turn out.

Sports photography is not my forte but I have set out to capture some special moments for my daughter’s fastpitch team. I will post some of the best images here on Greg’s Blog throughout the summer. I hope you decide to follow along as I chronicle the girls’ journey while expanding my photographic range. I look forward to hearing what you have to say. Please leave feedback in the comment section below.

Pitcher
Equipment: Canon EOS 60D, EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6.8 IS.
Settings: 55mm | 1/500 sec. at ƒ/5.6 | ISO100.
Additional processing via Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop.

Catcher
Equipment: Canon EOS 60D, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM.
Settings: 200mm | 1/1250 sec. at ƒ/2.8 | ISO100.
Additional processing via Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop.

Images captured in June 2022 at the Dundalk Baseball Diamond, Dundalk, Southgate, Ontario.

Copyright 2022 Greg Glazebrook @ GMG Photography, All Rights Reserved.

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Queens of the Diamond: Rip-It!

RIP-IT!” is the eleventh image in the “Queens of the Diamond” summer photo series. Just as it says on her helmet the batter looks out at the pitcher from the home plate, fully loaded and ready to RIP-IT, the pitch, back through the box.

As I have stated throughout the series, I am attempting to expand my photographic chops beyond my usual subject matter. This is an example of that growth. Although I am satisfied with the overall quality of the image I believe the composition would benefit greatly if the batter’s hands and the entire length of the bat had been captured in the initial picture. I should have used a shorter focal length (or step back from the subject) to include the missing elements and more of the background. You can always crop out extraneous bits in post-production but details that are not captured can never be recovered.

Sports photography is not my forte but I have set out to capture some special moments for my daughter’s fastpitch team. I will post some of the best images here on Greg’s Blog throughout the summer. I hope you decide to follow along as I chronicle the girls’ journey while expanding my photographic range. I look forward to hearing what you have to say. Please leave feedback in the comment section below.

Image captured in June 2022 at the Dundalk Baseball Diamond, Dundalk, Southgate, Ontario.
Equipment: Canon EOS 60D, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM.
Settings: 200mm | 1/640 sec. at ƒ/2.8 | ISO100.
Additional processing via Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop.

Copyright 2022 Greg Glazebrook @ GMG Photography, All Rights Reserved.

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God of the Sun

The Sun God “Ra” was one of the most powerful deities in the Egyptian pantheon. The ancients did not approach scientific discovery using the methods employed today but they understood the power of Ra’s life-giving energy. The ability of the sun to affect our moods in positive ways is undeniable.

Prayer to Ra

Oh RA, You God of Life, You Lord of Love,
All men live when you shine.

You are the crowned King of the Gods.
The Goddess Aset embraces you, and enfolds you in all seasons.
Those who follow you sing to you with joy, and they bow down their foreheads to the earth in gratitude for your radiant blessings.

Oh RA, You the King of Truth, the Lord of Eternity,
The Prince of Everlastingness, You Sovereign of all Gods,
You God of Life, you Creator of Eternity, You Maker of Heaven.
All the Gods rejoice at your rising.

Oh RA, You giver of all life, the Earth rejoices when it sees your golden rays.
People who have been long dead come forward with cries of joy to behold your beauties every day.
You go forth each day over Heaven and Earth.

Oh RA God of Life, you Lord of Love,
All men live when you shine.

~ Prayer to Ra from the tomb of Shep-en-Mut (25th dynasty)

Living in a Northern climate I can very distinctly recall that moment each spring when I could feel the warmth of the Sun’s rays soaking into my soul. That tingling of warmth on my skin after a long and noticeable absence throughout the cold of winter.

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Hibiscus Syriacus (Rose of Sharon)

With the unofficial middle of the Canadian summer just days away the blooms from three Rose of Sharon bushes that line the right boundary of my backyard are bursting to life with stunning colour and beauty. It is early days for the flowering plants that will continue to bloom and dazzle into the fall.

It is fascinating to watch as hundreds of tightly wound buds push their way through the green pods that have guarded and nurtured their beautiful secret since beginning to form in early spring. Now they fill the yard with the flowers of purple, pink, and creamy white pictured above.

Even the spent pods are beautiful in their own way. See the surviving remnants of last year’s pods at Greg’s Blog post, New and Old from spring of this year.

Images were captured in July 2022 in my backyard in Waterloo Region, Ontario.
Equipment: Canon EOS 60D, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Setting (Clockwise from top left): 1) 190mm, 1/8000 sec. at ƒ/2.8, ISO100 | 2) 200mm, 1/1250 sec. at ƒ/2.8, ISO100 | 3) 190mm, 1/8000 sec. at ƒ/2.8, ISO100 | 4) 182mm, 1/350 sec. at ƒ/8, ISO100 | 5) 110mm, 1/60 sec. at ƒ/8, ISO100
Additional processing via Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop.

Copyright 2022 Greg Glazebrook @ GMG Photography, All Rights Reserved.