observed by Diane » photo journal for those who enjoy vignettes of an ordinary life

  • Welcome to my photo journal

    Living on Vancouver Island in B.C. Canada Diane loves the scent of forests and rain, the rhythms of the sea, and holds discoveries and stories in high regard.

    Where mornings begin with a drum roll! --Diane M Schuller

    Updated on random Mondays ... simply an online journal of an ordinary life. Come on in to enjoy a breath of West Coast air.

    it’s purely instinct

    Well, and maybe a little frustration sprinkled in as well!

    The day this was taken, was really a normal run-of-the-mill-out-for-a-walk sort of day. But this just as easily could have been a photoshoot. This gal, an English Springer Spaniel, is a sporting breed. They’re bred to hunt game birds and she has that all down pat with loads of built in instinct. She had treed the Ruffed Grouse and initially was waiting ever so quietly and patiently, looking at me, looking up at the bird, back at me, and so on. Trouble is I was busy taking photos of the grouse and not shooting it, as she was hoping I might, so she could then retrieve it.

    After she felt I had spent more than enough time doing nothing, she decided she was going to take matters into her own paws. It made for a great photo and using a few muscles in different ways than she’s used to. Thank goodness for Mother Nature, for dogs that get the exercise they need, and for always having a camera at hand!

    All Images are Copyright © Diane M. Schuller. It is illegal to copy or download any of these images. All Rights Reserved.

     I’m a pleasant & reasonable person, so if you wish to use one of my images please simply send me an e-mail. Then we’ll see what we can work out okay? In the meantime, thank you for respecting my copyright and for doing the right thing.

     If you’d like to purchase this as a print, if you’re looking for some special prints for your home or office, or perhaps would like me to take some photos of you and your family/pets, please contact me and we’ll work something out that is just right for you!

     

    {Photo taken NW of Hythe, Alberta Canada}

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    serenity of water

    I have always been drawn to bodies of water: mountain streams, lakes, rivers, the ocean, or a trickling creek. On my last trip to Victoria, BC here in Canada, I took hundreds of photos of all manner of things on or near the water. When I was wandering along the boat docks on an overcast day, the reflections captured my imagination. This is just one of the many images I captured through my lens that day.

    All Images are Copyright © Diane M. Schuller. It is illegal to copy or download any of these images. All Rights Reserved.

    I’m a pleasant & reasonable person, so if you wish to use one of my images please simply send me an e-mail. Then we’ll see what we can work out okay? In the meantime, thank you for respecting my copyright and for doing the right thing.

    If you’d like to purchase this as a print, if you’re looking for some special prints for your home or office, or perhaps would like me to take some photos for you, please contact me and we’ll work something out that is just right for you!

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    Shutter Sisters

    Several months ago I came across the Shutter Sisters blog/website in two different ways: from a link at one of the blogs I had happened upon and visiting some of the photographers on Flickr. I didn’t have to read any further than the first entry to become hooked and feel a strong affinity to the concept: a group of women, led by Tracey Clark, sharing their love of photography, their remarkable images, and themselves.

    In fact, it’s thanks to reading an insightful post by Maile at Shutter Sisters that I finally found the perfect term that fit with my passage through this amazing life: “sweet ordinary”. It refers to those moments, often small and ordinary, that really are the most significant or those we should be embracing before they are lost. The look in a stranger’s eye, a glance by a child, laughter, a quiet meal together with loved ones, the way a mother holds her child, and so many more. It is those sweet ordinary moments my lens seeks to capture.

    I’ve since joined them, visit often, and participate in their creative and inspiring photo challenges. It truly feels like a sisterhood even though my connection with other members is solely over the Internet. I’ve learned from them as well although the focus isn’t on the technical but on sharing the emotions and inspiration.

    The reason Shutter Sisters has become so important to me is that, not only do I live in northern Canada, but I live in a remote rural area far from any major city (6 hour one-way drive). There is a smaller city only an hour away but there is still a disconnect with the urban lifestyle. Shutter Sisters has filled in a gaping hole that I was needing. Now at the click of my mouse, I can read what other shutter sisters are doing or feeling, I become inspired by reading their stories or viewing their photos, and like a reliable boomerang they happily return to visit or comment on my photos.

    So, if you love taking photos, whether you’re a beginner or a pro, you’re bound to enjoy a visit to Shutter Sisters. Hop on over and enjoy yourself — let them know I sent you.

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    racing season

    the need for speed … taken at Hythe Speedway in Hythe, Alberta Canada.

    Yes, even ‘girls’ love to take photos of race cars and other speed events. You can hire me for your next event.

    I had a blast doing this shoot. Smack dab in the infield, surrounded by guys and gals whose passion is their cars, I couldn’t help but absorb much of their excitement. When the races were over, I hated to leave it was so much fun. The local paper also picked up a few of my shots.

    All Images are Copyright © Diane M. Schuller. It is illegal to copy or download any of these images. All Rights Reserved.

    I’m a pleasant & reasonable person, so if you wish to use one of my images please simply send me an e-mail. Then we’ll see what we can work out okay? In the meantime, thank you for respecting my copyright and for doing the right thing.

    If you’d like to purchase this as a print, if you’re looking for some special prints for your home or office, or perhaps would like me to take some creative photos of your vehicle or speed event, please contact me and we’ll work something out that is just right for you!

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    put on your dancing shoes …

    While doing a photo shoot I heard a band and spotted people dancing in the open air … I was drawn to them and this is my favourite shot from the ones I took (this is not a crop). Even though there is a lot of shadow here, it’s the obvious dancing motion, the sense of the connection, and how her legs dominate the shot.

    I got a lot of great shots on this shoot but the best part was enjoying the music playing and observing how the crowd reacted to and created such a warm, welcoming atmosphere. What a great day.

    All Images are Copyright © Diane M. Schuller. It is illegal to copy or download any of these images. All Rights Reserved.

    I’m a pleasant & reasonable person, so if you wish to use one of my images please simply send me an e-mail. Then we’ll see what we can work out okay? In the meantime, thank you for respecting my copyright and for doing the right thing.

    If you’d like to purchase this as a print, if you’re looking for some special prints for your home or office, or perhaps would like me to take some photos of you and your family or pets, please contact me and we’ll work something out that is just right for you!

    {photo taken just outside Beaverlodge, Alberta}

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