Apres-midi Au Lac

Après-midi Au Lac

This morning I dug out four or five old hard drives I had in storage and after finding the right adaptors and power supplies I managed to mount all but one of them which I knew had problems long ago. I spent a couple hours too many today searching through these old digital time capsules full of old photographs, designs, and music.

Among the files was a photo of mine taken back in 2007. I remember the moment well because it was so unexpected and never repeated itself. I was off exploring my usual spots out at my favorite lake nearby and while sitting by the shore a large swan slowly drifted by in the water. One which I had never seen out there before and never saw again after. The light was moody that day and this one photo I managed to grab of that unexpected moment ended up being one of my old favorites.

After a few little tweaks I decided to share it here today. While spring is not quite here yet, something about this photo makes me feel like it’s not far off. The title is from back when I had originally posted it to Flickr long ago. The usual set of wallpaper links can be found below, enjoy!


  1. Josh - February 2, 2015 at 11:12 pm


  2. Paul Anthony Webb - February 3, 2015 at 10:15 am

    I’m so ready for Spring.

  3. Mike - February 6, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Hi, I am just getting into photography and am currently taking a class at my college. I have a Nikon D7000 and a 35mm 1.8 lens. Whenever I take a picture at 1.8 it is very hard to get almost anything in focus other than a very small part of the picture. How did you get so much of the picture in focus with that wide open of an aperture? This picture of my cat for instance was taken at 1.8 http://i.imgur.com/FErljoV.jpg and I would have loved for his entire face to have been in focus. What should I have done here? Sorry for asking something like this on here and I understand if you are busy and can’t respond.

  4. John Carey - February 6, 2015 at 9:58 am

    The amount of depth will depend not only on the aperture and lens design but the distance from the subject itself. if you would like to have more of this image in focus you do need to use a smaller aperture, maybe f/2.8 or f/4. O course your shutter speed will have to decrease in order to compensate and so in a low light situation like this you may have to also bump up your ISO a couple of stops.

    There are a lot of compromises to take into consideration in photography and part of the art is learning how to best work within those limits to capture what you see in your mind. There will be times when the technical limits of photography feel frustrating, especially when starting out but learning to work with them and use them to your advantage is all part of fine tuning your skills. Anyways, hope that helped answer your question!

  5. Mike - February 6, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Thanks for the tips and advice, I really appreciate you for taking the time to reply. Right now I am still taking brackets of most shots and learning how to use the light meter as it is not always ideal to shoot right where it wants, even more relevant in the winter since snow is not grey. Anyway, thanks again for the help!

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