Weavers Creek Falls
Posted: September 4, 2020
Weavers Creek Falls © Irwin Seidman
Weavers Creek Falls in Harrison Park, Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.
Treefull of Cormorants
Posted: September 4, 2020
Treefull of Cormorants © Irwin Seidman
This tree along the Sydenham River (Owen Sound) was full of Double Crested Cormorants
One More Look At The Perseids
Posted: August 14, 2020
Perseid Meteor Shower © Irwin Seidman
The Perseids looking north west over Georgian Bay from Owen Sound
Deneb and the North America Nebula
Posted: August 11, 2020
Deneb and the North America Nebula © Irwin Seidman

Deneb and the North American Nebula stand out in this northern look at the Milky Way, however, there is actually a lot more going on here... First towards the bottom centre-right of the frame is the constellation Cygnus with the bright stars Deneb and Fawaris, the North America Nebula and the Pelican Nebula.  Moving towards the top and middle of the frame is the constellation Cepheus with the bright star Alderamin and the Elephant’s Trunk Nebula.  Next, over to the upper left of the frame is the constellation Cassiopeia with the bright stars Caph, Shedar and Navi.  Lastly at the middle-left of the image is the Andromeda Galaxy.

Perseid Meteor Shower
Posted: August 11, 2020
Perseid Meteor Shower © Irwin Seidman

The Perseid Meteor Shower is caused by dust and debris shed by the Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle as it passed through the inner solar system and across Earth’s orbital path.  Comet Swift-Tuttle was last seen from Earth in 1992 and is not expected to return before 2126, however the result of this and previous visits can be seen annually (late summer) in the Perseid Meteor Shower.

Perseid Meteor Shower © Irwin Seidman

Four meteors are captured radiating outward from the constellation Perseus (which is actually behind the tree).  The Andromeda galaxy can also be seen in the centre of the frame.

Scutum Star Cloud
Posted: August 7, 2020

The fifth smallest constellation, Scutum lies in the southern sky.  Its name means “the shield” in latin. 

The main part of this image includes a particularly bright part of the milky way called the Scutum Star Cloud.   The bright orange star just below centre-right is Alpha Scuti (α Scuti).  It is the brightest star in the constellation and is almost 200 light years from earth. Also prominent in the frame is the Wild Duck Cluster (aka M11) which can be seen just to the left of the star cloud.  M11 is an open star cluster located around 6120 light years from earth.  Slightly smaller and seen just below the star cloud is M26. This open cluster is located about 5160 light years away.  This extremely rich part of the night sky is home to many other wonders. If you look closely you can also see the globular cluster NGC 6712, open clusters NGC 6649 and 6664, the planetary nebula IC 1295 and the Blue Reflection Nebula (IC 1287).

Merganser Food Fight
Posted: August 6, 2020
The common merganser © Irwin Seidman

The common merganser (aka goosander or Mergus merganser) is a large seaduck found in lakes and rivers mostly in forested areas of North America, Europe and parts of the Palearctic. This small raft of ducks is seen here feeding along the shores of Georgian Bay near Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.

Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) and the Big Dipper
Posted: July 24, 2020
Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) and the Big Dipper © Irwin Seidman

Comet Neowise (C/2020 F3) passing under the Big Dipper in the constellation Ursa Major.  This image was captured during astronomical twilight from the shores of Georgian Bay near Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.

Comet Neowise
Posted: July 18, 2020
Comet Neowise (C/2020 F3) © Irwin Seidman

Comet Neowise (C/2020 F3) is seen here passing through the constellation Ursa Major.  Having only recently been discovered (March 27, 2020) by astronomers working on the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) space telescope, it is an unexpected treat in the night sky.  Neowise is the brightest comet seen in the northern hemisphere since Comet Hale–Bopp in 1997. Under dark skies, it can currently be seen with the naked eye.  It is expected to make its closest pass to Earth (64 million miles) on July 22/23, 2020.  Originating in the outer reaches of our solar system, it won't be seen again from Earth for another 6,800 years.

(In this image, Neowise is captured over Georgian Bay near Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada)
Catch of the Day
Posted: June 19, 2020
Herring Gulls: Catch of the Day © Irwin Seidman

Herring Gull feeding along the shores of Georgian Bay near Owen Sound

Herring Gull
Posted: June 18, 2020
Herring Gull © Irwin Seidman

A herring gull glides effortlessly against a cloudless blue sky (Georgian Bay)

Kingfisher Sequence
Posted: June 17, 2020
Kingfisher in flight © Irwin Seidman

A nineteen frame composite sequence of a kingfisher in flight

Early Morning Fog
Posted: June 16, 2020
Fishing Boat in Fog - Georgian Bay © Irwin Seidman

A small fishing boat coming out of the early morning fog on Georgian Bay

Our first Youtube Video
Posted: June 13, 2020

We've just created out first Youtube video...  Watch it above or click here to watch it on Youtube

Quiet Morning at Sarawak
Posted: June 9, 2020
Sarawak Family Park © Irwin Seidman

A peaceful early morning at Sarawak Family Park on Grey Road 1 just north of Owen Sound

Beach closed due to Covid at at Sarawak Family Park © Irwin Seidman

Covid 19 keeps the beach area closed at Sarawak Family Park

Conjunction of the Moon and Venus
Posted: June 8, 2020
The moon and Venus © Irwin Seidman
This long exposure image captures the waxing crescent moon moving towards conjunction with Venus (meaning that the objects share the same celestial longitude and appear close together in the sky). The 11% crescent moon takes on an ethereal glow with the effects of earthshine further illuminating the moon's shadow side. (Earthshine is a dull glow which lights up the part of the moon normally cast in shadow. This happens because the Sun’s light reflects off the Earth's surface and back onto the Moon.) Also prominent in the image near the centre top is the double star Elnath (aka Beta Tauri) which is the second-brightest star in the constellation of Taurus.
(Note: This image was actually captured April 26, 2020 but inadvertently not processed until June 8, 2020)
Artists' Co-op To Expand Temporary Covid 19 Hours
Posted: June 7, 2020
The Owen Sound Artists' Co-op recently announced new temporary Covid 19 business hours effective June 9, 2020.  They will be open Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They are still limiting the number of people in the store at any given time and are encouraging curb side pickups whenever possible. Contact the Artists' Co-op for more information at 519-371-0479 or info@artistscoop.ca.
Strawberry Moon
Posted: June 4, 2020
Eerie Strawberry Moon Over Georgian Bay © Irwin Seidman
An eerie Strawberry Moon (98% full) over Georgian Bay.  The term "Strawberry Moon" comes from a combination of Native American, Anglo-Saxon, and Germanic folklore.  It marks the June full moon and celebrates the first strawberry blooms of the season.
Gerbera Daisy
Posted: May 23, 2020
Gerbera Daisy © Irwin Seidman
Symbolizing innocence, purity and cheerfulness, Gerbera Daisies are a classic symbol of beauty.  
Gerbera Daisy © Irwin Seidman
Also known as Transvaal daisy, gerbera daisy (Gerbera jamesonii) produces large, daisylike blooms that rise above bright green, slightly fuzzy foliage.
Arcturus in the constellation Boötes
Posted: May 20, 2020
Arcturus © Irwin Seidman
Located roughly 36 light years from earth, the red giant star Arcturus is the brightest star in the constellation Boötes (the herdsman), and the fourth brightest overall in the night sky.  Also seen in the image near the upper right is the binary pair Eta Boötisis (aka Muphrid).
A good day for a nap
Posted: May 22, 2020
Domestic short-haired tabby © Irwin Seidman

Domestic short-haired tabby... aka "Max" 

Mercury and Venus in the golden hour
Posted: May 22, 2020
Mercury and Venus setting over Georgian Bay © Irwin Seidman
Golden hour along Grey Road 15 in Owen Sound.  If you look closely just left of the setting sun and about 20° above the horizon, you will see Mercury and Venus getting ready to set.
Update from Owen Sound Artists' Co-op 
Posted: May 20, 2020
From the Artists' Co-op... "We have re-opened! We will have reduced hours and limit the number of people in at any given time. Our new temporary hours of operation have changed and will be 11 am - 3 pm, Wednesday to Saturday. We are still encouraging curb side pickups whenever possible. Contact us if you have any questions: 519-371-0479 or info@artistscoop.ca" 
Studio Sale
Posted: May 18, 2020
Covid 19 continues to influence just about everything around us.  As conditions improve and as social, business and recreational activities begin to emerge from hiatus, the arts community will hopefully bounce back too.  While I do not normally sell online, these are unusual times.  To make things more convenient for customers, I will be listing a selection of in-stock prints which are currently available for contactless purchases and curbside pickup at my home-based Owen Sound studio.  To help during these difficult times I have also put all in-studio/in-stock canvas and framed paper prints on sale for between 25% and 40% off.  Please click here to browse the sale...
Owen Sound Artists' Co-op Set For Partial Reopening
Posted: May 15, 2020
The Owen Sound Artists' Co-op is committed to offering a welcoming and safe environment for their visitors, employees and volunteers. To that end, in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, they have been closed along with other retail business in Ontario.  As conditions improve and as federal, provincial and municipal regulations and recommendations evolve, the Artists' Co-op will adjust business operations accordingly.  In this regard, the Co-op recently announced a partial reopening on their website as follows.  “Curbside pickup is coming this week to the Owen Sound Artists' Co-op! Peek in our 2nd Ave East windows or look at our website or Co-op Facebook. Visit individual artists on various platforms to see what great works and wonderful gifts could be yours!”.  More information is available at www.artistscoop.ca.
Irwin Seidman Photography at the Owen Sound Artists' Co-op
The Flower Moon 
Posted: May 6, 2020
When the full moon occurs during its closest approach to earth, its perigee, it is called a super moon.  
According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, as the month of May is a time when frost subsides and plants bloom in the northern hemisphere, the May super moon is often referred to as the Flower Moon. The name honours the Native American tradition of using celestial events to trace the seasons. 
Maple buds silhouetted against the flower moon © Irwin Seidman

A backyard shot with maple buds silhouetted against the brilliant May super moon

May "flower moon" © Irwin Seidman

The May "flower moon" is captured  here at 99.7% illumination, about 8 ½ hours before reaching complete fullness.    

Waxing 90% Moon 
Posted: May 4, 2020
Waxing 90% Moon © Irwin Seidman
Waxing gibbous moon (90.2% full) captured about 3 ½ hrs after moonrise (and about 58 hrs before the full moon).  The prominent bright crater with the radiating ridges near the bottom right of the frame is Tycho Crater.  Also quite noticeable in the frame just below centre left is Copernicus Crater, and the larger of the two dark spots near the upper centre is the Sea of Tranquility (Mare Tranquillitatis).  The Sea of Tranquility is most recognizable as the location of the first lunar landing, Apollo 11.​​​​​​​
Almost full moon © Irwin Seidman

Here is another image of Monday's waxing moon (between two trees).  This shot was taken about 45 minutes before the dark sky shot above. 

Dreaming about adventures to come
Posted: April 29, 2020
These are strange and unexpected times.  Covid 19 has changed the way we live.  Like many, I look forward for the days when we can once again explore and share in adventures great and small.  No doubt, those days will return, but for now I am satisfied with the simple comforts of family and home... and the occasional afternoon in the studio.  
Vintage Nikon FM 35mm film camera © Irwin Seidman

Vintage Nikon FM 35mm film camera with map, compass, hat and gloves

Vintage Nikon FM 35mm with compass and map of Algonquin © Irwin Seidman

Vintage Nikon FM 35mm film camera with compass and map of Algonquin Provincial Park

Graphic Ice
Posted: March 16, 2020
Ice patterns © Irwin Seidman

Patterns in the ice along the trail at Hibou Conservation Area

Frozen micro landscapes © Irwin Seidman

Frozen micro landscapes along the shores of Georgian Bay at Hibou Conservation Area

Vintage Zeiss Ikon Camera
Posted: March 14, 2020
Zeiss Ikon Nettar 515 Camera © Irwin Seidman
The Zeiss Ikon Nettar model 515 was made between 1937 and 1940.  It was a terrific medium format camera designed for serious amateur photographers. Click here to read more about it in the Vintage Camera portfolio section.   (A big thank you to M.A. for loaning this beautiful vintage Zeiss for the shoot.)
Sumac abstract
Posted: March 11, 2020

Photo abstract of a small stand of sumac trees in winter.

On order and coming to the Owen Sound Artists' Co-op very soon...
Posted: March 3, 2020
The Compass and the Buffalo © Irwin Seidman
The Compass and the Buffalo  | ref.no. 7503618 |  New 20" x 40" panoramic photo canvas coming to the Owen Sound Artists' Co-op soon.  Click here to read more about this image in my Port of Owen Sound portfolio.  You can also contact me directly to special order this photographic canvas in one of the following sizes:  12" x 24" - 16" x 32" - 20" x 40" - 24" x 48" 
American Mink
Posted: February 25, 2020
River Otter © Irwin Seidman
An American Mink scavenging on the banks of the Sydenham River (Owen Sound ON).   The American mink (Neovison vison) is a semiaquatic species of mustelid native to North America. It is a carnivore that feeds on small mammals, fish, crustaceans, frogs, and birds.
Orion Nebula
Posted: February 24, 2020
These images represent my first attempt at deep sky astrophotography.  The images are a little grainy and I still have much to learn about both the capture and processing techniques.  That said, I can't help but feel excited and am looking forward to experimenting and practicing more. 
Orion Nebula © Irwin Seidman
M42, also known at the Orion Nebula is seen here (from Owen Sound) in the winter night sky.  A prominent feature in the constellation Orion, M42 is 1344 light years from earth.  Also seen in the image is the Running Man Nebula just above M42 and if you look closely you can see faint traces of the Horsehead and Flame Nebulas just left of centre near the top of the frame. 
Orion Nebula © Irwin Seidman

A slightly closer look at M42, the Orion Nebula

Remembering Harvard 436
Posted: February 22, 2020
Sadly, I recently learned that the vintage Harvard Mk4 single engine trainer that flipped on landing here in Owen Sound back in 2017, will not fly again.  Here is a little background to accompany this reprocessed tribute photograph.
On July 9, 2017 (about 2 hours after this photograph was taken), Harvard 436 experienced difficulty while landing at the Wings & Wheels show at Owen Sound Billy Bishop Regional Airport.  The aircraft flipped on landing and sustained damage.  Fortunately nobody was seriously injured in the accident, but the damage was significant and the aircraft is not expected to be restored to airworthiness.  We do however understand that there may be plans underway to restore it cosmetically and look forward to seeing it on display. 
Harvard Mk IV © Irwin Seidman
This image represents a photo-pictorialized interpretation of Harvard MK4 # 436.
The North American Harvard was a WWII training aircraft built between 1937 and 1954. The aircraft pictured here is a Harvard MK IV bearing the number 436 (20436) and the registration C-FWLH. Number 436 was built in 1952 by the Canadian Car & Foundry (Fort William, ON). She was originally based in Moose Jaw (Sask.) and was part of the Royal Canadian Air Force "Goldilocks" aerobatic team.  She is seen here taking off during the 2017 Wings & Wheels show at Owen Sound Billy Bishop Regional Airport.
Winter in Owen Sound harbour
Posted: February 17, 2020
This wide angle panorama features the Algoma Buffalo and the Algoma Compass laid up for the winter in the port of Owen Sound:
(left) Originally named the Buffalo, this 634’ freighter was built in 1978 by Bay Shipbuilding Co. (Sturgeon Bay, WI).  In late 2017 she was sold to the Algoma Central Corp. (St. Catharines, ON) and renamed the Algoma Buffalo.  
(right) Originally named the Roger M. Kyes, this 680’ freighter was built in 1973 for the American Steamship Co (Williamsville, NY). The Kyes was sold in 1989 and renamed the Adam E. Cornelius, and in 2017 she was again sold, this time to Algoma Central Corp where she was reflagged as a Canadian vessel and renamed the Algoma Compass.
Ice Fishing on Owen Sound © Irwin Seidman

Ice fishers brave the cold out on Owen Sound

Ice fishing beside the Algoma Compass in Owen Sound harbour © Irwin Seidman

The Algoma Compass wintering in Owen Sound harbour. (If you look closely, you can seen a group of ice fishers out in the ice between the ship and the grain elevators).

Hibou Trail
Posted: February 17, 2020
Hibou Trail © Irwin Seidman

Today was the first sunny day in quite a while and was perfect for a short hike along the Hibou Trail. 

Vintage Kodak 3A Folding Camera
Posted: February 17, 2020
Vintage Kodak 3A Folding Camera © Irwin Seidman
Manufactured by Canadian Kodak Co in 1909, this camera used #122 rollfilm and featured a Bausch & Lomb Rapid Rectilinear lens.  Click here to read more about this camera in my Vintage Camera portfolio.  (A big thank you to M.A. for loaning this beautiful vintage Kodak for the shoot.)
Birding along Lake Huron
Posted: February 5, 2020
Bald Eagle © Irwin Seidman
An adult bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) along the shoreline of Lake Huron at Baie Du Doré.
Bald Eagles © Irwin Seidman
Bald eagles:  The adult (left) has the distinctive white head & tail (with dark brown body), where as the two juvenile birds (centre & right) show the typical first year plumage which is often characterized by a dark brown head and body with white markings on the underside of the wings. 
A convocation of bald eagles along the shoreline of Lake Huron at Baie Du Doré.  The adult bald eagles are easily recognized by their characteristic white heads and tails and dark brown bodies.  These eagles were among a large group of 13 seen on this cold February morning near this site.
Red-tailed hawk © Irwin Seidman
The red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) is a bird of prey that breeds throughout most of North America, from the interior of Alaska and northern Canada to as far south as Panama and the West Indies. This beautiful pair was spotted off Bruce Rd 1 south of Paisley (Ontario)
Back in stock at the OS Artists' Co-op
Posted: February 4, 2020
Avro Arrow Revisited © Irwin Seidman
Avro Arrow Revisited  |  12" x 18" photographic canvas
Thanks for your interest.  This photo canvas is back in stock at the Owen Sound Artists' Co-op  (Click here to read more about the Arrow and this image.)
Red Dawn (Oxtongue Lake near Algonquin Park) © Irwin Seidman

Red Dawn  |  12" x 18" photographic canvas

A red morning sky over Oxtongue Lake near Algonquin Park

More vintage photographica...
Posted: February 3, 2020
Vintage Kodak Jiffy Camera © Irwin Seidman
The Kodak Jiffy Six-20 Series II is a medium format folding camera manufactured by Eastman Kodak Co. Ltd. between 1937 and 1948.  Click here to see more about this camera and other classic cameras in the Vintage Camera portfolio.
Horses 
Posted: January 29, 2020
Horses in Winter © Irwin Seidman

Horses in Winter (Grey County, Ontario)

More from the studio... 
Posted: January 24, 2020

The No.2C Autographic Kodak Jr. is a large format film folding bed camera made by Eastman Kodak Co. between 1916-27.  (click here for more details and more images in my Vintage Camera portfolio)

In the studio... 
Posted: January 21, 2020
Vintage Kodak Filters © Irwin Seidman

An assortment of vintage Kodak filters and filter boxes

Snowy Owl 
Posted: January 9, 2020
Snowy Owl © Irwin Seidman

I had been watching this snowy owl sitting atop a street lamp in the driveway of the hospital in Owen Sound when it flew off and landed on an open hillside nearby.  It allowed me a gentle approach to capture this photos before it flew off.  

Snowy owl composition © Irwin Seidman

This 10 frame sequential composition shows a snowy owl in low flight over a snow covered hill top. (Images captured just outside Owen Sound hospital)

Snowy Owl © Irwin Seidman

A snowy owl watching attentively from atop a light post at Owen Sound hospital

Vintage Kodak Brownie Model II Movie Camera 
Posted: January 8, 2020
1950s Kodak Brownie Movie Camera © Irwin Seidman

Having fun in the studio today with this 1950s Kodak Brownie movie camera.  Additional images of the original box, film spool, and other related graphics have been used in this pictorialized representation.   (A big thank you to John for donating this one to my vintage camera collection.) 

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