Ardean Peters: Toronto Photographer | People & Light

Backyard photowalk

friday night. just chillin’.
decided to eat a bowl of cereal in my backyard.
heck, why not take some pictures while I’m out there too?

i thought i wasn’t going to find any pictures.  i’m not a nature or floral photographer.  who knew i’d find so many?!

ants are really, really fast!

heather in black and white {last of}

hmm… really like the contrast of the green against the pale weeds here. the green happens to be a 20-30ft hedge that runs on 2 sides of the backyard.

I really need to clear out this old ladder from the gazebo.

we need a new roof on the gazebo – not that we use it, or the hot tub {not pictured}

ant and hosta {hosta’s are my favorite}, in black and white

ya it’s just a fence and hedge.  but look at that light!

did i mention i like shallow dof?  i like it wide open 🙂
however, this shallow dof is created with the use of a looong zoom {about 250mm} and actually shot at f5.6

you should see the amount of weeds!  This one is pretty in purple!

grassy bokeh

the pic on the left – I keep thinking: acrobat


i wish i had my own portable home {same snail: two views}

and oh ya; that bowl of cereal i originally came out to eat 🙂


  1. jealous that you have a backyard! i would have to make a point to visit an arboretum to get anything close to what you found here. summer where i am gets pretty hot and dusty (San Fernando Valley, CA). blog template!


  2. r*dean

    I never would have known that, seeing as how your stream is filled with such lovely floral and nature images!

    I haven’t been in it at all this summer. Been so focused on NOT wanting to be in the burbs – but then I thought as I’m sitting outside, I’m LUCKY to have this, if I DO have to live out here for a time more! I need to complain less and take advantage more 🙂

    I just thought I might look to see if there are any other templates I might like. And realised they had some newer releases. I liked the ‘blogum’, ‘esquire’ and ‘matala’, started playing around with ‘matala’… and now I have a new template – lol 🙂 I love the ‘matala’ background, but it’s pretty distinct – but it made me realise I could have a fixed background of my own design – so I modified my twitter background. And the great thing is, I can sway out the pics any time 🙂

    I did want to do the rotating image banner but have no clue how to do that!


    • Thanks Melissa! These were all shot with the 55-250mm lens (you have that right?) and I think my 50D (although I must admit I’ve been sleeping on my XTI since getting my other cams – and in good light – the XTI produces some really nice, creamy and warm toned images).


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