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The Design Guy blog features articles on design, creativity, commercial photography, tech, tips, and life. I add to this journal as the mood takes me.

I am also an avid landscape photographer based in Niagara, Canada. This site is the home of my personal photography project, Somewhere In Niagara, in which I travel the back roads and trails to discover the hidden beauty of the Niagara Peninsula. Enjoy.

Two Horses

Two Horses

This barn on the outskirts of Port Colborne has provided many shots over the years. This time, as I passed there were two horses just making their lazy way toward it to get out of the late afternoon sun. A breathless moment which invoked in me a sense of nostalgia. For some reason I was
Downtown Port Colborne door prize

Door Prize

As a member of the Port Colborne Optimist Club I donated this framed print from my Somewhere In Niagara collection as a door prize. The image in this 13 x 19 print was shot using a drone (I am fully licensed and registered) and shows the view along Clarence Street bridge, which runs like an

The Gift

My friend Jim likes to fly a Cessna around the Niagara region. Sometimes he takes me along, and I take photographs. Sometimes we have a specific goal to achieve, like getting aerial shots of events or for documentary video. Others, we roam the air and go wherever he wants. He’s steering. I’m glued to the
Dinner guests at a gala for autism

Bursary Of Hope For Autism

I was recently invited to be the photographer for a prestigious charity event, the Black And White Gala for the Bursary Of Hope For Autism. This non-profit organisation raises awareness and funds for autistic youth throughout the region and I encourage readers to find out more from their web site. As the name implies, this
cartoon graphic of a happy person crossing a bridge

The Bridge Is Down

Port Colborne is bisected by the Welland Canal. We have three bridges. The idea is that even when a bridge is up, traffic can flow. It often seems that at least one of the bridges is up. They are not. It just feels that way. Which is why it feels so good when you hit
The Whirlpool Aero Car pictured between two peaks along the Niagara River, Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Whirlpool Aero Car

This cropped panorama of the Niagara River whirlpool north of Niagara Falls catches the Whirlpool Aero Car between two peaks as it traverses the deadly maelstrom below. The Niagara river, which forms the border between Canada and the U.S. at this location, takes a ninety degree turn at the whirlpool and the cable car runs
Sunrise at Niagara Falls

Cycles

The clocks have gone back. The sun apparently, magically, rises an hour earlier. Watching sunrise over Niagara Falls now means I will have to be there at 6:00am, instead of 7:00am. Which means getting out of a warm bed in the middle of the night. As the year cycles into another Winter, with wind and
Framed print of sunrise over Niagara Falls, from Somewhere In Niagara.

Penny Sale

Being an Optimist is a commitment both personal and civic. I commit to staying as positive as I can in this increasingly crazy world, and joined the Port Colborne Optimist Club to make a difference within my community. To that end, I donated a framed print from my Somewhere In Niagara collection to the penny
Space Invaders art work bezel recreation

Trapped In The Original Matrix

Some time ago a friend of mine asked me to replicate the original Space Invaders arcade machine bezel. I made it actual size, ready for placement onto plywood and cutting to fit. As he was musing on making a physical cabinet and framing it for the wall, I figured it would save time if I
Ring bearer at the wedding

Youtube Copyright

I make an occasional video for Youtube. This page shows my latest. When making videos I am careful not to use music which will incur copyright strikes as that would be a bad thing. I use a number of music libraries for this. A monthly fee licenses all music and avoids copyright problems. All legit,
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