Needles in a Haystack: Hidden Gems

Golf is underway! I haven’t been too active for several years but this year I’m in again, ‘driver, wedge and putter’! That means I’m not out as much with my camera although I’m making frequent visits to the Fascieux Creek Wetland.

Once the social distancing requirements begin to be relaxed I’ll return to a more active ‘shooting’ regime. In the meantime, I’ve devoted my energies towards reviewing my image library. My overall objective is to identify images for my website and for my book about the Fascieux Creek Wetland

Revisiting images that have been buried in the depths of my library has been a very rewarding experience. Sports events especially those involving our grandchildren are prominent to my library as are images of  National Pickleball tournaments, the recent 55+ Summer Games and Kelowna’s Annual Apple Triathlon. Mostly though, my images reflect my interest in the places we have traveled to, the natural world and in my desire to practice and improve my image making. 

At about 80,000 images, my library is small compared to some. All the images I’ve made can be found there whether good, bad or just so so. Typically, I don’t delete images. I keep them all.  It’s interesting to see how my photography has changed or even improved over time. My current review reveals  that my proficiency with the image development software that I use has increased.  Now, some images that I once had no interest  in are being revealed as  hidden gems.

Six different cameras, all Nikons, were used to make my images.  All were good cameras that served my needs very well. In reality the brand makes no difference. In my film days I used other brands and was happy with their performance as well. Reconfirmed in my mind  is the fact that the camera is just a tool  to make the photograph. Regardless of the camera’s technological capabilities it’s the vision of the photographer that is the most important factor in the making of an image. This is clearly evident as I look back.

All of the images I’ve included with this article were mired deep within my library. Why I didn’t see their potential when I first made them is hard to say. It might have been a case of not knowing my software well enough or perhaps I was distracted by other images that at the time seemed to jump off my computer screen, not needing much help from my software. So, the hunt for other elusive needles in the haystack will continue. As I have been doing this last few months, these will be posted on Instagram and on Facebook as I find them. 

This entry was posted in Education, My Work, The Creative Process.


  1. Alan Flynn May 24, 2020 at 8:11 am #

    80,000 shots and several cameras that was a lot scenes, decisions and editing. No doubt shooting golf is not as easy as photography but can at times be as equally enjoyable.
    These are excellent images and I like them all.

    The first three and in particular the berries also the penultimate one are eye catching .

    Very windy here over the last thee days making life difficult on the coastal course this morning 10 points first 9 and 21 coming in and the latter more enjoyable.



    • Stu Dale May 25, 2020 at 8:21 am #

      Thanks Alan! Golf is just a diversion. Photography is my main interest. The photographer in me would love to be out in your stormy weather.

  2. Hart Downey May 24, 2020 at 8:15 am #

    Thank you Stu,

    I really enjoy the photos. I think some of the pictures are beautiful and I would like them framed. Some of the photos would make interesting Jigsaw Puzzels

    • Stu Dale May 25, 2020 at 8:18 am #

      Hart, I appreciate your comment. I’ve thought about a jigsaw puzzle for some of my images. Perhaps they would make a good gift idea. Others will definitely be printed, framed and hung.

  3. Sheryl Korsch May 24, 2020 at 10:38 pm #

    Your photography efforts have always been unique, interesting, informative and Great, Stu! 🙂
    You have the ‘eye for a photo.’ Keep Up the Awesome Job!!

    Golf will now put some competition in the way of photography! You will be discerning so to reach your goal ~ A BOOK!! 🙂

    Looking Forward to your Photography Book!!!

    • Stu Dale May 25, 2020 at 8:15 am #

      Thanks for commenting Sheryl. Golf is not going to interfere with my photography or in the production of my book. Playing golf will provide a bit of balance.

  4. corolp May 27, 2020 at 9:19 am #

    Exquisite needles found in the haystack indeed. All beautiful images; I think my favourite is the gull on a shoreline perch. I agree with the previous jigsaw puzzle comment. Another enjoyable post, Stu.

    • Stu Dale May 27, 2020 at 9:45 am #

      Thanks Corol! This image was definitely in the haystack.

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