Ed Lehming Photography


“The most amazing thing about the winter is that even a frozen world may be perceived as a heaven!”  ― Mehmet Murat Ildan Here we are in March and the temperatures are finally starting to moderate. What better time than today to post this self-portrait I made back in late January. It seems to me to have been a particularly harsh and too oft ice-cold winter in Southern Ontario this year. That weather… Read More

“I love the scent of winter. I love the scent of winter enough to suffer the cold for it.”  ― Tiffany Reisz It’s been a while since I posted, it’s also been a while since I’ve had anything to share. The cold snap finally eased up to the point where a reasonable person could venture out for a while. It’s felt odd, being cooped up and not making photos. So, I finally got… Read More

“You think winter will never end, and then, when you don’t expect it, when you have almost forgotten it, warmth comes and a different light.”  ― Wendell Berry Warm, merely describes the spectrum of the light, certainly not its effect on the surroundings. Once more, this winter, I find myself drawn to the trails, despite the bone chilling -20C temperatures. Despite a few days above freezing, winter was swooped back and locked the… Read More

“For so long I have lived on the edge of an invisible world. Sometimes I feel like the scattered debris left over after the personality has fallen out of the sky.”  ― Steve Rasnic Tem This is my final 2017 photo, made during a VERY cold hike on the second last day of December. Temperatures were around -25C and the air was calm and crisp. Crisp is an understatement, it was brutally cold,… Read More

“Winters are a desolate time where all senses are wiped away, and here in Canada, this is especially true. All smells are sucked clean from the air, leaving only a harsh, icy crispness. Colours are stripped away, leaving a stark white landscape, a sky which stays black at night and gray in the day, a world of only three shades.” ― Rebecca McNutt This is an image from yesterday’s hike in a nearby… Read More

“December’s wintery breath is already clouding the pond, frosting the pane, obscuring summer’s memory…”  ― John Geddes Seriously, I could stop my post here with this all too appropriate quote. As I stood, gazing across the cloudy pond surface, northwest winds whipping past my face, summer was truly a distant memory. Yet, the beauty remains (and the bugs are gone). I put just a slight movement into this image, just enough to add… Read More

“The heart can get really cold if all you’ve known is winter.” ― Benjamin Alire Sáenz Ah!, spring in southern Ontario is, to say the least, ‘unpredictable’. This past Tuesday you could go out and enjoy the sun in a sweatshirt, the next day, a parka was needed as temperatures varied widely. So, I reflect on this image from last weekend, made on the still frozen shores of Lake Ontario, near Whitby…. Read More

“We gaze continually at the world and it grows dull in our perceptions. Yet seen from another’s vantage point, as if new, it may still take the breath away.” ― Alan Moore Winter wears on, some days are bright and clear and others dark and dreary. Yet, through it all, nature lives on and builds crystal sculptures on frames of wood, grass, and stone. At the right time of day, the sun… Read More

Moving water and the light playing of the waves. A few years ago, I started experimenting with different shutter speeds, trying to capture the movement well, without loosing details. The shutter speed needs to match the speed of the water or the image is too soft. Doing so in the winter is a particular challenge, since long exposures can blow out all the whites. That said, I like the soft winter light. The… Read More

Many years ago, just north of Pickering, Ontario, was a flourishing hamlet called Altona. There was a school, a couple of churches, a hotel and many beautiful farms, as well as a mill. In the 70’s the lands were expropriated by the Canadian government to build an airport. Well, the airport seems to have become a distant memory and the lands sat, essentially abandoned. The mill, and several other historical buildings, along Altona… Read More

During my drive back from Bancroft this past Thursday, I commented to my wife that it looked like and felt like February, rather than April. Spring has been slow to arrive in southern Ontario this year and my thoughts wandered back to November, when I stopped at Burleigh Falls to make a few long exposure photos of the falls there. At this particular time of year I basically have the place to… Read More