It is that time of the year again, the Holiday Season means holiday light displays. In Calgary it has been too cold to go out and see them. Last week Zoolights was cancelled because of the cold. I think the weather is going to improve so we can get out there and enjoy the different light displays around the city.
The view from our hotel room in New York City. Here for the pdn Photoplus Expo then next few days will be busy I am sure.
You can see the lights of the Empire State Building, on the right and in the distance on the left the Chrysler Building, Bowery Street busy with traffic. Love the view!
- We LOVE NY !! (comm663.wordpress.com)
I was down at the Stampede Grounds yesterday, after volunteering at the Western Photo Gallery for a shift, Bill and I headed over watch the chuck wagon races. We indulged in the usually beer and hot dog, not bad, then tried the mini donuts,which we had to throw away because they were undercooked. The inside was still raw and runny!
Walking about I took a few pictures of the the midway with my fish-eye lens. The sky over Calgary just starting to change colour to a dark blue after the sun has set. Catching all the rides moving at the same time was a stroke of luck!
I hope you enjoy the Calgary Stampede.
Paris was nicknamed the “City of Light” (not City of Lights) originally because it was a vast center of education and ideas during the Age of Enlightenment. In 1828, Paris began lighting the Champs-Elysées with gas lamps. It was the first city in Europe to do so, and so earned the nickname “La Ville-Lumière” or The City of Light.
One of my favourite things to do in Paris is take a river cruise down the Seine River just before sunset, the city lights start to come on and it is the most beautiful romantic time of day. For more stories photos of Paris from this blog.
- France- Paris “The City of Lights” (cityhoppers123.wordpress.com)
- Paris Photos By Joanna Lemanska Capture Serene Reflections Of The City of Light (PHOTOS) (huffingtonpost.com)
- International Adventure Guide 2013: Paris, France (gadling.com)
- Things you might want to know about Paris… (laydeeb1.wordpress.com)
Planning and decorating for the holidays have been on my mind this weekend, rather than actually doing anything to get ready for Christmas I decided to procrastinate and go through some previously taken holiday photos. This photo of a large outdoor Christmas tree actually looked more like a shooting star, especially when photographed close up and from an angle. It is one of my favorite holiday pictures. Are you getting ready for the holidays, or are you, like me, still in the planning stage?
I am a big fan of Henri Cartier-Bresson, there is so much to be learned from studying the work of someone you admire. While most of us do not want to just copy someone else’s work, there are lessons to be learned by walking through the process the photographer might have used to capture an image. I believe that as much as you might try to copy someone’s work that our equipment, the processes that are available to us, our skill level and our personalities will all show in the images and separate your work from the original.
Take this image for example, the original inspired by Henri Cartier-Bresson taken in 1952 would be difficult to copy today, yes with Photoshop it could be accomplished, but what is to be gained by that, except well, to improve or show off your Photoshop skills. I have my own memories of Paris. Memories of Paris of today, with the river cruises, the grey skies, the yellow and orange leaves of autumn. This is the Paris I want to capture in my images. But I did pick this spot to take picture not just because it was beautiful but because I had seen Henri Cartier-Bresson’s images, and loved it. I purposefully choose early evening because I wanted to show some of the city lights, and I choose a slow shutter speed to show how the River Seine is now a very busy place.
So while my image was inspired by Henri Cartier-Bresson it is quite different, and meets my objectives for the images.
- Henri Cartier-Bresson: who can beat the master of monochrome? (larkalong.wordpress.com)
- Incredible unpublished Henri Cartier-Bresson shots appear in the latest Rouleur (itsnicethat.com)
- A Moment with Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) (momentsandeternity.wordpress.com)
- Playing with Instant Film and a Medium Format View Camera; The Seine River, Paris France (jmeyersforeman.wordpress.com)
We left our hostel this morning just before 7 am, and were looking for a breakfast place before we left town, one of the bar’s opened it’s door and gentleman said “cafe con leche?”(coffee with steamed milk) “desayumo?” (breakfast) we thought we would try our luck. He also gave us fresh squeezed orange juice and gilled buttered croissants. Probably the best breakfast we have had the entire trip so far, and a great way to start the day! After leaving the bar, we headed out of town, the camino took us past the Santa Maria de Real, it was all lit up, and sky just beginning to lighten in the morning light and looked lovely. We had visited the cathedral the day before. The monastery is build in to the side of the mountain, quite spectacular to visit it you get the chance.
We had walked about 15 minutes out of Najera Spain, when we happened to look back, the sun was cresting the hill, all in all it was a beautiful way to start the day.
Today we walked from Najera to Santa Domingo de la Calzada, about 21k, hilly, but nothing extreme like the hills that have challenged us before! We stopped in the middle of a field and laid down one of the rain poncho’s for a 10 minute juice and snack break about 10 am. We arrived in Santa Domingo de la Calzada about 1 pm, we found our accommodations, and had a nap! all in all a good day, soon we will be headed out for dinner.
We hope your day was as lovely as ours. Buen Camino.
Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life.” –Anna Akhmatova
I took a quick look at some of my images taken on my trip to Venice, it is a place I could return to again and again. If you get away from the busy tourist area and St. Mark’s Square there are many quiet streets, and squares, wonderful coffee and pastry shop, and for the photographer great light.
this weeks photo challenge on photofriday.com is day’s end, I like the warm light in the restaurants at the end of the bridge, and can’t image a better place for a glass a wine at the end of the day. I would recommend you drop by the photo friday site and check out some of the other great photos. Other great photo challenge sites PhotoSunday this weekend’s word “evening” and Lensday challelnge for Peaceful!
Friday night I as late leaving work when I noticed the moon in the sky, knowing how fast the clouds can change, or even disappear I could hardly get home fast enough. While I usually carry a camera with me, I didn’t have a big enough lens to do this justice. I not only needed my 70 – 200, I needed my teleconverter, and my tripod for this photo.
So there I was dressed in my word clothes, not dressed for the winter weather; no gloves, no hat, flats instead of boots, standing in the middle of my neighbor’s front yard, mumbling to myself, I am sure I was quite the sight, but given the temperatures I wasn’t out there long! I don’t think the neighbors even noticed. I had no time to waste. It wasn’t until after I downloaded the images that I noticed the lens fare, lets face it, it was cold out there my fingers were getting numb and I wasn’t spending a lot of time examining the screen on the back of my camera, but I like the lens flare and I’m kinda glad it showed up!
enter in UE’s weekend Challenge for nature, check out the other photographers great work.
A winter storm warning has been issued for our area, read further and you will see that the meteorologist are suggesting that we might get between 2 – 4 cm of snow. I am not sure if 2 – 4 cm of snow is so much snow that we need a “storm warning” after all it is winter in Calgary, and part of our lifestyle, sweeping snow off the car.
It will be a great day for pictures if I can find time from work to get out there!