“Oh the weather outside is frightful But the fire is so delightful And since we’ve no place to go Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”
Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne, 1945
Well it hasn’t snowed here yet, it has been cold and grey outside. Lucky for us we have found several beautiful coffee shops. We can enjoy the view out the window, while we sip a warm cup of coffee. Another lovely day snow or no snow.
I added a pink texture layer to this image, something that would bring out the pink in the flowers and give it a slight more rustic feel, do you like it? I am still trying to figure out if it is too much!
While on this little trip we have been using a couple of different sites to book apartments in the different cities we are visiting. It does make it easier to relax if we have more than a small hotel room. There is also the advantage of being able to fix our own meals and morning coffee before heading out the door for some sight-seeing. The coffee we make in the morning never looks this good! We haven’t developed the hand for coffee art!
The coffee cup was a plain glass table top, lights from the ceiling shining down, so I decided to experiment with one of the many textures I have collected through the years. I added a layer in Photoshop, this one an old piece of sheet music seemed to make sense, since the sound of the coffee machine is music to my ears, the colours, tone and grungy nature of the paper seemed perfect for the images.
I think this would be a perfect card to send to a friend, and inside it would say; Time for coffee?
Hopefully the next time I am in town you we will have time together for a cup of coffee!
Every once in a while coffee looks so good, I just have to take a picture. Looking back through my blog posts I seem to have a few images of my morning coffee! Each one a little different from the last. I thought I would add a textured frame to the image, and I haven’t quite decided if it improves the image or not, or if there is something else I should do, or if I should just leave the frame off altogether.
It has only been recently that I have started to add frames to some of my images. I have always felt that it is a style that can by used for some images, and maybe good for a series to hold it together, but there are times when I feel it can be a bit gimicky, if gimicky is even a word. I wonder if I want them to be representative of my work.
So tell us your thoughts on frames, love them, hate them, use occasionally. Have you experimented with them? leave a comment on your favourite framed image, it would be great to see some examples if you have any.
Soon we will be back in Spain, this time walking the Via La Plata from Seville to Santiago de Composella, and looking forward to sunrises and early morning coffee. We have been planning and preparing for this journey for quite sometime now and we are almost ready to go.
Deciding what to pack was easier, we know we have to take less in our backpack, and yes I will be carrying less camera gear! We know we need to do more training, with no time to get out to walk I have taken to wearing my full backpack around the house, while I get the vacuuming and the chores done. I figure going up and down the stairs as often as I do is as good as any of the hills around Calgary.
I couldn’t find a map book with the route, so I have pulled together the information from the internet and made our own, and I have found an app for the phone. I will let you know how that information works out as we walk.
With some loose ends to tie up, we will fly through Toronto next week to visit the family, before heading to Portugal for a short visit with more family. We expect to be on the camino to Santiago de Compostela mid March. If you have any information you would like to share about Spain, or your journey we would love to hear from you.
There are some who believe that the day can only be as good as the your first cup of coffee.
A great way to start the day, a cup of coffee; sometimes an espresso, sometimes a cappuccino, or in Spain coffee con leche. Today I decided on an espresso and I decided to photography the coffee once it was made. Once photographed I decided to process the image using a warm antique photo filter, slightly tinting the image to warm coffee tone. On hindsight the image, and the coffee cup is cropped a little tight, if I were to photography this again I would allow a little more room around the cup, maybe tomorrow’s cup of coffee?!
Today my day starts with a 7 am meeting, I know that isn’t all that early for some people, but for me, it is early. so I am having a get up and go coffee! wish me luck in my day, it will be full of new people, old friends, and lots of activity! here is my coffee maker, with my morning coffee.
For this image I did apply a Kim Klassen texure layer to add some warmth to the image, check out her website and blog for lots of information on using textures. I regularly get newsletters full of ideas and inspiration for my work.
It’s friday, last night was a late night, Steven Galloway a Canadian writer and teacher kept me awake, reading “The Cellist of Sarajevo“. I have been told that the book was inspired by a true story, it is more about the three people struggling to survive than it is about the war. If I had time today I would curl up in a corner, avoid the freezing temperatures outside and read by the fireplace. Maybe tomorrow!