Plaza Espana, Merida Spain,

Plaza Espana, Merida Spain on a Saturday night

Plaza Espana, Merida Spain on a Saturday night

We were sitting having a glass of wine in the Plaza Mayor, here in Merida last night. It was full of kids playing, parents with strollers, and old people walking hand in hand.  Thought out the square there are about 4 or 5 Tapa bars where music was playing, and people were visiting. I decided a long exposure showing people moving about was a wonderful way of capturing the light, and the life of the square.

Photos are available through my gallery.

Walking through wine country along the Via la Plata, Spain

new vineyards in Extremadura Spain, along the Via la Plata

new vineyards in Extremadura Spain, along the Via la Plata

We had another day of walking while a harsh cold wind blew in our face! But the country side is beautiful.

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On the Road to Almedralejo Spain;

I have to admit that today was not very inspiring, 17.2 k of dirt road, 13k backpack, 10 C, and a 20k wind blowing in our face all day. The road was mostly flat, we could see for miles, and then….

walking the Via la Plata on our way to Almedralejo Spain we encountered goat herders at work

walking the Via la Plata on our way to Almedralejo Spain we encountered goat herders at work  

the goat herders, their dogs, and the goats came up the small hill. The goats hesitated a moment when they saw us. We stopped so as not to scare them, and the goat herder spoke, waved his stick, and the goats moved forward….

Surrounded by goats

Surrounded by goats 

the next thing we knew they were walking around us, as if we were not there…

off they go, goats and goat herders walking down the road

off they go, goats and goat herders walking down the road 

and they were on their way.

One of the things I love most about the Camino to Santiago de Compostela in general, and the Via la Plata specifically is that it brings us close to experiencing Spain, the Spanish people and their way of living that most tourists don’t experience.

 

Travis, Shannon, Rory and Nolan

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Travis, Shannon and the boys 

It has been a busy Autumn with family photos in the park. Autumn is a great time for family pictures, everyone loves the warm colorful leaves. This is always fun to spend time with kids in the park, and the boys were wonderful to work with. I hope they like their pictures as much as I liked spending time with them.

There is snow on the ground, and not too many families venturing out to the great outdoors for photos at this time of the year! But I have done portraits outside in the winter with all the snow, it can be quite lovely.

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Erin, due any day; Maternity photography.

Erin, Maternity photography

Erin, due any day, Calgary Maternity Photography 

I have known Erin since she was a little girl,  of about 3 years old, it has been a joy to watch her grow into a wonderful young lady, and now expected mom. I was tickled when she asked me to do maternity photos.  Belly shots she called them, we had a great morning trying out different backgrounds, tops, toys, blocks, ribbons, etc.

This image is one of my favorites. Layered with a texture in photoshop that blends well with the dress, Erin’s gaze cast down at the blocks.  I used Nik Silver Effects Pro to convert to a black and white image.  Erin loves the result, and we are already talking about newborn baby photos.  And I am looking forward to meeting the new baby.

Walking in the Rain

walking in the rain

walking in the rain

If you are in Calgary today, you will need your umbrella!

It is Friday and it seems like it has been raining most of the week, but it is spring, so the rainy weather is to be expected. Having a nice red umbrella can brighten the day.  I hope you have a happy friday and a great weekend.

Amrita; Maternity Photography

Amrita

Amrita

Mom to baby Miya that you met last week, I thought I would show you one of the lovely maternity photos taken just a couple of weeks before Miya’s birth. Maternity photography is best when kept simple, I love black and white photography for its simplicity.

Eyelash Extension Technician at work; Environmental Portrait

Eyelash extension technician at work

Eyelash extension technician at work

Getting eyelash extension is the fashion rage right now. It seems every girl I see these days is following the trend and sporting beautiful long, thick eyelashes. Individual eyelash extension are glued to your individual eyelashes and the process can take anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours. and they last 2 to 3 weeks before you need a touch up.  A touch up is when the technician fills in the areas of missing eyelashes.

I loved working on this Environmental Portrait, trying to create an image that shows the work that is being done.  The technician was working in a dark room, with a bright light shinning on her hands and the work area, as you can see she is wearing a small magnifying glass type glasses to see what where she is to place the next lash.  It was really interesting to see the process.

Environment Portraits are interesting way to learn about different job that people do.

still life and wedding photography

wedding shoes

wedding shoes

The wedding shoe image was taken some time ago, just recently I pulled it from the archive to work with Nik Software, experiment with different processes, finishes and textures, all in an attempt to develop style and album options that will appeal to both myself and to potential clients.

I have a lot of respect for Wedding Photographers, they commit to a high energy, long demanding day, to capture moments that are both important to the bride and groom as well their family, and in some cases moments that few will actually see.  They are attuned to the emotions around them, without being caught up in them. Always on the look out for those family interactions that can be caught in an image without actually interrupting the flow of the day or the emotion of the minute. In some cases it is the photographer can be the “savior” of  the moment.

I have yet to meet a wedding photographer that didn’t have in their bag, a packet of pins, a role of duct tape, gum, kleenex, and just about anything else that is small and might be needed in the case of an emergency.  They can play with children and keep a group of 20 focused to get family pictures in the midst of the chaos and visiting that everyone would rather be doing.

But, for me, the most fascinating, the wedding photographer on top of all the people and activity, will walk around all day  also keeping track of the fine details that the bride has spent hours anguishing over; making sure that all those details are also photographed.  The detail images are  then processed and presented in an album that helps to pull the whole day together. A book of memories that will last a lifetime.

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wondering the streets of downtown Calgary, I am always watching the shop windows and the reflections that appear with the display. Sometimes the reflections add to the story, sometimes it doesn’t. This time the two inthe window, look as if they could be standing near a tree in the park, the creature in the left of the image watching them closely.