“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!
I love sunrise, it is a quiet beautiful time of day. I will admit that in my youth I was more apt to witness the sunrise as a close to a beautiful evening! But now, a little older, I awake to see the sunrise, and it is the beginning of a new day. Today, we headed out to photograph the Roman Bridge, and Salamanca Cathedral, but there was not much of a sunrise, it was cloudy and dark, the streets were wet with rain. This was the best shot of the morning, I decided to give it a textured, painted quality and processed it using one of Kim Klassen’s beautiful textures. Continue reading →
We have arrived in Caceres Spain, late one afternoon and we walked around the narrow cobblestone streets of the old town. When we spotted the lovely Peacock calling out, and showing off his lovely plumage as he sat high on one of the roof tops, just out of reach and unbothered by the growing crowd below. It is heard not to stop and watch such a beautiful creature, it is a little like watching a mime in the square, except there was no hat to throw money into….
Peacock, calling to the crowd
Over the years I have occasionally experimented with adding a texture layer to some of my images, and decided to add a one to these images to give a painted quality to this set of images. The texture and inspiration come from Kim Klassen’s collection, and is called Waterfront7-Magic eDiition. Kim has provided great inspirational ideas, and technique over the years. This week’s blog post is “for the love of…” I will join the growing list of admirers and add my post to her page, check out her work, as well as the many others who use textures as part of their image processing.
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.
I have had this project, figure, form and texture on hold a very long time, working on it in bits and pieces, between claims and photography assignments! yesterday I stopped everything for a couple of hours and worked on this, part of a personal project. I will show you more over the next few weeks. The figure and form project has been percolating away on the back burner for quite sometime, probably a year now. With only the occasional opportunity to move forward. I think sometimes projects need that kind of time, and sometimes I wish they would move faster!
I need two things to make this project work, people, or more specifically ladies, if you are in the Calgary area and what to collaborate on the project send me an email. Secondly, I would like some feedback!
Any day now, well to be honest, any day some time in the next couple of weeks! We, your family and friends are waiting patiently for the arrival of the new baby. My first attempt into maternity photos was a lot of fun, due in large part to the patience of my wonderful friends! I added a little texture to the image, creating a border and depth to the image.
Can’t wait to get the call, when they arrive home with the new baby!
If you know anyone who lives in the Calgary area and would like to work with me to develop this are of my portfolio have them send me a message! Happy Friday to everyone!
Quite some time ago now I was out walking when I found this lovely eagle feather, I knew immediately that I wanted to create this image. I could picture it in my mind. Time passed, travels, and other projects became a priority and this lovely feather sat in a basket on the coffee table for many months. Last week I finally took time, made it a priority and photographed the lovely and delicate feather. Then using Kim Klassen’s texture Phoebe as an overlay I was able to achieve the image I had in my mind the day I picked up the feather.
I don’t use textures a lot in my work, but it is a tool I have explored and worked with on occasion. Kim Klassen Cafe has workshop, tutorials and above all wonderful textures to work with. Head on over to her site for some inspiration!
I am not sure that I am entirely done with this image, as it is staying with me. It might need some text, or a haiku, I will have to sit with it a while to decide. Let me know what you think
Back in June I worked with a young lady to create “figure and form”, and wanted to try the same process with a male figure.
While the lady was a soft shadow, I choose the harder more defined lines for the male subject. Here you can see some details in his face, and I used a darker grungier rock texture. So the two images while following the same process look quite different. Let me know what you think.
I have been experimenting with figure and form, shape and light; here my lady is standing in front of a sheet of thin white paper, with the light behind her. during processing I added a textured rock layer.
Where ever I go I will shoot small detail pictures of stone walls, bricks, stucco, anything that could be an interesting texured layer and can be added to photos.
I am interested in your thoughts on my experiment, your comments would be appreciated.