Pony in the Pyrenees for Monochrome Madness


Horse on the slopes of Pyrenees Mountains
Pony in the Pyrenees 

The first day walking the Camino Francis, one of the popular routes to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, involves walking through the Pyrenees Mountains. St Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles 24km, and is said to take 7 to 9 hours. We have made this trip twice now, our first days were both days were were at least 8 hours on the road.

During the day we climbed from St Jean Pied de Port at 200 metres above sea level to just above 1,400 meters then descend steeply back down again into Roncesvalles at 900 metres, which can be hard going on your knees and shins. Pack a lunch, while there is often a coffee truck on the road the options for food and water are limited.

More Monochrome image on Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness weekly blog. Prints are available on Society6.


Society6 Stocking Stuffer Sale

sale dec 10 2017

$6 Off Tote Bags, Carry-All Pouches, T-Shirts, V-Necks, Biker Tanks, Tank Tops, Coffee Mugs, Travel Mugs, Metal Travel Mugs, Stationery, and Notebooks. 20% Off Phone Cases, Stickers, Leggings, All Over Print T-Shirts, Tapestries, and Art Prints.

Starts: Sunday, 12/10/17 at 12:00 am PT
Ends: Sunday, 12/10/17 at 11:59 pm PT

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Door knockers: Monochrome Madness

door knockers
Door Knockers

As we walked the Camino to Santiago de Compostela I was drawn to all the beautiful old door knockers. Of course they came in many different shapes, sizes and colours, and they were all on different types of doors. In order to have a cohesive tryptic I needed to do some work in photoshop.

I processed each of the images individually to have a similar tone and colour balance, then copied them onto one canvas together. I used the transform tool  so that the door knockers were all close to the same size. I used the black and white adjustment layer to convert the image to black and white, and then a levels adjustment layer to complete the project.

Fine art photographer Leanne Cole has a weekly challenge called Monochrome Madness each week that has inspired me. I am going to try and post one black and white image a week for this challenge.

Image of the tryptic panel as well as the each of the image will be available on Society6 if you are interested in adding them to your collection.

Pink Roses; always learning


pink garden roses
pink garden roses

I love this image, but it wouldn’t work on many of the Society6 products, the image size of a single stem didn’t meet the pixel dimensions needed  for some of the larger products and the single stem didn’t look great on products like the backpack.

For the shower curtain and floor pillow I layered copies of the image. The material on the floor pillow add to the texture and delicate detail of the image, but I needed a different idea for items like the duffle bag and backpack so I decided it was time to learn how to create a pattern.

pink roses floor pillow
pink roses floor pillow
pink roses duffle bag
pink roses duffle bag


pink roses shower curtain
pink roses shower curtain
pink roses peace sticker
pink roses peace sticker

The Peace sticker was a whole new learning experience and created as a submission for BOOOOOOM Society6 Peace sticker challenge. There is more information is available on their website, while you are there check out some of the other stickers that have been submitted.

This has been the year of infrequent irregular blog posts!

It has been a while, have you missed me?! It seems that it has been difficult to post regularly, and I have turned to Instagram with a photo and short posts.  Even those posts have been infrequent over the last couple of months! So I am going to work towards a regular schedule, although I am not entirely sure what I will have to tell you!

Today I am dropping in to let you know we are visiting Lenny in Western Australia……


The sun is shining and the weather is warm, and we are looking forward to another great day.


Christmas is coming

christmas inspired society6
Christmas inspired

I have been getting ready for Christmas; going through a lot of old photos, and creating some Christmas themed images. It has been fun, it was the most fun taking the image of the Christmas Gnome an building a backpack!

Remember to use the promo code LOVEART25  between Nov 5 2017 and 11:59 pm on Nov 6 2017 when you visit the store

Calgary Peace Bridge


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Calgary Peace Bridge; Morning Commute

The Calgary Peace Bridge, this image was taken last winter during one of my walks to work, for a series called Morning Commute. Images were posted on my Instagram and Facebook accounts.

I have been reviewing my cache of photos, finally getting around to editing and even printing a few of them. David DuChemin, a wonderful Canadian photographer, has advocated for many years that the best way to learn and grow as a photographer is to print your work. He suggests, we “need to live with the lines and tones and moments. Feel the colours. Doing so reveals the flaws (dust spots on the sensor, anyone?), and the weaknesses.” I so often see the dust spots after the work is printed!

Prints of this photo are available on society6



The Port Mann Bridge; is this a compelling image?

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I joined David DuChemin’s The Compelling Frame, an online workshop and Facebook group. David describes the class as a Mentor Class in Creative Composition, helping us to become fluent in the visual language and making more captivating photographs.

I found the first two lessons very helpful, for the first time in a very long time I sat down to review my work. I have printed some older images as well as new ones, for review, and it has been fascinating process so far. I thought I would share with you my musing about the current lesson that I am working on,  “The Frame; Orientation and Aspect Ratio” as it relates to this one image.

Before I could decide what orientation and aspect ration of an image is appropriate I needed to understand the intent of the image, what is it I want to photograph.  We also have to understand how those choices affect the reading of the image, this is where David’s thoughts, and insight are most helpful.

A little background, I was visiting the Vancouver BC area and drove across the Port Mann Bridge twice a day for two weeks. I was sitting in the passenger seat, and had an amazing view of the bridge, I was in awe, and yes I photographed it from the passenger seat, through the windshield of a moving vehicle. If you know this bridge you will also know that traffic moves very slowly during rush hour most days! But there is no way to get out of the vehicle without putting lives at risk.

The intent of this images is to show the expansiveness of the bridge and how it dominates my view. The horizontal orientation supports that idea because the cables seem to wrap around from all sides, while a vertical image implied a height rather than a expansiveness.  I also looked at different aspect ratios, this is my preference, the 16:9 was too narrow horizontally. The square ration also works, but it doesn’t quite give the same feeling of all those cables wrapping around the viewer.

All of the elements lead the viewer’s eye to the centre support that is almost lost in the fog, even the vehicles at the bottom are headed in that direction, and I believe support the premise of the image. There is room for the eye to move around, and I don’t thing there any elements along the edge where the eye gets stuck.

To work through David’s third assignment I used photoshop. Opening the image in photoshop, although any photo editing program would work, this allowed me to look at all the different aspect rations, orientations and framing options that might have been available.

This assignment was really helpful, and I have learned two things, I shoot quite intuitively and my camera has all these aspect ratios available to me in camera. So, my next self assignment is to set up the tripod and photograph the same scene in different ways to study this further. By working on this in camera rather than in post processing I believe I will learn even more about choosing the framing orientation and aspect ratio that best fits the subject, and have even greater options for my portfolio.

One of the my goals for this class is to photograph more intuitively, and I believe that can only be accomplished by being better informed and conscious of the choice that are available.

I would love to hear you comments you might have regarding the image or my process, and I would recommend David’s online program, or anyone of his books, to anyone wanting to improve their photography.


society6 Sale Oct 8 9
society6 Sale Oct 8 & 9 2017

I wanted to let you know about the sale just in case you are interested in purchasing print, pillows or totebags or phone case, click the link to the storefront

I promise not to flood your pages and emails with blatant self promotion, but occasionally I will let you know about a sale.

Remake: Woman with Parasol

woman with Parasol
Remake: Woman with Parasol

I have been following Boooooooom for a while, as with so many websites that I follow, I stock from a distance, reading the information, occasionally liking and sometimes, but less frequently  participating in the discussions. Lately I have decided to take a more active role in some of the websites that inspire me.

Boooooooom has a several projects on the go, Remake appealed to me. The challenge was to remake a masterwork of art as a photograph. Claude Monet is one of my favourite painters. The rules were simple it has to be a photography and the idea was to re-creating and re-staging the image. All the work here happens before you take the photo, rather than afterward, no special effects and other things to your image after the images was taken.

The challenge of re-creating an impressionist’s painting; first was the weather, we are headed into autumn here, those white puffy clouds were not available the day of our photoshoot, and because of the overcast conditions my images doesn’t have the strong shadows of Mr. Monet’s painting. I did use a neutral density filter for a longer exposure, that helped to re-recreate the softness of the image, but too long an exposure, and we did do some much longer exposures) meant the image was too soft for my liking. But this softness might be something I have to get use to if I am going to re-create/remake anymore of his work, and he has an amazing collection that would be fun to explore this way!

How do you think I did, straight from the camera? Do you have a favourite painter you would like to pay homage to and re-create their inspiring picture?