Week 14 Mar 31, 2020, Photography Light and Texture

flowers and shadows

I have had plenty of time at home to play with the light and shadows, these shadows have been provided by Kim Klassen and added to the flowers as a layer in photoshop. I have followed Kim for quite some time now, she has re-opened Texture Tuesday. It seems like a perfect time to take some photos, old and new to experiment with adding textures to create new digital art. It is a great relief from watching the news.

portugal fishing harbour

I photographed a few old slides, this one dates back to 2001! Adding textures helped to create more dramatic colours and texture. I love that it looks more like a painting than a photograph.


If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen this image. This beautiful little girl is now a beautiful mom with two little ones of her own. To create the digital image I photographed an old black and white image, then added one of Kim’s light textures to enhance the sun light coming through the window adding to the soft dreamy nature of the images.

Another image using light and texture from Kim’s collection, this one I wanted to as some text, experiment with adding a type layer to the image.

While we can’t physically stay close, I hope you can connect online, and help someone else feel they are your Sunshine.

So many great ways to capture the light, and use it in both old and new photos for Texture Tuesday! Kim is opening a new online program to explore light, texture, and text, and I am looking forward to all of this while as we stay close to home. I especially love this quote, “instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create” Roy T. Bennett.

I will leave you with one final image, an dried tulip, with light streaming through the curtain, it would seem that with there is beauty everywhere if we go looking for it.

take care, stay well, I would love to hear from you.


Igor Mitoraj’s sculpture featured at the entrance of Pompeii

Polish sculptor Igor Mitoraj’s massive Apollonian sculpture, the Daedalus (Dedalo), has found a permanent home near the Temple of Venus at Pompeii’s entrance.
We had time to visit the historic site, traveling an hour by train from Salerno where we were staying. It was quite amazing, the area that was covered, the reclamation that has been done, and the insight this place provides regarding life during that period of history.
Online information suggested we would need 2 to 3 hours to tour the site, Bill and I were there 3 hours, and had only seen about 1/2 the place! There is very little information on site, the audio guide is, I think, essential, to get the most from our visit.
The whole site is also very exposed with minimal shade, so it is imperative you bring water, sunscreen, and a hat. The cobbled streets and rough nature of the walking surface mean that wheelchairs and prams are impractical.

Visiting London, and the 52Frames Weekly Challenge; Rule of thirds

London Eye; London England
Visiting London England, and seeing all the sights

It’s been a busy week, we are off on another adventure – three days in London England. The weather has been cloudy and cool but that has not stopped us from walking from one end to the other, seeing the sights, eating pub food and attending the musical at the Shaftsbury theater. While visiting London I have been thinking about the 52frames weekly challenge, which is to create an image using the Rule of Thirds.

The Rule of Thirds is perhaps the most well-known ‘rule’ of photographic composition one of the first things taught to beginning photographers, and one of the compositional rules I heard over and over again as part of the camera club. 

The basic principle behind the rule is to imagine breaking an image down into thirds both horizontally and vertically, so that there are 9 equal parts, like a tic tac toe board. Many of the modern cameras can be set to display a grid, check your user manual if are interested in learning more about this. 

The grid identifies important points you should consider placing the subject of elements of interest as you frame your image. Proponents of the technique claim that aligning a subject with these points create more tension, energy, and interest in the composition than simply entering the subject. The Rule of Thirds does a few things for composition. First, it gets new photographers off the habit of centering the subject by default and thinking about the entire frame. Second, it creates empty space that helps draw the viewer’s eye into the subject.

this week on instagram; roadtrip

This week on Instagram

road trip to saskatchewan
road trip to Saskatchewan

on our way to Calgary

through the Rockies in the Rain
through the Rockies in the Rain

kamloops at sunset
Kamloops at sunset

heading east, almost at Merrit BC
heading east, almost at Merritt BC


We have spent a lot of time in the car during the last 7 days! I am thinking my next photo project might be “through the front windshield.” But in reality I am looking at staying home during the next couple of months!

Take care I hope you are enjoying your summer road trips.



Over the last year I have been posting more to Instagram than to my blog. Working full time has had an impact on the time and energy that I have available for both my photography projects and to my blog, so I have turned to Instagram, and a photo-a-day, almost everyday…..

I still see photographic opportunities everyday, but carrying my DSLR for the 30  minute walk, back and forth to the office was something I wasn’t eager to do. Couple that with the growth and improvement of phone photography, I decided to explore phoneography, so I have been following several phone-photographers, watching their art develop, and exploring the different apps that are available. 

I hope you will follow along for the next couple of month while I share my Instagram photostream, the inspiration behind the photos, and some of my favourite Instagram photographers.

Some days days I will show you my morning or evening walk if the light or weather is inspiring, or I might be inspired by a quote from my art a day calendar! Today’s photo was inspired by FatMumSlim and her #fmsphotoaday. The challenge was to photograph a “flat lay” defined as ….”A flat is basically when you’re shooting items from directly above. Usually those items will be arranged or styled on a flat surface.”

I decided I would “flat lay” my sewing kit, it is like a giant puzzle with endless possibilities and no piece ever in the wrong place!! My sewing kit hasn’t seen this much activity in years, and I think I am going to enjoy the endless possibilities….

Let me know what you would “flat-lay” or where you find inspiration, it would be nice to hear from you.