Favorite Instagram Images this week

favourites from my Instagram feed this week.

The weather was nice, the walking was easy, and for some reason I haven’t quite figured out I didn’t take too many photo!

The image on the top right of the mosaic was a studio image, another “flat-lay” as I experimented with the light, shooting straight down, and having a shadowless image!

I participate in the “photo-a-day” challenge on Instagram, one word inspiration, from left, clockwise; path, hobbie, and out-of-place. Each day there is a new word, although I will admit that I don’t find, see or produce a photo for each day, I do find it inspiring and challenging.

I would like to hear from you, do you carry a camera with you everyday, if you do, how do you stay inspired?

Winter Textures

IMG_7120Winter textures of the Bow River near Banff Alberta.

Many times I will wander, or sometimes sit quietly, often the location tells me to sit or to keep moving, either way I will often isolate a feature, narrow my view to one spot.

While visiting Banff we were walking beside the Bow River, I was drawn to the contrast that exists within it’s banks; delicate snowflakes collect like dust on the large solid blocks of ice, long fragile icicles hang down while the tiny drops of water splash from the rushing waters. So many different textures all created by water.

My goal for this photo was to create an image that would communicate all the various textures available to me. How did I do, do you get a sense of winter textures from the image?

Delicate snow flakes dust the solid block of ice from which fragile icicles hang, tiny drops of water splash up from the rushing water of the Bow River. #fmsphotoaday #fms_texture #explorealberta #travelalberta #bow_river

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Playing along with #fmsphotoaday #fms_car #walked_to_work while others drive. #yycliving #yycmorning

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Instagram

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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.

Walking the Camino with a Instamatic Camera

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walking the camino to Santiago de Compostela Spain with an Instamatic Camera! 

in 2012 Bill and I walked the Camino to Santiago de Compostela among the many things we carried, was the Fuji Instamatic Camera, and 5 packs of instamatic film. Each day we took a photo and mailed the photo home, my own postcard. Here are just a few of the photo. I have finally decided it is time I should put all of these memories in one place, another time I will show you the map book we used to find out way!

I had read about Polaroid Postcards, but at the time polaroid wasn’t easily available, so we travelled with a Fuji Instamatic Camera. Some of the photos didn’t make it home, some had lost their stamps but still arrived home. I put the address and stamp on the front so that the postmark and info would be on the same side as the photo. I eventually started to tape the stamp to the card to make sure they didn’t fall off.

Most people walking the camino try to adhere to the suggestion that the backpack should not be more than 10% of their body weight, it will come as no surprise to many who know me that my camera gear exceed this guideline, and this was before I added in the Instamatic camera and film. I do have to thank Bill, my wonderful husband, who always help to carry the equipment. The images are a wonderful keepsake from the walk

Little things

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I Love my old measuring spoons

 

The last year has been all about work, I haven’t been carrying my camera around as much or doing a great deal of traditional photography or portraits, I will tell you I have missed it. So, I upgraded my phone, and I have started to take more photos with it, play with different apps and posting more regularly on Instagram.

The camera phone is much easier to carry as I walk to and from work, truth is I carry it everywhere! There are so many great, or maybe they are just interesting apps available that it will take me quite some time to learn about all the features, and decide which ones I will use and which ones will be dumped in the bucket!

One of my favourite phone photographers Kat Sloma has a new book out that I have started to read, she has lead me to explore a more creative side of the camera phone. While I am at it I will introduce you to Kim Klassen and inspirational still life photographer that I have been following for sometime.

Working full time has left me with little time for photography over the last year, I am hoping that with the phone camera I can continue to explore the world of photography, with new tools. I am going to try to post a little more often than I have over the last few months, posting once a week as an update to what I have been seeing and learning. You are always welcome to follow me on instagram or facebook .

 

Morning walk to work; -5C with a bit of a breeze; one gentleman out practising tai chi before dawn. #fmsphotoaday #outdoors #photoaday #yyc #calgary #morning #walked_to_work

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Bill and I walked the Camino to Santiago de Compostela in 2012 My favorite part of the day was watching the sunrise and warm the landscape #fmsphotoaday #landscape #sunrise #caminodesantiago

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River’s Edge

20160101_161745~2 Beauty ice found as we walk along Bow River pathway, near Bowness, not our usual walking route. Here we could get much closer to the water.