Week 11 Mar. 9, 2020 Photography

abandoned

Last week’s 52frames photo challenge was abandoned, a tough one in the middle of the city, only because we haven’t been getting out for our long walks, and when we do it is around the neighborhood, the same beautiful walk along the Bow River. It’s a great walk, but mid-day same old walk has left me a little uninspired lately. What do you do for inspiration, have you got any suggestions for me, I would love to hear from you.

This photo is of the old white barn not far down the street, in Inglewood, a little internet research tells me that it was built in 1906 as a livery stable and it is now only used for storage. The building isn’t completely abandoned, but with it’s weathered paint, padlocked doors, and trees growing up near the foundation it does have that abandoned look and would serve the purpose for my weekly challenge.

In other news, I have been spending time sifting through old photos, cleaning up digital folders, organizing a new hard drive and my Lightroom Catalogue. All this has given me time to experiment with different creative processes in Photoshop, working with layers, and actions. Here are three images from our trip to Maui two years ago. I miss the warm weather and sandy beaches, and I miss the early morning walks.

Beautiful Sandy Beach at Kihei Hawaii, USA
Sunset in Maui
An early morning walk along the beach Kihea Maui Hawaii

My favorite is Bill walking on the beach, each image was taken at a different time of day, and each image with it’s different light has quite a different feel. Which one is your favorite?

All for now, I would love to hear from you, comments are appreciated.

Week 7 2020 Photography

vintage camera
pink and red feather tulips with small white and pink cake, cup of tea, red hearts and pink sprinkles on the table for a valentines display
52Frames Intentional Color Palette

Well hello, where has the time gone, I have been meaning to write for a while, but the time flies by!

The weekly challenge for 52frames has been keeping my busy, challenging my imagination and my skills. Week 6; Intentional Colour Palette; I struggled with this, and our walks through the neighborhood and along the river did not provide any inspiration. Valentines Day we were at the farmer’s market picking up some supplies for a dinner party, here I picked up tulips and some little cakes.

We like to buy several little cakes of different flavors to sever our guests, cutting them up into 4 or 5 pieces, bitesize, and we can try several flavors that the pastry shop has to offer. One of the cakes, a white cake with raspberry filling, and white and pink icing. The color was a great compliment to the tulips and an image started to come together. I treated myself to the tea and cake after the photos had been taken. I saved the other 5 cakes for our guests to enjoy.

Week 7 of the 52frames challenge was “Pairs” so many pairs came to mind….. the first thing I think of every morning is my cup of coffee. I don’t often have a biscuit with my first cup of coffee, but they are a perfect pair, don’t you agree?

coffee and biscuit in the foreground, coffee cup out of focus in the background
coffee and biscuit

I have a few old cameras, if you have been following the blog for a while you might have seen a few of them, pairing them with a set of old Ansel Adams books seemed perfect. I did shot several options of this image and I liked it better when there were several more old cameras in the frame. Still not satisfied I searched for another idea.

a pair of old camera with my old Ansel Adams books a black and white image in the background out of focus.
A pair of old cameras and old photography books, pair together to make a still-life

The idea of a salt and pepper came to mind, it is so common most of us don’t even think about it anymore, it is just there, so I wanted to challenge myself and create an image that would elevate the ordinary to the extra-ordinary. What do you think, have I made peppercorns and salt flakes something you could look at for a while?

close up image of flakes of sea salt and peppercorns.
close-up image of flakes of sea salt and peppercorns

I choose a blue variegated background, something mid-range in the color and tone that the salt and pepper would stand out against. I used natural light, I have a beautiful east-facing window, so the light is pretty constant through the day, and I can see what it is doing. Natural light is usually my first choice. I used an f11 for an aperture, but that means a slow shutter speed and a tripod. The bottom of the frame is out of focus, particularly on the left, macro image have a very limited depth of field.

I have run out of time and must submit one image for this week’s challenge, and it will be the salt and pepper image. I have decided to learn about focus stacking, taking more that one image of the scene, with different focal points, and then merging them in photoshop. Once I get this right I will be better able to produce image that are sharp from front to back, top to bottom, corner to corner.

I will let you know, when I am successful, or at least happy with the outcome! If you wish to learn more about the 52frames challenge let me know I will send you a link. The cake was from Yum Yum Bakery, and the tulips were from Flowers at the Market

I would love to hear from you, let me know which image you like.

Week 5 – 2020 Photography

It has been another great week, spending time with my parents in Osoyoos BC, flying home to Calgary. Last week’s 52-frames challenge was “shot from above” I could not have time that any better.

delicate

I have been spending more time with flowers.

I hope you have been having a great week, your comments are appreciated, and I look forward to hearing from you

Week 4 – January 2020 Photography

Early Morning Osoyoos British Columbia
Osoyoos British Columbia Canad, lights across the lake

Two different views of Osoyoos reflected in Osoyoos Lake, it has been a quiet week visiting my parents. Osoyoos has become or is quickly becoming the snowbird capital of Canada. For those seniors who wish to escape the harsh winter conditions in their home town, Osoyoos has the shortest and warmest winter conditions of almost anywhere in Canada. It also has a community of seniors that is active and welcoming.

The 52 frames challenge this week was titled “Fill the Frame”

Winter Daisy

While out for our walk I spotted a large clump of daisies, one of my favorite flowers, and given how many flowers were on still on the stock, brown and withered I am going to guess that Osoyoos was hit with a sudden heavy frost early in the winter season. This was a bonus for me, using a technique called free-lensing to photograph the flowers to fill the frame. Free-lensing requires that I use my 50mm lens off-camera, turned backward, it magnifies the subject similar to a macro lens, for Lensbaby. The depth of field is very small, resulting in a very soft image, for some subjects this works very well. I did add a layer of texture in post-processing, adding depth to the dreamy nature of the image.

Below an image of licorice candy using the same free-lensing technique, and my second choice for the challenge. Which would have been your choice?

free-lensing – licorice candy still life

Just a quick reminder, if you are in the Calgary area, I hope you will drop by our Exposure 2020 event, we would love to see you there

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Pompeii

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.

Seville Inspired

We loved our time in Seville, and I think I can safely say that we will return.

digital artistry, inspired by our time in Seville.

One of the unique features in Spain are the rolling shutters that cover the storefront doors. Metal doors, that roll down at night, or when the store is closed to cover the door. Many are painted with graffiti, but a good many are painted with unique pictures usually relating to the store. We have even seen a parking garage door painted with a Spanish landscape.

You can see some examples of these murals from the blog post about Madrid.

Bill and I spend a lot of time walking around the cities we visit, I was inspired to try my hand at a little digital art, during the quiet time, when my feet were too tired to walk anymore! Using several images taken during our stay. The image above was my attempt to capture the essence of Seville. Learning how to use blending modes, transform tools, selection tools, erasing, masking, and so many other features of Photoshop was quite a challenge.

This type of art has always appealed to me, but I am not sure I have the creativity for it! Have you tried anything new? I have to remind myself that learning new skills takes time, perfect doesn’t happen overnight, or in one magic moment, so I will keep trying during quiet times when my feet are too tired to walk anymore.

The Alcazar of Seville

One of the great sites to visit while in Seville is the Alcazar of Seville, a royal palace built for King Peter of Castile. It was built by Castilian Christians of the site of a Muslim residential fortress destroyed after the Christian conquest of Seville. The Palace is a beautiful example of Mudejar architecture in the Iberian Peninsula. The upper levels of the Alcazar are still used by the royal family as their official residence while in Seville.

The integrate details in the tiles cover the walls, mesmerizing to the eye. Arched doorways open into lush gardens, with the smell of oranges in the air. and fountains with just a trickle of water conceals the sounds of the people talking in the nearby rooms. I highly recommend the audio guide to learn more about the palace its’ history.

While in Seville we have also done some Sherry tasking, and trip through the white villages, and an evening watching flamenco dancing.

We have been having a great time here in Seville, but I time here has come to an end. We are off to Malta next week. How has your week been?

Have you been to Malta, any tips or suggests for things to do or see. I would love to hear from you

Hola from Seville

We are having a great time in Seville, sherry tasting, cooking classes and a tour of the city. We have spent time touring the Plaza Espana, the Alcazar, Triana, and the Triana Market. So many beautiful streets, cafes, and plazas.

This week the 52framers challenge was “city life at night” and I decided to try out the pano feature on my new phone

This week on Society6 is offering 25% off all products and free worldwide shipping, just in case you are interested in a new yoga matt, or tote bag now is a good time!

Hola from Seville

I love the light and beautiful balconies

We arrived in Seville late last week, and we have enjoyed walking all the pedestrian streets. I love all the beautiful plazas, amazing architecture, and I especially love the light. Early morning light and the evening light along the streets! 

I have been participating with 52frames, a weekly photo challenge, 

week 4 –

Macro, admittedly I wasn’t overly inspired by the challenge, I was lucky to find the daffodils were blooming in my cousins garden. Thanks, Sharon and Bob for a lovely four days! 

Week 5 –

dirty, okay I am struggling with the challenge, and I am going to have to think about how I approach the challenges each week if I am going to keep them up. While I have been struggling, I have been inspired by the images submitted by many of the photographers, and this does help to motivate me. 

Week 6 – my desk, there are a few coffee shops, we have been enjoying the “coffee con leche” coffee with warm milk, as well as the wonderful pastries while I sit process image, so I pretty sure I will have a better submission this week. 

If you have any suggestions for off the beaten path things to do in or around Seville drop me a line, or if you want more info on the 52framers weekly photo challenge, let me know, I would be happy to send you a link. 

While we have been away I have launched a new website for images taken during our Camino to Santiago de Compostela, I would appreciate if you have a look. I would love to know if you have a favorite image, or if you have done the Camino, your favorite memory or location. 

To see our ongoing travel photos check out my Instagram feed. 

See you again soon.