Having a look-see at the Calgary Zoo; Explore Calgary Project

Elephant's Eye

Elephant’s Eye

Bill and I have been talking about visiting the zoo for a very long time, it seems to get pushed down the list of things to do!  On Saturday that all changed! We put our busy schedules aside, to “just do it”  and  we went for a walk around the zoo.  We had a look-see!  We were not the only ones. It was the first nice day, almost spring like here in Calgary and lots of families were out for the day.  I don’t think it matters how many people are there, it never seems crowded and there is so much to see.

The elephants are always one of my favorites, not always great for pictures.  The enclosure is rather unattractive, but I am sure suitable for the elephants. This wrinkly old guy strolled up to the fence and I was able to get some close up pictures, he stood for a few minutes, almost like he was posing, then wandered off to bother the ladies!

I do feel that my explore Calgary series has suffered a little from the busy schedule, and horrible weather! I am hoping that I can motivate myself to get out of the studio a little bit more now that the day are a little longer and a little nicer!

Curious George, A Pretty Grey Pony from Bruckless Donegal, Ireland

We meet Curious George when we visited Ireland a couple of years ago.  A beautiful grey pony that visited with us every morning, poking his nose over the fence to see if we had anything to feed him!  I have been playing with textures and grain on photos.  Textures from Kim Klassen’s Cafe, she has several wonderful collections, and e-courses.

I have several projects I want to work on, just finding myself pulled in several directions and a little disorganized to get any shooting in this week! I am aim for the weekend with my camera! Below are to previous images/posts that were processed using textures from Kim Klassen’s collection. I love her work, and her blog.

Carly’s friends, Keira and Reno

Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms –                                                                                                                                                                            George Eliot

I am still working on Carly’s photos, unfortunately there is only so much time in a day. It is wonderful to have these lovely animals to look at, and photos to post, as I try to keep up with the wordpress post a day challenge!

I used Flora Bella actions to give the image a warm, slightly aged look. They have great actions, on their blog they use mostly children photos for subjects, but I find they work well in a numer of different occassions and subjects.  They are quick to apply, and easy to use, in that the group can be opened and each layer viewed,  masks can be applied to any or all layers to enhance or modify the affect and personalized for the image I am working on.

At this point I am trying to decide if I should clone out the purple rope, and your thought would be appreciated. It would be a lot of work, but I think it would be worth it.