After spending a little more than a year living out of a suitcase, enjoying the foot loose and fancy free lifestyle, we arrived home to Calgary in late February. Then, in mid April we moved back into our townhouse, we started to unpack the boxes, re-hang art work and filled the closets. We stocked shelves with some of our favourite food, and most importantly are now sleeping in our own very comfortable bed. We enjoyed our time away, but we seeing, and more importantly, visiting with family and friends.
During the last month I have also started a new job! Back into the insurance world with exciting new challenges, unfortuately it is all leaving very little time for photography. I think once I get use to the routine, and the home gets settled I will have more time, but for now photography has once again taken the back seat to work.
I do have a few images listed with Alamy, a stock photography website, and recently this image of the Puenta la Reina was purchased. While I won’t be getting rich with the sale, I am happy to say that it sold for more than the $1.00 per image that some sites are offering images for. I have been a regular contributor to the stock agency for a while and periodically sell and images, so the sale isn’t unusal, as I don’t have a lot of photography news to share with you, this seemed like a good opportunity to feature my Alamy home page.
I will continue to process images, adding them to the stock site when I can, I am hoping to starting doing more family portraits on the weekend again and I will continue blogging, once I get a new routine established.
The Charles Bridge is a famous historic bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague, Czech Republic spans 16 arches and is lined with 30 Baroque statues of religious figures, and can be seen from one of more than a dozen towers in the city.
I had read that Prague has about 100 towers, at least nine are considered major tourist attractions, and visitors can climb the steps, or in some cases ride a lift to the top for a bird’s-eye view of the city. This image was taken from the Petrin Hill and Observation tower 299 steps to reach the top, not one of the tallest towers I have walked up, but it does sit on top of Petrin Hill, high above the city.
We haven’t been getting up for sunrise very often lately, we wanted to see Charles Bridge in the early morning before it was filled with people. Sunday and there was at least a dozen photographers with tripods, and another dozen or so people walking around with cameras at 6 am! It was cloudy so there wasn’t much of a sunrise, but it was worth getting up early because by 7 am there bridge was starting to get busy, by then we were ready for our morning coffee and croissant.
We have been walking around Florence for a couple of days checking out all the recommended sights, seeing a few of the “must see” places, it seems there are so many more to see before we leave. On everyone’s list of must see is the Ponte Vecchio, that crosses the Arno River. It is the most ancient bridge of the city, according to the history books, it has been rebuilt several times since Roman times. This current structure was built in 1345, on the parapets many shops. This is one only bridge that the Germans did not blow up in 1944; spared as a work of art. From the centre of the bridge is a beautiful view of the river.
One the streets of Florence there are many artists working and selling their pictures, pen and ink drawings, water colours and even small acrylic canvases, all of them quite beautiful. All of them are quite unique in their own way and they all show different attractions of this famous city. I have been admiring the watercolours, so I decided to try to make an image that looked more like the water colour paintings I was seeing and less like the photos I was taking!
What do you think, do you think I have achieved my goal?
It might just be me, but I like the underside of bridges, abstract architectural lines, form great graphic lines. We found this bridge in London England this summer while wandering the streets. Shades of grey to black it is the perfect monochromatic image for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness, a blog post presented by Leanne Cole featuring submissions from more than 50 photographers. Check it out, there is some great black and white image from all over the world.
The PontePietra is a Roman arch bridge crossing the Adige River in Verona Italy. It had been cloudy with spots of rain all day, so we didn’t think there would be much of a sunset! Lucky for us the clouds broke ever so slightly and there was a little bit of pink showing through. Using a long exposure so there is a softness to the clouds and water. The second image is taken from the other side; the water has nothing to ripple over and the long exposure enhances the reflection.
It is getting dark earlier and the street lights are coming on earlier. We have been suffering a little jet lag so our days and nights a little confused and more than a little tired, but that is expected I guess.
We are off to Bologna today, just a short train ride from Verona.
On Saturday I am going to participate in the Scott Kelby World Wide Photo Walk tomorrow, so I am looking forward to meeting up with some fellow photographers and seeing the lovely Bologna Italy! How about you, are you participating in the photo walk?
We have been visiting family and friends in Saskatchewan, and while I have been wandering around with my camera on a couple of occasions, it has been cold and rainy.
When not visiting with family and friends I have had time to process some of the images from our last trip. For this image I waited for the decision moment, Henri Carter Bresson style. Waiting for the mother and child to reach the apex of the bridge, while their feet where still visible, but the line of the bridge did not cut through the bodies.
I processed the image in Lightroom, it is very easy to edit between Lightroom, Photoshop and the Nik Software Plug-ins. This image was processed using the Lightroom black and white presets, I wanted to give the image and aged feel, and I added a touch of vignette. Stacey Fisher does a before and after blog post once a week, there are a few fellow photographers who contribute image and discuss their process, it is a great place to learn some processing and workflow tips. Head over to her site to check out the latest contributors.
Before heading to Caerphilly Wales to visit cousins we stopped for a night in the beautiful city of Bath England. This is probably one of the most famous views of the Pulteney Bridge and the River Avon with its crescent shaped weir.
Considered to be one of the most beautiful and romantic bridges in the world, is one of a handful of bridges with shops built into it.
The Alcantara Bridge, also known as Puente Trajan at Alcantara is a Roman Stone Bridge build over the Tagas River bears the inscription Pontem perpetui mansurum in saecula “I have build a bridge which will last forever, on the archway over the central pier. I don’t know if it will last forever, or of the many renovations that might have been done, but I do know that it has a beautiful reflection with the right light and a calm river.
Toledo is beautiful, I would recommend a trip to see the sights, visit the cafe’s , and meet the locals, I can guarantee you will enjoy your time there, we did! We are off to Tarragona, along the mediterranean, for a little rest, and maybe even a little beach time.
Merida is not a large place, with a population of around 64,000 people. A pleasant place, it is not different from many other Spanish towns, with friendly people, many bars and restaurants with one exception, that being that as being one of the Roman Empires capitals in the Iberian Peninsula it is home to some of the best preserved Roman Ruins in Europe. As a result in 1993 it was established as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.The town was founded in 25 BC, with the name of Emerita Augusta which means discharged soldiers – of the army of Augustus, who founded the city; the current name Mérida was derive from this, changed and altered by its conquest by the Muslims and other down through history. Its main purpose for all these conquers was to protect a bridge over the River Guadiana.
The path of the Camino Pilgrim will take you over this bridge with 64 granite arches that remain intact and in use to this day as a pedestrian walkway and is one of the longest Roman bridges remaining in existence. At the end of this bridge stands the Alcazaba a fortress that was initially built by the Romans, but later occupied by the Moors. Over it main gate you will find a reference dedicating it to Allah.
In more recent history it was taken and occupied by Napoleon, and both opposing side of the Spanish Civil Wars, such was its strategic importance. Further into the town you will find sitting side by side, a Roman Forum and Theatre. The former similar to that found in Italica, was use for gladiator fights and as you proceeds down the stairs into the ring it offers life-size mock ups of the different types of gladiators, their specific armour and who they would normally fight. However of the two the theatre is the most spectacular. While breathtaking as a tourist attraction, it is still used for plays and festivals by the local population.
Equally as spectacular is the Temple of Diana. Surprisingly this building is surrounded by a simple fence low fence to protect it from errant tourists, is located close to the centre of town on one of Merida many pedestrian walkways, such that hundreds of working Spaniards walk by it ever day on the way to and from work.