Another cold week in Calgary; my morning commute

 

It has been another extremely cold week here in Calgary, and I will admit to driving further than walking during my morning commute! My fitbit tells me I averaged about 8000 steps a day, and a lot of those steps were in the +15 walkway rather than out in the cold!  Winter seems to be colder and longer this year. When the weather is decent my average step count is closer to 12,000 steps. But I hear the weather is going to improve.

This clip from Rick Mercer on the seven day forecast explains Canadian’s love hate relationship with the weatherman. Enjoy Spring is just around the corner…..

Morning Commute Series Continues

My morning commute series continues. I have read many times that intentionally photographing a series of the same subject or scene, by forcing yourself to photograph the same thing again and again, you can actually make yourself more creative.

A photo theme simply means creating a set of photographs that are related in some way, whether it be through subject, color or re-occurring pattern. By defining a series, morning commute I was not required to constantly come up with a new subject or idea for each morning; once a theme’s subject had been established, I only needed to find a new creative view.  This allowed me to concentrate on what’s really important…taking an interesting photo.

While I am not always photography the same scene, I have been using my morning walk to work to see, to be awake and aware of my beautiful city. The thirty minutes a day, has defined my series, and to be honest it has provided the motivation to walk despite what seems like a very long very cold winter.

I appreciate hearing from you, as a photographer, artist or writer are you working on a series?  Why not introduce yourself and provide a link to your series.

Morning Commute

 

Images from my morning commute. We have been finding new streets to stroll along on our way to the office, and I am enjoying seeing different parts of the city that we don’t get to see on a regular basis.

Downtown Calgary changes very little from day to day, but the weather does change just how it looks, one day soon I hope to see a sunrise again, not just the frost on the windows and snow on the street. The traffic does inspire me, maybe one day next week I will carry a tripod and do some long exposures.

Calgary has some wonderful sculptures, and public art and too often we race to the office, or run from place to place to get our chores done and miss the beauty of where we live. I am enjoying working on this morning commute series, it has re-energized my photography, and it has helped me to see my city again.

Are you working on photo series; if so tell us a little about it and provide a link in the comments so we  can check it out.

Frosty Windows; Monochrome Madness

Frost on the window; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

Frost on the window; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015 

Frost on the car window! Without the garage I am having to go out and warm the car up and clean the windows, if we leave first thing in the morning! my reward is the beautiful lace patterns. But I have to be quick it doesn’t take long for them to disappear once the heat is turned on.

For more black and white images head on over to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness.

Spring in Calgary

Frost on the window; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

Frost on the window; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015 

Spring is in the air, but there is still frost on the car window in the morning and I can’t resist taking mu camera with me for a few shots each morning. Tiny abstract landscapes. I hope you are enjoying your spring and finding gorgeous thing to look at.

Snowflakes

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I had a little time yesterday, and the sun was shining! Snowflakes were falling and landing on the tree in the front yard. I am not sure where these little flakes were coming from, as there was not a cloud in the sky. They were flat and feathery, and they sparkled in the sunlight. I couldn’t resist, getting the camera and the stepladder I headed for the front yard to see if I could get one decent image. I was lucky there were a few, but with the wind, many more were blurry, but I am happy with the results.

I am looking forward to better weather over the next few days, even if there are no more beautiful new snowflakes to photography.

 

 

Frosty Garden Globe

frosty garden globes

frosty garden globes

we have glass globes hanging on the back deck, the view down the street is upside down, it is quite interesting to watch the season change through the glass. This weekend I noticed frost on the glass globe one of the prettiest views through the glass I have noticed in a long time.  I grabbed my macro lens to capture a few images.

I hope you are staying warm.

For more creative views and still life images: Life