Morning Commute; Instagram photos plus…..

Full disclosure; I live approximately 12 kilometres from the office. My morning commute includes a 20 minute drive and a 30 minute walk. When I started working at my current position we set up this up as part of our schedule. I say we because Bill walks to work with me, then carries on about his day. He returns at the end of the day for another commute home. We do this for several reasons, we love to walking, it keeps us out of the gym, and it gives me that creative time first thing in the morning, before the day’s work has begun.

The fresh morning air, watching the light change as the sun rises, at this time in my life, there isn’t a better start the day. I have even enjoyed the extreme cold we have had this winter, and have only missed a few days of walking.

I hope you are enjoying my morning commute series. My goal has been to post one photo a day, on instagram. This week I thought I would share a couple of extra photos that didn’t make it to instagram.

Do you post your photos on instagram, are you working on a series? Leave a message and your instagram link in the comments below so we can check out what you are working on.

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Last week on Instagram

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I returned to work; a busy week at the office, means less time for photograph I am afraid! The days are getting longer, there is a little more light visible in the sky during my walk into work and on the way home.  This week the light through the windows was the most fascinating.

My goal this week is daily posts on instagram, and a different route to and from the office to see what new views I can find.

 

My Week in Photos and on Instagram

We had a relaxing week with my family in Puerto Vallarta, and during our visit to Puerto Vallarta we celebrated my parents 60th wedding anniversary, I feel incredibly blessed to spend this time with them.

When we were not celebrating their milestone we wandered the streets, and checked out some of local restaurants. Between meals and margarita’s spent some time on the beach watching the waves roll in.

I hope your week was a good one.

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this week on instagram, my morning walk to work project. I will admit to being a  little preoccupied with work, there has been a lot going on at my full time job, so my brain, and therefore my eyes have not been seeing as much of the beautiful morning as I would have liked.

I have found that if my thoughts are tied up at work, I am not seeing what is around me as fully as I could be seeing. Being lost in my thoughts, thinking about work as I walk might be like sleepwalking. Walking the same route to work everyday plays a part in the sleepwalking, we see the same things twice a day, 5 days a week, at about the same time everyday, the routine can dull the senses.

Are you sleepwalking through your day, caught up in your routine, missing the beautiful of your surroundings, of the moment you are in?  I started this Walk to Work Instagram Project to help me become more conscious and enjoy the walk, hopefully take my mind off work! I hope you enjoy seeing the images from my walk to work.

The next three weeks we are off to Australia, and my morning walk to work project will begin again in May.

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?

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.

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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