Week 11 Mar. 9, 2020 Photography


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.

Pink Roses; always learning


pink garden roses
pink garden roses https://society6.com/product/roses795980_print?sku=s6-7743875p4a1v45

I love this image, but it wouldn’t work on many of the Society6 products, the image size of a single stem didn’t meet the pixel dimensions needed for some of the larger products and the single stem didn’t look great on products like the backpack.

For the shower curtain and floor pillow, I layered copies of the image. The material on the floor pillow add to the texture and delicate detail of the image, but I needed a different idea for items like the duffle bag and backpack so I decided it was time to learn how to create a pattern.



At the Fence

pony at the fence, a foggy day in Galicia Spain along the Camino to Santiago de Compostela

I spent a quiet weekend at the computer exploring the cache of old photos on the hard-drive and working with textures. There is a lot to learn when overlaying images with textures, and using multiple images together.

I still haven’t decided if this image is a complete success, but I am happy with the outcome for now, as a stage in learning. I am sure that as I work my way through the various lessons and ideas I will develop new skills.

I am curious, as the pony at the fence, to see where this might take my photography.

For those who are interested in using textured layers for developing images, I would recommend Kim Klassen, who has a number of wonderful textures and online classes on using those textures.