Winter Walk

If you seek creative ideas go walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk ~                                                                        Raymond I. Myers

room to breathe, man sitting on a bench in Nosehill Park Calgary Alberta, enjoying the view and a beautiful winter day, blue sky in the background and frosty grass in the forground
winter Calgary man sitting on a bench Nosehill park; Room to Breath https://society6.com/product/winter-walk858777_print?sku=s6-7877409p4a1v45

I am not sure who this Raymond I. Myers is or where he lived, but I am guessing that he didn’t walk in Canada during the winter, where a good hat is essential against the frosty cold wind that blows in my ears! But the walk despite to cold wind and snow does give me a chance to breathe some fresh air, and clear my thoughts and find inspiration.

My assignment today: Find a simple subject…. an uncluttered background….. experiment with different POV’s (points of view). Leave room in the frame… negative space is a beautiful thing.

Negative space is the space around and between the subject(s) of an image. There is plenty of space on Nosehill Park for walking, dreaming and for listening to the angels if you like, the only thing negative is the temperature! Forgive me for harping on about the cold, I know I am not the only one putting up with these temperatures, it is just not easy to get comfortable with, it will take me a while to adjust!  Until then, I hope you are enjoying your day, and that you are finding room to breathe and be creative.

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Ripples of water; Alhambra fountain

ripples; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015
ripples; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

“let our solitude be washed away by water and let our emptiness be filled with love”  Water Poon

One of the beautiful fountains of the Alhambra in Granada Spain reminds me of the beautiful words of Water Poon. My weekend was filled with love, thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes.

Be Still and Breath

Treasures at the Beach; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014
Treasures at the Beach; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

I wrote last week that I was enrolled in an online still life course, BeStill 52; the class manifesto from  Kim:

I believe ….. there are bits of lovely everywhere….stop, PAUSE… look…see…
Shadow, light…. lines and cracks…the weathered, the worn….tattered, torn….
Life is messy………ups, downs… ins …. outs….
Amongst it all… there’s beauty …just waiting to be found

I too believe there is beauty everywhere, we just have to take time to see it. We have been spending time reading and relaxing at the beach, walking down the shoreline and find little treasures.

A simple subject, and an uncluttered background! I hope you are having a great weekend.

Coffee Shop Window

Coffee Shop Window; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014
Coffee Shop Window; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

“Oh the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we’ve no place to go
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”

Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne, 1945

Well it hasn’t snowed here yet, it has been cold and grey outside. Lucky for us we have found several beautiful coffee shops. We can enjoy the view out the window, while we sip a warm cup of coffee. Another lovely day snow or no snow.

I added a pink texture layer to this image, something that would bring out the pink in the flowers and give it a slight more rustic feel, do you like it? I am still trying to figure out if it is too much!

Floating Leaves

Floating Leaves; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014
Floating Leaves; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014 

“How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.”

-John Burroughs

Travelling; Flying to Italy

 

"looking out the window" copyright jmeyersforeman
“looking out the window” copyright jmeyersforeman

“Once a year go someplace you have never been”

Dalai Lama

We have decided to visit as many places as we can visit in one very short year and now we are off  to Italy where the food and wine is as rich as the history and art. I am packing a little more camera equipment, a better tripod and a new portable storage device for all the photos I plan on taking!

 

Sunsets on the Atlantic Coast; Baiona Spain

Sunset at Baiona Spain
Sunset at Baiona Spain  

When it’s not always raining there’ll be days like this
When there’s no one complaining there’ll be days like this  – Van Morrison 

I have to admit that since arriving in Spain I have been looking forward to watching the sunset on this side Atlantic Ocean. Sunset is a wonderful time of day; the day’s business has been done or at least what could get done has been done. I know there are a few of you that burn the midnight oil either by choice or habit or a job, but for me being a morning person, the day’s business has been done, and a day where I can sit and watch the sunset reminds me of the Van Morrison song “Day’s like this” 

I hope you are having a  “day like this”

 

Morning Coffee

morning coffee
morning coffee

I like coffee because it gives me the illusion that I might be awake.
Lewis Black

There are some who believe that the day can only be as good as the your first cup of coffee.

A great way to start the day, a cup of coffee; sometimes an espresso, sometimes a cappuccino, or in Spain coffee con leche. Today I decided on an espresso and I decided to photography the coffee once it was made. Once photographed I decided to process the image using a warm antique photo filter, slightly tinting the image to warm coffee tone.  On hindsight the image, and the coffee cup is cropped a little tight, if I were to photography this again I would allow a little more room around the cup, maybe tomorrow’s cup of coffee?!

How do you like your coffee?

Forest and Trees; motion and long exposure

seeing the trees amoung the forest
seeing the trees amoung the forest 

Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky,
We fell them down and turn them into paper,
That we may record our emptiness.
~Kahlil Gibran

I have been spending a lot of time doing both family and business portraits over the last year, and enjoyed every minute. Luckily I have also had time to spend getting out of the studio/home and thinking about landscapes. I love the trees as they blow in the wind, the tall pine trees had been covered by the wet snow, long white streaks against a dark background.

I have been exploring and experimenting with long exposures, motion and blur, and love the feeling of the image, white streaks representative of the growth, reaching for the sky, enhanced by the snow stuck to the side of the tree.  Freeman Patterson has always been one of my favourite photographers, and this photo is reminiscent (at least for me) of his work.

 

Flying above the clouds

flying above the clouds
flying above the clouds 

Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true….. lyman frank baum 

When flying I spend a lot of time looking out the window of the airplane. The view is always different; I rarely get a seat with the perfect perspective of the wing, and a beautiful clear blue sky.

I dream of  more planes and more great skies.

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