Hola from Seville

We are having a great time in Seville, sherry tasting, cooking classes and a tour of the city. We have spent time touring the Plaza Espana, the Alcazar, Triana, and the Triana Market. So many beautiful streets, cafes, and plazas.

This week the 52framers challenge was “city life at night” and I decided to try out the pano feature on my new phone

This week on Society6 is offering 25% off all products and free worldwide shipping, just in case you are interested in a new yoga matt, or tote bag now is a good time!

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Coffee; First coffee then the world

espresso coffee, coffee beans, first coffee then the world gold background
first coffee then the world https://society6.com/product/first-coffee-then-the-world1026841_stretched-canvas?curator=janicemf

Saturday mornings have started to look like every other day of the week. It has been almost 1 year since I quit working a regular job, and it has been quite a year! But the last couple of weeks, we have been home and I have been sick. Cold, sinus infection and bronchitis! I guess it was time for me to come home and rest!

So, it has been a quiet couple of weeks, and now I am rested and getting ready to work on some projects. I entered a couple of images into the Stampede Photo Gallery, we shall see if any of them get accepted. I want to start doing more portraits again this summer. I am thinking about Photo Encaustic Painting, something new to explore, learning something new is always good, but I am not sure about the medium or if I want to dilute my schedule, available time and brain power with one more thing!

I have been adding more images to my Society6 page, that is easy to do while sitting and drinking tea, and it seems a good way to start my venture into selling prints. If you have any other suggestion, I would be happy to hear your thoughts on selling photography online.

I have had my morning coffee, time to get busy, off out of the house and into the world to see what awaits me!

PS. I wanted to mention there is a sale on Society6

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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.

Prints are available on Society6

I have been missing my daily walk!

Wall Mural in the village of Burguete (Auritz) Spain of a gentleman going for a walk with his umbrella. Text in the image; walking is my therapy"
Walking is my therapy; Wall Mural in the village of Burguete (Auritz) Spain of a gentleman going for a walk with his umbrella https://jmeyersforeman.photoshelter.com/index/G0000X9dzoUqwosQ/I0000xAeI1A9pv3o

Bill and I love our daily walks, and there is a lot written about the importance of getting out into the fresh air and getting some exercise, and over the last couple of years, we have spent most of our holiday time walking. Twice now we have done the Camino Francis, the photo about is just one of the wall murals that we took note of.

The Camino Francis is a pilgrimage through northern Spain. While the Camino includes walking through several cities, it is mostly the countryside and small towns along with the relaxing afternoon in the Plaza Mayor that people enjoy. We also love the large city centers that have pedestrian streets filled with cafes, shops, and people.

We returned to Calgary last week, mid-winter, the streets, and walking paths are a little icy, making the walk difficult, at least that is what I tell myself! you see, last winter I worked on a series of photographs called “My Morning Commute”,  one photo a day taken on my way to work. So the cold and potentially icy streets don’t normally have such a negative impact on my walking routine. So I am going to blame it on my sleep, or really the lack of sleep, you see my sleep schedule, it is way off. The combination of living in a different time zone for a number of weeks, and the long trip home, almost 30 hours in transit, yes one very long layover, has played havoc with my sleep schedule! I am caught in a bit of a catch-22, too tired and unmotivated for a long walk, yet deep down I know that walking would help return a healthier rhythm to my day.  I am pretty sure if I thought about it I could find (or make-up) one or two more excuses for my failure to take a walk over the last week! What do you do when you are stuck in a rut that isn’t good for you?

I remind myself that “Demons don’t like fresh air” ~ Ingmar Bergman, one of my favorite quotes, and a reminder to me to get out of the house!

Time to get things in order! today we walk, hopefully, tonight we sleep!

Prints are available through Society6

Last Day of 2018

horse racing Ascot Perth Australia
Ascot Races; Perth Australia

We spent yesterday watching horse racing at the Ascot Race Track near Perth. Watching the ponies run is something we enjoy doing once in a while, especially when the weather is nice, was +32 very warm for us, and the Australian sun seems to burn a little hotter than what we are accustom to!  I don’t think anyone made any money, okay I think the bookies made some money, but we had all the fun!

 

Poppies in the Bright Sunshine

Poppy flowers in a sunny field, yellow background
Poppies in the Bright Sunshine prints available https://society6.com/product/poppies-in-the-bright-sunshine_print?sku=s6-8442173p4a1v45

Often found growing along roadside ditches and other humble places, these flowers have enchanted poets for centuries. I found these poppies growing along the side of the Camino Francis in northern Spain, the ditches in many places were lined with them.

Pony in the Pyrenees for Monochrome Madness

 

Horse on the slopes of Pyrenees Mountains
Pony in the Pyrenees 

The first day walking the Camino Francis, one of the popular routes to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, involves walking through the Pyrenees Mountains. St Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles 24km, and is said to take 7 to 9 hours. We have made this trip twice now, our first days were both days were were at least 8 hours on the road.

During the day we climbed from St Jean Pied de Port at 200 metres above sea level to just above 1,400 meters then descend steeply back down again into Roncesvalles at 900 metres, which can be hard going on your knees and shins. Pack a lunch, while there is often a coffee truck on the road the options for food and water are limited.

More Monochrome image on Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness weekly blog. Prints are available on Society6.

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.

 

 

Calgary Peace Bridge

 

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Calgary Peace Bridge; Morning Commute with the city of Calgary in the background https://society6.com/product/calgary-peace-bridge857421_print?sku=s6-7873983p4a1v45

The Calgary Peace Bridge, this image was taken last winter during one of my walks to work, for a series called Morning Commute. Images were posted on my Instagram and Facebook accounts.

I have been reviewing my cache of photos, finally getting around to editing and even printing a few of them. David DuChemin, a wonderful Canadian photographer, has advocated for many years that the best way to learn and grow as a photographer is to print your work. He suggests, we “need to live with the lines and tones and moments. Feel the colors. Doing so reveals the flaws (dust spots on the sensor, anyone?), and the weaknesses.” I so often see the dust spots after the work is printed!

Prints of this photo are available on society6

 

 

Long Walk Home

 

long walk home; lyon france, fine art print
Long walk home; black and white fine art print https://society6.com/product/quiet-old-street_print?sku=s6-7603393p4a1v45

We were visiting Lyon France, and we had wandered the cobblestone streets of the old city. During the day I noticed this street and decide to go back to photograph during twilight, when the street lights were on, but before too dark.
As I was watching the street waiting for the street lights to come on, I was admiring the light and how it was shining off the cobblestone street when I noticed a gentleman carrying a briefcase begin to walk up the street.
I love the idea of having someone on the street, this gentleman with his briefcase was perfect. This wasn’t the image I had hoped for, the street lights had not yet come on. But I could see, in my mind’s eye, the potential, I started to move to the left to gain some separation between the person and the vehicles, I had moved my camera up to my eye, checking the exposure, focusing on the gentleman, when the bird took off. I knew I would have one maybe two frames. It worked. The light wasn’t quite what I had planned, I had intended to show the street as a long walk home at the end of the day, the warm glow of the street lamp lighting the cobblestones, the bird were a bonus, better than anything I could have hoped for. 

Have you ever headed out with your camera going to a particular location with an image in mind? Did you find the photo you were imagining, or something better? If so, did you blog about it? Let us know, provide a link in the comments, I would love to hear your story.

If you are interested, I have added this image to my society6 page, prints are available there.