Black and white Photography; Chester England;

Chester England 

“In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.” – Buddha



St. Jean Pied de Port, Camino Frances; travel photos

Rue de la Citadelle, St. Jean Pied de Port, France.  Camino Frances
Rue de la Citadelle, St. Jean Pied de Port, France. Camino Frances

St. Jean Pied de Port, France. The beginning of the Camino France for many pilgrims walking to Santiago de Compostella Spain. One of the many images, representing one of the many moments along our journey that is still very important to me. As it is the beginning of the camino for so many pilgrims it is a little town that many remember fondly.

Recently a fellow Calgarian sent an email, interested in learning more about the camino, and our experience, it is wonderful to visit those memories again, and to think that someday Bill and I will go back.

On a complete different note, this is one of the images listed with Alamy, an online stock agency, that has licensed recently.  While I haven’t been notified of the name of the publication, but I have learned from the sales contract that the image will be published as a 2 pages spread, for a travel guide with a print run of up to 100,000.  While this isn’t my first sale through the stock agency, it still feels awesome to have someone buy and use one of my images!

Bacino Orseole, gondola’s and reflections of Venice

Reflections of Italy……….

I spent the weekend working on holiday pictures, and reflecting on the trip to Venice. Most mornings we were up early, enjoyed the sunrise, and the streets before the tourists were out for breakfast.

Here the gondolas are moored at the Bacino Orseole, stored during the night or on rainy days, by mid morning there is a line up of tourists waiting for a ride through the canals.

Greenland from the airplane

Often when we fly Bill gets the window seat, Sundays flight home was no exception. I like to get up and walk around a bit, stretch my legs, and if he is watching tv or sleeping then I don’t have to disturb him, it is a perfect match because he hates the aisle seat!!!!  One Sunday I had to make him move a couple of times because the view out the window was magical, and I wanted a photo. Lucky when we went over Greenland Bill was not sleeping, and we were not eating. I spotted the snow mountains and glistening lakes the view was amazing. I am in awe of the world’s beauty.

This image was added to Jakesprinter Sunday Post “Distance”  “Distance Shots : A view in which the subject is a long distance from the camera or appears to be far away”  check out his blog, and his great illustrations and videos.

Spaghetteria Toni, Dubrovnik Crotia Restaurant

During our stay in Dubrovnik Toni’s Spagetti was highly recommended, off one of the little laneways just off the Stratun it is easy to find – but you do have to pass at least one pizza joint – and it is hard to tell where one restaurant stops and another one starts, it is worth the time to find.  The food is fresh, well cooked and simple, and a great idea when looking for something other than seafood!  The staff is very friendly, give it a try and tell them I sent you!

Croatian Folk Dancers

Last night we attended the cultural center in Dubrovnik, just outside the city walls, a short walk from our apartment to watch the Croatian folk dancers. Katrina, the young girl who is our hostess dances with the group and told us about the show.  It was a great evening. 100 Kuna per person, I am still not sure what that means in thers of my money – but it is about 13 Euro!

Venice Gondolas

Venice Italy at sunrise, a quiet morning, before the tourists are up and about, the gondolas rocking quietly with the waves.

submitted for this weeks  WordPress weekly photo challenge – launch  check out oall the other great photos.

Saint Mark’s Square, Venice Italy

I have to say that there are two times a day when to visit the square.  My favorite in early morning at sunrise – before the crowds.  The light is lovely, the square is quiet and you can truely appreciate the beauty.

Calgary Stampede Midway Rides at night

I was back down to the Calgary Stampede last night for another shift at the Western Photo Gallery, there is some great work on showing, and it was wonderful to meet and chat with so many of the photographers.  When I was done my shift I headed back out to the midway to enjoy the crowds and the rides.  Okay so maybe the crowds are not much fun, but as the night wore on and the sky turned dark there were fewer and fewer people on the rides, fewer and fewer people to walk in front of the camera!  I almost made it out late enough to see the fireworks, but I had spent a good part of the day on my feet and I headed home.

Santa Maria della Salute, Venice Italy, Vintage Photo

Our first view of Venice as we appoached St. Mark’s Square the view from the  ferry was of Santa Maria della Salute, with the Gondalier, it was magical and I could image what it looked like 100 years ago! With that in mind I wanted to process the image as an old photograph.

Santa Maria della Salute

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