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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Another cold week in Calgary; my morning commute

 

It has been another extremely cold week here in Calgary, and I will admit to driving further than walking during my morning commute! My fitbit tells me I averaged about 8000 steps a day, and a lot of those steps were in the +15 walkway rather than out in the cold!  Winter seems to be colder and longer this year. When the weather is decent my average step count is closer to 12,000 steps. But I hear the weather is going to improve.

This clip from Rick Mercer on the seven day forecast explains Canadian’s love hate relationship with the weatherman. Enjoy Spring is just around the corner…..

Morning Commute Series Continues

My morning commute series continues. I have read many times that intentionally photographing a series of the same subject or scene, by forcing yourself to photograph the same thing again and again, you can actually make yourself more creative.

A photo theme simply means creating a set of photographs that are related in some way, whether it be through subject, color or re-occurring pattern. By defining a series, morning commute I was not required to constantly come up with a new subject or idea for each morning; once a theme’s subject had been established, I only needed to find a new creative view.  This allowed me to concentrate on what’s really important…taking an interesting photo.

While I am not always photography the same scene, I have been using my morning walk to work to see, to be awake and aware of my beautiful city. The thirty minutes a day, has defined my series, and to be honest it has provided the motivation to walk despite what seems like a very long very cold winter.

I appreciate hearing from you, as a photographer, artist or writer are you working on a series?  Why not introduce yourself and provide a link to your series.

Winter Textures

IMG_7120Winter textures of the Bow River near Banff Alberta.

Many times I will wander, or sometimes sit quietly, often the location tells me to sit or to keep moving, either way I will often isolate a feature, narrow my view to one spot.

While visiting Banff we were walking beside the Bow River, I was drawn to the contrast that exists within it’s banks; delicate snowflakes collect like dust on the large solid blocks of ice, long fragile icicles hang down while the tiny drops of water splash from the rushing waters. So many different textures all created by water.

My goal for this photo was to create an image that would communicate all the various textures available to me. How did I do, do you get a sense of winter textures from the image?