Where I post about my road trips, photo shoots, inspirations and tips.
I decided that I did not have to leave the city to set out on a photography trip. I checked with Google Maps and headed off shortly after 6:00 am. My destination was Village at Griesbach which is an award winning urban village in the north end of the city. It is built on the site of a former Canadian Forces Base. Plans call for an extensive network of parks, trails and four stormwater lakes to provide recreational opportunities for residents. A central park provides views to the downtown, a community garden and a toboggan hill. When completed, the development will have 112 acres (44 hectares) of schools, parks and open spaces.
The Carstairs Heritage Center
One of my challenges on Flickr was Oil on Water. It was on my "Photography Techniques to Try list but I had not so far. Well, it was time.
This is the video I found most helpful on line. Visual Arts Photography Tutorial Macro - Using Oil, Water and Food Coloring
I've done 3 different photo sessions with this technique. My photos have improved as I learn more about the process.
Warning - This process is very addictive and deciding which shots to keep is very time consuming.
I found the experience very worth while. Give it a try!
I dropped these photographs off at the Gallery this morning.
I decided I needed a business card for this reception today. I can leave some at the gallery as well so I set out to create a photo that I could use on these cards.
After trying a few, I determined that one large photo being the background for the whole sheet of business cards would work best. I figured if I had a long tall image that I could put in the center of the page, half would be on the right hand side of the cards and the other would be on the left hand side of the others. I did want cards that were not exactly the same so this kind of photo would accomplish that goal as well.
During the editing of the image I was cloning some areas and by chance made a ghost like copy of the film strip. I decided that worked really well. I added another on the other side and voila I had the image I needed.
I printed the business cards on matte photo paper in black and white. Really happy with these!!!
I have been advised that of these two photos accepted into the Juried Members Show one is a winner. I will find out tomorrow at the reception at 1:00 pm which it is and the prize.
I think it will be the Wilson Snipe. Check back here tomorrow when I will reveal the results.
I was wrong and a few of those who guessed were right. It was the Silver Roadster that won 3rd prize out of 39 entries. The entries in the show included photography, watercolor, acrylic, encaustic, pencil crayon, graphite, oil, mixed media & pyrography.
15 x 15 inch frame
8 x 8 inch Color photo
This photo was taken at an antique mall in town. It is a metal car book end. Again, taken for a Flickr Challenge of circles. The circle of headlight, wheel, and wheel reflection.
Who Are You?
14 x 14 inch frame
6 x 6 inch Color photo
This photo was taken at the John Poole Wetlands in Sturgeon County. It is a Wilson Snipe. He just looked at me while I took many photos. It was in the setting sun and the light was wonderful.
I dropped off three pieces at the gallery yesterday morning and busied myself with other things during the day. I returned after 3pm to see which one(s) were selected for the show. Each participant was guaranteed to have one piece in the show.
This one was left on the table and will not be hanging in the art gallery on this week.
13.5 x 17.5 inch frame
8 x 12 inch Color photo
This photo was taken down town last summer for a challenge on Flickr.
The front building is the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce which was built in 1919 in the late Renaissance Revival style. The building behind is one of the Scotia Place towers built in 1983 which has a glass facade.
I found these two buildings contrast in several ways very interesting.
These are the ones I made early last year which have served me very well. Love the graphic pattern in the fabric which is very similar to the green ones I just made. This Frame Bag style was an idea suggested by an artist in the UK that brought art to shows during the summer. I expect he needed a few more than I have. Still now I have room for 8 framed photos.
I was asked by a friend to frame a couple of pieces of art she has stored for quite a while.
The one piece is a caricature which was done in San Francisco which came with a black mat. When I started researching frames I discovered the size 14x18 inches is a common American size but much less available in Canada. I was concerned I would not be able to find a frame. I had brainstormed some alternatives: cutting down the mat if needed, changing the mat, creating a custom mat for an 11x14 frame. I headed to Michaels in hopes of finding what I needed.
I did find "one" frame in the right size among all the frames in the store. Fortunately, it was a wooden frame with a medium profile in black. Excellent.
The second piece was small but again not necessarily fitting in a standard frame. The art itself was 10 inches wide by 4.5 inches tall. The paper was 12 x 7 inches. I searched all the aisles looking for a frame that would work. I found this float frame which had the right proportions. It measured 6x12 inches and it was meant to hold 3 small photos and they would float between 2 pieces of glass.
Because the art now covered the full opening of the frame I decided to give it a hanger so it could be hung as a regular frame. Again, I chose a gold sawtooth hanger with screws.
I placed a pencil mark on the midway point on the width of the frame. I aligned the hanger on the mark, used the awl to make starter holes and inserted the screws into the frame with my smallest Phillips tip on my screwdriver. Perfect.
I am happy with the way these turned out. Getting ready to deliver them.