Category Archives: Photography

Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring!

I was in St. Louis last week where all the trees were in bloom, especially those beautiful Redbuds.  It was beautiful enough to make allergy sufferers ignore their sneezing.

We’re not there yet in Minneapolis, which is what makes the annual “Art in Bloom” event at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts so popular.  Gorgeous flowers bloom along side the art, no matter what the weather.

At "Art in Bloom" at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, floral designers create arrangement that mimic or interpret  works for art.
At “Art in Bloom” at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, floral designers create arrangement that mimic or interpret works of art.
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Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top–Dog on the Roof

With his crazy mismatched eyes, this Husky looks a little threatening, like he’s about to pounce and make a tasty dinner of you.  Instead, he was just hanging out on the roof of a building in San Andres Xecul, in the highlands of Guatemala, very curious, watching us gringos go by.  For more on my bike trip there, see my previous post, Poco a Poco.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Monuments — The Eiffel Tower Transformed

The Eiffel Tower, with the Waterlogue app.
The Eiffel Tower, with the Waterlogue app.

The Eiffel Tower is one of the most famous monuments in the world, which means it has

The original photo
The original photo

been photographed at every possible angle and every time of day since construction began in 1887. But I’m not so interested in telling you about the Eiffel Tower as I am in letting you know about an an app that that I’ve had great fun playing with, Waterlogue, which turns photos into some pretty cool watercolor painting-like images. It works on any Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod touch that is running iOS version 7 or great. You download a photo, and apply one of Waterlogue’s filters. And, Voila!

As a result, my photo, which is just like those that millions of other tourists have taken, now looks a little different. Give it a try.  There are some serious crafty possibilities.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Window-Peeping in France

“…. What one can see out in the sunlight is always less interesting than what goes on behind a windowpane. In that black or luminous square life lives, life dreams, life suffers….”–Baudelaire

I have an active imagination. And maybe I’m just a little nosy.  That’s why I love windows,

Window-peeping works both ways.  Honfleur, France.
Window-peeping works both ways. Honfleur, France.

especially at night when the lights are on so I can really see in.  Best of all, I love it when there’s a party going on inside and music floats out the window into the street.  What’s the occasion for the party–a birthday, a holiday, a casual gathering for no particular reason at all?  Are the people young, old, happy? What are they wearing?  What’s the topic of conversation? Don’t worry, you won’t find me peering in at you during the night, unless your party looks irresistible. Then I’ll probably knock at the door and invite myself in.

The best window-peeping is in big cities and in old cities where you walk on the sidewalk

You could climb through this window and join these people for lunch in Brittany.
You could climb through this window and join these people for lunch in Brittany.

right up next to the windows. In really tiny medieval villages, you may look through a window and find yourself only a few feet from a family as they sit down to dinner.  You may hear a fight. You may also find someone looking out the window wondering about you.

In Europe they put a lot more effort into their windows than we do in the U.S. For example, here are a few windows in France where windows come with piles of blooming flowers, fantastic shutters, and beautiful window displays that make you want to go in and make a purchase. In France, even the animals love their windows.

Windows invite you in. Bayeux, Normandy, France.
Windows invite you in. Bayeux, Normandy, France.
Window displays in Honfleur, Normandy, make food shops irresistible.
Window displays in Honfleur, Normandy, make food shops irresistible.
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Art in the Window, Provence
Shutters keep out the sun, Provence.
Shutters keep out the sun, Provence.
Hemingway's window, Paris
Hemingway’s window, Paris
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La chat. Caunes-Minervois, France.