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Photo Project Theme Week 34 – Life at the Beach

Most of us know that spending time outside is so much better for us than staying inside for our physical and mental health. Sunlight and fresh air have restorative benefits that we should take advantage of.  A lot of people love going to the beach or mountains during summer since the kids are out of school.

Parasailing_©2016 Len Bishop

Parasailing was one of the fun things to do at the resort.

My daughter and I spent one week in June in a beautiful resort called Vidanta in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  We spent our days at the beach and the pool. Digging your feet in the sand actually stimulates your nerves.  During the hottest part of the days we just hung out in our room, we also had our own pool in our balcony with ocean view.  The days were also spent trying out an assortment of food from many fancy restaurants. It was a fun experience for both of us.

Just resting

It was a surprise to me that there weren’t a lot of seagulls at the beach.  The majority of the birds I saw were brown pelicans.

 

Go Away! This is mine.

This seagull seems to be saying “Go away! This is mine!”

 

What we did that we enjoyed the most was watching the sunset while swimming at the pool.  It was very relaxing.  And the sunsets at Bandera Bay were so beautiful.  The colors were magnificent.

_©2016 Len Bishop-3

 

A restful end of day

Peaceful way to end the day.

 

Morning traveller_©2016 Len Bishop-2

Throughout the day, a few sailboats and motorboats go by. This was taken from the balcony of my room.

 

The Adventurer

The waves get high.

 

Usually, when I take photos of a scene that includes strangers who actually enhance the scene, if possible I make sure that they are not identifiable in my photos.  This is mainly because I myself don’t want to appear in other people’s photos without my permission.  It’s my way of respecting their privacy the same way I want to be respected.

Beach Scene_©2016 Len Bishop-4

Just a few people swimming and watching the sunset. I have observed that there were more people walking along the beach in the morning, mostly runners and joggers. I prefer walks during sunset.

 

Creating Memories

Whether they’re sisters or best friends . . .  I’m sure they’re making fun memories.

I hope you enjoyed some of the photos that I’ve shared from my beach vacation.  Go out and spend your time outdoors.

Also, check out the store, I have added a few more photos there from my Mexico trip.

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Photo Project Theme Week 33 – Tiny Planets

You’ve probably seen some photos online of weird but interesting looking tiny planets.  This isn’t a new Photoshop project but I thought I’d make some of my own photos into my own Tiny Planets.

To start with, I selected a photo from our family’s recent trip this summer to the Northeast.  The photo that I found that I thought would make a good Tiny Planet was shot in Maryland while we were on the road.  My husband was driving and I was on the passenger seat of our motorhome.

My criteria for selecting this photo are:

  1. Clear sky
  2. Interesting subject
  3. Similar things on each end of the photo – in this example I have trees that are quite similar in height and looks so I can easily blend them together.
Maryland farm with red barn

Maryland farm with red barn – Original unedited

As you can see, this is just an ordinary photo, with boring sky, power lines,  and some movement at the bottom since the vehicle was moving fast.  I didn’t even roll down the window when I took this photo.  Nothing exciting here, just a snapshot.

In order to use this for my tiny planet creation, I had to make it into a panorama.  I cropped the top and the bottom of the photo and I also did some minor adjustments to make the colors pop a little.  This is what it looks like after some minor tweaking.

Maryland farm with red barn. - cropped with minor editing.

Maryland farm with red barn. – cropped with minor editing.

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Fine Art America

I recently signed up for Fine Art America to see how it works and see if I can get some exposure for my work.  So far I have a handful of photos but I am planning on putting up more.  I will be uploading photos there that are not sold in my store so that possible buyers would have different options.  My goal mainly is to upload my panoramas and other photos that I think would be good as design for cell phone cases and greeting cards.

They have a lot of cool features that help artists promote their work and one that I just discovered yesterday was where you can sponsor a page so your art work will show on the third row of a search.  For my test I chose morning photos and it seemed to work.  Two of my photos were featured on the third row.  Today though, they changed the link to a different one, so I guess this is a daily thing you have to keep up with if you want your photos easily seen.  I’m sure I’ll play with this some more when time permits.

This is one of the panorama photos I uploaded from our recent trip to Oswego, NY.  As you can see, there’s a Fine Art America logo, I captured it from my page.

Misty Morning at the Pond

Misty Morning at the Pond

I am so new to this platform and don’t really know what to expect and how it all works.  So if you see several posts from me from Fine Art America, I am not trying to spam you, I’m still trying to learn how this works.

To see my gallery in Fine Art America, click here or go to Fine Art America and look for artist Len Bishop. Do come back to see my new uploads, I am still in the process of adding more.  Thanks and I hope you check out my work.

If you have any comments about Fine Art America or if you have used them before, do let me know.

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Photo Project Theme Week 2 – Tomorrow

Last week, I started doing my Personal Photography Project  that I call 3P52.   This is my second week and the theme I chose is “Tomorrow”.

This photo was taken on a Saturday morning.  I drove to this place that I always pass during my morning commute to work, knowing that it would be a good place to shoot sunrise photos.  After taking several photos from that area and not really satisfied with the shots because the clouds were so thick and covering the sun, I packed up my camera and tripod and started to head home.   Less than a quarter mile away, I saw this beautiful sun starting to come out.  Since there really wasn’t a place to park my car and setup my tripod, I decided to just open my window and shoot this scene from inside my car.

Sunrise in Manor, TX

To make my hand more steady, I propped my arm on the passenger seat head rest (the scene was to my right).   I believe it did the trick.  I’m glad I took the time to stop and take this photo even with some constraints, otherwise  I would have missed this shot.

If you have a theme you want to suggest for my weekly project, please feel free to email me.   Till next week.

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