Monday, January 31, 2005
Today I finally hung my watercolors of Portugal. (The show was delayed twice because of snowstorms.) Here is one of the watercolors in the show. On my first visit to Portugal, I visited Bom Jesus near Braga, and took a picture that inspired this painting. There is an enormous series of staircases at Bom Jesus and they lead to a beautiful garden at the top (inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy, I think.) One of the first things you see at the top is this building, currently a visitors center. I loved the columns, the patterns of the windows, and the bougainvillea spilling down from overhead.
Sunday, January 30, 2005
This is another photograph from my trip to Portugal in November. Today I spent some time editing and organizing pictures from that trip. The view of the little boats on the Douro at sunset took me by surprise, so I quickly took this photo from a car as we drove by. I edited the original photo, cropped and enlarged what I wanted, and then adjusted the brightness till I got the feeling of the boats, the twilight and the setting sun on the water.
Saturday, January 29, 2005
Friday, January 28, 2005
When I was in Portugal in November, I took this picture from a moving car. But through the magic of digital editing, I cropped the image to eliminate the dashboard and the traffic, leaving only this amazing bridge at sunset. Mauro says it looks like a postcard. . .
Thursday, January 27, 2005
Lots of snow to shovel today, but the sky was bright blue and the snow sparkled like crazy. Later, I took this picture of snow on the porch roof, seen through the bedroom window on the second floor. I cropped the photo just a bit, to emphasize the shape of the window juxtaposed with the shape of the image. You can see some reflections in the window, but I like that because it adds to the feeling of looking out at the snow from inside.
Wednesday, January 26, 2005
We started the day with thirty plus inches of snow, and it snowed all day, with ten more inches expected when all is said and done. Tomorrow will be soon enough to face the snow. Tonight I am posting this pastel as a reminder of warmer places and warmer times.
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
Since Mel is on his way to London tonight, I am posting this photo which I took when we were in there together last year. It's a view of a one London double-decker bus seen from another. Tonight I cropped the picture to improve the composition. If you look closely, you can see a bit of yellow from the handle inside the bus reflecting onto the view through the window. I don't mind, since what I was after was the view from the double-decker, the excitement of this new perspective and the hilarity of the ride.
Sunday, January 23, 2005
Saturday, January 22, 2005
Friday, January 21, 2005
As another antidote to the freezing air of Boston, here's a photo of New York City that I took last summer on a very hot day. I edited this photo today because in the original version, the Citicorp Building kept disappearing into the sky. Most people think of these buildings as gray, but take a closer look. . .
Thursday, January 20, 2005
I took this picture this morning as the sun hit the snow in the yard. I had to hurry to because the tree in the foreground is close to the back steps and I wanted to take the photo before anyone brushed against the branches. knocking off the snow. I cropped the photo to emphasize the long diagonal of the sunlight and shadow on the snow.
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
It's cold in Boston but I have been editing pictures that I took last summer. This is a picture of a path in Central Park in New York City. I really love the way the shadows fall on the path. In the original photo, there were two joggers on the path. It wasn't easy to make them disappear. . .
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
Monday, January 17, 2005
Sunday, January 16, 2005
Saturday, January 15, 2005
Friday, January 14, 2005
Thursday, January 13, 2005
A strange photo on a strange day. There is still a lot of snow on the ground but it is suddenly warm and extremely foggy. The mist is beautiful. I went out to take a picture as the sun was going down, but in my excitement I forgot what would happen when the flash hit the fog. I liked the accidental effect so much that I cropped the image and here it is.
Wednesday, January 12, 2005
Today I was reading a book about editing photographs, so I decided to edit some photos from my first trip to Northern Ireland last winter. I was completely unprepared for the beauty of the Antrim Coast Road. I took a picture through the windshield of the car. This is the edited version that I worked on tonight. I cropped the image but left one reflection, which somehow seems to work with the composition.
Tuesday, January 11, 2005
Monday, January 10, 2005
About this time last year, I was heading home from my trip to Porto. This is another background detail from a photo I took, an "ordinary" view, but not to me. I cropped and colorized this image to emphasize the red tile roofs, the pastel buildings, and the river.
Sunday, January 09, 2005
Tonight I decided to edit another quick sketch that I transferred from my handheld to my PC last night. I made this little sketch of a scene at St. Stephen's Green in Dublin in July. For the second time at St. Stephens Green, it rained as soon as we got there, so we sat and watched the ducks and the umbrellas.
Saturday, January 08, 2005
Toward the end of my trip to Porto last January, I saw the river at night. I couldn't take a photograph, so later I sketched it from memory in my Clie handheld. Tonight I transferred it into my computer and edited it with Painter, but not too much because I like the look of the original sketch.
Friday, January 07, 2005
Thursday, January 06, 2005
Wednesday, January 05, 2005
Monday, January 03, 2005
In early January of 2004, I was heading to Portugal. This image began as a background detail in a photo I took in Porto, at Graham's where Mauro took me to see how Port is made. I colorized the image to bring out detail and emphasize the bridge and Douro River in the background.
Sunday, January 02, 2005
Saturday, January 01, 2005
This is a digitally modified image from a photo I took last New Year's Day, on an island in the middle of a lake near Enniskillen. We took a tiny ferry boat to get to the island where we had lunch in a pub with Justin and the day was perfect.