Fall colours

Autumn and its crisps, foggy mornings…   The sound of geese calls, the sun illuminating the golden leaves, the pumpkin patches, the apple orchard, the apple pies and cobblers, the explosion of colours, the walks in the woods, the fun of Halloween and the children going trick-or-treating.  That is autumn to me.  A beautiful season that I love.

Winter is now at my doorstep, and In the middle of the harsh cold winter, when the wind blows fiercely and sleet lash my face, I will remember the warm days of the Indian summer

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And in this vast expanse of white immensity, I will close my eyes and will perceive the vibrant and exuberant autumn colours

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Autumn this year is exceptional with warm weather and many beautiful sunny days.  I hope your autumn is as pleasant as it is here in Quebec, and that spring, for those in the southern hemisphere, is as pleasant as well.

On another note…  September was our national arthritis month, and I wanted to raise awareness on the importance of consulting when the first symptoms appears.  Arthritis is an illness I know too well, living with rheumatoid arthritis for the past thirteen years.  Too many people with developing symptoms  think there is nothing to do, that it is part of aging and we must endure it.  It is true that it is part of aging, but it is absolutely false that there is nothing to do.  There are many medications available to treat and prevent the evolution of this illness.  There are many forms of arthritis, all treated differently.   Even if you are moderately suffering from arthritis, it is important to consult to prevent further joint damage.  Many general practitioners don’t take arthritis seriously enough, insist on seeing a rheumatologist.  Left untreated, especially if you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, it can very rapidly lead to joint damage and deformation.  I know this by experience, having seen a joint of my right thumb deforming within the matter of a very few weeks.  So if you are experiencing arthritis symptoms, don’t ignore it and consult.

I wish you all a beautiful week !

Textures : An artistic touch

Hello !

The first and foremost reason why I have learned to work with layers in Photoshop was because I wanted to create artistic images.  I was seeing all these beautiful photos on blogs which were displaying a gradation or hint of colour and scratches in their backgrounds, some had a wonderful vintage look and others looked like paintings.  I so loved these photos and I was so inspired by all these blogs.  When I finally learned how  to work with layers, a whole new world opened before me.  I had discovered a way to be creative and give my photos a more personal touch.

When I choose a photo to work with, I envision and sense what I want the image to convey.  And from that, the choice of textures will infuse the image with an ambiance, an emotion or a surreal feel.  While I love transforming my photos, I try not to denature them to the point where the qualities of the photos are lost, but rather just transform them in a subtle and gentle way while conserving their essential qualities.

Here are a few photos I took this summer.

St-Simon Les Mines

A barn at St-Simon Les Mines

Autumn path in a wood near my home.

St-Lawrence River at Cap De Bon Désir where I have seen the great blue whale.

Chaudière River at Notre-Dame Des Pins

Covered bridge on Chaudière River in Notre-Dame Des Pins

My greatest inspiration in art images is professional photographer Sarah Gardner.  She has mastered the art of textures and each of her images are pure beauties.  To me, she is the high priestess of textures  🙂   and I’ve learned so much from her in her beautiful and wonderful new book “Art Beyond The Lens”.  If you would like to learn how to work with textures then this is the book to own.  It’s a beautiful book filled with many of her photos, tutorials and tips on how to apply and work with textures, and the book is beautiful enough to sit on a coffee table.  You can buy it here  and visit her blog here.

I hope you are all doing fine and having a nice end of autumn.  Here the weather is great, it’s 16°C and guess what ?, I’m off on my bike to take more landscape photos !

Have a nice week everybody !

Jocelyne

Falling for fall

Hello my friends !

Mother nature knows how to amaze us with every new season and autumn is the most glorious, grand and spectacular transformation she deploys before our eyes.  How can we not be in awe in front of such splendor ?

The colourful leaves shine beautifully under the sun and there is such a soft and wonderful luminosity at this time of year.  I tried to capture the colours and light of the season in all its glory !

The church steeple at St-Simon Les Mines, Beauce, Quebec

The leaves have almost all fallen now, but I’ve always found bare trees also beautiful with their silhouettes against the sky.

On another note I wanted to share with you one of my favourite photography blog.   Thomas Whelan is a great photographer and naturalist and specializes in macro photography.  He is also a great artist just by the way he look at things and conveys his vision in his photography.  His photos are simply stunning and marvellously beautiful.  You can visit his blog here and he also has a website here where you can see and purchase prints.  He was also portrayed in a video titled “Before My Eyes” and you can see it here (scroll down on the page to see the video).  The video is 9 minutes long, but it’s a great video where he talks about his motivations and vision of photography.  We see him in nature during a photo shoot and we also see many of his photos.  A very well done video and worth watching.

I hope it won’t be another three weeks before I can make another post.  I still have to edit 26 photos from a photo shoot I did two weeks ago and 3 more for my niece from a portrait session we did last August.  That’s a lot of work !

Have a lovely week-end everyone !

Jocelyne

I’m joining the October Photo Challenge: Something Orange at www.rocktheshotforum.com/