Happy Holidays

Christmas day is just around the corner and I’ve been busy making preparations to celebrate with family and friends. I like to send e-cards and created this one from a photograph I took of an angel on a pillar in the chapel of the Tile Museum in Lisbon, Portugal.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Happy Holidays and all the very best for the coming year. Marion

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© Copyright Marion McCristall, all rights reserved

Persistence with a View

Have you ever entered an art or photography competition?  It is a bit unnerving and it’s often hard to choose which images to enter. I don’t view myself as competitive by nature but I do like to receive feedback to help me find out how I’m developing as a photographer and to learn tips and techniques that will help me improve.

Rooftops in Paris       Theme: Architecture

On the Street in Marrakech, Morocco Theme: Street Photography

Recently I received recognition for my persistence and achievement by entering photographic competitions with my camera club.  Each month there is a theme which helps us to stretch and grow as a photographers. We not only get scores but verbal critique from one or more of the judges.

On the Beat in Chuisi, Italy
Theme: People at Work

Grand Palais Paris
Theme: Interior Architecture

I’ve been a member of Langley Camera Club for four years.  We have about 130 members and enjoy three meetings per month.  We have in-house competitions once per month where we can submit up to two photographs.  Our club also accepts submissions for entries into 13 competitions that are held across Canada.  I have been fortunate in having several of my images selected throughout the year.

Gentle Beauty in Essaouira, Morocco
Theme: Open

The Judy Daniels Award of Excellence is awarded once per year to members who achieve the highest aggregate scores from inside and outside competitions.  I was thrilled to receive 1st Place for the year 2011-2012 at our Awards Ceremony on Oct. 17.

A pic of me being presented with the Judy Daniels Award of Excellence and trophy by our club vice-president, Glen MacKenzie on Oct. 17, 2012

It’s fun to go out and about with my camera in search of scenes that capture my imagination.  For me, the joy of creating images far surpasses the reward of winning competitions. This lovely recognition has inspired me to continue to seek feedback.  If you are interested in learning more about photography, I encourage you to find out about photo clubs in your area.  The people are friendly and it’s always great to be with others who enjoy it as much as you do.

To see more of my images, please visit my website http://marionmccristall.com

© Copyright Marion McCristall, all rights reserved

Photography on Fine Art America

Do you ever wonder what to do with those wonderful images that you create with your camera?

I decided to join Fine Art America a few months ago and really enjoy seeing people from all over the world taking a look at my pictures.  There are over 900,000 photographs of pictures, fine art prints, paintings, and other art media available and I am very pleased that I have sold some of my photographs through FAA.

Here’s an image I took in the Okanagan area of BC on the weekend.  I will be adding it to my FAA collection.

 

Ready for Harvest

 

Some of my most popular pictures are travel photos, flowers, close-ups, still lifes, and landscapes.

I’ve been enthusiastic about creating images either through dabbling in painting or photography since I was very young. Two years ago, I joined Langley Camera Club and feel inspired every time I hear a guest speaker or go on a club photography outing.

I find that attending photography seminars, going on photo holidays, and participating in camera club events has allowed me to feel encouraged and supported by others.  It’s wonderful to be surrounded by like-minded people.  When I want to take pictures in the company of those who are not interested in photography I always feel like I have to rush and I am sure they think to themselves, “Why doesn’t she just snap the picture and move on!”  (You can read more about my wonderful photography holidays in France on my Feb. 6 post and Tuscany on March 6.)

This is one of my favourite pictures that I took in France last year.

 

Shutters in a Nerac, France

 

Several people have asked me if they can buy prints or greeting cards from my photographs.  That’s why I took the leap and joined artists and photographers on the Fine Art America website.  They handle all of the printing, matting, framing, and mailing of the images. Their professional services are a welcome time-saver.

You can find some of my images at www.marion-mccristall.artistwebsites.com

If you are interested in joining Fine Art America, you can check it out on the link below.
Websites for Photographers