Looking Beyond the Obvious

Sometimes we go places with our camera in hand and expect to capture images of the usual or those similar to what we have seen before. We may look for iconic scenes or subjects but forget to take the time to see what else may catch our eye.Sintra National Palace POR 2014 BWI’m back from spending a month in the charming village of Sintra, Portugal. I was fortunate to attend the annual Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk on the grounds of the National Palace with 20 friendly Portuguese photography enthusiasts. Our leader, Jose Antunes, (http://joseantunes.com) gave us some guidelines that included only capturing images from within the grounds of the palace but not inside the palace or gardens where entrance fees were required. Kelby Walk pigeon feeder POR 2014 BW It was fun to walk along the lane at the back of the palace and see the ruins and overgrowth. I also enjoyed people watching and capturing some scenes of young and old having a good time relaxing or exploring the environment.Kelby Walk man cane POR 2014 BWTo see more of my images from the walk, check out my new eBook, Two Hour Challenge, at http://issuu.com/marionmccristall. Kelby walk title page copyNext time you’re out with your camera, I hope you will take a few moments to look more closely and make images of things that do not normally catch your eye. You may be surprised at how interesting it is and enjoy the fresh new photos you come home with.

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Thinking of You

Isn’t it nice to receive a note from someone saying they are thinking of you?

I created this Smilebox slideshow so that I could tell some of my friends that they were in my thoughts and that I was wishing them well.

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Photography is an important part of my life…I feel inspired when I look around me and see natural beauty and people going through the motions of everyday life. As you can probably tell by now, I like to share my photos.  Even though I enjoy colour images, I sometimes love the results when they are converted into black and white or sepia.  If you have a photo editing program, you may be amazed at your delight when you try a few of your favourite pictures without a myriad of colours.  For best results, choose pictures with a fair amount of contrast between darks and lights.

Feel free to forward this Smilebox to your friends and loved ones.  You just might brighten someone’s day.

All photographs © Marion McCristall