Whenever I go on vacation I always make it a priority to get up extra early to photograph during the “golden hour”. The golden hour is just after sunrise when the light is low in the sky and often has a golden glow. It’s a great time to shoot before all the tourists and locals crowd the streets and the lighting gets harsh from the sun. Last weekend I talked my husband into playing tourist in Boston and we drove in not quite at sunrise but around 7am. We were rewarded with a glorious morning and streets void of people and parked cars in this otherwise crowded Beacon Hill neighborhood.
Beacon Hill: Linda Holt iphone Photo
If getting up early is not your thing then the other time of the day to catch the golden hour is just before sunset. The crowds may still be around but the lighting will be the same soft glowing golden light.
Have a great weekend everyone and be sure to try out the “golden hour”.
Even though the calendar says Spring, this week has not been very Spring like. Here in Boston we had 4″ of snow on Monday, and every day since it has been cold, windy, rainy and gray. All week I have been craving some bright happy color so I chose this photo as colorful eye candy for today’s Friday’s Photo.
One of the reasons why this image is so attention grabbing is because the colors orange and blue are opposites on the color wheel. What that means is that each color causes the other to “read” even more vibrant. I spotted this orange life preserver way down from the end of the dock and obviously that is the intention. If someone has fallen into the harbor and needs rescuing it is imperative that someone can locate a life preserver ASAP. A casual passerby seeing this orange ring hanging in a blue box might not give it a second thought but I guarantee the color of that painted wood was thoughtfully chosen.
Have a great weekend everyone and fingers crossed Spring finds it’s way to Boston soon.
Quick update: One week from today I will be on a plane to High Point Market as one of ten High Point bloggers. Be sure to follow along by using the hash tag #DesignBloggersTour. All ten of us will be posting live on social media as we spot the latest trends, furniture, decor and accessories. So that you don’t miss any of my discoveries be sure to connect with me on Instagram by clicking HERE.
Designers are often asked what inspires them the most. For me it has always been nature and I am especially drawn to trees. This is a close up of a tree trunk outside the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. I love everything about this. The pattern, the color palette and the texture.
It reminds me of fish scales or maybe a super close up of a butterfly wing. I can just imagine this made into a wallpaper, fabric or carpet. What inspires you?
With all that has gone on in my life over the past month with being diagnosed with breast Cancer and trying to clear my plate as much as possible for what is to (has) come, my blog has sadly taken somewhat of a back seat. I do intend at the very least to continue to share a design, color or just pretty image for my weekly Friday Photo. Today I thought I would share a peaceful meditative spot from our vacation in New Hampshire a couple weeks ago.
Franconia New Hampshire
Nature for me is clearly what grounds me and fills my soul with joy. Just looking at this image my blood pressure lowers and I feel renewed.
Breath in the fresh air and have a great weekend everyone!
Have you ever thought about what inspires you to take a photo? What stirs your soul and causes you to stop in your tracks and reach for your camera? For some it’s nature, for others it’s travel, art or fashion. It might be a beautiful sunset or the way your cat sleeps on his back in the sun. For me, travel is always inspiring as it presents the opportunity to see everything with a fresh set of eyes.
When I do travel however, it’s usually not the “postcard scenery” that gets me most excited. It’s little details and the everyday elements that strike a cord with me. It’s the textures, patterns, and colors of a new environment. It’s often simply the unexpected. Here are a few “not your average travel photos” that stirred my soul while on BlogTourVegas.
This metal studded wall at the Aria Hotel was very visually appealing to me.
As was the carpet at the same hotel.
I liked the composition of this chandelier and the pattern against the vaulted ceiling.
Speaking of patterns, I see patterns everywhere. It’s almost a sickness. While my travel mates were admiring some designer bags in a nearby window display, I was captivated by the ceiling rings and pattern made by the three chandeliers hanging above.
Reflections in the Koi pond at the Ballagio Hotel was an ever changing kaleidoscope of patterns and colors. Each second was another opportunity for a once in a life time photo. Never again would the colors, lines and reflections be exactly the same as it was in the exact moment I took this photo.
Like pattern, isolated pops of color also excites me. I couldn’t resist stopping (even though I was running really late) to grab a photo of the five green chairs against the chartreuse glowing bar. The pattern made by the draping filament lights and the lone patron was the icing on the cake.
Similar situation below where the pop of red against the black and gold was just so eye catching.
Where better than Vegas to find unexpected compositions and juxtapositions like this window display below.
I loved the lines and graphic quality of this hotel lobby but I can imagine it would be very disorienting when returning from a late night of partying.
This gold 3 D wall created from fabric wrapped female forms was impossible to resist even though the lighting was dark and I only had my cell phone.
I know most people would not find these very appealing as travel shots. For me though, it is how I see the world and what gets me inspired in my life and my business.
I would love to hear from you. What inspires you to grab your camera?
While scrolling through my cell phone photos last night I spotted these two images almost next to one another. Both were taken while on vacation in Arizona. The photo on the left was taken on our drive back from the Grand Canyon and the one on the right is a detail shot of a vase taken through an art gallery window.
Linda Holt Photo
It’s always interesting to discover how artists find inspiration. I wonder if the artist of the vase has spent a lot of time looking at cloud formations. Pretty cool don’t you think?
Well friends, the holidays are upon us whether we are ready or not. So no matter where you are with your decorating, shopping, baking or entertaining I want to use today’s Friday Photo as a reminder to just breathe.
Linda Holt Photo
I will be scrambling all weekend as we don’t yet have a tree, I haven’t bought a single gift and the decorations are all still tucked away in the basement….oh yeah, and then there is the cooking baking. I will start today with a very deep breathe indeed.