Vintage Peonies

I’ve always loved the look of hand-tinted black and white or sepia photos. Although I never learned the classic technique, I’ve been experimenting with Photoshop and some peony images I shot last spring. I thought I’d share some of the results to see what you think. It’s actually quite simple so if you’re interested, I might make it the subject of the next tutorial. Have any of you ever done hand-tinting on prints? Such a beautiful treatment.

Thank you, as always, for your visits and comments. I hope you all have an abundantly marvelous weekend. Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends!

love,

– g

The Romantic Ranunculus

Hello, friends! I hope your weekend was splendid! In spite of what the calendar indicates, the days here are sunny and comfortable with few signs of autumn. And for our friends in the Southern Hemisphere, spring is well underway. So, for your new week, some images of  a  sweet flower many of us love. Ruffly ranunculus in their myriad colors can at different times in their bloom cycle resemble a rose, a poppy or even a peony – all feminine, evocative flowers which appeal to our romantic spirits.

For several years I’ve wanted to create a ranunculus calendar and finally did this year. Here’s a sample month:

And the images for all 12 months:

It’s available here in my main shop, along with my other 2013 calendars, some of which I’ve featured already on the blog but some of which are brand new and will be the subject of upcoming posts. You can take a peek at them here:

Toujours Paris

Venice

Versailles

London

A Magical Garden

Paris Peonies

Paris Roses

The Oregon Coast

And lastly on the calendar releases, a special collaboration with D of our Paris images in classic neutral tones, available in our other shop, Paris Plus:

Classic Paris

A few more bits of news:

1. Use coupon code CAL20 for a 20% discount on any of our calendars from now until October 15th (extended!)

2. For more from Paris, there’s a new post up at Paris By Two featuring picturesque Parisian doors.

3. My next newsletter will be out tomorrow with photo tips and a free download. If you’re not already on the list, you can sign up to receive it here.

Thank you, as always for stopping by and brightening my day!

with love,

g

Toujours Paris

Hello, my friends! I’ve been traveling again but am home now for a good stretch until we leave for Chile in October. Behind the scenes – much activity, new ventures and plans. And also time to share with you some never-before-seen images from Paris which I’ve created for my new 2013 calendar “Toujours Paris”.

The mystique and allure of Paris is a continual source of inspiration and beauty to so many of us, whether we have been there or not. Truly, no other city embodies the qualities we associate with this magnificent location: elegance, style, charm and joie de vivre. During my visits, long days are been spent walking and walking, becoming familiar with grand avenues and narrow alleys, shops and shopkeepers, markets and cafes.

Does it always appear as I portray in my images? Honestly, no. I must admit to you that Paris has its share of crowds and noise, and like any large city, can often be dirty, hot and tiring. My response? I keep walking.

My last two visits have been solo, and the walks have been solitary explorations of a city with infinite details that does not reveal all in a single passage. D always urges me to take a taxi. But, no matter how tempting that might be some days, carrying all my gear and finding myself far from my hotel or apartment, at any moment I might turn a corner and find something magical, exquisite, delightful and quintessentially Parisian. Fatigue vanishes, replaced with wonder and a feeling of privilege at being able to capture, and eventually, share that discovery.

Recently, quite a few friends and acquaintances have asked my advice on visiting Paris. The must sees. The must dos. What will give them the ultimate Paris adventure and memories? Their lists include museums and restaurants and monuments and parks. All wonderful, I say! But what would you do, they ask?

I would walk. For that’s what I do in Paris.

 

For this year’s calendar, I’ve chosen what to me are timeless views of the city, that encapsulate the splendor that awaits upon your first or your twentieth visit. I hope the images inspire you throughout the year and help make your Parisian dream come true.

(And please do use the code CAL20 for a 20% discount through September, just for my blog readers and FB fans as a heartfelt thank you for stopping by here.)

Still to come, more Paris, more roses, perhaps a lilac or ranunculus, too.

Wishing you a dreamy weekend.

with love,

g

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