Friday Fantasy Favorites

It’s Friday! That means it’s time for me to post my favorites. I’ve been digging through some old work and decided to share some of my favorite fantasy images.

Goddesses

Several years ago, a friend allowed me to use his studio for a couple of days. I didn’t know what I wanted to do but I knew I wanted to do something cool. I rounded up some willing ladies and we went to work. These were so much fun. Shooting in the studio was awesome and experimenting in Photoshop was pretty fun too. I might have to do some more of these. You can read all about the making of these images here.

Wind Goddess by Sharon Popek
Wind Goddess or Goddess of Air
Earth Goddess by Sharon Popek
Earth Goddess or Mother Nature
Sinking the Moon by Sharon Popek
Water Goddess
Goddess of Fire by Sharon Popek
Goddess of Fire
Gaia's Gift by Sharon Popek
Gaia’s Gift

Ireland Favorites

Dublin, Ireland is one of my favorite cities. It was everything I thought it would be and more! The people were kind and gracious, always willing to help and show us a great time. I took many photos in Ireland. But these are a few of my favorites from the land of Éire.

Dublin and the River Liffey

The River Liffey runs through the city. There are 21 bridges crossing the River. Each one is unique and has its own history. I took photos of almost all of them. However, these are a few of my favorites.

We went to a few bars. We drank some Guinness (okay, a lot of Guinness).

Castles

Ruins everywhere. Some are castles, some are just old buildings. But they all look cool.

But Wait!

There’s more! These are some more of my favorites.

To see more photos from Ireland, visit my website.

Summer Love

What is it I love about summer? Long summer days and warm nights  with a cool breeze blowing. The lightning bugs lighting up the night like fairy lights leading the way. Going to festivals and fairs where the food is bad but perfect. The sounds of people laughing, having a good time. The feel of warm grass on my bare feet. Open windows and the sound of frogs and crickets singing. Fresh vegetables and grilled anything. Yes, I love summer.

Circus Dusk by Sharon popek
Summer brings the fair and late nights and early days. The fair at dusk as the sun is setting and the lights are starting to glow.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Water with Glass

SP’s Weekly Photo Challenge was Water and Glass. We got some great entries. Some did not have water, but adult liquids instead. We were fine with that.

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Friday Favorites – Travel Photos

I wanted to share five of my favorite travel photos on this hot July Friday.  Looking back, some of them are easy to see why I like them so much.

Buskin’ on the Danube

We had spent the day in Budapest walking, walking, walking and needed a break and a drink. We found a spot on the edge of the Danube. As we sipped our drinks, the busker started playing. The setting sun touches the edge of his shoulder and the Hungarian flag in front of him, giving the whole scene a soft glow. See more travel photos from Hungary here.

Buskin' on the Danube by Sharon Popek
Buskin’ on the Danube. A busker plays the saxophone at sunset in Budapest, Hungary

Enter for Enlightenment

Another image from Budapest with that soft glow that I love so much. This was taken in Matthias Church, a gothic cathedral complete with restored frescos and painted walls. But this simple unadorned stairwell glows from the soft window light, silhouetting the outline of the door. It’s inviting and peaceful. See more travel photos from Hungary here.

Enter for Enlightenment by Sharon Popek
Enter for Enlightenment

Kraków Nights

The Main Square in Kraków, Poland just after sunset. The sky is that early evening blue that contrasts beautifully with warm tones of the city lights.  People are sitting down for dinner or cocktails as bicyclists whiz past, creating a bit of a blur.  Find more travel photos of Poland here.

Kraków Nights by Sharon Popek
The Main Square in Kraków, Poland just after sunset.

Aire Acondicionado

Taken in Havana, Cuba, this photo is a little busy. But I love that about it. I love the old worn signs hanging above the many people milling about in the streets. And there’s that glow again, only this time it’s a cool glow from the cobblestone street below. I can almost hear the sounds of Havana. Find out more about my trip to Cuba here.

Aire Acondicionada by Sharon Popek
Street scene in Havana, Cuba

 

Kutná Hora Alley

This one is a little more subtle than the others. At first glance it’s just an nice photo of an alley. But the open arches and speckles of sunlight lead the eye directly to the back of the alley, where two people stand deep in conversation.  I love small details like that. More images from Czechia can be found here.

Kutná Hora Alley By Sharon Popek
An alley in Kutná Hora in the Czech Republic.

I hope you like these as much as I do! Prints of all images are available here or click on the individual images and it will go directly to the shop page.

I’d love to hear your feedback and comments. Also, feel free to share a link to your own favorites!