Category Archives: Photography

SP’s Weekly Photo Challenge

SP’s Weekly Photo Challenge was to pick a national day from this calendar and create repetition. Some of the group members did great stuff. I sort of flubbed because, well, reasons (excuses).

 

Water Art Wednesday

It’s Wednesday! A great day for me to share some water art and photography.

Sailboats Reflected

This image is one of the first images I put up for sale on Fine Art America. It’s a favorite of mine and many other people love it as well. It was early morning and the fog was rolling out across the calm water.

Sailboats reflected by Sharon Popek
Sailboats reflected on water.

Seán Heuston Bridge

This is from Dublin, Ireland. A sunny day with calm water on the River Liffey. The Seán Heuston Bridge like many of the bridges in Dublin, has had several different names, including King’s Bridge and Sarsfield Bridge. The bridge is now for tram and foot traffic only.

Seán Heuston Bridge by Sharon Popek
Seán Heuston Bridge is reflected on the River Liffey below.

 

Serenity on the Water

The sun was setting and the water was calm. A single boat sat just past the lone tree on the bank.

Serenity on the water by Sharon Popek
Serenity on the water

Prague Skyline at Sunset

We took a sunset cruise and as we went by the historic city, I fell in love.

Prague Skyline at Sunset by Sharon Popek
Prague Skyline at Sunset

Winter on the Lake

I was visiting my parents in December. The sun shining through the trees created the most amazing shadows. The wind blew the water just enough to create a  very slight ripple. Definitely a favorite of mine.

Winter on the Lake by Sharon Popek
Winter on the Lake

Water Goddess

A composite created from photos and some experimental Photoshop work. I love the colors and mood of this image.

Water Goddess by Sharon Popek
Water Goddess

Saturday Signs

I don’t know why people are so fascinated by signs. But most people I know seem drawn to them. Especially if they are old or vintage. When I travel, I find myself drawn to them. Whether it’s a shop sign, a large sign, a small sign, or a road sign. I will take a photo of it. Some signs tell a story, a history of its location. Even if its just a one word sign, the color and shape can say a great deal about the shop or restaurant or even the area in general.

Maybe people are drawn to a certain sign because it’s got a place in their memory. Maybe they drove by that sign on the way to school every day. Or maybe it represents a happy memory of weekend trips to town.

Americana Signs

Signs from Around the World

Be Resilient!

What does that mean? Resilient means “able to withstand or quickly recover from a difficult situations”. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “If you fall, get back on the horse.” I’m not sure that’s always the best idea. Sometimes, it’s better to find another horse or better yet, stay off the horse altogether. When I say resilient, I mean get up, dust yourself off, and find a better way to do it.

Starting Over

I have recently lost my job of 6 years. I loved my work. I loved the people I worked with. But I knew that I would not have stayed, even if my job had not been eliminated. They were making a lot of changes. And I while I often enjoy change and a challenge, I knew that these changes were not for me. Sure, I am sad and scared of what the future holds. But I also know that I have gotten up and dusted myself off before. At that time, I got back on the horse. This time, I’m going to find a better way to get there.

Inspiration

Several years ago, I traveled to Cuba on an education tour. I recently started looking at some of my photos. Some of these you have seen before. But some are new. I enjoyed the country.   I keep reminding myself of the wonderful, optimistic, resilient people. If these people who face such hardship and difficulty can be so compassionate and optimistic, why can’t I?

Those classic cars you see? Many of those are pieced together by handmade parts. Parts the drivers made themselves because they had little access to outside supplies.

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.

Want to participate? Join our Facebook Group – SP’s Weekly Photo Challenge or place your link in the comments!

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!