Thank you for visiting my website! In my blog I will be writing about some of my favorite photographs, the story behind the photos, what inspires me, and any exciting news. So have fun reading, and I hope it inspires you, too.
Vagabonds in France Book CoverThis is the book cover for "Vagabonds in France", a lighthearted book written by my husband (pen name Michael A. Barry) about our travel adventures in France. Find out how life threw a lemon at us and we made it into lemonade. Putting all our stuff in storage, we left everything behind to experience an adventure of a lifetime, with no return date or home to come back to. Cover design by Liesl Walsh, using her photograph of Rue de l'Abreuvoir in Montmartre, Paris, with Sacre Coeur in the distance. Original photo can be seen separately ("Cobblestone Street in Montmarte, Paris"). This book is available on Amazon now in both paperback (black and white illustrations) and Kindle (color illustrations)! www.amazon.com/Vagabonds-France-Michael-Barry/dp/1541178130/ I am excited to announce the new release of my husband's book, "Vagabonds in France" (pen name Michael A. Barry), which is now available in both paperback and Kindle on Amazon.com. I illustrated the book with 75 photographs and designed the book cover and the interior layout. The book is about a trip to France we did together last year.
"Vagabonds in France" is a lighthearted book about an unexpected travel adventure to France. Find out how life threw a lemon at us with losing our home, and our attempt to make lemonade. Putting all our furniture in storage, we left everything behind to experience an adventure of a lifetime. With no mortgage or rent to pay, we left with no return date or home to come back to. Exploring for 9 weeks, we traveled from Florida (Tampa and Key West), to Portugal (Funchal, Madeira), to Spain (Malaga, Cartagena, and Barcelona), to the Cote d'Azur in the south of France (Antibes, Nice, Eze, St. Paul de Vence), to Provence (Arles, Avignon), then a month in Paris. Come with my wife and me and see this country's amazing beauty, along with all the humorous cultural differences and "what the hell" moments you'll get a kick out of. Climb mountains, descend into the Paris Metro, dodge pickpockets, endure nasty weather and illness, and witness the flood of the century with us. Experience some wonderful and not-so-wonderful people. Chuckle with me as we live among the French and try to learn their ways and language. Then make it back home to an empty rental home we found online. Readers say they feel like they are right there with us on the journey, and laugh out loud, especially from the "Bathroom Reports". This book, with its 75 photograph illustrations, is available now on Amazon in both paperback (black and white illustrations) and Kindle (color illustrations)! To see the book on Amazon please go to the link here: Vagabonds in France by Michael A. Barry on Amazon. The book is also available outside the US on other Amazon websites.
About the Author:
Michael A. Barry is a semi-retired small business owner, husband, and world traveler from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania now living in Florida. Hobbies include aviation, anthropology, psychology, history, and weekend polyglot.
Vagabonds in France Book Cover, Front and Back, Final Draft"Vagabonds in France" is a lighthearted book written by my husband (pen name Michael A. Barry) about our travel adventures in France, its amazing beauty, and all the humorous cultural differences and "what the hell" moments you'll get a kick out of. Find out how life threw a lemon at us, and we made it into lemonade. Putting all our stuff in storage, we left everything behind to experience an adventure of a lifetime, with no return date or home to come back to. Exploring for 9 weeks, we traveled from Florida (Tampa and Key West), to Portugal (Funchal, Madeira), to Spain (Malaga, Cartagena, and Barcelona), to the south of France (Antibes, Nice, Eze, St. Paul de Vence, Arles, Avignon), then a month in Paris, France. We climbed mountains, descended into the Paris Metro, dodged pickpockets, endured nasty weather and illness, and witnessed the flood of the century. Readers say they feel like they are right there with us on the journey, and laugh out loud. Cover design by Liesl Walsh, using her photograph of Rue de l'Abreuvoir in Montmartre, Paris, with Sacre Coeur in the distance. Original photo can be seen separately ("Cobblestone Street in Montmarte, Paris"). This book is available on Amazon now in both paperback (black and white illustrations) and Kindle (color illustrations)! www.amazon.com/Vagabonds-France-Michael-Barry/dp/1541178130/
Siesta Key SailboatView of a sailboat on Siesta Key, Florida, right before sunset.
To find my photo, "Siesta Key Sailboat", to use on a phone or tablet cover, click here: http://lieslwalshphotography.zenfolio.com/p128674762/h434d5b02#h434d5b02
Have you ever wanted to have a one-of-a-kind look to your cell phone case or iPad Folio? Have you wanted to give a customized gift to someone who has an iPhone, Galaxy phone, or iPad? Do you know someone who would enjoy seeing a scenic photo of Florida on something that they use daily? Now you are able to do that right from my website!
One of the companies that I have partnered with on my website, "ivoke", gives you the ability to choose a photo from my website to put on the cover of a cell phone case or iPad Folio, and choose your own layout/cropping/etc. to get the specific look you want. This is available for the following products: iPhone Case 5, Galaxy S4 Phone Case, iPhone 5c Phone Case, iPhone Case 4/4S, iPad Folio, and now the iPhone 6 Phone Case and Galaxy S5 Phone Case. I think this is very exciting.
The phone cases for the iPhone 5/5C, Galaxy S4, iPhone 6, and Galaxy S5 are made with a slender impact-resistant polycarbonate shell that protects against falls and maintains access to all of your device features. The iPhone 4 and 4S cases are made from hard plastic that is scratch resistant with an antiglare camera ring. All cases have a white base color, wrap around printing, and are form-fitting with easy on-and-off. Images printed have brilliant color and clarity, and won't fade, peel, or crack. IPad Folios are made with a classy faux-leather and suede that have either a red or black binding.
Fellsmere Cypress SwampBeautiful view of a cypress swamp in Fellsmere, Florida. It was a quiet morning and very peaceful. Edited in soft colors.
To find my photo, "Fellsmere Cypress Swamp", to use on a cell phone or tablet cover, please click here: http://lieslwalshphotography.zenfolio.com/p221143841/heb9f03d#heb9f03d
This is how you customize a phone case or iPad Folio with a photo: First choose a photo on my website that you would like to use. (Watermarks will not be printed). A vertical photo works best, but you can also use a portion of a horizontal photo where you crop a vertical section of the photo that you will use. All the photos posted in this blog post will work. Photos that have some empty space at the top work well (so the main subject is not cropped out with phone cover openings). As you look at photos on the website you can save some as your favorites to keep in a collection so you can see which ones will work better with the layout of your phone or iPad. To do that click on the photo you want to save, then hover your mouse over "Buy", then click on "Save for purchasing later", and it will save your photo in your "Favorites". Later when you are working on the layout of your photo with your product shape you can switch the photo to one of your "Favorites" to see which photo works the best.
Flamingo in the TropicsPink Flamingos at Jungle Gardens, Sarasota, Florida Palms Overlooking Sarasota BayPalm trees at Siesta Key, Florida, overlooking Sarasota Bay. You can see the Ringling Bridge in the far distance.
To find my photo "Flamingo in the Tropics", to use it on a cell phone or tablet cover, please click here: http://lieslwalshphotography.zenfolio.com/p1055714624/h4b8947aa#h4b8947aa
To find my photo "Palms Overlooking Sarasota Bay", to use it on a cell phone or tablet cover, please click here: http://lieslwalshphotography.zenfolio.com/p745383312/h2341a5c4#h2341a5c4
When you are ready to work on your layout, choose your first choice photo and click on it. Hover your mouse over "Buy", and then click on "Select Product". Depending on which product you are choosing please follow one of these 2 sets of directions: (iPhone 6 and Galaxy S5 Phone Cases are newer and are in a separate product category on the website).
If you are choosing an iPhone Case 5, Galaxy S4 Phone Case, iPhone 5c Phone Case, iPhone 4/4S Phone Case, or iPad Folio do the following: After you have clicked on your first choice photo and clicked "Select Product" under "Buy", click on the "Specialty" category, then "Phone/Tablet Accessories". Select which phone or iPad product cover you want to make. Add it to your cart, then click on "View Cart" to customize your layout. Click the photo to edit the layout. You may zoom in the photo, crop it, and click and drag the photo to move it to your desired location on the layout. If this photo doesn't fit the layout as desired you can click on "Change Photo" to view your Favorites that you had saved previously. Click and drag another photo onto the product image to see if it fits the layout as desired. When you are happy with your photo and layout, click "Done" and then checkout.
If you are choosing the iPhone 6 Phone Case or Galaxy S5 Phone Case do the following: After you have clicked on your first choice photo and clicked "Select Product" under "Buy", click on the "Galaxy S5 & iPhone 6 Cases" category. These 2 products are in their own separate category from the other phone and iPad products. Select which phone case you would like to customize, and click on it to open the edit view. Edit the layout as desired. You may zoom in the photo, crop it, and click and drag the photo to move it to your desired location on the layout. If this photo doesn't fit the layout as desired you can click on "Change Photo" to view your Favorites that you had saved previously. Click and drag another photo onto the product image to see if it fits the layout as desired. Choose glossy or matte finish, and select the quantity you desire to make. When you are happy with your photo and layout, click "Save to Cart" and then "View Cart" to checkout.
If you decide to switch photos after you have gone to the checkout page just click on the photo to start the edit process again. Have fun being creative, and I wish you the highest level of satisfaction and enjoyment with your new phone/tablet accessory!
White CapsScene of large waves in the Atlantic Ocean at Bathtub Beach near Jensen Beach, Florida
To find my photo "White Caps", to use on a cell phone or tablet cover, please click here: http://lieslwalshphotography.zenfolio.com/p408727690/h365c087d#h365c087d
Calm ReflectionsScene of Sunset at Twin Dolphin Marina in Bradenton, Florida
To find my photo, "Calm Reflections", to use on a cell phone or tablet cover, please click here: http://lieslwalshphotography.zenfolio.com/p95251124/h4a6b894d#h4a6b894d
McKee Garden OasisScene at McKee Botanical Gardens in Vero Beach, Florida. A stone bridge goes over a beautiful pond filled with waterlilies surrounded by tropical gardens.
To find my photo "McKee Garden Oasis", to use on a cell phone or tablet cover, please click here: http://lieslwalshphotography.zenfolio.com/p402797060
I am excited to announce new products offered on my website! This is something I have been wanting to do for a while now, and figured out how to set it up today. For years I have enjoyed making books and products with my photos, and wanted to make the option available to you as well. I have partnered with 6 different companies that will make custom products and gifts with my photos: MpixPro Lab, Mpix Lab, IYP (Imagine Your Photos) Photo Products, PictureItPostage, Ivoke, and FotoFlot. The companies make professional quality products and offer a quality guarantee. You can choose which photos you want to use and customize products for special occasions, gifts, and your home. Just select a photo on my site that you want to use, click "Buy", and then select which product you would like to customize.
I am amazed at how many fun things you can make (these are all available on my site): canvas wraps, print collages, hardcover and leather books, custom greeting cards, print framing, metal prints, glass prints, acrylic prints, standout prints (stand out from the wall), statuettes, wall clings, magnets, ornaments, playing cards, stickers, cutting boards, coasters, bookmarks, keychains, mouse pads, mugs, aprons, shirts, bags, and phone/tablet accessories. The most unique thing (first time I have seen this) is custom stamps offered by PictureItPostage. You can actually custom make your own postage stamps with my photos! I can't wait to try it.
So have fun being creative, and enjoy making a personalized gift for your next special occasion.
This photo shows orchids growing on my porch in March. Here is a link to see 10 photos of the orchids. http://lieslwalshphotography.zenfolio.com/p98008571
Wishing you a happy spring!
It was a quiet and peaceful night as I watched a beautiful sunset over the Gulf of Mexico from Anna Maria Island, Florida. The colors in the sky changed from warm and vivid to pastel as the sun went down. Some of my photos from that night tell a story. What stories do you see? This is what I saw. In the first photo a young man ponders life as he watches the sunset in solitude. The beach is quiet and peaceful offering him a beautiful ending to his day and giving him hope for tomorrow. As I photographed him from a distance I was wondering, "What is he thinking?" and "What is happening in his life right now?". He sat on the beach a long time watching the entire sunset.
In the next photo a couple sits together on the white powdery sand watching the sunset after having a delightful picnic. Their chair and hat still rest near the picnic table shaded by a tree. As they sat close to each other on the beach they looked ready to handle the future day together. The sunset turned into soft pastel colors while they enjoyed each other's presence.
Photos like these inspire me to think about life and how each new day brings a new beginning. We can imagine different stories for the people in these images: some with happiness and others with pain. Watching a beautiful sunset can bring hope for tomorrow.
As I edited the colors and lighting in these photos I tried to create the mood of each story. In the photo below I enhanced the rays of the sun.
You may see the rest of these sunset photos here on my website: http://lieslwalshphotography.zenfolio.com/p544179454
I hope they inspire you, too!
On a cold day in January it is good to think of walking barefoot in the sand along the ocean, seeing seagulls fly, and hearing grasses blowing in the warm ocean breeze. When I went to Jensen Beach a few years ago I walked through a "tree tunnel" (see last blog post) to get to the entrance of this beach. After walking under the canopy of tree branches that arched over the path, my view opened up to an expanse of the Atlantic Ocean with its waves crashing the coastline. The sand dunes were beautiful with grasses blowing in the wind. I took some color photos of the grasses and then made variations of them in black and white, some of them with a grainy look. Which look do you like better? You may comment on my blog post, in the guestbook, or on individual photos on my website.
To see all the Beach Scene photos of Jensen Beach on my website, you may click on this link:
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