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Liesl Walsh Illustrates and Designs the Cover for the Book "Vagabonds in France" by Michael A. Barry
Vagabonds in France Book Cover, Front and Back, Final DraftVagabonds 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. 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)!
Ten years ago if you were to say that sometime in the future I would be putting my belongings in storage, leaving everything behind to travel Europe with no return date or home to come back to, that my husband Mike would write a book about it, and I would be illustrating it, I'd think you were in the sun too long. For one: I didn't think I'd have the guts to travel that way, and two: Mike had no desire to ever write a book, and three: though I did dream of illustrating a book one day, I never dreamed that I would be illustrating HIS book.
Well, all of it came true, a few years ago. We had moved away from the frigid winters of Pennsylvania to sunny Florida, eager to enjoy a warmer climate. We loved Florida and all it had to offer, but life threw a lot of not-so-nice surprises at us. It seemed like it was just one trial after another and it took a huge toll on us and our health. We wondered, how much more can we bear? Well, after a horrible summer we got the news: we had to move out of our rental because our landlord was putting our house up for sale.
The news shocked us, but Mike realized it was an opportunity to fulfill one of his lifelong dreams: see Paris, do a trans-atlantic cruise and backpack Europe. We had to move anyway, why not put it all in storage and just go? So we did. We realized life is short, and we were eager for a big change. So we put everything in storage, and took a cruise from Tampa to Europe, stopping in Key West, Florida; Portugal (Funchal, Madeira); and Spain (Malaga, Cartagena, and Barcelona). We then flew from Barcelona to the south of France in the French Riviera. After a quick couple days in Antibes it was on to Nice with day trips to St. Paul de Vence and Eze. Then it was a week in Arles, Provence with a day trip to Avignon. From Provence it was on to Paris for a month with day visits to Giverny and Versailles. It was an incredible once-in-a-lifetime adventure. It was not always fancy wines and cheese (just grocery store stuff), but we had so many memorable moments. We met many wonderful people, and a couple not-so-wonderful people, dodged pickpockets, climbed mountains, descended into the Paris Metro, endured nasty weather and illness, and witnessed the flood of the century.
During the trip Mike kept a journal to help remember everything we did and to catalog the thousands of photos I was taking. He enjoyed writing it and emailing it back to family and friends. By the time we got home he had quite a substantial story. He decided to put it into a book, so he spent the next four months working on it full time, at least five to six hours a day. I would stay up very late each night proofreading it, suggesting some edits, which he would look over the next morning. It was like shift work. We had a couple people be beta readers for us, giving us feedback, also an editor. Our car insurance representative couldn't put the book down, and this was during the busy Christmas season. Everyone said the same thing: it made them laugh, and they felt like they were right there on the journey with us. We titled the book, "Vagabonds in France", by Michael A. Barry (Mike's pen name).
I worked illustrating the book, designing the cover, and doing layout of the paperback and Kindle. It was a great experience. I learned all the layout requirements, which were quite tedious at times but doable. The paperback and Kindle layout rules were totally different, so I had to make two different documents. We decided on 75 of my photos to illustrate the book. We decided to place the photos at the end of each chapter, so readers wouldn't be interrupted while reading, and have time to use their imagination as they read before seeing the photos. Also having the photos at the end of the chapter was easier to do in the layouts.
For the book cover we wanted to use a photo that showed a winding road, to give a sense of our personal journey. We wanted it to give the feeling of Europe, and I wanted enough open space at the top and bottom to add the title and author name. I narrowed down the images that would fit the layout options, and then Mike chose the final image. It was perfect, our favorite street in Montmartre, Paris: Rue de l'Abreuvoir, a curvy cobblestone street near Place Dalida with quaint old world buildings and a view of Mike's favorite place in all of Paris: Sacre Couer. Then Mike had a great idea, to sneak both of us into the cover walking down the street. So I found a photo he took of me near the Arc de Triomphe and a photo of him walking at the Sorbonne in the Latin Quarter of Paris, and I photoshopped them into the book cover. It really improved the cover's message and composition. When I added the title and author name to the cover, Mike asked if I could curve the word "Vagabonds". After removing a few poles from the road to make room for the author name at the bottom, we were done. We are very happy with how the cover turned out!
On the back cover Mike chose an image of one of his favorite memories: walking along the Seine River in Paris with Notre Dame in the distance. We walked along the Seine so many times from our apartment in the Latin Quarter, going to Notre Dame and the Louvre, seeing all the fancy bridges.
It was a great experience working on the book together. We're very happy with how it turned out, and are pleased with how well the book is doing. It was an unexpected result from an unexpected adventure.
To see the book on Amazon, click here: "Vagabonds in France" by Michael A. Barry
Christmas on the BeachChristmas tree on the beach, Anna Maria Island, Florida. On Christmas Day, many people were at the beach wearing festive hats and clothes. A family set up a Christmas tree full of ornaments, and it became a popular spot for people taking family photos. The family sets the tree up every year, keeping the ornaments tied to the tree so all they have to do is pull it out of their vehicle. This photo was published in Florida Currents Magazine, December 2014. Thank you to the collector from Brick, NJ who purchased 35 5x7 greeting cards of this image on 11-7-2015!
Right now it is near the end of December, the holidays are here, so it's fitting to write about this next story.
In my last blog post I wrote how I began to get published in Florida Currents magazine, the monthly magazine of Peace River Electric Cooperative, Inc. (PRECO). My "Splashing Duck" photo was published on the cover and later inside the magazine three more times. It was a great experience, so I wanted to do more with publishing.
Florida Currents asked members for Christmas photos for their December 2014 issue, so I submitted my "Christmas on the Beach" photo, and it was chosen! The best part was getting a good credit to our electric bill.
Dec 2014 PRECO Florida Currents Mag, Christmas TreeIn December 2014 Liesl Walsh's "Christmas Tree on the Beach" photo was published in Florida Currents Magazine.
Here is the story behind the photo:
The previous year my husband and I went to Anna Maria Island early on Christmas morning. There's something special about walking the beach, hearing the waves, watching the birds, it's so peaceful. We were expecting the beach to be pretty quiet considering the holiday, but found a surprisingly large number of people there wearing festive clothes and red Santa hats. There was a real happy mood there that morning, it was really nice.
Then to make the mood even more festive, a family arrived with a Christmas tree and set it up right on the beach! It's a tradition of theirs to come on Christmas morning, and tie the ornaments to the tree so all they have to do is pull it out of their vehicle and set it up, adding garland, candy canes, a snowman on top, and a Santa in the sand. It became a popular place for families to take photos.
I was able to snap that rare photo when there was no one around the tree. I used it for our Christmas cards the following year, and they were a big hit. If you'd like to design a card with this image, customizing the wording inside, go to my pixels website here.
The following year my husband and I went back to Anna Maria Island on Christmas morning, and we wondered if the Christmas tree would be there. It wasn't at first, but after a little while the family arrived and we watched them set it up, with the familiar ornaments, snowman, and santa! Maybe they will be back this year.
In future blog posts I will be writing about our adventure to France and illustrating my husband's book, "Vagabonds in France" by Michael A. Barry. It was a very unexpected but thrilling adventure, full of many memorable moments, like arriving in Portugal after eight days at sea, climbing a mountain in Spain, seeing incredible views of the Mediterranean Sea from a cactus garden on the cliffs of the French Riviera, surviving an eventful first day in the Paris Metro, and witnessing Paris' flood of the century. Doing the book has been an amazing experience for both of us. It's a lighthearted book about our journey, and even though I've read it many times, it still makes me laugh. Readers say they feel like they are right there traveling with us and laugh out loud. Come join us!
May 2014 PRECO Florida Currents Magazine Cover, Splashing DuckLiesl Walsh's Splashing Duck photo published on the cover of Florida Currents Magazine May 2014, receiving Best of Show for magazine covers that year.
In my series of recent blog posts I have been writing about my early journey as a photographer and some milestone moments. Today's post is about a special surprise that came after I moved to the west coast of Florida in 2013. I no longer lived close enough to the photo club on the east coast that challenged me and gave me opportunities to grow. The process of moving took over for a while, and gradually as we got settled in I had time to search for a photo club on the west coast, but I couldn't find one like the Indian River Photo Club. My husband Mike became my photo buddy as I lived far away from my mentor and friend, Kathy, who I would occasionally meet halfway across the state to go out and shoot with. My husband has been a great encourager and support to me with my photography. There are days where I am not in the mood to go out and he gets me out in the world to capture something amazing, I am so glad he does that. If it weren't for him I'd have missed out on a lot of great photos.
In the meantime, at our new home we were receiving monthly magazines from our electric company, Peace River Electric Cooperative, Inc. (PRECO). It services a couple of the rural counties in Florida. Each month they would feature members' photos inside, and would publish members' photos on the cover of 6 issues a year after holding a contest. I decided to enter the next contest, but being new to the area I didn't have a lot of photos that would comply to their rule that the photo had to be taken in a county that PRECO serviced. Thankfully they service Indian River County on the east coast, so I had a couple to choose from that I took at LaPorte Farms in Sebastian. I had taken a photo of a duck splashing in the water in their pond, and loved how I was able to capture the moment the water splashed high in the air and dripped of its beak. Later I learned this was not a native duck in Florida, so I had captured a special moment.
I entered my photo "Splashing Duck" because it was vertical and had a lot of empty space at the top and bottom for the magazine's title and words. I had to wait over a month to see if it would be one of the 6 covers. Yay, they chose it! Two months later I went to PRECO's annual member meeting when they announced on stage the images that were chosen. I was surprised to find out that my duck photo had been chosen as Best of Show! I didn't know they were going to choose that category. An extra bonus was a nice credit to our electric bill!
3-22-2014 PRECO Best of Show Magazine Cover ContestLiesl Walsh's Splashing Duck photo received Best of Show during the magazine cover contest for PRECO, Peace River Electric Cooperative, Inc. in 2014. The photo was published on the cover of Florida Currents Magazine May 2014 and 3 times later inside the magazine for contest promotional pages.
In May 2014 I finally saw my "Splashing Duck" photo published on the cover of PRECO's Florida Currents Magazine. (See first photo above). Below is the duck photo published inside of the same issue where they announced the winners of the contest:
May 2014 PRECO Florida Currents Magazine, Liesl's Splashing DuckMay 2014 issue of Florida Currents Magazine where winners of the PRECO magazine cover contest are announced. Liesl Walsh's Splashing Duck photo was published on the cover of this issue of the magazine.
In the next year, PRECO would publish my duck photo 3 more times inside future issues of the Florida Currents magazine in their contest promotional pages: November 2014, November 2015, and December 2015. Below is the November 2014 issue:
Nov 2014 PRECO Florida Currents Cover, Duck PhotoCover of November 2014 Florida Currents Magazine where Liesl Walsh's Splashing Duck photo was published inside.
Nov 2014 PRECO Florida Currents Mag, Splashing DuckNovember 2014 issue of Florida Currents Magazine where Liesl Walsh's Splashing Duck photo was published inside (second time published by PRECO).
This was the November 2015 issue of Florida Currents magazine:
Nov 2015 PRECO Florida Currents Mag Cover, Duck InsideCover of the November 2015 Florida Currents Magazine where Liesl Walsh's Splashing Duck photo was published inside (third time published by PRECO).
Nov 2015 PRECO Florida Currents Mag, Duck PicNovember 2015 issue of Florida Currents magazine where Liesl Walsh's Splashing Duck photo was published inside (third time published by PRECO).
This was the December 2015 issue of Florida Currents:
Dec 2015 PRECO Florida Currents Magazine Dec Cover, Duck Pic InsideCover of December 2015 issue of Florida Currents Magazine where Liesl Walsh's Splashing Duck photo was published inside (fourth time published by PRECO).
Dec 2015 PRECO Florida Currents Mag, Splashing DuckDecember 2015 issue of Florida Currents Magazine where Liesl Walsh's Splashing Duck photo was published inside (fourth time published by PRECO).
I was thrilled with my duck photo being published 4 times by PRECO. It was a great experience, and I owe them the gratitude for getting me more excited about publishing photos in general. Little did I know that I would be illustrating a book written by my husband two years later ("Vagabonds in France" by Michael A. Barry). He didn't even know he had a writer inside of him yet. I was encouraged by this great opportunity and chose to submit another photo to Florida Currents for their monthly member photo feature. Read about it in my next blog post.
I hope you are enjoying learning about my journey as a photographer. Feel free to comment and sign the guestbook on my website, I enjoy hearing from you!
Vero Beach Art MuseumIn 2012 I entered 3 images to the Indian River Photo Club's Exhibition at the Vero Beach Art Museum in Vero Beach, Florida. And all 3 were juried in. My Beginning of a Beautiful Night photo received First Place in the Scapes category. The exhibition was on display from 12-8-2012 to 1-6-2013.
In my two previous blog posts I mentioned that early in 2012 I got the confidence to enter 2 major photo competitions on the east coast of Florida: one at the King Center Gallery at Brevard College in Melbourne (see previous post) and the Vero Beach Art Museum in Vero Beach. It was my dream to someday have my photos displayed at an art museum. I thought that if it would happen, it would be a very long time from then. Surely it wouldn't happen in my first serious year of photography?
IRPC Exhibition at Vero Beach Art MuseumIn 2012 I entered 3 images to the Indian River Photo Club's Exhibition at the Vero Beach Art Museum in Vero Beach, Florida. All 3 were juried in. The exhibition was on display from 12-8-2012 to 1-6-2013.
Vero Beach Art Museum GalleryThe Indian River Photo Club's Exhibition at the Vero Beach Art Museum in Vero Beach, Florida. Liesl Walsh had 3 photos juried into the exhibit which was on display from 12-8-2012 to 1-6-2013.
Well, little did I know that the photo club I belonged to, the Indian River Photo Club, hosted a juried exhibition at the Vero Beach Art Museum each year in December. The opportunity excited me beyond belief! I matted and framed 3 images to enter into the competition, and wow, all 3 were juried in!
Riding the Big Wave at Vero Beach Art Museum Dec 2012My image of Riding the Big Wave was juried into the Indian River Photo Club's Exhibition at the Vero Beach Art Museum in Florida, on display from 12-8-2012 to 1-6-2013.
The first one I entered was "Riding the Big Wave", a photo of a surfer at the Sebastian Inlet braving a 15-foot wave while Hurricane Leslie was nearby out in the Atlantic Ocean. It was a thrill to capture this image with a long lens while standing far out into the ocean on the jetty at the inlet. Occasionally I had to dodge large waves crashing into the railings so I wouldn't get wet.
Palm Patterns at Vero Beach Art Museum December 2012My image of Palm Patterns was juried into the Indian River Photo Club's Exhibition at the Vero Beach Art Museum in Florida, on display from 12-8-2012 to 1-6-2013.
The next image I entered was "Palm Patterns", a kaleidoscope of branches of a small palm tree plant we had on our porch. This was an experimental piece when I was learning to change colors and manipulate images with a program on the computer.
Palm Patterns at Vero Beach Art Museum Exhibit 2012My image of Palm Patterns was juried into the Indian River Photo Club's Exhibition at the Vero Beach Art Museum in Florida, on display from 12-8-2012 to 1-6-2013. It was hung next to my friend Kathy's photo of a caracara.
To my delight, my "Palm Patterns" photo was hung next to my friend Kathy's photo of a caracara bird! Kathy has been my mentor and friend through my photography journey. I was so happy she got juried in!
Beginning of a Beautiful Night at Vero Beach Art Museum Dec 2012My image of Beginning of a Beautiful Night was juried into the Indian River Photo Club's Exhibition at the Vero Beach Art Museum in Florida, on display from 12-8-2012 to 1-6-2013. It received First Place in the Scapes category and was published in the Vero Beach Magazine in 2013.
The third image I entered was "Beginning of a Beautiful Night", a sunset photo from the Viera Wetlands which recently received Honorable Mention at the King Center Gallery at Brevard College in Melbourne, Florida. I wonder how it would do in this competition? There were many inspiring and excellent photos by veteran photographers in my club, and I was just a newbie.
First Place in Scapes Category 2012My image of Beginning of a Beautiful Night was juried into the Indian River Photo Club's Exhibition at the Vero Beach Art Museum in Florida, on display from 12-8-2012 to 1-6-2013. It received First Place in the Scapes category and was published in the Vero Beach Magazine in 2013.
To my delight my sunset photo received First Place in the Scapes category! I was thrilled, and utterly amazed that not only did my dream of having my photos hung in a museum come true, but also it was an honor to receive this award. It was a moment I will cherish for a long time.
Beginning of a Beautiful Night First Place in Scapes 2012In 2012 my sunset photo at the Viera Wetlands, Beginning of a Beautiful Night, was juried into the Indian River Photo Club's competition at the Vero Beach Art Museum, and won First Place in Scapes. It was an honor to have 3 of my photos displayed in the art museum!
As an added surprise, my "Beginning of a Beautiful Night" photo was published inside the Vero Beach Magazine the following February after winning First Place at the museum (see below). All the winners from the competition were published in that issue in a special article about the club's competition. I owe a lot of gratitude to the Indian River Photo Club for this wonderful opportunity, what they have taught me, and I am thankful for this experience.
In my next blog post I will continue my series about my photography journey with my success of an image that got published on the cover of Florida Currents Magazine!
Vero Beach Magazine Feb 2013 Cover, Liesl Published InsideLiesl Walsh's Beginning of a Beautiful Night sunset photo was published in the Vero Beach Magazine February 2013 after winning First Place in Scapes at the IRPC's juried exhibition at the Vero Beach Museum of Art in December 2012. Vero Beach Magazine Feb 2013, Liesl's Sunset PhotoLiesl Walsh's Beginning of a Beautiful Night photo was published in the Vero Beach Magazine February 2013 after winning First Place in Scapes at the IRPC's juried exhibition at the Vero Beach Art Museum in December 2012.
This blog post is second in my series about my photography journey and how it all started. It's been only 5 years since I bought my first DSLR and I am amazed at how far I have grown in skill and artistry! In 2012 it began to take leaps and bounds: in my previous post I wrote about my success in the Indian River Photo Club in Vero Beach, Florida, and how my husband Mike and friend Kathy encouraged and inspired me. All these things gave me the confidence to compete in 2 major photo competitions on the East Coast of Florida that year: The Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard's juried exhibition at The King Center Gallery at Brevard College in Melbourne and The Indian River Photo Club's juried exhibition at The Vero Beach Art Museum in Vero Beach.
A few months before the competitions my friend Kathy and I both trekked out into the Florida wetlands and coastlines to search for exciting and beautiful spots to photograph. We hiked through cypress swamps and botanical gardens, stood at the sidelines of a muddy rodeo, and witnessed surfers braving 15-foot waves when Hurricane Leslie was offshore. We were determined to get amazing sunset photos, and drove a long way to get to the Viera Wetlands up north. And we got them! We picked the perfect night!
We drove on the dirt trails surrounded by water. All kinds of water birds and wildlife perched on the palm trees submerged in the water. Each turn was a delight to view. We searched and searched for the perfect spot to take a sunset photo before the sun went down. We found one just in time: an area where the water surrounded us on both sides and we had an interesting foreground and middle ground of palm trees and marsh grasses. We got set up with our tripods just in time!
As the sun went down, the sky moved from warm pinks and corals to cool blues. I was able to capture the gorgeous sky reflecting in the water. I took multiple photos of the view of the road so I could stitch them together on the computer to create a panoramic shot (see image above, "Viera Wetlands Sunset"). I decided to enter my "Beginning of a Beautiful Night" photo (see below) to the competition at the King Center Gallery at Brevard College, and got the image matted and framed, along with another sunset image taken the same night.
Liesl Walsh, Brevard College Nov 2012, Honorable Mention"Beginning of a Beautiful Night" by Liesl Walsh received Honorable Mention at the juried photo competition at the King Center Art Gallery at Brevard College in Melbourne, Florida, November 5, 2012.
I submitted both sunset images to the competition, and "Beginning of a Beautiful Night" was juried in! The other one wasn't, but I was thrilled I got in. Kathy's photo, "London Junction" was juried in also!
Brevard College Photo Competition Exhibit November 2012Awards Ceremony of the photo competition at the King Center Art Gallery, Brevard College in Melbourne, Florida, November 5, 2012. Liesl Walsh's "Beginning of a Beautiful Night" photo received Honorable Mention.
On November 5, 2012 Kathy and I went to the awards ceremony at the gallery show. I was amazed at all the other images; someone's dramatic photo of pink flamingos captured my attention. I had to ask the photographer where he took the photo: it was at Jungle Gardens in Sarasota, Florida. Little did I know that I would be moving not far from there on the west coast of Florida in only 4 months! Later I would walk among the flamingos and feed them right from my hand. They would become one of my favorite animals to photograph. (See my flamingo images here.)
It was a good night, my "Beginning of a Beautiful Night" photo received an Honorable Mention! And guess who got First Place: the pink flamingos photo. And it was well-earned! We all agreed. Everyone was captivated by it. I was motivated to learn how to create images like that. Sometime I will write about the pink flamingos, but next blog post I will write about the other big photo competition I entered, the one at the Vero Beach Art Museum. This one made my dream come true, to have my images displayed at an art museum!
Greasy Grimy Skillet Art, Best Picture of the Year 2012, 1st PlaceIn 2012 I was a member of the Indian River Photo Club in Vero Beach, Florida. I entered 3 photos in their competitions each month and did very well. At the end of the year I had 30 ribbons and 3 of my images were chosen as Best Pictures of the Year. This image received First Place for Creative Manipulation. I used multiple layers in this photo to repeat portions of a skillet to create a pleasing design.
In the next few blog posts I want to share with you my photography journey: how it started, my successes, exciting moments, and who has influenced my artistry.
I am thankful to those who have taught me along the way and encouraged me. I owe the most gratitude to my husband, Mike, who gave me my first digital camera. Without that I would have been stuck doing film and had never experienced the exciting world of editing digitally on the computer. He also encourages me to get out of bed in the early morning to drive through the countryside to get stunning sunrise photos, brings me to exciting new places traveling the world, and always keep an eye out for the next great shot.
I have been passionate about art since childhood. I took a photography class in college learning how to use the darkroom, and it hooked me! I focused mostly on taking photos of family, friends, my garden, and travel. I majored in art, became an art teacher, and taught using the elements of art and principles of design. In 2005 my husband gave me my first digital camera, and I eagerly learned how to edit photos digitally on the computer. We moved from historic Pennsylvania to sunny Florida, and I became friends with my new neighbor, Kathy, who has the biggest camera collection I have ever seen. She invited me to the Indian River Photo Club in Vero Beach and mentored me. We had a blast taking photos together early in the morning out in the Florida wilderness among the alligators and birds. The early morning rides and giggles were just as fun as taking photos. I bought my first DSLR camera, loving the new image quality I could get. The veteran photographers at the photo club gave me valuable feedback on my images at the meetings, teaching me what made a good photograph. I entered 3 photos a month in their competitions and did well, earning 30 ribbons in my first year, 2012.
Indian River Photo Club Awards Banquet 2012End of the year Awards Banquet of the Indian River Photo Club where 3 of my images were chosen as Best Pictures of the Year in 2012.
The photo club had a banquet in December to choose the Best Pictures of the Year from all the images that had received ribbons. I was delighted 3 of my images were chosen! My "Greasy Grimy Skillet Art" image got First Place for Creative Manipulation, "Seeing Beauty" got Second Place for Creative Manipulation, and "Ripe For Harvest" got Honorable Mention for Monochrome.
Seeing Beauty, Best Picture of the Year 2012 2nd Place IRPCThis image was chosen as Best Picture of the Year in 2012 at the Indian River Photo Club, receiving Second Place for Creative Manipulation. I merged a photo of my eye with a photo I took of peonies in my garden in Pennsylvania to create a striking look.
All the encouragement and success from the Indian River Photo Club gave me the confidence to enter 2 big photo competitions on the east coast of Florida that year. More about that in the next blog post...
Ripe For Harvest, Best Picture of the Year 2012, Hon. MentionIn 2012 this image was chosen as Best Picture of the Year at the Indian River Photo Club, receiving an Honorable Mention for Monochrome. It is a photo of grapes I grew in my garden in Pennsylvania.
To go to my photo, "Tourists and Eiffel Tower at Champ de Mars, Paris" to use on a phone, please click on the photo.
Have you ever wanted to have a one-of-a-kind look to your cell phone case? Have you wanted to give a customized gift to someone who has an iPhone or Galaxy phone? Do you know someone who would enjoy seeing a scenic photo of Florida or Europe 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 folio wallet, and choose your own layout/cropping/etc. to get the specific look you want. This is available for the following products: iPhone 6 and 6S, the Galaxy S6, and now the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7. I think this is very exciting. The website provides a detailed description of the case construction which protects the phone. The images are embedded deeply into the surface of the case and covered with a protective finish which comes in both matt and glossy finishes.
Monet's Lush Trellis Garden in Giverny, FranceClaude Monet's garden and home in Giverny, France is about an hour west of Paris in the countryside near Normandy. In the late 1800's Monet discovered Giverny while riding by on a train. He fell in love with this quaint town and soon rented a home near the river. Later he purchased the home and spent over a decade designing and planting his famous garden. He diverted the nearby river to fill an area in the back for his waterlily pond and green Japanese bridge. Officials originally opposed his plans, but after finding out it was the famous artist they approved. Monet's garden is around 2 acres in size and the lush cottage garden near the pink and green home is filled with all kinds of paths, trellises, and flowers, smelling heavenly. The center of the garden is focused on a wide path lined with rows of rose-covered arbors. Monet spent much time outdoors painting in his impressionist style, especially scenes of his garden. Monet lived around 40 years in his home.
To go to my photo, "Monet's Lush Trellis Garden in Giverny, France" to use on a cell phone, please click on the photo.
This is how you customize a phone case or 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. To do that click on the photo you want to save, then click on the heart shape at the top, 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.
To go to my photo "Flamingo Family" to use it on a cell phone, please click on the photo.
When you are ready to work on your layout, choose your first choice photo and click on it. Hover your mouse over "Visit Shop", and the website will give you a preview of that image on products. Then click on "Photo Gifts". Select which phone product cover you want to make. Click "edit" 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 "Save" and "Add to Cart".
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 accessory!
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.
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.
I am amazed at how many fun things you can make (these are all available on my site): canvas wraps, print collages, hardcover books, print framing, metal prints, glass prints, acrylic prints, standout prints (stand out from the wall), statuettes, wall clings, magnets, playing cards, cutting boards, coasters, bookmarks, keychains, mouse pads, mugs, aprons, shirts, bags, and phone accessories.
So have fun being creative, and enjoy making a personalized gift for your next special occasion.
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:
This week I edited and uploaded new photos to my website! They are all from Jensen Beach, Florida; I cannot believe how many good photos I took all in one day. Every scene captivated me.
The Tree Tunnel photos were taken at the entrance of the beach area. Branches of trees grew into each other, making a canopy arch over the path that leads to the beach. It was beautiful. The tunnel created welcoming shade on a hot day. I could hear the sound of ocean waves as I walked closer to the end of the tunnel. Once I reached the opening at the end, I could see the open expanse of the beach and Atlantic Ocean and feel the warm ocean breeze. I walked along the beach to find thousands of shells, people fishing in rough surf, and damage from a recent storm. I'll write about that in my next blog post.
Wishing you a warm and happy day,
I am excited to announce a new Facebook page for Liesl Walsh Photography! I will be announcing updates to my website on it so that you may know when I add more photos or have exciting news. You will also learn more about the story behind some of my photos. You may find the link to my Facebook page on the bottom of my website home page. Or you can go to my Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/LieslWalshPhotography/.
Please "like" the page to receive the updates. Thank you!
Welcome to my website! I am excited to share with you the many treasured moments and breathtaking scenes I have discovered while taking photos in Florida. Florida constantly inspires me.
So what is the story behind my logo? I chose a photo that meant a lot to me. It goes way back to the beginning of my photography journey. It is a purple Japanese iris that grew in my garden before I lived in Florida. I'll never forget the day I got the iris. I filled my car entirely with them, covering all the floors and seats. The car weighed down and smelled like earth. I surrounded my garden with them, and they spread quickly, being a focal point of the garden.
I documented the growth of my garden often with photography. I was amazed at how it changed over the years, getting more full and lush with time. It was a delight. This is when my husband gave me my first digital camera. And a whole new world of editing opened up to me. I could turn my photos into paintings and drawings! As a former art teacher, this was exciting! I turned this photo into a watercolor.
When we moved to Florida, I began entering photo competitions, and this was one of my first entries. It did very well! I challenged myself to enter each month, purchased my first DSLR camera, and by the end of the year I had 30 ribbons, a photo at the King Center Gallery of Brevard College, and three photos displayed in the Vero Beach Art Museum. Since then I have had photos printed for publication in the Vero Beach Magazine and Florida Currents Magazine.
It has been a fun journey using my artist eye in photography. Thank you for visiting my website. I hope you enjoy the photos!
© Liesl Walsh Photography
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