Freesia at the Flower Stall in Downtown Portland

The Flower Stall in Downtown Portland

On a recent photography trip to Portland, Oregon, the freesia was in bloom along with many other locally grown gems. There are the regular weekly customers, as well as tourists to enjoy this flower stall 365 days a year and in all kinds of weather.

The magical florist was creating spellbinding floral creations for all to enjoy. You can visit their website here.

flower stall in Downtown Portland Oregon

Spellbound Flowers in Downtown Portland Oregon

Rose from the Rose City

A locally grown rose from the Rose Capital City

florist arranging flowers

The magical florist creating spellbinding flower creations

Customer smells fragrant freesia

Customer smells fragrant freesia

Italy-Testimonial for Central Italy Itinerary

Italy - Italian Cypress Tuscany

Italian cypress trees in Tuscany, Central Italy

A Central Italy Itinerary

was prepared for a client that included Florence, Cinque Terre, Lucca, Milan, Lake Como, and Orvieto. Here’s what they said:

“WOW! I was blown away by how knowledgeable and helpful JDPGIGs [JDP Travels and JDP Photography] was with our itinerary. I’m so excited for our trip, and more so now with this great information in hand. Thank you!”

Kelly M., December 1, 2014

Based on their preliminary plans, I designed a route that was efficient (no backtracking), interesting (unusual, off the beaten path sights), didn’t waste time on places they had already visited, and incorporated their “must-do’s”.

Happy Thanksgiving from JDP and plans!

Happy Thanksgiving from JDP!

As we make our way through Thanksgiving turkey, shopping, and family and friends, let’s just….fill in the blank.

I want to hear from you…tell me what you just want from this holiday.

I am adding vegan recipes to the menu for this holiday. I am sure to include exercise (hiking, resistance, weight, walking). I am planning my photo education and excursion in April 2015…making final decisions now.

What are your travel plans in 2015? Care to share?

Tumbleweeds from Santa Ana Winds

The corner of Jamboree Road and Chapman Avenue in Orange, California is hardly desolate. This single tumbleweed was driven by the Santa Ana winds, common at this time of year in Southern California.

Did you know that tumbleweeds actually propagate when they tumble. They also suck up water in an arid land, making it more arid. They can be very dangerous as they pile up and no longer tumble. They cause a hazard to vehicles because they are very flammable and easy to ignite.

See the Wikipedia about tumbleweeds excerpt below…

The tumbleweed’s association with the Western film has led to a highly symbolic meaning in visual media. It has come to represent locations that are desolate, dry, and often humorless, with few or no occupants. A common use is when characters encounter a long abandoned or dismal-looking place: a tumbleweed will be seen rolling past, often accompanied by the sound of a dry, hollow wind. This is sometimes used, for comic effect, in locations where tumbleweeds are not expected. (One example is in the opening scene of the film The Big Lebowski.) Tumbleweeds can also be shown to punctuate a bad joke or a character otherwise making an absurd declaration, with the plant rolling past in the background and the wind effect emphasizing the awkward silence, similar to the sound of crickets.

Source:  Wikipedia

Use of Royalty-Free Photos, Video and Audio

Royalty-free photos, video, audioRoyalty-free music, audio, video and photo files are an integral part of hybrid photography.

Hybrid photography is a combination of still photos, video, and audio (music, sound effects, or the spoken word). It is critical when using any sound and photos/video, that one has the rights to use them. Thus, today’s topic of Roalty-Free.

Photographers today earn their living by selling the rights to their images. Whether it is a portrait print (not to be scanned and distributed) or a digital file, a user must have permission and rights to use the image before it can be used. Stock agencies have excellent systems set up to make royalty-free purchases online. You can buy rights to photos, videos, illustrations, etc. I am listed with several stock agencies – iStock, Dreamstime, Alamy, and several others. Royalty-free music and sound effects are also offered by online agencies. My favorite is Premium Beat.

Be sure to download and read the royalty-free rights you are purchasing. Keep the documents in a handy place because you may need it to prove your rights to use the digital files. For example, on several occasions with YouTube recently, my rights to use music have been challenged. When I can easily go back to the royalty-free release, copy and paste the important information to defend the dispute on YouTube, that makes life easier.

This week I was challenged again on some Chinese music that I purchased in 2009. There were three copyright holders on the music. Two have released the music for me to use, one did not. Rather than spend significant research time and effort locating the purchase document, I chose to take the hybrid photography project off YouTube, made it a simple video with no sound, and re-uploaded it to YouTube. I don’t know if this little project is worth any more effort, so I may just let it go now, and be more diligent on future projects.

Here’s a link to The Tao of Tea SILENT.