French Friday: Les Parapluies - Village Royal

« L'esprit humain est comme un parapluie : il marche mieux lorsqu'il est ouvert. » - Darry Cowl

Imagined by the artist Patricia Cunha, the exhibition Umbrella Sky is installed in Le Royal Village from February through April 2019. “Color life!” is the leitmotiv. About 800 colorful umbrellas, suspended in the air all along the passage, bring joy and vitality. Inspired by Mary Poppins, this poetic installation will not leave you indifferent. #levillageroyal #umbrellasky (Source:

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Le Village Royal, in collaboration with Galeries Bartoux, is pleased to present the monumental artworks of the Belgian artist Dirk De Keyzer. Discover a carousel of dreams and poetry from February 5th to April 28th, 2019. Like articulated puppets, Chevaliette, Zalangou, and Zalando seem to come to life at any time. With a recognizable style, both fantastic and universal, Dirk De Keyzer mixes cultures from all over the world with human feelings such as the quest for happiness, beauty and harmony.


Week 48 - Creative: Split Tones


"Shadow is a colour as light is, but less brilliant; light and shadow are only the relation of two tones." - Paul Cezanne

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Black and White November is over and color will once again feature prominently in my December pictures — after today, that is! This week’s #dogwood52 prompt is actually a great transition from the previous thirty monochromatic images to the final thirty full color photos in this year’s #Project365.

Split Toning is an effect which has its origins in film. It involves tinting the highlights in an image one color and the shadows another color. For best results, photographers often start with a black and white image and use opposite colors for each, such as yellow and blue, green and magenta, etc. for the highlights and shadows.

This was a new process for me. I used yellow for the faded hydrangea petals and blue for the shadows in the snow. I like how this effect illustrates the brilliance of a sunny winter day. #dogwood52 #dogwoodweek48

Coakley Brother's Water Tower

 September 25, 2018 (268/365) #domke #doorsopenmilwaukee

“People are like stained-glass. They sparkle when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within." - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

I'd love to see this beautiful new water tower illuminated at night.

Easter Eggs

April 2, 2018 (092/365)

"The ones who are crazy enough to think they can color the world are the ones who do." - Steve Jobs

One of Each

March 19, 2018 (078/365)

“O let me bathe my soul in colors” - Kahlil Gibran

Week 10 - Vision: Selective Color

March 6, 2018 (065/365) "Show your true colors. Mine is yellow." ~ Big Bird

Week 10 - VISION: Selective Color • f/1.8, 1/218, ISO20 #dogwoodweek10, #dogwood52, #dogwood2018 [Selective color can be cringeworthy, however, when done right, it brings compelling focus to the subject.] 

Week 2 - Composition: Color Harmony

January 10, 2018 (010/365) "Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing?" - Picasso

Week 2 - COMPOSITION: Color Harmony [Get out your color wheel. Do opposites attract? Can there be harmony with opposite colors? Does the Hulk wear purple pants? Mix warm and cool colors.]#dogwoodweek2, #dogwood52, #dogwood2018 • f/6.3 1/800 16mm ISO100

This week's prompt should have been an easier one, but it was a challenge for me. Isn't that exactly the point of these exercises? Saturated color is really not my aesthetic; in fact, I often pull color out my images. Even when I do focus on color, I prefer monochromatic palates. When I look at the color wheel, I don't really like the combination of complimentary colors with two exceptions: pink+green and blue+yellow like this intensely blue sky against the building's golden bricks.

Things are Looking Up

November 30, 2017 (334/365)

"Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible." - Tony Robbins

Thirty days ago, I challenged myself to abandon color in favor of a focus on composition, light, shadow, and texture. As always, thank you for your encouragement and feedback as I continue to learn and stretch myself as photographer. It has been a rather steep climb at times, but things are looking up and tomorrow there will be color again!