Maya and Janet are friends of mine from waaaaay back. We met on a weekend trip in Normandy in Sept. 2013. They live with their dog, Charlie, in southern France “across the street from Switzerland,” which I think is just about the coolest address.
Their photography is tourism focused, and I’m in love with their mountain photography. They seem to go hiking in the Alps every day, and they post prolifically from there.If I can be honest, while speaking about both Maya and Janet at the same time, I like Maya’s landscapes better, and Janet’s portraits. (And if I can’t be honest, I’m sure I’ll hear it from them.) This cairn picture is very similar to ones I tried to shoot in Bhutan, and executed with a great deal more success. I could never get the right mountain behind the right cairn to make it work. This is the aforementioned Charlie. How a dachshund with stubby little legs like that can climb mountains, I will never understand. But really, I like Maya’s photo for the mountains in the distance rising above the fog in the valley. I admire photographers who have the patience to shoot insect macros. Also, while I’m admiring challenging skills, pet and baby photographers. Things that move, and can’t be told not to, drive me crazy. I have the patience to sit and wait a good, long time for the clouds to pass, move in, or adjust themselves to the right mood, and for the wind to blow a flag just right, but things that move, and can’t be told not to, drive me crazy. I think my recent history shows my love for reflections. Even better when you get bright, Mediterranean sunlight.
Check out Maya’s work at her blog, http://www.mayaphotography.blogspot.fr/, and her portfolio site at http://mayaphotography.photoshelter.com/. Janet’s blog is at http://fstops-here.blogspot.hu/. And, naturally, Charlie has a blog (though he’s a lazy little guy and hasn’t updated in quite a while) at http://charlieboytravels.blogspot.fr/.