Thursday, September 29, 2016

Photo of the Day: Peek of the Fairmont Jasper Lodge

In this photograph, here we see a peek of the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge at a distance across Lac Beauvert. See more landscape photos in my Facebook Gallery.

My Flickr Album
500px Gallery
My Facebook Page
National Geographic

Bookmark and Share
Read More

Friday, September 23, 2016

Landscape Workflows That Will Help Photographers Save Time Editing

I've recently updated my old version Adobe Lightroom to the latest Lightroom 6. It's much faster and I'm really happy with it. I realized this license only allowed LR installed on 2 computers max. All of my presets were automatically transferred from the upgrade so I didn't need to reinstall them.

I was recently introduced to Sleeklens' Lightroom landscape workflows. They sell professional workflows that help photographers save time with photo editing and get better results. I'm so glad I was able to try it out and share this with you all and my photographer friends. The results are great! Now this is what I'm looking for.

Photo of the trail near Rearguard Falls in BC:


The original (shown above) was actually taken early morning, but I decided to have fun and turned it into a sunset photo using the "Calm Sunset" preset in the collection.

Photo of Pyramid Lake near Jasper, Alberta:


For this one, I used two of the presets and the cloudy sky definition brush to make the sky pop.

WHERE TO BUY? You can get the Landscape Workflows through website. They are available for both Photoshop users as PS Actions and Lightroom as LR Presets.

Disclosure: I received Sleeklens Landscape Lightroom Presets at no charge in exchange for my honest review in this post. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of other consumers. No other compensation was given.

Bookmark and Share
Read More

Thursday, September 22, 2016

What Does Fall/Autumn Mean to You?

Today (September 22, 2016) marks the first day of Fall/Autumn. The weather is still nice, but after a couple more weeks, it will become cooler (especially in the early mornings). Many plants will become dormant, leaves change color and will fall from the trees. What comes to your mind when you think of Fall? When I think of Fall, I think of orange and yellow tones. Let me know what Fall/Autumn means to you.

Below are images of Fall/Autumn you might enjoy and tell us your favorite:

Bookmark and Share
Read More

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Yoga Expo is Coming to Vancouver, BC on Oct.1-2

The Yoga Expo
Saturday/Sunday, October 1-2, 2016
10:00 am – 6:00 PM
The Vancouver Convention Center
1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC. V6C 0C3 Canada
The 2016 Yoga Expo is making its debut in Vancouver at the Vancouver Convention Center on Saturday, Oct. 1st-2nd. Master teachers from around the globe will join Vancouvers’s top local teachers and studios to give participants an opportunity to connect, reflect and learn about the joys and benefits of yoga. Attendees will have access to unlimited yoga and meditation, programs, live music, local and sustainable food samples, a unique 50,000 square foot yoga-themed marketplace and more.

The Yoga Expo launched in January 2016 and hosts events throughout the U.S. and Canada to educate and empower participants to enact social change through their daily choices. Founder Kyle Michaud says “I started the Yoga Expo because I wanted to create a community where students and teachers have the opportunity to connect. Students take classes with local and international teachers, explore our yoga-themed marketplace and enjoy a day of mindfulness.”

Highlights at The Yoga Expo Vancouver include:
■  Tantra Fitness Vancouver’s premier dance and aerial yoga fitness studio
■  Hannon Cluff Teacher at Dharma Movement Company, specializing in Hatha, Candlelight Yin, and Dharma Karma Flow.
■  Shivaji Wells of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy
■  Rachel Scott Director of Teachers College & Development at YYoga
■  Lori & Jeremy Lowell Vancouver locals specializing in live music and vinyasa flow experience- Drishti Beats
■  Rebecca Hall Founder of the Hoopurbia Festival
■  Chrystal Pearl Vancouver local hot yoga instructor from West Coast Hot Yoga & Oxygen Yaltetown
■  Carly Hayden Founder of Catalyst Yoga LLC
■  Amara Blue Jewelry
■  Meditation Classes
■  Yoga and Essential Oils Classes
■  Mindfulness Classes
■  Yoga Classes with Live Music
■  Local and Sustainable Food
■  50,000 square foot marketplace featuring unique vendors, yoga and fitness apparel, and related accessories.

Tickets are $35 for one day, or $60 for a weekend pass. Ticket holders are entitled to all events all day, including an array of over 85 classes. Tickets can be purchased at

Bookmark and Share
Read More

Photo of the Day: View of Red Deer River From Star Mine Suspension Bridge

View of the Red Deer River from the Star Mine Suspension Bridge in Drumheller, Alberta. See more landscape photos in my Facebook Gallery.

My Flickr Album
500px Gallery
My Facebook Page
National Geographic

Bookmark and Share
Read More

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Is Crepey Skin Giving You The Creeps?

What is crepey skin? Is it wrinkles? Thinning skin? A combination?

Crepiness is a term used to describe the changes in skin noted with aging. Skin becomes thinner, more fragile, and wrinkles more easily. We can see this first occurring on the backs of hands, décolleté, and around the eyes. What causes crepey skin? Is it due to sun damage? Aging?

Dr. Kally Papantoniou, a NYC board certified dermatologist explains that, “Crepey skin occurs with age and the process is accelerated by photo-aging (frequent sun exposure without protection) which leads to the break down of collagen and elastin fibers, causing skin to lose its elasticity and become thinner.” For those of us who already dabble in Botox, filler, and facials, what can be done about this additional “evil?”

Prevention for crepey skin.

Dr. Papantoniou says that, “The most important way to prevent creepiness is to protect skin from sun exposure, the UVA and UVB rays are the leading cause for crepey skin, thus daily photo-protection is key in preventing creepiness.”

Which over-the-counter products and solutions does Dr. Papantoniou recommend to specifically treat crepey skin?

For face- SkinCeuticals A.G.E. interrupter
For eyes- Revision makes a cream – DEJ repair, for the delicate area around the eyes to address crepiness.
For neck- Revision Nectifirm
For chest- SkinCeuticals Neck, Chest & Hand Repair
For arms- SkinCeuticals Body Tightening Concentrate
For legs- Excipial 10% lotion, or Amlactin

What is the ideal way to apply products?

For best results it is recommended that you make sure to cleanse the affected area prior to applying creams to treat skin. Applying the creams twice daily will provide the best results.

What can you expect from a crepey skin cream? Temporary or long-term?

Depending on the types of creams being used, in the short-term you can expect, reduction of the appearance of crepey skin. The long-term benefits from keeping skin hydrated and applying certain ingredients to heal and repair skin, may induce new growth.

What ingredients make these products work?

Dr. Papantoniou explains that, “Creams often will contain proteins called peptides such as Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 which act on the cellular level to help prevent the degradation of collagen, and can help promote synthesis. Hyaluronic acid will help plump and hydrate skin, which improves the immediate appearance of crepey skin. The addition of antioxidants such as Vitamin C, E have the effect of reducing oxidative stress and damage to skin and can stimulate new collagen growth. Certain plant extracts can also be found as ingredients in tightening creams for their natural properties. Using a retinol containing product can also have great effect on rebuilding collagen and rejuvenating skin.”

Dr. Papantoniou warns to steer clear of creams that don't contain any active ingredients, and are essentially just moisturizers. These are just gimmicks and won’t help with crepey skin.

Is there any evidence that higher-priced products are better?

Dr. Papantoniou says that, “I would not base the effectiveness on the price tag of a product. Research instead what ingredients it contains and read reviews, this can help guide your selection.”

Are all over the counter products limited in what they can achieve?

Over the counter products can actually be very helpful in this instance, the only prescription medication that will perform better is retinoic acid, but retinol can still be very effective is used regularly.

What are Dr. Papantoniou’s in-office treatments for crepey skin?

Her favorite treatments for crepey skin are the Thermismooth 250, which feels like a hot stone massage, it can be used under the eyes, neck area, and almost anywhere on the body. Thermismooth 250 works by stimulating skin to produce collagen and rejuvenate. It tightens and can even help the appearance of cellulite. The Ulthera is also a powerful energy based machine, using ultrasound energy to stimulate tightening and new collagen as well. “Ulthera is great for the face, neck and chest area especially. For even more of a lift there is the ThermiTight, which is a minimally invasive procedure in which radiofrequency energy is placed under the surface of the skin, and stimulates skin remodeling with results that are very impressive,” says Dr. Papantoniou.

About Dr. Kally Papantoniou

Dr. Kally Papantoniou is a Cosmetic Dermatologist, Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology. She specializes in Injectables, Lasers, Body Contouring, Surgical and Medical Dermatology. Dr. Papantoniou is also a clinical professor at Mount Sinai Health Center in New York City. She applies expert techniques and the newest technologies to treat her patients. Dr. Papantoniou focuses on providing her patients with the highest level of care, with special interests in natural and healthy alternatives to treatments and disease prevention. Connect with Dr. Papantoniou via twitter @DrPapantoniou or her website

Bookmark and Share
Read More

The Best Movie Dragons Ever {Infogaphic}

Infographic courtesy of

Bookmark and Share
Read More