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One side of me would prefer to call this my visual 'journal,' as this section reflects images that I make, new techniques I try, places I explore or events that I record throughout the year . Frequently I will pair a quote with an image which often enhances or adds depth and new meaning to an image. 

Thank you for your visits and comments.  Both are important! 

 

 

 

Thursday
Jul102008

The Little Things



“There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart...pursue those.” Michael Nolan

What is it that makes this image special? To me, it's the perspective from which this very, very simple and ordinary image was shot......as well as the addition of the quote. The quote, I think, is what causes one to pause  and ponder a little longer rather than saying "nice shot" and quickly moving on.

Clover. Very, very common place. However, how often do we look at the clover from below? Do we often think about the heart shaped leaves? Do we allow little everyday things to help us dream, imagine, escape?

Iris Garrott, http://flickr.com/photos/circulating/, a new local acquaintance of mine, has a way of adding quotes, poems, short stories to her wonderful images; bringing insight and new meaning to already wonderful work.

We learn so much from others. However, I never try to COPY the work of others but rather use work of others I admire as inspiration and a springboard to taking my work to another level.
Wednesday
Jul092008

Framed and Displayed

Do you ever wonder "What's displayed in the photographer's home?"

Out of thousands of images shot by a photographer, I find it interesting which images make it to the frame!

Surprisingly enough, I have very few images on display in my home. I'm slowly changing that by planning a couple of gallery shelves that will allow me to rotate images in and out of disply. But currently, only a handful are out for all to view and enjoy.

I'll open up and share with you the pieces that I currently have framed.

"The White Avens"



This is the piece that started it all!

Taken a couple of years ago with an Olympus 'point and shoot,' this tiny flower captured my attention. The image is heavily cropped; the blossom is less than the size of dime naturally. And, at the time, I didn't have a clue how I blurred the background. I just "pointed and shot."

I reflect on this image as THE image that renewed my interest and passion in photography as an art form, after a 20 year respite from the medium. The White Avens will always have a special place in my heart and home.

"The Tree"



Many people are not quite as drawn to this tree as I am. I have several "tree" shots; a couple have been purchased by others for their own personal enjoyment. But, this is the tree that speaks to me.

While wandering through the woods and being nearly overwhelmed by the massive trees surrounding me, I happened to look up. It never ceases to amaze me what one sees when they simply look up.

Is it the fluid and graceful lines of the large, strong tree branches that captivates me? Or is it the contrast of the lights and darks of the image? I'm not sure. But I do know it's another "early" piece that I cherish.

"Window of Wonder"



Very rarely do I shoot what I call "people pictures." And, this was one of those "happy accidents."

The old fort cabin room was dark and only lit from the natural light coming through the small windows that were floor level. When I saw my grandson kneel down and look out the window I quickly fired off a shot without even thinking of camera settings.

I was lucky. I couldn't have captured the enthusiastic awe and wonder of him exploring a new and exciting place if I had asked him to pose. I'm pleased with the way his hands are placed on the window panes. I was fortunate to capture such interesting lighting. I often say a silent "thank you" for allowing me to capture that small moment in time.

"Timeless Memories"



This piece is a family heirloom. And, an experiment with close-up filters. Taken when I only owned the "kit" lens; I was looking for ways to get in closer and closer to a subject. My photography teacher, Jennifer Dickson, suggested the close-up filters as an inexpensive alternative to a macro lens.

I have no studio or special lighting. I draped a piece of black fabric on the guest bed and used only natural light. It's amazing how creative photographers can get when they are going for a shot.

Now, when I look at the piece, I see the slight glare on the watch. I could re-take the image, but I think I want to keep it as it is.....a reminder of what (and how) I'm learning to see in an image. I do, however, still receive "Aaaahs" when people first see the image; followed most generally with a "You have a good eye." and "What a beautiful heirloom."

"She's a Beauty"



A fairly new piece taken this spring, this was made inside my home in front of a large window with wonderful natural light. The Depth of Field naturally created the dark background. I didn't place anything behind the daffodil other than a lot of empty space.

This piece, in my opinion, started the period in my photography where I truly discovered an awareness of how to accomplish a vision for an image as opposed to a "happy accident." Concious decisions were made regarding placement of the flower; the angle from which it was shot; and the camera settings that were used.

"Age Has Character"



Abstract images truly fascinate me. Lines, patterns, shapes, colors.

This image was captured while shooting the details of an old car sitting in a parking lot of an Antique Car Museum. If you look closely, you can see rain drops. I think that only adds to the character of this piece. The old layers of glass in the window have developed bubbles that only time can create.

Relate this piece to a portrait of an elderly individual with deep lines and wrinkles and you see why I think "Age Has Character."

So there you have it. A look at which of my images are framed and displayed in my home.

Memories captured. "Nice" shots. Nature. Simplicity. Aesthetic art. Each speaks a little TO me and OF me.
Tuesday
Jul082008

Daisy: gentleness, innocence, purity, loyal love



I really hadn't planned on presenting a daisy series; it has just happened.

This image was made on one of my early morning walks.  Close to my home is an open field where daises grow profusely.  I often wonder why I singled out this one solitary daisy  from the hundreds that were present that particular morning.  However, I find that in my photography I often like to study details or look for simplicity in my images. 

My vision for this piece was to present the daisy in a manner that speaks a little to that innocence, gentleness, and purity that leads to loyal love.  http://www.800florals.com/care/meaning.asp  I am especially fond of the way the early morning light highlights the stem of this daisy and the way the shallow Depth of Field lets the viewer see just enough detail while still leaving a little to one's imagination.
Monday
Jul072008

The Daisy



Yes, this daisy is the same as the previous post....but with a "twist!"

Learning post processing techniques is a continual challenge for me; but a challenge I am embracing. 

The original daisy image was converted to black and white and enhanced using two texture layers.  The inspiration came from "bebe nurse" (http://flickr.com/people/bebenurse/)  I had enjoyed her beautiful treatment of still life images and challenged myself to accomplish a similiar look. 

Many sources for free textures are available, as are tutorials for using the textures as layers.  You can follow this link for wonderful motivation and inspiration in using textures -  http://oneshotbeyond.wordpress.com/
Monday
Jul072008

Friends....

are flowers that never fade.



 

Taken in my back yard, I was trying to present a different perspective of the common daisy.  The graceful petals of the daisy are what captivate and hold my attention, as do the calm, subtle colors.  Using a macro lens allowed me to get in close.  The only crop was that of making a square image rather than the standard proportions.