Frozen beauty…

imageThere was a great author that once mused “whose woods are these…”. I don’t know why we are so rushed that we pass by the mundane beauty that surrounds us everyday.  The little things that normally wouldn’t even warrant your attention are the things that grab me and hold me in their grasp.  For they are the little wonders that create the awe in a single moment.  The wonder captured in a small second.  If you pass up the small moments that occupy the minute then you will always be waiting for the wow moment that may never come…but several of those small wonderous moments could make up one huge wow.  Keep searching for your everyday little moments of beauty, someday they will fill your memories with a lot of wow.

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Birds of a feather flock together…

imageI found this scene too good too pass up….birds of a feather and all! Lol. The wind was blowing pretty hard and all the birds were on the dock facing into the wind so their feathers wouldn’t get ruffled….another cheap cliche. Sometimes I just can’t help myself…goofy humor.  It really did make for a great shot.  I hope you like it as well as I do.

Patience is the word for this weekend…

I have two stories of patience to add today.  I went on a solitaire photo shoot while my husband was working on Saturday. I say it was a lesson in patience because I got within 6 feet of a Great Blue Heron.  He let me get that close because as I was creeping up on him I did it a couple of sideways moves at a time all the while I would take pictures of the birds on the lake in front of me like I didn’t see him, after I would move a few steps I would look at him from behind the lens and then I would snap some pics of him and then repeat the process again until I got so close I caused him to ruffle his feathers at me in agitation and off he flew. Here are the b&w version and color versions. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI hope you enjoy the pics….there are more to come from this photo shoot.  I got a few different types of birds on this trip.

In a calm moment of patience….

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In one of my calmer moments, which we will attribute to a momentary, if not abnormal, moment of patience, I allowed my husband to teach me a new process in our photo editing software.  When used in small increments it will preserve the edges in your digital photographs, but when you turn up the intensity you get a rather unique and exciting look to the photo you are editing.  I will post below the intense version in this post to show what I am talking about.  The process is call High Pass Sharp. If you use it as a layer and then turn the layer into an overlay you get edges that are preserved and sharpened so your digital image has less noise in the data.  But below is the process used as a layer and then not promoted as an overlay, as the artist I am, I love this process.  I am always trying to push the envelope of conventional art…so here is the finished product.  I would also like to say that I don’t think this is a process that would be good for just any picture…but when used this way it adds to the solitary, lonely and haunting image created by involving the high pass sharp process as the layer itself.  Like I said this is not a process everyone will enjoy, but I am always willing to try a new process to my art.  I was so excited just by the process of learning a new way to view the world around me and I was equally excited to share it with those that happen upon my blog.

Isn’t it funny the things that change your perspective…

image_3This is the picture that sparked my enthusiasm for photography…it was the most ordinary of days, I was alone and trying to find something to inspire me….who knew it would be a rusty old tractor on the edge of a field. A forgotten relic of another time.  I almost didn’t see the possibilities this shot had until I played with it in my photo editing software…and then, as they say, it was all over…a new love was born. I think I have taken some good shots in the last couple of years but this one has a special place in my heart….just like your first love does…

Improving your craft is not a black and white issue.

This one of my attempts at black and white processing.  It is actually my first attempt. I think it is very reminiscent of Ansel Adams in the composition. But the processing is too contrasty for his work, which gives it a very me flair. It is a very striking image when matted in a double white matte and framed in a simple black frame. image

Defining the artist!

imageIn the exploration of me, I am defining what I want to do with my life. The older I get the more I define what I do want to do with the exclusion clause, which simply put, goes like this; “well, now that I have tried that…I KNOW I don’t want to do that”.  I have defined most of my life by what I had to do by level of responsibility…now it is about what I find I like to do.  I like to take pictures, and for the most part I like Read more…

Changing the Colors…

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If you cannot lead the horse to the water then bring the water to it.  I am not a programmer, so code is not my forte.  I am stuck with the color scheme this wordpress theme gave me to work with.  I like the overall feel of this theme and I thought if I could change the color scheme to the pink and gray that I used in my logo then all would be seamless and would flow….but I am not a programmer and code is not my forte….so I changed the colors in my logo.  Now all is seamless and it flows but I am not crazy about the change.  With all things, change has to do with the attitude with which you approach the change.  I am working on adjusting the attitude…but for now here is the change.  It may still change again, stay tuned for either another change in color or the long awaited attitude adjustment…..we shall see.

The depth of a forest!

When the beauty of nature surrounds you there is no scarcity of subjects to choose from when choosing a picture subject! But trees are one of the more spectacular choices that nature provides.  I don’t think you can go wrong with a picture when it is a tree. I tried numerous times to draw a tree when the art was coming from my hands and a pencil….I never quite got it…the artistic ability never matched my true appreciation for the beauty God stuffed into the form of a tree.
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My mom says God lives in trees, I think I am inclined to believe her!

New Technology

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I hope this picture actually comes up now. Ok, I finally have the picture in the post and I am trying to get the blog post to read how I want it. I am finding that learning two new computers with two new operating systems and a new mini Ipad and new Ipod are all a little much for me all at one time. I think my new year’s resolution is going to have something to do with being gracious to those who want to help me….I find myself getting angry because I automatically go to thoughts of being inadequate….not anyone’s words but mine. I am trying to take it a step at a time and turn off the bad thoughts….then the things that I already know start to mess up and that throws a monkey wrench into the process….turn off the bad thoughts…this is a resolution that doesn’t take money or anyone’s help so I will check back later and let you know how the progress of turning it off is going. Until the next blog….happy creating.