Friday, February 21

Living Life

"Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is luck, make it. Life is too precious, do not destroy it. Life is life, fight for it."      ~ Mother Teresa

I got these adorable little ranuculus flowers from Bellas Bloom Studio.  I absolutely adore them.

Texture from The  Texture Shop  by Janet Broughten

Texture from the Texture Shop by Janet Broughten

Texture from 2 Lil Owls 

Texture from The Texture Shop by Janet Broughten

Thanks so much for visiting my little corner of the web.  Would love to hear from you.  Come back any time and visit.  Have a good one!

Wednesday, February 19

Serenity Project - February, 2020


the state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled.

How to achieve serenity in your everyday life?  That is a question I had asked myself for years.  I have discovered several different ways to help myself relax.  The first is spritzing lavender scent.  The smell is calming to me.  The second is the deep-breathing trick….in thru the nose, hold for the count of 4 and out thru the mouth.  However, the most calming thing I do is take photographs.

When I enter my little “studio” I am in another world…nothing but me and my camera.  I am the director in my little world.  Sometimes my images come out dark and moody…..

And sometimes they come out light and airy...well my version of light and airy *grins*.

It is important to take care of yourself.  Find serenity when and where you can.  I thank the lovely ladies of this Circle for inviting me to join.

The Serenity Circle is a collaborative photography project. The photographers who participate wish to bring a sense of peace and calm to their imagery. Please continue the circle to the beautiful work of  Wendy May, NE Scotland Photographer to see what brought her some serenity this month.

Thanks for visiting my little corner of the web and I hope to hear from you soon.  Have a good one!

Monday, February 10

Photography ADD

I have ADD when it comes to photography.  Since I'm actually understanding OCF better, I'm becoming obsessed with it.  Once I'm in the "studio" shooting I forget everything else.  Cleaning??? what is that?  Eating...yeah but then I'd have to quit shooting!!!
I just received a new backdrop that I purchased from Ink and Elm.  I've wanted this one for a while now and just bought it.  It's the perfect size for still life.  I also got a TON of hand-dyed cheesecloth from Fiberonawhim.  The colors are beautiful and the size of each piece is perfect for my style of shooting.

I used textures on these images that I got at Janet Broughton.  These are my go to textures.

The settings on all of these were Flash at 1/8 power in a 32x32 softbox with a grid to camera left; 1/160 @ f/5.0 and ISO 100.  Used my 35mm lens.

Thank you for indulging me.  Would love to hear from you...leave a comment and I'll get back to you.  Have a beautiful day!

Sunday, December 15

Off Camera Flash

I have joined an awesome community called The Salted Collective which was established by the very talented Leah McLean.  This community is all about learning and sharing with each other.  The main topic is off camera flash, but that is not the only topic.

I have had a flash for years but never really looked into using it.  I mainly shoot natural light, but with winter coming and the dull, dreary days we've been having I have decided to bring out the flash and learn to use it. 

It is all very confusing for me but the main gist of it is this:  The aperature controls the amount of flash light, the shutter speed controls the amount of ambient light.  The trick is to balance the type of light.  Along with Leah's site I have also learned quite a bit from the Strobist  blog,  as well as the Tangents blog from Neil van Neikerk.

These images were all taken with a Nikon D90 and a 40mm Nikon Macro lens.  The settings were 1/200 and the aperature between f3.0 and f4.0.  The ISO was 100 and flash was on manual @ 1/16 power.  Why these settings?  Well 1/200 is the sync speed on the D90 and f3.0 was the widest aperature for this lens.  I wanted the fastest ISO for my camera and I started at 1/4 flash power.  The shots were somewhat blown out so i reduced the flash power until I liked the results.

Yes, there ARE 37 different ways to photograph carrots *grins*

Are these shot underexposed?  Flash power too low?  I think they look ok and I achieved the dark and moody background I was going for.  These were taken at noon.  Happy Sunday!

Friday, December 13

Christmas Greenery

 It never ceases to amaze me what you can do online these days *grins*.  I wanted some fresh-cut greenery to decorate with this year and voila!  Enter Amazon.  Anyway......when it arrived it was so green and fresh and smelled heavenly!  I couldn't pass up the chance to play a little and here are some of the results:

 Also for the last while, I've had a fascination with photographing lit candles.  Not sure why or where it came from but it's there so I go with it.  When I blew them out they produced the most amazing smoke trails.  Well......yup, I went there.  I had to light them and blow them out about 100 times so I could play but I did get some great results:

 It's a pretty bleak, grey, cold day so I'm off to light more candles and play.  Have a safe and happy weekend!