Here’s to a Spooktacular October

It’s been a busy month and my camera has gotten one heck of a workout… from the events for A Woman’s Place and 5k’s benefiting our four-legged friends, to this year’s amazing autumn landscape and color, to getting creative with things just lying around the house and at the “Haunted Ghost House” in Lambertville…  {whew}

To commemorate such an awesome month….  I’ve put a little something together to sum it all up.
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Want to see some more of my images from the “Haunted Ghost House?” I’ll be posting throughout the day on Instagram. So much  effort and creativity goes into Dolores Dragan’s Halloween art display for all to enjoy, so be sure to check them out HERE.  Not on Instagram or Facebook, not to worry, I’ll do an “after party” post tomorrow… stay tuned.

Hope you have a Spooktacular Halloween!

Until next time,
Maria

Shout out to Jai Art and Captured by Carrie for helping me add just the right mood to my image.

Monitor Matters – An Update!

Hey, so I have learned a little something new on this topic.  This is an update to my post Monitor Matters, in which I wondered why my photos looked so off while I was working on a post on my laptop.  What do you know, there really is an answer!

First I should probably re-title this post to A Beast Called Color Management.    The long of it… you can read here, as honestly I can barely get my head around it.  But the short of it… if I’ve even got this right, is that, yes, an image can look considerably different if you are viewing it in a browser that uses only “half” color management (Google Chrome/Explorer). On the other hand if you are using Firefox or Apple’s browser (Safari), they use “full” color management, and you’re seeing the image pretty much as I am (minor variations in your monitor settings aside).  Just like the article, I did my own test and opened this image

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on my iPad, in Firefox, and in Google Chrome, and compared all three to the image on my calibrated monitor. The iPad took top honors, Firefox looked pretty nice on my uncalibrated monitor, and Google… well, I won’t be using that browser any more as part of my photo workflow in the future.  Just thought you might like to know it’s not your eyes playing tricks on you… it’s your browser.

Until next time,
Maria

p.s.  All research on this topic and explanation so I could understand it is thanks to my dad 🙂

Coloring books… They aren’t just for kids anymore

National-Color-Day-October-221-e1444940960846Happy National Color Day!

It’s National Color Day!  Actually, I had no idea, just stumbled across that one.  But I love color and who doesn’t like an excuse to celebrate.  Maybe a coincidence, but I also came across a new publication coming out by Stampington & Company, The Coloring Studio! Apparently coloring books for adults is growing in popularity.  I’ll admit, I didn’t quite get it when my daughter picked up a couple coloring books a little while back…2015-10-22 08.05.18-1 (1)

But after spending an chilly afternoon with my 4-year-old nephew & tween-niece coloring (can you guess which one is mine), I think maybe they’re actually onto 2015-10-03 16.54.53 (1)something here.

And so to celebrate National Color Day, what the heck, I ordered my very own coloring book … The Coloring Studio 🙂

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Image from The Coloring Studio

Wait! I almost forgot, while we’re on the subject of color, I also came across this post from SLR Lounge on Color Theory and photography.  I keep a color wheel handy.  It can really help from choosing a texture to changing a hue… another handy tool to add to your photographic toolbox.

Til next time,
Maria

Don’t leave home without it…

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Beautiful fall day.  Decided to quit work early and head to a pumpkin patch with my daughter.  Of course we picked one where the drive was a as much a part of the outting…to soak up all that autumn goodness.  Getting out the door was another thing and in my hurry, guess what I forgot.   Yup, my camera…   A few minutes into the ride, still frazzled,  going back wasn’t an option.   And with that my daughter said “maybe that’s a good thing.”  Translation: Whew… I won’t have to wait around while you spend (excessive) minutes taking pictures of a pumpkin…  But doesn’t it figure, we had the pumpkin patch to ourselves,

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there was little to no wind and the flower patch was in all its glory not to mention the fall colors in the hills.  And if that wasn’t enough…a beautiful heron was feeding in the canal, perfectly content having us around to watch…

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and me without my camera.  Oh but wait… I did have a camera, obviously.  Do I have photos that are show stoppers… probably not.  But! I captured a few beautiful moments on a beautiful fall afternoon spent with my daughter.  Happy Fall All!

Until next time,
Maria

Say Hello to Captain Jack

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Today, I got to meet Capt. Jack.    Capt. Jack and my son were representing Animal LifeLine of Warrington, a rescue where my son, Tom, volunteers, and  they spent their Sunday hanging out at Pet Value in Doylestown.  Capt. Jack has a slight birth defect, his one eyelid is too small, so he always looks like he’s winking.   He’ll be having surgery tomorrow and will be left with only one eye… and one really cool name, Capt. Jack (for all you Pirates of the Caribbean fans).  And, I hear there may be home waiting for him.   He was a little tired when I came to visit but woke up long enough for me to share him with you. Capt-Jack-2   If you’re local, you can find some of his litter mates at the rescue.  And if your not, you can always stop by their website… donations are always appreciated.

Stay tuned, I hope to have a project in the works in the coming month or two to help support Tom’s feline friends.

Hope you had a great weekend… I sure did.

Until Next time,
Maria

Monitor Matters

Happy Friday!

So tell me, what do you think of this picture?  Nice looking guy, right?  This is my son, who T 5K (7 of 14)by the way placed first in his age group (pardon the proud mom moment).  But that’s not what I want to talk about today. I’m curious, how does it look on your monitor?

The reason I ask is because I used Lightroom on my laptop to process it.  Long story short, I thought I’d relax and be more comfortable as I worked.  Well, I immediately found myself struggling to focus through my progressive lenses (the narrowest part being for viewing the screen) on the little 8-inch or so, uncalibrated monitor, and struggling with the viewing angle of the monitor, which we all know T 5K (5 of 14)changes what you see.  So other than for the crop, I wasn’t really sure if the color corrections or other edits I was making were actually helping or hurting.

Okay, so maybe I’m a little obsessive-compulsive when it comes to my photos.  He is only using the pictures for his FB and Instagram after all.  But when I returned to the photos on my website,  viewing them on my “Photo” monitor, content aside, I did not like what I saw.  This also happens to be true in reverse; photos that look great on my calibrated “photo” monitor don’t always look so hot on other monitors/devices.   I know, I’m probably over thinking this, especially since photos are viewed on so many different devices.  But, still, I want to show the best possible image… that’s just the way I am.   Heck, even the photos taken with my phone and shared always get a little extra love through Snapseed…  T 5K (1 of 14)

It’s back to my tried & true (and big) monitor for me, and knowing that at least I am 100 percent satisfied before my images are sent out to be seen regardless of monitor/device it is viewed on.

Until Next time,
Maria

 

 

 

It’s not too late…

Baaa, have you heard… Maria’s going to be a Doylestown Art Fest this weekend…baa

In case you missed me at #PaxsonHill this past weekend, I’ll be at the #DoylestownArtFestival this coming weekend on 9/12 & 9/13… I’m not even going to unpack the car.  I will be setting up with some of the finest photographers  in the area, as part of the Pennsylvania Center for Photography Booth #66, on State Street.   Hope to see you there!

Until next time,
Maria