be thankful

Thankful

Good Morning!  Getting an early start… there’s so much to fit in today, some of the usual holiday activities… and some not so traditional like catching my son’s very first 8k Turkey Trot this morning; I do love when a new tradition starts.  Then there’s some cooking, the family gathering, and of course the big finish, the turkey dinner.  It’s quiet now, a good time to reflect on all that I am thankful for… which is so very much!  I truly am blessed for everything and everyone in my life.

   Wishing you & yours a
Happy Thanksgiving

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Until next time,
Maria

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

Ch-ch-ch-changes

Change is in the air…  Time to get while the getting is still good.
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It’s been blustery and cold here today and I’m guessing there are only a few more days, maybe a week or so (she says optimistically), of the beautiful fall color we had this year.   Here’s a few more of my favorite fall finds
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I’m not the only one that loves fall around here

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and you just never know what you might find . . . with a little imagination 😉

Til next time,
Maria

 

The world was black and white before colour photographs. . .

… or so some may have thought at one time.  So how does someone who has grown up in technicolor and who stops in their tracks for bright bold color . . .

a splash of color on a rainy day
a splash of color on a rainy day

learn to see in Black & White?

I love B&W photography and there are photographers whose B&W images will stop me just as hard,  both from the past when that was the only option to the present and B&W photography like that by Cole Thompson.  A powerful or even serene black and white image does not need color to draw you in or set the mood.  This is all accomplished using shapes & elements, contrast, composition and, of course, light.   But even though I know of these key points, seeing them, for me, in B&W can be a challenge.

So I’ve recently gone back to the proverbial drawing board… again.  Rewind about five years ago, I took a B&W film photography course (wow, that was five years ago already!) and even then, according to my post at that time, I struggled a bit.  So, I guess it’s not surprising that I quickly gravitate back to all things color.   However, like Jenny here,

one of my first film subjects
one of my first film subjects

who has hung in there, now at 14, so have I…  and every now and then I give it another go… exploring my world in B&W.  white-rose-b&wLearning is in doing…

Til next time,
Maria

 

Oh the seasons…

Finally… catching my breath.  The last month or two have been such whirlwind… not in a bad way… more like a summer carnival ride that leaves you dizzy kind of way.  I knew I needed to take advantage of the family’s annual end of summer “retreat” this past Labor Day to reconnect with my camera and shooting the nature that I love.

mdreyer_Sept_1And it really turned out to be just the jump start that I needed.  Since then, my head has been spinning with ideas and with fall right around the corner (my favorite time of year… notice the hint of it in the photo above ♥), this rejuvination could not have come at a better time.

Do you have a photo “bucket-list”?  Well, mine I have to admit is pretty long and getting longer.  I have now added light painting to that list.  In anticipation of our guest speaker, Harold Ross http://haroldrossfineart.wordpress.com, at last night’s photo club meeting, I tried this thing called light painting on my Labor Day “retreat.”  It is an amazing and fun technique…who knew photographing in the dark could be so much fun.  In all the hectic craziness, I completely forgot to do some research prior to the weekend, so all I really knew is that I needed a longer exposure and a flashlight.   I was pretty surprised with this very rudimentary outcome (with just a tweak of the exposure & noise reduction in LR).
Light paintingWhat really struck me most about using this technique is how it makes colors pop. Like in the tree trunk above; I’ve photographed this tree many times before during daylight hours, but I don’t ever remember seeing those variations and that color in the trunk quite like that.  For more examples on how color pops with light painting, check out Harold Ross’ blog.   So after learning a few tips last night, I plan to practice in preparation of a club meet up and Lunar stroll at Laurel Hill, a historic cemetery in Philadelphia, later this month.  Nothing like hanging out in a cemetery on a moonlit night with fall in the air to get you in the mood for Halloween.  Oh, the seasons…

When in doubt . . .


…WEAR RED

I had a little plaque around here somewhere with that saying on it.  It used to hang on the door that opened to the red room (what else 😉 ) that used to be the “photo suite”.  However, I learned (the hard way) that a red room is not very conducive to optimal lighting for photography despite having the best window in the house for natural light.  The red room is now my son’s room.  Someday, it will return to being the photo suite … with a new coat of paint.  Where was all this leading… Oh yea, RED!  Just so happens to be my favorite color and this week’s 52×52.  The only hard part about this week’s challenge was actually deciding on what to photograph…there’s something red everywhere!

Strawberry fields forever…

strawberry-bowlMy favorite fruit, so happens it’s red.  Coincidence?

strawberry_painterlystrawberry-lineupstrawberry-colorboardI found so many things red to photograph that I haven’t even had a chance to go through them all.  Stay tuned for RED Part II.

’til next time,
Maria

Shout outs to Kim Klassen Textures, Florabella Actions, & French Kiss Textures!

 

Colors are the smiles of nature ~Leigh Hunt

I thought for sure I was going to miss capturing this beautiful early spring rushing from here to there and usually forgetting to bring my camera along (hmm, I’m thinking it’s time for an iPhone).  Well, lucky for me, the nice warm days continue and I really didn’t have to look much further than my own neighborhood to find that spring has sprung!

So this week over at Beyond Layers it is all about COLOR.  The timing couldn’t be more perfect as everything turns from winter’s ho-hum grays and browns to springs bursts of greens, yellows, pinks . . . and you’ll have to wait as the week goes on for the rest of the colors 😉

 

Stay tuned, there’s plenty more color to come 🙂