A fond farewell…

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It’s almost time to say goodbye to 2015 and I’ll remember it fondly.   It’s so easy to forget the upside of the year, when there are so many not so nice things going on in the world around us or just because the day-to-day grind is just that a grind… where every morning we hit the repeat button (i.e. the alarm clock).  But!  I like when there’s a but… with the aid of this blog and the thousands  of photos from 2015 to jog my memory, it turns out it was a very good year.   I challenged myself in new ways and was relatively successful.  I said goodbye to somethings and hello to new possibilities.   Most importantly, the little voice in my head… the one called doubt… has become very quiet, and when it can be heard, it actually tends to help me rather than hinder me.   So on that note… and my last philosophical thought for 2015… let’s have some fun in 2016!

So my 365 day challenge has been scaled down to a 52 week challenge.  But!  This is a good thing.  A weekly challenge gives me some time to prepare, time to think outside the box, and time get a little creative.  I found a list on PetaPixel by Photographer Dale Foshe.  After reading it over, it looks like I’ll be leaving that comfort zone quite a bit, especially for those people pictures – now that’s a challenge!  Apparently, there are a lot of us looking for a good challenge.  I woke up this a.m. to find the 52 Week FB group already closed due to the overwhelming response.  But!  You can still get a copy of the 52 week list, just click HERE !

Okay, Week One of 2016 – a selfie.   Hmm, I have been playing around with my new smart phone lately.  Maybe one of these will do?

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Nah, first, they’re from 2015.   Second, I’m not sure any of these capture the real me … whoever she may be.  And third, I’m determined to take a selfie that does not magnify my nose 😉 .

I hope you’ll follow along or better yet join me and the 52-week challenge posted at PetaPixel.  I know, I know… I’ve headed out on one of these in the past and like getting any new routine to stick {sigh} – diet & exercise come to mind – that will be a challenge in itself.  But! as the rest of my favorite saying reminds me…

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Wishing you Happy New Year!

Until next time
(which will be next week with my selfie 😉 )
Maria

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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

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

 

 

 

Shop News

SMDA AWP postcard 2015
Three new items have been added to my Etsy shop.
Two new canvases and a framed print.
For all the details just click on the image.  

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A side note to my Facebook followers and future followers 🙂
in an effort to simplify, I now have a FB page just for Studio M.  Help me grow and continue to share — just Tweet it/Pin it/Like it
Here or on Etsy!

 

Disconnected

At least once a year, I head with the family to a place in the middle of PA where you get no connection. . . no bars (the internet kind = no Facebook, no emails, no cellphone) which is quite surprising since we are only about 30 minutes away from one of the top ten colleges, Penn State.  However, there is one thing that always works on my device no matter where I am . . . the camera 🙂

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This year we headed to this sweet spot for fourth of July weekend. Even though we went to Penn State to see the fireworks and I confess, I used my device to get some tips on how to shoot fireworks and maybe see what the family was up to in other parts of the country, oops, and well okay post a pic to Instagram. . .  but that was it and soon we were on our way back to the land of disconnect.

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It’s a really good feeling . . . even if just for a little while . . . to rely only on the conversation that’s going right where you are, and not to hear dings and rings and chimes and tones . . . a prelude to interruption.  As a photographer, an artist,  it really is a way to reconnect with your vision when you disconnect.

**Today’s post was inspired by a post I read, when I got home, by Photofocus and their Photographer of the Week, Nikki Harrison http://photofocus.com/2014/07/07/nikki-harrison-photographer-of-the-week/, and particularly #6 on her list.

Til next time,
Maria