Boo ‘tiful

Even though Halloween is not a true “holiday” (i.e. a day off from work) and what with no costumes to make or candy to confiscate, it is a day that puts an exclamation point on the best season of all (well, at least my favorite)…Fall! From now until next March or maybe even April/May, the landscape will go gray.  Maybe if we’re lucky at some point there will be some coating of white… but mostly just gray.  So until then, I will enjoy every last little bit of color that clings on…
when in doubt

on my way

The above photos were taken with my iphone and processed with Snapseed and a wonderful little App, by from the same talented woman that brought us Distressed Textures, called DistressedFX (♥!)

Halloween is veritably a fitting finale to Fall and in in keeping
with the SPIRIT of the day,
here’s 
Witching Everyone A Frightfully Delightful ...

inviting(above) Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia PA
 
The great pumpkin{above – texture courtesy of Lenabem-Anna}

happy halloween 2013{above – texture courtesy of Kerstin Frank}

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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…