Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Be Still_52 #8 - Backlighting

Backlighting--photographing a subject with the light behind it.  I actually find myself doing this frequently, for  a variety of reasons: capturing my great-niece's curly hair in a sun "halo," capturing some flowers in the narrow bedroom window "studio" that has limited time for good light, capturing an interesting shape of almost anything that shows up best with light behind it.   This 8th week of Be Still_52 involves working with back light.  (I am going to use ranunculus until they are beyond help...$40 a bunch, after all!   The white mums were $5.)

Pink ranunculus ... kk_Thursday 

White mums -- kk_she loves you yeah

Monday, March 2, 2015

Texture Tuesday

I've had great fun collecting props for BeStill_52; this photo includes three that I bought in one shop: the "vintage" glass container, the vintage postcards, and that great little sign. Joining in with Kim's Texture Tuesday. 

 Edited with Rad Lab, Topaz Adjust, Pic Monkey, kk_need

P52 Sweet Shot Tuesday #9

I do love these old vehicles--the older and rustier the better!  Oddly enough, I found a lot near my home that's loaded with "rusty crusty" cars (and tractors!).    Because I truly love to create photo art with my vehicle images, I play a lot with Topaz programs, "Adjust" in particular.  This is my choice for Week 9 of Kent Weakley's Project 52 Sweet Shot Tuesday.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Be Still #7 -- Near and Far

It's depth of field and focus for Be Still_52 this week.  Pink ranunculus (from somewhere in Central or South America via an order from "Bouqs") and simple white and glass containers.White and pink, a beautiful combination.

Although my husband helped me with sheets of styrofoam, and I borrowed half a sheet of bead board from my brother-in-law, my outdoor "studio" didn't work for this.  Back to the little bedroom with the narrow east-facing window.  It worked.  

Friday, February 27, 2015

Random 5 Friday

It was a delight to open my e-mail this morning and find a message announcing "Random 5 Friday" on  A Rural Journal. For a minute, I thought an old post had somehow popped up--but I soon realized it was truly Nancy in Nebraska.  She has been on blog-hiatus for many months, and I missed her.  Welcome back, Nancy, even if it's only on Fridays!

My random contributions:

Our (I also have four siblings) elderly mother died in August, one day after her 94th birthday.  It ended three years of road trips we had taken within the two counties in NE Oregon--trips she always delighted in, even if we had driven a particular road many times before.

The eldest of our two sons returned in June from 3 months in the Basque country of Spain, where he had worked in an unusual world-class restaurant.  He's back in Brooklyn and now executive chef of a club restaurant on the Lower East Side.

We spent Thanksgiving on the Oregon Coast with our sons, daughter-in-law, and our DIL's family.

I've begun a year-long course in still life photography with Kim Klassen.  I have a "studio" on a chair by a narrow east-facing window in the extra bedroom, and on a folding table on the back porch.  I'm always looking for props now.

I'm still babysitting my great-niece, Kennedy, who turned 6 in December and is in kindergarten. I generally pick her up after school two days a week.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Orange Tulips for Be Still_52

I'm still working on some earlier "assignments" -- this time, it's both side light and photo "props." I almost forgot about these vibrant tulips because I bought them the same time as the blue hydrangeas; the latter flowers were my focus for a few days.  Regarding props, I purchased two very light cheesecloth colors from an online background site and used the gray cloth for this image.  The texture is "orange blossom" from Flypaper textures. (PicMonkey vignette)

Additionally, I'm joining with Madge Bloom's Weekly Top Shot....somehow, I "lost" Madge's great meme in the past several months. I'm happy to have "found" her again.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Texture Tuesday {Lavender Mum}

Joining with Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday

I still haven't gained enough nerve to reinstall LR, so I'm remaining with Kim's textures only.  Someday soon, I hope, I'll feel confident enough to try LR again; I certainly have several presets "stashed" away.

edited with kk_rainy day