Monday, January 26, 2015

Email on a Snowy Morning

Prints Available:
Fonthill in the Snow, Doylestown, PA
Canon 5D II, Canon 24-70 2.8L
125s, F8, 200ISO, 70mm 
Edited in Lightroom 5, Topaz Impression, Photoshop Elements

I woke up to an email last week.

"What are you doing today?
Do you want to take photos of winter scenes?"

Heck yeah!

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Grow Your Blog

Welcome Grow Your Blog friends...

I Hate Selfies....

I am
hot sauce connoisseur
never remembering where I put that thing 
i was sure it was here somewhere 
suburban girl
italian food junkie
retired soccer mom
soon to be empty nester
i know it was in a really good place 
vintage collector
history buff
what was i looking for again
easily distracted
day tripper
mountain lover
solitude seeker
memory keeper

I'd Rather Be Behind the Camera

pretty much the opposite
of the Mr. Engineer I married
who always knows where he puts everything.
Once every 6 months or so Mr. Engineer reads my blog
and finds out where I've trespassed,
what I've photographed,
and the secrets I've revealed.
That's when the fun begins...

Day Dreaming

Seeking to be inspired 
inspire others. 

2 Bags Full

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Seeing the Beauty Swirling Around Us

Such a
completely unexpected,
I found on the shelf of my public library
in the form of a borrowed book.

L is for Lemons 

I really didn't know what I had found
until I opened it at home
and out popped
in the form of
lovely images and inspiring ideas,
presented in a book
that feels more like
perusing someone's scrapbook
than reading a library book.

"This book aims to show, 
through example,
 how to look at things differently 
and how to see them through a creative eye."
-Ted Kennedy Watson

 N is for Nests

Style and Simplicity
by Ted Kennedy Watson
inspires through
enticing images
simple recipes
 creative vignettes
 vintage collections
 ted's tips
inspiring quotes.

A is for Apple 

My hope [is to] open you, 
the reader, 
up to seeing the beauty swirling 
around us always: 
The way a light hits an object, 
the way a flower stem bends, 
the smell of the air when you 
first step outside in the morning. 
-Ted Kennedy Watson

Oh, Ted has a blog too,
check it our for some inspiration today.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Me vs The Camera

It was a cold, dark night:
my eyes watering
my fingers frozen
my feet numb
my teeth chattering
my mouth parched
(I refused to pay $3 for a bottle of water)
my iso cranked
my aperture wide open
my tripod on my back
(it was too cold to open it -
why did I even bring the thing?)
and this is what my camera saw...
Penn's Landing Waterfront 
Philadelphia, PA 

But that is not what my eyes saw...
THIS is what I saw.
My vision of Penn's Landing Waterfront 
Philadelphia, PA 

How can that be?
Because the camera didn't know about

So I edited the image to match my vision.
(If you are a photo purist, this post is not for you. Sorry.)
Ben Franklin Bridge 
Philadelphia, PA

When I see something my mind immediately starts playing with it.
(Yup, even if I sit in your living room
my mind will start rearranging your furniture
and decor into vignettes.
I. can't. help. it.
It just happens.)
My vision Ben Franklin Bridge I
Philadelphia, PA 
It looks colder here, doesn't it? 

When I see a subject
my mind does the same thing.
How would it look in black and white,
as a charcoal piece,
as a water color.
And that is how I see it in my mind.
when I take a photo
I try to recreate the vision I had
through the editing process.
My vision Ben Franklin Bridge II
Philadelphia, PA

Yes, I believe in getting it right in camera,
yadda, yadda, yadda...
But when you are
all that yadda, yadda, yadda
is just yadda, yadda, yadda.
You just click the stupid shutter and move on
to the warm fires a short walk away.

A Photo Purist I am not -
at least not all of the time.
For me, it is all about the vision.
 I got my vision
with a stupid click
and some editing in my warm house.

Photos are edited with  the new Topaz Glow and 
I'm still kind of playing with it. 
I love Topaz products. 
They offer 30 day trials. 
Here is a $10 off link 
you can use if you find something you like.

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