Friday, September 30, 2011

Killer Combos

tree and cow

Is it Photo Art Friday again? Yes, I believe it is. Someone commented the other day that I seem to love using Bonnie's textures in my landscape photographs. This is especially true of her more "painterly" quality ones. Something magic happens when I combine them with a sweeping landscape with lots of sky and clouds, or an image of a foggy path, or one of those barn shots that I'm so fond of. Killer.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Stepping into the Unknown

foggy path

Did you notice I had a new page listed in my menu bar today?  Some folks have been asking me if I am going to make my work available for sale and after some prodding from friends and family, I've decided to make some of my work available.  My "How to Buy" page  will give more details.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

On the Hunt

#83 Your Camera

Notice anything new on my blog?  Look on the menu bar and you'll see I've created a new page entitled "Scavenger Hunt 101." Maybe some of you would like to join me in this.  It sounds fun and lots of inspiration to be had.  This will probably take a year or so to complete as some of the items are seasonal.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

You Love What You Love


Today's Texture Tuesday challenge theme is love. Being a bit pressed for time this week, I searched my archives for something fitting the theme. There were a few contenders that I played with for awhile, but then I remembered this photo of a bench at a local state park where I sometimes walk with and without my camera in hand. Someone had heavily carved the words "I Love" in the back of the bench. I loved the way the sunlight was beaming down on the seat, so I shot a picture.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Crouching Neighbor - Hidden Photographer


If you hear about a Tennessee photographer that was hit by a car when she jumped out in the middle of the road to capture a cardinal sitting on a barbed wire fence, fell off the back of a motorcycle trying to shoot a bucolic barn scene or shot by a neighbor because she was lurking around in their front yard with a telephoto lens pointed at their house, that will probably be me.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Camera Ready

Life Is Good

Lately my son and I have a standing Friday night dinner date. I had to stand him up this week in the interest of dinner with friends and related photo-opportunities, so we had lunch yesterday instead. Yes, my nearly 24 year old college student son actually wants to go out with his mom on Friday night. How cool is that?

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Recipe

When I think of recipes these days, the first thing that comes to mind is not always food. I'm always grateful when texture-fiends like myself post their Photoshop recipes because it helps me learn different techniques and how to create interesting effects.

Unfortunately, I create in Photoshop a lot like I cook- a touch of this and a dash of that and nothing is measured precisely.    I do well to remember which textures I use so I can give proper credit to their creator, much less exactly how I put it together.   Over time, I've developed a little bit of a processing workflow and certain actions are most always thrown into the mix regardless of the end result I hope to achieve - kind of like how I use a lot of garlic in most of my Italian recipes.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Walking in this World

foggy morn

It was super foggy yesterday morning on my walk.I took my camera just to see what I could capture and found that (like most anything) a foggy landscape can be turned into something magical with the addition of textures. On this image, I used one of Leslie Nicole's lovely French Kiss textures - "stone blush."

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Seen on the Wall

inner glow

Uncle Don's funeral was yesterday. If there was a silver lining to this sad cloud it was the opportunity to reconnect with family I haven't seen in years.

The reconnecting process had already begun somewhat as a few of us have found and befriended each other on facebook. There was so much conversation about about what we'd observed on our respective "walls," I'm almost certain that some who are not already joined will do so in the near future.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Learning Something New Every Day


Spider webs are taking over the exterior of my house.

The image above was actually a huge spider web that spanned across the front walkway to my door. I'd been walking around it for days, saving it until I could get a chance to photograph it dressed up in dew. The rains beat it down before I got the chance to capture in its fully glory, but all was not lost because it caught some pretty good size drops that I could zoom in on.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I am the Photographer!

Everyone Loves Coneflowers

At The Inspiration Studio yesterday, they were discussing favorite things to photograph. Butterflies have been a recurring theme for me this summer and I collected them all into a flickr set here. There are actually so many more I haven't had a chance to work with just yet, so my collection will be growing.

Flowers are also among my favorite things, although I am surprised at the diversity of subjects I want to photograph. Coneflowers have about as much exposure on flickr as Angelina Jolie in Us Magazine, but I had this one in my archives and decided to see what I could do with it.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Hung Out To Dry

Hung Out To Dry

Extra crispy. That is how I feel right now and that was my immediate reaction when I saw this bunch of leaves hanging on my neighbor's fence. I can think of no other summer in my life where I've been so busy.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Greater Love Hath No Man

Greater Love Hath No Man
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."  John 15:13

Last night we attended the Tennessee Marine Family (TMF) annual Gold Star Banquet.   Every year families throughout the state who have lost family members in service to our country are invited to share a meal together and a program oriented towards honoring them and their loved ones' sacrifice.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

A Time to Mourn

A Time to Mourn
Mourning Cloak butterfly captured at St. Mary's Sewanee retreat center

Sorrow makes us all children again - destroys all differences of intellect. The wisest know nothing. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Autumn is a time that seems to make us all more mindful of the cycles and seasons of life. As the leaves begin to fall from the trees, the days get shorter and the frost comes like a floral grim reaper, we are reminded of the inescapable fact that all living things must die.

Although it is not quite Autumn yet, the events of the past week have made it all the more difficult to ignore this truth.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Is the Moon Tired or Are You Tired of the Moon?

is the moon tired? or are you tired of the moon?

Are you tired of seeing moon pictures or hearing me talk about them? Well, I have one more for you and I can't promise you won't be seeing a lot of moon shots here. I was born under the sign of Cancer and we are moon children, you know.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

And Then There Were Two

Looking Back

Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family. ~Anthony Brandt

The weatherman foretold a 30% chance of showers and it rained 100% of the day.  We could have picked a better day to lug thousands of dollars worth of photo and video equipment up a muddy, rocky hillside covered with slippery leaves and cow paddies.  We might have waited until the trees were fully dressed in their Autumn finery, bathing in the spotlight of a crisp October sun.

Something more important than personal comfort or possible equipment damage drove us up to the holler that day.  That something was family.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Mooning Over It

Well, I finally got my shot. For awhile there, I thought it just wasn't meant to be.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Take Your Shot


I've been up since 4:00 a.m. and have been peeking out my front window every 15 minutes since my feet hit the floor.  By the looks of things I have about 15 more minutes before I need to set up for the moon shot that has eluded me the past several days.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Time to Think

Spring Solitude 
Over at Shutter Sisters today, they are discussing images as visual poetry.  Photography is one way I compensate for my lack of poetic chops.  I love to read poetry and have several favorites that have and will appear here.  Since I have absolutely NO aptitude for writing poetry, interpreting the poems of others through my photography is the next best thing.   Song lyrics also inspire me in this way, so there will be plenty of that here as well.

Capturing Reverie


Today is my lovely niece Jessica's birthday. I cannot believe she is 19 years old already. She visited with us last weekend and was sweet enough to pose for a few pictures so I could practice my portrait shooting.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Never Let It Go


In the background as I go about my work this morning is the television broadcasting coverage of the names of the 9-11 victims being read as they are every year. I don't know of many people who could ever forget that infamous date even without the memorials and dedications, but even I was struck by unexpected emotions these many years later as I stopped my work to look at the faces of those being honored and the faces of those family members who still grieve.  This exercise helps us do more than remember.  It helps keep it real.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Blue Balls

Blue Balls

I've been picking through the old abandoned house at the head of the lane where I walk every day - just to the right on the corner of the lane featured here.  I plan to go back and do some more American style picking over.  I brought home three blue Ball jars.  Mom tells me they are quite collectible.  I'm not interested in selling them. All I could think of was how lovely they would be with light shining through them.  Today's attempt is I'm certain the first of may studies I will do on this subject.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Start Here

Down The Lane

Today at Shutter Sisters, Kim Klassen encouraged us to recall the moment when our photographic journeys began.  It only took me a few minutes to remember exactly when I ventured out on my first intentional photo-walk and the satisfaction I gleaned not only from the results but the experience itself.
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