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Hi and Welcome!! First and most important I am a mother to 3 very inspriring (and quite energized) children who remind me each and every day about the beauty that surrounds us all...and they keep me on my toes! When I'm not working at "the day job" I try to fit in some learning and growing time to practice both nature and portrait photography. Ever since I was a young girl, I have loved art of many mediums. My ultimate goal would be to move solely into a day filled by using my creativity - whether that be painting, nature photography or custom portrait photography. Hope you'll follow along!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Fancy Pink Petals / Project 52 ~ Week 8

  Happy Weekend!  I'm running a bit behind this week and have been processing several photographs captured this past Friday.  I found the most gorgeous bunch of pink gerbera daisies this past week. Unfortunately we were greeted with some clouds, thunder, lightning and rain on Friday....meaning I had to photograph indoors...again!   I chose a rainy window sill and selected three of the best in the bunch.  

This week's image was captured in the cloudy natural light, with a rain dotted window providing some interesting shadows.  I chose one of the images that was very detailed and macro-like for Week 8:
"Rainy Fridays n.10"
{Captured:  ISO 200 - F2.5 - 1/125}
  I've always found daisies so beautiful.  Each petal so delicate all leading back to one amazing centerpiece in the middle.  These gorgeous pink daisies were no exception.

  I'll be adding a few more images to the Facebook page today, stop by if you get a chance.

Hope your week is amazing!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Foggy Days At The Beach / Project 52 ~ Week 7

  I took quite a few moments this week to capture some photographs - and I was so proud of myself for stopping and focusing when I could see the lighting was "just right" or the subject was "just right".  This week I chose an image from our trip to South Carolina yesterday.  Late afternoon was very cloudy and somewhat foggy, with just a hint of mist.  We went down onto the beach, barefoot, with dreams that summer will be here soon.  I watched my kids play and run {we are all very much "water babies"} and enjoyed these perfect moments.  On our way back to the car, I stopped to take a few last glances at the waves.  It was then that I captured this image:
Project 52 / Week 7 "Ocean Side n.1"
{Captured:  ISO 1000 - F.2.5 - 1/250}
  The aqua and dark weathered wood tones really appealed to me visually.  I also liked the bits of wintered plant growth and calming sandy hues.  I always find it a bit sad to leave the ocean - it is definitely one of my most favorite places to explore and relax.  I cannot wait to have this image enlarged, I'm thinking 16x20 or 20x30 at least, I've got a wall in mind just for this image!

  I will be adding a few additional images taken in the past week to the Facebook page - stop by if you get a chance!

Hope your week is amazing!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Rainy Days / Project 52 - Week 6

  After a long week stuck inside, I was hoping for some outside time and some warm sunshine this weekend.  But instead, I was greeted with dreary storm clouds, rain and much colder temps that dropped steadily yesterday.  Staying inside was the best {and warmest} option!

  This week's photograph really reflects my "stormy" and "cloudy" mood.  I worked indoors to capture this small and fierce bloom with natural light during yesterday's storms.
Project 52 / Week 6:  "Sunny Inside n.4"
{Captured:  ISO 200 - F1.6 - 1/60}
  I loved this final image for a few reasons:
   *This bloom is different - almost like fireworks exploding - each petal seemed to have a different shape and shade.
   *Using a rich black and white was the best choice - this allowed the different shaded petals to be showcased and gave some depth to the small shadow.
   *The minimal empty space.  I sometimes like to offset my main focal points.  Normally I leave an equal empty space for balance.  When I reviewed the image, I decided that this flower was bursting with originality and leaving a smaller empty space really showcased it's features.

  Do you ever struggle with weather limitations or notice that weather affects your art's output and mood?

Because I won't be posting until next weekend - I wanted to wish everyone a very

Hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Taking A Second Look / Project 52 - Week 5

  This morning, I found it a bit difficult to get up early and finalize this Photo Of The Week post.  I've been struggling with some late night ideas...the kind of ones that won't go away until I get them finished.  Currently I'm working on a new watercolor.  I have this small blank canvas and every day I pass it at least a few dozen times.  I know what I want to paint...and hopefully today I can finally get it finished. I forgot how intense and demanding a painting can be at times - but I wouldn't trade this for anything.

  Photography can be quite similar to a painting.  The photographer sees the final product, even before clicking the shutter release button.  I know I do.  When I found a few minutes to work on this week's photo, I already knew what the image should look like, it was only a matter of perfecting the lighting and scene.

  Earlier this week, when I was changing out the vases with new bouquets of fresher blooms, I came across  one older flower that captured my attention.  I found myself taking a second look and really looking at the petals and structure of this bloom.  I knew that I wanted to use it for this week's photo in that same minute.  While the bloom was nearly on it's last days, I could still see the brilliance that it once held, and still held.  I took a few minutes on late Friday afternoon to capture this image indoors using natural light from a nearby window.  I applied a small texture to the empty space and was immediately in love with the final image:
Project 52 / Week 5:  "White Bloom n.1"
{Captured:  ISO 200 / F1.4 / 1/400}
  I try to make it a point to always take a second look, to look for the beauty in everything, even if at first glance it may not appear.

**I'll be adding lots of fun images today to Facebook - stop by if you get a chance!  Below is a sneak peek:
"Buttons n.1" 
"Candy Love n.4"
  Hope everyone has a wonderful week!!