"But flowers cannot dance?" cried little Ida. "Yes, indeed they can," replied the student. "When it is dark and everyone is asleep, they jump about quite merrily. They have a ball almost every night." - Little Ida's Flowers, Hans Christian Anderson FOCUS: Technique (In Camera Motion Blur) My tendency is to favor tack sharp... Continue Reading →
Life is like a bowl full of cherries.. FOCUS: Food Hooray - cherry season has begun! This tiny little fruit ranks right up there with my all-time favorite foods in the world. There is something so indulgent about a perfectly plump, sweet, juicy red cherry. They are a feast for the eyes as... Continue Reading →
Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever. . . it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything. - Aaron Sussman Focus: Digital Art I am in the process of collecting photographs from the past four years to display at my daughter's... Continue Reading →
First waft, the landscape ahead flashes before me First sip, I stumble gently over the threshold Each sip, one more step into another world Tentative steps, then bold, then giddy skipping along the path, One more sip. ~Terri Guillemets, "Red Wine" FOCUS: Still Life It is in an interesting task to choose the wine to... Continue Reading →
I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism. FOCUS: Digital Art For all who have served our country - past, present, and future - I offer my sincere gratitude today and everyday.
My circle of friends has no sides to be broken, no ends to be ended, no angles to be measured. FOCUS: Portrait If I had a 'go-to' pose when photographing a group (especially children or teens), this would be it. There is something so inherently unexpected and unquestionably fun about viewing people from this... Continue Reading →
Looking at life through rose colored glasses... FOCUS: Abstract I was playing around with light and color today. These images were taken looking through the bottom of a set of colorful glasses that we own. When viewed together, I think they have a very 'Kadinsky-esque' feel to them.
Graduation is only a concept. In real life every day you graduate. Graduation is a process that goes on until the last day of your life. If you can grasp that, you'll make a difference. ~Arie Pencovici Focus: Life Unscripted Today was a milestone day in our household...
A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells hundreds of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that 'individuality' is the key to success. - Robert Purvis FOCUS: Still Life 'Twas the night before graduation...
There's a party going on right here. A celebration to last throughout the years. - Kool and the Gang FOCUS: Still Life Graduation party preparations continue at our house. The most recent project: colorful paper chains to be used as festive backdrops. Adorable - but time consuming! Thankfully, my daughter has taken on this... Continue Reading →
Dignity does not consist of possessing honors, but in deserving them. - Aristotle FOCUS: Still Life Tonight was the Senior Awards Convocation at my daughter's high school. In addition to several academic awards and honors, we are so very, very proud that our daughter was awarded her school's Hall of Fame Award. This award... Continue Reading →
Life is short. Wear your party pants. - Loretta LaRoche FOCUS: Still Life We have begun preparations for the party we will be hosting for my daughter's graduation in a few weeks. We are expecting over 100 people to attend our open house, so we are praying for good weather so that we can utilize... Continue Reading →
The reason we race isn't so much to beat each other... but to be with each other. - Christopher McDougall FOCUS: Digital Art Half Marathon #4 in the bag! This time, instead of running, I walked the 1/2 marathon with two friends of mine as a benefit for the charity Action for Healthy Kids, whose... Continue Reading →
Make a little birdhouse in your soul. ― Linnell Flansburgh FOCUS: Wildlife Many years ago, my son built several birdhouses that we proudly displayed in our backyard. They have hung on our backyard fence for years as little reminders of his first construction projects using a 'real' hammer and nails. I really didn't mind... Continue Reading →
Life is like an ever-shifting kaleidoscope - a slight change, and all patterns alter. - Sharon Salzberg FOCUS: Digital Art Today was my daughter's last day of high school. A milestone day indeed. To commemorate this special day, I have created a little digital art tribute. I took some photos of purple and yellow... Continue Reading →
To learn the magic of light, get up before sunrise... and watch. - Ted Grant FOCUS: LightingI am not really a morning person, but I must admit that the light that time of day is truly a gift to photographers. Today I used three different techniques to capture the morning light. Even though these photos were... Continue Reading →
I believe in the photographer's magic — the ability to stir the soul with light and shape and color. To create grand visual moments out of small and simple things, and to infuse big and complicated subjects with unpretentious elegance. - Amyn Nasser Focus: Lighting So, I'm really beginning to think that a swing... Continue Reading →
In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt. - Margaret Atwood Focus: Macro It's hard to believe that the temperatures have been in the high 80's the past few days when just two short weeks ago we were sitting in 6 inches of heavy, wet snow. It looks like... Continue Reading →
I grow plants for many reasons: to please my eye to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow. - David Hobson Focus: Still Life Despite all the pictures I've been taking lately of my 'garden', I... Continue Reading →
Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate. - Alan D. Wolfelt FOCUS: Food Every Mother's Day my husband asks me what I'd like to have for dinner. Every Mother's Day I reply, "Surprise me." This had led to some pretty incredible meals. On the menu for this Mother's Day: Seared Scallops with Citrus,... Continue Reading →
A warm breeze blew through my window like a gentle wave lapping the sandy shore in summer at low tide, and as I took in a breath of air that blanketed my body like tall grass in a field I felt for just that moment in time, like I did when I was a child.... Continue Reading →
The sun was as flirty as Scarlett O'Hara with the Tarleton twins, breaking through the clouds in spectacular bursts that seemed like personal favors and then retreating for hours, days, and making us all ache for just a glimpse. - Lorna Landvik FOCUS: Cloudscape It has been a rainy week, but I'm certainly not complaining. ... Continue Reading →
...and it's spring when the world is puddle-wonderful. - e.e. cummings Focus: Abstract These photos could be titled 'Scenes from a Stormy Day', as they chronicle the sequence of weather that passed through Denver today. The morning was cool, and everything was misty and dewy from the soft rain that had fallen all night. Around... Continue Reading →
Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet. Focus: Macro I love rain. I love the sound, the smell, the feel. I love how it makes everything feel so fresh and new. I am especially loving the rain today. Why? Because it isn't snow. 🙂
Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? - Pablo Picasso Focus: Abstract Weeeeeeee - Color, Color, Color! Today, I purchased yards and yards of colorful, iridescent fabric to use as decoration for my daughter's graduation party in a few weeks. What a feast for the... Continue Reading →
Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. - Lao Tzu Focus: Macro I am discovering that, due to the erratic weather recently, spring seems a bit more timid this year. There are no grandiose displays of blooming trees and bushes, and the trees are taking their time leafing out. Overall, spring has a much... Continue Reading →
To me, eyewear goes way beyond being a prescription. It's like makeup. It's the most incredible accessory. The shape of a frame or the color of lenses can change your whole appearance. - Vera Wang Focus: Commercial Photography Today I did some commercial work for Vision Care Specialists, an eyecare group in the Metro Denver... Continue Reading →
May the Force be with you... - Star Wars, A New Hope Focus: Digital Art I just couldn't let Star Wars Day go by with out a little digital art tribute. To top things off, I think tonight we'll sit down with a big bowl of popcorn and watch a few episodes of this... Continue Reading →
Mirror, Mirror on the wall.... - Evil Queen, Snow White Focus: Self Portrait Well, today's photo almost didn't happen. It wasn't until I was getting ready for bed at 10:00 at night that I realized I still needed to get in a photo. My solution? A self portrait in my bathroom's magnifying mirror. A... Continue Reading →
May is a pious fraud of the almanac, A ghastly parody of real spring Shaped out of snow and breathed with eastern wind; - James Russell Lowell Focus: Still Life Spring has been delayed, folks. Hopefully, not permanently. Personally, I did not expect that my first two photos of May would look so wintry. ... Continue Reading →