Creating Yourself Part 2

For a photographer, finding your inner artist can sometimes be like searching for the Holy Grail. There are some that are natural artists and have the ability to see a composition that 10 people before them would completely miss. As we travel through the journey of learning the craft of digital photography the first hurdle…

Create Yourself

A dear friend and faithful follower in my photography classes mentioned to me this past week that “Someone (meaning me) has taught her to not simply just take pictures, but to create images.” I’ve been thinking about her insightful comment quite a bit since then and she is absolutely right. All of us are on…

In the World of Fanciful Wings

Early this morning I had the unique opportunity to enter into the world of Fanciful Wings at the Wings of Fancy butterfly exhibit at Brookside Gardens. This wonderful place is open during the summer months and showcases exotic butterflies from around the world. Managed by the U.S.D.A., strict rules exist to ensure safety for these…

Getting Close and Personal

This year I upgraded my cell phone to an iPhone X, and trust me when I say that I am really hard on my stuff. Wanting to protect it to handle all of the sweat, dirt, horse hair, etc. that I subject it to I wanted to find a case that could not only hold…

Struck Gold

Bird photography many times takes planning and lots of patience. Over the years, my garden has become a wildlife habitat with a variety of food, water and shelter sources offered. It seems that the word has gotten out that the Manor is a safe haven and here they can count on being watched out for.…

Twirling Sunflower

Sometimes the fanciest techniques that seem mystifying can actually be easily done with a Smartphone. One of these is creating an image with multiple exposures. When wandering in my garden this afternoon, I saw that the sunflower seeds that I planted in spring have finally begun to bloom. Different varieties than seen in the sweeping…

Hoofbeats and Paw Prints

Where there are horses there are usually cats. Kindred spirits that live in harmony together. The cats help keep the mice at bay, while the horses enjoy their hay. This week I had the opportunity to visit a beautiful, historical and rustic barn in Poolesville for photo shoot of their barn cats. They were super…

It’s a Sunny Kind of Day

This weekend will be filled with floral photography workshops, first with Lotus blossoms at Kenilworth Gardens, and then the following day Sunflowers at McKee Beshers Wildlife Management Area. Preparation is always essential in photography and even more so when I’m leading people on a photo field trip. So earlier in the week I spent the…

Lotus Flowers Twice Captured

There an option available on my Canon 5D Mark IV that I’ve been wanting to work with and that is an in-camera Multiple Exposures image stacking. Similar to creating an Bracketed sequence of images for exposure, what the camera does is take a series of images and stacks them together for a final result. Keeping…

Dancing Flowers

Along with lightpad floral photography I’ve been doing recently, one thing I’ve been wanting to work on is creating a short series of ‘Dancing Flowers.’ Renowned photographer Kathleen Clemons creates amazing floral captures with her iPhone using a small lens kit from Lensbaby as well as using regular images. The editing is through either Smartphone…