How Do You See?

When enjoying the Maryland Federation of Art’s 50th Birthday celebration last night at the Circle Gallery in historic Annapolis, I had the opportunity to meet some wonderful artists. Many had been creating art most of their lives and kept it going even during their major earning years while working at a corporate job. Now released…

Learning Our Craft

There have been many ways I have learned from others as a photographer. Beginning with local photography field workshops offered by resident experts in their field allowed me to explore a variety of subjects to discover what I’d be most interested in as a photographer. With great fortune, one of the companies I took classes…

Finding Inspiration

Many a time I’ve been caught standing in the grocery store aisle just staring and an employee will stop and ask me if they can help me find something. I tell them I’m looking for inspiration and unfortunately it’s not easy to find. We can be stuck as photographers in finding inspiration of where to…

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…