Feeling a little blue…

Blog, Photography

… there is nothing like getting out in the garden with the camera to fix that.

The garden is also where I head when I’m feeling a little artistically and photographically stuck (which also makes me feel a bit blue).  The natural beauty, perfect palate of color, and ever so soft flow and movement in a single bloom is simply…breathtaking.  Capturing all of that is such a delight and a good exercise for tackling a rut.

Even as the season wears on, when the blooms are a bit more scarce, and their the petals a bit faded and weary,  capturing the beauty that remains by creating a still life is another great exercise to reignite that creativity.

I’m a bit obsessed (there I said it) with learning all sorts of new techniques… and there’s a lot out there!  So much so, I tend to skip around a lot, never really feeling like I mastered one before I move onto another, and this can lead to a very big pile of… frustration… and a rut.  So dialing it back a bit, choosing a simpler subject (simpler in that it is not moving, travel is not required, and it is ready when you are) and using a familiar platform to practice techniques that are still a little unrefined or experiment with new ones… is key and starts by returning to the garden.

Tech Tip

New techniques used in the images above Curves!  I never used this before, honestly because I had no idea how it really worked.   But now that I do, I use it to boost/change color, lighten/darken ~ all over or just by selecting the most minute areas.  Curves has moved to the top of favorite tools!  Who knows maybe I’ll try a curves how-to video post… uh-oh, there I go again.  On second thought, maybe it would be better if I just go find a good one to share with you 🙂

Tip of the Day

Blog, Photography

Welcome to my first ever Tip of the Day.  And I can’t stress this one enough…

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Can you guess what this is?

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Or how about this?

This is… no this was my Nikon flash.  And that pretty blue color, that’s the lovely color of corrosion.  All the result of me leaving the batteries in my flash.  It was actually a slow process.  The flash was revived at least twice by cleaning the contacts and would work pretty well for a while each time, but . . . it’s spread to the circuit board and, well, you can see for yourself… it’s a goner.  [I highly advise that you do not attempt to take your equipment apart yourself for fear of voiding any warranty – this was not done by me – but by my highly trained dad.]

I’m lucky in the sense that I like to use natural light for most of my photography and don’t use a flash very often (which also explains the extended period of time the batteries had to do their dirty work), but like most of the items in our equipment bags when we need them, we really need them, and we want them to work.  So I’m guessing you have already figured out my tip:

Remember to remove the batteries from your devices when not in use.

Til next time,
Maria

Monday Morning Blues

Beyond Layers, Photography

Mondays sometimes no make that always come around way too quickly.  But the last week won’t be forgotten!  Especially since I recorded so much of it:  The beautiful summer-like temperatures, bursting buds & all the glorious colors . . . boy my macro lens got a good workout!

 Just outside my front door, looking so pretty in a garden that has yet to be cleaned up.

 

My two boys not looking very happy that I am on the outside and they’re not.