Back to School

Blog, Photography

I ran some errands yesterday, a balmy Sunday afternoon in August, in search of last minute items for my upcoming show/sale at the Lansdale Festival of the Arts (yes, a shameless  plug) this Saturday 8/27/2016.  As I wandered through the aisles of Walmart, I was surrounded by moms & dads and their upcoming students in search of the coolest (do they use that word anymore) notebooks to just the right dorm decor.  Talk about bringing back memories…from pre-school to college, thinking been there and done that, and, oh yes, missing it very much too…

But…where there are memories comes inspiration.

Back-to-School And so as we send our kids off on new adventures… whether it is the first day of kindergarten or the first day of college, every grade in between or their journeys beyond… here’s to our children and their new adventures!

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p.s.  Do you like to manipulate your images as much as I do?  Then you’ll want to check this out Transformations!

Until next time,
Maria

High Noon

Blog, Photography

Not only is it when the heat of the day really starts to rise, it is said to be one of the most undesirable times of day to take photographs ~ High Noon.  If you photograph people, you get unattractive shadows under the eyes and nose.  If you photograph animals… well, they just know better than to even be out, and you’ll have a long wait.  But what do you do when that seems to be the only time of the day you ever have (I have) to get out with your camera?

For me, I’m working with what I have, in the time I have, and I’m loving it!  Maybe someday when the day job is not so demanding, I’ll have a little more flexibility to catch those “golden hours” more often, but since they are so fleeting and since I never be seem to be in that right place at just that right time, I make it work… for me.

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A recent road trip to central PA. A bright sunny day, but I was not going to get another chance to photograph this barn anytime soon. With a little help from Lightroom and Topaz Impressions, I’m able to use all that sunny goodness to my advantage.

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Ok, so maybe not an original idea on how to capture such a photo (saw my daughter using her iPhone), but when I saw her results, out came my Note 5. Although, it turns out I have an app on my phone that does something very similar, this is so much better… my lens and a real kaleidoscope.

 

 

The kaleidoscope garden at the PSU Arboretum .

The kaleidoscope garden at the PSU Arboretum .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finding a little patch of shade in a very sunny arboretum was perfect spot to catch this family portrait. Thank you Nate & Greg for being our personal tour guides!

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Still sunny & getting hotter, but there was so much color everywhere! Love these banners lining the street of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts on the campus Penn State Univ.

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Late afternoon sun is still pretty strong… it is summer after all. Another shot with my Samsung Note 5 and a little help from Topaz Glow.

I see and hear the saying The best camera… is the one you have with you all the time, and it is so very true no matter what time of day it is.

Til next time,
Maria