Giving Thanks

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Yes, I know it’s few days early, but it’s going to be one heck of a jam packed week… with all sorts of good things.  And I want to make sure during this time of being grateful, that I stop and say Thank You!  To those who follow this blog, and the family and friends that support, encourage, and inspire me throughout this photographic journey, I’m so very thankful.

There is always plenty of room at our table and in our hearts.

Wishing everyone a lovely Thanksgiving.

Back to School

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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

Plan B

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On Saturday, I went to a talk presented by the PCP in conjunction with the Americana Exhibit, presented by Buddy Eleazer of Magnum Excursions.  Buddy is a nature and wild life photographer whose photography sets you down in the plains of Africa or the swaps of the everglades, which is my way of saying it is impressive on many levels. Interestingly, he opened his talk by saying “You’ll make mistakes.”  Assuming he was speaking from experience, I felt a little validation – we forget that sometimes when we view incredible photos.   Our visual sense is so in awe by the image in front of us, we (or at least I do) tend to forget that before capturing that one amazing shot he/she may have forgotten to take the lens cap off, or forgot to change the camera settings, or forgot a very important piece of equipment… which is exactly what I did on Sunday. arches

As I headed off with my extended family for a family portrait, following a lovely birthday brunch for my mother-in-law, to a location at Valley Forge National Park’s Washington Memorial Chapel,gothic-blue I realized I left my tripod shoe attached to my other camera that was sitting at home.   I needed a plan B and quick (or this gang was not going to ever let me live it down).   Yes, I could have asked another park visitor to take the picture.  But did I really want to inconvenience a perfect stranger, asking them to stand there and take a shot, wait for me to check that everyone’s eyes were open, exposure was right, etc, etc, and take a couple extra just for good measure…  No, not an option ~ also there weren’t that many people milling about on this chilly February day. Dreyer-Family-Portrait-w-o Plan B:  Take the family (minus me) get enough shots, checking all the above, and a couple for good measure, and then have my lovely assistant (my daughter) step out of the portrait, so I can step in, and take the photo(s).

Plan B it was! Dreyer-Family-Portrait

Buddy shared a lot of good points.  And even though I’m not a die-hard nature photographer and photographing the wildlife of Africa is not on my radar (although, who knows, maybe…) so much of what he said holds true whether photographing your kids or a pack of hyenas.  Such as, always have a camera with you and if you see a shot or an opportunity take it – because you may never get a second chance {Guilty}.   I’ve passed up plenty of opportunities thinking oh, I’ll come back (for whatever reason) and never have.  These two points must have been sitting somewhere in my subconscious on this particular day.  Because gathering these 16 people, for this particular occasion, on this particular day, was simply not going to happen again.  When I started the day, I packed my camera & tripod (yeah-yeah, minus its shoe) not even sure we would get the opportunity to take a family portrait, but just in case…   And even with my equipment faux pas, the need for Plan B, and a little Photoshop magic, I was still able to capture this very special family portrait.

Be sure to check out Buddy’s website Magnum Excursions; and if you’re in the area and he is giving a talk or if he is in your area, check him out because regardless of the type of photography you shoot or level of skill, I’m pretty sure you’ll be inspired to get out there with your camera.

Until next time,
Maria

The obsession continues

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I don’t know what it is about these structures that I find so interesting . . .  their size, that they can stand the test of time, or the hint of an era gone by.  starbarn_2

 

This past weekend, however, I actually had an opportunity to explore some local barns up close and even rummage around on the inside for a change.

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To be continued . . .

 

Til next time,
Maria

 

In any direction

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Happy summer all!

It’s here in full swing… and green.  When summer comes to my neighborhood, the world seems to get smaller.  Those big trees I showed you covered in ice from the winter are now a canopy of green surrounding the house in which I only get a glimpse of a sunrise or sunset. It can get a little claustrophobic… sounds a little weird right.

My dream home: A little Craftsman cottage with a big front porch (okay let’s put one on the back while we’re at it), with a view that goes on for miles…

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Okay, so it’s not “little” and definitely not a “Craftsman” but that porch!  On a recent photo outing traipsing through the country side of Lancaster, PA,  I spotted this red something sitting on a hill in the distance and of course had to find it for a closer look, but then I lost sight of it as the road dipped and turned.  The road took us back to the land of traffic lights and shopping centers (which now a days are never out of sight for long), stopped at a light, having pretty much give up on it . . . and there it was!  Part of it was hiding behind a white pole barn and across the street from all things… a shopping center 😦

This is what I love about the photography I do.  I love recreating that very first feeling… what I first imagined this big red house must look like, must have looked like back in it’s prime.  … as if I am sitting on that front porch on a warm summer day.

Enjoy your summer adventures,

Til next time,
Maria