NYC in Springtime

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I’m spending today recovering from a day of inspiration overload.   You see, I spent yesterday, the first warm summer-like day of 2018, in NYC.  The day trip, organized by the Doylestown Art league, included The Metropolitan Museum of Art  and the Salmagundi Club, home of the American Watercolor Society’s (AWS) 151st exhibition.   At The Met, the must-sees included the photography of  William Eggleston: Los Alamos and the Public Parks, Private Gardens exhibit.  I’ll leave any “review” of Eggleston’s photos to the “professionals.”  But for me, his approach to photography resonates so close to my own.  The context of the photographs, the retro vibe of the 60’s & 70’s and an amazing use of color using a dye-transfer process combined made it one of the best exhibit’s I’ve seen.  To see some of his images for yourself, check out the museum’s website HERE.   Next was a collection of paintings, sketches, and even a couple photographs celebrating public parks by some of the masters… Monet, Seurat, Renoir, just to name a few.   Add to that the talented artists in the AWS exhibit, and I felt rejuvented… ready  to create!

a little bit of Monet inspired effect added.

And with a little time to spare before heading home, it was time to get outside and enjoy some of this summer-like day.  A friend and I headed to one of NYC’s public parks Washington Square.  With it’s spring flowers and blossoming trees, 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

musicians, artists and performers  and visitors from across the globe, it was the perfect way to end the day in NYC.

Psst… I’m working on a post all about camera phone photography.  I believe the best camera is the one you have with you, but so does knowing how to use it to its full potential.   I’ll be sharing some apps and tips.   Just follow my blog and you won’t miss a thing.

 

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Welcome to My Universe

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Remember in my last post, I said I was working on something new.  Well, this isn’t it.   It’s still new…for me and I’m just taking a break from my other project.  It’s what I continue to love about this hobby of mine, there’s always another avenue to explore . . .

April’s photo club quest is abstract.  Hmm, architecture can make for some good abstract.  Here’s one from the archives.  abstract_arch   A trip to NY and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Stieglitz, Steichen, and Strand exhibit a couple years back.  But here in the eastern PA, it’s still kind of cold and still very much brown (now that the snow has finally melted) and I’m just not feeling very inspired.  So I decided to keep it indoors and get creative with what I can find in my own home, more specifically the kitchen.  Fruit. . .  might work… pasta, not quite.  Water!  Drops. . .  maybe.  Or how about . . . oil & water.

Round 1:  As you probably already know, 75 no 90 percent of any project is set up.  Figuring out the lighting, setting the stage, etc., etc.,  I needed a little help. You Tube to the rescue for a little how-to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQ5SH_vK7U8.  Simple enough . . .  Supplies:  soda cans (the legs), piece of glass, glass dish/bowl, desk lamp, colorful paper,  tripod & camera.  Easy, right . . . wrong.  Of course I was short one soda can, had no desk lap but did have my handy-dandy shop light, and the only glass container big enough was a pie plate had lots of scratches.   Here’s one my first shots with this rudimentary setup.  abstract_1

What did I learn:  That every imperfection in the glass shows up and [a must] vacuum before you start, especially if you are setting up on the floor. . . dog hair has a way of getting everywhere.

Have a look for yourself . . . abstract_1babstract_1a

But! I did find my inspiration or maybe it just because I’ve been watching Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey lately . . .

Round two:  Off to the craft store to find a clear glass bowl (no scratches) and to the grocery store for more soda cans.  The original and them my crop with a touch of polarization using Nik Color Efex Pro 4.  I’m having fun now!  My universe is expanding with every turn around the bowl, mixing up the oil, or just a slight change in the angle of the light.

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But my universe is far from perfect . . . or maybe it’s just the perfectionist in me. I still have a few more ideas for round 3, as I continue to explore this little universe of mine . . .

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Til next time,
Maria

Stieglitz Steichen Strand

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Stieglitz Steichen Strand is currently on exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.  I went to see it yesterday with another member of the DPC.  I’m not sure what I could write about it here that would do it justice; so my advice is that you go see it for yourself.  It’s at the Met until April.  In this time of digital and producing amazing images at lightning speed, it’s important to take a step back in time and remember the time, effort, and even science that the pioneers of photography used to produce amazing images that are still held in the highest regard in today’s world.

Afterwards, and with all that inspiration, we headed into central park with our cameras.  We probably should have worn better snow boots.  The trees were still holding onto the snow from previous days and the contrast was terrific.   If there was a hill, there were people sledding and the colorful sleds, again, against all the white snow added so much interest.  I think my favorite part though was the “tree art” . . . what fun.  What a great Day!