Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Scoping out the Valdosta Scene

There's a bridge that crosses from downtown Valdosta to the other side (as most bridges do) and upon crossing the bridge my eyes lit up - here, dear followers, is the character I was hoping for. Not just uniform bricks and paved walkways, but urban (as it can be). I have a portrait session next month that this will be just perfect for!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Change is in the Air

So it's moving week for us. Today, Monday, is my last day of silence in my home before the packing, boxing, moving, loading, hauling begins. I am grateful that I don't have to do all the packing myself (we let the Air Force handle that) but what I do have to do is compartmentalize my life into one room - the room that the moving force of change cannot enter temporarily - containing the things most important.
This selection process is actually quite telling. What goes in the room? If I had to leave tomorrow, in one car, what would I take with me? What do I value?
I can tell you that while that room will be filled with the things of my craft - my equipment and valuables and unmentionables -  boxed and carefully packed myself - the room is also filled with the things that cannot be packed away, should not be packed away. The Sunday walk in the woods with friends, the going away gathering drop in where I can hug people good bye and take a piece of them with me that I don't have to put in a box. Time, love, friendship...that's what I want in that room that the movers cannot enter.  Luckily those things are available to us in quantity, don't take up much physical space, and can go with us anywhere.

What's in your room?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Competition at its Best

Whoever said competition was a bad thing has probably never competed. Competition, especially in regards to photography, is an absolute eye opener. I've learned so much from what others enter. I've learned so much from critiques of what makes the cut and what doesn't. And I've learned that sometimes even the things I think are awesome - my favorites or even the prints that sell - are not the same as the prints that compete well. Since last night was my last Tripod Camera Club meeting before our move to GA, I thought I would share with you the best of the images I've entered this competition year. What you should know is that these photos are well thought out. They are executed with care, fine tuned in photoshop, but still true to the image as it was taken.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Holga goes to the Mediterranean

I have a new creative outlet - the Holga. Whenever I travel abroad, or even close to home, the Holga goes with me. I have a ton of fun waiting for the images to come back (because it's, you know, a film camera) and when they get back I have even more fun playing with filters, photoshop apps and colors to make them even cooler. Here are my favs from the latest batch  - my trip to the Med. These came out pretty cool. The darkened edges and film imprints and light bleeds are all straight from the camera. The rest is my creative vision.