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Archive for August, 2012

I thought I would take this time to provide some more details about my photo collage since each image was carefully selected and most also have a story behind them. Where to start… the base image of course!

The challenge with any collage is for the base image to not compete   with the images layered and blended on top, and also to have the base image draw interest as well. I think I achieved that here…You may notice the base image has a strange other worldly appearance to it. The trees look white as if full of blossoms; and yet that image was captured during August! Actually, that is because I used my newly converted infrared camera.

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We love visiting our local farmer’s market because of the fresh food and that there is always something happening. They have a different live musical performer each week, great food to take home or eat right there, crafts and activities for the children.

Yes, I just love our farmer’s market and look forward to going each week. Being an addicted photographer, there are many great photo opps too… so many colors and textures. Of course, I was thrilled to find out that they were doing the “Art for the Market” fundraiser. One of the market volunteers whom I know, said “You’re creative, why don’t you submit a piece?”  Who doesn’t love a project!

So, I spent several weeks capturing various images before I sat down to put together my photo collage. Of course, the challenge was coming up with a good base image that didn’t compete with the other images. Here is what I came up with…

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You can find out more about this wonderful weekly open air farmer’s market at http://www.eastonfarmersmarket.com/

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Au contraire!

It’s hard to believe the Summer is over already, and it is time to get serious again. My poor children have to go back to school… what torture!

As is tradition for any mom (especially one that has a photography addiction like myself), I must capture the back to school “excitement” of the first day. My son thinks that by not giving me a precious smile he has discouraged my future attempts. Au contraire! I love the look on his face in these photos; it is so authentic! I really couldn’t have asked for anything better if I had staged them! (Thankfully, my son won’t be reading this blog post so my secret is safe…. )

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Can’t you just see the thought in his head with that look “Aw, Mom! Do you have too!”
I LOVE IT!

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Painted Sky

Painted Sky

Mother Nature really painted a beauty yesterday evening. My daughter actually asked me if I was going to take a picture of it. I was so glad that she appreciated its beauty, but I do have to educate her to say “Capture the image”…

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Admiring the Flag

ImageWe had the rare opportunity to watch a famous artist, Scott LoBaido, at work painting the American flag on the side of a building. As you know, if I don’t capture the images with my camera then it didn’t really happen! This is definitely my fave image from this shoot. I couldn’t resist using my favorite lens (45 mm f/1.8 prime) which didn’t allow me to capture the entire flag in this image. However, filling the frame just felt like the better choice here.

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Nature Mocks me!

I feel like I need to explain the processing on this one. Normally, I wouldn’t mess with a photo this much. However, it had to be done. I was all set up to capture a wide angle view (14 mm prime), and this praying mantis flew onto the wall right where Scott was painting. What was I supposed to do… no time to switch lenses! I captured the image and hoped for the best. Well, the best wasn’t as good as I had hoped. Thus, the extra treatment to make sure the NEW subject of my image stood out.

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And of course, I wanted to share this moment since I think I was the only one that got this image. Oh why couldn’t I have been prepared… it’s a cruel world.

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