Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Wishing you a happy, safe and fun Halloween!
 (Take photos, we want to see!! :0) )

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

iPhone Experimentation Continues

It was much easier to pull out my phone while walking Trace rather than carry my camera!  A few more fall photos ... we love our autumn strolls (I do want to take my camera out, though).

Sunday, October 24, 2010

An iPhone Experiment

I did a little experiment yesterday while I was out teaching ... I did not bring my camera with me, just my iPhone.  I took two images on our walk back to the Arts Barn and these are what I came up with.

They did take a little bit of work in Photoshop, because I could not adjust any settings during capture, but that little gadget does not do too bad in a pinch.  These were taken late afternoon, so the light was getting low and pretty contrasty, especially shooting out of the shadows.  I cropped to square, sharpened them to compensate for hand holding the camera, I adjusted the levels just slightly, I toned down the highlights using a graduated neutral density filter and added the frame. 

I may try going back out with my regular camera and tripod and reshooting this afternoon, just to compare.  Anyway, fun experiment!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Photo Workshop - October 23rd

Next Saturday (10/23), we will be teaching a beginning composition class for digital photography.  It will be starting at 1:30 pm at the Arts Barn and last for about 3 hours. 

The first 45 minutes, we'll be talking about composition and sharing photos.  We'll then pack up our photo gear and head out into the neighborhood to take some autumn photos.  The leaves are changing in earnest now and if the sun is out, we should get some great photos.  Last check of registration, there were a couple of slots left ... come join us! 

There is camaraderie, just getting out with other photographers.  It's the photographer's version of Plein Air!! :0)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Bring on the Color!!

We have been loving the Indian Summer days, but it's time for a little cold snap so those leaves start turning in earnest!! :0)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Thank YOU!

We wanted to say thank you to everyone who came by to see us at the Kentlands Mansion.  It was a gorgeous weekend and we loved meeting and talking with you all.

And we especially wanted to say a very special thank you to those who chose our artwork to take home with you for your own ... we are so excited to share it with you and hope you love it.  We are pleased to count you all as friends.

Happy Autumn!!  Happy October!!

Cone Flower

This is an image I took in my butterfly garden a few years ago. I just loved how there was so much detail and yet it is peaceful. Those macro lenses are fun!

This is in a framed edition at the art show with us and also on Etsy.

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Photo Workshops

Getting excited about the photo workshop on the 23rd at the Arts Barn and the photo excursion on the 30th at the Lake. The leaves are starting to change!

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Artist Portfolio Work

One of the things that we specialize in is photographing artwork for artists for their portfolios.  Kind of unusual niche, but always interesting.  We get to see some fabulous work and tackle some interesting challenges.  Jaree just finished photographing some paintings for some long time clients ...

Dale Eno Shore

Lynne Oakes - The Joy of Art Studio

We also have done work for some amazing other artists ...

Kay Stratman - Tie Tracks 

Tony Glander - Fitzpatrick Glass Studios

Lauren Kingsland - Custom Quilt Studio

Perry Kapsch

Linda Thompson - Watercolors

Howard Cohen - Oil Painting

Yetta  McConnell - Touch of Heaven Jewelry

One of the reasons that artists like working with us is because we are artists, too ... we know how to properly handle their pieces and carefully review every digital image against the original to ensure the details and color have been captured accurately.  We supply the images on CD in multiple formats and can also provide prints, slides and cards.

If you are interested in having your artwork photographed, we'd love to work with you ... contact us for the details.

PS - and please check out the artists we work with ... they are all professional, working artists and we know they would love to talk with you about their work, too.

New Blog - Arts Entwine

Have you been over to see our new blog focused on our jewelry yet?  We are blogging at "Arts Entwine".

Monday, October 4, 2010

Pure (Ver II)

Pure (Ver II)
Originally uploaded by 12amblue

This piece speaks of promise to me. I took it of a rose in our backyard (before the demise of the rose bushes by my favorite gardening bully) ... what is it about roses that just exude beauty? I have the piece in several different versions, I always find a new way of working with the image, it is just lovely to spend time with.

I'll have this framed piece with me at the show this weekend ... or you may find it on Etsy.

Water Drop I Ver. II

Water Drop I Ver. II
Originally uploaded by 12amblue

This is another of the framed pieces that we will have with us next weekend. It is actually a macro photo of a water drop, reflecting the outdoors and is a favorite image of mine. It may also be found at Etsy.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Shooting Star

This is a photograph I took, actually almost a decade ago now, of one of the stars on the side of the Gaithersburg Arts Barn.  These were used in old buildings to help keep the sides from bowing out and toppling.  I loved how the mortar had splashed to make it look like it was shooting ...

As a Kentlander/Lakelander that loves it here, this represents our neighborhood and what is great about it to me as a leading neo-traditional/new urbanist community.

I'll have a framed copy of this with me at the show next weekend ... it is also up on Etsy.