P52.2: Who We Become (41)

This week on Who We Become we are working on a technique called “Filling the Frame.”  This involves zooming in on our subject, even cropping out much of it, in order to focus on certain details.  This image of Giotto’s Campanile in Florence is from our recent trip to Italy.  The campanile, or bell tower, is located in the historic center of Florence, just next to the Duomo (Santa Maria del Fiore) and across from the Baptistry – all very beautiful and quite famous buildings.  Images trying to capture all these buildings together (like this one, for example) tend to lose all the details in the mass of marble and such.  By focusing on the single building, you become aware of details you might otherwise not notice.

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Please click HERE to visit Who We Become and see everyone’s Filling the Frame images.

P52.2: Who We Become (27)

It’s is a new month over at Who We Become and we will be delving into tonality as a means to create or enhance the mood of our images. While not a compositional technique, our goal is to intentionally match the lighting quality in our images with our subject matter. Tonality includes the amount of contrast as well as the qualities of the whites and blacks within an image. For this first week we will be using high key lighting to set the tone for our compositions. This lighting technique is most often used to create very bright, clean images, lacking in shadows and darker tones. Much commercial work has this look, as it is most easily achieved in a studio setting using artificial lighting and a white or similarly light background. Upbeat, modern and distraction-free are hallmarks of a high key image.

I am very HAPPY that spring is here and decided to take advantage of the gorgeous blooming flowers all around the city.  These were taken at the Japanese Gardens that are part of the University of Washington’s Arboretum.  It’s beautiful there and I highly recommend a visit if you are in town.

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Please click HERE to visit Who We Become and see the mosaic of high key images.

P52.2: Who We Become (26)

Today is the halfway point in our exploration of composition.  This week is “Photographer’s Choice” – meaning that we can post whatever we like, whether it relates to the theme of patterns and contrast or not.  I’ve chosen to post a recent favorite.  I stumbled upon Avery, who had fallen asleep in a chair in my room in front of the window.  Although I do love the way she pops out from the blown out background, as well as the textures here – the blanket and the sheepskin – mostly I love the sweetness of my little girl.  Lately it’s seemed as though she has been growing by leaps and bounds, so I treasure these moments that remind me that she is still quite little.  Please click HERE to visit Who We Become and see what everyone has decided to post this week.

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Project 52: My Favorite P52 Image

Today’s post is my very last  post for my Project 52, a weekly blog project that I am working on with several other talented photographers whom I’ve come to know and love.  In this project, we have concentrated on light and spent each month exploring an overarching theme.  This is the very last post of the year and we have given everyone free reign to post a new image or to post their favorite of the weekly posts from the last year.  Looking back, I am so thrilled with many of my images, but I think that my very favorite is this one – an early morning Alexa channeling Keith Richards.

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And since I hate the thought of a week passing without posting a new image, here is a shot of the stunning sunrise I caught yesterday morning on Whidbey Island, where we were celebrating the wedding of some dear friends.

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Please continue along our creative blog circle to see what my friend Julie Mak has posted this week.   Click HERE to see Julie’s last weekly post of this project.

Project 52: Playing with Creative Settings and Light (4)

Today’s post is for Project 52, a weekly blog project that I am working on with several other talented photographers whom I’ve come to know and love.  In this project, we concentrate on light and spend each month exploring an overarching theme.  This month marks week 51 and we are on our *last* theme of the year.  As our last theme, we have decided to play a bit free and loose and to focus on using light creatively.  This may mean different things to each of us, and to each photograph, but expect to see sunflare and bokeh, movement and motion blur, and more.

I am posting two shots this week, since we are almost to the very end!  The first is a “selfie.”  I have been taking a Fine Art photography class for the last few weeks and tried to do some more serious self-portraits for that class.  I felt entirely uncomfortable – I didn’t know how to pose or where to look.  Avery came upstairs while the shutter was clicking away – and suddenly things were much easier and felt much more me.  My second shot is an experimentation with an out-of-focus shot.

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Please continue along our creative blog circle to see what my friend Kennedy Tinsley of Tinsley House Photography has posted this week.  Click HERE to see Kennedy’s play on creative settings.

Project 52: Playing with Creative Settings and Light (3)

Today’s post is for Project 52, a weekly blog project that I am working on with several other talented photographers whom I’ve come to know and love.  In this project, we concentrate on light and spend each month exploring an overarching theme.  This month marks week 50 and we are on our *last* theme of the year.  As our last theme, we have decided to play a bit free and loose and to focus on using light creatively.  This may mean different things to each of us, and to each photograph, but expect to see sunflare and bokeh, movement and motion blur, and more.

This was taken yesterday morning at our local beach.  The day had started out really cold and cloudy, but the sun decided to surprise us and gave us a gorgeous day.

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Please continue along our creative blog circle to see what my dear friend Stacey Vukelj has posted this week.  She’s been visiting me here in the Pacific Northwest and it’s always amazing to see the world through her eyes.  Click HERE to see Stacey’s play on creative settings.

Project 52: Playing with Creative Settings and Light (2)

Today’s post is for Project 52, a weekly blog project that I am working on with several other talented photographers whom I’ve come to know and love.  In this project, we concentrate on light and spend each month exploring an overarching theme.  This month marks week 49 and we are entering into our *last* theme of the year.  As our last theme, we have decided to play a bit free and loose and to focus on using light creatively.  This may mean different things to each of us, and to each photograph, but expect to see sunflare and bokeh, movement and motion blur, and more.

This week’s photo was taken yesterday evening.  Paul and I were on our way back from an engagement party for some dear friends, and we saw this gorgeous sky out the window.  I insisted that we make a quick detour to a spot in Mt. Baker where we could view the sunset peeking over the buildings in downtown Seattle.  If you look carefully, you’ll spot the Space Needle.  All my creative choices were made to emphasize this gorgeous light.

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Please continue along our creative blog circle to see what my friend Lisa Rigazio has posted this week.  Click HERE to see Lisa’s play on creative settings.