Dahlia House

August 27, 2013 § 13 Comments



There’s this house in the neighborhood that fills their entire front yard with Dahlias.  Every year I want to get a photo of them because they are so stunning but I can’t bear to drag my big DSLR with me on a power walk.  Thanks to my new smart phone it’s easy to snap a pic as I’m walking by.  When it’s really hot they put umbrellas over them to protect them.  I’m guessing that either they enter them into competitions or are extremely enthusiastic gardeners.  My yard is a shambles by comparison.

Have you seen this photo?

July 31, 2013 § 32 Comments

Have you seen this photo on Pinterest linking to someone elses blog or web site?  Have you seen it on Facebook?  People keep hijacking this photo and using it without my permission.   I’ve written emails asking that the photo be removed from their site.  I’ve made the photo private on Flickr and then made it public again because my own blog doesn’t have access if it is private.

In the past I’ve uploaded and stored all my blog photos on Flickr.  That way I don’t have to upload them twice. Once to Flickr and a second time to my blog.  But with the new flickr changes combined with the misuse of this photo, it makes me want to close down my account.  Sigh.

It’s a double sided dilemma.  I can’t imagine re- uploading the photos to my blog (and then flooding the feed readers) on every single blog post since the beginning of time.

Any advice? What would you do?

Make or Take?

November 28, 2012 § 8 Comments

I’m finishing up my final project for my photography class. I almost wish I could start over, but it’s too late.  These are the images I am submitting for the last class.  Good or bad, they are what they are…

Over the last couple of weeks we have been talking about our style or method of shooting photos. Do we take photos as the opportunity arises? Or do we make photos happen by setting up and controlling everything that goes into the photo?

My photos are rather random and all over the board. So I started thinking about the contrast between taking & making… in both photography & quilting.  This resulted in three diptychs (2 photos combined to make a single statement where the images together say more than what each one could say standing alone).

On the remodel front:  lots of plumbing and electrical work being done this week, which results in lots of work without much to visibly show for it.  I am amazed & thankful that people know how to do this stuff!!  And it gives me a glimpse into what non-quilters must think about people like me cutting up fabric and putting it back together again.

Swept away

November 7, 2012 § 6 Comments

Things have been a little busy around here. My mom came for a visit and we went to a wedding.  And I’ve been working on my photography assignment. I’ve been taking another photography class this fall.  Just a couple more weeks and one last project and  it will be over.  It has gone by so fast!

The above image is the photo I handed in this week.  It was a 3 week process and I learned so much! You really need to click on the image and look at it in Flickr where it is bigger.  Each student started with a photo that they found in a book that interested them. It had to be from a photographer that was new to them.  From there we analyzed that photo in terms of color, composition,  & message that it might be saying.  Then it was our turn to take that image as an inspiration and find our own way of using it to say something.

The book I found in the library contained images by Paul Fusco that documented the train trip that transported Robert Kennedy’s body from New York to Washington, DC in 1968.  It is a fascinating book. People lined the tracks as the train went by and the photos show people from all sorts of neighborhoods & economic levels.  What also interested me was that the photographer was moving (he was on the train) and the subjects were stationary. Which is quite opposite of what we normally think about when taking photos.

So my husband & a friend drove me around town so that I could take photos of what ever seemed interesting to get that sense of movement that was captured in the train photos. There were a lot of bad photos!

Finally, we had to print our photos on larger than normal 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper.  I printed mine at 30″ x 15″.  The actual print is not as vibrant as this because at the last minute the lab monitor moved me from the printer I was working on to a different printer that used a roll of paper and so the colors changed.  It was a great learning process and just a glimpse into what fine art photographers go through to present their work in a gallery show.

Hopefully I will be back in the sewing room soon.  My fabric is calling me.

Autumn Mornings

September 27, 2012 § 13 Comments

It was foggy this morning.

Autumn is here. I love this time of year! I even turned on the furnace yesterday because it was chilly in the house.

I’ve been meaning to ride my bike down to the trail and take some photos. I still missed getting the geese as they were flying overhead.

But there is something so calming and peaceful about a chilly early morning ride down the bike trail.

I bundled up in wool socks, fleece and long-fingered gloves.

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