Friday, February 28, 2014

Crackers...or Fish Food

I tried something different today and did a whimsical image using fish crackers and some of my scrapbook supplies.  Not sure if it is a success...but it's done!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Commercial it is...

I feel that at least 90% of my images are commercial in nature...rather than what I call "gallery" art.  I'm always thinking about the decorative arts or how something would look on a greeting card, or some such thing.  Today's image would definitely fall into the commercial category...greeting card category.  Is that bad?

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Orchids

Today I took a photo of my husband's orchid.  He had asked me a few days ago why I hadn't used his orchid, which is bursting with blooms, as a subject.  So today was the day!  I've taken several images of this plant while it has been in bloom...but this one is the best...so far!

I used the lighting under the kitchen counter and in the ceiling to light the blooms...it seems to pop off the page from the lighting!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tomorrow's another day...

Today's image didn't turn out the way I was hoping...so tomorrow's another day.  I tried another shell image but I just couldn't get anything I liked.  A rather frustrating photo shoot today!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Graffiti...

My image for today was graffiti art.  I've noticed this wall many times and it always looks so colorful and whimsical...so today I took an image of the three main subjects and added a painterly filter to each.  And now it's my header for my blog...going wild!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Shells...and HDR

I tried another HDR image today...of a shell.  I LOVE shells so I know I'll be doing more of those for my 365 Challenge.  I really like how the HDR image came out...very hyper-realistic and all about shape and color...my favorite things!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Fire!!

Day 53...I took an image today with my camera balanced on the backend of a canon and my focus on a "thingy" sticking up from the side.  I had to "google" it when I got home...and my best guess is that that "thingy" is where they put the gun powder. 

Friday, February 21, 2014

TGIF...

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend...looks like it's going to be wonderful weather here!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Stuff that falls out of trees...

I'm still working on my stuff that falls out of trees theme.  Shot another image today of stuff I picked up on my walk through the Presidio yesterday with Molly (my dog!).  I might just bump into a tree...or something...as I'm always looking down now for stuff!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

What happened!

I missed my first blog posting for this year yesterday...somehow?  And, I didn't post yesterday's image to my web site...what happened?  I posted yesterday's image to facebook...and then I must have got distracted...or something...cause it didn't happen...ack!  Oh well, onward...

Monday, February 17, 2014

I'm Wilting...

Every morning when I get up and walk into the bathroom the orchids that are on the window sill have a wonderful soft light on them. The window faces West and the sun is still on the other side of the house...the light is beautiful. I keep saying I'm going to capture this beauty...but the light changes so quickly I have to hurry. I took a few images of the "nice" orchid blossoms...but I really liked the back of a wilting one...and that's my image for today.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Continuing my theme...stuff that falls out of trees...

Did my third image today from "the stuff that falls out of trees" theme.  Did two versions and now I'm not sure which one I like better!  Going back and forth...back and forth...still can't decide.  I'm leaning towards the closer version.  Just asked hubby and he feels the same way...had me clicking back and forth...back and forth.  Finally said he's leaning towards the closer image.  Ok, that makes two!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Art vs Commercial

In looking over my images that I've done so far this year there are definitely two categories that every image can go under...art & commercial.  Yesterday's image was commercial...would look great on a calendar, greeting card, wall art.  Today's image goes under art...I can see this on a gallery wall.  In fact...I think I have a theme going (After the Storm) and yesterday's image is the second one for this theme.  I still have quite a few more objects left to photograph that can go under this body of work (objects that I collected while on a walk with Molly after our last rain storm...stuff that blows out of trees...and such!).

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

New Show in March at Hotel Rex

The 81Bees will be showing work at Hotel Rex in SF in March.  Thirteen of us had access to one hotel room for 48 hours and our resulting images will be shown at the hotel.  We'll be critiquing the images this Monday...can't wait to see all the creativity!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Interesting...

I "googled" photography facts and found this...According to statistics, at present, only 2 of 10 images taken with digital cameras are printed on paper.

Monday, February 10, 2014

12 FREE Hasselblad cameras

...you just have to get to the moon! There are 12 Hasselblad cameras on the surface of the moon. They were left there after the moon landing to allow for the extra weight of the lunar rock samples to be brought back.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Sold!

I got an e-mail from Rayko Photo Center yesterday that an image I'm currently showing there as part of the 81Bees, CCSF Photography Department, 75th Anniversary celebration sold!  Yay for me!!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

That makes me feel better...

Saw a post recently that said there's a saying for artists...something like..."you have to create ten images to get one good image."  In other words, every image that artist's create are not a masterpiece...and those nine "throwaway" images are just that...throwaways!  Now I feel better!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Sharing the Love...

I shared the love on the facebook page.  An image perfectly sized to be used as a facebook header.  Head on over and copy and save your copy now...

https://www.facebook.com/donnadoddphoto

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Puddles

I went out looking for puddles this afternoon for the Day 37 image.  As I was looking at a reflection in a puddle two guys came from behind me and walked by the puddle...casting a nice reflection with their yellow jacket and yellow hat!  But I was too slow and didn't get a shot!  I could have asked them to walk by again...but no, not me!  So I stalked them to the next puddle and got my shot!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Quote

A quote from one of my favorite photographers...

“Nothing happens when you sit at home. I always make it a point to carry a camera with me at all times…I just shoot at what interests me at that moment." – Elliott Erwitt

That's what I'm trying to do with my 365 Challenge!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Intuitive

I've decided that I'm an intuitive photographer.  When I fuss with the placement of objects in an image I'm never happy.  When I just place the object or throw out multiple items (if that's what I'm working on) my mind's eye must agree that it liked whatever happened and that's it...or else I try something else.  If I think too much about how the object is placed it never works. 

Like my Day 35 image...a simple small yellow daisy...just one daisy.  There could have been many ways to place this flower...but I just placed it...didn't think about it...my mind's eye must have liked what it saw...and that's it...done!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Another HDR...

Added another HDR image to my 365 Challenge today.  I really like creating these images.  I've always been attached to things with texture...and HDR just brings that to a whole new level!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

January critique...

Well...I definitely have room for improvement based on my January images.  My critique is that I'm not very consistent with the quality of my images...at this time.  Here's some info based on "clicks" via my facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/donnadoddphoto

I had ten images (out of 31) that had more than 100 clicks (views)...assuming that means those images where favorites...or interesting enough to view (Days 1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 11, 18, 25, 26, 27).

I had four images that had over 175 clicks (Days 2, 25, 18, 11...in order high to low).

And February didn't start out good!  Ack!  With my Day 1 image being a rush job...and just bad.  I feel like I did redeem myself with today's image (Day 2)...but again...need to work on consistency!!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Can't rush it!

Today I just wanted to get my photo done!  I was up very late last night and I'm tired today...and I just didn't feel like creating an image...but I did.  Not proud of it...but it's done!  I will do better tomorrow...I promise!