Sometimes what you intend on getting isn’t what you get—you get something much better.
I set out to capture the “Blood Moon” lunar eclipse. Maybe it was that I was tired and my eyes wouldn’t focus sharply, but my blood moon images were blah. What I got instead speaks to me much more…it’s a brilliant ray of hope and possibility.
I call this "Metamorphosis"and today I vow to start a new personal project of the same name.
Nothing makes me feel more alive than having my eye on the prize and working diligently in pursuit of a lofty goal.
It seems just a couple of weeks ago I was dropped off in the deepest most furthest portion of the ocean, and instructed, “just keep treading water; you’ll find shore—eventually.” It’s in that moment; when you’re working the hardest and not even sure which direction ‘shore’ is or if you can sustain the treading; that’s what I thrive on.
Thought for the day: “Set lofty goals; keep your eye on the price and attack them”….. the payoff is so worth the journey.
I find myself in a momentary lull…..not quite sure how to enjoy the freedom and time from my rigid schedule of studying. It’s all behind me now and I bask in the glory of conquering another goal. Tomorrow, I plan; today I play.
Maybe it’s because it’s unseasonably cold here today, or maybe my gypsy girl heart longs for journeys, and I’m longing for the warm summer palette of wheat and tumbleweeds. I stand here ~metaphorically~ a top this rock, looking down on the fruitful valley filled with lush green orchards and vinyards, and I contemplate the beauty that lies before me.
I have strong feelings about colors…. Colors like these are my happy colors—I just want to envelop myself in them. I could look upon them for hours and never tire. I have a beautiful picture in my living room that has transfixed my gaze for indulgent periods of time; it’s colors make me happy. The scene has rescued and transported me into a dream, on those days when life disappoints. I experienced this euphoric moment in Key West. I could’ve been encapsulated in that moment for a life time because it was so beautiful, and tranquil. The post processing has been an arduous and evolving task as I keep trying to convey what I saw and felt. I’m not sure if I’m done with it or even if I’m satisfied with the image, I just know that it is one I will re-visit in my mind, over and over. Here’s wishing you a weekend filled with your happy colors and moments that will transcend you for a life time. ~B
Every day is a gift; that’s why they call it the ‘present’. September is one of my favorite months. It’s the forgotten last month of summer. There’s something about the air in September: the days are usually less humid, fresher and the night air is cooler, fresher.
Now Vegas? It’s just hot, hot, hot and ‘oven on high’ hot. Our caravan of roaming gypsies: Kathy, Jim and myself, set out on a mission to explore and shoot some of the strip we normally never see while at Photoshop World. We were determined to capitalize on this small window of unscheduled time; even if it was almost noon and horrible light. (Note to self: remember, you can’t take Oven on High heat!) We didn’t make it very far before my internal cooling system reached dangerously high levels and I had to call it, or else I would drop of heat exhaustion. New York, New York was the final mile marker. Not very far, and not nearly as far as we had hoped to wander—blame the 102 degrees of dry heat and unrelenting sun.
I stayed at the Luxor and got a phenomenal deal on the room. It was perfect: attached to the Mandalay Bay convention center via the Mandalay Bay Shop connector. It provided for a Starbucks rich environment, giving more options prior to reaching the Mandalay Bay Starbucks that had lines 60 to 70 deep! (A big thank you to Starbucks and ZipFiz! I would never have been able to keep up had it not been for your endless supply of energy).
The Luxor was perfect…….except for one thing. Did I mention that getting to my room in the pyramid was always a bit disconcerting? Perhaps it has something to do with riding in an “inclinator" that travel along the angular walls of the pyramid at a 39-degree angle (they looked like elevators, but the swaying, ‘this way and that’, told me this is no normal elevator). Or perhaps after a particularly noisy, and rickety ride, when the elevator door only partially opened, Kathy and I pryed it apart, as if we were the jaws of life and leaped out, landing on a heap. Ok, maybe we didn’t land in a heap. We certainly felt as if we had narrowly escaped with our lives. We purposefully, avoided that elevator….only one problem: we couldn’t agree on which one was the culprit?
I was also surprised to learn that the Luxor Sky Beam, the light from the top of the pyramid, is the strongest beam of light in the world. Allegedly, on a clear night the light beam can be seen by airliners at altitude over Los Angeles. All I know is that the opportunity presented its self to capture this iconic Vegas strip image, even if the time was far from optimal and the light was horrible. Life is all about Making the best of this beautiful day…
Although, my HDR has evolved….I couldn’t resist this more HDRish HDR. Blame it on the music. Blame it on Vegas. Blame it on me. I couldn’t resist. To me, it fits much more than making a more realistic image. Right? Elephants in Vegas? Wandering loose in the palms and fountains at the Mandalay Bay? What’s realistic about that?
I was compelled to write about Vegas Photoshop World 2013, and where do I begin? It’s the closest thing to adult Rock Star camp that I can think of. If you’ve been, you know what I’m talking about. As a photographer or creative, it’s an amazing week of indulging in everything you love about your art. You get to completely immerse yourself in a craft that you are so very passionate about. I cherish learning from and getting to hang with my friends and mingle with my photographic Guru’s. The incredible talent and their personal stories are so inspiring!
The keynote captivates my attention as Adobe always delivers an unbelievable presentation of what’s new and upcoming. This year I literally got shivers when they announced the newly reduced price for Photoshop CC and Lightroom! I really got shivers! I know that means I’m a geek, but it’s an amazing deal! Then Google’s Nik software blew everyone away with a free copy of the entire Nik Collection! NIK! Nik is an integral part of my post processing and creative edge—and they gave it away free to attendees! AMAZING!
Then there’s all the extra curricular activities like Top Secret Chocolate Lovers Society meetings, where you’re 'allegedly' forced to submit to indulging in chocolate and laughter! (I can neither confirm or deny any details of the possible existence of such a Top Secret Society). Can you imagine forced to eat chocolate? The famous After Hours Party really rocks it! Check Scott and Kalebra out: The Big Electric Cat Bandhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hmsk_mMvzGw&list=PL7tRjmRHz3kCTot-QAKI5Jr4nk8-vhinL and then there’s Midnight madness! It’s guaranteed to have me giggling so hard that I can’t breathe!
It’s hard to say that anyone part is best, because it’s all so amazing—but if I had to say, what makes PhotoShop World the best, it would be the people! It starts with Kalebra and Scott who are authentic, crazy talented, fun and truly great people who started Photoshop World. It’s their creation and they personally select the best instructors to teach and put the entire conference together. But it goes beyond that: it’s the friendships that are born that truly make this entire experience like no other. Thank you, Scott and Kalebra for making this experience and the best adult camp ever! :)
This is the best lap top and tablet bag I’ve seen! Best part is you have a chance to win one too, by going to the link above.
I’m the gear bag equivalent of Imelda Marcos and her shoes. Ok, well, not truly that bad, but I do love gear bags and I’m always looking for the perfect one. I fell in love with Think Tank bags the first time I saw one. I can’t stand cameras dangling from my neck, or anything on my shoulders, so when I’m out shooting I love their Speed Convertible Beltpacks. I can carry the gear I need around my waist, and snap on a water bottle, etc. The bag becomes my lens changing station too—which is really convenient.
The problem for me is what do I pack when flying? I only pack carry on so I need a system that carries the gear that I need and can attach to my roller board. I think I’ve found the new perfect solution for me: The Navigator. Hmmmm, wondering if Think Tank will have a contest to win this bag?
Blame it on Kathy. Why not? She started the thought this morning by posting that adorable picture of the little girl trying to mount the little donkey. I guess we can blame the post on Kathy—not that I was born a little cowgirl.
The cowgirl in me was destiny. Today, I found myself abandoning tasks and ‘To Do Lists’; chasing down my childhood and rummaging through boxes of old photos. I come from a long line of horse women: both my grandparents on my mother’s and father’s sides, and my great aunt Aggie were all horse women. My mom, was not—she indulged the passion I shared with my father and my lineage.
I cherish the fact I was destined to love horses and I cherish it even more that it was because of the strong and fearless women in my family.
What passion did you share with your destiny?
I’m the little blonde in the top 2 pictures that were taken when I was 4 in Eastern Oregon. The third picture is my grand mother on my mom’s side, and the fourth is my Great Aunt Aggie.