I am a little late, ok, really late getting this out today. Our prompt today was to keep it simple and find the light. With photography it is all about the light, and many of us define out style by the light we use. When you find that beautiful perfect light, it is amazing! A couple of weekends ago, I met several beautiful, creative women for the first time in the flesh that I had taken a year long online workshop with. We met up in Oregon, which was my first time there. The weather was grey, cloudy, misty, foggy, and down right beautiful! Natures perfect filter. Of course when the sun peeked through the clouds that evening, we were so excited, at the urging of one of our co-consirpitors, we ran to the beach to take some beautiful reflecting shadow shots. It's always about the light!
I came across this video, and knew immediately I had to share it. It is in spoken word form, and the message is amazing! I have several friends that I know through technology, because of technology, rethinking their use of technology. They are trying to consciously reconnect with people in old school ways. I love what they are doing, and I am purposely trying to partake in those old school ways as well. But for me it is not an issue, personally. You see, I do love technology, to the extent I would call myself a techie. I love electronic gadgets. I do. However it is a love/hate relationship, because I do not love what technology does to people, or should I say, what people choose to let it do to them. I agree, it's a CHOICE. I have strong opinions when it comes to this. I despise people using their cell phones in the car, talking or texting. It boggles my mind that we are so cavalier with peoples lives including our children, and ourselves. Actually what I should say is I despise cell phones, PERIOD. When the cell phone craze began, I was confused, is not the telephone one of the most despised things among people. It's always ringing, why are they calling me, can't I have a moment of peace, and on and on the complaints went. We had answering machines so we could avoid answering the phone, so we could choose who we wanted to talk to. Then came the cell phone. Now we REALLY can't have a moments peace, even when we are outdoors. We can be reached where ever we go. Suddenly people are so important, that they are on their cell phone in the store, in line at the coffee shop, in a restaurant, on a picnic, at a concert, in church. It makes no sense to me.
We know cell phones today are used for more than just talking. They connect us to the world wide web instantly. I get it. Information is at our fingertips, and convenience is just a swipe away. I get it. I also get the safety issue. That is why we do own a cell phone, a slider without internet access. There are four of us in our family, and one cell phone is all we have ever had. We used it for emergencies, like when somebody was leaving, or if we left the kids at home, or we went out of town etc. It wasn't until my daughter graduated and went on a 6 month trip to Asia, that she purchased her own cell phone, again with no internet access.
Certainly there have been moments when we wished we could look up an address, or a phone number, or looked to see what restaurants where in the area when visiting. But still I am glad that we have resisted. Well most of us, eventually my daughter did get a smart phone at her cost. And very quickly she was drawn into the world of constant distraction. It is a bone of contention between us. She knows absolutely no phones at the dinner table, and if she brings it out too much, I will say something. I warned her that if she started dating a guy who took out his phone during dinner, I would scream a high pitched squeal until he put it away. I adamantly taught the kids never to use their cell phone in the car, always pull over. They seem to agree, but it doesn't hurt that they know if they did use it while driving, I would come unglued.
So while I don't have a smart phone, I do have an iPod, and an iPad. Both of these rely on there being wi-fi if I want to connect to the internet. You see, I love photography and thus iphoneography. Since I didn't have an iPhone, I had to wait until Apple finally put a real camera in their iPods, which didn't happen until 2012. I have over 10 pages of apps on my iPod, almost all of them photography related. I love it. I took a year long self portraiture class that taught me a lot. It was all online, but through it, I have made many online connections with several lovely creatives, several if not most who run in the same internet, blog, flickr, instagram, circles that I do. It's a whole community. In a very short time, I will be flying to the Oregon coast to hang out with several of them in a beach house. That would not have happened without our digital connection. So it is not the technology that is bad, but how we CHOOSE to use it, and how we ALLOW it to change us. I digress.
One of the best things about autumn is color! Everywhere you look there is vibrant color: yellows, oranges, reds, browns, and greens. Truth be told I am a cool color person, with one huge exception. autumn. This time of year I change like the weather. I can't get enough of these warm colors. These colors that are purposely avoided in my garden are suddenly welcomed with open arms. I'm weird like that. Todays prompt has to do with capturing an image in monochrome or all one color. It was a little challenging for me. I have been trying to use my prime lens more, but it does not auto focus, and I like to shoot at wide open so my images sometimes don't have the sharpness I desire. Working on it.
Here we are, day 5 in Picture Fall, such a great way to slow down and purposefully enjoy autumn. Our prompt this week has to do with words, reminders, little whispers that speak to us. The word i chose, did not find me, but it is a word that whispers to me often. create. do. i don't know why i procrastinate creating, but i do. i often spend a lot of time preparing, learning, dreaming and then nothing. or maybe a little something but not completely. i get so excited about creating that i think i get lost. sometimes i want to create but perfection gets in the way. sometimes i want to create but there is fear. i need to stop thinking and start doing. create. do. don't wait. jump in. create. do.
Tracie West is very attuned to finding hearts and feathers, wonder what word found her?
Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression. ~Isaac Bashevis Singer
Well it is 2:00 am and I am just writing my post. I just got done watching the movie Ragamuffin about Rich Mullins on Netflix. If you have the desire to watch a great movie, you can't go wrong! I have a lot of opinions about it, but I will get on with the post.
So our prompt today is morning light, beautiful, moody, sunny, rainy, gloomy, bright, soft morning light. The goal was to find something that whispered the quiet reassurance that we need individually to ease ourselves into the day. Well the fact is, I am not a morning person. It sounds like a great idea, but it just isn't the way I was made. I am in fact a night owl. I have to make myself go to bed at 1:00 am (that is my self inflicted curfew), otherwise I could easily be up until 3:00 am.
When I do get up, it isn't pretty. With short hair, I look like I was licked by a camel. I shuffle my feet for the first several minutes I am up. I don't eat breakfast very often, and I don't drink coffee. The one thing I do is drink a chocolate protein drink from Bolthouse, that is my nod to breakfast. I can't jump into the days activities until I have showered. Sometimes I am too tired to shower. Sometimes I end up back in bed, just laying there wishing I knew what it was like to get up in the morning and feel brand new, refreshed, renewed. After a short time, the guilt gets to me and I get up, don't pass go, do not collect $200, and jump in the shower. It is amazing the effect it has, a new person, ready to take on the world. My kids have never been fond of the "after shower mom" as they called me, that mom likes to get busy.
I love the idea of morning. Honestly I think that if I lived near the ocean, I would be more of a morning person. Summer has a similar effect on me. The outside calls my name, the sun, the birds, the morning coolness, and the sound of a distant lawn mower (remember I sleep with my window open). I love the idea of getting up, sitting on the deck, reading, while nibbling on ........toast? I do get up early, very early, when we go camping, does that count?
So when it comes to the whisper that I need to ease myself into my day, it is clearly outside. So to capture morning light, I did just that, I went outside.
I wonder how Tracie West captured her morning light, no doubt beautifully!
Today is day 3 of Picture Fall, and I am loving it! Our assignment today was to focus on beauty that often goes unnoticed. In autumn, there are so many beautiful colors, lots of texture, changes in the weather, and of course changes in our environment. With all these things happening at once, it is easy to overlook the details. God is in the details, and I don't want to miss them! When I read the assignment, something immediately came to mind. It is a detail that has always been very important to me. I will go to great lengths to make sure this detail is not overlooked. My family likes to tease me about this particular detail, but I happen to love this detail. So are you curious? Ok, ok, the detail is none other than............................. the dried vine and stem left on a pumpkin. Can I get an amen? You know the tiny corkscrew twigs that you can never find on a pumpkin in the grocery store, let alone a stem. I admit it, I drool over these, and the more left on the better. A pumpkin without it is just unworthy, it's like a Christmas tree without needles. You feel me? I have a feeling there are more of you out there that agree with me than my family realizes.........
Don't forget I am doing this project with Tracie West . So head over to her blog and see what details she captured this week.
“To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.”
~ Mary Oliver
Don't sweat the small stuff, instead make note of it, capture it, revel in it, and count it as a blessing. I spotted these feathers, well actually, I walked past these feathers, and then I turned around and went back to the feathers. You see my friend Tracie West is a feather finder, I am not. I normally would have kept going, but she inspired me, so I went back. I made note of it, and then I captured it. This ones for you!
Today is day 2 of Picture Fall. We were told to get our easy chair, get comfy, and to capture an image that shows the true comfort of our soul. My favorite place to be is always somewhere outside. If I can't go outside, then I want to bring the outside inside. The first thing I do when I get up in the morning is open curtains, and windows. Much to my husband's dislike, I even open windows in the winter with the heat on. I need to hear the outside. The ideal place for me would be near the ocean, as in look outside, and see, hear and smell the ocean. Instead I live in the mid-west, no where near the ocean, so I settle for the next best thing, creeks, rivers, and lakes. This picture was taken in a beautiful wooded area of town, near a beautiful man made lake called Canyon Lake. We have a creek that runs right along side this wooded area, spilling in to Canyon Lake, and supplying the beautiful sound of running water, that I love! This area is stunning especially in the fall. Grab a blanket, or chair, pack a picnic, sit at the waters edge, and enjoy a great book, oh the life! So you see, my easy chair does not belong inside, nor do I. This image does capture where my soul finds comfort, in and among God's creation! This quote says it best.
God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars. ~Author unknown
Today is day 1 of our fall collaboration! The quintessential fall, the ever beautiful fall leaf, falling leaves, wind swept streets with leaf swirls, all symbolic of this time of year. Where I live here in the mid-west, our colors tend to be the brightest yellow, with a touch of orange, and the occasional red. If I had my way, there would be far more Maples, and Oaks around here, I digress. Fall is the only time of year I embrace warm colors (I'm weird like that), and boy do I embrace them, I mean I can't imagine a fall without them, can you?
I couldn't stop at just one, so there are a couple extras. The first leaf I came across, came with its own smiley face. Now that's a find! Don't forget to check out Tracie West's fall finds.
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. ~Albert Camus
What does Autumn, gratitude and Tracy Clark have in common? Inspiration, that is what they have in common! Autumn is one of my favorite seasons, it never ceases to inspire me! It inspires me to nest, to revamp, to create, to get cozy, to get baking, to romanticize the everyday, to wear a scarf, to embrace warm colors, to make lists, to read a book, to watch You've Got Mail, and really to enjoy every moment before winter hits. It makes me giddy, slaps a big smile across my face. All of these things lead me to gratitude. There is so much to be grateful for, so many blessings that we take for granted. Some blessings are huge and very noticeable, and some we see everyday, and thus go unnoticed. And what does all this have to do with Tracy Clark? Well, she is the creator behind the Picture This workshops. These are not technical classes on how to take amazing photographs, these are classes to inspire, to help you look beyond the noticeable. The description of the class states its purpose as such "to encourage and inspire you to celebrate the season of gratitude with an open heart and a poised lens". I took the Picture the Holidays in 2010, and it was great! I have always planned on doing the Picture Fall class, but have yet to do it. I asked Tracie West if she would be interested in doing it with me, and she said YES! So autumn 2014, here we come! We will be posting our own interpretations of the prompts on our personal blogs every Monday and Friday. If any one else would feel so inclined to share their own autumn inspirations, feel free to leave a photo in the comments or a link to your photos.
See you Monday.
p.s. I was watching You've Got Mail while writing this post!
- 3 Post Cards
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- Something to write with
- The willingness to send some mail to someone you may not know
You will be matched up with a fellow Love Notes participant. Each Sunday for three weeks, you will receive a writing prompt to respond to on a post card. All you have to do is respond to the writing prompt and drop it in the mail before Friday of that week. Its as simple as that.
A couple of months ago, I asked 2 friends from high school who live in different states if they would be interested in joining me for a fun year long photography collaboration project. They both said yes! The idea was since we all live in different places, we would have a weekly theme, using our mobile devices, to contrast the places we live. We post our weekly theme on Tuesdays, and it has been a lot of fun thus far! It is always exciting to see how each individual interpreted the theme, as well as the differences in where we live, the flora, the culture, and our lives in general. Below is the photos from last weeks theme, mornings. To check out more, click 3 only.
South Dakota :: California :: Wyoming
Be still my heart......I found this store via fvf. They interviewed the Bailey's, and took beautiful photographs of their store. Here is a brief description of what they said about the store.
"Housed in a converted English barn in the Herefordshire countryside, Baileys Home and Garden exudes a simple, utilitarian and effortlessly stylish aesthetic that infiltrates every corner of its homewares emporium. Worn wooden floors creak under your feet as you browse chandeliers made of antlers, alongside crates filled to the brim with pinecones and shelves lined with candles, stationery and an organic beauty range." ~ fvf
A lovely description for a very charming store. Who wouldn't love to stumble upon it while strolling on their bike along the fields of yellow Rapeseed flowers, while visiting England......I digress. Here is a link to their store Baileys Home and Garden, it says they are not shipping internationally, yet. To read the interview and see more amazing photos, click here.