Sunday, July 26, 2009

More Role Playing

In our determination to make lemonade out of lemons, my muse for the week agreed to continue our photo shoot after our unfortunate accident the week prior.

Even with the SEVEN stitches under her lower lip, the injuries are undetectable.

Because my model was unfazed by this mishap, love this girl, we came up with a concept for this next shoot so that it would work to our advantage.

I do enjoy “role playing” when putting together various ideas for a session. It’s also fun for the people being photographed.
We create a scene, image, idea, and several concepts – gather our props – and roll with it.

Working with a swollen lip and facial stitches, we came up with a character, fictional or possibly based on truth, which was beautiful, but edgy.

Someone intriguing, but slightly intimating.

The viewer is drawn into the scene but senses warning signs – “keep your distance”!

I like it, mainly because when I compare the shoot from last week with the SAME model, I get a totally different feel from the images.

The person in front of the camera can be completely adaptable to the role or setting they become a part of.

I love this contrast.

Aren't we all contradictions anyways??

However, don’t be too fooled by this tough girl role playing.

Deep down inside we find sweetness and unconditional love.
Who cannot resist the sloppy “dog kisses” so generously offered.

We tried to get our ‘lover’ dog to role play with us. We asked for a fierce, mean, growling, attacking pose – but all he was able to offer us was his “cute” look.

Oh well, Gotta love it!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Spectrum - The Interaction of Color

The Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council will be exhibiting it's new show next weekend.
Spectrum - The Interaction of Color will open Saturday July 18th with a reception from 4 - 7 pm, and run until August 22nd.

The Art Council is a non-profit community of artists, working together to support and promote the arts in Northwestern New Jersey.

The show focuses on the artist's perception of color as a means of personal expression.
Whether the relationships of color become a symbolic awareness with our natural or psychological associations, or simply aesthetic beauty - the collection of work includes all artistic mediums.

Color portrayed through the artwork can communicate meaning, evoke emotion and in doing so - engage the viewer.

" Color is my day long obsession, joy and torment " Claude Monet

Sunday, July 5, 2009

A Walk in the Woods

Spending the weekend immersed in the incredible and lush Adirondack State Park, located in New York, means ultimately getting back to the simplicity of nature.

It’s a wonderful way to escape our hurried lives and breath in the abundance found in the great outdoors.

Getting up close and personal with nature is a great oppurtunity to discover the small, many times, overlooked treasures by attaching a macro lens to my camera.

Macro photography is the art of taking close-up pictures that reveal details which many of us miss with the naked eye.

We walk past the trees, shrubs, and summer flowers but what about the grasses, or tiny wildflowers covering the earth hidden from our line of sight.

Many of these beauties are missed because it means getting down on hands and knees to observe the beauty and detail found undiscovered in nature's little treasures.

A macro lens gives us a glimpse into this very small world, which goes largely unnoticed as we plod on through the woods.

When getting up-close to capture an image with a macro attachment, there is a limited “depth of field”, an important consideration to be aware of when photographing.

It is essential to critically focus on the most important aspect of the subject.
The elements closer or farther from the plane of focus might be noticeably blurry.
This blurry effect aesthetically sets the subject apart from which can be a ‘distracting’ background at times.
The subject pops out to reveal the true beauty and detail found in the exquisite make up of nature’s wonders.

A walk in the woods can take place anywhere on earth – the Adirondacks, the Rocky Mountains, or the even your own backyard.

Most importantly, the experience is yours to discover. Your moment with nature.

So, get down low, experience the wondrous little glories you can discover by just slowing down and discovering the delicate beauties under our feet!


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