Macro was my first love in photography. A friend had posted a picture of a tiny flower on Facebook, and I told the man behind the counter at the camera store that I wanted to take pictures of things up close. Eventually I learned that to preserve detail, I would have to bring my subjects inside, and not even so much as have the air conditioner on to avoid vibrations and movement in flower petals.
As Dorothy would say, sometimes you don't have to look farther than your own back yard.
ACORN & BERRIES
It's about lines, shapes, colors, and emotions. What do you see?
I love that the beholder gets to decide.
Shot at the local farmers' market.
It began as a photo of a flower shot at a very shallow depth of field so that it was out of focus. With processing it morphed into an abstract bursting with color and energy.
Believe it or not, this started as a photo of eight wooden chairs sitting in tall grass that I discovered while walking an alley in my hometown. Yes, those chairs are in there, lurking! You never know what direction an image is going to take, especially when working on the iPad.
A lily goes wild--contemporary treatment of a traditional flower.
Several years ago, my husband and I stumbled onto a ballroom dance competition and I had my DSLR with me. I have held on to all those images, and with the help of the iPad have turned one into an abstract. You can still see just a hint of the yellow dress the woman was wearing, and the suggestion of the crowd in the background.
BRIGHT & COLORFUL
Vivid color makes my heart sing.
It can cheer and celebrate with you,
or it can uplift and console.
WATCHING THE WORLD GO BY
I had always dreamed of going to Alaska, and while the cruise was amazing, I discovered that trains were my favorite part of that adventure. We took several, and they would allow us to stand on the platforms and take photos. The scenery was astoundingly gorgeous, and all eyes were glued to it, all heads turned to the view--I couldn't resist that shot or processing it in a fun and vibrant style.
Started in Photoshop, moved to the iPad, finished in Photoshop.
Backgrounds made with my hand-made gelli prints, then taken into the computer for digital work. How I long for fall in the heat of summer!
Just for fun...
Images that transport you into a story or a make-believe world.
Escape, just for fun...
TALL ORDER--SPECIAL DELIVERY
A published piece, this started out as an image for a Flickr contest that required certain elements:
1. Must simulate and/or include a post card 2. Must have a text component (words, symbols, signs, etc.) 3. Must include at least one human-like form 4. Must include at least one animal form...except... 5. No birds
That's my own keyboard in the background. The various images were shot over a three year period.
Also in Flickr Explore.
You have the ability to take it with you wherever you go--art while you're waiting, art on the airplane, art at your fingertips anytime, anywhere. There are art galleries and photography contests devoted to this art form. It's verifiably addicting, too.
The background is actually an original acrylic and oil abstract painting of mine. Photographed in a tulip field, I wanted to express the simplicity and the newness of spring. This is one of my favorite color palettes.
Trains. They speak of journeys and nostalgia, times past, and in some cases, the future. It's my belief that this world is not our real home--we are all, in fact, passing through.
A combination of gelli print work using real paint, the results then scanned into the computer for digital work, and then the actual edits done on the iPad.
THIS OLD HOUSE
Once grand, this abandoned house sits atop a high place in the land, with nothing to keep it company except the birds and other creatures that have taken it over. I went back to see it a second time a year later, and it had been fenced so that access and photography were no longer available. A sad day for the photographer.
THIS FLAMINGO WEARS A TUTU
Flamingos are lovely creatures, and can look either strangely awkward or amazingly graceful. Brushwork on the iPad adds an even more feathery feel.
LOOKING FORWARD, LOOKING BACK
Edited mostly in Leonardo and iColoramama, this image includes a macro of an old pocket watch.
FLOWERS FROM FRIENDS
When friends send you beautiful flowers and you love photographing flowers up close, you run to your studio--whatever that may be--and capture them at their height of beauty. Sometimes I work next to a window with all natural light, and sometimes I work with a simple light set-up. And then it was off to the iPad. And the flowers, now long gone, live on...
A sincere thank you to everyone who brought me their old pocket watches to photograph, some with touching histories. Combined with old hymns that were stapled to a board in a flea market and a colorful window, my goal was an image that embodied the fact that old hymns provide a window to the soul.
A night shot at a local carnival, made more fantasy-like by brushwork on the iPad. This image went through multiple mobile apps to reach this final result.
CAT IN A BOX
Boxes are like magnets to Bijou, aka "Trouble". This particular day she was causing all kinds of problems at my desk, so said box came into play for entertainment. Later, this little memory turned into art.
An old church for sale in a tiny Texas town, this began as a black and white and took on new life on the iPad using multiple apps.
My photography started with flowers.
Beautiful as purely photographic subjects, they are also the perfect subjects for photomanipulation.
How can you go wrong with such a lovely model?
Mostly processed on the iPad.
Mostly processed on the iPad.
BY ANY OTHER NAME
Roses are usually such a traditional flower, so I especially enjoy dressing them up with a contemporary and somewhat abstract treatment.
A special thanks to my friend who worked at a wedding chapel and gave me access to flowers that were left behind. I had long admired Georgia O'Keeffe and bought her beautiful cards for years, so when a Flickr contest came along for emulating her style, I entered and this piece won first place.
AZALEA GOES OCEAN
Sometimes photomanipulation is just the fun of changing colors.
FULL OF MOOD
Like rainy days that make you feel warm and cozy
or remind you of the sunshiny day around the corner,
We need the break, the rest of shade, of cover.
The forests in Alaska are magical on their own, but why not add a bit of fantasy to make you start a story in your mind?
IN THE TULIP FIELD
There are those serendipitous moments when you stumble upon a beautiful woman with a silk umbrella in a tulip field. It was a moment meant to be. Yes, Texas does have a tulip field.
BLACK & WHITE
When you want to see from an unobstructed viewpoint,
with nothing to sidetrack you, to divert your attention from the subject.
Clarity, detail, and the necessity of "gray areas".
A plethora of circuit board images mixed together with effects. I'm glad I have a friend who hoards these things and generously dropped some off on my front porch so I could photograph them.
SEEN BETTER DAYS
Old things can be a thing of beauty, made even more so by the heart-tug we feel when we look upon them.