When there is a rare chance to get a shot, photographers will go above and beyond to get it. This is a decent shot, especially considering I was shooting through a window. The "blood moon" was due to begin at 1:00 in the morning CDT, and it was really cold here in the St. Louis area. I stayed up until the total lunar eclipse and shot about five phases; only going outside for the 2:00 am total eclipse (in my housecoat and slippers). I did not set an alarm, I knew I would not get up, so at 2:00 am when I was not capturing in my camera what I was seeing (the rusty color) in the sky, I gave up and hoped that in post-processing I could recover that detail. Guess I will have to wait until the next time we have a total lunar eclipse.
Congratulations to Stephanie Sheneman! You won the family session! Contact me to set up your April 2014 session! Thank you to all who participated and shared my drawing!!
You can also contact me with a message if you click on the "Contact Martha" tab. A big thank you to my models; my great niece, Shelby, and my puppy, Darcy!
Are you the practical type? While I love flowers and cherish the few times I have received them, I am a practical girl. I love photographing flowers, for me it keeps them alive forever. Even more than flowers, I love watercolor prints. I would like to offer handmade watercolor note cards in my store, so of course I had to make some to see if I liked them. I LOVE them!! I wanted to put together a raffle basket for my church's high school mission trip fundraiser, and I wanted to include a set of the note cards. There is nothing wrong with a basket, but I wanted to do something unique for presentation. This was an idea that evolved and changed for about a week. So, how did I do?
Continue scrolling to see pictures of the individual note cards included in the pack.
This year I will be more aware of taking floral pictures with purpose, though my arrangement below covers all of the growing seasons.
It's not a secret that winter and I do not care for each other. Snow is pretty and I can tolerate it for Christmas if it doesn't ruin plans, but seriously I am ready for spring by the second week of January. This winter has been loooooong and exceptionally cold - really, to the tune of temperatures we haven't seen for 20 years in this area. If the temperature is above 20, I do venture out to walk my yellow lab; I think it's safe to assume that she is not fond of the bitter cold we are experiencing either!
However, in an effort to find the positive, it does allow more time to experiment with different editing techniques. I absolutely love watercolor and always have, and now I have found a way to turn my photographs into watercolor prints!
So the day after tomorrow is Valentine's Day, which means that our anniversary is not far behind. When you have been with your spouse, partner or significant other long enough, it can be challenging to find new or unique ideas as gifts. This will be our 37th Valentine's Day celebration and in March our 31st wedding anniversary.
Our garage has been housing a kit car for ten years, we refer to her as Eleanor. If finished, I mean WHEN.....When it is finished, it will resemble the car below which is a Shelby Cobra (actually there are three different cars pictured). The color is still undecided for Eleanor, but some variation of blue is likely. It is my hope that giving my husband a couple of gifts involving these images will inspire completion. I've been promised rides in the mountains of Colorado, with the summer wind blowing through my hair....what a great image in my head for this loooong winter!
What is the most important factor in capturing a magnificent sunrise or sunset? Patience! It takes a bit of preparation in finding the perfect location, but for the most part waiting for the light show is the key. Most people walk away before the magic actually happens. If sunset is at 5:15, which it was the day I took the image below, then you still have about 20 to 30 more minutes before you get the really magical shots. While I love this shot below and it was what I envisioned, it was taken at 5:02. I was pretty deep in an area that I did not want to be in at dark (a subdivision still under development)with holes and things that potentially live in those holes. I love nature in all of its beauty, the bugs and slithering critters....not so much!! I had my yellow lab with me, so I am certain she would have gone for help had I met with an unfortunate fall, but she is 10 years old, in an unfamiliar area and a little wobbly herself. I relocated before dark to get the really dramatic shots, and then sat in my truck to watch the final minutes of this amazing light show!
Below are some before and after images with the settings. The second, more dramatic sunset was taken at 5:34pm, about 15 minutes after "official" sunset. I wanted to show you the difference between using a tripod and manually holding the camera. You notice in the top image the soft flowing clouds, that is what happens when the shutter allows for movement (shutter speed is 1/5) and can only be achieved on a tripod. On the handheld, (shutter speed 1/160) I bumped up the shutter speed so there was no blur and that freezes the motion. I would like to say that I did this on purpose so I could show you the difference. The truth is that on this particular outing I set up and put away the tripod so many times on my trip back to the truck, I just didn't want to mess with it again. Next time I will post examples of two of the same image, one with a tripod and one without. Post-processing is a personal choice, I like to bump up saturation for deeper colors.
Above images: Left - straight out of camera (SOOC), right - processed in Lightroom 4.
The image above was taken in July of 2013. It was a lovely sunset, but I am finding that winter sunsets are much more dramatic.
And the winner goes to........Katelyn dances! A young friend was helping me out with a project I was working on for our annual women's retreat. I shot her senior pictures back in August and really liked a shot in silhouette of her posing in a ballet stance. She did not have a leotard on at the time and we were 45 minutes from home in Forest Park - St. Louis, so when she agreed to help me with this project I wanted to shoot her in a leotard and tutu. I was not happy with the shots, as the stage in Frontier Park does not sit atop a large hill with nothing but blue sky behind, but when I saw how the sunset illuminated her frame and the shadows it created well........A friend made the comment that the power lines added to the image with the metaphorical power in the body of a dancer. So here's to 2013, the year I began to see the difference in my photography. May 2014 be even more successful! To see other "favorites" click on the Rock The Shot button below or go to www.rocktheshotforum.com.
Did you miss getting those personalized Christmas cards? Keep your family and friends up-to-date on your child(ren)'s growth with some really adorable Valentines. This works for girls and boys and could be a kissing booth or a sweet shop! Limited space available so contact me now!
It's that time of year when almost everywhere you look there is the potential for that lovely background blur, aka bokeh! When the tree goes up, it's hard to resist photographing EVERY ornament! In thinking about the challenge over at Rock the Shot, I wanted to do something I hadn't yet seen......and here you have it. Click the button above to see all of the other entries. Hit the like button below and show some love!