Thank You!

As 2013 comes to an end I want to take this time to thank you all for your support and encouragement!

You’ve all been right here with me as I have shared my journey through photographs and words over the past several months…

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my assistant (very hard at work) thanks you, too!

and I hope you stick around for many more!

May all of you be blessed with a 2014 filled with peace, prosperity and love.

Enjoy your New Years Eve, wherever and however you celebrate it!

Having said that:
Please don’t drink and drive — or let anyone else do it either!

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Blog changes

I MADE SOME CHANGES TO THE BLOG PAGE!!!

Do you see them?

Hint:

Look at the right side column.

I added a photo carousel from some of the photographs I’ve shared on the blog so you can enjoy them as they fade from one to the next! (ooooooh… super-cool technology!!)

And

I made it easier to go to each of my galleries on my Imagekind website (YAY!) by listing the gallery links separately ~ which hopefully makes the navigation just a bit easier! Go check them out when you’re done with today’s blog! (I say that because the links don’t open in a new tab…)

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I almost closed all my online sites, but thought better of it until I have a website of my own. Having said that, these three galleries are now the only place you can purchase any of my photographs ~ with the exception of purchasing from a gallery/show or contacting me directly.

More changes to come… I don’t know if it’s because I’m actually learning stuff or if it’s just the time of year to re-evaluate and reassess stuff!

I’m also making some goals for the next year that I’m very excited about (I won’t call them “resolutions” because of the negative connotation!) ~ taking small action-steps on the way to achieving each one!

Starting with: looking into easy-to-use and easy-to-navigate (and possibly free…) website options since I want to start including original paintings for sale in addition to photographs and posters! (Now that is a great goal, if I do say so myself!)

Hope all of you are having a great Monday!

What’s so great about today being a Monday?

It’s the last one you’ll have to worry about for the rest of the year! hahahahaha!!!

Prevalent View

Every. Day.

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Saturday Signboard #28

Signboard #28 on the 28th!

That’s a fun coincidence (and maybe a good sign?!)

I couldn’t have planned it better if I tried!

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PS: Happy Birthday to my brother (the one whose birthday is today! hehe!!) Hope you’re having a great day!!

Color or B&W

Today I’ve been doing some social media marketing for a friend’s business. Between edits and re-writes, I’ll take breaks waiting for approval or suggestions.

I’m not taking the kind of breaks that a normal person would take that would actually remove me from the computer (that would make sense! haha!) but rather I find myself, once again, going through my photos and playing with the editing tools.

And you know what I realized?

Sometimes simple editing is more impactful than anything all the fancy-schmancy editing tools can provide.

I admit, I can get carried away with some of the more “fun-looking” options (what a life I lead!) but today I found a photograph that, with the most simple of editing ~ from color to black & white ~ gave the feel of two completely different photos.

Look what I mean. First the color:

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Now the black & white:

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Same photograph but one feels alive ~ like you could just walk right into it and touch the evergreens; and the other is about contrast ~ stark and cold. (ok, well it’s a photo with snow, both feel cold! hehe!)

And I don’t know if it’s just me, but color photos read present-tense to me, where black & white seem to represent something out of the past.

Personally, I think both options are beautiful (pats self on back) but it is a good example of how different the same photograph can look or feel with just a little bit of editing.

Have a great Friday!

Boxing day?

Yesterday I personally had a great Christmas that I got to spend with Mom, 1/2 my siblings and their kids; and lots of presents, food and fun!

And today? Well, today is Boxing Day!

What?

That sounds like it requires a lot more exertion than I can muster on the day after Christmas! haha!

Instead, I went a little more low-key than that and enjoyed some exploration in some nearby woods:

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(talk about a walk in the park!)

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and a quite a bit of this:

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What a perfect way to spend the day after a holiday!

(PS: to those of you who celebrate Boxing Day, please don’t write and explain to me that it’s not about the sport of boxing… I promise I know that already… I’m just doing some wordplay. I know you’re surprised to read that!)

Enjoy the rest of the day ~ it’s almost the weekend!

Merry Christmas!

Well, Santa made it here!

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That’s one happy cat!

In the true spirit of the holiday, remember to love each other and cherish your time together.

Have a blessed and safe Christmas Day!

Much love to you all!