Cyber Monday 40% off

Hi!

Just thought I’d remind you all again that on my Imagekind site you will receive 40% off your entire purchase today!

Here’s a sample of some of the photographs and posters for sale in my galleries:

collage for blog

I think there’s something for everybody in those galleries, so give the gift of art this holiday season (preferably one of my photographs, of course! hehe!)

Click the link below (or in the right hand column) to shop my online galleries ~ did I mention you will save 40% off your entire purchase? (oh, I did? well, it’s a great deal!)

www.artbycarol.imagekind.com

Use code CYBER40 to receive this awesome savings!

Please feel free to share this blog post with your friends and family so they can take advantage of this offer, too.

And thank you, all of you, for your continued support!

Well… what are you waiting for? Click on the link & shop now!

(thanks!)

More editing fun

Yep. Found another fun editing tool.

This one plays with the photographs pixels.

I’ve found in playing with this that I like them more abstract so you can only kind of tell what the subject of the photograph is, but also that they look really different at different sizes.

I found this to be a bit of a drawback, but of course it didn’t keep me from playing and sharing!

me and my daisies!

me and my daisies!

this would make a cool paper collage...

this would make a cool paper collage… lots of glue…

So that’s what I’ve been doing on this cool and cloudy Monday. Fun!

Hope you’re having a great start to your week!

Please check out my earlier post https://artbycarolcook.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/remember-our-heroes-at-christmas/ ~ it’ll feel great when you remember to send a card to an active Military member this year!

Also, don’t forget if you’re local, the Opening Reception of the Small Works Show at Chait Galleries Downtown (Iowa City) is this Friday evening! Hope to see some of you there!

Painter

Whew! I’ve been busy today!

I’m taking a break from painting.

Yep. An actual painting.

On a canvas and everything!

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I am creating a painting for a long-time friend for her upcoming wedding. The fun part is that the painting itself is a collaboration of sorts with those who will be attending.

I won’t give away more than that… suffice it to say it’s a great idea and an honor to be a part of it!

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to share the inspiration for the piece or the actual painting until (at the very least) it is in the hands of the bride and groom. You’ll just have to wait.

But it’s really good if I do say so myself!

Bob Ross

I love going for walks this time of year… when the leaves are all changing colors.

It’s truly beautiful.

It also makes me think of the painter Bob Ross (if you don’t remember him, you will when you see the pictures below!)

Anyway, as I walk I look at the trees and I can see him in front of that empty canvas and how he turned globs of color into amazing paintings.

He was so incredibly talented.

I decided to search his name online and some images came up that literally (yes, I used that correctly!) made me laugh out loud.

And I share them with you, now:

can you be anything but calm when watching Bob Ross???

can you be anything but calm when watching Bob Ross?

Happy trees are a given!

of course he did!

of course he did!

I shared the one above with a friend and she replied “…actually, I believe it was Burnt Umber” ~ now that’s funny!

brilliant!

brilliant!

Here’s something I doubt you know about Bob Ross (I didn’t until today!):
He enlisted in the US Air Force at age 17. Having held military positions that required him to be, in his own words, “mean” and “tough,” “the guy who makes you scrub the latrine, the guy who makes you make your bed, the guy who screams at you for being late to work,” Ross decided that if he ever moved on from the military, “it wasn’t going to be that way any more,” vowing “never to scream again.”

The last episode of his show, The Joy of Painting, was filmed in 1994 (obviously, you can still watch them on tv and online.) While his legacy and paintings live happily on, he passed away in 1995.

I still happily watch his show from time to time and sit quietly amazed and inspired at his talent.

Again, none of these are my images. I did not see who to give credit to from the search, but kudos to the clever minds that came up with these memes. Thanks for the chuckles.

Not always behind the lens

We’ve been busy on the computer today.

I say “we” because you all know that Louden is always right here to help me out.

“Help” being subjective, of course!

hmmm... is it right or left click to eat that bird?

hmmm… is it right or left click to eat that bird?

Anyway…

even with the furry assist, I got more photographs edited, 3 for a local juried show that I’m really excited to be entering!

I’ll keep you all posted on that. If my photographs are chosen, they will be showing in a gallery for most of November and December. Cool!!

And there are some that I sold that I’ll be getting back from the printers soon, too!

Yes. I take care to ensure quality and have my photographs professionally printed… and printed locally.  Going that extra step is one I happily take!

I’m also stretching another creative muscle and creating a business website for a long-time friend. What I’ve found out so far is:  Lots to learn, lots to do, lots to be excited about!

Wow! How’s that for a Monday?!?!

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Exactly!

Photowalk 20

Today’s photowalk is brought to you by the letters “U” and “P”

Yep…

Up!

Sometimes the photowalks aren’t about a specific destination. Sometimes they’re about a theme.

Sunny Day...

solar flare through the leaves

(of course, I totally love the solar flare!)

clouds relflecting the sunset...

clouds reflecting the sunset

And there’s always something to be found on/around the pergola:

Mourning Doves nesting atop the pergola

Mourning Doves nesting

They both were giving me the stink-eye for getting so close, too!

There are seemingly unlimited ‘themes’ to choose from when I do my photowalks. I have a list that I add to regularly and I don’t necessarily cross anything off that list even though I’ve featured it here.

I also have some ongoing themes, too – like ones that take a specific subject through the seasons, or the alphabet/numbers.

And of course, there are more states to explore!

But today, I simply looked up.

Ladybug?

Sometimes I head out with my camera with a specific “assignment” in mind ~ flowers, a specific color, shadows, up, down, cat, etc. (you get the idea!)

And then there are times that what I find and photograph, I didn’t even imagine ahead of time.

Remember a little while ago I posted the door decor “Lips with fruit mustache”? (if you missed it, the post is called “Door Decor” and it’s my July 31st post)

Who (besides that homeowner) would’ve thought that up?! (it was cool lookin’ though!)

Along those lines, may I introduce you to “M’Lady Bug”

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You have to know I absolutely love this… truly! Kudos to the originator!

What’s not to love?! It’s PHantastic (shout out, sisters!)

I want it for my yard!

It wasn’t for sale though (can you say craft project??)

I also admit that once I saw the fruit mustache lips, I decided that an ongoing photowalk subject for me is “Surprising or Unexpected Residential Decor” ~ so break out your strangest lawn ornaments world, I’m coming to photograph them!!

Tips: part deux

Had a few more tips written down to share!

1. Don’t overlook mundane subjects for photography.
You might not see anything interesting to photograph in your living room or your backyard, but try looking at familiar surroundings with fresh eyes. You might catch an interesting trick of the light or find some unexpected flowers (insects, animals, etc…) in your yard. Often a simple subject makes the best shot.

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2. Take advantage of free resources to learn.
Browse through online images or photo websites. Also, your local library probably has a wealth of books on all types of photography. Librarians are one of my favorite resources!

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3. Experiment with your camera’s settings.
Your point and shoot is more flexible and powerful than you realize! Read the manual (or better yet watch the dvd that came with it!) for help deciphering all those little symbols. As you explore, try shooting your subjects with multiple settings to learn what effects you like. When you’re looking at your photos on a computer, you can check the photograph data (usually in the file’s properties) to recall the settings you used.

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4. Learn the basic rules of photography.
The amount of information about photography online can be overwhelming. Search articles on composition or perspective. Be open to what more experienced photographers have to say about technique. It’s more fun to break the rules if you know them first! (that’s my mantra! haha!)

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5. Take photos regularly.
Try to photograph something at least once a week. If you can’t do that, make sure you take time to practice regularly, so you don’t forget what you’ve learned. An excellent way to motivate yourself is by doing items on the list (in yesterday’s tips)

Don’t be afraid to experiment!!

Especially since you’re most likely using a digital camera, the cost of errors is free ~ it’s even well worth the time you spend.

Go crazy! You might end up with something you like.

You’ll certainly learn a lot in the process.

A few tips…

When I began as a photographer with a digital camera (I specify because I actually began in photography with a 35mm film camera!) these are some tips that helped me get going ~ and still help me when I’m feeling ‘stuck’ (which happens more than I’d care to admit!)

1. Don’t go crazy buying the most expensive equipment right away.
It is possible to get good quality photos with an inexpensive point and shoot. In fact I have even won a few contests with photographs from my first point & shoot camera. The more you practice & learn now, the more you’ll know about what kind of camera to get when it’s time to upgrade.

cool cloud formation!

cool cloud formation!

2. However, do consider a tripod.
Some photographs are just plain better when you take out the “shake factor” ~ especially good for when you’re using dim lighting and/or longer exposure time.

feeding time

feeding time

3. Enjoy the learning process.
The best part of photography is never running out of things to learn. Inspiration is all around you. Look at everything with the eyes of a photographer and you’ll see opportunities you never noticed before.

can I interest you in some insurance? haha

can I interest you in some insurance? haha!

4. Keep your camera with you all the time.
I’ve mentioned this already in previous posts. Photo ops often come when you least expect it. If you can keep your equipment relatively simple – just a small camera bag and a tripod – you might be able to take advantage of some of those unexpected opportunities.

wave crash

wave crash

5. Make a list of shots you’d like to get.
For those times you can’t carry your camera around (for shame!), keep a small notebook to jot down places you’d like to come back and photograph. Or, if your phone has a camera, use it to take “notes” on scenes you’d like to return to with your regular camera. Make sure to note any important details, like the lighting, so you can come back at the same time of day or when the weather’s right.

I think that last tip is key. I have an ongoing list, one that I add to when something new strikes me as photographable.

Or maybe…

The key is to actually use the list and take the photographs?!

Photowalk 17

Today we’re taking a walk where we stop to smell (hmm, ok, can’t do that on a computer…) how about: stop to look at the flowers. (yeah, that works!)

Interestingly enough, I haven’t included any photographs of roses.

(Apparently today’s theme is word-play, too!)

They do say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I think I’ll go ahead and let the photographs speak today:

orange this one pretty?

orange this one pretty?

wow, I didn’t know that lilies were so good with word-play! haha!

petite purple

petite purple

they aren’t all funny, sorry! (tough audience! lol!)

vibrant vermilion

vibrant vermilion

ok, technically I don’t think that’s vermilion, but… word-play, c’mon! haha!

pretty in pink

pretty in pink

Also a great movie!

I did have a bit of fun with editing, nothing extreme, just a bit of cropping to achieve a more interesting composition. Otherwise there would just be some snapshots of 4 flowers. And while I prefer to get the good shot while I’m behind the lens, I do like the different ways to improve the photograph after it has been taken.

Enjoying the outdoors and the beauty and fragrance of flowers are a great way to spend a few hours.

Grab the camera and head on out!

PS: Today is also post #150!! Wow! Thank you all for hanging out with me for so long!