ARCHIVE PAGE FOR PRIOR BLOG — Back in 2009 I had a blog called A Flick of Light. I'm letting that domain expire, but I didn't want to lose the content. So I transferred the old posts here. For now they are staying separate from the blog I've been writing since 2014. This page is a table of contents of sorts, listing the posts by year and title, hopefully making it easier to explore my former blog.Read More
At the Oliver H. Kelley Farm
This is a pictorial story, not a written one. But to set the stage, I spent a few hours with a couple new photographer friends. We had a great time wandering around this old farm that is still run the way it was in the 1860s (well, with a couple modern amenities). The Oliver H. Kelley Farm was started by Oliver H. Kelley, who was the founder of the Grange. Would be a great place to bring the kids, too. As it’s not overcrowded, you can get near the animals, and even help out in the field and kitchen.
I also brought a film camera along, but since this was just yesterday, you’ll have to wait. Remember those days of anxiously waiting for your film to come back? I haven’t shot film in ages, and this is an old film camera that I hadn’t used yet (it was new for me).
Limited Edition Series – On the Farm
Some of the images below will make it into a limited edition On the Farm series of prints. (News on that later. I’ll announce it here and on my business blog.)
Barb Kellogg Photography
portraits of nature, people, and pets
Ever wonder what a photographer does on a Saturday morning?
Since I’m not a wedding photographer, most of my sessions don’t involve weekend work. And I don’t have any flowers or other pretty scenery to photograph yet, so I tried out my v-flats in the living room this morning. I should have taken a photograph of the set up, but didn’t think of it until now. I wasn’t planning on doing a blog post of this, but as I started looking at the images on my computer, I thought “why not?” So I’ll to use words instead.
V-flats are nothing more than large sheets of foam board taped together on one of the long edges. When standing, they form the shape a “V”. A black v-flat blocks and absorbs light, a white v-flat bounces light around. Probably some of the cheapest photography gear with really nice results.
If you look at his eyes, you can see the light source is to the left (our living room window with sheer curtains hung to diffuse the light). In the color image, he is facing the window. He’d had a long week, so I was trying to use light to not have him look so tired, and facing the diffused living room window did the trick. I wasn’t expecting to post any images (he’s looking a bit scruffy), but I did like how these turned out.
And as I’m in here working on this blog post, my husband is out mowing the lawn. I think I’ve had the nicer morning. :) It’s time for lunch and on with the rest of the day.
I really need to give a shout out to Sue Bryce. This past week she gave a lighting seminar through Creative Live with Felix Kunze. It was really great (informative and inspiring), and I always find it interesting to watch how other photographers work. Her portion was using natural light, and she used sheers on the windows and v-flats. I just had to try this out and I’m very pleased!
I’m excited to add this to my bag of tricks for my portrait work.
Have a good weekend everyone! And for those of us in the US, remember those who have served our country.
Impression of Roses
Hello!! I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted here. I’ve had other things taking up my time the last 6 months—a part time, temporary job unrelated to photography (which will end in a few weeks); getting my business photography website spiffed up (it now has its own blog instead of using this one); and just general business stuff. Not to mention a personal life. So much to do, so little time.
Impression of Roses is an experiment. It’s obviously not your straight up photograph of roses in a bowl. My intention was to have the image seem outside your field of focus, just a bit out of reach, you know what it is but it isn’t clear. Hence the name Impression. I’m actually a little nervous to put it out there in the world for everyone to see.
Curious to read what you think about the image.
p.s. I’m not sure what direction I’ll be taking this website. Probably lean towards more educational, experimental…not sure yet. I don’t want it to be a duplicate of my portrait and nature photography blog.
I try. I really do. But every now and then, I indulge. Insanely. Completely.Read More
A hypothetical conversation with my dog.Read More
Now Millie isn’t exactly a puppy, but she IS loved. It’s so much fun being able to photograph how someone really feels about their pet.Read More
I pressed the shutter as we floated quietly by, the boat’s motor silenced, the only sound the click-click-click of my camera. Much thanks to my vacationing cousin and her husband for the photo opportunity.Read More
Thankful for Friends and Family, near and far
Wistfully, she stared to the other side of the barn, ever hopeful of a wiggly, little, grey, furry, pink-nosed snack.Read More
And suddenly one little girl’s world was turned upside down. Dad quickly flipped his daughter upside down, much to her delight. Of course the dog was oblivious to the fun he was missing out on behind him.Read More
I wanted to share with you the images I created for a photo group I belong to. This challenge was “Emotion”.Read More
The calendar is great because it’s not huge, it takes up very little space, and there is still a bit of room to write yourself a couple small reminders in the white space. And, it’s pretty! The calendar will definitely brighten your day or someone else’s. This would make a unique gift that everyone can’t run out and buy at your local discount store or the mall.Read More
Oh my gosh these are so awesome!! I am in love with displaying photographs on metal! The color is AMAZING!Read More
I See Red—I photography group that I used to belong to is back at it again. I haven’t been participating in all the challenges, but I try to when I can.Read More
Then and Now-This is the final blog post featuring images from Holland and Germany.Read More
A Canal Tour of Utrecht, Holland; Soust, Holland, flying home.Read More
Hints of Change
I walked around the house this evening and figured I’d document these first signs that the season of summer is waning. An empty nest. A red leaf. Fallen leaves. Not thrilled about the ragweed (allergies). But the fall colors can be fabulous here. Have to wait and see!
Hints of Change is also a clue that I’m working on a facelift to my website Barb Kellogg Photography. This is the first I’m formally announcing the merger of my pet photography business, Sweet Clover Pet Photography, into Barb Kellogg Photography. The new website will highlight that I capture portraits of nature (of course), people, and pets. I’ll keep you posted on the debut!
Life is just a portrait waiting to be photographed.
Of course Mulder is just in this post because he can be. :)
Soft Pink Roses…I didn’t think of this at the time I was photographing them, but as I was looking at these roses on my computer, I realized they reminded me of my grandmother.Read More
A photograph of a local piece of art created with saplings.Read More