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
Vacant Lots and Opportunity
For now, there is a vacant lot next to our house. And there are wildflowers (ok, weeds) that bloom over there. I try to photograph before the guy comes and mows. And it’s about at that height where they mow. And it was a bit cloudy. So I spent a few minutes photographing weeds.
It’s definitely that time of year for the dandelions to bloom. And fade. And then bloom again.
I think I like the abstract version of weeds better than the more traditional view. It seems less “weedy”.
And neither of these will make the website, but I don’t always photograph with the intent to sell an image. Sometimes I just think things are pretty. Or interesting. Or both.
Beautiful orchid petalsRead More
Preview of Upcoming Posts—Everyone likes to know what’s coming up, right? A series of blog posts of a recent trip to Holland and Germany will be featured on A Flick of Light.Read More
I’m so happy when I get to pass on these sales to you! If you’ve been dying to get a 16×24” canvas gallery wrap, well NOW’S THE TIME.Read More
I promised a post this week. I didn’t really like my lavender shots. Oh, maybe I just need to review them again.
But I just bought some new textures from French Kiss Textures, the Tableaux Collection. I had won a gift certificate from her, so they were free! So, of course I had to play with them. (And by the way, she still has her sale price on the collection as of this writing, so hurry if you want them!)
I have two versions of the hydrangea image. And if I’m feeling like it, perhaps I will get a different one out in the next week or so. (Sometimes I write these posts in advance. But not this one.)
If you like them, I’ll add one or both to my website. But you gotta let me know! (Not yelling, just adding a little emphasis. :) ) I threw in the original photo, too. I like that one, but I was in the mood to play.
Click on the photo, you’ll get a nice-sized slideshow in your browser. But not from within your email. Bummer. Gotta actually go to my blog for that.
So what should I blog about next? Reader’s choice.
...it was too irresistible not to have the three “f” alliteration.
I have some fresh flowers that I’ve just put up on Barb Kellogg Photography. I will also have these as small matted prints for sale this week at Munsinger Gardens’ Art Fair on Thursday July 19th in St. Cloud, Minnesota. If you’re local, come out for a visit—I’ll be out there from 10am to 8pm. It will be a long day, but one couldn’t ask for a lovelier area to be in for 10+ hours! Other artists include potters, glass artists, sculptors, jewelers, painters, and of course other photographers. Oh, and did I mention there will be wine?
For those of you unable to make it and are interested in purchasing these smaller matted prints, please let me know. They will be 5×7 prints in 8×10 white conservation matting—$25 plus tax (if in Minnesota) and shipping.
Click on an image for larger slideshow. (If reading this via email, you’ll need to actually go to the actual blog post, then click on the image for the slideshow.)
This could really be almost anyone’s home—a spinning thingy hanging from the eave, tomatoes growing outside, apples on the kitchen table.
A trinket purchased.
Flowers growing in the yard.
But this is my parents’ home. My parents love to fish. They try to grow a few things. And their kitchen table captures the morning sun.
The bracelet was a relatively local purchase by me. (Thanks Patty and gals from Secret Sisters Boutique in Ely, MN!)
And the pretty little yellow flowers from my parents’ yard that I suppose are technically weeds. And, well, I got bitten up by several itch-inducing flying creatures while lying on the ground to get these little lovelies. (Thanks Dad for not mowing while I was home so I could photograph in the yard. Although I think it had more to do with how HOT it was a few weeks ago in Minnesota than any fatherly generosity.)
The yellow flowers I titled “flowers within the fog…”. Although the “fog” was actually condensation on my lens that afternoon. At first I didn’t notice it and wondered why things looked so unclear. This happened to be the first image I took that afternoon! (The yellow flowers can also be found on Barb Kellogg Photography.)
I’ll have to find a few things to photograph around my own home for a future blog post.
By the way, no tomatoes yet. But it’s been a hot summer, so hopefully they’ll have some soon!
It’s the week of the 4th of July. The time for vacations, or at the least, a short mid-week break. But I didn’t want to leave you all without something from me this week, so I took a look in my pictures folder to see if I could bring you a couple you might not have seen before.
And yes, that is an egg.
Have a great week, everyone.
One of Bryan Peterson's latest videos demonstrated the use of limited camera shake with a longer shutter speed to create abstract photographs. http://videos.ppsop.com/shake.html (This differs from the Monet technique, which uses bigger lens movements to create "grander" strokes.) The post included a cross balance filter, daylight to tungsten, giving it a much warmer and more colorful look than the original.
I took this image last summer. And I could have sworn I shared it with all of you. But after discovering it again the other day, I’m thinking I might not have.
My dad was actually the one to spot these little flowers in their yard. Each flower is no bigger than the tip of your pinky finger. And even though pollen is a bad word to us allergy sufferers, I think it looks quite pretty when the delicate orange tips adorn these lovely flowers.
The wildflowers in Minnesota should be blooming soon. (I’m not going to count the dandelions.) Remember to be on the lookout for what might be literally underfoot. Sometimes it’s the little things that go unnoticed. Just walk a little slower the next time you’re out and about with your camera!
ciao! or, I should say au revoir!
A blogger friend of mine just created a blog post on one of her favorite subjects, and at the end of the post she wanted to know what other photography bloggers’ frequent subject matter was. (I don’t remember for sure where our virtual paths crossed—I think it was on Flickr.) Her name is Barbara and she creates the blog The Aspiring Photographer. On her blog she narrates and demonstrates her trials and tribulations in this wonderful world of photography, including some great “how to” posts. I encourage you to subscribe to her blog, as it is always worth the time to read.
Flowers also have wonderful details about them. The soft wrinkles in their petals. The graceful curve of a leaf. And when the light illuminates them just right…it can be like magic! And within the category of flowers, daisies are quite common in my portfolio. Who can’t smile at a nice, clean, pretty, white daisy?
Those are my favorites. As they say, shoot what you love and it will come through.
ps — Thanks Barbara for the blog post idea!
...a few days ago it was nice and overcast, and I just went nuts with my Lensbaby. You know I like to add some textures to some images, but these I did very little processing work to.
The vertical “texture” is from a special creative aperture disk that goes in front of the lens. That’s the one with the lines. The other disk with the holes helps the soft focus be less soft.
And of course a final image made with the Lensbaby is of my dog. No soft focus optic, just the regular outer blur. A few of these images can be purchased over on my website, barbkellogg.zenfolio.com.
I figured since my last post was word-heavy, I’d make this one picture-heavy. :)
First, I will be displaying and selling my photography at St. Cloud Hospital during the entire month of June. I’ll be there on the 1st hanging all my prints. If you didn’t get a chance to go last year, this is the year to check it out. Part of my sales are donated to the hospital auxiliary. You get a great print, and you can help support the volunteers and programs at the hospital. Don’t you love it when you can shop for a good cause?
I will also be in an article in the June 2nd edition of the St. Cloud Times’ Up Next section, as this month’s artist at the hospital! I was just interviewed this week. The writer, Jane, was super nice. (Thanks Jane! if you’re reading this.) I will do another blog post with the direct link to that article. But for you local folks, you can read it in the paper, too. I’ll be going to a few local coffee shops to pick myself up a few copies. Seeing it online just isn’t the same as on paper!
The second (or is it third?) piece of cool news is that two images from my cemetery series were chosen to be part of the Mesabi East Gallery in Aurora, MN. The art show will be during July. I’ll be attending an artist reception in Aurora on June 29th. That art will also be for sale. I can’t wait to see what other artwork will be there.
Oh, I almost forgot! The above image is a freshly uploaded to my website. It’s so nice to see it larger!
To you Facebook users, I’d love it if you could share this blog post on your walls. I’d really like to get the word out about my St. Cloud Hospital display. I also have an artist page that you can “Like”, which can be accessed by clicking on the Facebook tab at the top of the webpage.
Thanks everyone! This is a really exciting month and I’m happy to share it with you!
Visited a friend who has some pretty flowers around her yard. And what do I post? The dead flower head from last year. But I’ve got some others to share. This is just the teaser. :) (And I might still mess with this one. This is the flattened work file—“wfFLAT”—so I’ll look at it again later. Sometimes you see things differently after the photo percolates a bit.)
Paph. Lynleigh Koopowitz…more info here www.orchidweb.com/orchidofweek.aspx?id=287 ... the greenhouse is in Plymouth, MN—Orchids Limited. Full of orchids! And Jason was nice, knowledgeable, and answered my questions. (So I guess that’s my bit of advertising for them if you live in the Twin Cities area.) But don’t bring your camera…there just isn’t room and too many past photogs were rude and didn’t buy anything. So they now have a no camera rule. Perfectly understandable. This is a business, not a conservatory.
And I love my new plant! Will take more pics when the lighting is better. There is so much fantastic visual interest in this plant!