flowers

Warm Up with a Valentine Still Life

The Good...

-> In still life photography, especially flat lays, the best practice is to keep building. 

Natural edit with no filters....

Shades of Winter | Warm Up | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Life-n-Reflection
Shades of Winter | Warm Up | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Life-n-Reflection
Shades of Winter | Warm Up | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Life-n-Reflection

The Random...

-> Whitespace, the space that has nothing in the shot, is good in flat lays. 

Kim Klassen Trace filter (with adjustments), with a little candle glow help from Grater Than Gatsby, Three Nails Collection...

Shades of Winter | Warm Up | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Life-n-Reflection
Shades of Winter | Warm Up | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Life-n-Reflection

The Fun...

-> I take a little help and buy my goodies for my still life shots. They are usually decorated much prettier than I could decorate them. 

Shades of Winter | Warm Up | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Life-n-Reflection

life thru the lens 20:52... iris dreams

We went to Saint Louis for Mother's Day weekend. It was a quick in and out trip for a wedding, but while we were there I decided that I wanted to visit the botanical gardens for my Mother's Day gift. I finally ordered my new lens and I wanted to try it out. 

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Want to purchase this print... click on the photo

My lens is a dedicated 105mm, f 2.8, macro 1:1 lens... I have been wishing for this lens for a while now. The bokeh on this baby is dreamy. And, as luck would have, it the irises where in full bloom at the botanical gardens. 

It was rainy all weekend, and I did not capture the photos of downtown St. Louis that I envisioned, so I was worried the botanical gardens would be a lost cause. But, the skies parted and I had three full hours of full immersion in the beauty of macro photography. 

We returned home on Monday and all week I was a day behind. It is funny to me how one simple twist of my schedule can offset things for an entire week. So, needless to say, I did not make it around to everyone's sites to gush over your photos. I'll be by later today for that.... which, for me, that is not a bad thing, it means I will be able to sit with you a bit longer :-D. 

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Want to purchase this print... click on the photo. 

If you stop by my Instagram feed @lisa.kerner you can find a few more photos from our trip. And, I also have some prints up on my Society6 Site as well. I'll be adding a few more photos, and phone cases, to my store throughout the week.

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Want to purchase this print... click the photo

I'll be visiting these lovely communities this week... join along... Our World Tuesday Texture TuesdayTexture Twist, and Sweet Shot Tuesday..  


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~All forms of photography accepted… keep it family friendly please.

~Anyone with any photography skill can participate… we are all learning and growing.

~Any camera you take pictures with is acceptable… the best camera is the one in your hand.

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Life Thru the Lens 17:52... One Thing

A recent prompt for my online photography class was One Thing. I made you all guess what the theme was last week. I kind of figured you would all lean toward time. I actually almost put time on the photo because it fit so well. 

I'll admit, at first, I was pretty challenged by this prompt. First of all I had no clue what I wanted to shoot for that long, and second I had no idea how I would change each look up. I also felt like the photos should have some other common denominator, besides the watches, to tie them together... enter the yellow flower in a jar. 

I acquired these watches several years ago; they belonged to our grandfathers. They mean the world to us as we have very little left of our grandparents that are no longer with us. 

The purpose of the prompt was to shoot one thing over several days, or weeks, in different environments and light. I shot these photos in my front door on an overcast day in the morning, in my bedroom in the evening, and in the kitchen in late afternoon. 

This last shot is my favorite one. It is not a perfect shot. You can see where the backdrop is not over far enough, and the folds are not perfect. The flower is a little dark. But, this is the money shot for me. This shot screams interest and a little bit of a disheveled-ness that makes me want to know more about the story.  I have realized, this is the kind of photography I want to be producing every time I shoot something. I want the picture captured to evoke a response of longing to know more. 


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Ack! You all are so awesome, our little community is growing so much. Can you feel my heart exploding with joy. I will be updating the Pinterest Board with all the features this week, so be sure to check over there. 

Life Thru the Lens

1. Share your life through the lens past, or present.

2. Grab my button and link back to this page, so others can find our community.

3.  Visit at least one person and create a community with them through encouraging comments.

The RULES:

~All forms of photography accepted… keep it family friendly please.

~Anyone with any photography skill can participate… we are all learning and growing.

~Any camera you take pictures with is acceptable… the best camera is the one in your hand.

Visit our Pinterest board to see who has been featured. 

Life Thru the Lens 16:52... a little yellow for you

We are a growing community her at Life Thru the Lens. Last week was the biggest link-up to date, and boy oh boy that is exciting. I hope you are visiting with one another and connecting, since that is the real goal. I just love having you all at my cyber table. 

This week, in my life through the lens, I have a prompt I am working on for my photography/editing class.... music. Most of the photos coming out of the prompt feature music sheets, but since I do not actually own any music sheets, and I wanted to create something different including my outdoor photography, and because I love this song... 

©2015 Simply Living Photography

{Edited using Lightroom and Kim Klassen's Breezy Preset, then additional PS edits.}

I am working on a few other prompts as well. Can you tell I realized how much I missed my big girl camera. This is a little sneak peak of the next prompt I'll be sharing on Friday. Any guesses to the theme/prompt...

©2015 Simply Living Photography

{Edited in LR with a little crop and Kim Klassen's Still Preset... otherwise it is SOOC.}

Thank you all for your feed back on my portfolio, and my store. For now, I have opened a Society6 store that you can find a collection of my pieces at. I will be opening my store here on my site as well, but that is turning into quiet the challenge. Do not worry I am up for it :-). Until then...

I'll be visiting these lovely communities this week... join along... Texture Tuesday, Texture Twist, and Sweet Shot Tuesday.

I'll also be back on Wednesday for a bit more of our European travels. 

Life Through the Lens

1. Share us your life through the lens past, or present.

2. Grab my button and link back to this page, so others can find our community.

3.  Visit at least one person and create a community with them through encouraging comments.

The RULES:

~All forms of photography accepted… keep it family friendly please.

~Anyone with any photography skill can participate… we are all learning and growing.

~Any camera you take pictures with is acceptable… the best camera is the one in your hand.

Visit our Pinterest board to see who has been featured. 

 

LTTL...15:52... a photography confession

So, my big confession. I did not take one photo with my big girl camera this month. Honestly, I didn't even realize it until I went to make my "A Month in Review" collage. Some months seem to flutter by, the days rambling into one another, until it is all done. It's during those months that I tend to ride the wind of life and just be. It's good! It's good to live life sometimes, instead of documenting it. 

Life Through the Lens

1. Share us your life through the lens past, or present.

2. Grab my button and link back to this page, so others can find our community.

3.  Visit at least one person and create a community with them through encouraging comments.

The RULES:

~All forms of photography accepted… keep it family friendly please.

~Anyone with any photography skill can participate… we are all learning and growing.

~Any camera you take pictures with is acceptable… the best camera is the one in your hand.

Visit our Pinterest board to see who has been featured. 

LTTL... 14:52 a little honest color

I'll be honest, since moving back from Europe, winter is hard for me. Some of you know my story from my old place at Four Simply Living, but I three years later I still struggle with leaving abundant color and delving into a world of brown, and then green. During those monotonous months of singular color it's a battle to thrive. I find it easy to lose focus, and to wallow in the "what if's" of life. But then, spring and fall arrive and I am revived with a new spirit of motivation, and an urgency to make up for those lost months. 

This winter was much better for me; my struggle was much shorter, only hitting hard those last few weeks of winter. I believe part of that is very much due to this Life Thru the Lens community. You fill my heart right up, and I thank you for that!! The other part is that I chose not to wallow as much this year. I chose to try to capture the seasons with intent... my new by-line... and when you choose joy over wallowing, joy (eventually) wins out. 

Happy Spring Friends!

Do not forget to check out our Pinterest board to see who all has been featured :-D. 

Peach Spring ©2014 Simply Living Photography

Life thru the Lens the rules....

1. Share with us your life thru the lens past, or present.

2. Grab my button and link back to this page, so others can find our community.

3.  Visit at least one person and create a community with them through encouraging comments.

The RULES:

~All forms of photography accepted… keep it family friendly please.

~Anyone, with any photography skill can participate… we are all learning and growing.

~Any camera you take pictures with is acceptable… the best camera is the one in your hand.

~I am going to start featuring a photo in my Pinterest Life Thru the Lens... be sure to check it out. 

LTTL 12:52... a peek into my workflow

Last week, I worked a bit on my still life project. The prompt was Light and Shadow Play. I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to create until I woke up one morning and I knew the light was perfect for shooting.  I scrounged around the house for props, dismantled my dying flowers, and began shooting. 

Shadow and Light ©2015 Simply Living Photography

{Edited with Kim Klassen LR Preset Lightly, texture KK Magic soft light at 10%-15%}

I began in my usual back-door shooting location, but quickly realized that I did not like the light drop-off it was creating, or lack there of. And, the shadows were not pronounced enough. So, what is a gal to do but sit on her chair, and pout. That's when I noticed the front door light!

Shadow and Light II ©2015 Simply Living Photography by Lisa Kerner

{Edited using Kim Klassen LR Preset Lightly, Texture Waterfront 18, normal light at 10%-15%}

Just like outdoor lighting, if your indoor lighting is not sufficient, then move. Because I have no real interest in working with artificial lighting, I am going to have to compromise by chasing the sunlight around my house. I dream of owning a studio someday where chasing the light will not be as big of a challenge. But for now, I have to work with what I have. 

Shadow and Light III ©2015 Simply Living Photography by Lisa Kerner

I also began my shoot with just the two jars and the flowers, but felt like it was missing something. I wasn't sure how to fix that problem so I went to my online group for inspiration. While looking at other works of art, I remembered my tiny scissors and this little piece of Battenburg lace I had tucked away in a drawer. I thought about ironing it, but then decided that I liked the disheveled look.  

Continuous Effort ©2015 Simply Living Photography by Lisa Kerner

I have been working at still life for almost three months now, so I thought it might be a good time to take inventory and see where I've gown, and where I have not. 

~Compared to some of my first shots, over all, I think I have improved on my technique. Actually, looking back at them now, I almost want to laugh out loud. They really are not that good. But my shots today? I am proud of them. 

~I began using Lightroom, and now it is an integral part of post-processing my photos, cutting way down on culling, organizing, storing, and editing time.

~I have learned exorbitant amounts of information about Lightroom and Photoshop, things that have cut my editing time in half. 

~I would like a dedicated space to create. Although, I will still have to chase the light, it would be nice to have a space for storing, and organizing, props and supplies. 

~I would like a couple more lenses with better f-stops. I do think it is time to invest in my glass. 

~I know I still have tons more to learn. But, anything worth learning takes time.

Linking with Texture Tuesday, & Texture Twist 

 

YOUR TURN:

Did you see my post about  our weekend adventuring of ATVing and why I think phoneography is a legit form of art.

Life thru the Lens the rules....

1. Share with us your life thru the lens past, or present.

2. Grab my button and link back to this page, so others can find our community.

3.  Visit at least one person and create a community with them through encouraging comments.

The RULES:

~All forms of photography accepted… keep it family friendly please.

~Anyone, with any photography skill can participate… we are all learning and growing.

~Any camera you take pictures with is acceptable… the best camera is the one in your hand.

~I am going to start featuring a photo in my Pinterest Life Thru the Lens... be sure to check it out. 

life thru the lens 5:52... january in review

It is a little hard to believe we are one month down in 2015 already. This month was a full one for us with definite highs and lows. Some of my favorites:

~The sunsets.

~Working on new photography skills.

~Meeting new photographers and being inspired by their work.

~Date days with my hubby. I missed those last year while he was gone for 8 months.

~My kids. I know people have hard times with their teens, but I can honestly say I am loving this age.

~I am doing two 365 challenges, one a read the Bible in 365, and a photography 365. You can see more of that on my Instagram feed.

January in Review

I follow a few people on Instagram, and in the photography cyber world, that have amazing bird shots. We have tiny little trees in our yard, with tons of construction as a background, so my hopes of capturing those shots are limited. But, my neighbors have a beautiful yard, and I was able to take this shot the other day. Not perfect, but I still really like it.

I bought a bouquet of tulips while I was grocery shopping last week. The only snow I have experienced, this season, was on our vacation to Colorado back in November. I long for snow. It is cathartic, and soothing, for me to look out my window at a world blanketed in white. But, alas, I am thinking snow is not in the works for our area of the world this year. So, I say bring on spring.

© 2015 Simply Living Photography

I am joining Texture Tuesday with this edit. I used Kim Klassen's Cora at soft light, with about a 50% opacity. I brushed off the tulip, and added Kim's brushes to finish it off.

Linking with: Texture Tuesday, Texture Twist, Sweet Shot Tuesday Communal Global, and Our World Tuesday, Black and White Wednesday

 

I have to apologize to all my LTTL link-ups last week. Somehow I got it in my mind that I had visited you, and before I knew it the week flew by, and I realized my mistake. Sorry I was so late in stopping by your places.

YOUR TURN:

Life thru the Lens

1. Share with us your life thru the lens past, or present.

2. Grab my button and link back to this page, so others can find our community.

3.  Visit at least one person and create a community with them through encouraging comments.

The RULES:

~All forms of photography accepted… keep it family friendly please.

~Anyone, with any photography skill can participate… we are all learning and growing.

~Any camera you take pictures with is acceptable… the best camera is the one in your hand.