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A Little Fall Still Life Photography

The good, the random, and the fun....

November is upon us, how did that happen? 

I have been foraging in the garden over the last few months and working on some still life photography. Although it is fun to have neat props, I also enjoy the challenge of finding objects in nature to use in my still life photography. 

Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Fall Still Life Photography

Prop tips...

~ Think outside of the box. I actually use the spoons above for decoration in my home. They used to be tied together with a length of string. I just snipped it and then had several different props to use. Look around your house for props, you'll be amazed what you find. 

~ When you find props in nature do not trow them away when you are done with them. Dry them and save them for a later use. 

~ Think layers with your props. Layers bring depth to your shots, and texture as well. 

Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Fall Still Life Photography

Background tips...

~ My favorite background right now is a set of wooden slats I found at a hobby and craft store. I have thought about nailing them all together, but I like to arrange the colors of each slat according to what I am shooting. 

~ I am on the search for a neat piece of slate to use for a backdrop. Slate is really useful for food shots, just make sure when you purchase a piece it if food grade. You know, so that you can eat the yummies you are taking pictures of later. 

~ I recently had a discussion, in a still life photography group I belong to, about using old cookie sheets for backdrops. I am also on the lookout for those as well. I want ones that are nicely patinated from years of use. 

~My favorite backdrops for front on shots are white and black painters canvas boards. I found a pack of two, for 14 dollars, at a hobby store. I use clamps to hold them tightly together when I need a larger span for the background, or when I want to create a corner to shoot in. 

~ I also use foam boards, and then usually drape them with different scarves (that I picked up cheaply) and cut in half. They tend to be the perfect length without a ton of left over fabric to worry about. Plus, they are light and I usually do not need a clamp them to hold them in place. 

~ Cheesecloth is often a go-too background cloth for me. If you have a hardware store near you, check it out. Usually you can find cheesecloth for super cheap there. A hardware store is also a great place to look for tile pieces, that are on sale, that can be used for backdrops as well. 

Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Fall Still Life Photography
Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Fall Still Life Photography
Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Fall Still Life Photography

Colors of Autumn; A Final Farewell

The Random....

We are beginning to say farewell to the colors of fall in our area. Today is also the last day of our Colors of Autumn Photography Challenge. Kristy is announcing the winner of our give away today. Be sure to pop over to her site to see who won and to congratulate them. 

Lisa Kerner | Life Thru the Lens | Colors of Autumn; A Final Farewell

In my part of the world we are entering a month where thankfulness should be lingering on every second of our day. But, all too often, it is easy to entangle ourselves in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and we forget to breath deep and contemplate our blessings. 

Lisa Kerner | Life Thru the Lens | Colors of Autumn; A Final Farewell

The Good...

Will you join me this year on Instagram in #CapturingBlessing. I do not have a prompt list this year because I want you to find the blessing in your every day moments, not search for them. I want you to linger in the seconds of the day and capture the essence of your personal blessing. I want you to stop in a moment so overwhelming powerful you cannot help but try to capture the blessing. I want you to capture what is blessing to you!

Lisa Kerner | Life Thru the Lens | Colors of Autumn; A Final Farewell

Life Thur the Lens 19/52... Wildflowers of The Black Hills

The Fun...

The warm breeze graces the land and the snow melts as the last tulip withers away. And, just like that, spring has sprung and the wildflowers spread across the forest floor. 

Wildflowers in the Black Hills | Life Thru the Lens link up | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography
Wildflowers in the Black Hills | Life Thru the Lens link up | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography
Wildflowers in the Black Hills | Life Thru the Lens link up | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography
Wildflowers in the Black Hills | Life Thru the Lens link up | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography
Wildflowers in the Black Hills | Life Thru the Lens link up | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography
The Earth Laughs | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography

The Good.... A Hike FULL of Gratitude....

  • the scent of warm pine needles in the air
  • the rustling of the trees as they sway in the wind
  • mocking birds singing back and forth to one another
  • squirrels scampering through the forest
  • the smell of rain as a thunderstorm rolls in
  • tom turkeys strutting in all their glory
  • a forest floor covered in wildflowers

 

WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR?


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Life thru the Lens 4/52... counting my blessings: a month in review

The Good...

As I sit here typing away, while the aroma of banana granola wafts though the air, I am amazed at how fast January has slipped by. We are three months into our adventure of being jobless and homeless. We are not totally destitute, we will be receiving a small retirement check, and oh how blessed we are to be living with my mother-in-law. So, technically we are not homeless. Insert long sigh, and gentle smile.

Life Thru the Lens| Month in Review| Counting My Blessings| Lisa Kerner| Simply Living Photography

The Random...

It feels a bit weird to literally be suspended in limbo. We have big dreams, and huge ideas, of where we want our life to be, but that all hangs on several unknowns in our lives right now. Although I have been a vagabond my entire life, I have never been in this position where my life had no real direction. Where I was simply standing on a path waiting for some clue as to which direction I must head. Forward, for sure, but exactly where? Hmmmm. 

There are days when that unknown really bothers me; have I mentioned I am a type A personality? But then, other days it really doesn't bother me at all. I have this uncanny feeling that it will all work out. It's the not knowing when or how it will work out that drives me nuts . 

The Fun...

So, here's the thing. In our situation it would be really easy to wallow in the unknown, the what if(s) and the fear that tags along. And, somedays I do, but mostly, I count. 

~Reading our notes out of our 2015 memory jar

~Water droplets on lilies

~The creative juices that a photography series produces

~2 packs of Holiday Blend coffee hidden away in the freezer

~A date-night with The Thinker where we dream and hope

~Officially retired and no longer Uncle Sam's Man.

~The smell of fresh baked pumpkin and banana bread

~Whispy snowflakes and a roaring fire

~One more National Park checked off our bucket list

~Meeting a buffalo in the middle of the road

~A hike in the woods

~Reading animal tracks in the snow

~A great book snuggled under a warm quilt

~Sunset silhouette of The Hills

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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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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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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

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life thru the lens 4:52... playing in nature

Last weekend we headed to a little gem of a place. It is a local farm, owned by a friend of mine, and I am in love with the place. I would show you photos, but I am sure somehow they will end up here at my place during the Spring when the farm is in full bloom and pretty. I would hate to ruin that first impression for you, so I will wait and show you our time on the farm playing in stead.

We went there to take our tree-stand down from the hunting season. Of course, we had to take the four wheelers to aid in the process. When we were back home, and I was cleaning the mud off of the street, a couple came sauntering by and asked, "If I was able to have any fun, or if I am just doing all the dirty work?" My answer, "Matter of fact I made them let me have some fun." And, I did... but the kids had the most play time. I'm not complaining because it left room for me to play in my way...  just me, and the camera.

{Edited with kim Klassen Gentle... texture Anna, soft light at 100%, with a brush off on the stem and leaves.}

{Edited with kim Klassen Gentle... texture Anna, soft light at 100%, with a brush off on the stem and leaves.}

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~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.