the studio

Friday Randomness... Let's Eat Yellow, or Not

~I realized I had more yellow photos to share with you. I was so excited about making my video that I had forgotten to edit these. 

~They all were edited in Lightroom, with mainly Presets, and a few tweaks; since I really loved the SOOCs, I did not have to do much to them. I actually really love the challenge of capturing a shot straight out of the camera (SOOC) and then editing to enhance an already perfect shot. There is nothing like the feeling of being happy with your creation. 

~I found those two forks and the hand embroidered doily, along with some other little treasures, at a local antique/junk store. I love digging through stores like that because you never know what treasures you will find. 

~I calibrated my monitor this week. I was so nervous to do so, but knew that it was a step further I needed to take to open my store on my site here, and to also venture into the stock photography world. I'm laughing now at my anxiety, it was super simple

~ Those shots are dreamy... I mean, I know it is tooting my own horn, but boy oh boy I just love how they turned out. 

~ I know what you are thinking! I told you I would showcase more of the pocket watch shots today. And, I made you guess what the theme was. Time was the popular answer; I knew you'd choose that. But, actually it was One Thing. I had to shoot one thing, over several days, in different environments, and light. I really was stumped on what I wanted to shoot. What would I want to make into a series? And then, I saw them sitting there by the front door as I bent to snap a shot of my yellow flower. I knew it had to be these pocket watches, they mean the world to me because they belonged to special people in our lives. On Monday, at Life Through the Lens I will show you the rest, I really love how they turned out. Until then...

And a special gift to you for this Mother's Day weekend... if you would like to download the full resolution photo simply click on it. Happy Mother's Day. 

Linking with... Friday Finds

LTTL... all about eggs

This week in still life, it is all about the eggs. I'm lucky enough to belong to a local farmer's market CSA bag during the winter months. Because of that, I receive farm fresh eggs all throughout the cold chilly months. And, the best thing about that... besides the yummy eggs... the color that enters my home every other week. 

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. 

LTTL 10:52... a crazy busy week

Last week was a bit crazy on the schedule part. We went from never leaving the house, to having appointments a couple times a day. Needless to say, Life Thru the Lens and Random Friday went by the wayside, right along with linking up and visiting other sites.

However, I am learning that it is good to give ourselves grace when life hits us in the face. It's good to linger a little bit longer in a book, or to sit in the sun just a moment to soak it up; you know that those tiny specks of time are way more useful to your emotional state of mind, than to immerse yourself into the cyber world during every single morsel of a moment found.

I did manage to create two works of art, in my opinion. I'll share my first creation here today and the second one on Friday. And, if I have the chance, I think I might unpack a bit more of our years in Europe as well.

Until the rest of the unpacking begins, I think I'll have a little tea...

{For app happy Wednesday... edited on VSCO.}

I worked on my prompt(s) for my photography class this week. One of the prompts was dinner plate... where I had to take a top down shot, with no more than 5 organic items on my plate. I know this is literal, especially compared to some of the fantastic shots that others put forth, but I like the literal approach.

My next prompt was stacked. I decided for this shot I wanted to try my hand at two types of light, a more dark and moody lighting, and back-lit.

I was inspired by a post from a few weeks back, by a very creative Brenda K. I wish I could show you the shot. It was amazing. My shots do not compare... but, for my first attempt at moody with shadows, I am pretty happy.

{Both photos were edited using KK Dreamlike Preset with a few hand edits.}

I've decided to work in two different size formats for my still life photography... 4x5 and square. It definitely makes me stop to think about room to crop and perspective; I needed a good photography challenge.

{Photos edited with KK Today Preset, with some minor hand tweaks}

I love the idea of a montage, so, I created these back-lit shots with that in mind. I have to say, when I shot them I loved them, but when I downloaded and edited these photos I wished I had taken them all face-on. Now, I can see why it would be nice to have a laptop connected to my camera to see real-time views. The editing bothers me a bit as well. I think I'll go back and crop the two middle photos so that the boards on the first three photos are on the same horizontal plain. I think the last photo works because the horizontal plain of the board would fall into the same eye level as the top of the towel on the cookbook.

Good photo screams perfection. And, although it seems like a ton to achieve, I think if you are aspiring to do something with your work you have to begin to look at all aspects of photography and not just what it is that you like about the photo. As a creative spirit, I think it is a challenge to create a piece of work that screams "she did that" but also falls into the whelm of customized perfection. Hmmm... I think I might love that kind of challenge.

The bottom set is also for my stacked prompt... I plan to share one of these on my Instagram feed for THE COLOR OF THE MONTH CHALLENGE... which is red.

Linking with: Texture Tuesday, Texture Twist, Sweet Shot Tuesday, Communal Global, Our World Tuesday, and  app happy Wednesday,

YOUR TURN:

I always feel a little sad when I cannot make it to every site to visit with you all. Sorry about that. I'll catch up this week and come visit you all :-). But, I know, you know what life can be like; I know you all have grace abundantly.

{Out and About is our feature over at the Pinterest board, be sure to check out her blog about her family adventures in Europe. Of course I could not help but feature this one :-).}

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.