Tuesday, July 23, 2013

This time tomorrow...

By this time tomorrow, and hopefully sooner, I will have launched my website! I have owned the domain for over a year now, but did very little with the site. Turns out hosting is required. Who knew!?!? Everybody but me it seems. ;)

I am officially launching The 2 Of Us Photo with my own URL, brand new logo and my own branding. I am so excited to see where this takes me and The 2 Of Us Photo. My next blog will be with the link to my new site!

Monday, July 8, 2013

I love a good star trail.  This one is different then the rest though.  This one seems more circular.  I guess it has something to do with the 35mm which does not have distortion like the 14mm.  It takes doing something different to learn something.  I also like the processing on this one.

Currently I am in the planning states of my calendar for 2014 and I think the topic will be astrophotography.  I posted this suggestion on Facebook and only my sister chimed in saying YES.  For me to do this, I guess it will be a leap of faith and not necessaraly a public opinion.  That is quite alright with me.  As an artist I will do what I want to do anyway.  Often times, I take something that is a personal favorite and it turns out to not be so popular.  On the other hand, I have some shots that are not my favorite at all and folks seem to love it.  I will never understand my eye vs others.  :)  But, I am an artist, so I will move on as such.  Other then that, have a great day and blessings!

Friday, July 5, 2013

O Say Can You See

The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays and I think that has a lot to do with the challenge of photographing fireworks. Perhaps I really do not look at it as a challenge, but for some it is. A challenge and a bit of luck mixed in there too. I took perhaps 150 photos, just me and my cable remote clicking away as the display danced in front of me. An outstanding performance of pyrotechnics for all of us to enjoy every 4th of July. Every time I clicked the shutter, I hoped I had the right exposure for that blast or all of my settings were spot on. Each and every explosion in the display of fireworks is different from the next and that gives the photographer a bit of a challenge not knowing how the image will turn out. What you get on film is nothing like what you see with your own eyes, that's forsure!

So, out of the 150 images I captured from last nights display, I really liked a small handful. Three of which, I have been sharing between Facebook, Flickr and various publications in the local area. Hopefully at least one will be published. The one here is perhaps my favorite. I posted three on Facebook and this one turned out to be the most popular of the three. That being said, I thought it was the right one to blog! So, I hope you enjoyed the 4th of July and I hope you enjoy this image. God bless the United States of America!

Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The2ofusphoto, the start

That one photo...

This image was taken at a new point in time of my photography career. This is baby J and I was not just his photographer, but his nanny too. His mommy thought it was so great that I was both because he became my test subject often. New lens? Let me shoot baby J! (We all know what I mean by shoot? Right?)

Anyway, there always becomes a point in time when you go from one point to another. This photo was my pivotal point. Even though it's not my best, it is still my favorite. It speaks to me. My husband did the post processing on this photo and this became the point where I went from ME to The2OfUsPhoto. It was that eye opening moment where I learned we make a great team.