Serenity Project - October 2018

Welcome to our Serenity Project for the month of October 2018. The Serenity project is a collaborative photography project in which we want to share images that convey peace and calm.

This past weekend, one of my dear photography friends was in town. I met Leah through the Clickin Mom’s forum. Leah is an amazing photographer, and it was so much fun to watch her how she approaches a subject. We decided to go to the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. We were first a little worried that we may have to scratch our outing, because it rained all day on Saturday. Thank goodness, we had amazing weather on Sunday.

With all the rain, we were able to play with some water drops we didn’t had to spray on the flowers. It was magical. And of course hanging out with Leah (the master of Lensbaby lenses), I had to put mine back on as well. To be honest, the last time I have used my Lensbaby lenses was this past spring.

Here are some of my personal favorites from our outing, and these were perfect for our Serenity project for the month of October.

I couldn’t resist to shoot an out-of-focus image with all the water drops:

 Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS 1/200 - ISO 400 - f4.0

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS 1/200 - ISO 400 - f4.0

 Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS: 1/640 - ISO 250 - f 8.0

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS: 1/640 - ISO 250 - f 8.0

 Lensbaby Sweet 35 - SS 1/1000 - ISO 200 - f8

Lensbaby Sweet 35 - SS 1/1000 - ISO 200 - f8

The last image is my personal favorite from our outing. I noticed how the sun was hitting the little seed pods. I positioned myself to have the pod backlit (one of my favorite lighting techniques), For this image I used my Tamron 90mm macro lens.

 Tamron 90mm Macro - SS 1/500 - ISO 320 - f6.3

Tamron 90mm Macro - SS 1/500 - ISO 320 - f6.3

To see more contributors of this month's serenity circle, I invite you to visit my talented photography friend, Eileen Critchley how she found serenity admiring the Fall season in Ohio.

Thank you for stopping by today. Until next time, keep calm and find some serenity.

Iris (TGTG)

Serenity Project - August 2018

Welcome to our Serenity Project for the month of August 2018. The Serenity project is a collaborative photography project in which we want to share images that convey peace and calm.

My first thought was that I could not participate this month, because I didn't go out to a serene place. However I thought about where I feel calm, collected, and have peace from the bustling of Phoenix: my little home studio.

On Monday, I stopped at my favorite food store, AJ's Fine Foods. To my delight, I spotted red currants in the produce section. I may have squealed out loud when I saw them. They are really hard to get here in Arizona, and are pricey. However, I got one little container. Those little berries are so good (if you like tart fruit).

With this being said, red currants were the star of my serenity share this month. For the first time in months, I put my Tamron 90mm macro lens on my camera body. You see, macro lenses are not only good for macro, but also for close up images. Here are my three favorite images from my little session.

  Tamron 90mm Macro Lens  - SS 1/60 - f7.1 - ISO 400

Tamron 90mm Macro Lens - SS 1/60 - f7.1 - ISO 400

For the next two images I paired my red currants with blueberries, sprinkles of Cinnamon & Sugar, and Silk Vanilla Almond Yogurt Alternative.

 Tamron 90mm Macro Lens - SS 1/125 - f7.1 - ISO 160

Tamron 90mm Macro Lens - SS 1/125 - f7.1 - ISO 160

 Canon 50mm 1.4 - SS 1/125 - f5.6 - ISO 125

Canon 50mm 1.4 - SS 1/125 - f5.6 - ISO 125

To see more contributors of this month's serenity circle, I invite you to visit my talented photography friend, Eileen Critchley how she found serenity in her new home in Ohio.

Thank you for stopping by today. Until next time, keep calm and find some serenity (even if it is just in your home).

Iris (TGTG)

Serenity Project - July 2018

Welcome to our Serenity Project for the month of July 2018. The Serenity project is a collaborative photography project in which we want to share images that convey peace and calm.

Since it is still very warm in Arizona, I have been retreating indoors to photograph. It has been hard for me to come up with unique images. However, my macro group keeps me inspired. I think I am the last one in our alumni group trying to shoot through a small copper pipe. It is actually fun (and challenging to say the least).

Imagination is more important that knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
— Albert Einstein

Here are my three favorite images from this little session. I love how the copper pipe implies movement. What do you think?

  Lensbaby Velvet 56  - SS 1/80 - ISO 1250 - f2.8

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS 1/80 - ISO 1250 - f2.8

  Lensbaby Velvet 56  - SS 1/125 - ISO 640 - f4.0

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS 1/125 - ISO 640 - f4.0

 Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS 1/325 - ISO 1250 - f4.0

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS 1/325 - ISO 1250 - f4.0

To see more contributors of this month's serenity circle, I invite you to visit my talented photography friend, Amy of Amy L Smith Photography - Anchorage Alaska, as she found serenity in Sunrises, Sunsets and Solitude.

Thank you for stopping by today...until next time, find some serenity in your life.

Iris (TGTG)

Serenity Project - June 2018

Welcome to our Serenity Project for the month of June 2018. The Serenity project is a collaborative photography project in which we want to share images that convey peace and calm.

This past weekend I stopped at Trader Joe's to pick up some flowers. I knew that I wanted something small to photograph; I picked up a bundle of camomile. I wanted to challenge myself to work with the regular LB lenses (I just love Lensbaby lenses; they are on my camera about 85% of the time). I tried a couple of images with the macro filters, but I am still partial to my converter.

The first image is just a straight (or not so straight) image taken with the Sweet 50. Why I love working with my LB Sweet lenses is that I can get creative. I love the fall-off on this image, which is typical for the sweet optics:

  Lensbaby Sweet 50  - SS 1/100 - f4.0 - ISO 640

Lensbaby Sweet 50 - SS 1/100 - f4.0 - ISO 640

The next two images are with the Lensbaby Sweet 35. Seriously, I just love how the lens creates such beautiful bokeh. I do like the second image, but the one taken with the converter got me little closer to my subject and it has better separation to the background.

  Lensbaby Sweet 35  +  Macro Converter  - SS 1/125 - f4.0 - ISO 640

Lensbaby Sweet 35 + Macro Converter - SS 1/125 - f4.0 - ISO 640

  Lensbaby Sweet 35  +  Macro Filters  - SS 1/160 - f4.0 - ISO 640

Lensbaby Sweet 35 + Macro Filters - SS 1/160 - f4.0 - ISO 640

I know that some of my photography friends are not happy with the Lensbaby Sweet optics, however for me it was the first love. The Sweet 35 I received from my hubby for my birthday in 2011; and it still is my first Lensbaby love. I am super thrilled that Lensbaby featured one of my images on their website this week. To say that I am over the moon is an understatement. If you are interested in seeing the featured images, check out the website. And the bonus for me is that I am featured with one of my all-time favorite female photographers, Caroline Jensen.

To see more contributors of this month's serenity circle, I invite you to visit my talented photography friend, Emily Hamson, of Lavender Lime Photography, showing you what serenity means to her.

Thank you for stopping by today...until next time, find some serenity in your life.

Iris (TGTG)

Sunday - Fancy Macarons - Simply Styled

Last night we went out to celebrate our son's 33rd birthday. After our fun dinner at our favorite Korean restaurant in town, we stopped over at Asiana Market.

I have to say that I was surprised of all the offerings their now have as they moved to a much larger space. We purchases several fresh fruit, and after we checked out, we stopped at the new Tous Les Jours Bakery inside the market. I couldn't go past the yummy macarons they had on display. This afternoon I took some time to photograph them.

I have to admit, I love the food styling of my photography friends, especially my friend Nadeen of Nadeen Flynn Photography. I invite you to visit her site to check out her upcoming workshop/retreat

As I was photographing this afternoon, I realized that I am drawn to simple styling in my images. I tried different things, but ended up just using a neutral background with the macarons in their pretty box they came in. Here are two images that I really like from my session this afternoon.

 Canon 50mm lens - f2.8 - SS 1/320 - ISO 800

Canon 50mm lens - f2.8 - SS 1/320 - ISO 800

 Lensbaby Velvet - f4.0 - SS 1/80 - ISO 800

Lensbaby Velvet - f4.0 - SS 1/80 - ISO 800

Slow down. Enjoy the simple pleasures in Life.
— Unknown

Thank you for stopping by today. Until next time, take a break from the hectic life to enjoy simple pleasures.

Iris (TGTG)