Serenity Project - February 2018

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

There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.
— Leonard Cohen

I love working in my little "studio". I can manipulate the light from the window to my taste. Lately I have not only been drawn to back-light, but also to dappled light. This past weekend I photographed in my "studio" to work with the dappled light. And I also worked on a new technique for me: double exposure. Here are some images that are my favorites from the weekend...

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS 1/400 - ISO 500 - f5.6

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS 1/400 - ISO 500 - f5.6

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS 1/125 - ISO 500 - f5.6

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS 1/125 - ISO 500 - f5.6

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS 1/1250 - ISO 400 - f5.6

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS 1/1250 - ISO 400 - f5.6

Follow the circle to see what my sweet and talented photography friend Wendy May, Aberdeenshire, Scotland photographer to see what she is sharing for this months Serenity Project.

Thank you for stopping by today; until next time, keep calm and seek the light.

Iris (TGTG)

Sunday - Dappled Light

This year I have been photographing like it goes out of fashion tomorrow. No, seriously, I have taken already over 700 images in first 7 weeks. The projects that I am involved in keep my going; they help me think to improve my photography on so many levels. Mostly I am photographing just for myself, just to see how far I can push myself.

One doesn’t stop seeing. One doesn’t stop framing. It doesn’t turn off and turn on. It’s on all the time.
— Annie Leibovitz

I follow several photographers closely; one of favorite ones is Nadeen Flynn. Her work inspires me so much, and I study all of her images. I am drawn to her work because of her incredible use of light and her still life styling. If you are not familiar with Nadeen's work, I encourage you to check out her website. She not only shares her work, but also shares some tutorials that have been very helpful to me.

So today as I was photographing for our Sunday Project, I thought about mostly light, but also adding some interest with dabbled light and textures in my background. Here is what I came up with:

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS 400 - f5.6 - ISO 400

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS 400 - f5.6 - ISO 400

The above image was taken for the Sunday Project Group - 52 Sundays - one Sunday at a time.

Thank you for stopping by today...until next time, play with some interesting light and textures.

Iris (TGTG)

Sunday - Shooting Through

In 2016 I was blessed to attend the Click Away Conference, which is hosted yearly by Clickin Moms. This year the conference is in Florida, however I am not able to attend the conference. Which makes me sad, because I won't be able to meet up with some of my favorite photographers like Nadeen Flynn, Jennifer Carr, Caroline Jensen, Tiffany Kelly, and so many others. It is good to talk about photography with women who understand your passion...

But I regress. Why I mentioned the conference is because at the 2016 conference, I fell in love with the Lensbaby Velvet 56. It took me another 10 months to finally purchase the lens. There are lenses out there that are just made for you; I believe the Lensbaby Velvet 56 is that for me. Since I purchased this lens, it probably is 85% on my camera body. Yes, I even shoot landscapes with it.

The greater part of happiness depends on our disposition not our circumstances.
— Martha Washington

For this week's Sunday Project, I wanted to get a little creative again. I wanted to shoot through some flowers to capture my subject. I love little daisies; they are fun and have a lot of character.

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS 640 - ISO 320 - f5.6

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS 640 - ISO 320 - f5.6

The above image was taken for the Sunday Project Group - 52 Sundays - one Sunday at a time.

Thank you for stopping by today...until next time, find our 'wheel' as my friend Gina likes to say.

Iris (TGTG)

Sunday - Printing Images

Today I was not very original with my Sunday image. I had other ideas in my head, but they didn't work out as I had planned. So, plan B was initiated.

I am a huge advocate of printing images. Although currently I am not selling my images, however I am thinking about offering them online. I still have to work out the details; the how and where I will sell them.

I have two wonderful professional print labs that I work with; for different products. One is Artifacts Uprising (you see some of the images below). I like to use AU for square prints, but especially for cards. The other printer I enjoy working with is Color Inc Pro Lab for my larger prints. Last week I gifted one of my long time friends with a print, and it was such a joy to see her eyes light up. It makes me very happy when people enjoy my printed work.

Iris Nelson Sunday Project - Week 5.jpg

The above image was taking for the 2018 Sunday Project - 52 images - One Sunday at a time.

Until next time...print your images.

Iris (TGTG)

Sunday - Morning Light

This morning I left the house at dawn to drive over to a nature preserve close to our house. The nature preserve is adjacent to the church I attend, so I know that the morning light is just beautiful there. It was chilly this early morning, but the images I got were so worth it.

Here is my favorite image from my early morning outing. Not often do I use presets, but this image just needed a little umpf, and I wanted to edit it quickly for our Sunday Group Project, since I was tardy last week. The preset that I used was "Sweet Light 9" from the free set by 2 Little Owls. By the way, check out Denise's entire site; she creates amazing images and also offers some online workshops.

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS 1/200 - ISO 640 - f5.6

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS 1/200 - ISO 640 - f5.6

This image was taking for the 2018 Sunday Project - 52 images - One Sunday at a time.

Thank you for stopping by today...until next time, wake up early to see the glory of the morning light.

Iris (TGTG)