Serenity Project - April 2018

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

One of my favorite things to do is macro photography. Since I started this journey in 2016, it has become clear to me that macro photography is truly a place of zen for me. I forget everything around me. I have had many failures, but that is totally okay. When you get an image that speaks to you, it is worth all the failures.

This month I tried something new to me - water & oil macro photography. For this art of macro you will need a lot of patience...trust me. I took a huge amount of images to get some really good ones. Two Sunday's ago, I shared my first images of water & oil macro photography. I have to say that they were probably some of best macro images I took over the last 2 years. Here is one of the Sunday 'session' (I had this one printed as a 16 x 20 by Color Inc - and the colors are just smashing in print).

  Tamron 90mm Macro Lens  - SS 1/80 - f4.5 - ISO 1250

Tamron 90mm Macro Lens - SS 1/80 - f4.5 - ISO 1250

I wanted to try different colors, so I used some of my other prints below the water bowl of water & oil. But I have to say that the reds and orange color combo was my favorite. Here are some I took with other colors. The first two images were actually taken outdoors on my patio so that I did not have to raise my ISO so much.

  Tamron 90mm Macro Lens   - SS 1/1000 - f5.0 - ISO 640

Tamron 90mm Macro Lens  - SS 1/1000 - f5.0 - ISO 640

  Tamron 90mm Macro Lens   - SS 1/800 - f6.3 - ISO 320

Tamron 90mm Macro Lens  - SS 1/800 - f6.3 - ISO 320

  Tamron 90mm Macro Lens    - SS 1/100 - f 4.0 - ISO 1600

Tamron 90mm Macro Lens   - SS 1/100 - f 4.0 - ISO 1600

Follow the circle to see what my sweet and talented photography friend Eileen of Eileen Critchley Photography is sharing for the month of April 2018: Nature on Film.

Thank you for stopping by today; until next time, keep calm and photograph outside your comfort zone.

Iris (TGTG)

Sunday - Walk in Mesa

Not often do I share about my personal life on my website, but I think it is good for my visitors to see what I like to do on a Sunday afternoon. I am blessed that my beloved husband is also a photographer. It is fun to see when we compare images we took of the same location...

Photography is an art of observation. It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with how you see them.
— Elliot Erwitt

This afternoon when we walked the empty streets of Mesa, I saw my husband's reflection in a window as he was photographing an alleyway. He sees things in alleyways that I don't see. He actually makes them look cool.

 Canon 28mm 1.8 - SS: 1/400 - f3.2 - ISO 160

Canon 28mm 1.8 - SS: 1/400 - f3.2 - ISO 160

This image was taken for our Sunday Group project.

Thank you for stopping by today. Until next time - observe your surrounding to make your photographs.

Iris (TGTG)

Sunday - Water & Oil

Today's Sunday post has a dual purpose. Of course I continue to photograph for our Sunday Project, but I also wanted to share about my macro journey.

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
— Thomas Merton

The quote by Thomas Merton is so true for me when it comes to macro photography. I can work on macro for hours; it helps me to forget the stress of the week at work. Macro photography has become my zen-place.

I started the macro journey in 2016; I enjoy to learn and be more creative. Don't get me wrong, I love photographing flowers with water-droplets. However, I wanted to push myself more, so I signed up for the Macro Masterclass Membership, hosted by the fabulous Tiffany Kelly.

In our first month of the class, Tiffany challenged up to think outside the 'water box'. For the last couple of weeks I tried to create images with bubbles; without success at this point. I still have to think that one through.

This weekend I worked for the first time with water & oil (inspired by one of my class mates). I tell you one thing: IT IS ADDICTIVE. I couldn't stop chasing the oil on the water. To create the below images, I used warm water with a couple of drops of EVOO. Underneath the water-bowl I laid one of my macro flower images to get some color in the images.

Here are my 3 favorite images from this weekend:

  Tamron 90mm Macro Lens  - SS 1/80 - f4.5 - ISO 1250

Tamron 90mm Macro Lens - SS 1/80 - f4.5 - ISO 1250

  Tamron 90mm Macro Lens  - SS 1/80 - f4.5 - ISO 1250

Tamron 90mm Macro Lens - SS 1/80 - f4.5 - ISO 1250

  Tamron 90mm Macro Lens  - SS 1/80 - f4.5 - ISO 1250

Tamron 90mm Macro Lens - SS 1/80 - f4.5 - ISO 1250

Thank you for stopping by today...until next time - stay creative by trying new things.

Iris (TGTG)

Sunday - Hummus & Wine

One of the first images I have taken with my dSLR's in 2007 was a food image. I have always been drawn to food photography. Till this day, it is one of my happy places, besides macro photography.

Wine is like sunlight held together by water.
— Galileo Galilei

I had a different image in mind at first today, but everything that I had tried didn't look good. So I sat thinking about what I could create with the things I had at home. Here are two of the images I really liked from this afternoon (and no, I didn't drink the wine at 4pm...I waited until dinner). Included in these images are:

  1. Town House Pita Crackers - Sea Salt
  2. Boar's Head White Bean Tuscan Hummus
  3. Belleruche Rose
 Canon 50mm (1.4) - SS 1/60 - ISO 640 - f3.5

Canon 50mm (1.4) - SS 1/60 - ISO 640 - f3.5

 Canon 50mm (1.4) - SS 1/60 - ISO 640 - f3.5

Canon 50mm (1.4) - SS 1/60 - ISO 640 - f3.5

It was fun to create these images for the Sunday Group Project. I also enjoy working with the Medium flat lay boards; I am looking forward to adding more over the next couple of months to my collection.

Thank you for stopping by today...until next time - stay creative with the things you have at home.

Iris (TGTG)

Sunday - Faith

I usually don't share images of my faith on my website. However, for our Sunday Group project this week it was fitting, since today is Psalm Sunday. And to be honest, I think that people should know a little more about the person (me) behind the camera. My faith is not only a belief system, but my way of life.

Faith cannot be inherited or gained by being baptized into a Church. Faith is a matter between the individual and God.
— Martin Luther

Many years ago when I started my photography journey, one reason was to share images on my personal blog and our devotional site. I didn't want to rely on having to purchase stock images. I no longer write on my personal blog, but I do still share images on our devotional site.

Today I created this image in my little studio. The cross was a gift from a Pastor I worked for. He gave it to me after one of his trips to Israel. I like it because it is simple.

  Lensbaby Composer Pro II Sweet 50  - SS 1/125 - ISO 640 - f4.0 - Backdrop by  Medium

Lensbaby Composer Pro II Sweet 50 - SS 1/125 - ISO 640 - f4.0 - Backdrop by Medium

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, show other who the person is behind the camera.

Iris (TGTG)