Sunday Creative Outlet

Honestly, I should have cleaned out our laundry room couple of years ago. I knew that the space would be my creative space. Being creative makes my heart and soul happy.

Today, for our Sunday project, I played with some Star Anise. I know that some people don't like the smell of it, however for me it is a beautiful smell. You see, I love really good licorice, and Star Anise smells like it. When I was young, one of my favorite liquor was Pernod - Classic, which is based on Star Anise, and not wormwood.

Now back to the image I had in mind for a long time. I wanted the Star Anise to be the star. However, I started out with just the Star Anise, but I couldn't really feel it with just that. So, I pulled out some coffee beans and cinnamon sticks. I like how this image turned out. Now, looking at the image, I am wondering if someone makes Cinnamon-Star Anise flavored coffee (Starbucks) ? Tazo makes a Sweet Cinnamon Spice Herbal tea, which includes Star Anise. 

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - 1/100 - ISO 640

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - 1/100 - ISO 640

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 - think outside the box and be creative.

Iris (TGTG)

Serenity Project - January 2018

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

"The Art of Macro Workshop" is in full swing at Clickin' Moms. This workshop has set me on a path of photography that is magical to me. The instructor, Tiffany Kelly, is not only an amazing teacher, but has also become a close friend over the past two years. If you ever want to learn macro photography, I cannot recommend this course enough. What is even more fun is that my dear friend, Eileen Critchley, is taken the workshop now, and I can watch her grow in this genre. My hope is that I will meet up with Eileen in person again, soon. She has become my biggest encourager, and more importantly my confidant.

So with all that I have learned and continue to grow, I was able to create some of my best macro images to-date (in my humble opinion) this past weekend. I purchased some irises at our local Trader Joe's. And here are the images that spoke to my heart; macro photography is truly my zen place.

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS 1/800 - ISO 320 - f5.6

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS 1/800 - ISO 320 - f5.6

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS 1/2000 - ISO 320 - f4

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS 1/2000 - ISO 320 - f4

Although the below image is very close to the above image taken with the Lensbaby Velvet 56, these are very distinct images. The next 3 images are taken with my Tamron 90mm Macro lens.

Tamron Macro - SS 1/500 - ISO 500 - f8

Tamron Macro - SS 1/500 - ISO 500 - f8

Tamron Macro - SS 1/500 - ISO 500 - f8

Tamron Macro - SS 1/500 - ISO 500 - f8

I ordered a print of the below image from Color Inc. I can't wait to put that on our wall.

Tamron Macro - SS 1/640 - ISO 500 - f8

Tamron Macro - SS 1/640 - ISO 500 - f8

Follow the circle to see what my sweet and talented photography friend, Eileen Critchley -  San Antonio Photographer, to find out where she found serenity in "Tiny Worlds".

Thank you for stopping by today; until next time, keep calm and photograph some flowers.

Iris (TGTG)

Sunday Lunch Time

As I continue on my journey of the Sunday Project, I am seeing that I really starting to embrace my work. As I mentioned last Sunday, my new creative space adjacent to our kitchen works so well. Food photography has interested me since I started my digital journey of photography. I cook every day at home due to my husband's dietary restrictions, however I only can currently photograph during the day in the space. I am looking to get some artificial light source soon, but at this point, I enjoy working with natural light.

Today, I made myself a yummy sandwich. I am very blessed to get tomatoes this time of year (AJ's Fine Foods never disappoints with their produce). With this being said, here is my Sunday lunch sandwich:

Canon 24-105mm - SS 1/250 - ISO 500 - f4.0

Canon 24-105mm - SS 1/250 - ISO 500 - f4.0

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, stay calm - and make yourself a sandwich.

Iris (TGTG)

Sunday Morning Breakfast

I enjoy Sunday morning breakfast. It is leisure, laid back, nothing like the work week. I don't have to hurry, get ready for work. I can take my time. I can even make myself an egg. One thing that I miss greatly in Arizona? Getting farm fresh eggs at a farmer's market. We have them in Germany. Usually on Wednesdays and Saturdays all the farmers from the surrounding areas come to the city to sell their produce/fresh eggs/meats. I have found some eggs at our local Safeway that we really enjoy and they taste like eggs: Nellie's Free Range Eggs.

All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.
— John Gunther

With this being said, here is what my Sunday morning breakfast looks like:

Sunday mornig breakfast

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, have some leisurely breakfast.

Iris (TGTG)

2017 Favorite Macro Images - Considering Light

In 2017, I really wanted to hone in on my macro photography. Macro photography is a place of zen for me. It makes me slow down; it clears my mind and it is a great stress reducer. I have also worked on using light in different ways; not only photographing in harsh/strong light, but soft and directional light

I am so grateful to my macro teacher/instructor and friend, Tiffany Kelly of Tiffany Kelly Photography, to be patient with me. I cannot believe that I took her workshop almost 2 years ago. It was one of the best investments I have made for myself.

There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.
— Ansel Adams

So, here are my 17 favorite macro images, from 2017.  The images have been taken either with my Tamron 90mm Macro Lens or my Lensbaby Velvet 56 "Lucille".

Tamron Macro Lens - SS 1/200s - ISO 1,000 - f8

Tamron Macro Lens - SS 1/200s - ISO 1,000 - f8

LB Velvet 56 - SS 1/100 - ISO 800 - f4

LB Velvet 56 - SS 1/100 - ISO 800 - f4

Tamron Macro Lens - SS 1/1600 - ISO 400 - f7.1

Tamron Macro Lens - SS 1/1600 - ISO 400 - f7.1

Tamron Macro Lens - SS 1/800 - ISO 200 - f4.0

Tamron Macro Lens - SS 1/800 - ISO 200 - f4.0

Tamron Macro Lens - SS 1/800 - ISO 1250 - f2.8

Tamron Macro Lens - SS 1/800 - ISO 1250 - f2.8

Tamron Macro Lens - SS 1/400 - ISO 1,000 - f5.0

Tamron Macro Lens - SS 1/400 - ISO 1,000 - f5.0

Tamron Macro Lens - SS 1/200 - ISO 400 - f6.3

Tamron Macro Lens - SS 1/200 - ISO 400 - f6.3

Tamron Macro Lens - SS 1/500 - ISO 500 - f6.3

Tamron Macro Lens - SS 1/500 - ISO 500 - f6.3

Tamron Macro Lens - SS 1/1,000 - ISO 500 - f6.3

Tamron Macro Lens - SS 1/1,000 - ISO 500 - f6.3

LB Velvet 56 - SS 1/1600 - ISO 250 - f5.6

LB Velvet 56 - SS 1/1600 - ISO 250 - f5.6

Tamron Macro Lens - SS 1/160 - ISO 250 - f5.0

Tamron Macro Lens - SS 1/160 - ISO 250 - f5.0

SS 1/1000 - ISO 400 - f5.0

SS 1/1000 - ISO 400 - f5.0

LB Velvet 56 - SS 1/100 - ISO 1,000 - f5.6

LB Velvet 56 - SS 1/100 - ISO 1,000 - f5.6

Tamron Macro Lens - SS 1/200 - ISO 500 - f8.0

Tamron Macro Lens - SS 1/200 - ISO 500 - f8.0

Tamron Macro Lens - SS 1/30 - ISO 640 - f3.5

Tamron Macro Lens - SS 1/30 - ISO 640 - f3.5

Tamron Macro Lens - SS 1/250 - ISO 1,000 - f6.3

Tamron Macro Lens - SS 1/250 - ISO 1,000 - f6.3

Tamron Macro Lens - SS 1/500 - ISO 250 - f5.0

Tamron Macro Lens - SS 1/500 - ISO 250 - f5.0

I hope that you enjoyed my 2017 favorite macro images. If you are interested in purchasing a print of any of them, please contact me via my contact form for pricing/print size/turnaround time.

Thank you for stopping by today...until next time, seek the light and find zen in photographing flowers.

Iris (TGTG)