Serenity Project

Serenity Project - November 2018

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

Since I purchased my first DSLR in 2007, I have been interested in food photography. I tried my hand on some images in 2012, but very quickly noticed that I was not good at it. Here is an image from 2012 (I thought I was the best food photographer in the world - giggle).

 Holiday Brunch in Hannover, Germany - 2012

Holiday Brunch in Hannover, Germany - 2012

Couple of years ago, I started looking at food photography again; I just couldn’t let it go. I started small, with just some pastry from the store, cookies shipped from Germany. I looked at successful food photographers, purchased several books, and took a couple of online courses. At the beginning of 2018, I cleaned out a little corner in our laundry room, and started shooting food again. In August I took Michelle Turner’s CM Workshop - OCF so that I can use flash during the hot summer months and the long winter days in my “studio”. I still have a long way to go, however I have come a long way from my first attempts. Food photography is truly my zen place; I can take my time to arrange, re-arrange my scene. It makes my heart happy to photograph food at my own pace. Here are some examples from the past few months:

 Natural Light -  Canon 50mm 1.4  - SS 1/80 - f2.5 - ISO 320

Natural Light - Canon 50mm 1.4 - SS 1/80 - f2.5 - ISO 320

 Natural Light -  Canon 50mm 1.4  - f2.8 - ISO 320

Natural Light - Canon 50mm 1.4 - f2.8 - ISO 320

 Natural Light -  Canon 50mm  - SS 1/160 - f3.5 - ISO 400

Natural Light - Canon 50mm - SS 1/160 - f3.5 - ISO 400

 Natural Light -  Canon 50mm  - SS 1/320 - f2.2 - ISO 400

Natural Light - Canon 50mm - SS 1/320 - f2.2 - ISO 400

And here is my favorite from last weekend:

 OFC to the left -  Canon 50mm  1.4 - SS 1/125 - f7.1 - ISO 200 - Food from   Ginger Zing   in Mesa, Arizona

OFC to the left - Canon 50mm 1.4 - SS 1/125 - f7.1 - ISO 200 - Food from Ginger Zing in Mesa, Arizona

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 to see what brought her serenity the month of November.

Thank you for stopping by today. Until next time, find your serenity.

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)

Serenity Project - May 2018

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

Not sure that I can say that I am calm this month. Actually April-May has been a whirlwind for me. I am so giddy on one hand, but on the other hand I haven't had time to photograph much this month. I will share about the giddy part later this week.

Work has been very stressful too, but that is not my main excuse for not photographing much. I am currently enrolled in Anna Larson's food photography class, and I am working on my assignments. I have to say I applaud all the food photographers out there; styling a food image is not easy.

With this being said, I had to dip in to my archive of images for this month. Ranunculus (also knows at Buttercup), are one of my favorite flowers to photograph. Their layers are perfect for macro photography.

  Lensbaby Velvet 56  - SS 1/125 - ISO 1600

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS 1/125 - ISO 1600

  Lensbaby Velvet 56  - SS 1/160 - ISO 1600

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS 1/160 - ISO 1600

  Lensbaby Velvet 56  - SS 1/640 - ISO 640

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS 1/640 - ISO 640

Follow the circle to see what my sweet and talented photography friend Tiffany of Tiffany Kelly Photography is sharing this month: Walk at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.

Thank you for stopping by today. Remember to stay calm and find some beautiful flowers to photograph.

Iris (TGTG)

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)