Arizona

Serenity Project - August 2019 - Life in the Desert

Welcome to our Serenity Project for the month of August 2019. The Serenity project is a collaborative photography project in which we want to share images that convey peace and calm.

It has been a little quiet around here, and photography in general. Much has happened since April, but that is a blog post on its own; maybe I will share that some day.

An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
— Henry David Thoreau

Although it is still very hot here in Arizona, I got up early on Saturday morning to go to one of my favorite parks close by. I equipped my brand new Canon 6D Mark II with my favorite lens, the Velvet 56. I had to walk around the park to find something to photograph. I didn’t come out with much, but the light was wonderful in the early morning.

Canon 6D Mark II - Velvet 56 - SS 400 - ISO 400 - f8.0

Canon 6D Mark II - Velvet 56 - SS 400 - ISO 400 - f8.0

As I was walking around the park, I came past a patch of yellow desert wild flowers that were still blooming in August. (have I mentioned that I love back-light?)

Canon 6D Mark II - Velvet 56 - SS 800 - ISO 400 - f8.0

Canon 6D Mark II - Velvet 56 - SS 800 - ISO 400 - f8.0

Canon 6D Mark II - Velvet 56 - SS 800 - ISO 400 - f8.0

Canon 6D Mark II - Velvet 56 - SS 800 - ISO 400 - f8.0

Canon 6D Mark II - Velvet 56 - SS 160 - ISO 640 - f5.6

Canon 6D Mark II - Velvet 56 - SS 160 - ISO 640 - f5.6

The last image is something that I don’t usually photograph; however the light was just perfect to pass this up. A spiderweb with a large spider in the middle.

Canon 6D Mark II - Velvet 56 - SS 200 - ISO 400 - f5.6

Canon 6D Mark II - Velvet 56 - SS 200 - ISO 400 - f5.6

Thank you for stopping by today. And now, please follow along this month’s circle by visiting my sweet friend Eileen Critchley, Ohio Photographer, as she found serenity during a Getaway in Albuquerque.

As I mentioned above, life has changed for me. However, as my husband’s health continues to improve, I am ready to get back to my passion of photography. I am ready to restart my business, serving people in the Valley of the Sun.

Until next time, find the serenity in your world; it is worth it.

Iris (TGTG)

My Other Side - Night Photography

Not many people know this about me, but I enjoy night photography in the city. Unfortunately, I don't do it often enough. However, the last two Saturdays my hubby (who is an amazing street photographer by the way- you can see his work on Flickr) and I went in to town after dark.

Our first outing was two weeks ago. The Mesas Arts Center hosted "Fantastic Planet" by the Australian artist Amanda Parer. Unfortunately I didn't have my tripod with me that night, so I handheld my camera to photograph. I was able to capture only one of her marvelous creations. Unfortunately all my images didn't turn out. The next two images are from the same night walking in downtown Mesa.

Canon 28mm - SS 1/160 - f9.0 - ISO 1250

Canon 28mm - SS 1/160 - f9.0 - ISO 1250

Canon 28mm - SS 1/100 - f2.8 - ISO 1250

Canon 28mm - SS 1/100 - f2.8 - ISO 1250

Canon 28mm - SS 1/500 - f4.0 - ISO 1250

Canon 28mm - SS 1/500 - f4.0 - ISO 1250

Last weekend, we went to Tempe Town Lake. What a bustling place on a Saturday night. We were surprised that so many people like to walk around after dark. After all, it was only 89 degrees, and a wonderful breeze coming up from the lake made the air feel cooler. Here are some of my favorites from that outing (this time I had my tripod with me).

Canon 28mm - SS 4 sec - f7.1 - ISO 400

Canon 28mm - SS 4 sec - f7.1 - ISO 400

Canon 28mm - SS 1.6 sec - f16 - ISO 400

Canon 28mm - SS 1.6 sec - f16 - ISO 400

Canon 28mm - SS 1.6 sec - f10 - ISO 400

Canon 28mm - SS 1.6 sec - f10 - ISO 400

Now you have seen another side of my photography. I hope to do this more often this summer and hopefully my hubby will join me on the outings.

Thank you for stopping by today; until next time...try something new and exciting.

Iris (TGTG)

Lensbaby Art - Blog Circle - May 2016

It is time for another Lensbaby Art Blog Circle - May 2016 edition. I hope you have time to visit some of my friends on this blog circle. I truly enjoy shooting with the Lensbaby Sweet 35. It took me some time to enjoy this lens, but once I got the hang of it, it is so much fun. I like it because it gives you a sense of movement.

My hubby and I ventured out to Scottsdale this past weekend. We shoot there often, but this time I only had my LB Sweet 35 on my Canon 6D. So here are my 5 images for the month of May:

Scottsdale-Mission-LB-copy

LB Sweet 35 - SS 1/1250

Rose-LB-35-copy

LB Sweet 35 - SS 1/2500

Fountain-LB-copy

LB Sweet 35 - SS 1/1000

Clock-in-Scottsdale-LB-copy

LB Sweet 35 - SS 1/1250

Red-Flower-LB-copy

LB Sweet 35 - SS 1/250

Please visit Alexis for some more Lensbaby images for the month of May; here is a direct link to her post: Alexis Fisher Photography

Thank you for stopping by today. Until next time - keep smiling :)

Iris (TGTG)

Paint Phoenix 2016 (Lensbaby Edge 80)

This past weekend my husband and I went to the annual "Paint Phoenix" (2016) event. Unfortunately the weather (rather the light) was not very cooperative. The temps were in the 70's, however the sky was covered with clouds. After I took a couple of shots with my favorite 28mm lens and didn't like what I saw, I switched to my Lensbaby with the Edge 80 optic. Here are some of my favorite images from Saturday shot with the Edge 80: Painting---1-copy

Canon 6D - Edge 80 - SS 1/1000 - ISO 400

Painting-Phoenix-2-copy

Canon 6D - Edge 80 - SS 1/400 - ISO 400

Painting-Phoenix-3-copy

Canon 6D - Edge 80 - SS 1/2000 - ISO 400

Painting-Phoenix-4-copy

Canon 6D - Edge 80 - SS 1/400 - ISO 400

Painting-Phoenix-5-copy

Canon 6D - Edge 80 - SS 1/320 - ISO 400

The first photo in this collection has my first focus slice, and I was beside myself when I uploaded the photograph to my computer. You also might be wondering why I don't have any faces of the artist. I am very conscience regarding privacy.

Although I have had my Lensbaby for years, I started shooting with it only this past Fall. And to tell you the truth: I LOVE it. I know 'love' is a strong word, but that is the only word I can think of right now. Yes, it is challenging at first, but once you get the hang of it, it is pure awesomeness.

Since I really enjoy photographing with it, I am looking for a couple of ladies who photograph with the Lensbaby to start a monthly blog circle. If you are interested, please leave a comment below so that I can contact you with details.

Thank you for stopping by today...Until next time - keep smiling :)

Iris (TGTG)