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Serenity Project - January 2019

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

Here were are; a new year, a new month…and a new Serenity Blog circle. I love this group of women; not only do they inspire me with their work, but they are also so supportive. You need that in a sea of photographers. Finding women that are dancing to the same beat of a drum is cheer joy.

I have continued baking; sometimes the goodies are flop, other times they come out delicious. Like the bundt cake that I baked this past weekend. For the first time, I used a bundt pan from Nordic Ware. Let me tell you: the cake comes right out of this bundt pa, and it is very easy to clean (that is a great plus in my books).

Here are some of my favorite images. The first ones are taking in my kitchen (with horrible light)…

Canon 6D -   50mm lens   - SS 1/125 - ISO 640 - f2.0

Canon 6D - 50mm lens - SS 1/125 - ISO 640 - f2.0

Canon 6D - 50mm lens - SS 1/200 - ISO 640 - f2.0

Canon 6D - 50mm lens - SS 1/200 - ISO 640 - f2.0

After the cake baked for about 50 minutes, I took the bundt pan over to my little studio, letting the cake cool for 10 minutes.

Canon 6D - 50mm lens - SS 1/80 - ISO 800 - f2.2

Canon 6D - 50mm lens - SS 1/80 - ISO 800 - f2.2

After the cooling period, I had a little fun with the cake…

Canon 6D - 50mm - SS 1/80 - ISO 1,000 - f2.0

Canon 6D - 50mm - SS 1/80 - ISO 1,000 - f2.0

The last image is my favorite of my bundt cake session. You may wonder why. Well, I wanted to try some “moody” food photography, and the Lensbaby Sweet 35 gave me what I was looking for. I had promised myself that I will be more creative with my food photography (and more daring). Sure, this image is not my “normal” work (whatever that may be), but it was so much fun to experiment with lens, light (OCF), and composition.

Canon 6D -   Lensbaby Sweet 35   - ISO 250 - f5.6 - OCF

Canon 6D - Lensbaby Sweet 35 - ISO 250 - f5.6 - OCF

To see more contributors of this month's serenity circle, I invite you to visit my talented photography friend, Lori McLellan, Calgary Photographer to see where she found serenity during her warm winter walk.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you will find some serenity in your day, and maybe baking a bundt is in order.

Until next time…

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)

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 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)