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)

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)

Macro Monday - Volume 11

Welcome to Macro Monday - Volume 11. Even though it has been a hot summer, I made time for macro photography. As a matter of fact, photography is a great escape from my stressful job. This past week my friend Tiffany sent me a beautiful "Thank You" bouquet. The flowers are called Ranunculus. Because these flowers have so many layers, they are perfect for macro photography.

First filling the the frame... Macro Monday 11_1

Settings: SS 1/800 - f6.3 - ISO 800 - Tamron Macro Lens

Second - the entire flower... Macro Monday 11_2

Settings: SS 1/500 - f10 - ISO 800 - Tamron Macro Lens

Follow the link to another beautiful macro image posted by Tiffany Kelly.

Until next time, keep smiling :)

Iris (TGTG)