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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 - February 2018

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

There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.
— Leonard Cohen

I love working in my little "studio". I can manipulate the light from the window to my taste. Lately I have not only been drawn to back-light, but also to dappled light. This past weekend I photographed in my "studio" to work with the dappled light. And I also worked on a new technique for me: double exposure. Here are some images that are my favorites from the weekend...

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS 1/400 - ISO 500 - f5.6

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS 1/400 - ISO 500 - f5.6

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS 1/125 - ISO 500 - f5.6

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS 1/125 - ISO 500 - f5.6

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS 1/1250 - ISO 400 - f5.6

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS 1/1250 - ISO 400 - f5.6

Follow the circle to see what my sweet and talented photography friend Wendy May, Aberdeenshire, Scotland photographer to see what she is sharing for this months Serenity Project.

Thank you for stopping by today; until next time, keep calm and seek the light.

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)