Serenity Project - June 2017

Welcome to the Serenity Project for the month of June 2017. The Serenity project is a collaborative photography project in which we want to share images that convey peace and calm. "A Flower blossoms for its own joy" - Oscar Wilde

About three weeks ago, I purchased the Lensbaby Velvet 56. Up to this time, I have photographed my flowers with my macro lens. However, I have seen so many of my photography friends using the V56. Granted that it started to warm up here in Arizona when the lens arrived, I still had to try it out. On the day he lens arrived, I purchased some Peonies. At first, I took the flowers outside however I went immediately back inside due to the heat. With a large window in our laundry room, I believe I created some beautiful and serene images; and the light wasn't too shabby either. :)

Follow the circle to see what my wonderful and talented photography friend, Maibritt Olsen is sharing this month.

Thank you for stopping by today. Until next time, keep calm, keep smiling, and let serenity be part of your daily life.

Until next time,

Iris (TGTG)

Macro Monday - Volume 33

Welcome to Macro Monday - Volume 33. I just finished up the Visual Voice workshop with the amazing Caroline Jensen. I love her teaching and sweet spirit. I wish I could take a trip to Minnesota to visit with her for a couple of days. I believe that she has about 60 acres surrounding her property. I can listen to her all day. What this workshop taught me is that I am on the right track with my photography. As you all know, I love macro photography...and I love vivid colors. I hope to share more about the class in the weeks to come (after I process all the information). This week I purchased flowers that have vivid colors. I had such a great time working with these Mums (they are part of the Chrysanthemums family). Since Tiffany is talking about creative editing this week in her workshop, I thought I would share some creative edits with you. In fhe first edit I added a texture from the amazing Jan Tyler.

Settings: SS 1/1600- f7.1 - ISO 500 - Tamron 90mm Macro Lens- Texture by Jan Tyler

The second image I am sharing with you is only edited in Lightroom with a preset that I have created during my CCL workshop with Caroline Jensen (like I said, she is an amazing teacher)...

Settings: SS 1/500 - f5.6 - ISO 400 - Tamron 90mm Macro Lens

For more beautiful macro work, please visit the very talented photographer and friend, Jessica Nelson at The Gaggle Photography by Jessica Nelson.

Thank you for stopping by today...until next time, keep smiling.

Iris (TGTG)

Macro Monday ~ Volume 13

Welcome to Macro Monday. I cannot believe that this is already my 13th macro post. Time is flying when you are having fun. I went back through my ranunculus images to see if something pulled my eye. To be honest with you, I have a hard time photographing yellow. I wanted to make sure that I retained the beautiful texture of the yellow ranunculus. I usually over-expose when it comes to yellow and blow my highlights. However, this time I was able to not blow out the highlight (too much).

Macro Monday Volume 13

Settings: SS 1/320 - f7.1 - ISO 800 - Tamron Macro Lens

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

Until next time, keep smiling :)

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)

Shooting from the Heart

Last night as I was pulling out one of my favorite books for my Lenten reflection, a bookmark fell out. Not any bookmark; a bookmark that I made many years ago from one of my photographs. I was floored, to say the least. I didn't remember that I made cool stuff at one point. What I realized though is that I lost something very important in my photography journey: shooting from the heart. Although I have hugely improved (technically) from 2007, I am missing that I just shot what I loved and what made my heart sing. I know it is still in my heart, however I need to unclutter it from all the technical things that I have learned over the years.

Understanding light, the exposure triangle, and clean processing is important in the digital world. However I personally have forgotten the joy that it used to bring. Now, when I see a scene, I always second guessing myself. I am concerned about composition, light, exposure, and forget to take the shot.

When I started with digital photography I took shots that inspired me. I wasn't concerned about what others think about my photography. I loved what I was doing. Last year I was rejected in several places and wanted to put down my camera for good. as a creative outlet for me. I sit in a cube from Monday through Friday, so my heart aches to do something just for me. Something that brings joy in the mundane world of accounting. Last August, I took an online workshop that was talking about heart and vision. I saw little glimpses of my passion and vision during that workshop. However, that was not enough to really rekindle my passion.

Today, as I was formatting images from the past, I made a commitment to myself: shoot again without hesitation. Shoot from the heart and what inspires me. I don't want to be consumed what others think and say. Yes, I want to do it correctly, but I don't want the technical stuff get in the way of my passion.

Here are some images from the past and one image that I took this morning after formatting the old photographs:


Date: 11/08/08 - ISO: 640 - f5.6 - 1/250 - 235mm


Date: 09/05/09 - ISO: 200 - f4.5 - 1/500 - 50mm


Date: 03/13/10 - ISO: 800 - f5.6 - 1/15 - 250mm


Date: 02/10/16 - ISO: 640 - f22 - 1/40 - Edge80

Thank you for stopping by today...Remember: do not loose the passion and vision you have for your own photography journey. The passion is what drives us and made us pick up the camera in the first place.

Until next time, keep smiling.

Iris (TGTG)