Serenity

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)

Serenity Project - December 2018

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

I cannot believe how fast 2018 came and went. They say the older you get, the faster the years fly by; I have to agree with that.

So, you may wonder what I have been up to the last month. Well, it seems like I have been concentrating more and more on food photography. I love it!!! You know why? My subjects hold still and don’t move spots unless I move them. There is just so much peace on creating work that is fulfilling and peaceful at the same time. And, I have started baking again. So much fun. Although last weekend I had a little accident in the kitchen trying to melt chocolate. Let me tell you: the stove top is the better option. I have a setting on my microwave, but it was not safe. I burned my hand because I was trying to not get the chocolate all over the counter (bad move I might add).

At any rate, I have been searching the web for baking recipes. I have found a German website that I have tried a couple of recipes from. Dr. Oetker has some great baking recipes, and they do have an American website if you want to give their recipes a try. Here is the link to the American website: Dr. Oetker

First up are the jam filled cookies. Although I had to alter the shape of them (I don’t have a pastry wheel), these came out yummy.

Canon 6D - Tamron 90mm Macro lens - SS 1/100 - ISO 400 - f5.0

Canon 6D - Tamron 90mm Macro lens - SS 1/100 - ISO 400 - f5.0

Canon 6D - Tamron 90mm Macro lens - SS 1/125 - ISO 400 - f4.0

Canon 6D - Tamron 90mm Macro lens - SS 1/125 - ISO 400 - f4.0

This past weekend I made some treats for my coworkers. I was disappointed that the cookies didn’t look like the ones on the website, however they were tasty. Instead of adding cute little dots of chocolate, I free styled the decoration on them.

Canon 6D - 85mm - SS 1/80 - ISO 640 - f2.0

Canon 6D - 85mm - SS 1/80 - ISO 640 - f2.0

Canon 6D - 85mm - SS 1/125 - ISO 200 - f3.5

Canon 6D - 85mm - SS 1/125 - ISO 200 - f3.5

Have you ever baked Madeleine cake cookies? These cake cookies are my vice. I love them, and finally baked them myself. The first recipe I used was a sheer disaster. They didn’t bake at all, and looked terrible. However, after I searched the internet, I found this easy recipe by Entertaining with Beth. Trust me, if I can do it, you can do too. Give it a try.

Canon 6D - 28 mm - SS 1/400 - ISO 640 - f3.2

Canon 6D - 28 mm - SS 1/400 - ISO 640 - f3.2

Canon 6D - 50mm - SS 1/400 - ISO 640 - f3.2

Canon 6D - 50mm - SS 1/400 - ISO 640 - f3.2

To see more contributors of this month's serenity circle, I invite you to visit my talented photography friend, Joan Showers of Joan M. Showers Photography to see what brought serenity to her month of December.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you will find some serenity during this Holiday season; maybe bake some cookies.

Until next time…

Iris (TGTG)

Serenity Project - November 2018

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

Since I purchased my first DSLR in 2007, I have been interested in food photography. I tried my hand on some images in 2012, but very quickly noticed that I was not good at it. Here is an image from 2012 (I thought I was the best food photographer in the world - giggle).

Holiday Brunch in Hannover, Germany - 2012

Holiday Brunch in Hannover, Germany - 2012

Couple of years ago, I started looking at food photography again; I just couldn’t let it go. I started small, with just some pastry from the store, cookies shipped from Germany. I looked at successful food photographers, purchased several books, and took a couple of online courses. At the beginning of 2018, I cleaned out a little corner in our laundry room, and started shooting food again. In August I took Michelle Turner’s CM Workshop - OCF so that I can use flash during the hot summer months and the long winter days in my “studio”. I still have a long way to go, however I have come a long way from my first attempts. Food photography is truly my zen place; I can take my time to arrange, re-arrange my scene. It makes my heart happy to photograph food at my own pace. Here are some examples from the past few months:

Natural Light -  Canon 50mm 1.4  - SS 1/80 - f2.5 - ISO 320

Natural Light - Canon 50mm 1.4 - SS 1/80 - f2.5 - ISO 320

Natural Light -  Canon 50mm 1.4  - f2.8 - ISO 320

Natural Light - Canon 50mm 1.4 - f2.8 - ISO 320

Natural Light -  Canon 50mm  - SS 1/160 - f3.5 - ISO 400

Natural Light - Canon 50mm - SS 1/160 - f3.5 - ISO 400

Natural Light -  Canon 50mm  - SS 1/320 - f2.2 - ISO 400

Natural Light - Canon 50mm - SS 1/320 - f2.2 - ISO 400

And here is my favorite from last weekend:

OFC to the left -  Canon 50mm  1.4 - SS 1/125 - f7.1 - ISO 200 - Food from   Ginger Zing   in Mesa, Arizona

OFC to the left - Canon 50mm 1.4 - SS 1/125 - f7.1 - ISO 200 - Food from Ginger Zing in Mesa, Arizona

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 to see what brought her serenity the month of November.

Thank you for stopping by today. Until next time, find your serenity.

Iris (TGTG)

Serenity Project - November 2017

Welcome to our Serenity Project for the month of November 2017. The Serenity project is a collaborative photography project in which we want to share images that convey peace and calm.

Last week I was off work (a stay-cation). I truly needed the break from work, to recharge. This month I sharing some images from our backyard. We have two Bougainvillea bushed that I always like to explore to find new shooting angles. My husband already rolls his eyes when I grab my Tamron macro lens to photograph the bushes.

At any rate, here are three images, photographed from different angles...

At Eye Level - SS: 1/1000 - f 8.0 - ISO 250

At Eye Level - SS: 1/1000 - f 8.0 - ISO 250

From Above - SS: 1/1000 - f 8.0 - ISO 250

From Above - SS: 1/1000 - f 8.0 - ISO 250

From Below - SS: 1/250 - f8.0 - ISO 250

From Below - SS: 1/250 - f8.0 - ISO 250

After photographing the same subject from different perspectives, I notices some movement on one of our small trees behind me. Little did I know that the movement came from some bees, collecting pollen. Bees are not easy to photograph in flight, however I was able to capture on perfectly (even with some catch-light in its little eye):

SS: 1/2000 - f4.0 - ISO 250

SS: 1/2000 - f4.0 - ISO 250

Follow the circle to see what my wonderful and talented photography friend Mabel, of Mabel Chow Photographs, to see what she is sharing with us this month.

Thank you for stopping by today; until next time, keep calm and explore your own backyard for some serenity.

Iris (TGTG)

 

Serenity Project - October 2017

Welcome to our Serenity Project for the month of October 2017. The Serenity project is a collaborative photography project in which we want to share images that convey peace and calm.

Last month, for my birthday, I explored the Desert Botanical Garden, located in the middle of Phoenix. From one of the lookouts you can see Camelback Mountain, one of the many hiking destination in Arizona.

Canon 28mm - f8 - SS:1/400 - ISO 50

I was excited to spend some time in one of my favorite places, however not much was in bloom. September is still very warm in Arizona, thankfully the morning are now cooler so that you can spend time exploring. Here are some of my favorite images from that outing.

 

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS: 1/500 - ISO 50

Tamron Macro Lens - 90mm - f5.0 - SS: 1/500 ISO 250

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS: 1/1600 - ISO 250

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS:1/2000 - ISO 100

Follow the circle to see what my wonderful and talented photography friend Susan Bahen, Ottawa Fine Art Photographer, is sharing this month from her surroundings with her post titled "October Grey Days make Fall Colours Shine".

Thank you for stopping by today; until next time, keep calm and explore your local gardens for some serenity.

Iris (TGTG)