Friday, August 31, 2012

Last Day of August Break 2012..........

August Break 2012

It's the last day of August, so next week I go back to my normal blogging schedule.......maybe.
There was something about posting everyday that I liked, but I don't think I can sustain that...(did I just hear a big sigh of relief from all of you that receive my blog posts by email?)

So anyway, today's image is somewhat symbolic (maybe "closing the door on the month"??), but it is also about new beginnings which is what I feel the first day of September represents. 

My son moved out to begin college five years ago this week. In the 17 years we have lived in this house we never painted his room. We gave him free reign which meant "glow in the dark" stars on the ceilings, skateboarding stickers on the closet doors and posters attached to the walls with a lifetime supply of tape.

We have house guests coming in a few weeks, so while it's been somewhat of an emotional rollercoaster for me, we made the decision that it was time to take back his room. All the furniture is being replaced and the walls have been freshly painted.

I was struck by the simplicity and the beauty of the morning sun streaming into the empty room yesterday and made this image. 

It is with some sadness that I see I no longer have a "kid's room" in my house, but both my children are happily settled in other cities and that gives me great joy.

So as August gives way to a new month and a new season, I am choosing to look forward and embrace the changes that this new season of my life will also bring......and it's all good!

Have a great weekend!



Thursday, August 30, 2012

On My Walk - Part II ..............

August Break 2012

Our weather cooled down enough for me to get out for my walks again. I saw this vine trailing down a wall the other day and could not resist capturing it's simplicity.  All iPhone..............


©2012 Dianne Poinski

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

One More Sunflower........

August Break 2012

I thought I would share one of the few iPhone shots I made at the sunflower workshop last week. 

Caught one with a bee doing what bees do to sunflowers...............


©2012 Dianne Poinski


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Backyard Ferns...............

August Break 2012

On more than one occasion I have gone out back and photographed the ferns that are growing against my house. I love their simplicity and texture. This is an iPhone photo processed with Snapseed and PhotoForge2


©2012 Dianne Poinski




I can't believe August is almost over..................

Monday, August 27, 2012

Making Time............

August Break 2012

This is the last week of August and I feel the lazy vibe of summer slipping away. My house has been in a state of chaos as we tackle numerous home improvement projects and preparation for the annual open studio event begins this week.

I am still committed to the "Project 365" but the other day was a good example of how tricky it can be to squeeze in a moment or two of creative time in order to capture that "shot of the day".

Realizing that there was a good chance this particular day might be over before an interesting "photo moment" presented itself, I decided to grab my favorite part of the store bought mixed bouquet on my kitchen table and set up a quick shot.




This was made with my iPhone and processed with my usual favorite apps: Snapseed, Pic Grunger and PhotoForge2

©2012 Dianne Poinski


Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Dancing Petals.............

August Break 2012

On Monday I took a "Sunflower" workshop with Betty Sederquist (an amazing talent and one of my first teachers over 20 years ago!). The class took place in a private garden and a portion of the proceeds went toward breast cancer research. It was hot, but I really didn't care as the sweat dripped down my face. I don't do a lot of macro work, but I wanted to play around and after looking through my images I found myself drawn to the ones that were a little abstract and did not really scream "Sunflower!".

I have a lot more from that day that I will probably share later, but for now here is what I am calling "Dancing Petals"


©2012 Dianne Poinski

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Hanging on to Summer..........

August Break 2012

I bought this bouquet at the local co-op for my kitchen table and of course had to take a picture of it. Simple window light, all iPhone........ using my favorite Snapseed, Pic Grunger and FocalLab apps. 

Everything about this represents summertime to me..........


©2012 Dianne Poinski

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Solitude...........

August Break 2012

My first trip to Europe was in 1999 when our family traveled to England. This image was taken in Bath and I usually find myself explaining that the chair really was there, like it was waiting for someone to sit in it. (It was however blue and white in real life, but I thought is would look better as a red and white chair.) "Solitude" was photographed with Kodak 3200 black & white, Tmax film, sepia toned and hand colored with Marshall photo oil paints and colored pencils.


©1999 Dianne Poinski "Solitude"

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Old Cars & Me.....................

August Break 2012

I love finding old cars on my walks and have photographed quite a few, but here are a couple of my most recent ones. These are all iPhone photos and I will try to remember what apps I used and list them after each image. Sometimes it's hard to keep track of all the steps I take and I may have to start taking notes.



©2012 Dianne Poinski
Snapseed, Pic Grunger & FocalLab


©2012 Dianne Poinski (The year I was born & the color of my hair.........)
Snapseed and BlurFX


©2012 Dianne Poinski
Snapseed and Dramatic B&W



©2012 Dianne Poinski (Because I couldn't help myself.........)
Snapseed and Colorsplash

Monday, August 20, 2012

Pont Neuf.......

August Break 2012

For my "August Break 2012" post today, I felt like revisiting a couple of infrared images 
from my trip to Paris three years ago.

Here are a couple of different views of Pont Neuf.........


©2009 Dianne Poinski

©2009 Dianne Poinski

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Presidio Forest

August Break 2012

One more from my visit to SF earlier this week.
After we left Fort Point, we went to the Presidio........................

iPhone - processed using Snapseed, PhotoForge2 & Iris Photo Suite

©2012 Dianne Poinski

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

August Break 2012

Yesterday I shared an image that I took inside Fort Point during a visit to San Francisco this week. The reason I dragged my husband there was to attempt to get a new Golden Gate Bridge image from that vantage point.

Many years ago I photographed this one on a stormy winter day when the sun peeked out just long enough to capture this shot. I used Konica Infrared film and hand colored the darkroom print with Marshall photo oil paints.

©Dianne Poinsk
This time however, you could barely see the bridge................................

©2012 Dianne Poinsk

The fog adds it's own mood and I may do more with this image later, but I will probably keep going back until I get the shot I want. (I am grateful I live close enough to say that.......)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Escaping the Heat.................


August Break 2012

We have been experiencing a long stretch of 100+ degree days here in Sacramento so I was very grateful that we already had plans to go to San Francisco earlier this week. It was foggy and cold and I loved every minute of it. Today's post is an image I made yesterday inside Fort Point. It's an iPhone image processed with the PhotoForge2 app.

You may be seeing a few more from this outing. It was a great day to "celebrate photography"!


©2012 Dianne Poinski

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Old School Meet "New School"...................

August Break 2012

In addition to sharing an image today, I want to link to something I read that got me thinking.............


Can you see the iPhone??

Monday, August 13, 2012

Tulips....................


August Break 2012

A little something I have been playing around with ...................

©2012 Dianne Poinski
Nikon images in Photoshop


Friday, August 10, 2012

Daisy.........


August Break 2012

My photo of the day today......................"Project 365"
Have a great weekend!

©2012 Dianne Poinski
 
iPhone photo - processed in Photoshop with Nik Color Efe
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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Cactus Flowers


August Break 2012 Continues.................
Cactus Flowers

Thank you to my good friend who texted me with updates as to when she thought her cactus flowers would be blooming. (It reminded me of waiting to find out if someone was giving birth............"later today....no, maybe tomorrow!") It was worth the wait................



iPhone


©2012 Dianne Poinski Nikon - processed in Photoshop

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Drama...............


August Break 2012

After finishing my first Apple training session, I left the mall and saw this while walking through the parking lot:


iPhone photo processed using "Snapseed" and "Dramatic Black & White"


Just for fun, this is what I really saw..................


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

A Very Short Video - Hand Coloring

August Break 2012 

Today I thought I would repost a video I made a couple of years ago.

Be sure your speakers are on and watch until the very end.............

If you are receiving this as an email and can't see the video, click here: YouTube


 




Monday, August 6, 2012

On My Walk..........................


August Break 2012

This is an iPhone image from a series I post regularly on Instagram
"On My Walk Today..........."

I took this last week at a local cafe/market before it opened.
Processed only in my phone with Snapseed and FocalLab


©2012 Dianne Poinski "Selland's Market"

Friday, August 3, 2012

More Hand Colored Infrared................


August Break 2012 continues....................


"Bateau A Giverny"
Boat at Monet's Garden

Infrared Black and White Pigment Print 
Hand Colored with PanPastels


(For more information about infrared photography, see my post from 2010 - "Infrared  Magic")


©2009 Dianne Poinski

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Dance of the Jellyfish...............

An oldie but a goodie........

"Dance of the Jellyfish" 

3200 Tmax Black and White Film (Love the grain!)
Printed in the darkroom on Agfa 118 fiber paper
Hand Colored with Marshall Photo Oils


©1996ish Dianne Poinski



Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Filoli Gate

First day of "August Break"!


Filoli Gate
Hand Colored Infrared Photograph

©2007 Dianne Poinski