Wednesday, May 29, 2013

I "Heart" NY!

I have been back a week and am having trouble getting any sort of momentum going..........

After working so intensely in the months leading up to my trip, I am not surprised that I am feeling a little directionless and unable to focus.

Instead of fighting it, I have been cleaning, getting work done on my car, and going to all the appointments I scheduled for ANYC ("after" NYC). I also took time to go on a wonderful hike with my husband over the weekend.

In general........ catching up on things, while relaxing and "smelling the roses".  It feels good, but I also know there is lot to be done and at some point I will have to settle in and get started.

But not today...............

Today I thought I would share a few of my favorite iPhone images from the trip. Like I mentioned last week, if you "follow" me on FB and/or IG, you have seen most of these, but if not, here they are:

My daughter and I in Central Park (obligatory "selfie")

Central Park
©2013 Dianne Poinski

Brooklyn Flea Market ("Color Splash" app)
©2013 Dianne Poinski

©2013 Dianne Poinski

Early Morning Fog
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I will end with my
Project 52 - Week 21

Strand Bookstore
©2013 Dianne Poinski

It was a delightful trip, many memories were made and I am extremely grateful that I had the chance to share it with my daughter.

As I like to say......"doesn't get much better than that"!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Happy to be Home..............

I am tired, but happy to be home. I got in Wednesday night, grateful that my flights were smooth and on time.

I am still processing everything I took in and experienced while I was in New York. It was a fantastic trip and I enjoyed every single minute of it. 

I am very glad I got to actually see what Surtex is all about, but it was a little overwhelming. So much of what is there, is designed to be used in ways my images never will be.

For example, there is a whole section of the show devoted to the creators of surface designs that are used as fabric, wall coverings and paper. Buyers come to actually purchase the designs outright and will leave with a digital file of the pattern on a disk.

The rest of the show consists of exhibitors showing art and designs that may be licensed to appear on products, gift wrap, ornaments, party items (paper plates, table cloths, etc) and anything else that is made that has a design on it. (The next time you are in a store, look for items with art on them....boxes of tissues, shower curtains, towels......the list goes on)

While I have had images licensed to appear on items such as cookie tins, journals and glass wall hangings, most of my experience has been in the greeting card and wall art market. This I now know represents a very small segment of this industry.

I may have more to share about all of this after I have had time to process it, but for now, I thought I would post a few photos from the show.......

Montage Licensing's Booth

Most appointments are arranged ahead of time, but there are also "walk up" meetings.....

My agent Kimberly and her daughter Heather. I am so grateful for all their hard work!

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you have seen many of the images from my trip. If not, I will probably share some of them next week as well.

But before I leave................."Project 52" Week 20
I took this at the (apparently) famous Brooklyn Fort Greene Flea Market

©2013 Dianne Poinski

If you are in the States, enjoy your holiday weekend and take a few moments to remember and feel grateful for all the men and women who have served our country!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Leaving On A Jet Plane.............

This is it! I just shut down Photoshop, printed my boarding pass, my Surtex badge info, and called my bank to make sure they don't cancel my cards because they are being used in New York City. 

Once I post this, I will begin to pack!

I do have a "Project 52" image to share this week, but I also have a couple of other images to show as well.

Except for some floral iPhone photos from my walks these last couple of weeks, there has not really been anything in my camera roll that I have wanted to work on.

While waiting yesterday for an appointment, I went back in time and started working on a couple of images from earlier in the year. It was fun and I liked the end result, so here they are:

©2013 Dianne Poinski

©2013 Dianne Poinski

I used the apps "DistressedFX" and "PhotoFX" on both of these............

Project 52 - Week 19

I posted this image on my Facebook page last week in part to find out what kind of flower it was. Turns out it is a Hibiscus hybrid of sorts. I had never seen one until I was walking to get my morning coffee the other day.

©2013 Dianne Poinski

I will surely be posting photos from NY on my Facebook page and Instagram (dpoinskiphoto - if you want to follow me on IG), and I may try to get a blog post in while I am gone. I am not promising anything though. I may just wait until I get back and post a summary of how the trip went.

I am feeling very grateful right now that I don't have to worry about setting up a booth or anything. My agent at Montage Licensing handles everything at Surtex. I get to walk the show and attend a couple of seminars while I am there.

I have been noticing the flurry of activity online from people I know that represent themselves, that are exhibiting at the show.  Art festivals were tough enough. I can't imagine what preparing for a national show on the east coast would be like! I get anxious just thinking about it.

So anyway, off to get ready for my adventure! Enjoy your week!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Blowing in the Wind..................

Project 52 - Week 18 

©2013 Dianne Poinski

It was windy last week and I was miserable. Red eyes, runny nose.........not attractive.

Windy conditions and photography do not mix very well, however, after taking a wrong turn and missing my original photographic destination, I decided to stop at this urban field of lupine to satisfy my desire to photograph something that day.

While crouched down, low to the ground with my Nikon, a fast shutter speed enabled me to freeze most of the movement. I used the "Daguerreotype"edge from Flypaper Textures on this image and added a little soft filter.

It's a simple image and one of only a few photographs I took last week, but it's ok. My trip to New York is fast approaching, and soon, I will once again be able to spend more time photographing than on my computer............

But don't feel sorry for me. It's not all work and no, I am off to a Giants game! (My neck is very grateful......)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Artful Blogging & Volkswagens................

Exciting news to share this week! I was featured in the Summer issue of Artful Blogging!

I have been a fan of this beautiful magazine since I first discovered it in 2009, and while there are many reasons to celebrate this, one reason in particular stands out for me.

During our 2010 road trip, while waiting for our window to be replaced in Portland, OR (click on the link for the story about that adventure), I hunted down a bookstore because I knew the latest issue had hit the stands. Later, as I thoughtfully perused that issue over coffee, I declared out loud to my husband, that "someday I will be in this magazine"! Remember........words are powerful!

The other reason this is super special is the article I wrote is all about my iPhone experience last year and the fears, insecurities and then joyful acceptance of my increasing passion for that art form. The whole story is in there, including my acknowledgment and gratitude to all of you "for cheering me on"when the voices in my head would not shut up!

Since it is the title of the article, I share how I came up with the tag line "Celebrating Photography with Joy & Gratitude" (covered in my post on July 17th), and talk a little about my feelings as my Project 365 came to an end.

recognize any of these images??

I found out about this back in January, but did not want to say anything until I had the actual magazine in my hands!

Project 52 - Week 17

Funny thing happened last week...........I took very few photographs. None with my DSLR and only a few with my iPhone.........

But I have a favorite.................

I am a Volkswagen fanatic and have owned during my life, a red 1972 beetle, a 71 square back, a 64 Karmann Ghia and a 68 orange Ghia (none of which were convertibles). So when I spotted this car, I knew I had to take a photo of it!

©2013 Dianne Poinski
all iPhone

I do believe my next VW will be a Eurovan. I said as much out loud recently and you know what that means.......................