Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Project 52 - Week 34

I went on a late afternoon "photo stroll" after stopping at an art store in Midtown (Sacramento) the other day. I made quite a few images that I was happy with, including this week's "Project 52" pick.

These are one set of stairs on the K Street side of Saint Francis Church. I have photographed here before, but each time it's a little different.

I love when I can walk in my own city and become creatively inspired by views that have become part of my everyday world.

iPhone; Hipstamatic - "Jane" lens; "D-Type Plate" Film;  
Mextures "Viva La Grunge" texture
A few miscellaneous adjustments in Snapseed

Project 52 - Week 34

©2013 Dianne Poinski

Friday, August 23, 2013

Projects & Deadlines.............

Remember my post last week where I shared photos of my clean studio?

Well, it didn't take long for me to get in there and make it a "working" studio once again. 

As you may be able to tell from the above photos, I am working on quite a few different projects. 

Since a couple of them involve deadlines, I have decided that for the next few weeks, I am going to go back to posting on my blog  only once a week.

I plan to still post regular updates on my Facebook Page, so you can always find me there.................or if you are local and in the area, stop by the studio to say hi. There is a good chance I will be there!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Project 52..............

I mentioned in my post on Friday, that I am no longer sharing studio space. This meant that I spend quite a bit of time last week bringing in all the artwork I had stored at my house, hanging the additional framed pieces and cleaning up. In other words........... claiming the space as my own.

It felt good.

At one point during all of this, I glanced over and saw just how beautiful the light was coming in through one of the windows.

I stopped everything I was doing, and for about 30 minutes arranged and rearranged this table and bowl, shooting one composition and then another (iPhone). A couple of times I put it all back, only to pull it out again and start all over.

I decided to make this my "photo of the week".............

Project 52 - Week 33

.©2013 Dianne Poinski

On a separate note.............I decided to reinstate the discount code for my ongoing "Hand Coloring Photographs" e-course. Click on the link for more information and use the code "paw1" to receive $25 off the normal price: PhotoArtistryWorkshop

Friday, August 16, 2013

Here We Go Again...................

“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change
 anything" ― George Bernard Shaw

This is beginning to feel like an annual occurrence, but here I am, once again, writing a post about changes in my studio situation.

This time however, I am not going anywhere, it's the circumstances in my studio that are changing. In simple terms, my studio mate Donald Satterlee, moved out and I have the space to myself once again. 

While we parted on good terms, and are still friends, it was clear early on that we each had a different vision for the space. 

Donald is a commercial photographer and has a studio in town. When we started sharing the R Street space, his intention was to use it strictly as a gallery......... not a studio. In addition, his commercial work picked up over the last year, which left him less time to focus on the fine art side of his business.

In looking back over the many changes I have made in the last two years, I realized that fear drove me to make some of the decisions I did. That's ok because I learned a lot about myself in the process. (Lesson #1 - I am happier not sharing studio space).

When I made the first move back in 2011, it was because the building was being sold and there were some ADA issues. If I had only waited a few months instead of jumping ship, I would have seen things improve dramatically once the new owners took over. 

Which is why, in June of 2012, when my old studio became available again, I moved back........ only this time I would be sharing the space.

I do have moments of quiet panic when I think about covering the entire rent on my own. I did it once before, but it was a different time (aka the time before the "Great Recession" and extremely affordable digital cameras and smartphones.)

When I do begin to "freak out" a bit, I remind myself that this is my work space and it's a pretty good deal if I look at it that way. I shared in a post a couple of months ago about my desire to actually "use" the studio more. To help me out with this intention, I just brought a used iMac into the space, since a laptop is not the ideal machine for photo editing.

In that post I also described my desire to be around more people and feel less isolated. If I didn't do this, I could possibly have to spend the money on therapy.......right? (I have been called the "Queen of Rationalization" more than once....)

So it feels like I have gone full circle...........back to my very own space. 

Change is usually good and I take my ability to make decisions and then adapt if needed, as a positive trait. (This is instead of calling myself "flaky").

I will end with this other wonderfully positive quote about change:

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” 
― Lao Tzu

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Project 52 - Tulips

I was struck last week with an overwhelming desire to photograph some flowers. Of course I had photographed quite a few luscious blooms in the wild (or someone's yard) when I was in Washington, but this was a yearning for some cut flowers that I could manipulate any way I wanted to.

I gave in, and went to my favorite flower shop - Trader Joe's. The lilies looked good, but I was surprised to see a few tulips available as well.

I brought them home and proceeded to spend a couple of hours cutting, arranging and shooting. I was lost in meditation, which is what I needed I guess.

I have become a little obsessed lately with Hipstamatic. At this time, it is only available for iPhone, but I believe an Android version is in the works.

With this camera app you choose what kind of "film" and lens you want to use. It's fun to play with different combinations.

The one I used on this image was the Americana lens with the "BlacKeys B + W" film. One of the reasons I like this "film" so much is while it says it's "black and white", there is actually a little color left in the image. (Sort of mimics what my hand colored prints look like......)

 After cropping it, I used the "Vintage Scene" app to add a little "mood". 

Project 52 - Week 32

.©2013 Dianne Poinski

Friday, August 9, 2013

Laziness or Freedom?

Once again I went on a trip, brought my Nikon and a tripod and barely used either...............

When I did grab the DSLR, it was usually because I wanted to get closer to my subject........... like with this rabbit (at my daughter's request).

Dianne Poinski "wildlife photographer"

Of course this was also a trip that was much more about family and adventure, than it was about photography, so I don't feel that bad. However, I am finding that even when I am on my home turf, I am becoming less inclined to pull out the "real" camera.

I wrote a lot last year about how shooting with my iPhone had brought new excitement and passion back into my photography, but am I paying a price for that?

Part of the reason I am thinking about this, is next month my husband and I are traveling to Ireland for a couple of weeks and of course I want to photograph while I am there. While in Washington my "travel" tripod (AKA "the cheap one") fell apart and I left it there. I do have another more "professional" tripod, but the idea of carting that thing around does not appeal to me. Of course you don't always need a tripod to shoot, but low light and a desire to make large prints makes a tripod a very good idea. 

I have a Nikon D300, which is a great camera, but is a few years old now. The technology has come a long way since it first came out. Many people I know have bought those new "mirrorless" cameras and rave about them. I guess they are light and small, but able to produce high quality images. I am thinking of looking into renting one for this trip (if that's possible), but I don't know.

This still brings me back to the question of whether or not the decreased usage of my Nikon indicates laziness or is it a situational issue? Most of my outings lately have been with family................

I could be over thinking, but as I write this I sense buds of clarity forming. Stay tuned!

Anyway, another example of using my Nikon because I wanted to get a little closer (and control my depth of field), is this simple image from atop the bluffs of Ebey's Landing.

.©2013 Dianne Poinski

For fun, here is collage of photos my daughter put together of me photographing...........(the top one is of the rabbit).

Enjoy the weekend everyone and don't worry about what camera you are using to take pictures with! Right? Just have fun!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

A Little Different "Pic of the Week".......

And now for something completely different................ I am featuring a photo(s) I took of my daughter as my "Project 52" image this week.

First a little back story........ As most of you know, I just got back from visiting my daughter Nichole in Seattle. I realized that this is the first time I went up simply to be with her and share her world.

The first trip was almost exactly eight years ago when we moved her into her dorm for her freshman year at the University of Washington. A lot of tears were shed that week and even now, I get choked up just thinking about. 

Subsequent visits usually involved moving furniture or were side trips as I made my way to Bellevue, Washington for the Museum Art Festival I participated in for a few years.

The last time I was in Seattle was a stop on the road trip I took with my husband three years ago while on our way to Victoria BC.

This trip was different. It's been four years since Nichole graduated from college and she is firmly grounded in life as an adult in one of the greatest cities in the world. 

Our decision to take a few days on Whidbey Island was based not only on a desire to "get away", but was also a direct result of wanting to escape the madness that is the Capitol Hill Block Party (her neighborhood). Once the party was over, we came back where Nichole gave me a peek into her reality.

I met her friends, her boyfriend and her coworkers. We walked the route she takes to work, grabbed coffee where I met the baristas she chats with each morning, then made our way to her office where I was given the grand tour. We visited her favorite thrift store, the natural foods co-op and ate at many of the restaurants she frequents regularly. 

My daughter was kind enough to indulge in my desire to photograph at sunset and took me to quite a few of the tourists spots she usually avoids. 

To say it was a joyful week, would be an understatement. I am not only so damn proud of the woman my daughter has become, but I am also so deeply grateful for this woman who has become one of my best friends. 

I am sharing a few photos here today, but this one I am declaring as my "Project 52" image. It's not the best photo technically, but I feel it captures so much of who Nichole is, in her city...........

Project 52 - Week 31

Just for fun, here are a few more...........

Double Bluff Beach -  Whidbey

Nichole is smart enough to bring a book along when she knows I will be photographing.....

Amazing breakfast at the Wandering Goose

I will close with this image................. I took this at Gas Works Park (remember my quest for a sunset?). I asked her to run up the hill and strike this pose, but even if it was not spontaneous, I knew in the moment we were celebrating something very special.


PS - Nichole has her own blog where she shares her unique perspective on the world: Live Rhythm