Color

Winter typically brings thoughts of bleak landscapes and barren trees (at least here in South-Central PA!), but this year I’ve been particularly struck by the depth and richness of the colors, the reflections, the contrast. So as the light is bent by all it encounters and refracts color, we are reminded that even when our surroundings seem lifeless, beauty thrives.

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I am part of a group of photographers, Share Six, who blog 6 images on the 6th of each month with unique monthly themes.  Next up is the talented Kathy of KG Ledbetter Photography!  Please click HERE  for her dynamic and FUN interpretation of this month’s theme. Then, follow around the circle for even more beauty and creativity. ❤

Join us for this month’s theme by posting your Color images on our Facebook page at Share Six  and to our Instagram gallery, by tagging #sharesix and #sharesix_color.  A new theme will be posted on March 6th.

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Winter Light

Ever since I was a first grader who entered the nurses office with purple fingers after walking to school, cold has really not been my thing. But this year, a year of awakening to light, I am embracing the temperatures for the beauty. I’m grasping the moments as the frigid air fills my lungs and my shutter clicks to recognize and appreciate the life in me and around me.

The first three images were taken on the Winter Solstice with the Lensbaby Velvet 56.

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These three were taken with the Lensbaby Edge 50 Optic (a much appreciated Christmas present!) 2018-1-ShareSix-09152018-1-ShareSix-12562018-1-ShareSix-1258

I am part of a group of photographers, Share Six, who blog 6 images on the 6th of each month with unique monthly themes.  Next up is the talented Kathy of KG Ledbetter Photography.  Please click HERE  for her dynamic interpretation of this month’s theme. Then, follow around the circle for even more beauty and creativity. ❤

Join us for this month’s theme by posting your Winter Light images on our Facebook page at Share Six  and to our Instagram gallery, by tagging #sharesix and #sharesix_winterlight.  A new theme will be posted on February 6th.

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Wonderland

“Wonderland” elicits images of lines of snow-capped trees with brilliant sunlight illuminating the flakes, reflecting the sparkle. While we are missing the white stuff, we found a little glimmer amidst the pines on our annual Christmas tree adventure. And wonder, there’s always wonder…

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I am part of a group of photographers, Share Six, who blog 6 images on the 6th of each month with unique monthly themes. We are excited to add the talented and oh-so-sweet Lynne Grant of Lynne Grant Photography to our circle. Please click HERE  for her interpretation of this month’s theme. Then, follow around the circle for even more beauty and creativity. ❤

Join us for this month’s theme by posting your Wonderland images on our Facebook page at Share Six  and to our Instagram gallery, by tagging #sharesix and #sharesix_wonderland.  A new theme will be posted on January 6th.

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Harvest

Yes, it’s harvest time. While many of the local crops have been pulled from the fields, our friends provided us the opportunity to glean pumpkins from their rich farm nestled against the mountains. It couldn’t have been more gorgeous and we honestly could not be more thankful. God provides.

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I am part of a group of photographers, Share Six, who blog 6 images on the 6th of each month with unique monthly themes. Please click HERE for the incredible Ceri Herd‘s interpretation of this months theme. Then, follow around the circle for even more beauty and creativity. ❤

Join us for this month’s theme by posting your Harvest images on our Facebook page at Share Six  and to our Instagram gallery, by tagging #sharesix and #sharesix_harvest.  A new theme will be posted on December 6th.

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Double Exposure

I’m a relative novice at creating in-camera double exposures, but it’s certainly a unique way to view the world. Basically it’s like taking a photo on top of another photograph. I first used it with Christmas lights last year, but have found it fun in the fall too adding bokeh and depth and texture to portraits and nature images.

Honestly, some times it works out better than others. As with all art, it’s a matter of a vision that comes to fruition in unexpected ways. ❤

To get an idea of the process and the power of processing, I’m including the two images used in the double exposure and then the final edited product. Enjoy!

For the first few I used photographs taken at the same place and time – both the nature and portrait shots were in the mountains by a creek.

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I quickly found, with this technique, that it’s important to underexpose a bit, thus the darker base images.

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An “ordinary” autumn sunset transforms into an almost surreal scene in double exposure.

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When I saw this sunset I was able to place it over an image I already had on my camera. A bonus of forgetting to format your memory card!

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I am part of a group of photographers, Share Six, who blog 6 images on the 6th of each month with unique monthly themes. Please click HERE for Sharleen Stuart’s interpretation of this months theme. Then, follow around the circle for even more beauty and creativity. ❤

Join us for this month’s theme by posting your Double Exposure images on our Facebook page at Share Six  and to our Instagram gallery, by tagging #sharesix and #sharesix_doubleexposure.  A new theme will be posted on November 6th.

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Reflections

Photographers often seek reflections as a means of artistic expression: to enhance the story and add a bit of wonder and even confusion to images. Reflections often trick the eye or cause a viewer to linger with curiosity. However, photography also causes one to reflect: primarily on the what, the who, the why of the creation…

I captured this series on my 38th birthday. A rainstorm hindered our original picnic plans, but as we finished up dinner and cupcakes around our kitchen table, the skies cleared and we headed for the mountains. This place always causes me to breathe a little deeper, to add perspective, to increase my thankfulness. What better way to spend a birthday?

As we arrived the clouds still hung low creating a gorgeous blue on the mountain and water.

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As the sun set behind the hill, the clouds broke and added a gorgeous glow framing my sweet children.

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The depth and contrast of the water’s reflection combined with the layers converted to monochrome.

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I love how the clouds reflected on the water created a creamy background for a messy bun of summertime.

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At first the stick’s reflection threw me off a little (and frustrated me by its placement) but I’ve come to embrace it as it mimics the movement of my son exploring by the water’s edge.

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The bird, the trees, the mountains and sky all amplified in beauty in their reflection. Which, in turn, increases my gratitude. ❤

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I am part of a group of photographers, Share Six, who blog 6 images on the 6th of each month with unique monthly themes. Please click HERE for Sharleen Stuart’s interpretation of this months theme. Then, follow around the circle for even more beauty and creativity. ❤

Join us for this month’s theme by posting your Reflections images on our Facebook page at Share Six  and to our Instagram gallery, by tagging #sharesix and #sharesix_reflections.  A new theme will be posted on October 6th.

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Collections

While capturing spontaneous summertime adventures, my eye is often drawn to not only the action and interaction, but also the life around us. I develop “collections” of photographs connected by their shared presence in space.

This particular day we ventured to Gettysburg, PA – site of a pivotal Civil War battle. In the midst of exploration and solemn remembrance I witnessed the peaceful beauty of the tall grasses and wildflowers caught in the breeze amidst the towering steadfast boulders. So while my family collected memories, I collected atmosphere – images that transport me to that place and time and perhaps to wonder of another…

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I am part of a group of photographers, Share Six, who blog 6 images on the 6th of each month with unique monthly themes. Please click HERE for Sharleen Stuart‘s interpretation of this months theme. Then, follow around the circle for even more beauty and creativity. ❤

Join us for this month’s theme by posting your Collections images on our Facebook page at Share Six  and to our Instagram gallery, by tagging #sharesix and #sharesix_collections.  A new theme will be posted on September 6th.

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