Summer Is Fleeting! & The Traveling Image Podcast

Whew! Summer is so fleeting! Is it all going by wayyyyyy too fast for anyone else? Good lord, I feel like I need a whole herd of mini-me’s! Continue reading “Summer Is Fleeting! & The Traveling Image Podcast”

100 Ways to be Grateful Like an Artist

I wrote this post because I was in a bit of a funk. Y’know, dwelling on the not-so-good things. Not focusing enough upon what I really want, which is to be happy. Really, truly, in-my-cells HAPPY. The kind of happiness that is the result of being consciously, blissfully in love with and in the flow of God or Source or the Universe (however you think of it) – and from which all other desires and awesomeness pours out. Yeah, THAT kind of happy. Life as an artist happy. That is my biggest desire.

When I find myself going down the rabbit hole of anything OTHER than that… I focus on gratitude. As a human being, it’s the single simplest, most effective thing I’ve found that shifts my internal tides. As an artist… well, Friedrich Nietzsche said it best:

“The essence of all beautiful art, great art, is gratitude.”

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How I Instantly, Painlessly Dropped 7 Pounds On The Mirrorless Diet!

Guffaw! I never thought I’d write a headline like that. BUTT… you asked. I listened.

I’ll keep it short (mark this day on your calendar!).

Hey, You Asked!

You asked: “Would you show a side-by-side comparison of your DSLR vs. Mirrorless set up so we can see the difference?”

I answered: “Why sure!” So.. here it is:

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Live, Uncut & Photo Hosting

Live And Uncut

There’s a wonderful street photographer and super awesome fella named Paul Griffiths who does a webshow call “Live and Uncut”. In it, he talks about street photography, cameras (he’s a Fuji guy) and, y’know, all things photography. He interviewed me before I went to France, since I was going through my whole DSLR to mirrorless drama and testing period… and had just landed upon Fuji. You can see that first episode here.

When I got back, Paul wanted to follow up. See what shooting street was like for this landscape girl… see how Fuji had been for me… and generally welcome me back. I always love talking to Paul over in London and this was no exception! You can check out the blog post here… and below is our fun video interview.

Fun fact: He got that Fuji banner in the background of his studio JUST for this episode! Heehee.

Thanks Paul!!

And then…

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Anatomy of a Photography Show, Part 4 – Putting It Together

4th installment in a 4-part series of  “Living Your Dreams… Lessons Shared”, featuring much of what I learned and experienced whilst putting on my first photography show in Truckee, California…

Putting It All Together

You’ve got your photos selected. Check.
Print lab chosen. Check
Print materials and images matched up. Check and check.

Now you just wait for it all to show up and away you go, right? Ummmmm… not quite.

My show included this group of images, which range in size from 6′ across to 30″ across. It’s not huge: only 13 prints:

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Anatomy of a Photography Show, Part 3 – The Selections

3rd installment in a 4-part series of  “Living Your Dreams… Lessons Shared”, featuring much of what I learned and experienced whilst putting on my first photography show in Truckee, California…

Photo Selections… The Mannequins

So, in yesterday’s post I mentioned that the owner of  Coffeebar had some pretty clear ideas about this photo show of mine. He didn’t want to have final say about ALL of the images… but did point to a few in particular that he liked. There were the mannequins… which I’d taken some years ago, just a bit of whimsy that amused me:

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Anatomy of a Photography Show, Part 1 – The Concept

1st installment in a 3-part series of  “Living Your Dreams… Lessons Shared”, featuring much of what I learned and experienced whilst putting on my first photography show in Truckee, California…

 

Ever Wonder What It Takes To Do An Photography Show?

I sure did!
I’ll admit it – nothing makes me purr like the vision of my work on wall. Seeing, feeling, experiencing my soul’s vision taking physical form as a show is a dream. Of course, in said dream, the show is big… so are the prints. Gallery? Maybe. From my vision, I can’t tell what the venue is. My dream currently seems to include only the look of the thing – and the impact it has. It makes me smile really big whenever I visit it.

But while my work has been featured in a show, I’ve never done an official one of my own. Would I like it, I wondered? Would it be fun, or a big pain in the ass?
I might want to find out before fully committing to the BIG picture, y’know?

Enter Coffeebar Truckee

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The Chat with Karen Hutton: Frederick Van Johnson

Thank Goodness for Re-Do’s

The first time we tried doing a Chat last December, Frederick Van Johnson and I were in a mood. A silly mood. A silly, goofy, kid-like  mood that resulted in recording an entire episode that I actually had to scrap! That’s what happens when Frederick and I get together sometimes, er, a lot of the time! Got friends like that? Where anytime you hangout all hell-arity breaks loose? Hahahah, it’s funny and I love it. But it didn’t do the right job of presenting the absolutely amazing Frederick Van Johnson.

Today’s episode does!


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Mobile Phone Cameras & Me

My Mobile Secret

Secret admission: I love mobile photography. I love the lean, mean, shoot-from-the-hip capability you have with a good mobile phone. If I didn’t ever want to print my images, I might dive deep. Unfortunately, size matters (also resolution!), so as of now large prints aren’t so viable from mobile photos. But that doesn’t stop me from diggin’ it and loving the ride!

I’ve been asked now to help beta test and offer feedback on the cameras of three phones, prior to release: the MotoX, the Nexus5 Google App and Verizon’s HTC One.
I was stoked to see that most of my suggestions on improvements to the on-board editing software were implemented at one point. Of course, whether or not it was really from my feedback, I’ll never know. I just know that between the MotoX (when it was owned by Google) and the Google Camera, an upgrade was done and everything I squawked about missing in the editing tools is now included. Who cares why! I now love using them

Nexus 5 with Google Camera App

This is one of my photos that’s currently being used in the marketing of the Google Camera app on the Nexus 5:

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