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When to Hit the Reset Button

Posted on Nov 18, 2013 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

When to Hit the Reset Button

When my hair dryer shuts off, there’s a button you push to get it started again.  A small, red “reset” or “test” button on the cord that restores power. It might be a pretty good metaphor in life. We all have some kind of ritual or practice that helps us to re-charge.  Last week I found myself at the beach on several occasions, shooting photos or walking my pups.  After the first visit,  it was so peaceful and restorative that I was enticed to go back a few more times.  Maybe I just needed it..   Recently I worked on a photo session for yoga and fitness instructor, Kathy Drake of Wellbeing Yoga Fitness. I have been practicing yoga and working with Kathy for many years.  It is a restorative, energizing and positive experience that I need to achieve balance in my life.  So I guess that’s a button too. Whether it’s down dog or a run on the beach, we all need some balance.  So every now and then, just “hit the reset button” .            ...

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Dog Portraits: More than just a Pretty Snout

Posted on Oct 12, 2013 in Blog, Dog Portraits, Featured | 0 comments

Dog Portraits: More than just a Pretty Snout

Inspired by this pose, courtesy of my girl Ruby, I set out to begin a series of dog portraits with special emphasis on their “noses” or “snouts” as my husband calls them. After a few photo sessions with my canine friends and “their humans,” I began to see or maybe not see something. As I cropped with the camera and later with the images, it became clear that something was missing.  Capturing images of a nose without eyes, I was truly missing their personality. The spirit, twinkle and even a little attitude, just wasn’t there. So the eyes are back in the picture.  Click here  to look at Dogs Volume I and let me know if you agree. Maybe Volume II will be titled: “Heads or Tails”… check back for more dog photography!    ...

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The Art Connection

Posted on Sep 26, 2013 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

The Art Connection

Six degrees of separation is the theory that everyone and everything is six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world. On our way to grab dinner before our opening reception on Saturday, Nanci Hersh and I talked about how often this rings true in our lives.  Our reception that night was all about introductions to new faces and reminiscing with old friends but our connection to everyone was through the art on the walls. In her blog “See For Yourself” Nanci Hersh talks about the energy of the evening, “Our work spoke to each other from across the room while the non stop flow of people mingled, mixed and reunited.”     Transformations Gallery is a great venue to showcase Nanci’s koi paintings and my photographs. If you missed us this weekend, I will be at Transformations at the Old Franklin School in Metuchen, NJ on Sunday, October 13th for a Gallery Walk.  The show runs through November 16th so please stop by!  ...

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Air and Space

Posted on Aug 24, 2013 in Blog, Landscapes | 0 comments

Air and Space

Air and Space makes me think of the museum in Washington DC.  It’s a great place to see the largest collection of aircrafts and all things in-flight. When my son was little, he loved the planetarium and IMAX movies. But “air and space” took on a whole new meaning for me this summer while vacationing near the water.   Let’s just say I took to the skies and pointed my lens upward with some very cool results. Living in a rural suburb with an abundance of trees, you miss out on what that big horizon has to offer.  So every night as sunset approached, I studied the sky.  My personal planetarium or IMAX movie…if you will.  It was pretty amazing how quickly changes took place and the relationship of color and space. In one hour, I shot every 10 minutes with varying exposures. It’s always breathtaking when the sun finally meets the horizon, but what I captured in the minutes before was even more spectacular. Click here  and check out the start of a new series titled:  “Skyscapes”.  ...

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The Hull Story

Posted on Aug 11, 2013 in Blog, Featured, Landscapes | 0 comments

The Hull Story

We are always checking out boats in harbors and docks.  My husband grew up sailing and loves to provide me with the history and specs of every vessel. During our annual Vineyard trip this year, we did our usual harbor walk. While Jack rattled on about the boats, I could not stop noticing the hulls.  They all have a history.  Some old, peeling, rusted, colorful; others are sleek, shiny and new. It’s really the waterline where the hull meets the water that has a unique reflective quality.  This is where the light dances and creates beautiful design and movement.  The colors are always different and the light bounce from the water is ever changing. Which brings me to this shot and a new appreciation for the beauty of the “hull”.  I’ve decided to include this image in my upcoming show at the Transformations Gallery in NJ with painter and friend Nanci Hersh because of the net-like quality of the light. “Catching Up” opens on September 21st and includes my photographs and Nanci’s paintings with recurring images of nets in our work.  ...

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Only a few frames….

Posted on Jul 5, 2013 in Blog, Landscapes | 0 comments

Only a few frames….

We spent a few days traveling to different wineries in the Central Otago region of the South Island, New Zealand.  Setting out to enjoy great food and wine we found ourselves equally passionate about the stunning landscape. Spectacular vineyards were flanked by ancient, weathered mountains ranges. PEREGRINE WINERY: CONTRAST OF MODERN AND TRADITIONAL It’s ironic that I found such beauty in one of the winery’s more rustic buildings.  On the opposite side is a very modern structure known for its award winning architecture.  The design and construction mimics the rotation of a bird in flight (ie the Peregrine Falcon). To learn more about Peregrine Winery and its unique architecture, click here. The overcast sky really set the tone for this shot and directs your focus to the reflective water. If it were a clear day, the mood and focus would have been much different.  The light was beautifully balanced and a gentle breeze created nice movement in the grasses. Line and texture are really important to me when I look in the viewfinder. It has to have the right combination of both to create interest and allow your eye to move around the image. Trained as a studio artist, it’s a very natural process for me. Travel photography does not always give you the luxury of multiple shots.  You have to be selective but make sure that technically you have what you need before moving on. In this case, mother nature supplied a few key elements and the rest was up to me and my lens!...

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