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Fuji 35mm f1.4

Firmly going back to my roots with Fuji feels like home. This shot was taken with a new-to-me Fuji 35mm 1.4. I know why I sold this lens in 2015 and it wasn’t that I wanted to part with it exactly. I just wanted the new 16-55mm 2.8 more. But with having gifted my 35mm f2, a decision I am thrilled with because I wholeheartedly believe in paying it forward…..I was left with a hole in my Fuji gear. I also picked up a Fuji X100F and I had forgotten how much fun that little camera is. It gives me a 23mm focal length too, so, it’s a win-win. I thought about the X100V but it takes a different battery than my X-H1’s and its processor is different and…..it just seemed to make a lot of sense to stick with the same generation of everything. Plus, I already had the X100F once and understand it well. Jared says I am getting more comfortable with my gear, enough so that I can focus on the art. I hope he is right. I have truly been a gear-head in the past and I desperately want to grow out of it. The Japanese […]

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Journals and Photo Miscellany

I am going to need a new journal soon. I started my current journal on December 28, 2019 and miraculously I have kept with it all this time. I might switch to Moleskine notebooks instead of a formal journal. They are better for purses. And, I have several of Moleskine notebooks sitting around. But, regardless….the journal has to have no lines, like a sketchbook. I like the freedom to make my pages have as many lines of text as I feel like filling up. All this to say, I love private, on paper journaling. But, I have desperately missed blogging. I love my people and I miss talking to you. I just have a brain the psychs me out for no good reason. This has been the week I have gotten real about my health. I joined the Peloton app and have taken baby steps into learning about Pilates. I am still working the Noom program. I am working to balance sitting positions and sit up straighter when I am sitting in the recliner. I am drinking tons of water. I’ve kept the light therapy lamp on most of the day to fight off late winter blah’s. So ready for […]

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Studio, Edited: Inspiration

So. The studio is going through an evolution. I needed to be inspired by this space, and some rearranging gave me that inspiration. So now, I sit in the studio, with a new writing corner facing the light that is coming through the bay window, in a beautiful room surrounded by furniture and objects that all have meaning for me. I have spent a lot of time in the last few weeks sitting in the dark corner of the office that is mine, a space that gets most of its light from the overhead pendant lights. It is wonderful to share that space with Jared, too, for writing surfaces and larger projects. No looking back from converting the dining room to an office. This little corner of the studio, though, it gets beautiful light all day long and there is something about spending time in a beautiful space that gives me a kind of inspiration and energy. And sitting here, I am facing my Nannie’s pretty furniture in the opposite corner. Things are easily moved if there is a client need.

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Jared Says I Should Start Critiquing My Work. So Here is One

So…. I processed the color version of this photo first. As with most of my indoor photos, I prefer the black and white version of this photo. Here is where I whine to Jared and say, “That’s all I know what to say about it.” There’s nothing wrong with the color version except that Liam’s walls are yellow and I feel like the yellow calls attention to itself. I hate the color of Liam’s walls– they are the color we inherited the house as– but Liam loves his room as it is, so it doesn’t get painted. But Liam is the subject of the picture, not the yellow wall. In both pictures, I love that his desk faces his window so you get the light right on his face. I think the light is what makes this work as a black and white photo. I like my black and whites to be punchy with lots of contrast. I used the Mastin Fuji original on the bottom photo just like I did with the top photo, but instead of setting the film simulation to Provia as I did with the top photo (Mastin’s instructions to Fuji users in Capture One instead […]

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Quarantine = Bored

Quarantine = bored. I am pretty flighty by nature. I know that much about myself. In 2016, when we bought this house, the first house that caught my eye was a little two bedroom house here in town that was for sale for $45k. I had my sights set on the tiny house movement and I was gonna pile all three of my growing boys in one bedroom and we were gonna have that sucker paid off in five or six years. Ability to own outright, fast, was all I cared about. Nevermind that the outside of the house was painted asbestos siding. We bought the opposite of that. Sort of. I mean, comparatively….. 2400 square feet is not small. Nor was the mortgage exactly, though in retrospect we didn’t assume more debt than was appropriate to do given our situation, or our debt-to-income ratio. I had to be talked into coming to see this house because I was not impressed by the photos. Once I saw it in person, it was all over mostly because of the parquet floor in the family room and Oliver playing in the yard during the showing, a yard that he refuses to step […]

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Slow Days

It is a season of slow days…..we are cleaning out around these parts, in slow motion. In lieu of laundry day, I am doing a little bit of laundry just about every day right now. I go easy on myself on the days I don’t feel like starting a new load. Plans are in motion for long held and wished for projects. A new handmade wooden kitchen counter. A matching counter for the bar. Painted ivory kitchen cabinet doors. A new roof for the shed. Maybe a she-shed later? Or a man-cave? Or maybe just a place to keep the lawnmower and some other tools. I have two crochet blankets in motion and even with all the time on my hands, they probably won’t be finished by the time quarantine and social distancing are called off. I crochet when I have literally nothing else to do, as a distraction to melancholy. We let the dogs out onto the deck the other day for the first time. Those squirrels that Trixie likes to bark at are not so friendly-looking when they are perched, ready to pounce from the roof. Trixie decided inside might be better. The dogs like to go outside […]

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