Tag Archive: color

Instagram a Day: Day 9

Cub Scout Belt Loop Extravaganza and I was in charge of the art belt loop. These are some of the drying color mixing paintings the cub scouts did. A fun little lesson in color theory.


All of these shots are from the same shoot. As I went along with this project I found that I used many of the same techniques, always trying to get a different result. Sometimes it was successful, other times not. This particular technique, used in the first two images, is something I came across just playing around with my camera. On my Nikon D50 there is a shutter speed setting called bulb. This setting allows you to hold the shutter open as long as you are holding down the shutter release button. I discovered early on that I can use the flash with this setting and the flash will only go off as I let go of the shutter release. It creates a ghostly effect when taking a photo of something or someone moving and can really make the colors a bit crazy. I really like using this technique as the result is something a bit abstract, which I enjoy. The first image is obviously two images put together and made into bw. The second is the true colors that were created, just enhanced the saturation. The third image was not using the bulb setting, just a low shutter speed. The fourth image is a more straight image playing around with perspective. Looking at these four together really gives you a sense of what can be produced from the same sitting. A wide variety, for the good or the bad.


“Think of me what you will, I’ve got a little space to fill” ~Tom Petty


“I set fire to the rain and I threw us into the flames” ~Adele


“She a pyre incarnate incinerate An inferno turned to flesh” ~Peter Steele


“Any old actress worth her salt outta know
The higher you are you want to see what’s below” ~ Melora Creager

This shot was fun. I don’t really remember what possessed me to take this shot, but I remember putting my camera with attached flash and reflector on a chair facing up. I have these sample pieces of colored cellophane that are used to filter and change the color of studio lights. I use them on my flash to change the color. This one was with a light blue. I set the self timer and played around with different faces and ways of my hair hanging down. I thought this shot was great. My eyes look similar to the eyes of the cookie monster shirt I am wearing that my kids had gotten me for Mother’s Day. It captures the playfulness of being a kid. Super fun to do, and even after more than a year I still love this pic.



“The most sophisticated people I know – inside they are all children. ”
― Jim Henson

One hundred and forty-six

We took the kids to our neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt and they had free sno-cones! Obviously I got a blue one. Ever since I was a kid this was my favorite part of eating flavored ice, having a crazy colored tongue. 🙂

“Every survival kit should include a sense of humor.”  ~Author Unknown

One hundred & twenty-eight

Another paint day; I worked on my son’s fox painting and a painting for my poetry book. Unfortunately this was the last time I worked on either, really need to get back to it. However, working in oils is messy and time-consuming. I really haven’t had a good time to work with it again. I do not like this photo. I hate the flash, it’s too harsh. I tried to compensate for it with a vignette, but it just looks sloppy. Not every day can be a masterpiece and this day I was more interested in painting than photography.

“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.”  ~Henry Ward Beecher

One hundred & twenty-three

Just trying to get a photo in this day. Nothing special, just messing around with color and the lack there of. Desaturated my face and changed the colors of my lips and hair. It’s a fun technique. Composition isn’t too bad either.

“Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?”  ~Winnie the Pooh

Great quote too, Ol’ Pooh bear is something.

One hundred & twenty-one

After years of wanting to make a spring wreath I finally collected all the necessary supplies to make one. This is obviously me making it. Not the best shot, but documenting the creation of my wreath.

“Awake, thou wintry earth – Fling off thy sadness! Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth Your ancient gladness!” ~Thomas Blackburn, “An Easter Hymn”

Said wreath on my front door. Easy, peasy, lemon breezy. Grapevine wreath, fake flowers and greenery. A pair of wire cutters to nip the stems short. Hot glue to stick it to the wreath. A little imagination and viola! A nice spring wreath!


This was a sunny Saturday. My son and I had been at the Killeen Civic Art Guild, working on some art. In front of the building is a courtyard that has a fountain. We decided to stop and take some photos. So here I am sitting in the sun, on the ledge of the fountain, water in the background, hair blowing in the breeze. This isn’t exactly what I was trying to go for, but I was having trouble with it. I wanted more of the fountain and less of me. However making sure my son didn’t fall in or play in the fountain was distracting me. It’s not a bad image though.

“The windows of my soul I throw. Wide open to the sun.” ~John Greenleaf Whittier

Seventy-four and seventy-five

It was night. My husband had fallen asleep on the couch. It was very foggy outside and not too cold. I took my tripod and camera out into the mist. It was a magical sort of evening. No one was out. The lights looked  amazing diffused in the fog. I couldn’t stop taking pictures, trying different things. It was peaceful and calm and creative. A very enjoyable night.

Seventy-four I am not too happy with. I am out of focus; however, I decided to use it anyway because I liked the way I looked in it. A shallow thing to say I suppose. Also because it was still that time of the year and I liked having the Christmas lights in it.

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” ~Norman Vincent Peale

Seventy-five, on the other hand, I absolutely love. I love silhouettes. I love the fog. I liked being a small object in the photo, instead of at arm’s length. I love how the light interacts with the mist. I love the black and white.

“We are asleep with compasses in our hands.” ~W.S. Merwin

I had done really well with this project until my husband had his complications with his surgery and then it went to H E double hockey sticks. So I cheat a little here and there to try to catch up, even though at this point it’s hopeless. I’ve decided to keep trucking though until I get to 365 photos, regardless of them not being taken one once a day.  These three were taken one a single night with my external flash attached to the camera. It’s an old school flash I bought for about $35 when I still used film. I have a cheap bounce that attaches to the top and boy does it help take great pics! When I’m not too lazy I get it out and it makes a world of difference. I like all three of these shots. The detail, color, sepia, compositions, the fact that my eye has so much green in it in the second shot, when my whole life I always thought they were boring old brown. It was a good night for photography!

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.”  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 “It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.” ~Henry David Thoreau

 “I am a part of all that I have met.”  ~Alfred Lord Tennyson