Photography 101: Street

So I’ve done the whole car on a road thing a few times, but that’s just what I think of when I think “street.” If you follow my blog, you’ve seen my old street images before, I’ve over-shared them, but they’re at the bottom of this post regardless. I got rear ended on my way to work today, so now thinking of street I still can’t think past cars on roads (I’m completely okay, and my car is barely damaged so no worries), but I want to- so many other things can happen on streets. I actually have an image in mind I want to create- but that’s going to take longer than a day and I don’t have the props for it just yet anyway. So with all that build up, I present to you, uh, well, cars on a street. More creative pictures will come, I promise, okay?

New ‘Street’ themed photo:


Old ‘Street’ themed photos:

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Photography 101: Home

Photography 101 starts today. It is The Daily Post’s challenge to take and post an image per day throughout the month of November (kind of a visual art take on NaBloPoMo, which is a blogging version of NaNoWriMo – did I get those acronyms right?). I am going to do my best to participate daily.

Learn more here.

Today’s theme is ‘Home.’



A miniature take on my cat curled up in my bed. Where I feel most at home – coincidentally, is in my home :)


This is just a Fischer Price Dollhouse bed and a ceramic cat, lit with my dining room over head light on a dim setting and shot with my 100mm f2.8 Macro USM Canon lens on my Canon EOS Rebel T1i. I edited the image in Photoshop, cropping slightly and adjusting the color balance (my camera always shoots a bit orange- to be honest, I typically use auto white balance, if I got out of that habit I could probably get non-orange images…).


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Cover Art

This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge is ‘Cover Art.’

“For this week’s Photo Challenge, stimulate your creative process and imagine which of your images you would like to see gracing the cover of a book, an album, or a magazine. Would the image inspire us to take a peek through the pages, listen to the music, or buy a ticket to the show? Would it strike a chord with viewers, making them reflect on or revisit memories of places, people, and experiences?”

The Awakening by Kate Chopin is one of those books that already has a trillion different covers. But, I couldn’t pass it up for this challenge – since it’s my favorite book. I’ve read it 3 times, years apart, and see something different in it each time.

I chose to depict the most memorable, pinnacle scene of the book. It’s been done before (although not with miniatures to my knowledge), but it’s the point in the book where Edna truely becomes free – which is what she wanted all along, and therefore I couldn’t think of depicting any other scene.

I used a photograph for the sky, clay painted with acrylic paint for the ocean and an HO scale figure for Edna.

I struggled with what font to use. Font is always my hardest decision. I wanted it to look elegant, but not overly so, because Edna’s just not that type. I considered a handwriting, sketch type look, because of Edna’s love for sketching, but I didn’t want it to look too messy or childish. I settled on Banbridge, a Summitsoft font, but I’m sure if this was an actual book cover, going to print, I’d change my mind tomorrow.

Here’s my take, with and without text. What do you think? Does it pique your interest in reading the book?

The Awakening

The Awakening textYou can see other covers I’ve created here.


Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge

So I think it’s high time I enter Michelle’s weekly per challenge. I’ve never entered and yet I have a lovely little 2 year old who adopted me and my boyfriend almost 5 months ago.

I have way way way too many pictures of him (and I have a few people who can attest to that – they’ve gotten too many Facebook messages full of them). However, I just got a new camera (which I’ll post about later) and here is the result.

Oh, his name is Wolfgang.


Behind the Scenes of “Stranger”

This one was pretty simple. Just a small cardboard box (about 3 inches x 5 inches) painted on the inside with a light grey acrylic hobby paint. I left one flap open in the back to shine light through. The man is an ho scale figure painted the same color as the inside of the box. I turned off all the lights (aside from the one studio light shining through the back of the box) and shot the image with the camera on my Samsung Galaxy S4.







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Behind the Scenes of “Aliens”

cardboard for the outer rim of the space ship
white acrylic paint undercoat for the spaceship rim and a glowing bouncy ball for the center (I then painted over the white with glow in the dark gel)
rocks from a bamboo plant
painted gold, white and glow in the dark


quarter machine, glow in the dark aliens bought in bulk from ebay
holographic foam core for the sky and cheese cloth for the ground
everything all set up
I used my lens baby control freak for this image
there was too much light coming in from the window so I created a tent between my camera annd the set up with a blanket (all house and studio lights were turned off for the actual shot)

glow in the dark

All images were shot very quickly with my phone, so I apologize for the iffy image quality.


View the One Word Photo Challenge: Glow-in-the-Dark post where I originally shared this image here.

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Found In Nature

I didn’t venture too far into nature for this one, but I love seeing the comparison between the color and black and white here- I can’t decide which one I like better.

color v bw candle

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Behind the Scenes of “Wagon”

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I was filling my mom in on what I was up to the other night and I sent these to her on Facebook- I haven’t shared any behind the scenes images with the WordPress world for awhile, so I thought it might be nice to make this post.

For those of you curious about those steps I skipped, I used model railroading sheet grass to cover over the foam, cutting slits in the back, like you would with paper or fabric to mold it around the foam. You can see the type of grass sheets I’m talking about here.

Also, the specs you can see on the camera screen are not what I shot with.

View the One Word Photo Challenge: Red post where I originally shared this image here.