Random Things

Project 52 ~ Week 25
Theme for this weeks challenge “Random Things.”

This week I decided to go into my gardens and play with my new Nikon 105mm macro lens. I’ve been really enjoying photographing with this it.   Here are a few of the flowers I found in bloom that I thought would go together to make a collage.

I’ve been learning more about my OnOne software and used it to create the bottom image of the collage. If you haven’t tried playing with textures…give them a try there a ton of fun!

It’s so hot outside today,  I hope you’re doing something to keep yourself cool!  Have a sparkling weekend!


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Sharon - June 22, 2012 - 10:10 pm

So pretty and creative. I love the yellow flower. Nice work Catherine!

Cindy - June 23, 2012 - 5:51 am

Really pretty. . . way to break in that macro lens. It’s addictive. You did a wonderful job with the collage too!

Andrea - June 23, 2012 - 6:52 am

GREAT MACRO!! Wonderful job! Love the processing!! This is awesome!

Cathy Testa - June 23, 2012 - 7:08 am

Absolutely stunning. As usual your talent continues to inspire me!

Irela - June 24, 2012 - 7:41 am

Beautifully done Catherine. Love the one of the bottom right, its so colorful. And I really like the texture you applied. Good job with the macro (I am saving up for mine) lens and I know what you mean about the heat….it’s brutal. Good job this week….Love it.

Julie - June 24, 2012 - 8:22 pm

Catherine this is gorgeous!

Jannel - June 27, 2012 - 5:39 pm

“A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know.”
Diane Arbus

Model Laina Baio Featured in top 10 for Photo Challenge

Project 52 ~ Week 24
Photo Challenge for this week “B&W Portrait.”

Last weekend I had the most wonderful Saturday afternoon. I attended an outdoor photo session and workshop with Lindsay Adler a top fashion photographer from NYC.  We learned different techniques as we photographed three beautiful models. Lindsay told us as portrait photographers to always carry a piece of black and a piece of white lace in your camera bag. You can use it to create so many soft and beautiful images…which is what I tried to do in this image.  I love how Laina’s eyes still pop through the lace.

I tweaked it using my new Nik Software.  Love this software!  I wanted to give it a dramatic effect versus soft and feminine.

This portrait was featured as one of the top ten photos of the week!  Here are all the winners…feel free to click on each image and leave them a little love.  It would put a big smile on their face!

joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_ Featured on Ellenburg Photographyjoyfulreflectionsphotography.com_Laina Baio featured  in B&W photo challenge CT

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Kathy - June 15, 2012 - 9:23 pm

Very Neat!! Love the BW!

Andrea - June 15, 2012 - 10:26 pm

This amazing Catherine!! Love it!! And thanks so much for the tips!

Sharon - June 16, 2012 - 6:24 am

Catherine, this image is just stunning. What beautiful eyes Laina has and you captured them perfectly. Well done. Love the veil.

Sara - June 16, 2012 - 11:08 am

OMG…this is beautiful! Great job Catherine.

Terry - June 17, 2012 - 9:56 am

Congratulations! This is an amazing image….absolutely love it.

Irlea - June 17, 2012 - 10:32 am

CONGRATULATIONS Catherine on your feature. This is truly one amazing image and you captured it so well. Love everything about it. Good job lady!!! xoxoxox

Cindy - June 19, 2012 - 9:37 pm

Totally alluring. Those eyes look like they can see right through you. Marvelous! We can all be jealous of your time with Lindsay Adler. . . so glad you got the opportunity!

Julie - June 24, 2012 - 8:24 pm

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

Rings and Things

Project 52 ~ Week 23
Theme for this week’s challenge “Rings and Things.”

This week’s theme and photo challenge is dedicated to one of the most admired and loved women I’ve ever know…my late Great Aunt Margaret.  Aunt Margaret lived in New York City ever since the end of WWII and until she fell at the age of 88 and broke her hip while crossing the street. She went to be with the Lord at the age of 93.

Ever since I was a little girl, I loved visiting my Aunt Margaret in the “Big Apple”. She was so brilliant and talented! She was also so worldly and knew about everything going on around the world.

Aunt Margaret had been a fine sterling silver jewelry maker for more years than I ever knew. She made everything in this image but the two rings in the center, which were made by me in high school. The beautiful sterling silver plate on the right was a wedding gift to my husband and I and she carved this from a flat piece of sterling silver at the age of 80! Amazing to me.

The little bunny and lamb were made for my sister and I when we were 4 and 5 years of age.  Precious treasures I will always cherish.

Aunt Margaret took classes in cooper and enameling and jewelry making up until that horrible day when she fell in the street.

I was extremely grateful to have been given her cooper enameling painting of the twin towers. Something I will pass onto my son. On the back of the painting is the front page from the New York Times of September 11, 2001.

I’m actually wiping tears from my eyes as I write this.  I miss my aunt dearly and if anyone was to tell me something that makes my heart so happy is that she influenced me so much with my creativity and talent.  My mom and sister have told me this my whole life…so for that I am very grateful.

So…even though this image may not impress you…it means the world to me and I’m very happy I chose to create it as I will be printing it for family members to remember Aunt Margaret.

I miss you Aunt Margaret and thank you for ALL you have given me. ♥

joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_Ellington Photographer twin towers copper enameling painting and more

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Andrea - June 8, 2012 - 1:44 pm

Just love it!! Great memories….love the story!!

Jodie - June 8, 2012 - 5:09 pm

Awww lovely story! I’m sure she is looking down on you with love still.