Posts Tagged: Photography

Monochromatic Wall of Lane

I’ve been dreaming about creating a photo wall, up along the stairs, for as long as I can remember, since our first house, back in Buffalo.  I’ve finally gotten around to it, and I’ve decided that the whole wall is going to be black-and-white portraiture.  Right now I’ve only got three photos up there, but I’ve got a growing folder of pictures ready to get printed, either to be framed or made into a canvas print.  I want a mix of both, really.   I also want a mix of posed and candid shots.  This summer I want this wall to be covered in photos!

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Yesterday, Davey and I traveled into Atlanta for a birthday party for Renee’s little boy, Mekhi.  Davey was so excited.  Not only did he get to see Mekhi again, the party was at Imagine It! Children’s Museum and there would be so much for him to see and do.  Add pizza and cake; Davey was in his element!

I brought my camera along—50mm f/1.4 affixed—and snapped away.   I wanted to document the day, from my perspective for my friend, but also I was sure that there would be some cool captures that would make it into the folder for my “Monochromatic Wall of Lane”.

They aren’t the typical posed portrait, but I love them just the same.


I was contacted by Easy Canvas Prints to turn one of my photos to canvas and they also gave me an 8×10 canvas print to giveaway, to [you] one of my readers.
The middle canvas, of all four of the kids, was from them.
The site was easy to use, and the canvas is just awesome.  At Easy Canvas Prints, turning your favorite photo to canvas is so easy that all you do is choose what size you want, upload your photo, select the border, and you even have the option to apply affects.
To be entered in the 8×10 CANVAS GIVEAWAY just link me in the comment section to a photo (on your blog or photo sharing site) that you would love to have printed on canvas.  You can change your mind as to what picture you actually print, if you win, I just love an excuse to see your favorite photos!
The giveaway will end a week from today, and you can share a link a day, everyday of the week, to be entered!
That’s good odds, yo…

[Easy Canvas Prints provided me with a 12×12 canvas print, but I was not compensated monetarily for this post.]

Weekly Winners {Little Monsters & More}

“Above all else: go out with a sense of humor.  It is needed armor.  Joy in one’s heart and some laughter on one’s lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.” —Hugh Sidey


My Time

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Every day I do something that I love. It’s the one way that I have ensured, over the past couple of years, that I am nurturing my self, my soul, my passion. And, that is photography. When I have a camera in my hand (from my professional 5DMarkII to my starter Rebel Xti to the trusty camera on my cell phone), I am doing what I love. Nurturing this part of me allows my creative spirit to be free, and when this happens everyone benefits. I am happier, and thus my family is happier (well, unless they’re rolling their eyes at me because, really, one more picture?)

There’s something about the whole process of photography, from composing the shot, to editing, to sharing with the world. but the best part about it is how it changes the way you see the world around you. Things you probably wouldn’t notice before your eye is trained to see, pop out at you. Like the way the sun dances on, and through, the weeds. Those very weeds, that most people find bothersome and ugly [to the photographer] are a sea of contrasting earth tones that bend and sway in the breeze, begging for our attention.

Just the other day I was running into Sally’s to find some of that new Crackle nail polish by China Glaze, and as I was jumping over a puddle I quickly noticed the way the sunlight was hitting the water, reflecting, with these beautiful little pink petals that had blown into the pool during the rain storm earlier in the day. I didn’t have a camera on me, but I caught a glimpse of something that I might have totally disregarded before….

Photography has allowed me to see the beauty around me. The beauty in people. The beauty in animals. The beauty in a simple, crooked branch, a puddle of water, a rusty old truck, and so much more.  My eye beholds it all; seeing through photographic expression is My TimeM’eye Time.

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Weekly Winners {The Business of Hope Edition}

“The road that is built in hope is more pleasant to the traveler than the road built in despair, even though they both lead to the same destination.”—Marian Zimmer Bradley

Weekly Winners {The Heart Edition}

Lotus Inspired

Shall we compare our hearts to a garden –
with beautiful blooms, straggling weeds,
swooping birds and sunshine, rain –
and most importantly, seeds.

—Grey Livingston

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