Giving Thanks

Yes, I know it’s few days early, but it’s going to be one heck of a jam packed week… with all sorts of good things.  And I want to make sure during this time of being grateful, that I stop and say Thank You!  To those who follow this blog, and the family and friends that support, encourage, and inspire me throughout this photographic journey, I’m so very thankful.

There is always plenty of room at our table and in our hearts.

Wishing everyone a lovely Thanksgiving.

Did someone say…

Christmas!

Noooooo! Can it really only be only 45 , 44, 43 days away?  You know who will be here before we know it!

By this time last year, I would have stashed away a present or two.  And in less than two weeks the family converges here and me with no menu.  Okay so turkey, I know but that’s about as far as I got.  So much to do and all I can think about are the composites I’m working on, getting out somewhere (anywhere) to take photos, and putting some more time in at the shop (ETSY) for all those earlybird holiday shoppers out there.

Much of this wanting to photograph & create stems from the inspiration that fills up the Facebook groups and Instagram feeds I follow.  But with that, also comes a feeling of falling behind…  {sigh} and now like nothing is getting accomplished  on any front (home, work, or photographically).  This is not a good way to head into such a hectic season.  So I’m nipping this in the butt right now.   It’s time for a real plan…    So here it is: Sunday mornings for blogging (√), at least three evenings set aside for creating,  and at least one, hopefully, two outings a week with camera in hand.   And somewhere in there, we’ll squeeze in some Christmas shopping, holiday baking, and (ugh) the housework…

Here’s wishing your holiday countdown goes smoothly.

Why stop at just one…

Things are changing… and I don’t mean the weather.   Seriously, November weather is taking it’s sweet time on getting to these parts of Pennsylvania…  At this rate, we’ll be still be raking & blowing leaves come Christmas.


An obvious change is right here on the blog with a new theme & title that (I think) better fits the exciting new direction my photography and photographic art has taken is taking!  While I have learned to use the tools to add a mood, a feeling, or set the scene.  The images were safe…  Being a rather private person by nature, I only shared bits and pieces in any given image.  Holding back, only letting the imagination… the story go so far.  Well, that’s about to change!  The images, Alight and Found, contain much more of a story than I have ever put out there before.  And now that I’ve opened that door a little bit, it’s time to push it all the way and really see what is on the other side.   And I’m doing just that.  I’ve started a series… a story with a beginning, middle and end present.  It’s been addictive really; I’m thinking about it all the time, photographing the parts, reworking them into the story, coming up with one idea after the other.

 “You are never too old to set another goal, or to dream a new dream.”

~ C.S. Lewis

Sneak Peak

Heck, after 20+ years,  even the day job is changing.  All really, really good… and exciting.  Gee, how many changes is that now?

You don’t want to miss this!

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©Maria Dreyer-All Rights Reserved.  One of my very first composites and still a favorite. How can it not be? It’s got all my favorite things… my dogs, Halloween, fall, pumpkins, even a chill in the air.

There is something intriguing and challenging about transforming a photo, whether it’s a conversion to B&W to a full blown composite.

Regardless of how much or how little, the one thing every transformed image has is the creative vision of the person behind the camera.  Not sure if this type of photography is for you?  Well, the Transformations Exhibit is back!  And it is a perfect venue to check out how photographers from all walks and types of photography interpret what a transformation means to them.  I know I cannot wait to see these creative works!

 

Tapping into the Dark Side

Maybe it’s because October brings out the creepy in us, maybe it’s the weather, or maybe it’s just a mood… Whatever the reason, it seems I’ve been exploring the darker side of things a bit more… and I kind of like it.

It’s intriguing how an image can transform from what you were thinking at moment you took it to when that what-if occurs.  The result… the composition above ~ a fusion of the beauty captured and an ominous creature lurking.

Photographing spider webs, especially when there are at least 100 (maybe more) to choose from probably isn’t for everyone.  But there’s a valley I visit where every morning, when the morning sun peaks over the mountain, intricate patterns of diamond-like necklaces
glisten in as many different designs as there are webs.  And in all that beauty… lots and lots of spiders.

This year was particularly bedazzling and with the help of a new lens (actually a much older and  borrowed lens, Nikon’s 80-200, circa 1986), I was really able to capture the sparkle.

 

But for every ooh and ahh, I kept a close eye on the webs around me and the 8-legged wee-beasties that make them.