4.29.2016

Photo Tip Friday: Learn the Craft of Photography, Practice and Have Fun!

by Mary Denman     @MaryDenman

Recently, I was asked to talk about my personal photographic journey. About how I developed my style. How changing technology has impacted my photography. 

I'm so glad I was asked.

Why? 

I was surprised by what I found, and I think it might be encouraging to you!

Let's compare some photos I took in 1997 with my old print film cameras versus some 2016 shots taken with my current camera. 

Honestly, I'm surprised people told me I was a good photographer back then! 

4.26.2016

Wordless Wednesday: Traveling with our Puppy

by Mary Denman   @MaryDenman

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday! 

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Prior photography  tips:

Prior Monday's Musings:

I got to go see my dad this past weekend! 
Liam was ready to travel!
Dad had fun with Liam.
The irises are blooming.
Overall, a great weekend!

Our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Liam, ready to travel! 

4.25.2016

Monday's Musings: Perspective can Change so Much...

by Mary Denman      @MaryDenman


"Why do we have a walker and shower chair here? That's what grandmas and grandpas use." Not my son's most sensitive thing to say. Yet, it was accurate. 

He had seen his grandparents use pieces of equipment just like these. He was surprised that I had bought them for me. 

Honestly, I understood his sentiment. For a moment, I felt older...much older. 


I had a feeling of not being strong. 

Of not being able to make my body do what I told it to do. 


Of needing help.



4.22.2016

Photo Tip Friday: What is Golden Hour in Photography? Part 2

by Mary Denman    @MaryDenman

Golden Hour is a magical time in photography. 

It occurs twice a day. It’s the first hour after sunrise and the last hour before sunset. Because of the position of the sun near the horizon, the rays have to travel through the most atmosphere and this creates long shadows and soft, golden light.

Last week in part 1,we talked about Golden Hour and how the light is different than the rest of the day. 

This week, I want to show you how to use this time to create warm, magical shots.


Let’s get started.

4.19.2016

Wordless Wednesday: Pink and Yellow Flowers

by Mary Denman   @MaryDenman

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday! 

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Pink Azaleas

4.17.2016

Photo Tip Friday: What is Golden Hour in Photography? Part 1

by Mary Denman    @MaryDenman

Lighting is one of the most important components of photography. Understanding how light effects your photos is crucial to creating photos you're proud of. 

Today, I'm going to explain something called the Golden Hour. It occurs twice a day. During the Golden Hour, the light is most flattering for people. And, it creates some magical effects which is why it's also called Magic Hour. 


Technically, it's when the sun is between 0 to 6 degrees with respect to the horizon. 


Practically, it occurs for the first hour after the sun breaks the horizon in the morning. Then, it occurs again for the last hour of the day before the sun sets. 


Let's see what the Golden Light looks like and how it differs from other light throughout the day. 


4.12.2016

Wordless Wednesday: White Wisteria and our Puppy

by Mary Denman   @MaryDenman

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday! 

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I'm back from my little break! 

While I'm still pretty slow to get around as the tendon and my heel continue to heal, I did get out with hubby to get a few shots! 
Not even surgery can keep me from my camera! 

This Friday's Photo Tip will be about Golden Hour. 
This one tip alone can change your photography. 


Liam enjoying the sunshine

3.29.2016

Wordless Wednesday: Spring Light

by Mary Denman   @MaryDenman

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday! 

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After having surgery a couple of weeks on my Achilles Tendon, I'm headed to the Dr. on Wednesday morning to see it I'm ready to get out of my cast and into a boot!  

But in the meantime, even though I can use my arms fine, it seems my body still needs a lot of sleep. My brain is muddled and I'm needing naps.

So, I'm taking a quick blogging break until April 11th or 13th. 
I'll be back with Monday's Musings, Wordless Wednesday, and Photo Tips on Fridays. 

However, I will be hanging out on Instagram and Twitter until then!  

Here's another view from my sofa.

This is my back yard. I can't believe how much the leaves have started turning green!
To my friends in the Southern Hemisphere, I look forward your fall colors! 

Have a great day everyone and I'll see you soon! 

My backyard

3.22.2016

Wordless Wednesday: Life From my Sofa

by Mary Denman   @MaryDenman

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday! 

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Last week's Photo Tip:  How to take Great Black & White Shots
Prior tip:    Capturing Motion in your Action Shots

Well, today's post is about my life from my sofa while I'm off my foot for a couple weeks after Achilles Tendon surgery. 
I've had a couple of friends come by.....
I got some flowers....
I have plenty of dark chocolate...
And my pets are always nearby...

Life is good...even from my sofa! 

Happy Wordless Wednesday!



3.18.2016

Photo Tip Friday: How to Take Great Black and White Shots

by Mary Denman    @MaryDenman


Have you ever seen a black and white shot that just stood out? Have you ever wondered how to take photos like that? 

Today, I'm going to give you tips on how to take great black and whites. 


TIP 1: Shooting black and white shots is different than shooting in color. 

Can't you just convert a color photo to black and white? 

Sometimes, yes. But not always. 

Let's get started.