Showing posts from July, 2018

Beautiful Untermyer Park

I grew up in Yonkers, NY and yet I only discovered this park last year. Samuel Untermyer was a wealthy lawyer and  prominent citizen in New York after the Civil War. His passion was his gardening and he set out to create one " that it be not less than the finest garden in the world." For more information about this amazing set of beautiful gardens, check out  Untermyer Garden Conservancy .   Recently I visited family in New York and after a long, tiring day, my sister Kath came and said "want to go visit Untermyer at sunset?" Suddenly I had an abundance of energy. Nothing sounded better than to see these marvelous gardens at the golden hour. They did not disappoint.  The light hitting the abundance of unique flowers (at least, I don't see these varieties living in Texas) was just dazzling.  Everywhere we walked seemed to have new treasures to discover.   And we only stayed in one area - The Walled Garden. I have been there before

Growing With a Personal Project

I've often heard the suggestion of taking on a personal project - something different than what you are currently working on - something that will challenge you as a photographer and help you to grow.  A few years back I did a "365" project - that was posting a photo a day for a full year. I really believe that I become more creative that year - it forced me to think outside the box to try and come up with new images that might entertain my followers... and I did gain some new followers. Last October, a speaker at one of the photo clubs I attend, North Austin Pfotographic Society (NAPFs) , spoke about and shared his composite images which were totally awesome. So much so that the speaker, Kirk Marsh , just won the Photoshop User Guru of the Year 2018 award.  (check him out, his work is awesome!) I was intrigued and set out to try learning more about composites and portraying myself differently in "selfies" since I am the only model I have readily available