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Wandering into 2017...

Wandering into 2017...

A new year.....2017....

So many new areas I plan to explore and share....

Taking the lessons learned, achievements and dreams from 2016, I thoughtfully approach the new year with excitement.  I have learned much about myself from a creative perspective with this blog and plan to "dig deeper" into new and fresh challenges...

Each new day ahead will bring unexpected realities, good or bad, and I intend to grasp each one with courage, grace, and compassion.  I will strive to be more patient with myself, I will seek out areas to share kindness and compassion with everyone around me, and I will look fearful situations in the eye with strength...

There are several areas I intend to focus on with this blog throughout the upcoming year.  It is my hope that each will be an inspiration...maybe thought provoking...and helpful.  New and fresh challenges are on the horizon...

Having had the opportunity to explore many areas of creativity in 2016, the most important takeaway was that I LOVE photography.  Be it still life or food photography (my two favorites), I am going to capture as many images as I can, edit them more effectively, and continue to develop my style...

 
 

...right down to completely random...

The latest opportunity on the horizon involves photography with a technical and commercial feel.  I was asked by the company I work for to try my hand at product photography that they would like to use as marketing images this year!  Knowing the magnitude of the requirements, I have been absorbing as much information as I can on lighting, composition, and editing for this type of commercial imagery.

My style, up to now, has been more minimal in nature...vintage finds, textures, and simple settings.... 

 

The style I am seeking for the product photography project will be sleek, clean, and what I am going to refer to as "technically reflective".  The use of reflective surfaces combined with simple, perfectly placed enhancement lighting, and clean editing.

Polished black granite, white marble, and glass....to name a few...

Yes, this project is a departure from what I have been doing and yes, I am doubtful at times...but....

There are those times, when I am studying lighting techniques for this project, and I have a major "Ah Ha" moment that pulls me in even stronger....that is what makes photography so wonderful to me...problem solving, creatively designing a "set", and watching the images unload from my memory card to my PC....

That is my magic....that to me, is photography - captured magic....that is my hobby and passion.  That is what makes me smile...that is what aggravates me at times...that is what moves me forward...to work and practice to become better and better...

That is what I plan to share with you in 2017....

I wish for you to have many incredible"Ah Ha" moments in your creative passion during 2017 and let's share them together...

Happy New Year

Joan

...baking with strawberries...

...baking with strawberries...

...old baking favorites...

...old baking favorites...