Photography from East to West

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Our home these days seems larger than we need.  It’s just my husband and me now, not that the one extra person made that much of a difference, but it did in a way.  We have an open floor plan which encompasses our kitchen, family room and the sun room.  It’s a large space and at the same time, very inviting.  As I’ve mentioned before, the sun room is without a doubt, my favorite room in our home.  It’s very light and peaceful, we enjoy entertaining or just sitting with a morning coffee here.

I photographed our tree from outside our home on Friday’s blog, so I thought I would show you the inside where we sit and enjoy the beauty of the room and our Christmas tree.  Of course, our home would not be home without McKenzie.  She is a very large part of our lives and, in a sense, has become our child, since our daughter moved out.  Living in NJ this time of year, it’s cold, bare and very bleak.  Today was no exception, we had some snow overnight which left a bit of an icy layer on everything this morning.  I tried to capture the warmth of the room and the cold of the outside in this photograph to show the comparison of outside to the warm inside.  Christmas will soon be upon us and I wish all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season.

If you are interested in more of my work please visit my website.  Until next time … Deb


This time of year there are so many stops at the store to Christmas shop. This trip was to Michaels Arts & Crafts. We do a pirate gift exchange just for fun with our daughters and son in laws. This year we’re adding in our nephew and his wife since they’ll be spending the holidays with us. I’m actually a terrible shopper … I always find something for me … and that’s exactly what this shopping trip produced! The teal vase with the chipped paint was something I just couldn’t resist! Especially with the 40% off coupon. The hydrangeas were a Thanksgiving gift from our cousin. My drying technique didn’t work quite like I thought it would, but the result with the flowers drooped over adds character. By the way … I didn’t find anything for a gift! 

There is a little corner in my dining room that gets great morning light and that’s where I set up my shot. I like a little softness in my photos and that’s why I added this scarf-like piece of fabric. For my camera settings, I used my 50mm lens at 1/125 sec, f/2.5 and ISO 500. The higher depth of field created a nice soft blur to the fabric. I chose to keep my white balance a little creamier so that it matched the color of the flowers and gave it a bit of a vintage look. 

To see more of what I’ve done in Still Life, you can find my Pinterest board here

Thank you for looking!

Carolyn

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