I spent most of my day editing images for a variety of projects and clients. It was nice to finally have some time to go through the 1,000+ photos I shot last week, which may sound like an impressive number but was actually about half of my usual for this particular event. One of the photos that caught my eye was this line up of junior hunters awaiting the announcement of placings and ribbons. The horses’ and riders’ expressions are […]
Ringmaster Cliff Haines is reflected in a gleaming trophy that he later presented to a Junior Hunter champion. Processed in Color Efex Pro 4 using the Detail Extractor and Bleach Bypass filters.
We experienced another ice storm today, although it didn’t turn out to be as problematic as the forecasters had implied. We had a slight coating of ice on the trees and shrubs, but thankfully the roads remained fine and I was able to attend my meetings and return home without problems. For this week’s A-Z Challenge I chose ice, since I’ve had ample opportunity to photograph a variety of icy subjects this winter. This is an image of a shrub […]
It’s finally time for a deep breath. After a whirlwind week of traveling, photography, interviewing and writing, my magazine, In Stride, is off to the printer tonight. I work with a wonderful editor and designer, and after two-plus years together, I feel like we’re a well-oiled machine. It was also quite fortunate that all of the machines that brought me back from Florida yesterday, an old, black Crown Victoria rental car (don’t ask!), two Delta airplanes and a Tahoe, all functioned […]
Even though we put in long hours working this week during the USHJA’s World Championship Hunter Rider Palm Beach Spectacular, I totally enjoy my time in Florida. Yesterday morning I was up early to catch the first riders as they entered the show ring. The light streaming into the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center’s Internationale Arena was stunning, and hanging out with my long-time photographer friends is an added bonus that I look forward to each year. Unfortunately, I didn’t […]
This strange machine was parked underneath the airplane I was on this week. Whatever the mechanics did allowed us to make forward progress to Florida. So, I guess it was all good! This is my first post using the WordPress app. How nice to be able to blog wherever I am, even without the computer!
While I was working today at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, I took a break to walk around with my camera. I noticed this adorable horse standing in the schooling area waiting for his turn and couldn’t help taking a few photos. Unlike many of the veteran show horses who go to sleep or look totally bored ringside, he was very interested in his surroundings and watched everything intently. He appeared to have a lot of character and was […]
Today was Love Your Pet Day, so, of course, I had to find a recent photo of Peppermint, my favorite girl. She loves to cuddle in bed, especially when there are lots of fluffy comforters and pillows. Sometimes it’s so hard to get up in the morning when she stares you in the face with those pleading eyes: “Don’t leave me!” Of course, Love Your Pet Day is a nice excuse to give your favorite companion some extra attention, but, […]
This week’s A-Z challenge is the letter H, which for me is a no-brainer. The most difficult aspect is choosing which horse to feature because I have so many in my files. Arabians have always held a special place in my heart, and Showffeur is one of my favorite stallions to photograph. He has an incredible presence and beauty, and when he sees a camera I believe he shows off even more. Showffeur stands at Jonesborough Farm in Virginia, and […]
With a variety of deadlines, projects and travel plans under way this week, I’m quite pressed for time. But thanks to the Blue Ridge Photography Workshop on Macro and Close-Up photography this past weekend, I have a few images that fit the bill for the Macro Monday photo challenge. These tulips were photographed on the light box and edited slightly in Lightroom 4 to decrease the highlights and add contrast. Taken with the Nikon D800E with a 105mm lens at […]
I spent yesterday at a Macro and Close-Up Photography workshop hosted by the Blue Ridge Photography Workshops. It was a cold, gray winter day, and as I packed my equipment in the morning and scraped the snow off my truck, I was glad this lesson was held indoors. As it turned out, the workshop featured a variety of stations with various backdrops, lighting and a huge table set up with props, from toy cars to flowers to bread to colored […]
I think I’ve finally outwitted the squirrels! For the past two days this persistent squirrel has climbed all over the front porch rails, leaping and sliding, but to no avail. He just can’t figure out a way to reach the new bird feeder hanging under the porch. This morning he sat on the railing and stared at me through the window. Only the semi-squirrel-proof feeder had seed, and evidently he wasn’t having much luck hanging upside-down and flipping the door. […]
One of my favorite photo shoots of 2012 was on Ironman’s birthday. His owner called me the morning he was born, and I stopped by their Skyland Farm that afternoon to meet him. Arriving into the world is tiring business, and Ironman spent a good part of our time together stretched out in the warm grass. His dam, Cirena, would periodically walk over to check on him as she grazed nearby. It was touching to observe their first day together, […]
We awoke this Valentine’s Day to a beautifully snowy world. It’s been a photographer’s dream week here on the mountain, from this blanket of morning snow to some of the most dramatic sunsets I’ve seen in many years. These images of our driveway were taken two days apart. And although I did edit them both slightly in Lightroom and Color Efex Pro 4 for Clarity and Contrast, the colors are pretty true to life. I was so amazed by the […]
I hung a new bird feeder this week, and it’s been quite a hit, especially with the Black-Capped Chickadees. In an effort to keep it squirrel free, I placed it on the covered front porch, and so far it’s been a safe haven for the small birds. They’ve become so accustomed to my presence this winter that they don’t seem to mind me standing quite close and photographing them as they eat. I’m doing my best to ignore the mess they’re […]
I always bring a camera along when taking Cam for his golf lessons. Sometimes I stroll around and shoot the scenery with my iPhone and other times I bring a DSLR and focus on the macro elements, such as the flowers and other landscaping elements. On this day they were preparing for a tournament, and almost all of the golf carts were parked out front. The gathering provided for a fun image, and I played around with it using Color […]
I played with the macro function on the iPhone this week and had some fun. I discovered my favorite app, Camera+, does a nice job on macro as well as traditional imaging. This photo was edited using only the Camera+ Clarity filter. The impressive pine cone, about the size of your fist, has great texture and was found on the Table Mountain Pine (Pinus pungens), which is one of the many types of pines at the State Arboretum of Virginia.
It was 4:42 a.m. when my alarm went off. And, no, it wasn’t my usual iPhone wake-up call. A pack of coyotes suddenly began yipping and howling, and it sounded like they were right under the bedroom window. I quickly got up to see if I could spot them. It was dark, but clear skies and snow cover allowed me to see shapes and shadows. They continued their eerie howling for another 30 seconds or so, but the sound diminished […]
Our home is in turmoil. It’s the storm before the calm as rooms are torn apart, items are waiting in stacks and boxes, new furniture is on hold and we close our eyes when we walk through the rooms, counting down until everything is back in place. Today we went out to find a rug for the living room; we came home empty-handed. There were so many to choose from that we were overwhelmed: bright colors or muted; wool or […]
A few of my blogging friends have established a new weekly challenge that encompasses the iPhone and different editing apps. And because my iPhone is one of my most-used cameras, I thought I’d jump right in and play along. This first challenge is Nature, and due to my frequent walks on the paths of the State Arboretum of Virginia, I’ve recently collected a few images in this theme. This photo was taken in Camera+ and edited using the Clarity filter. […]