I went to visit our lovely new Lawrence Public Library today. What an amazing space for our community! In November of 2010 the citizens of Lawrence voted for a $19 million expansion to the current library. We love to read in LFK. The space is designed to accommodate a variety of community activities and acts as a central meeting place. There’s the “Teen Zone” a teen activity room with video game consoles and crafts, a children’s reading room, a large auditorium for lectures, community computers, self checkout kiosks and of course books. Lot’s of books. There is also an amazing glass sculpture that hangs above the grand staircase by artist Dierk Van Keppel. I love that my fellow Lawrencians understood the need to fund this project and in return the received an amazing space for the community. Awesome!
A few more still life images for today. These images, and the ones posted yesterday, are now available in my shop. Treat yourself and add one to your home 🙂
Today I went for a walk looking for something to inspire me to take photos. I had downloaded the new Exposure 6 from Alien Skin and need to take some photos to experiment with this software. I found an abundance of wildflowers and decided to do some simple still life images.
Exposure 6 is amazing! I love it already and I haven’t even scratched the surface of what it can do. It works as a filter within Photoshop or as a standalone app. While editing these images with some of the presets I had visions of new ideas that I could shoot. It’s funny how creativity works sometimes. These photos were edited with VSCO Kodak Porta VC in Adobe Camera Raw, imported into Photoshop and edited with Exposure 6 using the Polaroid 600 preset, light leaks and textures. I. Am. In. Love.
So I went back to the fair for some photos at sundown. So glad I did. I was like a kid in a bokeh candy store! The lights, the blur and the energy was amazing! The fair is still happening through the weekend so go check it out! Happy Friday!
I look forward to our little county fair every Summer. It’s very quaint and very Kansas. There are petting zoo’s, stick horse races demolition derbies and rides. Fun for everyone! I like to go when there is nobody there. It’s nice to walk around and take some photos in what looks like a ghost town of sorts. Nothing is happening but you can feel it brewing. Maybe I was out in the sun too long today, but I love it!
I have taken photos of the fair many times. A lot of times, actually, with different cameras and lenses. Somehow the never look the same. My editing changes, I am seeing differently or the light is different. So I keep going back. I am going to try to go tonight at sundown to shoot when it’s all lit up and sparkly. I love the fair 🙂
I got to meet this little guy last week. Sully is 11 months old and did not like my camera at all. All we were getting were frowny, old man faces. Then I started tickling his adorable little toes and he brightened up with so many smiles. Adorbs!
I ventured over to Prairie Park to take some photos of the lovely wildflowers in full bloom. There was a lovely breeze and the smell of Honeysuckle was delightful. A lovely Kansas day 🙂
I went to the South Park today to snap some quick photos before it got hot today. I wanted to play around with the VSCO Instant Film Set. LOVE. These images were edited with the 669 preset. So warm and lovely. I used to shoot a lot of Polaroid film, before they went out of business, so I was quite excited when this set was released. I have tried some of the Impossible Project Film but it just wasn’t right for me. These instant film ACR presets are just amazing! I so love the matte finish and muted warm tones. They really represent what Polaroid film looked like. These images were shot with my Lensbaby, of course, with the Edge 80 opetic and edited with the 669 film in one of the four presets. There are 22 film stocks with about 4-5 variations with each one. Also, I added a subtle lens flare in Photoshop to add a little drama. I would love to know your thoughts on these images.
My friend Mike, from the Red Lyon Tavern, was kind enough to lend me his lovely Leica M3 camera. Last Saturday I had some time to take it out and shoot a roll. I love this camera and all of it’s little quirks. Focusing was a bit difficult but after a few frames I figured out how to line up the images in the viewfinder. This camera is sturdy and suffice to say not something I would tote around with me daily. My arm was a wee bit tired after a few hours of carrying it around. I am pleased with how sharp these photos are considering this camera is almost 60 years old and I was shooting wide open at f2.8. These images were shot on a roll of Fuji Color 400 but I converted them to black and white mostly because I thought it made the shots were more interesting. You can view more of the photos on my flickr account! Maybe this weekend I will take out my neglected Nikon F100. Hmmm.
Our yearly county fair is this week and I went over to take some photos. I used my Lensbaby with the Edge 80 optic which, combined with processing in RadLab, gives these images a dreamy feeling. I have taken many photos of the fair with my Polaroid, iPhone and TTV cameras yet I think these are by far my favorite. Well, at least until I get a new lens 😉 I hope that you have a great weekend!
I am back from my wonderful week in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Our rental house was on Nags Head Beach right next to the water. The temperature was near 100 degrees when we arrived, however, storms rolled through and it cooled off to around 85. It was quite a relief. I always feel calm when I am at the beach. The waves, sky and nature are so soothing. There were so many unique things to take photos of I was like a kid in a candy store. What an amazing, awe inspiring place. So here are the first of many post full of photos of this lovely place.