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New Photo Friday – Week 7

jennifer forbus - new photo friday

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you’ve enjoyed a good week. It’s been a little rainy in my neck of the woods, but alas, summer has vacated the area. I saw our first signs of leaves changing colors. I love fall’s palate, but I always mourn the loss of summer. To alleviate a little of my melancholy, I’m hoping to take Rufus to the Woollybear Festival this weekend.

I also had an, um, interesting run-in with a possum this week. It wasn’t pretty–for me, the possum is just fine. 😉 And I registered for Murder & Mayhem in Milwaukee this week. Anyone planning to be there, too? Should be a grand time.

Anyway, we’ve got some fun photos for New Photo Friday, so let’s get on with it, shall we?

Jen

I mentioned earlier that for my current photography class we have a special project. I’ve been working on that project and wanted to share one of my current iterations today. In the past three weeks this has already morphed quite a bit and I see more significant changes in the future, but thought I’d get your thoughts on it at this point. The theme of my project is “Love of Story,” and I’m trying to evoke a comforting, reassuring emotion in reading.

I’m using a couple of light sources and have been playing with their placement and power. The ring in the gutter of the book is a new addition and I am still working on getting the lighting on it correct so it creates the heart shape evenly in the shadow.

I shot this time around with a 2.8 aperture, an ISO of 100 and a shutter speed of 1/160. When I go to work on it next, I’ll be removing some of the clutter — the post-its, the bookmark. My eventual plan is to have tea in the cup, but I want to get the composition right before I move on to that step. And obviously the lighting needs work so my entire background is not black and the highlights on the book aren’t blown out. Other thoughts about things you like or don’t like? All constructive criticism welcome!

new photo friday - love of story

Maddee

Maddee really loves taking flower shots. And she is sharing one with us this week for her new photo. This is what she told me when she sent the picture: “Taken with my iPhone, no filter. I just love the balance of rich colors and textures with the background faded out. I decided to start naming my photos for fun… this is Flower Candy.” I love that name, especially since the flowers look good enough to eat!

new photo friday - flower candy

And there you have it from us this week. Do you have a new photo to share for this week? Let us know in the comments so we can stop by and see your work! All photos, all levels of ability welcome.

Have a super weekend, friends.

book review - Dr. Knox

Book review :: Dr. Knox

My reviews are sadly backed up, and it’s overdue to get another one posted on the new site. My review of Peter Spiegelman’s Dr. Knox first appeared as a starred review in Shelf Awareness for Readers. I’m posting it today with their permission. Hope you enjoy.

book review - Dr. KnoxFirst line: “Mia should’ve been it for the day.”

Dr. Adam Knox means well, but as the saying goes, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. The good doctor is laying down his stepping-stones at a rapid rate. Knox runs a medical clinic in Los Angeles near Skid Row and lives in an apartment above the clinic. Since his typical clientele isn’t exactly leaving him flush, he moonlights–with the help of his friend former Special Forces agent Ben Sutter–taking hush-hush house calls from people who can’t or won’t publically seek medical help. But these jobs are cake compared to the young boy who shows up at his clinic.

When Alex arrives at Knox’s office, he’s suffering from a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. Knox and his capable staff stabilize the young patient only to discover the boy doesn’t speak English and his mother has vanished. Knowing all too well how Children’s Services works, the doctor wants to attempt to find the boy’s mother before calling them. His good intention, however, goes beyond paving a road; it is the key to unlocking the gates of Hell. And not just for himself, but also for everyone he cares about.

Dr. Knox is feverishly suspenseful. Peter Spiegelman ramps up the stakes for Knox with catch-22s and tests of his integrity. He spreads a layer of grime over Los Angeles with manipulation, corruption and filth, successfully blocking out the rays of hope and leaving his well-meaning doctor no options if he won’t play dirty himself. Dark, evocative and riveting, perdition’s never been so inviting.

Welcome to The Inquisitive Introvert

Hi friends. Some of you may be brand new friends and others may be coming from my previous blog, Jen’s Book Thoughts. Brown Dog Solutions and The Inquisitive Introvert blog are the result of a WordPress class I was taking and my desire to include additional content on my blog, like photography, travel and animals. So here you will still find significant book discussion, but I’ll also be sharing some of my other passions. I hope you’ll visit often, join in discussions and enjoy the content.

Jen’s Book Thoughts will remain as an archive of the previous eight and a half years of book talk. I may, at times, reference reviews, interviews or other features there and provide you links. However, I won’t be accepting any review requests here. I’m at a point where the majority of my reading time is committed to reviews I’m doing for various publications. Additional reading is simply going to be books I want to enjoy personally and are not in my work list. I so very much love to read, and I’m promising myself I will keep it that way.

I have started to create some galleries of my photography. This was an excellent exercise for me, as I’ve been taking new classes to regularly improve my skills, and it’s been motivating me to finally organize all the digital photographs I’ve taken. These galleries will be updated regularly and I will also share some fun photos here in blog posts. Fridays will be dedicated to a series I’m calling New Photo Fridays. More on that soon.

There is a section of the site for freelance work. You can find information there about the skills I have for hire as well as how to contact me for additional information. I’m honored to work regularly for several small businesses, so additional jobs I accept will be determined by available time. I’ve given my freelance business the name Brown Dog Solutions in honor of my own dogs…who have all been brown.

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