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new photo friday - love of story

New Photo Friday – Week 7

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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?


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 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.

New Photo Friday - mardi gras beads

New Photo Friday – Week 6

jennifer forbus - new photo friday

Happy Friday all. I hope you’ve been enjoying a nice week. I know a lot of folks returned from their big party weekend in New Orleans for Bouchercon. I hope you’ve recovered successfully.

I’m typing this after my photography class and all giddy because I’m learning to use off-camera flash and it’s pretty amazing. I’m looking forward to playing with it this weekend and seeing what I can do on my own at this point. But I’m going to share a picture from class for today’s new photo. And Maddee’s returned so we have a great contribution from her as well.


My flash is the Cactus RF60 with the V6 transceiver. I shot with my 18-55mm lens using an aperture of 5.6, a shutter speed of 1/4 of a second and an ISO of 1600 in evaluative metering mode. I also had an umbrella on the flash at 1/32 power for this shot.

While I know that this picture is not perfect by any means, it is ground-breaking for me. To have gotten the ambient light behind her (she’s standing in front of a plate glass window) without completely turning her into a black blob of shadow is so exciting. Oh and the “her” is my adorable niece Payton. She was such a good sport coming to the class and serving as a model.

New Photo Friday - off camera flash

Maddee J.

This week Maddee really gave me a challenge. I had to pick from several pictures she took in New Orleans. They were all great and I had a hard time picking, but I settled on this one because it just made me happy to look at it. In her words, “They’re all arty and taken on the iPhone with a filter.” And about the image I chose, “love me some Mardi Gras beads!” Me too!

New Photo Friday - mardi gras beads

I hope you enjoyed the images for today. As always, feel free to leave your constructive criticism in the comments as well as links to YOUR new photos this week. We’d love to see. Have a super weekend!