Road Trippin – Tucson

My husband and I have never seen Austin, TX but have heard all about it, so we finally made the decision to go see it for ourselves! I decided to drive from San Diego plotting my route to maximize photo opportunities and meeting my husband’s flight in Austin where we will stay for a week. So far it’s been an easy, fun, relaxing and rewarding trip.  My first night was in Tucson where I visited the well know St Phillips of the Hills church. An historic and very beautiful church akin to many of the Missions you see up and down the coast of California built under the direction of Father Junipero Serra.  This first installment highlights a few of my favorites from the church and surrounding Tucson area.

St Phillips of the Hills Church Door

Bird nest in a Cactus

Lomography – Art or Commerce?

Like so many things that are “re-discovered” Lomography which started out in Russia as inexpensive, unique, and charming is now huge, mass-produced (in China), and commercial. However, I admit I do love the feel of the photos produced with these mainly plastic, inexpensively produced, but super cute (!) cameras. I particularly like the videos. Maybe it’s because it calls up memories of my childhood but somehow it feels new and familiar all at once.  Whatever the reason I have decided to cautiously dip my toes in the Lomography waters…literally… with my first purchase of the Fisheye no 2 and underwater case. I was looking at a GoPro but decided this was a (slightly) cheaper more interesting option – for now.  I am also dying to buy a La Sardina or Diana but mainly for the looks! When thinking up marketing strategies I am the poster girl they are all thinking of.  Put it in a pretty, unique, or cute package and I will buy it eventually.  This time though I have wisely decided to wait and see what I think of this first camera before spending more money that could go toward digital lenses I want.  Stay tuned for my trials and errors in the coming weeks.

I am venturing down this road simply for the creative challenge and to stimulate a new/old way of thinking about what makes an interesting photo.  It’s a bit of a roller coaster ride as one minute I am thrilled with the new features and cameras, and in the next disgusted with the rise in prices, the number of societies and chat rooms, competitions and opinions! Something that was fun and simple now seems subject for enormous amounts of debate.  It also remains to be seen if I have the time and patience to actually “develop” film, scan negatives, and otherwise learn all the quirks and tricks necessary to produce interesting authentic Lomo images… I say authentic because great images can be produced with digital cameras and creative editing to give the feel of Lomography.  Is that cheating? Is it a valid art form as well? I would love to hear your opinions and experiences. If you are a “lomographer” what cameras are you using, what are your best tips and favorite film types? If you have not thought about trying Lomography-why?

The images here are all digital with “Lomography” editing…. Experimenting with the style until my camera shows up!  My site and gallery here: www.mscott-photography.com

A HOO-HOO-HOOT of a Tale….

The Owls of Kit Carson

Based on true events!

 Chapter ~ 1

Once upon a time there was a family of owls that moved into a recently vacated high-rise condo in a very lovely park setting…The Mama owl, being a bit young, naïve and shall we say avante garde chose the very swank and modern condo at 30f Palm Ave. It was a non traditional choice in the Owl community with its open floor plan, giant skylight encompassing the whole roof, and unobstructed panoramic views.  Mama was completely captivated by its sleek good looks without a thought to the family she would have in the near future. Perhaps we can blame her lack of judgment on the very recent and shocking news that she would soon have three owlets! Three! Why she was not quite ready to give up her own late nights out on the town to stay home and care for one owlet not to mention three.

As mother nature would have it, soon the babies were born.. One look and Mama owl was so smitten with her three cream-colored fluffy owlets that she didn’t immediately realize it was going to be a problem to house all of them in a one bedroom studio… As the days passed she grew into an excellent Mother and fierce protector  ever vigilant in her watch. And so the family settled in together for a few short peaceful weeks.  I say few because, well….as we all know babies eventually become teenagers and that’s when Mama Owl’s troubles began…   To be continued…..

 

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Word press weekly Photo challenge: Together

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Hello all! The new website has been such a joy for me! I want to thank all of you for the great feedback, for taking the time to look over the site and to actually comment thoughtfully. I thoroughly enjoy connecting with all of you out there. In this hurry up instantaneous world we are living in now, I appreciate even more deeply those of you who slow down long enough to look around and comment. SO thank you , thank you! I am NOT a fan of the hard sell but I do believe in giving credit where credit is due, so a brief word about the designer.  Jacqui Childers of EnsoBlue. Find her here: http://ensoblue.com/ She was thorough, professional, communicative, on time, innovative and generally a joy to work with.  f you are in the market think of her! So on to this week’s Word press Photo Challenge: Together..in case you forgot the word in the midst of all my chatter!

Enjoy this photo of a Mama Great Horned owl and her babies “together in their nest!
Stay tuned for the full story of this family coming to a blog near you soon! Trailer: It has drama, rescue!, heartbreak, suspense and handsome firemen…who could ask for more…

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Can you see it yet?

Went for a walk in Blue Sky Canyon yesterday with my Shadow and as luck would have it  timed our trip perfectly to come across a Ranger led hike.  Usually I would make a wide berth as I prefer my nature hikes on the quiet side and not surrounded by a gaggle of people, BUT their first discovery was a mama hummingbird manning her nest! I HAD to stop when I heard that.  It took me a full five minutes of staring from a multitude of angles while the Ranger was pointing directly at the nest for me to finally see it!! That is how well mother nature works to protect her creatures. It was in the center of a tree right next to the path – yet I had to struggle to see it! Oh but it was worth it as you will see below.

Now we have many, many hummingbirds in our yard at home. They come to the feeders regularly but I have never been able to spot a nest even though I have tried many times believe me! I was informed by the Ranger to please not get close at all as the eggs will not hatch if the mother is worried or stressed. I took this with my 300mm maxed out which produced a photo a tiny bit soft.  It was also very overcast and I was shooting into the center of the tree. All in all happy with my result. Her nest is so beautiful I would like my home to look just like it! If this doesn’t put a smile on your face nothing will!                 Limited Edition Prints available here.

Word Press Weekly Photo Challenge: Through

Looking through this raindrop you can see the world hidden on the other side…or is it inside?

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Thank you! Gracias! Merci! Grazie!

Thank you so much to all of you who took the time to tweet and comment about the latest Focus 52  Photo challenge shot. I can thank Mother Nature for her awesome timing bringing rain when I needed it! : )

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Larger than Life

Macro photography is my obsession. There is a whole new world available when you look closely enough. I love how the most ordinary becomes extraordinary and the hidden is made visible when seen larger than life.  These photos were all taken around my home. Things I walk past every single day made me stop in awe when seen in a new light. Enjoy.