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    Welcome to my new blog, I decided that I would change to Posts dated before March 27, 2008 are imported from my old blogger site. I was looking for a blog that is easily navigated around, and simple to update, I love the layout I can have here, with 2 side bars and tabs at the top for different subjects. I currently have an about me tab and a photography tab, Ill be looking to add recipes, and craft ideas shortly, so check back in to see what’s new regularly!
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Posts Tagged ‘Virginia’

playing with photoshop filters…

Posted by MWPA on June 16, 2009

Using photoshop elements and a self portrait, I came up with this ‘art’ I think the overall effect was made better, by the lighting I used fo rthe selfportrait, giving the picture good shaddow and depth.



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An old photo.

Posted by MWPA on May 27, 2009

I have so many things I should be doing, but instead of doing them I am looking back through the last yar at the photo’s I have taken. Its great to see how I have improved, I cant belive how many pictures that I thought were great at the time actually are terrible and not focussed corrrectly due to me using the wrong settings, I am reeditting a few pictues too, just to see if any are savable, here is one that a little bit of editing changed completely, this is my new desktop background!


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A New Lens…

Posted by MWPA on April 14, 2009

003So I have been saving and saving and saving my pennies so that I could buy a new camera lens. The lens I chose was the 17-40L, it is a wider lens, so I can fit more in my photograph with out backing all the way up.  My first day of testing it came up showed this lens is of very nice quality and between me my camera and the lens we produced some awesome photographs that were vibrant and sharp. (click the photo to see the album with more photos from this day out!)

Rachel Clare Photography the website is also growing so be sure to check it out:

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A New Camera.

Posted by MWPA on February 12, 2009

001For a while I have been thinking about staking up film photography, you know the kind of photography that doesnt seem to be very common any more, we have defiantly been taken over by a digital age, and with nice film camera’s available at low prices I though I would give it a try.

My forever friend,  Sharon actually inspired,me, she has an old nikon,  that she uses and I like seeing the pictures she makes with it-when she gets round to uploading the scanned prints! HINT HIMT, if you are reading this Sharon!

So I took the plunge on Ebay, I spent $29.52 plus shipping on an Olympus OM-G or an OM-20 depending on what part of the world you are from. The cameras were in production between 1983 and 1987, so I have a camera, that is as around the same age as me, which I find rather cool.004

The camera that I purchased came with an Olympus 50mm 1.8 lens and a Vivtar 70-210 lens which can be used for Macro and Zoom. The lenses are in great condition, there apears to be no dust inside them or the camera, there are a few scuff marks where they may have been dropped, but apart from that the lenses are great. The camera on the other hand has a damaged dial, the dial is cracked and when I change the settings the dial comes off. It is not a big problem as the camera is still functional, but it is a litte irritating, as you can see in the picture.

It certainly was an experience trying to find a manual for this camera on line, and I definatly needed a manual, I had no idea how to open the back of the camera to put a film in-which actually turned out rather easy. I took the camera out on Sunday with a black and white film so I could test everything out, adn I was very happy. It is different having to focus everything yourself, although the split image screen helps greatly with this. The zoom lens was heavy, so I mainly shot withthe 50mm and I got some nice results, I had them developped at Ritz Camera store and the photos look great. I did upload the pictures to my computer through my scanner, but the images lost some quality, I will post a picture of my favourite on eanyway.

The pictures of the camera, I took with my canon 30d, and a couple of continuous lights with a white paper back ground.

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An Important Day

Posted by MWPA on February 12, 2009

Two Weeks ago Will came home from work saying he needed to borrow my camera, and that he needed me to teach him how to use it, I asked him why and said its taken me a year to get to know my camera, and I still have lots to learn. He explained he had been asked to help photograph a promotion ceremony for one of his colleagues. Well it turned out that the day of the promotion was my day off, so he said GREAT, you can do it then…So I agreed.

I went in the morning of the ceremony to the rehearsal to find out exactly what I was up against, the lighting was terrible, as I fired off a few practice shots, I was informed that I would be up in front of about 40 people taking these pictures, so it was like I would be on display too. I was extremely nervous about messing up, I had never taken pictures like this, I wasn’t sure how the whole thing would work, but I was up for a challenge. I went home and looked at my test shots, and became even more nervous, I wasn’t sure my lens would be up to it or my flash powerful enough without being to harsh.

At three o’clock people started arriving and the ceremony was soon underway, I used a short zoom lens-the 18-55 kit lens, so I could be close and still gt everything in the shot, and I angled my flash to the ceiling so it would bounce a soft light to the subject, I turned my camera ISO up so I would not underexpose, and I ended up being happy with the pictures. I took about 60 photos and 28 of those were good enough to be printed at 8×10 if they wanted.

The whole thing was very nerve racking, I had to remind myself to breath in front of all those people, of course I know they were not looking at me, but it didnt make me feel any less uncomfortable. I think if given the opportunity  I would do another ceremony, although maybe I would charge instead of doing it for free as it took up a lot of my time, I spent the whole day going between base and home and then a few hours processing the photographs.

Here is one of the photos from the ceremony, I wont post the others, as I don’t have any model releases.

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I Had My First Dental Filling Filled-Yikes

Posted by MWPA on February 4, 2009

mellow-0031I have to say, I was terrified, I am always nervous at the dentist, but going in yesterday was worse that normal, as I was having my first ever cavity filled, I believe the cavity was small and not to bad as I had been having no pain or sensitiveness on the tooth, but its always best to get things done before they become a bigger problem, so I found my self going to the dentist and dragging Will along with me.

I checked in at the front desk and waited to be called, my appointment was the first one in the day so I didn’t have to wait long, when they called my name, I grabbed Will and told them he was coming in with me. I told he dental nurse I was nervous, and she said I would be fine-I remember telling her once, but when Will and I talked about the appointment after, apparently I told her 3 or 4 times that I was scared, as I sat in the chair I was almost in tears, and after the appointment Will said he could see the fear in my eyes. The nurse asked me to open my mouth and then quickly shoved a bubblegum flavor topical ointment that was on a cotton bud into my mouth above the tooth that was being filled-this was the numbing stuff, which tasted just like hubu bubu bubble gum-I don’t recommend you taste by sticking your tongue on it like I did though, as I soon lost the feeling of the part of my tongue that touched it!

Once the dentist came in-who looked like he had just finished high school and was younger than me, I lay back and close my eyes, as I did not want to see any thing else.  The injection came next-the injecting took a while, It was one needle of which I felt the prick-which was not painful, and the dentist pushed on my gum, in a massaging kind of way to direct it. It was an odd sensation. after the injection both he and the dental nurse went out the room, so the injection of local anesthetic could numb me up. I was very glad Will was in the room at this time as I had been expecting the area around my tooth to go numb-actually it was my whole top lip, my cheek, my right side of my nose all the way up to my eye that went numb, and my lip got swollen above the injection site.-I think the numbness actually was more scary than the drilling.

Like I said earlier I kept my eyes closed so I did not see any of the equipment, I heard different noises, and felt pressure at different times, but nothing hurt or was uncomfortable. I heard the dentist ask the nurse for different things-air to be blown on the tooth to dry the tooth and the filling, the light to be adjusted, and for various tools to be passed to him.

My face stayed numb for about three hours, about an hour after the injection the feeling my face was twitching, as the feeling came back, the area around my eye came back first and then my nose, and the rest followed, I was surprised at the amount of my face that was numbed, but I would much rather be numb everywhere than to feel any pain.

The whole experience was not as bad as I thought it was going to be, I started my appointment at 8am and was out the door at 8.35am, I know my procedure was routine to them and the cavity was small, but for me this was definitely something out of the ordinary, and not something i want to have done again anytime soon.

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Today is…

Posted by MWPA on January 22, 2009

Abstract natureA house work day, I have decided I want to spring clean-even though its not quite spring yet. I want to rearange the craft room, to utalise the space in there, as it is a small room , and with all my junk in it, it feels alot smaller! If I get all the spring cleaning doe, I am going to go to the dollar store and see if I can pick up some valentine day props for my photography prject and maybe stop in at the craft store next door and buy some fabrics for back grounds.

Its quite a cold day today, although not as cold as it was last night,the sun is shining, which makes it feel a tiny bit warmer than it really is. I am looking forward to the spring weather, when I can go out side with just a hoodie and jeans on, and be plenty warm enough taking pictures-right now, my hands may freeze to the camera when I am outside!

Todays picture was taken a couple of weeks ago at Sandy Bottom Nature Park I focused on the branches and let the water go out of focus-this kind of out of focus is called Bokeh. The lighter spots are the suns reflection on the water, I like how the branches have a tiny bit of light high lighting them.

Well I supose I must stop wasting ime by blogging and get to work on this cleaning frenzie that is going to be done, I am going to turn the music up loud, sing and dance while I clean!

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A couple of goals for the next few months

Posted by MWPA on January 21, 2009

Number one is obviously to improve and learn to use my current photography equipment to the max.

I have two projects that I would like to work on, I am aiming to get 24 landscape and 24 portrait shots of the cats at the cat shelter, I then want to create a calender with a selection of these pictures, as well as greeting cards. I also want to create some valentine stock style pictures that I can maybe turn into greeting cards too, none of this is to make me money, really just to inspire me to take more pictures and learn more, and maybe let someone benefit from the pictures I take, if the cat ones come out ok then I will donate the calenders to the shelter for them to sell.

I think I want to design some business cards too, that way if I am out and about with my camera I and am asked about what I am doing, I can hand them a card and say visit my zenfolio site for information.

Here is a cat picture of Zoe, who decided to make a bed with my walmart bag that is usually used for carrying camera accessories into the cat corner, Zoe was brought to the Cat Corner after her owner had to go to an assisted living home.


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Will Went Skydiving

Posted by MWPA on November 4, 2008

and I watched…

Will did a tandem Skydive on Saturday at Suffolk Skydive, I went along to watch and take pictures, jumping out of an aeroplane does not appeal to me at all!

Skydive Suffolk had a really friendly set of jump instructors, the plane was taking off about every 25 minutes with about 10 jumpers onboard.  The offer a picture taking service while you are in the air along with a video of your jump, which Will did opt for, and the video was very good. We went with Q and another guy, here are the pictures that I took:

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Turned out to be a chilly one…

Posted by MWPA on October 28, 2008

After my new windows were installed, I eventually made it out with Ember and her friend Cortney for a photo shoot. There was not much light left by the time we arrived at Oyster Point City Center, I had a few ideas in my mind what I wanted to do, and achieved two of them, I wanted to get a photograph of one of the ‘models’ leaning on the railings and another spinning round the lampost.

Even though the sun was shining and the morning was warm, as the day came

to an end there was a bitter wind with an icy rain falling, so it ment while we were doing the photographs we were all freezing, my hands got so cold holding my camera that I lost all feeling in my thumb-which has never happened before, so it looks like I will be investing in some gloves or handwarmers…

These are four of the best pictures from last night-spinning around the lamp post, leaning on the railings and some head/shoulder shots. (click to enlarge)

Eventhough it was dark and cold, I am glad I got some practice with my flash, although its still pot luck if i get a good shot or not with it, I have to keep adjusting my settings for the flash.

Ember and Cortney-Thanks for coming out!

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