A little Fall fun!

I couldn’t resist have a little photography fun with the fall leaves that are carpeting my lawn! Enjoy!

leaves 01 © lynne medsker

leaves 01 © lynne medsker

leaves 02 © lynne medsker

leaves 02 © lynne medsker

leaves 03 © lynne medsker

leaves 03 © lynne medsker

leaves 04 © lynne medsker

leaves 04 © lynne medsker

leaves 05 © lynne medsker

leaves 05 © lynne medsker

leaves 06 © lynne medsker

leaves 06 © lynne medsker

leaves 07 © lynne medsker

leaves 07 © lynne medsker

leaves 08 © lynne medsker

leaves 08 © lynne medsker

leaves 09 © lynne medsker

leaves 09 © lynne medsker

Did you pick a favorite?
Lynne

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Game on!

I almost titled this “Loosing my marbles” but thought better of it. It might be a bit more accurate though!

I am in the final stretch of finishing up my brand new website. Shew! I’m so excited to share it with you and even more excited about being DONE! It will have lots of new options, info and fun stuff but it’s taken me literally months longer than I thought it would. Of course I had one partially built and scraped the whole idea and started over so that didn’t help the timeline.

During my rooting around in file folders full of images I uncovered these photos I’d taken for a commissioned project several years ago. Right in the middle of website development I stopped to pull them out, dust them off and get them ready to present. 🙂

Although it might not be as much fun as having my hands covered in paint it was a satisfying departure from the repetitiousness I’ve been dealing with lately. I’ll take it until the next time I can play!

Artists! Kick it up a notch!

The “Web Presence for Artists” workshop today at Sugar Creek Art Center was great! Information was flowing everywhere and, as always, I gathered some great tips as well. I loved the energy of having 10 artists together at the same time, sharing and learning! If you were unable to attend I hope to schedule another of these workshops in late September (I’ll post the info as soon as the details are worked out). In the meantime I wanted to pass along this information for you to take advantage of! Be sure to read about the limited time offers at the bottom of the page and contact me by September 5th to take advantage of those special prices. I am currently scheduling session in late September and beyond, when would you like me to help you improve your online presence?

A Special Offer – Just for Artists!

Water & Belly Photos

(c) lynne medsker

(c) Lynne Medsker

Here more images from the pregnancy photo shoot last month. Yesterday I shared underwater pictures, today are some taken from above the water.

(c) lynne medsker

(c) Lynne Medsker

(c) Lynne Medsker

We had a lot of fun with flowing materials, flowers and music! I really enjoyed doing something different with my portrait work, I love being challenged and coming up with different ideas and images. I hope you enjoyed seeing some of them too!

More Underwater Fun!

Last week I posted some images from a test run while I was trying my hand at underwater photography. Today I am going to share some of the images taken during the photo shoot I was preparing for.

(c) Lynne Medsker

(c) Lynne Medsker

I must say this was harder than I thought – for both of us. Being buoyant has it’s disadvantages when you want to take photos UNDER the water.

(c) Lynne Medsker

We spent a few fun hours in and around the pool and both relaxed enough that by the end we were very comfortable with what we were doing. Which, if you hadn’t guessed yet, were pregnant belly pictures. 🙂

(c) Lynne Medsker

(c) Lynne Medsker

(c) Lynne Medsker

These are some of the ones taken under the water, I’ve got another post of the ones taken around the pool area above water.  Check back for those images tomorrow!

Lynne

Underwater Practice Photos

So, last month I decided to take on the challenge of doing some underwater portraits (that post will be coming soon). I couldn’t resist the idea of combining two of my favorite things – being in the water & taking photos.

What I couldn’t make myself do was take my big DSLR cameras under the water, no matter how safe & secure the housings they sell were supposed to be! So I compromised and got a housing for my point & shoot camera, thinking I could live with the idea (and expense) of having to replace a nice point & shoot if things went terribly wrong! Although I struggled with the housing, learning eventually that, yes, there is a front and back and, yes, it does matter which direction you put them together. It became much simpler after that discovery! My “‘test run” photo session was in the pool with my grandson as my model.  You’ll notice that it’s mostly arms, legs and life vest – he’s not one for being underwater just yet. I did capture this image of the one (and only) time he jumped into the pool and went all the way under the water. After messing around with photos under the water I began to play with photos looking up out of the water. Although I’m not sure what this first one is, it’s rather a cool abstract, anyhow. These are two fun pics I got of my grandson out of the pool and me under the water.

That was kind of a fun experiement, the hardest part is staying under the water while trying to compose & shoot! Although still not complete comfortable I felt like I could tackle the underwater portraits. I at least had confidence that the housing wouldn’t leak and ruin my camera! You’ll have to wait until next week to see the portraits. 🙂

Press Release: Roundabout: Scenic Sojourns & Symbolic Circles

In the Gallery…at the Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library
 

“Roundabout: Scenic Sojourns & Symbolic Circles”

Work by

Diane Gardner

and

Lynne Medsker

June 17  –  July 20

 

Diane – “Diane creatively expresses her love of the natural world through her photographs. Whether she is exploring the backroads of Ireland or Indiana, she uses her photographic skills and creativity to produce images that reflect her contemplative view of landscapes, animals and people. While she appreciates the many benefits of digital photography, Diane strives to capture the image she envisions with her camera, using minimal digital editing.”

ballyran © diane gardner

“Ballyran” © Diane Gardner

Lynne – “Creating art is the purpose of my life. It keeps my life in balance, letting me escape the tensions of the everyday world. No matter what method I am using, when I create I feel alive! My subject matter begins as images of nature but is transformed into the abstract. The final result is often highly detailed and layered in appearance. As I gain experience, not only artistically but in life as well, my artwork continues to evolve. It has become more complex, with more texture, detail and dimension. I challenge viewers to not only enjoy the imagery of my artwork but to find evidence of things hidden within, waiting to be discovered.”

waves of joy © lynne medsker

“Waves of Joy” © Lynne Medsker

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Film Fun: Supersampler!

Last week I shared images taken with my little fisheye camera, today I wanted to show you what the “Supersampler”can do! Another fun toy for just getting loose and playing this camera has four small lenses and the final image ends up with the frame divided into four little slices of the action.

supersample, running © lynne medsker

“running” taken on film with supersampler camera © lynne medsker

I played with it a few weeks ago and really liked the shots with people best – the landscapes didn’t do anything for me at all. Of course the only “people” I had to take photos of at the time were my grandson so he’s featured in yet another post!

tire swing © lynne medsker

twirling on the tire swing, taken with supersampler camera © lynne medsker

You have to pretty much let go of any kind of control with this camera – it doesn’t even have a viewfinder!

swinging © lynne medsker

swinging, taken on supersampler camera (changed to B&W digitally) © Lynne Medsker

What it does have is a fun little pull cord to ready to camera to shoot, which was quite cool – at least according to a five year old. That and the fact that it had to be action, with a “ready, set, go” prompt – what kid wouldn’t like that!!

swinging, front view © lynne medsker

swinging, front view, taken on supersampler film camera © Lynne Medsker

It has two speed settings, either .2 seconds or 2 full seconds. I like the full 2 seconds better, there’s a bit more time lapse to show more action that way!

water © lynne medsker

water, taken with supersampler film camera, digitally altered © Lynne Medsker

I’ve got another roll of film loaded in it and we will have the family together for Father’s Day – I’m hoping to get a few fun images from that day. I also got a converter kit for my old film camera to take some interesting (I hope) photos with. Once I’ve had time to play with that and get it developed, I will share it as well.

Happy shooting!

Lynne

Fisheyes and Film

In a recent post I mentioned that I’ve been playing with film (yes, the stuff we used to put in our cameras before memory cards!) and some cool little cameras.

self portrait © lynne medsker

“shadow self portrait” © lynne medsker

I finally got the film developed and scanned and thought it would be fun to share with you a few of the images. The images for today are from one of the cameras I bought to play with, it’s the Lomo Fisheye #2, and I must say it’s lots of fun! Seeing the world in circular form is interesting, trying to capture it that way? Even more so!

sand play © lynne medsker

“playing in the sand” © lynne medsker

These images were all taken on a day trip to Cataract Falls here in Indiana.

lower falls © lynne medsker

part of the lower falls © lynne medsker

Since we brought our grandson he’s the subject of several of the images. That usually happens when he’s around!

shell find © lynne medsker

“found a shell!” © lynne medsker

He was very interested in both the little cameras I brought with me and, at a recent event, took over the fisheye camera and burned through all the film. 🙂 I need to remember to give him the digital next time – it’s free for him to play with it! I’ll be curious to see what he captured though…I love that he’s already into taking photos at age 5!

poppy & the boy © lynne medsker

the little man with his Poppy © lynne medsker

You need a lot of sunlight or a high speed film to get good captures with this camera, which they tell you but it really was evident by what turned out and what didn’t. You can also take off the viewfinder and use the hot shoe underneath to add a flash…I haven’t tried that yet! These were all taken on 400 speed film. The second rolls that was just finished off had 1600 speed film, I’m hoping that was enough to be able to catch some good indoor shoots at a couple of parties we went to.  Guess we will see! Just for fun I removed the viewfinder from the fisheye camera and held it over the lens of my smart phone – this is what I got:

fish eye on phone © lynne medsker

Kind of fun – although (obviously) it was hard to hold it there and not get my finger in the image!

As you can tell, right now I am just haven’t fun playing…hope you are having some fun this summer too!

Peace,

Lynne