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Our Winter with Lensbaby

It gives me great pleasure to share some of my favorite images celebrating the winter season.   As with the previous posts featuring the seasons, these pictures are also taken with either a Lensbaby lens or optic allowing me to create in camera with my eye to the viewfinder a world of fun via artistic blur of just a magical digital scene.

 

Some folks may wonder why there are flowers, new growth, and hints of fall colors in a post focusing on winter weather.  Northern California, as most of the west coast states are in year 4 of a drought.  We were fortunate to see some rain and snow in the mountains late in 2015, but 2016 has been very dry.  Hopefully, spring will be another season with rain, so we can make a dent in the drought.

 

My family is in southern California and I have been spending time with my Mother who just turned 92 on February 27 and is recovering from a broken hip.  Many of the uncharacteristic winter scenes with spring like qualities are taken here, near Los Angeles.

 

It isn’t easy to decide upon my favorites, as they tend to change!  However, here are a view I selected to share.  Favorites, of the moment.

 

My current “go-to” Lensbaby products are:  Velvet 56, Sweet 50 optic, and an old favorite, the Muse.  It was not until I pulled these pictures into my post that I saw my name DrMarm and either 2015 or 2016 on every one.  Rookie mistake, I just need to get back to writing more posts and remembering what I should do with my images.  Forgive the name, but at least you will know whether it was taken in 2015 or 2016.  <grin>

 

American River

American River, Velvet 56

 

Green Trail

Green Trail, Velvet 56

 

Rocky Road

Rocky Road, Velvet 56

 

Jessie Girl

Jessie Girl, Velvet 56

 

Bee Headstand

Bee Headstand, Velvet 56

 

Elm Sunset

Elm Sunset, Velvet 56

 

Bright Bud and Blooms

Bright Buds & Blooms, Velvet 56

 

Blowin' in the Wind

Blowin in the Wind, Velvet 56

 

LB Sun Fun

Sun Fun, Sweet 50

 

Muse Fun

Muse Fun, Muse with Creative Aperture

 

Window Dressing

Window Dressing, Muse with Creative Aperture

 

Going Up?

Going Up, Muse with Creative Aperture

 

The Wish Tree

The Wish Tree, Muse with Creative Aperture

 

LB Shed

Lensbaby Shed Visit, Sweet 50

 

CMM Memories

Camp Mountain Meadows, Sweet 50

 

Driving By

Driving By, Sweet 50

 

Golden Hour

Golden Hour, Sweet 50

 

Foggy Frost

Foggy Frost, Velvet 56

 

Frozen Reflections

Frozen Reflections, Velvet 56

 

Left Alone

Left Alone, Sweet 50

 

Looking At Life

Looking At Life, Sweet 50

 

All That Glitters

All That Glitters, Sweet 50

 

Jessie Intrigued

Intrigued Jessie, Sweet 50

 

Hazy Blues

Hazy Blues, Sweet 50

 

And if I could only pick one picture, it would be this last image! Of course, that just means I haven’t taken a new favorite…today. <grin–and grabs her Nikon & Lensbaby>

 

Tulip Dance

Tulip Dance, Velvet 56

 

To continue enjoying “Our Winter with Lensbaby” images, be sure to connect with Pauline Putt.  A continued inspiration to me, I am happy to send you her way:   http://oaktreeshutterbug.squarespace.com/oaktreeshutterbug/2016/2/28/our-winter-with-lensbaby  I will continue to enjoy Pauline’s magical talents with her daily mobile Lensbaby lens images.

 

Celebrating Fall with my Lensbaby

It is time to celebrate the wonderful fall images with our “Circle Blog”  Please visit the talented and creative Janet Douglas with her post http://jandouglas.weebly.com/hearts-lensbaby-love-hearts/our-fall-with-lensbaby

As a photographer, I am thankful to catch the small nuances of a season over time.  For me, with the fun and joy of using a Lensbaby lens or optic to help capture that magic, changes in color are even better!

My images were captured with my Nikon D800E and I will confess, this is the best “workhorse” of a camera I have ever had.  I started bringing it with me wherever I went.  Usually, most of my trips were to either physical therapy or a doctor’s appointment.  However, bringing my camera and having it “at the ready,” I found many great subjects in parking lots between the car and my appointment.   Great practice to look around wherever you are at the moment!

Special thanks and gratitude for joining an incredible group of women photographers on this venture.  Ana Maria Rosenberg, Pauline Putt, Nicola Stewart Janet Douglas, and Anja Williams.  One of the best aspects of photography and social media has been the community across the globe.  May we always be able to connect through our visions and the arts.

While searching for autumn color early in the season, I drove from one parking lot to another and as luck would have it, found an amazing dragon-fly.  Previously, I never had more than a quick shot with one.  I enjoyed the chameleon aspects and felt part of the magic was due to the Velvet 56 Lens.  What a delightful surprise!

Dragon Fly Hovering

Hovering

 

Dragon Fly Iridescent Wings

Iridescent Wings

 

Dragon Fly Pink

In the Pink

 

My “go-to” optic for these fall images ended up being the Sweet 50 Optic.  It is light weight and a perfect match as a walk around lens.  This clearly became my “Nifty Fifty!”

 

Setting Show

Setting Show

 

Sister on the Side

Sister on the Side

 

Bokeh Bee

Bokeh Bee

 

Morning Light Later

Morning Light Later

 

Fallen Color

Fallen Color

 

Mosaic Fall Leaf Pattern 3

Mosaic Fall Leaf Pattern 3

 

Mosaic Leaf Pattern 2

Mosaic Fall Leaf Pattern 2

 

Mosaic Fall Leaf Pattern

Mosaic Fall Leaf Pattern

 

Down the Lane_

Down the Lane

 

Down the Lane 2

Down the Lane 2

 

Abstract Fall Colors

Abstract Fall Color

 

Grapevine

Grapevine

 

Lavender Vase

Lavender Vase

 

 

LB Country Road

Country Road

 

Double Exposure (in camera) a fun change.

Ghost Statue

Ghost Statue

 

Sunny Bloom Above

Sunny Bloom Above

 

Fall Celebration ICM

Fall Celebration ICM (Intentional Camera Movement)

 

Autumn Arrival

Autumn Arrival

 

Clouds and Fall Magic

Clouds and Fall Magic

 

Puzzle Pieces

Puzzle Pieces

 

Poppin' Yellow

Poppin’ Yellow

In northern California, we are due for many more moments celebrating the fall season.  We have an amazing snow covering for the Thanksgiving week

 

100 Summer Days with My Lensbaby Weeks 11-14 plus 2 Days

Out the Window Day 73

Out the Window Day 73

Lone Tree Day 74

Lone Tree. Day 74 jpg

Summer Views Day 75

Summer Views Day 75

Macro Veins Day 76

Macro Veins Day 76

Sunshine Day 77

Sunshine Day 77

Jessie Girl Day 78

Jessie Attentive Day 78

Floral Wallpaper Day 79

Floral Wallpaper Day 79

Early Blossoms Day 80

Early Blossoms Day 80

Crossing Intersection Day 81

Crossing Intersection Day 81

Ahead of Time Day 82

Ahead of Time Day 82

Cropped Color Day 83

Cropped Color Day 83

Couple In Love Day 84

Couple In Love Day 84

Mid-Day Sun Day 85

Mid-Day Sun Day 85

Harris Ranch Dusk Day 86

Harris Ranch Dusk Day 86

Palm Lane Day 87

Palm Lane Day 87

E-Ticket Ride Day 88

E-Ticket Day 88Kayak Accents Day 89Kayak Accents Day 89

Harbor Pano Day 90

Harbor Pano Day 90

Captain at the Wheel Day 91
Captain at the Wheel

Top Shelf Day 92

Top Shelf glass ware Day 92

Childhood Memories Day 93

Childhood Memories Day 93

Spot of Sun Day 94

Spot of Sun Day 94

Fisheye Fun Day 95

Fisheye Fun Shadows Day 95

Spirit Tree Day 96

Spirit Tree Day 96

Burst of Color Day 97

Burst of Color Day 97

Breezy Blur Day 98

Breezy Blur Day 98

Monkey See Monkey Do Day 99

Monkey See Monkey Do Day 99

Lady Bathing Day 100

Lady Bathing Day 100

 

 

The best part of our 100 Days of Summer with my Lensbaby…the talented women who let me join them and of course–enjoying the world with my Lensbaby lenses and optics!

 

 

To celebrate our completion, we will have a Lensbaby Circle from one blog post to another.  When we “go live” I will happily share the first person, so you can really see our summer across the globe with Lensbaby.  Thank you to Ana Marie Rosenberg for her coordination of our project!  See her amazing talent here:   http://anarosenberg.net/…/100-day-of-summer-with-lensbaby

100 Days of Summer Lensbaby Circle

Thought it would be easy to select a few of my favorite images that were part of the 100 Days of Summer celebrating my love and passion for all things Lensbaby.  Not as easy as I imagined, but here are a few that made my first favorite bunch.  If I had to guess, I would see updates to this post for sure!

Spirit TreeSpirit Tree Day 96

This is a tree in the parking lot of the church I attended while growing up near Pasadena, CA.  (San Gabriel, Church of Our Savior)  My parents, the Twining’s met one another at this church…ironically, my Aunt Carol (Dad’s sister) and my Godmother (Mother’s BFF) had been telling each of my parents they needed to meet a “friend” of theirs.  Nah, they met one another without that awkward blind date kinda thing.  Small world since Mother was born and raised in Lahaina, Maui and Dad predominantly on the East Coast.  Gonna have to go with “some things are just meant to be.”

My Mother was recently sharing their story and I never knew that my Dad fell asleep in the movie on their second date.  Mother said, “Well, I will never see him again…”  Nope, she was wrong on that account as he told her how he felt on date 3.”  He proposed at 6 weeks and they were married over 50 years.

Lady Bathing

Lady Bathing Day 100

I was fortunate to be able to attend my nephew Matt’s wedding to Hali.  Many advantages to having the newest DSLR lens, Velvet 56 on my Nikon, especially the 1.6 aperture.  I watched the candle melt during the reception and when I could clearly see a woman bathing–snap and a sentimental memory of a magical day and evening.

If anyone were to describe me as one who shoots flowers, I would have disagreed before the 100 images for Summer…yes, most were flowers and close to home.  Many were actually in parking lots of the various doctor locations I visit for treating my back and neck injury.  Once I switched to focusing on the “Lensbaby Love” and had lighter lens/optics on my camera it was easy to find subjects to share.

Floral Wallpaper

Floral Wallpaper Day 79

Sunshine

Sunshine Day 77

Violet Beauty

Violet Beauty.jpg Day 68

On Stage

On Stage. Day 65 jpg

Sunshine Spotlight

Sunshine Spotlight Day 66

Tulip via Velvet 56

Tulip Via Velvet 56 Day 59

Partial Petals via Velvet 56

Partial Petals Via Velvet 56 Day 61

Secret Garden via Velvet 56

Secret Garden Via Velvet 56 Day 60

Some non blooming sights…

Crossing the Line

Crossing the Line

Traveling Minstrel

Traveling Minstrel

Indoor Display

Indoor Display Day 46

Finder’s Keepers

Finders Keepers

Classic Words

Classic Words Day 42

Sharing the Beauty

Sharing the Beauty

Out the Window

Out the Window Day 73

And the most visited location…my neighbor 3 doors away with a magical yard…

I Wanna Hold Your Hand

I Wanna Hold Your Hand Day 54

Closer Inspection

Closer Inspection Day 58

Next in Line

Next in Line Day 56

World Below

World Below Day 56

Dehazed Daisy Pops

Dehazed Dasiy Pops

Jessie Girl Attentive

Jessie Attentive Day 78

Hi Riley!

Hi Riley!

Spreading the Lensbaby Love during the summer…one day at a time!

The talented and creative ladies with the LB100DaysofSummer:

Thank you Ana, Pauline, Nicola, Sonia, Kelly, and Justyna for allowing me to join you with an “amazing” 100 Days of Summer.

#LB100daysofsummer #100summerdays_Lensbaby

To continue with our closing circle of 100 Days of Summer with Lensbaby, visit the very talented Kelly Jacobi, just click on the link below!

Kelly – Kelly Jacobi Photography
  https://kellyjacobi.wordpress.com/…/100-days-of…/

Special thanks to Lensbaby for creating such fun (and addictive) lenses and optics!  The folks I have had the pleasure to meet in real life as well as those with email or social media, you guys totally rock and are appreciated much!

100 Summer Days with my Lensbaby Week 7-10

Mid-way through our Summer and more Lensbaby Joy to share!

Kitchen Decades Old Day 43

Kitchen Decades Ago Day 43

Garden View Day 44

Garden View Day 44

Ornate Gate Day 45

Ornate Gate Day 45

Indoor Display Day 46

Indoor Display Day 46

Mid-Day Sun Fun Day 47

Mid-Day Sun Fun Day 47

Beauty Spot Day 48

Botanical gardens our Sac Meetup group visited.

Botanical gardens our Sac Meetup group visited.

Spider Feast Day 49

This guy was so quick, I wish I would have turned on the video!

This guy was so quick, I wish I would have turned on the video!

Speck of Moon Day 50

Night time summer views

Night time summer views

Manzanita Sculpture Day 51

Manzanita Sculpture Day 51

Nature…Language of Love Day 52

Nature...Language of Love Day 52

Making Memories Day 53

Making Memories Day 53

I Wanna Hold Your Hand Day 54

I Wanna Hold Your Hand Day 54

Love on the Line Day 55

Love on the Vine Day 55

World Below Day 56

World Below Day 56

Next in Line Day 57

Next in Line Day 56

Closer Inspection Day 58

Closer Inspection Day 58

Tulip Via Velvet 56 Day 59

Tulip Via Velvet 56 Day 59

Secret Garden Day 60

Secret Garden Via Velvet 56 Day 60

Partial Petals via Velvet 56 Day 61

Partial Petals Via Velvet 56 Day 61

Hello Hibiscus! Day 62

Hello Hibiscus! Day 62

Tourists Day 63

Tourists Day 64

Small As A Dime Day 64

Small As A Dime Day 63

On Stage Day 65

On Stage. Day 65 jpg

Sunshine Spotlight Day 66

Sunshine Spotlight Day 66

Velvet Poppies Day 67

Velvet Poppies.jpg Day 67

Violet Beauties Day 68

Violet Beauty.jpg Day 68

Homestead HDR Day 69

Homestead Day 69

Wheelbarrow HDR Day 70

Wheelbarrow Day 70

Mill On The Hill HDR Day 71

Mill on the Hill Day 71

Shining Light HDR Day 72

Shining Light Day 72

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100 Days of Summer with my Lensbaby Week 6

Week 6–Northern California has enjoyed a “cool down” from over 100 degrees to 80’s and 90’s.  A welcome change!

Summer Fun Day 36

Summer Fun

Day 37  Two versions

Daisy Pops

Daisy Pops

Using Lightroom CC 2015

New Slider in “Effects” bottom slider “Dehaze”  Modified Daisy Pops with +65

Dehazed Dasiy Pops

Flower Family Reunion Day 38

Flower Family Reunion

Luscious Green Bokeh Day 39

Reworked No Dehaze

Repeating Bokeh Day 40

 

Repetitive Patterns w- Bokeh Day 40_

Under Day 41

 

Under Day 41

 

Classic Words Day 42

Classic Words Day 42

100 Days of Summer with my Lensbaby Week 5

Wow!  This time of summer is just moving at an alarming rate.  Does remind me of how quickly summer vacation passed as a child.  Here are the images I shared during Week 5 of the…

 

100 Days of Summer with my Lensbaby

Hi Riley!  Day 29

Hi Riley!

 

Bokeh in Back Day 30

Bokeh in Back-2

 

Opposites Attract Day 31

Opposites Attract

 

 

Drought Humor Day 32

Drought Humor

 

Sunshine Globe Day 33

Sunshine Globe

 

Long May She Wave Day 34

Long May She Wave

 

Light blue, white, and pink! Day 35

Light blue, white, and pink!

 

May your summer days be filled with joy and creating memories!

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