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I'm a stay at home mom and wife with a passion for family, creating and photography. I'm a little bit quirky and a little bit odd, but that's what makes me...well me. I'm a jack of all trades. So check back often because, to paraphrase Forest Gump's mom "I'm like a box of chocolates, you never know what your going to get.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Finding inspiration

I find a lot of inspiration in the world around me. It's funny how the inspiration hits. It starts out as seeing something cool, a locust shell in this situation, and turns into me staging an impromptu photo shoot in my yard. Nobody and nothing is safe from my creative visions. This day's tangent was set off by spider webs and locust shells. 

These little guys are all over my apple tree where I hang my laundry. Sage has been running around picking them and using them for various things like evil armies, crunchies and unfortunately I do think a few were consumed. I remember when I was young, around 7 or 8 my mom use to send us out in the front yard to collect them while she talked to the adults. They were like little treasures. I'd make crafts with them. I was a strange little girl. It's probably a good thing I had a boy. 

I wasn't real happy about how it was looking in colors so I was going to switch my camera to b/w. Then along came a gremlin and decimated my model. Oh well, that was taken care of in editing. I'm still not sure if I like it but, these little guys inspired the day. 

Here is the destruction. I had changed my camera to b/w at this point. I love to shoot in monochromatic mode because the contrast is truer.  Also I love little hands and little feet, so it's a win-win situation. The spider web on the tree with the locust wasn't all that attractive in color not very dramatic. It had been trampled by a toddler one too many times. I think the spider had just given up. I really wanted to photograph a spiderweb so off we went to look for one. Sage got distracted, but I found this one on my compost tumbler. I also shot it in b/w.

Staying on the darkside. I shot the next one looking up through the the weeds in what was once my garden at some trellising. I thought it had a dark almost cemetery look to it. Fall is getting close. I can smell Halloween in the air. This was also shoot in b/w mode.

Here are are a couple more shots I took in b/w that day.

And of course no photo shoot is complete without photos of my number one muse. Today he was trying to bury himself in the sand, much to my dismay. The funny thing is he was trying to bury himself with is face. Silly kid. I tried to show him the better way, but he wasn't interested in my instruction. What he was interested in was burying me in sand. 

This one was taken at the end of the day per Sage's request. I don't have many photos with me and Sage. With the old point and shoot my  hubby would take photos all the time, but after it died he quit taking photos. We didn't  have a camera except for the cellphone for a while. Since getting my Rebel he won't touch it. I can't even show how to take a photo in full auto. Oh well. I found my little tri-pod for my point and shoot, it seems to hold the camera. So I 'm going to start experimenting with it.

This last shoot was taken in color and converted. I couldn't pass it up. I love silhouettes.

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Ellie said...

Great b&w's! The spider web is amazing! I like the leaves too - and that last photo, well I love the backlighting :)

Anonymous said...

I guess I'm not the only one who loved that spider web picture!!! Very cool! I hear you on nothing being safe from your creative vision! I have those moments too when I find something cool and I can't help but snap away until I get it just right!

Donna said...

Okay, I admire your spirit. The spider web is pretty cool but that creature in the top photo just creeped me out! Do they eat the apples? Are they as big as they seem in that photo? Argh! I'm afraid I'd have to run the other direction if I saw one!

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The OriginalPsyn said...

Hee Hee. Donna the first one is a locust shell. I don't now if they eat the apples. When they shed though they leave their skin everywhere they go.

Ashley Sisk said...

Very interesting shots - I especially love the spider web shot. It is so funny how inspiration attacks. :)

Anonymous said...

Your pictures are lovely, I love leaves in black and white.

Amy said...

I love the one with the sand on his face. Adorable!

Jo said...

Love the depth of your photos ~ I'm trying to get there!


Photo Dialogues said...

What a beautiful inspiration Cindy and your photos are so cute especially that muse of yours.

The OriginalPsyn said...

Thank you everyone for your sweet comments.

Caroline (Frogmum) said...

Brilliant B&W's :D ~ You are GOOD!!

Amy said...

Wow, great shots! Bugs and spiders creep me out, but the web shot is still stunning. And I love the silhouette shot, too. I don't usually have much success with silhouettes.

Norah said...

Amazing B&W's!!!!!