Welcome to the blog of Jeanett Flynn with Cactus Sun Studio! I'm so glad you are here ~ enjoy!
I know it's been ages since I've last done a blog post! I've been spending some time "recalibrating" my photography. While I still LOVE LOVE LOVE photographing maternity portraits and of course I can't get enough of the amazing newborn shoots, I've been shifting gears a touch. I've been very inspired by some amazing photographers I've been following lately - Sue Bryce, Lara Jade, Brooke Shaden, Lindsay Adler - to name a few. I really want to kick it up a notch with a focus on fine art portraiture. Recently I watched an incredible three day class on CreativeLIVE called Create the Incredible (with Sue Bryce and Lara Jade). Sue Bryce took a photo of a beautiful model and then challenged everyone to take that photo and create something incredible with it. The photo below is my attempt at doing just that. It's not perfect and it certainly may not be to everyone's liking - but I'm INSPIRED! And inspiration feels so incredibly sweet these days. I hope to continue to learn, continue to grow, continue to be inspired with my photography and I hope to share more of these types of photos with you in the future.
It's been ages (and I mean AGES) since I've done a blog post. As many of you know, my husband and I spend winters in Arizona. While in the U.S. I do not take any paying clients (a. I'm not allowed to and b. I do not want to risk being banned from entering this beautiful country every winter!). But I do continually take photographs - they just are all for my own enjoyment!
I've been a member of a fantastic forum called Rock The Shot (www.rocktheshotforum.com).
I've learned so much from this forum (and have been so inspired by all of the wonderful members). The March Challenge on Rock the Shot Forum is a floral still-life. It's been quite some time since I tried my hand at a floral shot, so this challenge was just the kick in the butt I needed! I hope you like the shot (and the way I processed it). I had great fun putting it together!
Every summer we spend up to 2 glorious weeks hiking in Willmore Wilderness Area. It is a beautiful setting. It's hard work getting my butt up onto a ridge (particularly given the fact that I'm lugging my camera gear up as well!), but the stunning views always make it worthwhile. This year I took a panorama up on one of those ridgelines and I'm so happy I did. The photo below is actually eight separate images that I then "stitched" together. You can see my husband, Peter, on the far right hiking up to the top!
So my last post was about my newly invigorated love of macro photography, and already that love has been pushed aside for another! I sound like I have a problem with photography-infidelity :) Ah well... variety is the spice of life. My new love? Soft and creamy and dreamy waterfalls! It has been great learning how to take these photos - particularly on bright sunny days (when it's much more difficult to get the result I like). The trick is a long shutter speed, but you have to balance that with what the natural light level is. If not, you'll have a nice soft water effect, but everything will be much too bright and over-exposed. So, what's the trick? A variable neutral density filter, that's what! This way I can trick the camera into thinking it's much darker outside than it really is and hence a long exposure won't blow everything out. Cool eh? These "waterfalls" I was photographing are really only creeks, so I'm looking forward to hunting down and shooting some of the big ones! Ahhh... so much photography to play with and so little time...
I am just back from two weeks of hiking in the beautiful, yet rugged, Willmore Wilderness Area in Alberta, Canada. It was an adventurous couple of weeks, but of course I found time to pull out my camera and tripod. One of the great outcomes from this trip is a new found (or maybe newly invigorated is a better choice of words) love of macro photography! I had a great time hunting down suitable subjects and then working to try to get some interesting shots. I love the photograph of this mushroom for exactly that reason... I find it interesting! I'm used to looking at mushrooms from a height of 5'3" (yes, I'm a shorty). With my macro lens I was inspired to change that up. This shot was taken when I was laying flat on the ground. In fact I had to scrunch myself down as much as possible to get the angle of looking up into the mushroom cap. I love the ripples and waves ~ it almost looks fluid! Seeing the world from a different angle is inspiring to me. I hope to share more macro photography with you in the future! In the meantime, I'm also going to share this macro shot with my friends at www.rocktheshotforum.com. They have a great contest going on right now for macro photography; check it out!