Author Archives: Becky Jane

Portals

I’ve started a new series: Portals. I’ve enjoyed capturing doors while traveling in Europe. I focus on the old ones. I also have a number of National Park landscape images, especially ones that look like alien landscapes. i decided to try combining the two using Photoshop, blending modes and selective masking. These are the first results.

Antique Woodworking Tools

Studio 1 class opened my eyes to lighting in a refreshing and new way. I’ve posted my class assignment finals and my final project “Antique Woodworking Tools” to my website. The tools gave me a lot of latitude with creativity, and I enjoyed the hours I spent with them. They take on a whole new look with the Contour Shape lighting, very dramatic!

You can see the entire series, as well as class assignments on the main website.

Studio 1 Photography

Mid-Spring Flowers

The flowers continue to grow and bloom. The trout lilies are beginning, the bluebells are in full bloom, poppies are beginning, and buds are forming on a number of late-spring flowers.

Most of these were taken with my iPhone 6s and edited with the Snapseed App. I’m still limited in movement, so crawling on the ground to get the best vantage point is not an option this year!

Postcard Competition

I’ve recently joined some camera clubs and have been challenged to submit images for competitions. I’m still getting my feet wet, so to speak, but am having fun selecting and submitting images.

CACCA (Chicago Area Camera Club Association) has an annual Postcard Competition and I selected two National Park images to the competition. Today, I heard that one got Award (Glacier NP) and the other an Honorable Mention (Grand Teton NP.) This is a fun way to start out my “club” experience!

These were submitted through Mayslake Nature Study and Photography Club.

Early Spring Flowers in My Yard

I love Spring Flowers! I’ve planted many native flowers as well as bulbs over the years. Every Spring I capture their beauty, usually crawling on the ground and using a macro lens. This year, some physical issues keep me from crawling and getting low, but the flowers called to me. These images were captured using a long telephoto lens so I could capture them standing up. It was a windy day, but I managed to capture between wind bursts.

I will have a major crop of Bluebells and Trout Lilies in the next few weeks. Perhaps then I can get down and grovel in the dirt and get images from a low point of view!

Snowdrops-An Exercise in Selective Focus

I love Spring Flowers! Every year I collect an album of images from my yard, forest preserves and the Arboretum. 

My clump of Snowdrops was in full bloom, and using the macro lens with a shallow depth of field, I focused on different blossoms in each image. I was on the ground and driveway laying down and scooting around to get different angles. My neighbors must have thought I was crazy! Which do you like best?

Tree Branch Abstracts

I’ve been noticing tree branch patterns lately. When there are no leaves, the form of the branchs and shape of the tree are more obvious. I see a possible idea for a photography project taking root in my mind! Here is a recent image I captured at sunset. The beautiful, rich colors are a backdrop for tree branches. Maybe the first in a new series? Best start before the leaves come out, or I’ll have to wait until next winter.

Improving Macro Skills

I recently attended a Macro Workshop led by Lou Nettelhorst to improve my macro photography skills. I did learn a lot, and was able to apply some of the recent experience in Studio Lighting as well. And, as always, I learned more about how to better use my Nikon D800!

In two photo sessions, I captured about 130 images. These four were the best of the best.