Author Archives: Becky Jane

Surprise! Fall Crocus Blooms

I found a surprising bloom of a fall crocus in a place I don’t believe I planted bulbs. Not that I’m complaining. Fall Crocus blooms are always a surprise as leaves are falling and most plants have died back. They are a very delicate flower, with translucence and a very thin stem. They often shoot up higher than the stem can support the bloom and end up falling down to the ground. Not this one! It stood up tall and strong so that I could capture it delicate beauty.

Mama said there’d be days like this

Month of Mornings is a great exercise for a photographer!

Today, however, the skies darkened, the rain began to fall, the thunder was loud and the lightening flashed. 

The song “Mamma Said” popped in my head and I began singing, reminding myself that there will always be days like this, with imperfect light, bad conditions, no blue sky, and shadows everywhere!

There is Beauty in the Common wherever you look. Did I capture “beauty” in this image? 

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.