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Solo – New Image Uploaded

October 9, 2014

Solo is a new image I just uploaded to my website, Since fall and cooler temperatures are right around the corner for most of the country, my mind and inspiration went to trees. Trees were something I had a bit of a love affair with in college and growing up in the midwest. I had books and identified them by bark and leaf structure whenever hiking or walking around campus. I am still in awe of them today and a part of nature I truly miss living in Florida. I stumbled across this image in my archives and went to work making it something special to me and hopefully you can appreciate it also. This tree stands solo in the green farmlands of Palouse, Washington area. I photographed in the late spring one year and was awed by the fullness and strength it displayed standing there alone in the rolling hills through all kinds of weather. It also made me appreciate just how fertile this landscape must be to keep this tree healthy and how fortunate we are to have such wealth in the USA.


Solo TreeThanks for reading and more of my images can be viewed on my website or at my Etsy Store.

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Stanley Cup Play-offs

June 11, 2014

As hockey’s Stanley Cup Play-offs come to the final round a quote of Wayne Gretzky comes to mind:

“One hundred percent of the shots you don’t take, don’t go in.”  Wayne Gretzky

In this year’s Stanley Cup the LA King and NY Rangers are matched up and this quote came to mind as Wayne Gretzky dropped the first puck of the series. Tonight maybe the deciding game of the Stanley Cup Winner as the Kings have dominated the series thus far.  I have to admire the efforts put forth by both teams; the incredible amount of shots at the net in pursuit of a goal, endless skates back and forth on the ice, and just the sheer number of games played to get to this point in the season. I have true admiration for both teams. I know I will be watching and I hope you do too.

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Abandoned Door Featured on Etsy Treasury

April 12, 2014

My print Abandoned Door has been featured on the Etsy Treasury “The Silver Lining”. Actually many of my prints have been included in Treasuries in the past and I am gratefully to each and every Curator and Treasury. However, every once in awhile a truly creative vision occurs in a Treasury.  What makes this one great is the collection of eclectic items linked together by the muted colors of brown, gray and black. This gives the collection a very mysterious feeling and demands some thought and appreciation. I myself have created very few Treasuries on Etsy so I know coming up with a unique idea and searching for stunning items requires time and thought outside the box. This is a fabulous collection, so take a few moments and check it out. If you care to leave a comment, favorite it or post it to your facebook page, I am sure the Creator would appreciate it. While you are there, check out my art, Abandoned Door which is featured in the Etsy Treasury, The Silver Lining.

Treasury: The Silver Lining

Abandoned Door” by Susan McAnany

Abandoned DoorThanks for stopping by.  View more images from my Prison Life project on my Portfolio.



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Birth Control

April 3, 2014

My print titled Birth Control was including in this stunning Etsy Treasury today. The collection makes interesting use of cool color of blue and monotone. Birth Control has always been a favorite of mine. Done in studio, using acrylic cubes long with a reflective surface on late night when creative juices were flowing. This is a great collection on Etsy  which I am very happy to be a part of. Please check it out.

Title: Birth Control

birth control fine art print

Close up of ice cubes on reflective surface

Etsy Treasury “Frosting” by Carrie Norberg

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Wind Swept – Newly Uploaded Print

January 31, 2014

Just uploaded “Wind Swept” from a recent trip out west to and my Etsy store.  Although it was rather overcast the day I shot this, the use of color and textures in post processing has turned this image into one of my favorites. Often doing the exact opposite of what is expected stimulates my creativity and creates a very interesting piece; one that grows on you as time goes on. It is very hard to get out of your box but as we all know, that is the only way growth occurs. Thanks for reading and visit my website to view more of my work.

Wind Swept

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Thankful for my studio space

December 27, 2013

As the year comes to an end and I count my blessings, one thing for sure I am thankful for is my studio space.  I work out of my home and although the room is not enormous, only 15 ft x 15 ft, it has met my needs. I was able to black out the windows and the 10 ft ceiling allowed me ample height for studio portraits. I hung a 10 foot seem-less paper dividing the room and allowing for storage of my framed prints and some accessories. I have enough space for a work table on one side and small alcoves on the other side allow shelving of unframed prints, props and equipment.  I have shot thousands of images in this room, used it for shipping and receiving and also made money shooting everything from stock to magazine layout pages, portraits and my creative fine art pieces. I am truly thankful for my studio space.

I am currently looking to move and one thing I know I am going to miss, is my in home studio.

My point is regardless of whether the space where you create is a spare bedroom, a basement space with maybe not quite the ceiling height you want, be thankful. It is a space to store your gear, make art and maybe even some money.

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Happy Thanksgiving – Kick off the Holiday Season

November 27, 2013

thanksgiving holiday

Just wanted to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving that along with being a great holiday is also the kick off of the big holiday season. I try hard to take one holiday at a time and of the two, Thanksgiving is quickly becoming more of a favorite. Without all of the Christmas retail hoopla it is easier to take time and appreciate all of the wonderful things I have in my life. This year I will be spending it with my family, which, will make it extra special. Along with giving thanks or as my Mom used to say “count your blessings”, I always love the fabulous smells that come with Thanksgiving. From the smell of cinnamon and nutmeg in the baking pumpkin pies to the spices of the dressing to the roasting turkey it is one great day of sensory overload for our olfactory perception.

So remember to kiss your loved ones, appreciate all that you have and enjoy the day!

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Happy Halloween

October 31, 2013

Boo … Just wanted to say Happy Halloween. I have my costume and psyche ready to move into another dimension this evening. One of my most favorite holidays in the year!  Maybe I will make a visit to the local haunted graveyard this evening and really scare myself.

Happy Halloween

halloween candle photograph

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Image of the week

September 7, 2013
flamingo on black background

A new resolution this week is to target one new image and call it image of the week. By this I mean I can either shoot something or go back through some of my existing work and take another look at an image I may have passed by and see if anything clicks. I often find after a bit of time lapses from shooting an image I may see it differently. I think the emotional connection to a shoot has somewhat lessened. Often, I think wow … this is pretty good. Also I know that over time my editing skills are improving and I may have some new ideas to post process an image.  The image of the week for this week is one I shot last year at a local garden. This flamingo looked so peaceful and almost in a meditative state.

Image of the Week

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Create a Vignette in Photoshop

June 12, 2013

Here is a quick and easy way to create a Vignette in Photoshop using the Elliptical Tool. This Photoshop technique is easy and extremely powerful in bringing the viewers attention to the intended subject.

First either copy your background layer by dragging the Layer to the Create A New Layer button on the bottom the Layer Palette or use the Layer drop down menu at the top of your screen. If there are Adjustment Layers in addition to your background layer, I use the “Merge a copy of all visible layers” (CMD+shift+Option+E/CTRL+shift+Alt+E)

Next, grab your Elliptical Marquee Tool. This is the second tool from the top in your side toolbar and is located along with the Rectangular Marquee Tool. Shift/Click and drag the Elliptical tool across the photo where you want the vignette to appear. This does not have to be exact and may take a few times doing it to get it placed where you want. If you don’t like your first try, just Deselect (cmd/d) and try again.

Feather your selection 250 pixels (Select > Modify > Feather or Shift F6). If you are looking for a more gradual subtle Vignette, may need to repeat the Feathering.

Next Inverse your Selection (Select > Inverse or shift/cmd/I).

Final step to creating a Vignette in Photoshop is to add a Curves Adjustment Layer to darken the edges of the selected area. You can either create the Layer by clicking on the Icon on the bottom of your Layers Palette and select Curves or use the toolbar at the top of Photoshop and select Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves. Once the Curves Properties Window is on your screen, in the RGB mode, pull down on the Curve, usually in the center to darken the edges.

Below are sample before and after images so you can see the impact a vignette can make.

Bride's Dream

Create a vignette in Photoshop

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