“Why limit yourself to what your eyes see when you have an opportunity to extend your vision?”
“Why limit yourself to what your eyes see when you have an opportunity to extend your vision?”
Recently I have been experimenting with ICM with the iPhone. First, let’s clarify that ICM is an acronym for Intentional Camera Movement. It’s a new technique that has been getting a lot of traction lately. It is fun to create ICM images and is one tool for me that stimulate creativity. I have shot ICM images with my Sony mirrorless and recently came across an app for the iPhone that will allow ICM with the iPhone.
Like many, I sometimes want to take photos without the weight of my big girl camera, even though my Sony camera is much lighter and smaller than the Canon DSLRs I used for decades. The iPhone has just tremendous capabilities in a smaller package and my iPhone 13 has a pretty great camera also! I am sure Windows and Android based phones are equally as powerful; I am just not familiar with them.
The App that will allow you to create ICM images with the iPhone is Slow Shutter and available at the Apple App Store. It’s a fun app with a lot of flexibility in the preferences.
The preferences permit you to select the photo resolution, aspect ratio and file format. There are options in the Capture Mode for Motion Blur, Light Trail and Low Light also. The images below were generated using the Motion Blur Capture Mode with a 4 second Shutter Speed and a Low Blur Strength. I use the greatest photo resolution allowed 12 mp, the 4:3 aspect ratio and a tiff file format.
Below are examples of images taken using the Slow Shutter app and the same scene shot traditionally.
As you can see, the app changes the scene dramatically sparking some creative juices. For tips on creating an interesting ICM image, check out my blog post here. I find shooting ICM images with the iPhone truly fun and we all need a little more fun in our lives! I hope you give it a try.
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I was out with friends recently and we chatted about Christmas stocking. It brought back a memory of Saint Nicholas Day from my childhood. Funny, I had not thought about this holiday in decades, but I can vividly remember the thrill and excitement of hanging my stocking along with my siblings one evening in early December. Even more exciting was waking in the morning and having the stocking filled with candies and small trinkets, especially since December 6 usually happened on a school day.
Being a lapsed Catholic, I did a little research to refresh my memory about Saint Nicholas.
Saint Nicholas was truly the first Santa Claus and he was a real person living around 300 AD. Orphaned as a child by the death of his parents in Turkey, he was raised by Christians and dedicated his life to service, giving anonymously to the poor and children. He became a bishop in the late third century, recognized as a saint in the 800s and Catholics in France began celebrating Bishop Nicholas Day in the 1200s.
Europeans were the first to celebrate St. Nicholas as the Feast of SinterKlaas on December 5. Children would put out shoes with treats for the saint’s horses in hopes of receiving candies and gifts. Also this date would correspond with the beginning of Advent, a Catholic tradition.
Most of the previous information came back to me while I was reading a couple of articles, but one new tidbit emerged about the symbolism of the candy cane. Apparently it represents St Nicholas staff and was left in the shoes of children, along with candy and toys to decorate their Christmas tree. I don’t remember ever hearing that before and find in quite interesting. More info about the tradition and lore of St Nicholas can be found here.
Lastly, I want to wish everyone a very joyous holiday season and peace, prosperity and creativity in the coming New Year. May your stockings be overflowing!
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“The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it”
Here are a couple more samples of square flower images for inspiration and fun. Once again, I photographed them in my make shift studio that I have managed to get completely dark. It is such a joy to work in the dark and sometimes difficult to do since there is a bank of windows on one wall. Absolutely no ambient light on these images! Working in a totally dark room requires an artificial light source, obviously, to illuminate the subject. For these flower images I used a strobe with a small soft box and a white foam board for fill to light the subject. Also, I used my 100mm macro lens at an f-stop of f11, shutter speed 125. It was a lot fun to work through the process. Here is a page showing some the set up I am using.
I do want to mention a totally dark room is not required and a tripod will work just as well as a copy stand. Also, any light source could work with an adjustment to f-stop, shutter speed or ISO. I have used all those techniques.
The background I edited in Photoshop to give a different feel to the image and make them a one of a kind square flower images for inspiration. That process required creating the square format and selecting and masking the subject or flower in the image. Then copy that mask to a new layer. Photoshop has some great tools that makes this process fairly easy, although I still needed to clean up any areas it did automatically create correctly. Lastly, to give the images the distressed and textured look in the background I added textures from Flypaper Textures.
Thanks for stopping by and viewing my post about square flower images. I hope you find inspiration here, in nature and in your own backyard or neighborhood. More of my work can be viewed at susanmcanany.com.
Have a wonderful week!
“The Library Book” by Susan Orleans is a must read for your summer or fall reading list. If like me, you grew up going to the library as a form of entertainment, you will find this book relatable and very interesting.
Susan Orlean’s book resonates with me in several ways. She also had an affinity for the library having gone as a child, so I found her personal story very relatable. For myself, growing up in a family of eight there was always lots of noise. Often I remember how quiet the library was. The library offers a whole different ecosystem and a world of it’s own.
Ms. Orlean’s book also gives a history lesson about Libraries and specifically the Central Library in Los Angeles wrapped up in a story telling style that kept my attention. A key part of this history are the many librarians and their philosophies as they guide the library through changes over the decades.
Of course the main theme throughout the book is the 1986 fire at the Los Angeles Central Library. This devastating event lasted over seven hours and burned extremely hot due to all the books. During the fire over 800,000 books were destroyed or damaged. In addition thousands of historical documents, photographs, microfiche and historical artifacts were destroyed. The library closed for seven years affecting hundreds of employees and patrons.
Harry Peaks, an aspiring actor and pathological lair was suspected and arrested but never formally charged or convicted for the crime. To this day the fire at the library remains unsolved.
One last thing this book details is the importance of the library system in people’s lives. Not only does it provide enrichment and answers for people, but it is also a refuge for many when their lives are broken. The library accepts everyone, rich, poor, homeless or not.
For me, the library is a special place often a spiritual place. If you were lucky enough to grow up using the library, I am sure you feel a forever connection also. A library is full of knowledge and freely shares it. It provides community and hours of entertainment to all who use it.
Amazingly, all of this is free. Truly, a fascinating read. “The Library Book” by Susan Orleans is a must read this year!
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A New Year, a different President and hopefully both things bring a much better year than last. Last year was one of great angst and disappointment on many levels that I can’t believe this year could be any worse. Like everyone else I am happy to shut the door on 2020 and start anew.
I will say though much to my delight and surprise, I had a pretty good year selling photography prints and photo instant downloads. I guess everyone staying at home was ready to improve their home decor or take on exciting projects.
Although sales and shipping was not without it’s challenges. One thing last year definitely taught me and maybe you also was patience, especially with the delays in printing and shipping. Luckily, we managed to make it through 2020.
For this year I am adding to my collection of fine art prints at both my Etsy Store and Saatchi Art portal. Both of these online retailers offer proven track records for secure sales and I am happy to partner with them. I am optimistic 2021 will be even more successful.
In addition, I will be adding new and exciting image downloads to my stock photography collection on Etsy. These are perfect for both print and digital projects along with printing for home decor. I have received some great feedback on them. If interested please check out my Digital Download of Food, Nature, General and Textures images. They are reasonable priced and many of them quite unique.
When thinking about a New Year, nature comes to mind and all of the regrowth Mother Nature gives us each spring. My wish for all of us is that we may all be like a tree. Ready to sprout new growth of beautiful leaves, flowers and fruits in the year 2021!
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The season for ghosts and goblins is upon us again. To join in the Happy Halloween celebration, I wanted to post an image different than the typical pumpkins, witches and candles. This image was shot in the forest in the northeast US in the summer. The whole scene was incredibly green. I wanted the subject to stand out, so I converted it to black and white and brought the color back for the model, manikin and bench.
Lalita was a great model, dressed in what appears to be a wedding frock. The setting in the forest with the miniature manikin on the bench gives the image an eerie feel. Although, at the time an eerie feel was not my concept. My vision was one of a maiden lost in the lush green forest and stumbled upon the bench with a smaller version of herself causing her to reflect on her life and future. The eeriness evolved in post processing and I rather like the direction the image took, especially at Halloween.
So Happy Halloween everyone! It is the prefect day for a mask and don’t forget to catch the full moon tonight.
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This week I shipped out a fine art print “Rolling Hills”, number 5 in a limited edition series. This is a very vibrant green piece of art and prints beautifully.
I was extremely happy that my professional printer was working during this difficult time of the pandemic. They did a fantastic job as usual and delivery was prompt and undamaged. Hoping it arrives at it’s destination, my client, with just as much speed and care.
When printing I like to have an half inch to inch white border around the print. This allows for ample space for a signature and numbering and also easy handling.
This fine art print “Rolling Hills” was photographed in Washington state near or in Steptoe Butte State Park. This is a beautiful agricultural area and in June the rolling hills are lush green and a delight for the eyes. The year I was there was an especially lush year. There is also an abundant of old barns that are seriously fun to photograph and make for wonderful fine art prints for resale. Here is another post that shows other images from the Palouse area. It truly is a magical place.
I just wanted to share some good news during a the pandemic. It seems as though there is lots of negative news around and this sale helped combat it. So I am extremely thankful. I am also thankful for the support for artists and all others along the supply chain that helped my sale and shipping of the fine art print Rolling Hills to be completed.
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Recently I started looking through my work for images that would convert well to greeting cards for resale. It was easy to find the obvious candidates such as my most popular fine art prints or re-pins from Pinterest. But, to really have a good inventory of note cards, I needed to look through my library of stock images to find some unique shots that would also work well on greeting cards and provide more variety in my inventory. Luckily, I was a little more organized than I thought so I was able to find a good assortment of images to use for greeting cards for resale.
The next step was to figure out how to print the cards and what kind of paper to use. I wanted a fairly thick card stock with a matte or luster surface. I used the web to research card stock manufacturers/resellers and order a lot samples. Over the next few weeks I experimented with a variety of greeting card stock and becoming a lot more acquainted with my Canon Pro-100 printer. The Canon Pro-100 is a nice printer but it does have it’s limitations when printing greeting cards. Ultimately, I decided to have the note cards professionally printed.
I partnered with Modbox to help facilitate these batch printings of greeting cards with my images. In addition, they were interested in setting up a website selling the greeting cards also. Can’t help but feel I am on my way!
In addition to Modbox, I am also selling greeting cards at my Etsy store, so if you would like take a look click here. I think you will find some interesting content.
I still have a lot to figure out on selling greeting cards, but as my Mom used to always say ” by the inch it’s a cinch; by the yard its hard”!
I hope COVID time has inspired some new projects or hobbies in your world! For more inspiration check out my blog post on creating abstract images in your home or studio.
Stay safe everyone!