Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Bird of Paradise.

Hello everyone welcome back; today is a very special photography blog and because of that this posting is dedicated to my best friend, Sammy the Indian Ringneck! He's been around for about five years now and he has been in great health; Sammy also has been quite happy with his life, he a silly big green ball of fluffiness with bossy attitude sometimes!

Furthermore, I have some recent photographs of him from about a few days ago. He was very shy of the DSLR camera at first because, I've never used it with him before I only used the small compact camera. Sammy didn't quite know what I was doing with it and he didn't like the assistant light that came on when I pressed down on the shutter release button.
However with a lot of cuddles and talking to him he did pretty alright with the camera in the end. I even let him look at the camera, so he could know it's not some of big black monster. anyway after taking some shots of Sammy, I think he'll want to be a model now that he become so full of himself.
Especially when he walked over my bedding just to get a look in the mirror on my wall. 

He was talking away to himself in the mirror saying; "Hello Sammy" and "Ring Ring" along with "What are doing?" That's his favorite words that he had learnt from me, over the years. While Sammy was talking away I had plenty of time, to take some photographs.
Also along with taking the photographs I thought it was a pretty nice effect having him look at the mirror. It almost looked like we had two Indian Ringnecks in our house, than just one. 

I do have as well, another photograph here of him on top of the bed looking outside the window. The lighting was pretty good for being on a really drizzling day, but I'm glad it was like that way, so there wasn't going to be any harsh light on Sammy.

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Well I'm not a Mother, but I guess it's alright to show Sammy's baby photos. He'll probably wont be that embarrassed right? Well these are the only photographs that can gather from my older folders, they are more in between his years of the first year and second in a half years. Due to the fact of his darker ring showing in some photographs. (Even though their more like shadows that full marks)
Now before I even knew he was a male Indian Ringneck, we all thought he was a female. Thus the name "Sammy" became to be as it was a girl like name (Even at least it was more of a unisex name anyway). Sammy for that time, was just learning about words and who to mimic them quite well so I should've expected that he was a male in the first place.
Now this last photograph down below is from, what I can see is an older one than the other two photos above, Sammy's ring had yet to show any sign and his beck was changing a bit from dull to a bright cleaner red color. It's only a close shot of him while he was outside, I was using my old compact camera back then; along with the other two baby photos as well.

Well I hope you thought he was simply adorable and cute! I do hope he wont be mad at me showing his baby photos! But anyway hopefully everyone is having a wonderful day and I'll see you till next time! 

Thank you and farewell.
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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Still Life Photography Studies.

Hello everyone welcome back to the blog today! This weeks photography blog post, is on a Thursday instead of my usual Tuesday posting; however I still have prepared this blog with photographs from the past few weeks to add up for doing it today.

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Well the photographs on this posting are still life for this time. I've been studying and practicing with different prop objects for photo shoots; these objects consist of things I've collected over the years, food displays and home appeals. 

Starting with that here the first photograph of this cluster of seashells. The cluster was found back on a vacation trip to the beach when I was younger, we all went down to Galveston, Texas. It's one of mine special gifts from that trip to the beaches off the coast. I've kept it safe all these years so I thought It would be nice to show it in this blog post with the other still life photographs.
I placed it on top of some silk deep blue fabric as a backdrop. I actually liked the color choice with using the blue as the background, it goes well pearlescent cream color of the seashells. 

Furthermore on the next day I wanted to take more still life shots. So I looked around for some items in the bedroom. Which lead me towards my old origami lucky stars that I had made about three years ago. These lucky stars were perfect for taking photographs as each all had different color variation. 

I'd additionally also added them over top one of my white canvas with some plastic beads. I placed them in random order so they looked more in a natural messy state then being in a tidy placement. 
I felt it was nicer in this was as then the other ones I had taken photographs on that day.
The next photograph however is in the state of a more orderly form. I had placed each colored lucky star in a somewhat rainbow pattern on the canvas board. I tried to get the shadows under the stars so there wasn't any harsh shadows in the photo shot and I think it turned out alright.
Next, there is the photograph of the clock from our living room. The time the photo was taken It was at late midnight so it will explain the reason for the darker tone of this photograph. Which with that, there was a slight reflection because of being in lower lighting and there was noise as well. But I managed to slightly fix the issue of them both.
The other photographs now are the food photography I was taking about at the first statement. The photo down below was food items before they were chopped up for a really wonderful vegetable spaghetti. Along with that, my mother helped with an idea of using our LED flashlight as a secondary light source.
Further on, I actually liked the lighting and shadows in this photo with the use of the flashlight it works quite well as an extra light flash for photography. So I think I'll use it more later on with the photography I will take.
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Now lastly the photograph here with my breakfast of fruits. I wanted to take photos of the bundle, because of the colors and how they would look together.the composition of the colors were quite well enough with each other so I'd thought I would slide this one in for a last moment photograph.
Well I'm sure this posting was well for everyone, it was different from before. I will be showing more as the time goes, so look forward to that.
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Now just before this ending of the post, I want to make an announcement. I've now with my artwork have taken a further level by opening up the official Art Store. 
The store has two of my watercolor art piece up for now. This exclusive flower piece above called Symphony Roses. Along with also The Sunflower Girl piece from this posting from a while back. I go by my title name "LadyAnnaVintage" and the art store is on Redbubble, so there will be tons of different product their from, Art prints, Mugs, Notebook and much more. If you support my artwork please, have a look at the art store which will be right down below. Also there is an app for Redbubble on ITunes so you can see it on mobile better.

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Along with that statement my oldest brother has a store on Rebubble as well, It has his artwork, title logo and much more. Show if you want to go and see you can go here, to see the products he has to share to everyone. 

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Thank you so much for the support everyone it really means a lot to me for everything. I hope you all have a wonderful day and I'll see next time! Farewell.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

From The Rain to The Sunshine.

Hello everyone I hope you are doing well today. I've got a new photography blog and it's some photographs from the past few days. So I hope you do enjoy and let's get started with the blog post.
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Well starting off, I have some photographs here from a trip last weekend. On Saturday we were out for the usual errands of that day. The weather was a staying still for a while with just the clouds, however by the time it had arrived for us to go home. The rain started to poor down heavy on the way back. 
While the rain storm was going on, it started to get darker as the evening was ending and the clouds were covering across the sky. looking outside the car window I could see that the rain was pouring down raindrops on the window. So I thought I would try and capture the essence of the weather by taking photographs on our way back home.
This method of taking shots of the raindrops on the glass while the car was moving was pretty difficult for me to pull off. The movement of the vehicle and trying to get the camera to not focus straight out of the window wasn't in my favor. But nevertheless I still managed to pull a few photographs from that day and there quite alright.
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Moving on with the blog post. With the next day after the storm, we needed to trim of some branches away from the roof of our house. While cleaning up the piles of branches on the other side of the fence, there was something different than I've seen before in our yard. There was a very unusual plant on the fence line that wasn't our own. This "grass like plant" from what I could gather is (Liriope muscari) Lilyturf or Border Grass

It's flower part of the plant are quite lovely looking so, I think it will be a nice little addition to the side of our fence. Also the photograph below of the flower bundle, wasn't from that day it was actually from the day afterwards when I went and checked back on it. Because I wanted to know whether the bulbs were going to open or not.
This photograph right down here was from the day, I did had found the mystic plant. Which the flower bulbs were still closed up on that day, just before the one photograph above. 
Additionally there was also a White mushroom outside in the backgarden as well. It turned up just after the storm had blew through from our area. It only lasted within a day, but I'm glad I took the time to take the photograph before it disappeared.
Furthermore there was a female Red Bellied Woodpecker. On the oak tree in the yard, which this photograph was from about a week ago. I however didn't mange to take the male woodpecker as he had moved ahead from the tree branch. But my mother took a recording and with the edit help from my older brother, made a video of the woodpecker couple being really adorable and sweet. You can see it right here.
Well I do hope your doing well today and I see you till next time with another new photography blog that will be about still life/Fine art photography.

Farewell everyone!

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Lakeside Travel.

Hello everyone I hope you doing very well today and I have another photography blog post of some views from a lake trip, a week ago. However before we go and see on to these photographs, I have a announcement to make. Recently not long ago I had joined on to a photography contest, even though

I was quite nervous about doing the whole thing, I did in the end. This contest is being hosted on The Weather Channel and the photo contest is all about nature, weather and adventure. It's open to everyone from professionals, hobbyist and anyone who loves the nature and photography. Since I truly do love nature and photography the most. I had decided to join in with everyone else and shared one of my favorite photographs from a while back. Which is the photograph of the butterfly on the dandelion from this blog post. 

Anyway the voting for the contest is going on right now and I wanted to share to everyone about it. So here's the link, Butterfly and The Dandelion. If this link doesn't work for you go and look in the voting list and then type in the same title, "Butterfly and the Dandelion". 
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Also I want say as well that my older brother has a blog post, that's from our lakeside trip. If you want to see his video and photographs you can see the blog post right here.
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Well everyone now, here's the photographs for today's blog post and it's mostly lake photographs as just the blog title had said. Firstly when we got to the lake earlier last week, I went down to the other side of the bay. I usually don't end up going down there, mostly because I've have been nervous to adventure more out.

However this time I did walk out further near the lake bay and when I got their, looking around as I'd  had set up the camera and seeing what was around. I saw through the tall water grass there was some turtles laying on the tree logs, but also right there with the turtles. Was a white boat house by the lake and I thought that was a perfect photograph at that moment.  
Furthermore with the white boat house. On the other side of the lake bay, off in the distance there was a boating dock as well. I additionally wanted to take a photographs of that and while doing so. I had also quite loved the reflection of the Cypress trees and clouds on the lake surface.
So I thought it was a perfect time to take some photographs. However I did find when we got back home I'd not noticed that many of the photographs weren't the best as I thought. Some were overexposed by the sun, out of focus and off angled. But nevertheless, I still had enough good ones to show in this photography blog today. Likewise the one below, with the Lakeview straight across; I felt had a pretty good perspective with the sky and water.
There was also some other photoshoots of the cypress trees that I had taken as well. I'd decided they had a better look to them in black and white; Being that, the original colors looked off to me I wanted to change it to black and white just for the shadows and lighting.

Both were done differently, in different styles of Monochrome.  The one above I tried to give a look more of a mix with Sepia and the other one down below to look more like normal black and white.  
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I usually like to do a few black and white photographs every once in a while, just to have a bit of change in my works. So every so often, I will show a few photographs that are in Monochrome just for everyone.
Well anyway, I have one last little photograph for today and it may not be from the lake as it was from our backgarden. I still wanted to show this one photograph to everyone. This is a photograph I took near some ground Ivy in our yard. It also had a little guest as well; it had a Gray Hairstreak Butterfly (Strymon melinus) on one of the Ivy leaves.

It was a cute little fella and I don't often see this species around the backgarden So It was nice to spot him/her. But with that statement lately since I've starting the photography journey, I have been discovering more stuff just around me that I never really noticed before.
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It's a small start but, I feel like I'm getting somewhere with my photography in these past few months and I hope as the time goes on, I'll experience and learn more with the photography I'm doing.

Well I hope you are doing wonderful today and I'll see everyone till net time! Thank you so much for your support on this journey ahead.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Arches Watercolor paper Review.

  Hello everyone I do hope you’re doing quite alright this week, I have a new blog post today and the post this time is going to be dedicated to another art review like before. Furthermore with saying that, this art review today is going to be about the Arches watercolor paper  which is quite well known in the art industry, for being one of the better and higher qualities of paper. 

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   Additionally the Arches Watercolor Paper is 100% cotton material and it can come in three different types which is rough, hot-press and cold-press paper.  If you do want to know more about the types of watercolor paper I'm talking about, I’ve got an interesting article right here for you too seeAlso with the Arches paper it does as well come in different forms like full paper boards, blocks and watercolor pads.
  Onward through in this blog post, I want to discuss about what I think about the paper itself. So firstly I truly do love the feel and texture of this paper. This being cold-pressed it has this slight rough tooth to the whole watercolor paper. Since this does have that kind of tough tooth, it can hold the watercolor paints quite easily. But it can also handle heavy doses of water without the paper from rippling to much as the result of the water.

  Further on, I think for what the Arches paper is worth for the quality and texture it is pretty great. I'll tell you the truth I didn't have any problem with this type of paper when painting either. The only thing that is a bother is the price of the paper. It's not the highest priced I've seen in the market but, the paper does vary around the prices of $14.00 to $19.07. Some places even can be higher that I know of as well, but sometimes if your looking for the decent quality of materials, you'll need to pay a bit extra for the product.

However if your looking for one place to find them in that price range I had said, I'd recommend for the best deal in finding this product of paper from the store, Blick. Which you can find here.

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  Moving on with the blog post I want to give a small list of what art martials I used for this piece and I also want to say thank you so much to my mother for letting me use the Arches watercolor paper for this blog today! 
-So anyway here's the list-
1. Winsor&Newton Cotman Watercolors.
2.PaperMate Mirado BlackWarrior 2HB Graphic pencil.
3.Rose Art colored pencils.
4.Winsor&Newton Cotman Round Brushes and Royal Taklon Flat Brushes.
5. Sakura White Gelly roll pen.

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  Well here we are at the final part of the blog post and I'm also going to keep this very shorter than what's written above. This area is going to be about the process of the piece I did on the Arches watercolor paper. So I hope your fine with that.

So starting off, I did draw out a sketch in my sketchbook before doing this. However I didn't want to show the first sketch as it was quite messy in my opinion. The final sketch on the watercolor paper looks much better and I added more to the whole concept, I wanted to do this concept as one of my lady characters out in the woodlands. additionally in the end, I was quite pleased with the results.
  Next, I had a problem with the photographs I took of one the following step after the photo above. I didn't realize that they were very out of focus, before I stared working on the piece again the next day. So there is a big skip from the two step and I'm really so sorry for that. 

  Nevertheless with the missing part It wasn't much at all, It was mostly just the part where I did the background heavy wash. With the watercolor paint mixes of cerulean blue for the sky and a light mix of sap green and hooker's deep green for the grass and trees.

  This part down below goes on towards, the tree bark and heavy bushes. I also wanted to make the bushes to have more of a over grown look and have brambles sticking out from the bushes behind the tree. Additionally the paint I used for that tree bark was the mixes of burnt sienna, burnt umber and lamp black.

Next I took care of the grass foliage, by adding more details in certain areas. The shadows underneath the trees and her dress, along with the grass blades I used sap green and hookers deep green. The same paints I used for the under based layer. 


I also worked on her dress as well, with a light wash mix of Ultramairne for the underbase and outer details. Violet and Viridian Green for the flower patterns.
Further, the start of working on her hair had begun with the use of Burnt Sienna and Burnt Umber. But along with the process of her hair I added some gray barked trees and some white brambles in the background with the White Gelly roll pen. 

The next part, on the next day I worked on the other tree on the right side with the same mixes as before. This step doesn't have much difference except for the grey tree leaves in the background.

Then I added the tree leaves on the right side tree once again with the same mixes as before. While I also added the two butterfly's, both used by the paints Violet and Ultramarine. Additionally the lady's skin as well I did with my Sakura koi paints which was, Jaune Brilliant.
  Finally I finished the piece with some colored pencil for the last details and took the tape off. After finishing it, I decided to take a photoshoot of the piece on the day after using the colored pencils on the watercolor artwork.
Also here's the full piece when scanned in the laptop as well, so you can see the details more. I hope you will be pleased by the results as much as I do.
  Well we are at the end of the blog post, so I hope you did enjoy and I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Farewell till next time and Thank you so much for the support! It means so much to me for everything.

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