Diptychs are Fun
The first diptych is titled “Catching The Rays”.
I happen to see a cool reflection on the ceiling from a crystal chandelier. I took several shots of the reflections. I then used Photoshop to manipulate the image to see what I could do with it. The end result is the image you see here a sun with its rays reaching into the next image. The second image is of an artificial yellow Dalia flower. I then used Photoshop to create the rays of light reaching onto the flower.
Photograph #1 The Sun ISO 200 f/22 .8s
Photograph #2 The Flower ISO 200 f/4 1/15
The second diptych is titled “Vine Ripened”
I was using an f/2.8 macro lens in the kitchen and happed to see the tomatoes on the vine waiting to be photographed. I set the shot up on a white piece of butcher’s paper with a sidelight, which created a nice dramatic shadow against it. I thought the shot was interesting. The next day I was getting some tomato juice out of my pantry and saw the tomato image on the can. I thought I could make a diptych out of these cans by duplicating the same setup. These photos are the end result.
Metadata EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Photograph #1 Tomatoes ISO 200 f/3.2 1/40
Photograph #2 Tomato Juice ISO 200 f/3.2 1/40
I am fascinated by how light shapes our lives. It can influence our mood, our interactions with people, and change the look of objects we encounter in our everyday existence. By its very nature, light dances through and around everything with which it comes into contact. One sunny winter day, a rarity in the Pacific Northwest, I noticed the light playing off of various items in my kitchen. This portfolio was created by me to show how light interplays with this room in which I spend a great deal of my time. Using ordinary objects, such as pans, bottles of vinegar, a coffee and tea service, and even the kitchen faucet, I was able to capture the reflection of light in this series of photographs. The reflections are also present in the polished surface of the granite countertops. My intent was to capture these objects in the environment in which I see them everyday – without using a mirror to artificially capture the effect – to graphically demonstrate how light surrounds us and is reflected into our lives.
My goal as a professional photographer is to illustrate to the world how incredibly beautiful and complex our natural surroundings are in design, form, texture and color.
Our world is filled with an endless abundance of different forms and textures that are often times overlooked, as many of us only see the “big picture”. With my digital camera in hand, my passion is to bring my individual vision of the world to viewers of many different perspectives.
My artistic vision as a photographer is derived from my experience, which was first explored as a painter. As I matured and grew, my love of plants and nature added another layer of expression.
I have developed a thorough understanding of color theory through my training as a Master Gardener (Washington State University Extension Program) in Snohomish County. My speciality was as a color expert in garden design, instructing the public in the proper use of color in the garden.
Along with color theory, composition is second nature to me as I can often “see” and reproduce a vision of good composition from my years of practice and experience as an oil painter bringing beautiful subjects to a canvas.
So please, welcome to my little piece of cyberspace, and thanks for visiting.