Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Experiments in Film

Going back to basics with my SLR 35mm Pentax cameras. Here's some black and white film from last month. Yes, film.

Trying out a 'new' short telephoto. SMC Pentax 135mm F 3.5


Playing with the contrast adjustment in my photo editing program.
So much easier than in the darkroom.


Black to White


Could have used a yellow filter here?


Extreme contrast adjusting results in highlights off the roof.
Need to do some research on this...


I'm having fun revisiting the basics with my K1000. The ultimate manual camera. Going back to the beginning is quite enjoyable at this point in my life. I seem to be actually getting it. Things seem to click (literally, those mirror flips are loud!). It has also resulted in this wonderful side effect:  I have to slow down, pay attention and be in the moment. A bit zen don't you think?

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Market Dates

Well, Hello! It's been a while, but here I am with a bit of news to share. I'll be attending the first annual Portsmouth Open Market this Sunday, June 10 selling my Uma Joy Botanical Soaps.


I've been busy reformulating & redesigning and have finalized a version that I'm quite happy with. The round bar is much more ergonomically & symbolically pleasing and I've upgraded to organic palm and coconut oils.


I'd love to see you at my booth if you are in the Portsmouth, NH vicinity this Sunday...or any of the following dates:

June 10
August 14
September 25
October 23

Monday, February 22, 2010

Dream Dream Dream


Sleep is a highly desired commodity at our house. Still. My youngest is 29 months old, takes wonderful naps and goes down for bedtime with relative ease. However, sometime in the wee hours of the night she pitter patters into our room and demands to come to sleep with us. My oldest is almost 5 and has grown out of naps (ugh) and eagerly goes down for bedtime, yet she also sneaks into our bed around the same time as her sister. So, daybreak finds our family of four crowded into a queen size bed. Sometimes even the cat is curled up near my feet so I can't even move, wedged between everyone. I dream of a king size bed, or better yet, that everyone can sleep the entire night peacefully tucked into their own beds. Last week I had the idea that I would make dream pillows for the girls to chase away bad dreams and keep them in their beds. They loved the idea. Even helped with designing the facial features and picking colors. I stuffed them with sleepy time herbs such as hops and chamomile and shaped them into full moons. They named them and eagerly go to sleep with them each night. Yet, they do not work as intended and this morning all four of us awoke on our ever shrinking queen size bed. Yawn.....