Light Touch Photos: Blog http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog en-us (C) Angela Possemato ~ Light Touch Photos lighttouchphotos@gmail.com (Light Touch Photos) Sun, 17 Jun 2018 15:43:00 GMT Sun, 17 Jun 2018 15:43:00 GMT http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/img/s/v-5/u492784288-o509764812-50.jpg Light Touch Photos: Blog http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog 120 90 and another one! http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/6/and-another-one This photo was well received on June 16. I'm enjoying the ICM Facebook page.  So many creative photographers taking this technique well beyond the usual. It's good to be inspired!

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lighttouchphotos@gmail.com (Light Touch Photos) flowers icm impressionism intentional camera movement photography http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/6/and-another-one Sun, 17 Jun 2018 15:43:26 GMT
What a nice surprise! http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/6/what-a-nice-surprise One of the images I made while in Nova Scotia was created with a technique called Intentional camera Movement or ICM.  It can give a very impressionistic or painterly or ethereal look to an image and is fun to do (It can also create a lot of messy images too so trial and error is a big part of it and just playing with a sense of fun).

Lo' and behold, there's a Facebook page devoted to this technique (why am I surprised?!) and it's such an inspiration to see all the different subjects and ways of moving the camera and possibilities!  So I posted a couple and got some nice feedback.  Then the surprise...it was chosen by the admins of the page as one of the photo of the day on June 7!

Here's the collage they put together and posted for all page members to see.  The original image can be seen HERE:

Photo of the Day - Intentional Camera Movement Facebook pagePhoto of the Day - Intentional Camera Movement Facebook page

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lighttouchphotos@gmail.com (Light Touch Photos) icm impressionistic photography intentional camera movement http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/6/what-a-nice-surprise Mon, 11 Jun 2018 21:33:53 GMT
Wild Irises http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/6/wild-irises An impressionistic take on some wild irises.  Enjoy.

Wild IrisWild IrisCaptured with Slow Shutter Cam for iOS

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lighttouchphotos@gmail.com (Light Touch Photos) green impressionism iris purple http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/6/wild-irises Sun, 10 Jun 2018 23:03:50 GMT
A week in Nova Scotia http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/5/a-week-in-nova-scotia I spent the week of May 20 in Nova Scotia at a photographic workshop led by Canadian photographer Andre' Gallant. Based in the UNESCO World Heritage Town of Lunenburg we visited some of the iconic locations such as the Waterfront, Blue Rocks, and Peggy's Cove, as well as time to explore the village and surrounding area, enjoy the company and inspiration of fellow participants, eat great food, and fill our minds and souls with the photographic process. Andre' is an excellent teacher and workshop leader and it was a great week!

Here are a few images.  Click on any one to go the the full gallery.

 

Sunrise at Blue Rocks, NSSunrise at Blue Rocks, NS

Iconic Peggy's Cove LighthouseIconic Peggy's Cove Lighthouse

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lighttouchphotos@gmail.com (Light Touch Photos) blue blue rocks boat colors fish lighthouse lobster traps lunenburg mahone bay nova scotia ocean peggy's cove red reflections sunrise sunset water http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/5/a-week-in-nova-scotia Mon, 28 May 2018 19:40:16 GMT
A Few Spring Lovelies http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/5/a-few-spring-lovelies It was great to go out shooting with a long time friend today. These little bits of spring were a joy to see.

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lighttouchphotos@gmail.com (Light Touch Photos) flowers spring http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/5/a-few-spring-lovelies Thu, 17 May 2018 00:13:42 GMT
My walks at the Crossings in Albany http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/5/my-walks-at-the-crossings-in-albany My walks at the Crossings in Albany have been a source of some surprising images. It's good to go places, especially places that aren't iconic or out of the ordinary. It encourages me to be open to what lies before my eyes.

The first one I recently had printed on aluminum and it looks fabulous!

Captured with Slow Shutter Cam for iOS

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lighttouchphotos@gmail.com (Light Touch Photos) albany impression morning the crossings walks woods http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/5/my-walks-at-the-crossings-in-albany Wed, 16 May 2018 00:17:00 GMT
Birch Fantasy http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/5/birch-fantasy The birches in our yard caught my eye last fall when I was on the deck.  I realized that with the colors changing I had a short window of time to see if I could capture what I saw with my eyes and how that captured my imagination.  Here are the first three season of Birch Fantasy. There are four images because early spring and mid-spring had very different looks and color pallets.

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Winter BirchesWinter Birches

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lighttouchphotos@gmail.com (Light Touch Photos) birch colors fantasy seasonal tree http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/5/birch-fantasy Sat, 12 May 2018 15:13:24 GMT
Bluebirds are back http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/3/bluebirds-are-back A couple of weeks ago, when February was more like April I noticed bluebirds in the neighborhood and we put up the nest boxes.  They didn't get a nest built before the weather turned back to January. This morning they were back checking out the boxes and a battle ensued between the bluebirds and the house sparrows, truly the "deplorables" of the bird world.  Not only were the bluebirds defending the boxes aggressively from these pests there were cardinals, chickadees, juncos, blue jays and even a woodpecker fighting them off. The swooping, charging and chattering was impressive. Finally the sparrows got the message that they are not welcome but also gone were the bluebirds. Hopefully they will return. We were so happy to have a pair produce a family in our yard last year and would love to see them again.

If you are not familiar with the problem that house sparrows present for the native songbirds read this article by the Cornell University Ornithology Lab. https://nestwatch.org/learn/all-about-birdhouses/managing-house-sparrows-and-european-starlings/ House sparrows (only house sparrows, not all the other types of sparrows) and starlings are considered non-native, invasive species. They are pests and a true danger to our native song birds. They are of no value to the environment nor do they provide any beneficial service. We have starlings around but they are not such a threat to the bluebirds because they cannot fit in a bluebird nest box or cavity but the house sparrows sure can and will. They will injure and destroy native birds, especially bluebirds. Please do not feed them and if they start nesting remove the nests to force them elsewhere. This article from Columbia University give some history of the invasion. http://www.columbia.edu/invasion_Passer_domesticus.htm and this is a good site as well http://www.sialis.org/hosp.htm#nestboxlocation

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lighttouchphotos@gmail.com (Light Touch Photos) birds blue bluebirds house sparrows http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/3/bluebirds-are-back Mon, 12 Mar 2018 13:38:09 GMT
Practice! http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/1/practice This cartoon is spot on! If you want to be good at anything you have to practice. Don't wait for a gift from God. And don't fool yourself into thinking someone else has that gift and you don't. And don't bother with "If I just buy that $8,000 camera or the Steinway Grand piano or a Maserati I'll be come a famous photographer, pianist and Formula One race car driver".  Nope, it just doesn't work that way. At some point gear does make a difference, and there is such thing as talent but mostly, just like I told my music students...it's practice. If you want it you have to work for it. Now, get out there and shoot...or draw...or whatever makes your heart sing!

 

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lighttouchphotos@gmail.com (Light Touch Photos) practice talent http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/1/practice Thu, 25 Jan 2018 18:09:44 GMT
Back up! Back up! PRINT! http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/1/back-up-back-up-print Back in the early days of computers, when 3.5 inch floppy discs were all the rage, I thought I was the coolest thing typing my master's thesis on an Apple 2 GS (YIKES!  Am I that old? Don't answer that!).  I was a couple of days from being finished and printing and it was gone. Disappeared. Missing in action. OMG!!!

That is when I learned my lesson - Back up! Back up! Print!

That can't happen today! We have smart phones, the "Cloud", thumb drives, hard drives, computers, tablets? Well, it can. A couple of years ago my dear friend lost a phone's worth of photos of her sweet mother who had recently passed away. No tech guru could recover them. How sad and so preventable.

Get an external hard drive (two is better) use an on-line service, and PRINT!  Especially PRINT those special photos. We still have photos from 50-100 and more year ago but hard drives, fail, CDs and DVDs fail, technology changes (VHS anyone?). All you need to enjoy those precisou moments is light and eyes.  Prints are good.

This New York Times article is excellent.   Backing Up Your Photos - NYTimes  Read and heed!  

And happy shooting!

 

my next purchase!my next purchase! in the darkroomin the darkroom 7/18/167/18/16 Jan. 3 "vintage"Jan. 3 "vintage"

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lighttouchphotos@gmail.com (Light Touch Photos) back up print http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/1/back-up-back-up-print Mon, 15 Jan 2018 12:40:36 GMT
Frosty visits again! http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/1/frosty-visits-again More frost jewels on the windows.  Really challenges the eyesight and focusing abilities but so worth it!

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lighttouchphotos@gmail.com (Light Touch Photos) drops frost ice http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/1/frosty-visits-again Sun, 14 Jan 2018 22:01:55 GMT
Sharing a bit of wisdom today. http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/1/sharing-a-bit-of-wisdom-today I really like this...art, music, writing, acting, designing...just do it and have fun!

 

 

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lighttouchphotos@gmail.com (Light Touch Photos) art do it make your soul grow practice vonnegut wisdom http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/1/sharing-a-bit-of-wisdom-today Mon, 08 Jan 2018 22:12:46 GMT
Winter Sunrise http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/1/winter-sunrise It was cold but so worth going out bright and early to see the new day begin.

Winter Sunrise 1Winter Sunrise 1 Winter Sunrise 2Winter Sunrise 2 Sunrise on the FarmSunrise on the Farm

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lighttouchphotos@gmail.com (Light Touch Photos) cold landscapes sunrise winter http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/1/winter-sunrise Mon, 08 Jan 2018 01:11:39 GMT
Backyard birdies http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/1/backyard-birdies It's been fun to see all the birds back. We try to keep the feeders full, especially in this cooold weather.

Lady CArdinalLady CArdinal 12/30/1712/30/17

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lighttouchphotos@gmail.com (Light Touch Photos) blue jay cardinal house finch junco mourning dove woodpeckers wren http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/1/backyard-birdies Sat, 06 Jan 2018 01:15:00 GMT
Happy New Year! http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/1/happy-new-year The sun sets on the first day of the new year.  May it be a beauty for everyone. Day 1 is done.Day 1 is done.

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lighttouchphotos@gmail.com (Light Touch Photos) 2018 day one january first sunset winter http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/1/happy-new-year Wed, 03 Jan 2018 23:27:19 GMT
Last exhibit of 2017 for me! http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/11/last-exhibit-of-2017-for-me I will have two photos in this show - sort of "Best of 2017" at the Little Theatre Cafe. I was there yesterday and this is one eclectic and awesome show! The Little Cafe is always a cool place to hang out whether it's before or after a movie, or to listen to the awesome music they have there most nights of the week, or just to grab a bite to eat.  I really appreciate the opportunity to have had a full exhibit there back in March so it is with pleasure that I participate in this show.  Hope you will stop by!

November 28-January 5 at The Little Theatre CafeNovember 28-January 5 at The Little Theatre CafeStop by the Little Theatre Cafe, 240 East Ave and see a wonderful collection of art, a retrospective of the art work exhibited in 2017.
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The Little Cafe/Art

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lighttouchphotos@gmail.com (Light Touch Photos) art exhibit little cafe little theatre photography http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/11/last-exhibit-of-2017-for-me Wed, 29 Nov 2017 13:24:01 GMT
Wise and true words http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/11/wise-and-true-words

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lighttouchphotos@gmail.com (Light Touch Photos) artists buy art support the arts http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/11/wise-and-true-words Mon, 27 Nov 2017 15:49:24 GMT
2018 Light Touch Photos Calendar is ready! http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/11/2018-light-touch-photos-calendar-is-ready I have just the gift for the bird lover on your list! A 2018 calendar full of birds. Big birds, little birds, birds flying and swimming and nesting and feeding. All images were taken by me, the biggest bird brain of 'em all! Email me or message me via Facebook if you are interested. Pre-orders only. I'll be sending it off to be printed on December 5 and you should have it by Christmas with no problem. $16.00 + tax and shipping (approximately $20.00 total depending on where I am shipping it to. I'll confirm with you.)

Here's a sneak preview.

2018 Calendar - Birds!2018 Calendar - Birds!

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lighttouchphotos@gmail.com (Light Touch Photos) 2018 become like a bird birds calendar light touch photos http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/11/2018-light-touch-photos-calendar-is-ready Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:26:30 GMT
This is Autumn http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/11/fall-hangs-on This Autumn, let something die.

A worry, a relationship, a project that has run its course. Let go of anxiety over the future. Let go of guilt.

Let go of other people’s dreams for you. Let go of the fear that happiness or success or love or joyousness somehow isn’t for you.

Let go of feeling unwanted. Go outside, can you feel how deeply your presence is craved here?

Let go of the small and burdensome things. Gifts never opened. Keys without a lock. Broken earrings, old love letters, the ephemera on your fridge.

As David Whyte writes, “Anything or anyone that does not bring you alive is too small for you.” This Autumn, let go of all the clothes you have outgrown.

Let go of comparison.

Let go of doubt.

Let go of the feeling that you are somehow not good enough.

Because every imperfect apple that lays soft in your hands, and every ray of low Autumn sunlight that warms you through woolens will tell you a different story, a much truer story. The story that you are more, much more, than enough. That you bless this world simply by being alive.

It's been an interesting fall. Not the brilliant colors we often hope for but a more subtle palette, just as lovely, with pops of color where you least expect it. This is from 11/8 on our street. I love the light, textures and color of it.  A visual metaphor for beauty and grace at the end of days.

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lighttouchphotos@gmail.com (Light Touch Photos) bush fall leaves light red textures yellow http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/11/fall-hangs-on Mon, 13 Nov 2017 21:57:38 GMT
Published in Martha's Vineyard Magazine http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/11/published-in-marthas-vineyard-magazine What a nice surprise that my photo was awarded Honorable Mention in the 2017 Martha's Vineyard Photo Contest.  It's pretty cool to see my image in print.  Here's the link where you can see all the winners.  I am in very good company!

Martha's Vineyard Magazine Photo Contest Winner 2017

Honorable Mention - Martha's Vineyard magazine 9th Annual Photo ContestHonorable Mention - Martha's Vineyard magazine 9th Annual Photo ContestClick this link to the article in the magazine: Martha's Vineyard Magazine photo contest where you can see all the winners.

9th Annual Martha's Vineyard Photo Contest Winner 2017

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lighttouchphotos@gmail.com (Light Touch Photos) 2017 beach blue cloudy honorable mention martha's vineyard photo contest sail boat vineyard haven harbor http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/11/published-in-marthas-vineyard-magazine Mon, 06 Nov 2017 19:59:41 GMT