Light Touch Photos: Blog https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog en-us (C) Angela Possemato ~ Light Touch Photos (Light Touch Photos) Tue, 14 Aug 2018 18:43:00 GMT Tue, 14 Aug 2018 18:43:00 GMT https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/img/s/v-5/u492784288-o509764812-50.jpg Light Touch Photos: Blog https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog 120 90 Day on the Deck https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/8/day-on-the-deck This is not today (today is a downpour and a washout!) but this pretty view out the kitchen window has been on my camera for a few days and I just set it free!

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(Light Touch Photos) curtains deck flowers lace view window https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/8/day-on-the-deck Tue, 14 Aug 2018 18:43:25 GMT
This is lovely... https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/8/this-is-lovely "Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures."
~ Henry Ward Beecher

Sharing this beautiful quote I saw on Facebook today and thought about how true it is.  Thought I'd add this photo to go with it.

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(Light Touch Photos) art nature soul https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/8/this-is-lovely Wed, 08 Aug 2018 00:59:04 GMT
Dziekuje bardzo! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/8/dziekujebardzo Thank you to all who stopped by to view my photos, visit, tell me about your connection to Poland at the St. Stanislaus Polish Festival this weekend. Thank you also to the wonderful staff and helpers who made the event run so smoothly and made my job easy! 
I really enjoyed meeting everyone, talking about photography and our travels to Poland, hearing about your family connections and experiences. A couple of highlights were the two sisters, Łucja and Hallina and their husbands who saw my photo of their hometown of Zielona Góra and had their picture taken holding it. Of course I got in on the photo op!
And while many people were remembering or planning their trip to Poland, one lovely woman whose name I did not get was reliving to the fullest the memories of her trip through my photos. The joy on her face and her excitment of seeing again places she had been were just the best!  

This is what it's all about!

Dziękuję bardzo!

Do zobaczenia w 2019!

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(Light Touch Photos) Polish Festival St. Stanislaus Thanks visitors https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/8/dziekujebardzo Sun, 05 Aug 2018 21:33:28 GMT
Visit my booth at the Polish Culture Festival this weekend! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/8/visit-my-booth-at-the-polish-culture-festival-this-weekend I was invited to show my photos from our trips to Poland as part of the Polish Festival at St. Stanislaus' Church this weekend, Fri. Aug. 3 from 5-10 pm and Sat. Aug 4 from 4-10 pm.  I will have large, medium & small prints, some framed some matted and some in large books plus note cards and greeting cards to browse, purchase and order. There will be images of Rochester and the area and some of my favorites as well.

I'd be happy to see you and talk about photography and Poland! There will be great Polish food, music and beverages plus lots of fun! Here is the link to the Festival website: Polish Festival Website

Here are a few images to whet your appetite!

Zielona Góra - 5887Zielona Góra - 5887 Ratusz/City Hall (BW) - WrocławRatusz/City Hall (BW) - Wrocław Old Town Square, WarsawOld Town Square, Warsaw   inside Malbork Castleinside Malbork Castle the legend of Flisak and the frogsthe legend of Flisak and the frogsFlisak was a raftsman in Torun who played the violin very well. According to an old legend, the city of Torun was overrun by a plague of frogs and no-one knew how to get rid of them. The Mayor promised the hand of his daughter in marriage to any person who could clear the city of the frogs. Of course, rather like the Pied Piper of Hamelin, Flisak played so well that all the frogs followed him and left the city of Torun. He claimed his reward and married his beloved and they lived happily ever after.

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(Light Touch Photos) Krakow Lomza photography Poland Polish Polish culture Polish festival Rochester St. Stanislaus Torun Warsaw Wroclaw Zielona Gora https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/8/visit-my-booth-at-the-polish-culture-festival-this-weekend Thu, 02 Aug 2018 15:39:16 GMT
Summer Fun at Brighton https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/7/summer-fun-at-brighton The Summer Performing Arts program at Brighton is a wonderful experience for the students who participate and the audiences who enjoy the shows they put on.  For me it's always special to see former students in action! Here are some highlights from The Lion King and The Wizard of Oz.  You can see all the images here: The Wizard of Oz 2018 and here: The Lion King 2018

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(Light Touch Photos) brighton lion king summer performing arts wizard of oz https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/7/summer-fun-at-brighton Sat, 28 Jul 2018 12:46:07 GMT
Too much fun! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/7/too-much-fun Too much fun!! "Aladdin, Kids!" directed by the incomparable Jessica Padilla and her staff is ready! Performances 7/18 at 7pm and 7/19 at 1pm in the Brighton High School Auditorium. This show is not just cute (and there's plenty of cute) it's really good! And these kiddos are in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades!
Congratulations to all!

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(Light Touch Photos) Aladdin Kids Brighton Summer Arts https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/7/too-much-fun Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:03:50 GMT
fun with multiple exposures https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/7/fun-with-multiple-exposures I've been having a lot of fun with multiple exposures and the impressionistic images they can produce. The biggest challenge is finding a suitable subject and shooting in such a way as to have a good composition in the final image. The pursuit is a work in progress.  Each of the images was created from 20-30 images and the fun part is the surprising result.  You really never know quite what it's going to look like until it's done being processed.  One thing is for sure...it never looks like any of the individual images that goes into it.

Below is the most recent experiment. You can follow my explorations here: Multiple Exposure Project

Gazebo by the LakeGazebo by the Lake

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(Light Touch Photos) impressionistic in camera movement multiple exposures photo impressionism https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/7/fun-with-multiple-exposures Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:44:59 GMT
and another one! https://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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(Light Touch Photos) flowers icm impressionism intentional camera movement photography https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/6/and-another-one Sun, 17 Jun 2018 15:43:26 GMT
What a nice surprise! https://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:

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

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(Light Touch Photos) green impressionism iris purple https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/6/wild-irises Sun, 10 Jun 2018 23:03:50 GMT
A week in Nova Scotia https://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

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(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 https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/5/a-week-in-nova-scotia Mon, 28 May 2018 19:40:16 GMT
A Few Spring Lovelies https://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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(Light Touch Photos) flowers spring https://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 https://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!

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(Light Touch Photos) albany impression morning the crossings walks woods https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/5/my-walks-at-the-crossings-in-albany Wed, 16 May 2018 00:17:00 GMT
Birch Fantasy https://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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(Light Touch Photos) birch colors fantasy seasonal tree https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/5/birch-fantasy Sat, 12 May 2018 15:13:24 GMT
Bluebirds are back https://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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(Light Touch Photos) birds blue bluebirds house sparrows https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/3/bluebirds-are-back Mon, 12 Mar 2018 13:38:09 GMT
Practice! https://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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(Light Touch Photos) practice talent https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/1/practice Thu, 25 Jan 2018 18:09:44 GMT
Back up! Back up! PRINT! https://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!

 

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(Light Touch Photos) back up print https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/1/back-up-back-up-print Mon, 15 Jan 2018 12:40:36 GMT
Frosty visits again! https://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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(Light Touch Photos) drops frost ice https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/1/frosty-visits-again Sun, 14 Jan 2018 22:01:55 GMT
Sharing a bit of wisdom today. https://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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(Light Touch Photos) art do it make your soul grow practice vonnegut wisdom https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/1/sharing-a-bit-of-wisdom-today Mon, 08 Jan 2018 22:12:46 GMT
Winter Sunrise https://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.

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(Light Touch Photos) cold landscapes sunrise winter https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/1/winter-sunrise Mon, 08 Jan 2018 01:11:39 GMT