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Weekly Winners (October 23 – 29)

October 30th, 2011 4 comments

Weekly WinnersWeekly Winners is a fun little thing bloggers do to showcase some of their favorite photos from the previous week. It is brought to you, me and everyone by the lovely Lotus, aka Sarcastic Mom. Visit her site and find all the participants. See some amazing photos brought to you by bloggers around the world. Leave a little love when you do — its like food for the soul!

Photos taken using my Droid Incredible or a Sony DSLR A230.
View all of my photos on my Flickr stream.

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Oh what a week of photography for me!!! So super-long Weekly Winners this week, with more explanation of everything as we go along.

348: Cornstalks (LR)

Tall cornstalks of the corn maze

Fall leaves

The delicate beauty of fall.

Chuy's Midtown

The new Chuy's location in downtown.

Recording Session – I blogged about this a few times this week. Photos from the recording session for a friends new CD project.

349: Recording Session

It's Rick's project... almost 20 years in the making.

Recording Session

Laying down some bass.

Recording Session

Beautiful acoustic lines added to guide the songs.

Recording Session

A piano ballad that stands alone.

251: Recording Session

Background vocals that give you chills.

Recording Session

It's all enough to make you smile.

Recording Session

A group effort of love and respect.

Bluebird Cafe —  I couldn’t have TRIED to get better seats for photographing friends in a writer’s round at the Bluebird.

Bluebird Cafe Writer's Round

Brad "Fast Dang Mustang" taking his turn.

Bluebird Cafe Writer's Round

The only lady of the round.

Bluebird Cafe Writer's Round

Singing a song I can't wait to hear on radio some day.

 Happy Halloween!

353: Halloween lights

Lights are strung up.

354: Spooky drum riser

Would you like to sit in and play?

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Thanks for viewing! Now go visit Lotus and find all the WW participants.
Leave a little love when you do — its like food for the soul!

Giveaway: Diecut Business Cards from UPrinting

October 29th, 2011 7 comments

Just in time for Halloween, this is no trick… I have a treat for my readers: My first official giveaway! UPrinting.com is offering one of my readers 250 Die Cut Business Cards.

We all know the importance of having a business card when we meet a new professional contact. They are an excellent networking tool, and your business cards say a lot about you as a professional. Just like you never get a second chance at a first impression, your business card is the representation of you that your new contact will physically hold long after you’ve met in person.

UPrinting wants to step in and help you leave a positive lasting impression. UPrinting is an online printing company that offers all sorts of different print products. One of their many products is business cards — including custom business cards.

So without any further adieu here are all the details of the giveaway:

Prize details
250 pcs Die Cut Business Card for one winner
1.75” x 3.5”, 2” x 3.5”, or 2” x 2”; 2.5”
Diameter (Circle) Rounded Corners, Leaf, Rounded Single-Corner, Half-Circle Side, or Circle;
14pt Cardstock Gloss / Matte / High Gloss (UV), or 13pt Cardstock Uncoated,
6 Business Days Turnaround, *Free shipping
die-cut business card templates available for download
Restriction: Limited to *US residents 18 years old and above only.

How to enter
Simple! Just leave a comment!! Tell me about a time you wished you had a business card. Tell me about the best business card you ever saw. Or just say, “PICK ME!” (Even though that really won’t help your chances of winning… but it’ll make me giggle.) The contest will end on November 7th, and a commenter will be chosen at random to win. Please be sure to include your email address when you comment so I can contact you about winning! I will need both your name and email address to win, incomplete details will disqualify a winner from receiving the prize, and winners are only allowed to win once over a six-month period.

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Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by UPrinting, no monetary compensation was given and I will receive die-cut business cards for hosting.

In the studio

October 28th, 2011 1 comment

Recording Session As I posted earlier this week, I was in the studio shooting photos for a friend’s new recording project. First off, I really want to do more of this kind of photography. Everyone shoots live concerts. Anyone can do head shots, etc. I want to document the creative process.

And it is a process!! By the time you purchase a CD (or download a song from iTunes) hours upon hours of time went into that final product. Which is precisely why music pirating is SO damaging to the music industry! (No, this blog post isn’t going to be a huge, “Music sharing is evil!” post. So don’t run away!)

I am not going to claim to know all the ins and outs of the recording process, but I have been around enough studios to know a few things. One of those things is that I could seriously sit and watch it happen for hours. (Well, given I have slept the night before… going into the studio on no sleep is pretty much a bad idea.)

A song starts with a songwriter. The person or people who conceive an idea. It might be a throw away line someone overheard in a bar. It might just be a single concept. For example, a song that I absolutely just love written by friends came to be just because they thought it might be fun to write about tattoos.  Yes, tattoos. What came to be is a beautiful song that you should go listen to. (Visit here and check out “These Tattoos”… then go ahead and listen to everything else on that page. Kay?)

Skipping ahead a WHOOOOOOLE LOT OF STEPS, like years of tedious steps (did you know a lot of the songs you hear on radio today were probably written years ago?), lets pretend a song has been chosen to go on an album. Hallelujah, that songwriter whose heart is in the words celebrates, here we go!

Here is where the studio time comes in…

I posted on Twitter the other day that the recording process reminds me a lot of the writing editing process. You take the whole story/article/post in general, then you take it apart piece by piece. Word by word. Sentence by sentence. Perfecting it. Tweaking it. Making it a masterpiece.

Now take a song. You have the basic song — the whole story. It has a groove. Then… it comes to life as piece by piece is added. Music. Vocals. Background vocals. Each piece can take hours as you perfect it.  Bobble a segment, that’s okay. You can do it again. And again. And again. And that moment it just comes out PERFECT? You can get goosebumps its just so good. Some little pieces might get scrapped for a better idea later. Often when you leave the studio after you’ve done your part, you still have no REAL grasp of what its going to sound like in the end.

Once all the pieces have been recorded, it goes to mastering. This piece is louder than that piece. Maybe we decide we don’t REALLY want background vocals in this line, so lets cut those out. The guitar laid down a great solo over here, but the piano’s solo just fits better, so lets put that in instead.

HOURS go into the recording and editing processes. By the time you listen to that song on your iPod, a producer, artist, engineer and musicians will have spent the equivalent of days of time on it. Not to mention the love and soul of the writer that started the whole thing. Its these hours that are forgotten that I got to photograph this week. These hours that no one sees in little studios all over the place. On any given day, the #1 hit of next year could be finding life through the talents of the people whose names you may never know.

It’s a true labor of love.

A new project

October 25th, 2011 1 comment

I’m doing the photos for a friends CD project coming out next month. Today was day 1 of recording… day 2 to be announced. I had SO much fun, and the whole recording studio thing is a blog post in and of itself.

Today was good for me… SO good for me. I’ve been having a few moments of uncertainty about things in general. Chasing the almighty dollar versus doing what is my passion. And beyond that, my passion seems to be everyone’s passion these days. But today just put a lot of confidence back in myself… reminded me of my passion and ever-evolving skills with the camera.

Anyway, I thought I’d share some of my favorite shots from today.

Recording Session

Recording Session

Recording Session

Recording Session

Recording Session

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Weekly Winners (October 16 – 22)

October 23rd, 2011 7 comments

Weekly WinnersWeekly Winners is a fun little thing bloggers do to showcase some of their favorite photos from the previous week. It is brought to you, me and everyone by the lovely Lotus, aka Sarcastic Mom. Visit her site and find all the participants. See some amazing photos brought to you by bloggers around the world. Leave a little love when you do — its like food for the soul!

Photos taken using my Droid Incredible or a Sony DSLR A230.
View all of my photos on my Flickr stream.

♥♥♥

I was pretty artistically stale this week. I didn’t write much, and more than once this week, my photo of the day was approached with a “whatever” attitude. This coming week will be different. Of this I am certain…

341: Pattern

Pattern

342: Leaves continue to change

Leaves continue to change

343: Top Shelf

Top Shelf

344: Purposely Blurred

Purposely Blurred

345: Rings reflected

Rings reflected

Soft light

Soft light

346: Marker Lights

Marker Lights

Grapes

Grapes

347: Hole in my jeans

Hole in my jeans

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Thanks for viewing! Now go visit Lotus and find all the WW participants.
Leave a little love when you do — its like food for the soul!

My obsession with Fall

October 22nd, 2011 3 comments

Fall leavesIf you search my Flickr photostream for the word “Fall” you get 136 photos back… a lot when you consider that I’m pretty sure I’ve failed to tag all my fall photos with “Fall” and I’ve only been seriously keeping up my Flickr page for about three years.

Growing up in Texas, Fall basically meant football season. The temperatures would go from sweltering to warm with the occasional chill in the wind. Past that, Fall = Football. Period.

Oh okay, it meant a bunch of birthdays, Halloween and Thanksgiving. And school pictures. But past that? Fall colors were what you saw only by cutting out construction paper leaves. You saw them in decorations bought at arts & crafts fairs. Or you saw them in magazines and on TV. But in Texas? It just goes summer leaves to no leaves at all in the blink of an eye. No magical color change.

Then I moved to Tennessee.

I still remember I had just recently moved here, and I was driving to our apartment from the store and I was struck by the colors all around me. I called my brother to squeal on his voicemail about how pretty it was. I don’t know why that memory remains with me, but it does.

Fall tends to not love me back. I get a yearly sinus infection, and I end up staring out the window at the pretty in misery. But it never stops me from still anticipating the season with glee.

My first visit to a "pumpkin patch" in 2006

Pumpkin patches to visit. Corn mazes to traverse.

There’s Pumpkin Spiced Lattes to drink.

Its time to get out warmer clothing.

And the colors… oh the colors! It starts with a little tinge of color in a tree here and a tree there. Then you start to notice all the trees are slowly changing from green to reds, yellows and oranges. The leaves that have already fallen crunch under your feet as you walk through the grass, and they speckle the drive way with their brilliant beauty.  Sometimes when the wind blows, they fall around you like glitter.

My husband and I like to go on drives through the country to look at all the colors. Those construction paper leaves of elementary school have nothing on the real thing! I stare out the window — be it my living room window or the passenger side window of our truck — in awe. Mesmerized by the changes this season brings.

We’ve had our first freeze warning of the year… though the extreme cold is short lived for now. We’ll be back in the 70s this weekend, just in time for a group trip to a corn maze where we’ll laugh and get lost among the cornstalks. A hayride will make us feel like kids again, and a cup of apple cider will warm the soul as much as the tummy.

Yes, Fall is definitely my favorite season of the year. And I plan to enjoy everything I can about it before winter gets its grip on the area.