Christ Church Cathedral, Nashville, Tennessee
No worries, folks. I intend to continue posting on this blog, though I am battle weary from life’s turbulence of the past two and a half years. My heart remains broken and I expect that it always will be. But I am moving forward and exploring new directions. This blog has evolved to be less about “cottage days” and more about “journeys.” And a strong photographic emphasis has emerged.
I hope you will continue to visit and admire my photos. Please don’t ever feel any pressure to comment. Simply pop in and receive a little visual love, my gift to you. The goal is to post on a weekly basis. If time is short and/or my mood is down, you can expect fewer words to accompany the photos.
Digital photography has been a terrific creative outlet for me since my retirement eight years ago. I recognize that my skills have gotten much better over time. At the workshops I attended this year, I got very little criticism from the professionals. My work is well received on flickr. I sell on Getty Images and Fine Art America. My photos are stolen on the web regularly, despite uploaded files that are low resolution, watermarked, and copyrighted. I have wrestled Photoshop CC to the ground and have a wealth of supporting programs that further enhance my work.
So where do I go from here with my little hobby?
Well, I will keep on challenging myself with some new programs (e.g., On1 Photo 10, Aurora); participate in several photo tours/workshops this year; tinker around more with iPhone photography; and develop a portfolio web site for additional licensing and sales opportunities. Despite long-held reservations about the medium, I also plan to start a restricted-audience Facebook account devoted to my photography. It will help me network with other serious photographers and keep in touch with friends I make on the photography tours/workshops. If you have a Facebook account and want to request an invite, please let me know.
I also intend to add a new feature here on my blog: Ask Donna. I am not an encyclopedia of knowledge when it comes to photography, by any means. I’ve got my limits (e.g., portrait photography, artificial lighting). But I’ve been around the block quite a bit by developing skills and doing a lot of research. So ask away if you have a burning photography question. You may submit your question in a post comment or via an e-mail. Occasionally (perhaps monthly), I will choose a question and then post an informative answer. Does the opportunity to pick my wee noggin sound promising to you?
Thank you for all of your sweet comments on my previous post. It cheers me to know of your support, understanding, and love.