Monday, February 15, 2010

I'm in Love!

....with my new toy...  The 100mm 2.8L macro IS USM lens!

Took my new found Love on a date for Valentine's Day to the LA Arboretum.  Been living in Cali for 19 years and I've never been to the arboretum - crazy!  A few of my photog friends bought their dates (their cameras & toys) along and we made a day of it.   It was almost 80 degrees, the sun was shining (or beating down on us - depending on how you look at it) the birds were singing (literally) - and we had a ball.

What have I learned from this relationship so far - that I'm not very good at editing myself...  Yes - it would seem as if I've posted every shot from yesterday (even though I didn't)!   I have a feeling the two of us are going to make beautiful "music" together...

This post is dedicated to my Mom - who absolutely loves flowers!


























Sunday, February 14, 2010

Love?

Valentine's Day...got me thinking about "Love" and I decided to do a little digging...

Webster's definition of Love: 1. intense affection 2. a feeling of attraction resulting from sexual desire 3. Enthusiasm or fondness...

The Bible's definition of Love: 1 Corinthians 13:4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things...

My definition of Love: Time spent...laughing, rejoicing, hugging, sharing, caring, listening, fixing, dreaming, creating, dancing, talking, (and yes - sometimes crying)...

What's your definition of Love?

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Inspiration...

I find inspiration (to create) in many different people, places & things...  Other photographers that I think are amazing, a box of crayons, the multi-colored push pins on my tack board, listening to creative visionaries speak, watching, listening to and interacting with my niece and nephew, staring out the window from my seat at 33,000 feet and of course from movies.

On occasion I'll watch a film (or better yet a movie) from a purely entertainment perspective, but more often I find myself watching films (the same movie) from a creative perspective.   Yes...for me - entertainment = "movie", creative = "film".   What I'm watching doesn't change - just my perspective.

I love collecting DVDs of some of my favorites and currently have about 200...not bad... (I know someone with well over 400 DVDs).   So whenever I can, I'll pull out a stack of DVDs from my "library" to be entertained, inspired - or if I'm feeling wild & crazy...a little of both - entertained and inspired!  Here's what I've been watching (re-watching) lately...

Where do you find inspiration?