Bear Butte at Sunset

The good, the random, and the fun!

Sometimes all you need is a photo....

But, then again, it is alwasy fun to create...

 "Midnight Sky" by Lisa Kerner Digital Artist

"Midnight Sky" by Lisa Kerner Digital Artist

Of course, it is so much better to see creation on display right in front on you...

And then you take that creation, and make art....

 Panoramic of Bear Butte, South Dakota

Panoramic of Bear Butte, South Dakota

Life Thru the Lens 10:52... An Old Wild West Town (Part 2)

THE GOOD & RANDOM.... 

Rockerville never really was an authentic wild west town, but it was an old mining town, founded in 1876 as a result of the gold rush in The Black Hills. During the 1950's and 60's, it became a tourist destination on the way to Mount Rushmore. However, eventually the town died due to the enlargement of the highway that flows towards Mount Rushmore. Rockerville literally sits between the north and south bounds lanes of the highway, and most people whiz on by never seeing the town until it is too late. 

What was left of the mining town/tourist attraction had become a sever safety hazard over the last few decades. So, while it makes me sad to see it gone, I do understand the need for it destruction. 

Instead of bulldozing it, the land owner asked the local fire department if they wanted to burn it down, using it for a training exercise. In the end, Rockerville went down with a legacy: gold town, tourists destination, ghost town, and an educational experiment.

Rockerville SD | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography
Rockerville SD | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography

THE FUN...Tips and Tricks when taking photos of rural towns...

~Look for textures to capture. Old towns are often full of fun textures like peeling paint, shingles roves, weathered wall paper, and so on. 

~Do not be afraid to explore, but if privacy signs are posted I am all for being respectful of the landowner and staying out. 

~While exploring, watch your step. There were several places I could have put my foot through the floor if I wasn't watching where I was stepping. On a main floor that is no big deal, but on a second floor you could take a nasty fall. 

~Look for interesting artifacts that capture the essence of the place. For example, the old hitching post (a few shots down) was a fun find leftover from the mining days. 

~Try to take shots that tell a story. Shuffle your feet to find the story telling shot. 

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Life Thru the Lens 9:52... Winter Shadow, in an Old Wild West Town (Part 1)

The good, the random and the fun, all in one....

The thing I love most about the winter is the position of the sun, and the long cast shadows it can create during the golden hour.

Shades of Winter | Winter Shadow | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Life-n-Reflection

Winter is my favorite season for light. When you combine the winter sun with a cold crisp day, almost bitter, this incredible combination of the golden hour and blue hour occurs. It doesn't happen often, but when it does, I feel as though I am in a dreamland. The sky is bluer, the shadows are stronger, and the golden rays warm everything they hit.

Shades of Winter | Winter Shadow | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Life-n-Reflection
Shades of Winter | Winter Shadow | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Life-n-Reflection
Shades of Winter | Winter Shadow | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | life-n-reflection

Tips for capturing a long shadow:

~Timing is important. To capture a long shadow you'll have to shoot either in early morning, or later afternoon. 

~Pay attention to where the shadow is landing, and shoot at an angle off center to the shadow. You'll notice none of my shots are dead on to the shadow.

~Although I did not use one for these shots, I will often use a polarizing filter in landscape photography to deepen my shadows, and to saturate my images. You can read more about polarizing filters Cambridge in Color

~I did shoot these images hand held, but I do highly recommend a tripod. The main reasons I did not use one on this day, was that the snow was deep, and there were quite a few people around because the town was being prepared (by the local fire department) to be burned the next day. More on that, next week, in Part 2 of the story.  

Shades of Winter | Winter Shadow | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Life-n-Reflection
Shades of Winter | Winter Shadow | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | life-n-reflection

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Life Thru the Lens 8:52... Winter at Home, in a Snow Storm

The Good....

Over the last year, I have spent much of my time in still life shots and travel photography while dismissing the beauty in everyday life. This year I am going to make an asserted effort to document everyday moments. Those moments that seem minuscule in the moment, but are the photos that we wished we had taken when we long for times gone by. 

Shades of Winter | Winter Home | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Life-n-Relfection
Shades of Winter | Winter Home | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Life-n-Relfection
Shades of Winter | Winter Home | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Life-n-Relfection

The Random...

One of the things I love most about our new home is the picture window with a view. If you follow me on Instagram and watch my stories all the sunset videos and photos are taken off my deck, or out this window. It truly is spectacular to see art, played out in nature, every single evening. 

Shades of Winter | Winter Home | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Life-n-Relfection

The Fun...

Of course it is fun to share another image from my AWAKE class. 

Shades of Winter | Winter Home | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Life-n-Relfection

HOW ARE YOU CAPTURING YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE?

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~Anyone with any photography skill can participate… we are all learning and growing.

~Any camera you take pictures with is acceptable… the best camera is the one in your hand.

Life Thru the Lens 7:52... Warm Up with a Valentine Still Life

The Good...

-> In still life photography, especially flat lays, the best practice is to keep building. 

Natural edit with no filters....

Shades of Winter | Warm Up | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Life-n-Reflection
Shades of Winter | Warm Up | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Life-n-Reflection
Shades of Winter | Warm Up | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Life-n-Reflection

The Random...

-> Whitespace, the space that has nothing in the shot, is good in flat lays. 

Kim Klassen Trace filter (with adjustments), with a little candle glow help from Grater Than Gatsby, Three Nails Collection...

Shades of Winter | Warm Up | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Life-n-Reflection
Shades of Winter | Warm Up | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Life-n-Reflection

The Fun...

-> I take a little help and buy my goodies for my still life shots. They are usually decorated much prettier than I could decorate them. 

Shades of Winter | Warm Up | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Life-n-Reflection

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~All forms of photography accepted… keep it family friendly please.

~Anyone with any photography skill can participate… we are all learning and growing.

~Any camera you take pictures with is acceptable… the best camera is the one in your hand.

Life Thru the Lens 6:52.... Snow Beautiful, Yellowstone National Park

The Good, the fun, and the random, all in one...

We visited Yellowstone National Park, back in October, and were lucky enough to experience early winter there. During our stay, we had weather that ranged from nice fall days, to blistery winter days; it was the winter days that I loved the most. 

Shade of Winter | Snow Beautiful | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Life-n-Reflection
Shade of Winter | Snow Beautiful | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Life-n-Reflection
Shade of Winter | Snow Beautiful | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Life-n-Reflection

Snow has a way of drastically changing the landscape of the land into a fairytale panorama. We happened upon this guy as we entered the park. No worries, I didn't play buffalo wishpeerer, like so many others at Yellowstone National Park. I value my life too much to get out of my vehicle when these beasts are so close. 

Shade of Winter | Snow Beautiful | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Life-n-Reflection
Shade of Winter | Snow Beautiful | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Life-n-Reflection

The last morning we were at the park, was an amazing moment in time. The hoarfrost (I know not exactly snow, but still beautiful) had covered the land in a thin layer, and everything was all aglow. Because it was so bitterly cold, the various mudpots, geysers, and hot spring were all putting on a spectacular show for us. 

Shade of Winter | Snow Beautiful | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Life-n-Reflection

"Color is everything, black and white is more" ~Dominic Rouse

Shade of Winter | Snow Beautiful | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Life-n-Reflection

WHAT SPECTACULAR VIEWS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY???

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SAHDES OF WINTER CHALLENGE | Lisa Kerner - Simply Living Photography

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Life Thru the Lens 5:52... January Review, and a February Winter Challenge

THE GOOD.....

They say, "Never let them see you sweat." But, in reality, I think that just leaves the people around you dazed and confused as to why you are not acting normally. So, in a show of realistic life, in the age of my-world-is-wonderful social media, here is my reality.

My world is, actually, wonderful:

 January in Review

January in Review

~ I am full fledged into my art major, and I am loving life. It's work, but I am enjoying every minute of it. 

~ My boy, Dreamer, is almost a high school graduate. What!? (Did I mention he is the baby too, and that I am a mom to two adults. Transition. Smile.) With that, comes setting him up for the next journey, college. 

~ My Blue Eyed girl is almost done with an entire year of college, and man I am so proud of her. But, she still needs her momma, and that makes my heart oh so happy. 

~ My Thinker is a hard working man who is also going to school full-time on top of his work week, so he needs me just as much as my kiddos. 

My plate is full and overflowing with abundance. And, after a season of dry bones, it feels nice to be living again. I am not super woman though, although I do like to roar "I am super woman, here me cry!" every now and then. So, something has to give at some point, and sadly it is my site right here. I'm not going away, but I just wanted to tell you that I am struggling to keep a head. If I can't find my way to your place, please don't be offended. Really, this Life Thru the Lens community isn't just for me to make connections. It is for you to make connections with each other too. I hope you'll do so as I continue to host our little weekly party. 

THE FUN.....

Shades of Winter Photography Challenge | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography

IT ALL STARTED WHEN...

Kristy from Life-n-Reflection reached out to me for a fall colors collaboration. We had so much fun, we have decided to do it again, only this time we will be looking for Shades of Winter. 

  • We will begin the challenge next week, Feb 6th, and move right through the end of the month, with the week of Feb 27th being our last challenge week.
  • My Life Thru the Lens linkup will also link with Kristy's Texture Tuesday linkup for the month of February. 
  • Every week I will feature a few shots on Instagram and Kristy will be featuring images on her website. Make sure to tag your photos with the weekly theme tag (see above), and #shadesofwinter so that I can find your shots on Instagram.
  • Feel free to right-click and download the image above to keep handy for the month of the challenge.

AND... if you are in the Souther Hemisphere, or if you live in an area where it doesn't snow, that is perfectly okay! Join along anyway, and show us your fabulous archived photos that go along with our weekly themes. Or, even better, be creative and figure out a way to incorporate our themes in your sunny, warm shots.  {Hint, a little snowman ornament, on a white sand beach would make for a beautiful shot for week one.}

We are super excited to see what you all come up with!!

 

THE RANDOM...

I thought it might be fun to show you some of the art projects I have in motion. 

YOUR TURN... WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING ON OR TOWARDS IN YOUR LIFE???


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~All forms of photography accepted… keep it family friendly please.

~Anyone with any photography skill can participate… we are all learning and growing.

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Life Thru the Lens 4:52 ... Being True to Yourself

Last week I chatted about using comparison as a tool rather than an obstacle that paralyzes you. In that post, I shared that I love the Kinfolk look and even tried my hand at reproducing the look. I really detested what I created. Matter of fact, it took a ton of courage for me to post those images because I knew they were not stellar. So, I thought it would be fun to show you the image with my editing style. 

Because I edited this image in "my style" it was so much more fun to create. It's obvious I went a little artsy with this composition and used a little photo manipulation to bring out some fun aspects of the shot. The process was a joy, and that is what art should bring to your life; Joy, not the heartache comparison and intimidation. 

So... how'd I do it???

Step One...

I edited my image in Lightroom, with basic edits: contrast, highlights, whites and blacks, opened up the shadows, and bumped the saturation a bit. By the way this image is a panoramic composed of 5 shots total. 

Step One Photo Manipulation | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography

Step Two....

I brought the image into Photoshop and clean it up a bit. 

  • I cloned out the tree branches and the road in the bottom right of the photo.
  • Then I created a duplicate copy of the image and flipped it horizontally, and painted off everything but the lower right hand corner. 
Step Two Photo Manipulation | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography
Step Two Photo Manipulation | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography

Step Three...

  • I added a Greater Than Gatsby (GTG) filter, from the Three Nails Collection, called Cosmic Love. I always tweak these filters to my liking, adjusting the opacity, turning off different layers, or even changing the overall color of a gradient. 
  • Some may ask why use a filter if I know what I am are doing in Photoshop? I say, why not! I do know how to create these filters, but why not support other great artists by using their products. Also, it makes my editing process so much quicker.
  • The key here is not to rely on Filters and Presets to accomplish the "look" you are working towards. I do think it is vitally important to learn both Lightroom, and Photoshop, that way you can tweak Actions and Presets to your taste. 
Step Three Photo Manipulation | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography

Step Four...

  • This is where the fun comes in. I added a sunflare just over the peak of the mountain. 
  • Tip 1... When creating a realistic look in photoshop it is key to really study the photo for light, light castings, and tones. I put this sunflare right where the sun was in the shot, so it works naturally. However, if I would have place it above the mountain, but the sun was to my back, then the eye would naturally feel something is off in the shot. 
  • Tip 2... Do not drop an effect, like a sunflare, into a composition and expect it to work without further editing. I tweaked this flare by skewing it and adjusting the overall dimensions. I also blended it, and  brushed off areas to make it more realistic. I then duplicated it and extended the rays of the sun.
Step Four | Photo Manipulation | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography
Step Four Photo Manipulation | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography
  • Tip 3... If you'll look above to the capture of my layers panel in Photoshop, you'll notice I grouped the sunflare together once I was done creating it. I do this to any part of an image I want to keep together. It makes future alignments, and adjustments, much easier. Select each Layer, right click and choose Group From Layers, then follow the dialogue box. 
Hello Sun | ©2017 Lisa Kerner - Simply Living Photography | All Rights Reserved
Step Five Photo Manipulation | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography

Step Five...

To me this is the most vital step in a composition, and is often why a piece you are viewing doesn't quite feel cohesive. I always do some sort of adjustment to my entire piece to bringing unity to the piece, usually in the form of GTG Filter, but not always. Sometimes, I'll put a texture over it, or I'll make a levels or curves adjustment. This time I did choose Lemonhead from the Innocence II collection in GTG.

 

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LIFE THRU THE LENS LINKUP | LISA KERNER | SIMPLY LIVING PHOTOGRAPHY

1. Share your Life Thru the Lens.

2. Link back to this page, so others can find our community.

3.  Visit at least one person and create a community with them through encouraging comments.

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~All forms of photography accepted… keep it family friendly please.

~Anyone with any photography skill can participate… we are all learning and growing.

~Any camera you take pictures with is acceptable… the best camera is the one in your hand.

Life Thru the Lens 3:52... The Joy of Comparison

"When we lose ourselves in the comparison game we cannot see how much we have accomplished."

The Good...

But, what if we could use comparison as a tool? What if we could push past the comparison thief and use comparison as a means to push our art further, to challenge our skills? 

Because, I do not believe comparison in of itself is bad. It's when we become entangled in the comparison game, and we cannot use it as a means to push us farther in our creative lives, that it becomes a problem. 

The Random...

If you are on social media that showcases photographic images, then you know the "Kinfolk" look. {That's right. Go on and click that link, and just gaze at the beauty, but come right back here.} It's matted, rich, and contrasty images leave me with my mouth gaping at the lushness of it all. And then, my mind starts whirling with thoughts like, "I could never...." or, "my work doesn't even..."

The Fun...

I edited the following two photos with the Kinfolk look in mind, because I love it, and because I have caught myself (more than once) being a little envious of those who can create this look. 

The Joy of Comparison | Life Thru the Lens | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography
The Joy of Comparison | Life Thru the Lens | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography

You know what it taught me? 

  1. That editing in the Kinfolk style is harder than it looks. 
  2. That I do not like that look for my photography.

I am in the AWAKA 2017 class; did I tell you that? Of course I did, last week. Can you tell how excited I am about the class!? {Insert huge, giddy smile.} It is easy to be intimidated in that class. The coaches in my class are at a level of digital art that is mind-boggling, and some of the class members are producing quite exceptional art.

But, if I do not push past that intimidation, I will stagnate in my art. And, if I cannot use comparison as a tool, then I will not be challenged in my creation process.  If instead, I choose to stop intimidation and comparison from paralyze me, then I can allow the intricate, creative parts of who I am to produce the art that breeds stability in my soul. 

 

"DOWN BY THE RIVER BED"

 ©2017LisaKerner-SLP-DonwbytheRiverBed

©2017LisaKerner-SLP-DonwbytheRiverBed

"HOME"

 ©2017LisaKerner-SLP-Home

©2017LisaKerner-SLP-Home

"EFFLORESCENCE" 

 ©2017LisaKerner-SLP-Efflorescence

©2017LisaKerner-SLP-Efflorescence

HOW CAN YOU USE COMPARISON AS A TOOL IN YOUR LIFE? 


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1. Share your Life Thru the Lens.

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~All forms of photography accepted… keep it family friendly please.

~Anyone with any photography skill can participate… we are all learning and growing.

~Any camera you take pictures with is acceptable… the best camera is the one in your hand.