Share Six: July 2020: New

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If you are anything like me, you are still wondering where April, May and June went. Someone I know posted a photo on Facebook “June’s over Julying” and that is how I feel. I cannot begin to imagine what the rest of the year is going to look like.

I hope you are all surviving and thriving despite the way life is moving. For some of us it is business as usual, for others they are working from home, or hanging out with their kids over the summer break. Where ever and what ever situation you find yourself in, I hope that we will all look for the magical moments. Keep photographing and keep sharing.

This month’s theme is {New}. The dictionary defines new as

“not existing before; made, introduced, or discovered recently or now for the first time”.

I am excited to see what each person has for you. As I am writing this I am thinking “Wow, there are some stunning sneak peaks this month”

So let’s see what they blog group has for us for the {New} theme:

Sharleen Stuart Photography

Cobert Photography

Janet Douglas of @wiredtothemoon_

Ceri Herd Photography

It’s Still Life by Elizabeth Willson

KG Ledbetter Photography

Michèle Tremblay Photo

Thank you for stopping by. We hope that you enjoyed reading all the blogs. Don’t forget that you can be a part of this as well, by sharing your images.

We look forward to seeing your images on our Facebook page and our Instagram Page.  Don’t forget to tag the Instagram posts with #sharesix_new.  Each month we feature one artist on our Facebook and Webpage banner.  We will also do an interview with the featured artist, so share your images to be a part of this opportunity.

Look out for the new theme on August 6, 2019

Guest Interview: @alyandlittles: Morning

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I feel like I am back behind again. How does that happen. Life was definitely hectic for me in March and the beginning of April but it does seem to have settled down now. So I am doing some catch up. @alyandlittles was out featured artist for the morning theme and I have caught up with her to learn a little bit more about her.

Tell us a bit about yourself?  And …  Are you a hobbyist or a pro?

I’m a hobbyist photographer who loves to capture the daily lives of my children. I’m a mom of two small children who keep me very busy! I recently got accepted into the Click Pro program at Clickin Moms, this process really helped me analyze my images and made me a better photographer. The process was an amazing experience and I’m so glad I did it. My favorite things to do other than photography are going on walks, playing the piano, and blogging in my spare time. Aside from lifestyle children photography, I also really adore macro and nature photography. It’s a nice outlet when I need to give my children a break from the camera. I adore capturing genuine moments that unfold between my subjects (usually my children). I am also a huge fan of getting in the frame myself, with my children or by myself. I feel like self portraits are a great gift to give to your children, saying, ‘I was there, too’. I will often hand the camera over so that I can be in the frame as well. I think it is so important.

Macro is one of my favorite types of photography. I love capturing the beauty of nature and to also give my kids a break from the camera.

Tell us a bit about your photography gear.  What is the lens do you not have but you desire to have the most?

I shoot with a Nikon D610 and I have a few different Sigma lenses. I have the Sigma 85mm 1.4 ART, Sigma 35mm 1.4 ART, and the Sigma 24mm 1.4 ART. I love all of these lenses for different reasons. When shooting outside I have the 85 on my camera 90% of the time. When shooting indoors, I have the other two on my camera about 50/50 depending on the look I’m going for. I just got the 35 and am still trying to get used to it! I just recently sold my macro lens (mainly because it was so old and not doing what I wanted) so I would love to get a good macro lens that has an aperture of 1.4. For now I stick to macro extensions that do a fairly good job when paired with my 85.

I adore capturing little milestones of my children and also jumping in the frame myself.

Describe your style of work and how you found your style.

My style is forever evolving, that’s what I love about photography! There’s always something new to learn. I think I would describe my style as honest, lifestyle, and fun. My editing is very small, I like to try to get my images as correct in camera as possible. I like to show you how I see the world. Unlike some photographers, I got into photography before I had kids. This really pushed me to find the light, find the shadows, take pictures of things other than children (because, children are SOOOO easy to photograph, they are just so cute!) and it really pushed me as a photographer. By the time my son came along, I had a pretty firm grasp on exposure, composition, and light. I love using natural light in my work, but I also really love making any light work for me. Like bathroom light or hospital light. Life’s moments don’t always happen in pretty light and I believe it’s important to use any type of light in your photography.

I did a shot just like this with my son, so I had to recreate it with my daughter. I love capturing my children with their dad and the genuine scenes that pop up day to day.

Are you a creative person, ….have you always been creative, ….what inspires your creativity?

I honestly don’t think of myself as a creative person. I’m not crafty at all, in fact I hate crafts! Photography is the only form of art I enjoy. Honestly, other photographers usually inspire my creativity. I think it’s pretty rare when I think of something myself haha! My husband is a very creative person and he also inspires me from time to time. I also find that my 3 year old son has amazing ideas about photography so I ask him for ideas sometimes.

I recently started a project of capturing my son with my mom’s dog. It’s been fun trying to come up with new ideas. This image is definitely my sons (and the dogs) favorite idea yet! Ice cream for the win.

Who is your favorite photographer, living or dead?

Ansel Adams, hands down. His work is so inspiring and beautiful. I’m always amazed when I look at one of his photographs.

Both of their expressions just melt me in this image and I really love the light. I love capturing my children’s bond with their daddy.

What is your favorite quote?

“Don’t you quit. You keep walking. You keep trying. There is help and happiness ahead… It will be alright in the end. Trust God and believe in good things to come.” Jeffrey R. Holland

I really adore their growing relationship and capturing it as it matures. They love each other. They laugh with each other. They explore together. And It’s only going to get better as little girl starts to walk and keep up with big brother!

Thank you Alyssa for sharing a little bit about who you are and your style of photography, we loved learning more about you. Don’t forget to check out her Instagram page at @alyandlittles.

We look forward to seeing your images on our Facebook page and our Instagram Page.  The theme this month is {OrdinarytoExtraordinary} and we still have another week so tag us with #ordinarytoextraordinary

Share Six: June: 2020 From Ordinary to Extraordinary

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It’s been a challenging 12 days, along with a challenging 3 months, for all of us I am sure. Battered with the Corona Virus, the unemployment level, lack of income and now the death of George Floyd and the outcry by people of all color.

My heart goes out to the mother and family of George Floyd. Nobody should have to watch their child’s life ebb away in this manner. This is a tragedy in the US. Many are out there protesting. Some of us may be out there protesting. The US is burning in many cities, looting is happening and tear gas is being sprayed. If you are out in the midst of the protests, please stay safe

Our topic this month is taking the Ordinary and making it Extraordinary. We have the chance to do that with what we do and say. I know that I been shocked with some of what I have seen this past 12 days and I know that I have heard friends of color speak out and their words have resonated with me. I want to do better, I know that I can be better. I have always been one to say All lives matter, I firmly believe that. However, the other day I was hit in the face with truth, only when black lives matter, can all lives matter. Lets take the our Ordinary and make it Extraordinary. Reach out and let your friends of color know you are there for them. Be willing to listen. Treat each other with respect. Help those that need help.

This month the Share Six blog group has share with us their take on {Ordinary to Extraordinary}

This is a tough theme, but I hope that you are all inspired by what has been shared. Put your thinking caps on and show us your art.

We all hope that you and your family will continue to stay safe, and well.  We all know how tough this time is for each of us.  We are thinking of you all.

We look forward to seeing your imageson our Facebook page and our Instagram Page.  Don’t forget to tag the Instagram posts with #sharesix_ordinarytoextraordinary.  Each month we feature one artist on our Facebook and Webpage banner.  We will also do an interview with the featured artist, so share your images to be a part of this opportunity.

Look out for the new theme on July 6, 2019

Guest Highlights: March 2020: Morning

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March was the beginning of Covid-19 change and so things have got behind again.  I don’t know about you but I lost control of my time following 4 weeks.  Things are slowing down somewhat but we are still in the unknown stages, aren’t we.

For the month of March Katherine of Cobert Photography chose the theme “Morning” and the image she chose to be highlighted was tagged by @alyandlittles.  Katherine chose the this image for the following reasons:

“I chose this one because of its real documentation. While I’m an absolute sucker for morning light, I actually love how this one wasn’t another picture of the morning light streaming in through the window. It’s of an incredibly precious morning moment that is captured so that it can be remembered for years to come. It’s an incredibly sweet image!”

 

Congratulations Aly on your beautiful image.

 

Photo’s on our Facebook page have really diminished, however we loved seeing this image on our page from Myra Neal Photography.

 

Instagram was busy this month.  Photos from our Instagram page that we have chosen to highlight are below and in no particular order. Click on the names to link to the photographers page.  Go and like them, show them some love, you will enjoy seeing their images in your feed. Congratulations to you all.

 

Lastly we have changed up the theme for the month of May 2020 so check out what our blog contributors shared on the theme {Simplicity}.  Click on the images to view their Facebook page.  Don’t forget to share your images with us.

 

 

We look forward to seeing your images on our Facebook page and our Instagram Page.  Don’t forget to tag the Instagram posts with #sharesix_simplicity.  Each month we feature one artist on our Facebook and Webpage banner.  We will also do an interview with the featured artist, so share your images to be a part of this opportunity.

Look out for the new theme on June 6, 2020

Share Six: May 2020: Simplicity

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It’s six weeks into the Covid-19 pandemic.  We hope you are all holding up well.  Given that we are all stuck at home, Lynne of Lynne Grant Photography has chosen the theme {Simplicity}.

Simplicity is defined as the “…state or quality of being simple. Something easy to understand or explain seems simple, in contrast to something complicated. Alternatively, as Herbert A. Simon suggests, something is simple or complex depending on the way we choose to describe it. Wikipedia “

The blog group are ready to share their take on the theme {Simplicity} and we hope that you will come and share your take on it as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We all hope that you and your family will continue to stay safe, and well.  We all know how tough this time is for each of us.  We are thinking of you all.

We look forward to seeing your images on our Facebook page and our Instagram Page.  Don’t forget to tag the Instagram posts with #sharesix_simplicity.  Each month we feature one artist on our Facebook and Webpage banner.  We will also do an interview with the featured artist, so share your images to be a part of this opportunity.

Look out for the new theme on June 6, 2019

Guest Interview: Myra Neal: Out of Focus

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Sharleen Stuart Photography chose Myra Neal Photography to be the guest feature for the {Out of Focus} theme.  We caught up with Myra to learn a little bit more about her and her journey as a photographer.

 

Tell us a bit about yourself?  And …  Are you a hobbyist or a pro?

I am a mother of 3 girls, ages 16, 20 and 26. I work full time as a surgical tech on a labor and delivery unit at a local hospital (I assist with c sections). I previously volunteered for the Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep organization. I shoot anything from insects to “Fresh 48’s”. I feel as though I’m somewhere in between a hobbyist and pro. My knowledge of photography doesn’t even scratch the surface, I have so much more to learn.

 

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I love the glow of her skin, the intensity the conversion to black and white

 

 

Tell us a bit about your photography gear.  What is the lens do you not have but you   desire to have the most?

I am a Canon girl. I shoot with a 6D. My go to lens is the “nifty fifty” but I love my macro. I’d like to expand my horizons and eventually try out a 150-600 mm. I love the idea of being able to capture the “unreachable”.

 

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I love how the petals look “feather” like and how different a daisy looks as a macro image compared to the naked eye.

 

Describe your style of work and how you found your style.

I consider myself as a minimalist photographer. I don’t use all the bells and whistles when it comes to equipment and editing. I’m not much into posed shoots. I’m a “in the moment” shooter, do what feels natural. If that makes sense.

 

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This image makes me stand tall and makes me proud to be an American. I post this image for many holidays.

 

Are you a creative person, ….have you always been creative, ….what inspires your creativity?

I never considered myself a creative person until I found my love for macro then more and more people would tell me “you definitely have an eye…”. I love that we don’t realize how beautiful something can be until you change your view.  Determination drives my creativity. When I’m searching for something to shoot I try to find something that will make people stop and take a second look.

 

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I love how well defined the detail of the web is shown….you can literally see each strand.

 

Who is their favorite photographer, living or dead?

Unfortunately I don’t follow any well known photographers…but locally my favorite photog is Bill Whaley. (Check him out).

 

 

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I love how the black and white conversion and the wide angle makes this image speak.

 

What is your favorite quote?

“Photography is an art of observation. It has little to do with what you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” -Elliot Erwitt

 

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I found this so beautiful for such a simple “weed”. I’m a softy for macro.

 

Thank you Myra for sharing a little bit more about yourself and your work.  Go and check out Myra’s FB page for more beautiful images.

We look forward to seeing your images on our Facebook page and our Instagram Page.  The theme this month is {Imperfection} and we still have another 10 days so tag us with #sharesix_imperfection.  

 

Guest Highlights: February 2020: Out of Focus

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We sit in a world of shutdown.   Craziness is happening that is so hard to believe, and I for one got caught up on that working on what it looks like to shift staff to working from home.  It has been a hectic 3 weeks.  I am behind again on posting the highlights and features and I apologize.

That said, we as a team, hope that you are all well and safe and staying home to protect you and your family, your loved ones and your friends.

For the month of February Sharleen chose the theme {Out of Focus} and our featured highlighted image comes from our Facebook page.  This was definitely a challenging theme and was great for those who specialize in out of focus images.

Congratulations Myra Neal Photography, Sharleen loves your image and had the following to say:

         “I love the partial visual of the Mantis, also knowing as a Praying Mantis.            They have always amazed me and the definition on it’s face, especially it’s bulging eyes and it’s spiny legs is incredible amidst the blur of the rest of the image.  Congratulations Myra for a captivating image.”

 

 

Photos from our Instagram page that we have chosen to highlight are below and in no particular order. Click on the names to link to the photographers page.  Go and like them, show them some love, you will enjoy seeing their images in your feed. Congratulations to you all

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have changed up the theme for the month of April 2020 so check out what our blog contributors shared on the theme {Imperfection}.  Click on the images to view their Facebook page. You just have a few more days to share your images before the theme changes.

 

 

 

 

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Michèle Tremblay Photo

 

 

 

 

We look forward to seeing your images on our Facebook page and our Instagram Page.  Don’t forget to tag the Instagram posts with #sharesix_imperfection.  Each month we feature one artist on our Facebook and Webpage banner.  We will also do an interview with the featured artist, so share your images to be a part of this opportunity.

Look out for the new theme on May 6, 2019

 

Share Six: April 6, 2020: Imperfection

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Ceri Herd Photography chose the theme {Imperfection}.  I am so interested to see where this theme is going to go.  Right now we are living in an imperfect world.  A world full of unexpected and unprecedented imperfection.  Fear, disbelief, craziness reigns.  It is hard to watch.  Imperfection, how do we as a group represent what this word means to us?  What does it mean to you?  Let us know in the comment section.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We look forward to seeing your images on our Facebook page and our Instagram Page.  Don’t forget to tag the Instagram posts with #sharesix_imperfection.  Each month we feature one artist on our Facebook and Webpage banner.  We will also do an interview with the featured artist, so share your images to be a part of this opportunity.

Look out for the new theme on May 6, 2019

Guest Interview: @loupdeloopy

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For the month of January, Janet chose @loupdeloopy to be our featured artist.  I caught up with Lilan to learn a little bit more about her and her photography journey.  What I love about Lilan’s story is that you do not have to have a fancy camera.  All of her gorgeous images are taken with a mobile phone.

 

Tell us a bit about yourself?  And …  Are you a hobbyist or a pro?

I am an American expat based in Berlin, formerly a writer, editor, and translator, now a hobby photographer with the guiding wish to grow my skills in shooting and editing.

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Mobile macro is not optimal for capturing foreground, background AND middle-ground. So this tulip seemed a small victory

 

Tell us a bit about your photography gear.  What is the lens do you not have but you   desire to have the most?

With some embarrassment, I must admit to using mobiles phones only. The best clip-on macro lenses I have found are by Ollioclip for the iPhone SE. Having upgraded to the iPhone 11 Pro, I am limited to Sandmarc.

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The rainbow hues, the translucence, the focus, and blur, the negative space and alternating angles – it works for me.

 

Describe your style of work and how you found your style.

My style has been shaped almost entirely by circumstance. I have been housebound and mostly bed-bound by serious illness for over ten years. This limits my subject matter to the details I can capture in my apartment or garden. I have always been enchanted by miniatures, so macro does suit me. And, perhaps because I spend so many hours lying in the dark, it is a lust for color, more than anything, that characterizes my work.

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Depth of field is everything! As are my neighbor’s art supplies, which I shoot whenever the opportunity arises.

 

Are you a creative person, ….have you always been creative, ….what inspires your creativity?

I have been creating in a wide range of art forms for at least 45 years. (My parents shoved colored markers in my pudgy fists before I was old enough to walk.) But writing was my one true love, and just as my fingertips finally grazed success, my disease impaired my language skills too severely for me to continue. Finding, some years later, that I had the capacity to photograph still surprises me. I consider the creative process a privilege; it restores joy and meaning to my life. I am inspired by color, by ephemera, by fellow photographers on Instagram, but I never push myself if uninspired or too ill. I know my creative juices will flow again soon.

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The saturation and texture here do me in.

 

Who is your favorite photographer, living or dead?

Picking a favorite photographer feels impossible! In terms of influences, growing up in California, running wild in the Sierras, I was initially most impacted by Ansel Adams, clichéd as that may be, and in my twenties, I was forever road-tripping through the Pacific Northwest and the Southwest, shooting the American landscape (analogue). More recently, the photographer who awakened my love of mobile macro was Michael Van Huffel. His work takes my breath away, and we share the same disease: @michaelsvh

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In this case, depth of field is nothing.  But I find satisfaction in the purity of shapes, the flat background, my nail art on a lone thumb

 

What is your favorite quote?

“I am not somebody who thinks I am entitled to good health or to a good, peaceful, happy life. We are fortunate when we have them, but when we don’t have them, it’s not that someone’s taking them away from us. It just happens.”

~Laura Hillenbrand, author of SEABISCUIT

 

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A departure for me, as I rarely shoot in soft tones or textures.  Credit goes to the rose.

 

Thank you Lilan for sharing a little bit more about yourself and your work.  Go and check out Lilian’s page @loupdeloopy.  There are so many beautiful colors.

We look forward to seeing your images on our Facebook page and our Instagram Page.  The theme this month is {Morning} so tag us with #sharesix_morning.  

Share Six: March 2020: Morning

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Kathrine of Cobert Photography chose the theme {Morning}.  There are so many different interpretations for this theme.  It could be the breaking of the day in the early hours of the morning.  It could be the first cup of coffee, the breakfast options that go along with the cup of coffee.  It could be the first sign of dew on the grass, or sun-rays reflecting through windows or trees.  It could be quiet time with a book, a cuddle with the cat, a walk with the dog.  Or if it’s like me, dealing with a parrot that likes to bite.

Each of the blog contributors have shared their take on the theme {Morning}.  To view their blogs click on the link below,  and for the links in their next blog to complete the circle link.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each month we are excited to see what you come up with.  Post your images on our Facebook page and our Instagram Page.  Don’t forget to tag the Instagram posts with #sharesix_morning.  Each month we feature one artist on our Facebook and Webpage banner.  We will also do an interview with the featured artist, so share your images to be a part of this opportunity.

Look out for the new theme on April 6, 202