I have always loved gemstones, rocks and the like. As kids we used to grow ‘rock’ gardens all the time. I did a whole post on some beautiful gem photography and find the subject endlessly fascinating. I really wanted this image to impart the beauty that I originally had witnessed.  From the ‘before’ you would never know the great depth, texture and luminance that was present.  I feel the ‘after’ really gives it a second chance.

I will be editing a photo a day for the remainder of 2012::Project MMXII, this is my ‘after’, you can view the ‘before’ here.

P.S.  I will email the winners of last weeks contest and hopefully we can all see what creative goodness they got themselves into!

P.P.S. If you haven’t already and are so inclined sign-up for the Natural History prints giveaway!


If  you knew the time, money + effort  I spend on test prints it would blow.your.mind. I have had many requests to print my photographs, granted most of them have been from my husband who can’t stand that images live on my hard drive.  Before I was a photographer (I’ve been published multiple times in major interior design publications, gah!), I was a graphic designer and before I was a designer I was a printer.  Printing my friends is very important to me.  I feel that if an image is not printed on the right substrate than the final product is a failure (this is only true for my own images, I am sure yours look great no matter how you print them). It took a ton of trial and error for me to find a printer that was as insane passionate as I am.  They get me.  The two prints above are the product of this coupling. The snowy owl is a giclee print, which is an archival process printed on cotton rag paper. It is by far my favorite way that I prefer my images to come into printed fruition.  I once sent a giclee to a good friend that asked if I painted the image, it’s an outstanding way to showcase your work.  The antlers are printed on a metallic paper, which is perfect for this image as I wanted to re-create an almost daguerreotype effect, it works with this photo seamlessly.  To say I am happy is an understatement.
In order to celebrate my great fortune in finding printing true love, I would love to share my prints with you.  I am giving away two framed photos to two winners (One snowy owl + one antler, one photo each winner). The only request I make to potential entrants is that if you win you are willing to photograph the image in your home. That being said enter by letting me know where you would put this in your home or who you would gift this to. Any links are always welcome, I adore visiting them and getting to know you more.
P.S. Specs–the Snowy Owl is an 8″ x 12″ giclee, with an 8″ x 10″ archival mat in a 16″ x 20″ simple black wood frame.  The size of this really makes an impressive statement! The Antlers are an 8″ x 10″ metallic print, with an 8″ x 10″ archival mat in an 11″ x 14″ simple black wood  frame.
I will announce the winners next Wednesday, January 25, 2012. Good luck!


I mentioned that this may be disturbing for some, thus a Sunday post.  I was pondering why this would be more disturbing than the other edits of stuffed, dead animals and my conclusion is these look dead, thus upping the ick factor.  It doesn’t bother me as much, I suppose since I went to a zoo biological science school I have had a lot more experience around these types of specimens than most, so perhaps I am a bit inured to it, my husband not so much. “That’s disgusting hon, ” was his assessment. I have told him that when our little fur baby G.G. passes I am going to have her taxidermied, because I can’t imagine not seeing her everyday.  Yes, he still married me, even though he has emphatically stated that, that would never ever happen. We’ll see.  I do hope this hasn’t turned your stomach too much, both the image and my rhetoric.
I will be editing a photo a day for the remainder of 2012::Project MMXII, this is my ‘after’, you can view the ‘before’ here.

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A quick hello.  This is not a real jellyfish.  I have about 400 photos of real jellyfish from a wonderful afternoon spent at an aquarium in San Francisco, this is not one of them.  I was disappointed that this image didn’t have the same ‘wow’ after effect as most of the other edits since it took me just as long.  Oh, well.  Tomorrow I do believe I have one of my more disturbing subjects, so visit if you have the stomach.

I will be editing a photo a day for the remainder of 2012::Project MMXII, this is my ‘after’, you can view the ‘before’ here.


I find it very difficult to show accurate color in photographs when it comes to the ink offerings, but I think the stamped impression of this ink is pretty darn good. It’s very different from the actual pad which doesn’t convey the rich warm tones that it will impart when printed.  It’s pretty much my favorite ink color at the moment although I am bringing in a color called ‘harbor’ that I think is perfect for spring. As the name implies it will be a deep blue with a hint of seaweed green, very nice. I like these tiny ink pads as most of my hand stamps are on the petite side and I believe you get a better ink coverage when you put ink pad to stamp instead of vice versa (note to self…I must do some tutorials soon). You can find the pewter ink pad here.

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