Besotted with….Five faves!

White orchid via besotted

Well, Friday came and went and I forgot to put up our Friday Faves, what the what?  I’m human, and my brain is on vacation even if my body is not.

Be back in 5 minutes series by art royalty Sophie Matisse is wonderfully creative. Matisse re-creates famous works and leaves out the main subject (ie. Henri Matisse’s famous goldfish painting sans the goldfish).

I am so in love with this ongoing project by photographer Mary Jo Hoffman. I want to start doing something similar with my daughter since she is my little naturalist.

Michelle just came back from a quick trip to wine country for her and her husband’s birthday. They stayed in a quaint little town called Healdlsburg. If you visit Michelle said not to miss Shed.

I keep getting recommendations for this book.  Have your read it yet?  Everyone is raving, AND one of the mom’s at our preschool just launched her 2nd book and I thought I would mention in case you are looking for another read, because it’s so exciting to know an author, am I right?

I loved this little guide to best beaches to visit each month of the year.

P.S. I am still going strong with my 100 day project (100 days of botanicals both drawing and photographs) the featured image is 25/100. This was edited with our beta B+W presets. Yes, we are finally working in presets for Foto Rx Co.!

Photo prompt Foto RX 52 :: On black

Pear with shadow on dark by michelle p. via besotted

Our prompt this week for our Foto Rx Co. weekly prompt is ‘on black’. We want you to get dark + dramatic with your subject. You can shoot in color or do a B+W conversion (like we will be doing). This assignment relies on finding interesting light to make your subject stand out. You can choose everyday simple objects like this pear but a portrait would be equally as stunning. Think outside the box, we think you will be pleasantly surprised by what you can create with such simple subjects and the right light (even Ipad light could work, get creative!).

It’s not too late to start your Foto Rx 52, shooting consistently will be the fastest way to becoming a better photographer. Follow us on Instagram for more inspo and edit examples. Shoot this week’s prompt and use #fotorx52 so we can find you and cheer you on (also feel free to borrow our hashtags so other people can find you!).

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Image edited with B+ W Fine Art Photoshop actions (edited with Charcoal)

Edited in Photoshop CC

Some inspiration + resources:

Shooting dark & dramatic with Iphone

Shooting in low light

The queen of dark backgrounds and florals (on an Iphone no less)

Shooting on the invisible black backdrop

Animals on black by Brad Wilson

 

Besotted with…Friday Faves!

 

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I. Michelle just watched the most delightful French documentary about a young indie street artist JR and French Noveau film maker Agnés Varda. I already have plans to watch as well. Watch the trailer here.

II. Another documentary on our list is Bombshell : The Hedy Lamarr Story. A gorgeous actress that also helped invent the  technology that lead to cellular technology, amazing!

III. Michelle spotted these sandals and I’m thinking they should be mine NOW.

IV. You must visit this artist and watch some of her amazing time lapse videos, just wow!

V. Did we mention these sweet pigs before? If so, it’s worth another mention, no? And if not, you are going to LOVE this!

VI. I thought I’d share my ‘minimal rainbow’, my favorite color is clear, (white and nude run a close second). I painted this with sumi ink (note DO NOT use watercolor brushes with sumi ink, it’s near impossible to paint). Cleaned + digitized in 3 secs flat with Lettering Rx (separates the white paper background so I can choose ANY color I want for my artwork and background!)

Photo prompt Foto Rx 52 :: Eye Contact

Photo by Valeria Spring edited with Foto Rx B+W Fine Art actions

Our prompt this week for our Foto Rx 52 is ‘eye contact’. With most photos of individuals we like the capture to feel organic (fly on the wall), but there is something to be said about creating that intimate connection with the subject. This is more challenging than it may seem. Photographer Val Spring (the featured image), has mastered the art of the connection. We hope you give it a try so you can too! We have included inspiration + resources below to help you achieve this. Of course the best way to master a skill is to practice, practice and more practice.

It’s not too late to start your Foto Rx 52, shooting consistently will be the fastest way to becoming a better photographer. Follow us on Instagram for more inspo and edit examples. Shoot this week’s prompt and use #fotorx52 so we can find you and cheer you on (also feel free to borrow our hashtags so other people can find you!).

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Image edited with B+ W Fine Art Photoshop actions 

Edited in Photoshop CC

Some inspiration + resources:

Val Spring

Peter Lindbergh

Captivating eye contact photos

3 types of eye contact

Eye contact and street photography

Besotted with…Friday Faves!

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I. We have been doing a lot of moodboarding lately, gearing up for new projects, we did this one for our Rare Bird Font Foundry and loved how gorgeous Specimen II, in Karla Lim’s hand looked, such an incredibly elegant font and a must add to any designers script font arsenal! If you love mood boards too these two ladies have got the mood board down, such eye candy!

II. Everyone is raving about Sony’s new mirrorless FULL FRAME camera, gah, could this be the best of both world’s?

III. Speaking of gear, this podcast ‘Your camera is better than Ansel Adam’s’ really struck home for me and Michelle (we still want new cameras, but….)

IV. Are you wanting to go camping, but not quite into glamping? Well maybe these expedition vehicles are a happy medium!

V. We are so dreaming of being able to go to any of the Coqui Coqui hotel locations, all of them are located in paradise and seem extremely photogenic!