Featured Artisan ~ Wild_Rose ~ KarenBy Janet Colvin (UniQueTreasures) on April 16, 2010
|The Artisan's Nook has been honored to have Karen post some of her photography with us in The Art of Photography. Karen infuses each of her photos with the passion of her soul, allowing us to see this beautiful world through her eyes. Every time I open one of her posts and enlarge the photo, I just sit there with my mouth hanging open and drool. Karen always captures the splendor of the moment to share with whoever is willing to look. If you haven't seen any of Karen's photos, you are in for a real treat with this article because I've captured as many as I could find so you could look at them in one sitting!|
"The most intelligent people I know use their eyes and ears more, and their mouths less." Karen's Tagline, which I love!
The Artisan's Nook has been honored to have Karen post some of her photography with us in The Art of Photography. Karen infuses each of her photos with the passion of her soul. Every time I open one of her posts and enlarge the photo, I just sit there with my mouth hanging open and drool. She captures the beauty of the moment to share with whoever is willing to look.
If you haven't seen any of Karen's photos, you are in for a real treat with this article because I've captured as many as I could find so you could look at them in one sitting!
All photos belong to Karen. Please do not copy or share these. Links to this article are welcome. Click on the photos to enlarge them.
I asked Karen to tell us about herself.
This photo, courtesy of my hubby, Palmer Allen,
"I was born and raised in the western part of Virginia, in the country and mountains. I have always loved nature and all types of animals, and was known for having as many as 20-30 pets at a time! I enjoyed taking pictures of my pets, and I remember my first camera was a Kodak Instamatic 110! Wow! it's like admitting to 8-track tapes!
When I was married to my first husband, who was in the military, his sister, who is a professional photographer in south Texas, introduced me to the real world of photography. She gave me a bunch of books and several pieces of equipment to get me started... including two Minolta 35mm bodies, a 35-70mm lens, and an 80-200mm lens, which quickly became my favorite. I used that equipment for more than 15 years, and still have it in my closet!
I switched to digital in the early 2000's. I have gone through a couple point-and-shoots, but have stayed loyal to Canon! They have the easiest menus to learn in my opinion. I bought my first digital SLR last summer... a T1i, and two lenses... the 18-55mm, and the 55-250mm, which again, is the most used.
I want very much to have more lens power, but I like that I don't have to be tied down to a tripod with the mid-range zoom. I move around too much and like to hand-hold my camera! I've walked out waste-deep in water holding my camera to get a shot!
I have tried many different things and experimented in different types of photography, but nature and wildlife are still my favorite. I enjoy capturing something that maybe another person has never seen, or may never see, and I can share that with them and tell them something about it. My Dad is retired from the U.S. Forest Service, and taught me as a child all about the plants, trees, animals and wilderness, and I strive to pass that on to my children.
I am re-married now, and we are raising our three daughters, ages 10, 11, and 12 to know, understand, and appreciate the natural world around them. My photography is an extension of that. We are slowly losing our natural planet, and one day, we won't have that legacy to pass on to our children. I want to share what I see and if I can teach something to my kids along the way, or touch another person with what I've captured, then I've made all the mark I need to!"
Karen started out posting a theme of Red, Blue and Green. (Photos in that thread are shown below)
"We are a Canon family... between my hubby and I, we own five Canons! The T1i was the first DSLR. I currently have an 18-55mm lens and a 55-250mm lens, which is the most used. I am hoping to upgrade to a little bigger and better zoom by my birthday at the end of this month... probably just the 70-300mm for now. Karen's birthday is April 27th.
I am a Canon girl... I have a Canon T1i DSLR, and I have the SD780 as my point and shoot. Both were used in this venture... I'd have to go back to each photo to see what is what. 99 times our of a 100 I will shoot in natural light, without flash. I think two of these used a little fill flash.
To be honest, my main "studio" for all of these shots was over my kitchen stove, under the stove light! I have a really bright "natural light" lightbulb in there and it gives me the best light for indoor and close-up work like this. I just cover the stovetop and set up whatever base or background I need and start shooting! The trickiest one here was the drops of color in the glass of water... took an extra set of hands from hubby to set up while the camera did continuous shooting."
"When I was brewing up ideas in January for the RGB theme, I discovered ways to create the full color spectrum as well. The full color spectrum is the way God gave us rainbow colors through light. When light refracts, it breaks into the individual colors, laid side by side, and blending into one another. Always in the same order... red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and back to red. Light can be refracted through glass, prisms, crystal, and even a CD! Yes... a CD or DVD will refract light and cast off the full color spectrum. It can make for interesting photos!
This is the full color spectrum photographed...
Karen also takes beautiful photos of Sunsets and Sunrises. Here's a couple from Chincoteague Island, VA in November.
And from the marsh...
Sunset on the marsh... with snow geese.
Karen takes awesome people photos too. Every photographer has their favorite photos. These are some of Karen's favorites.
In March I was delighted to find these birds posted.
And always a favorite... the Toucan!
I hope you've enjoyed Karen's photos as much as I have. Your comments are welcome below.
If you also love photography, please come by the Artisan's Nook and post some of your own photos. Everyone is welcome!
|I love unique and unusual things. Connie and I create Copper Sculptures from new and recycled materials. I love thrift shopping and love a good bargain.|
I'm married to a great guy, with 2 beautiful daughters and 4 incredible grandchildren and we live in Southeast Texas.
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|Gorgeous||Ridesredmule||Apr 21, 2010 7:51 AM||1|
|Stunning||kaglic||Apr 20, 2010 8:35 AM||2|
|Simply Amazing..||SingingEMT||Apr 18, 2010 12:55 PM||2|
|Absoulutely Amazing||gardener2005||Apr 18, 2010 12:01 PM||1|
|Karen...||Kathleen||Apr 18, 2010 12:00 PM||1|