Saturday, January 31, 2015

Profiles of Light and Shadow




























I dont' know about you, but I love art museums. A couple of friends of mine and I went up to the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe the other day to see the Pinhole Camera Exhibit and the Gustav Bauman and Friends Exhibit (artist cards from Holidays past). On the wall in the upstairs lobby area are a neatly organized grouping of acrylic squares. In the morning hours, you might notice why it really is there than you would from midday on. The sunlight coming through the windows casts unique and intentionally made shadows from these pieces of acrylic. Each one casts a different profile. Pretty cool, huh?

I looked up the name of the artist-Kumi Yamashita and I'm sure one of us has posted her work before as her art uses light and shadow. I suppose we should all be able to remember and rattle her name right off the bat since we are all shadow aficionados!


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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Evening Shadows

"Sandia Gold" © Paula Scott Molokai Girl Studio



"deciding everything is falling into place perfectly as long as you don't get too picky about what you mean by place. Or perfectly."         -storypeople


Or, it doesn't get any better than this.

You get to define what, "this" is.

Speaking of perfection, such is the late afternoon light today bathing the ever majestic Sandia Mountain in a shimmering gold. A small group of us-the planning committee for the Rio Grande Youth Art Show (an annual show that showcases the art of our youth in Sandoval County) has found a roosting home so to speak, to conduct our planning meetings. It's a year long process and no sooner than one is done, we are back at it again to plan the next one. It is truly a labor of love as we are all volunteers and we all put in lots of hours towards this project. That's where I was when I took this shot in the Rio Grande Lounge at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa. What a great view to enjoy during a meeting, don't you think?

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Poodle or Baboon?

"Snow Poodle" © Paula Scott Molokai Girl Studio



Why, yes, we did get snow this week-it doesn't happen all that often here during the winter in our neck of the woods. We are lucky enough to watch our mountains get blessed with it, but we don't have to contend with it much. This week, we got snow that no one could really complain about. It was cold enough to snow, but as soon as it stopped, it was warm enough (37 degrees) for it not to stay for very long. This is all that was left in a parking lot when I was out on my walk this afternoon. I can't make up my my mind if it looks more like a poodle or more like a baboon. What do you see?

I can't believe this is my 7th year as a Shadow Shot Sunday participant! Wow. I also find it hard to believe that January is more than half way over. Gulp...

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Penny For Your Thoughts

"A Penny For Your Thoughts" © Paula Scott Molokai Girl Studio


I'm pretty certain that this leaf shadow shot will be amongst my top favorites that I've taken. As some of you know, I am a bit fond of using my cell phone camera. Comes in handy when you're out for a walk and see something that you have to have a photo of. This leaf did that for me-along with the shadow cast by the ragged edges of it. I did do some photo editing-but it was all done in my cell phone. I like to challenge myself and (I know this sounds odd), sometimes right before I settle into bed at night, I pick up my cell phone, choose an image and edit it on my phone. Sort of like having a nightcap, you know. I don't spend too much time doing it-part of the challenge, you see. 



"Time Waits For no One" © Paula Scott Molokai Girl Studio

This one was amongst the bunch I took to create last week's New Year's Greeting 'card'. Again, taken on my trusty Android cell phone. It handles macro shots very well, thank you!




On the way home tonight from a meeting, I had to stop and take this one (one lane road-no one was behind me-but I only got one chance since as soon as I took one shot, a car appeared behind me). The evening light was just perfect on the Sandia Mountain. Remember that Happiness Jar I talked about last week? I started one. And, it was this last image that I will write down as to what made me happy today.


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Saturday, January 03, 2015

The Happiness Jar

"Sunburst" © Paula Scott Molokai Girl Studio


Here we are. New Year. New day. New start. It sure came up on us fast! Now we need to get used to writing, '2015' on everything. Yipes.

Have you ever heard of the Happiness Jar? It's something writer, Elizabeth Gilbert came up with a few years ago. I just learned of it a few days ago and I think I may have to give it a go. After all, we're only in day 3 of the year, so there's not much catching up to do! Here's what she says:

"JAR OF HAPPINESS. I made a vow to myself years ago that every night I would write down the happiest moment of my day and save it forever. I did this for a long time. This photo is my most recent JAR OF HAPPINESS, loyally filled with little scraps of old bills and junk mail, with the best moment of each day scrawled on the backs. For some reason, over the last year, I have let the practice go—not because I've been sad (even in a sad day, after all, there is always one least-crappy moment) but because I've been too busy. Too busy to take 10 seconds every night to preserve the simplest and happiest moments of my life? ENOUGH! Time to start stuffing the jar with joy again! I'm beginning again today. Who's with me?"

Even if I didn't remember to do it each day, I'd still have a nice jar of Happiness, wouldn't I? Are you in?

And, I won't letting finding that 'right  jar' get in the way.

Here's what made me happy yesterday:












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