Friday, October 24, 2014


I can't believe October is almost over and that my birthday has past. I know a lot of people don't like to make a big deal about their birthdays, but for me it's a special time, and I can't help but feel a little deflated after it's over. I'm like a kid, I guess.

Anyway, mine was great. The weather was very nice--shorts weather in October!--and I spent the weekend with friends, playing games, relaxing, taking little walks, and not thinking about work or regular life. If you follow me on Instagram, you saw some of my Birthday Week meals, gifts and happy moments.

I didn't blog quite as much as I had hoped to this month, but then part of it is I don't have a lot of new photos to show you. But I remembered that there were a few that never made it here. Some of the final photos before my camera died on me.

Did I tell you that I was up to see the eclipse on October 8? I didn't set any alarms, but I've been having some insomnia issues lately, so I took advantage and stood outside at 3:30am taking pictures. This is a tiny bit out of focus, but you get the gist. The white dot to the bottom left of the moon is a planet, I believe.

I learned some different techniques for droplet photography and tried them out with some success. I still need to improve my setup, but at least I got some more practice.

I just like the smooth glossy surface of the water in these.

The other day I experimented with glitter after seeing something online that I wanted to try. I wasn't thrilled with the turnout, but I might try it again sometime. It's kind of interesting, at least.

I also tried some photos of objects under club soda. I was underwhelmed with the results, but I'm still glad I tried it. These leaves have a metallic appearance due to the bubbles.

This was kind of cool, although I needed a larger container. The poor sunflower was kind of stuffed in there.

I already have some ideas and photo plans for when I get my new camera. I have researched and chosen the camera I want (Canon 70D) and just need to save a bit more money so I can buy it. I hope that I won't have to wait too-too long, but in the meantime I feel okay taking a little break. There's always the work camera in case of emergency!

Monday, October 13, 2014


For those of you who won't be able to make it to my gallery showing in person, I thought I'd share the images I chose and the general scene. I took pictures of the pictures, so the quality on these isn't so hot but I wanted you to see them with their black mats like you would if you actually went. If you do plan to visit the gallery, please feel free to skip this post so you can be a little surprised.

I'm going to include the captions I have at the gallery, dorky as they may be. I'm not good with captions or photo titles, and typically don't like to get all artsy with the title. It just doesn't feel me, for a variety of reasons. So the titles here are mainly to distinguish the photos.

The sizes mentioned are of the photo itself. The mat adds additional height and width. So all of the 12x18 photos (most of them), for instance, are matted to measure 18x24.

I have these priced at a special gallery discount, and they are available for purchase even if you don't visit the gallery in person. Mats are included, though the photos are easy enough to remove if you want to mat them yourself. Prices do not include shipping. If you are interested in purchasing one for pickup or to be shipped, please contact me at jessrenee @ (without the spaces) and we can work out the details. They will be ready after the show, so about November 1. Most proceeds will likely go toward the purchase of a new camera, since my old one just broke. :)

Okay, here we go...

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Deepwood photos to kick off Birthday Week!

Today starts my birthday week! Once my birthday is over, it's OVER, so I like to celebrate in the days leading up to it rather than try to act like it's still valid birthday celebration after the 18th. It's just not! I'm the same with holidays--I can't be into them once the day has passed. And hey, I'm allowed to be particular--it's my birthday week!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Porcelain berries

If you follow me on Instagram (Greengatephoto!), you've already seen the berries--sorry! :D But I went to Deepwood tonight and saw these awesomely-colored berries and took a bunch of pictures. I'll probably post more later. I looked them up and learned they are called porcelain berries, and also that the leaves turn yellow. So I'm excited to go back later in the fall and get more pictures! On the down side, apparently they are really invasive and take over other plants if you have them, so I guess people hate them. So sad.

Have you seen these before? Turquoise berries!! How have I missed them?

And here are a couple more from tonight. More to come someday!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Merry October!

I looooooove October. Welcome, my month!

"Every moment feels meant for me. In October, I’m the star of my own movie ... October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins." --Attachments* by Rainbow Rowell

*A really cute book, by the way. Read the whole excerpt about October here.


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