A busy summer cultivating creativity

So far, summer of 2018 has been a busy one for me, in a good way.  I’m taking a much needed summer break from teaching and focusing on my creative hobbies.  I’ve been out shooting at Genesee Country Museum again for the Civil War Reenactment, and got some wonderful pictures there.

 

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The battle in the village was quite something to witness from close to the action.  Although there were no bullets, the sights and sounds were very realistic.  At times, it was easy to forget this was a reenactment.

I have taken up another hobby this summer in anticipation of having a booth at the local Palmyra Pirate Weekend (August 11).  I have started making metal stamped jewelry.  I have to say it has turned out to be more fun than I expected, and gives me a totally different creative outlet than my photography!  Coming up with the designs is the most challenging part for me, but it is getting easier.  I’ve even found a way to combine my photography and jewelry making!  Here are a few of my most recent creations.

 

My efforts at entering shows has paid off.  In addition to receiving an Artist Merit award at the Wayne County Council for the Arts show, the same photo has been accepted to a national juried art show in Wisconsin!  I entered that contest on a whim, never thinking I would have something selected!  I am also preparing my entries for the New York State Fair — hopefully I will have some selected for display there.  This has been fun seeing what can happen when I focus on this creative outlet of mine!  I hope this is just the beginning!

 

Creating a Community Through Blogging: A Q&A with Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography

Hmmmm …. would anyone be interested in small photo challenges around themes? I like this idea! I think this might be a fun way to connect.

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By nature, blogging is communal — we write publicly and interact with readers. Some people, like Cee Neuner at Cee’s Photography, have built communities around their sites. Cee hosts weekly photo challenges that not only encourage people to practice their shooting skills — they provide a welcoming space for bloggers around the world to connect. Here, Cee talks about her love for photography and what motivated her to launch challenges on her site.


What is your philosophy around photography?

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I am a visual person, so being behind a camera and looking for beauty and color is in my DNA. I take photos because I enjoy it. The world comes alive. I love looking through my viewfinder: I see life so much clearer than I do without the lens. I am fortunate as I have a natural ability for composition, and that makes taking photos so…

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Busy July

Well, my July seems like it has been very busy, though I feel quite relaxed.  A few days away at Keuka Lake to celebrate my birthday  (yep, I’m a July 4th baby, a real firecracker!).  I celebrated with a lovely pontoon boat cruise on Keuka Lake with Keuka Waterports — I’ve done two pontoon cruises with them and both were great!  We followed the boat ride with a delicious dinner lakeside at Snug Harbor — if you have not been there since they reopened this spring, you should definitely go try it out!

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Today I enjoyed a photo shoot with my Meetup group (Rochester Nature Photography Meetup) at Tinker Nature Park in Henrietta, NY.  It is a wonderful park with several nature trails, a nature center, fairy houses along one trail, beautiful gardens ….  I have driven by this park many times but never stopped before.  I will definitely go back!  Here are a couple of pictures from there today.

Last week, I entered three photos in the Wayne County Council for the Arts “Art Trough the Lens Photo Show”, which is on display through July 28.  I was notified that one of my photos was a winner, but I don’t know which one yet, or exactly what I won.  I will find out at the Artists Reception next Saturday.  This is very exciting for me, as one of my goals for the year was to enter some contests beyond the county fair, and try to place in some of them.  I am delighted to win something in my first show with the council, and plan to enter additional shows with them throughout the year.   My next effort is the New York State Fair, and a couple of online contests for a magazine and a calendar.

Finally, I have a new creative endeavor coming up, something other than photography, that I am hoping will be just as much fun.  No details yet, but hopefully I can post some photos soon of my creative efforts …..

Until next time ….

Mary

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