“ The Graduate Captured ” Senior portraits haven't really happened for my son - so why miss this opportunity to capture him? In just a few days my son will be graduating high school so I felt the cap was a necessary element. The funny part of that is that's my old cap! Every good portrait painter includes elements that define a person so in addition to the cap, I had my son sit in his personal car. This car is his baby as he's been rebuilding it and modifying it to suit his p
"Red Juggle" I've been told I look good in red, but it used to be "too bold" for me and I rarely wore it. Now I have more red than any other color, other than black. I often feel like I'm juggling red for a number of reasons, so my idea on Monday was to set up a flat lay "juggle" shot. It took until Sunday to do it. I'm fairly happy with how it turned out (would have moved cardinal if I had to do it again) and it was hard to decide which photo to use, the only difference was
“Pull Me In” For those of us who wrote research papers in school before the Internet - this was a common sight. The good old card catalog! My school library's catalog wasn't very big, the city library's was bigger - this one at an antique store in Virginia is HUGE! I saw this originally 2 years ago when we first discovered the store & they just haven't sold it. It is at least 6.5 feet tall & 10 feet long & I am not sure how they would even be able to move it out of the shop w
“ Reminder of Grandma ” My grandmother brought this all fabric doll home from Japan decades ago. I'm not sure about all the details but there's a family story about grandma being called while overseas & either I was being born or I was in the hospital & she was told I may not make it. She worried the whole flight home wondering if I would live & whether she'd ever see me. This doll is my reminder of my grandma's love for me & her love of travel - which I am trying to follow d
“New Life” On Sunday we found a birds nest in our front door wreath. It had 4 eggs and an upset momma bird whenever we tried to use the door. On Tuesday we had this - a baby bird and 2 eggs. Unfortunately I found the little lifeless body of another bird on the doormat below the nest in the wreath, but I know that sometimes a momma bird knows that one will not survive. On Saturday momma bird took off when I was looking out the window so I cracked open the door and grabbed a vi
“ Opening a World of Imagination ” Little Free Library: Opening a World of Imagination (Edited by Marco Ciavolino) I'm kind of obsessed with Little Free Libraries. I stop almost every time I see one & peruse the books inside. If I can't stop & look, I try hard to at least take a photo & post it on social media with the location especially if they are in my home district. I found this Little Free Library for the first time on Saturday & sent the image to Marco who then made th
“A Metaphor for Life” We're all stuck in this life, on a planet that's spinning. While we may not feel the daily physical spin, we do all have periods of life where we feel we are spinning out of control or someone is spinning us around - right? Much like this Bingo ball cage, we get tossed & tumbled through our life & at some point we are chosen to move on & removed from the trap of this physical life on Earth.
This was my 11th hour photo. I actually took my first choice on
“Favorite Beach” This is the first good sunset I've been able to enjoy on the Eastern Shore in 2021. I decided to do a few fast shutter photos of the waves coming in just to be a little different than the normal water drip photos. Like last week, I am not that enthused with fast shutter (although more than slow shutter) and I didn't have a lot of time to figure out another scenario to photograph. My 14 year old dog said he didn't feel like running this week and his hair is cu
“The Inevitable Goodbye” My son is almost 18 - literally just days away and graduation is around the corner. I'm feeling the empty nest blues big time already. What better way to capture that than to set up a goodbye photo this week. Pretty soon he will just be a ghost of an image in the house most of the time, as he'll be away at college and then move on with his own life. No matter how much I reach out, it is inevitable that we will not be together daily anymore.
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“Read and Relax” I love books and my bookcases. Last month I moved 3 bookcases upstairs next to this window - placed this library chair and pillow under the window and moved my antique rotating library display bookcase on the other side. It's quite a cute little reading corner and has great morning light coming from the east, but if it hadn't been for this challenge I might not have noticed ALL the highlights and shadows the window supplies late in the morning. #window_light
“ The Harris Shoe-''doscope ” Under normal circumstances for "color" week I would have done a complementary or split complementary composition, because that's my normal fallback. The extra credit changed this. With the last name Harris, wasn't it mandatory that I learned what the effect was and applied it to my photo? I thought so.
This week's photo is actually a composition of 8 photos of my shoes. I used to be a very simple black, navy, or brown shoe person and then I deci
“The Cool Wait” I try to imagine what this train station was like in the day that it operated. The tracks are barely noticeable in a very select few areas. I'm not sure if anyone even goes in this building these days, but it's only a 100 yards off a main thoroughfare and stands feet from the side road you can see at the bottom of this photo. I've always loved the corbels and the mixed directions of the siding - such class. With the winter sun at high noon there's this cool bl
“Literal Detail” Decided to be literal this week. Tried this on a couple different types of paper and with different pens. While the contrast isn't as high with the brown paper and red ink, I really liked the grain of the paper also coming through. Stippling is actually one of my favorite art styles, but it takes a lot of work - this is just a nod to it. #details #stippling #nicolebeusharris #NDBHPhotography #LowContrast #BeingLiteral A few other ideas I had...
“Love and Justice” Movie Preview: He bled out on their bed. No signs of a struggle. No suspects, no motive, but one anonymous tip, "The wife did it." The happiest couple on the block, the couple who had it all, the couple that helped their neighbors before they could be asked - they were not who they appeared to be. What was their life and love all about? Will justice be served?
Movie summary: Wife arrested for her husband's murder as she comes home late. Ripped from her por
“Miami in Snow” What a week to have "Golden Hour" when I haven't seen the sun for at least 9 days and most certainly not for sunrise or sunset. So like a lot of fellow framers - we improvise. My way of doing that was to take one of my photos from a Miami sunset and recreate it. I hung the original photo and the sketch of it on my glass door and took this photo during what should have been the golden hour here at home. So I have the best of both worlds now on my door looking o
“Bookend Snow Storms” This week was bookended with snow storms. We started last Sunday through Tuesday morning with snow and we've ended this week with another storm today. So what better subject matter for my single focus?!
I love having four seasons of weather and feel robbed if we go a winter without at least one good accumulation. This year it feels different because the snow isn't giving us a day off, a change of pace - it's just another day working/schooling from home
“ Skew Ball ” Horizon(noun) the chief horizontal line in a picture of any sort.
Taking that definition, I took some creative license this week and stayed inside for my photo. I came up with this idea late Wednesday night and for once I did the work the very next day. I am very happy with the result. This is my photo ball in my light box with a black background in the back and a white background under the ball. I did enhance the contrast. I did not use any artificial lighting
“ Water Figure ” I chose this photo this week not because of its perfect clarity and fast shutter speed, because neither of those apply, but because of the perceived figure within the bounce of the water. Maybe a certain movie image growing up (the movie series which my son is now addicted to) subliminally influenced what I see here, but I saw it and said - this is my imperfect perfect photo for the week.
Do you see what I see? Because maybe I'm imagining it. LOL
“Reagan Poodle” This is Reagan, my 14 year old standard poodle. His age seems to have really caught up with him this week, so whatever I'm doing, he's right there even if it's laying in a pile of packing supplies. I love this guy and hope he's just in a winter slump and not something more.
This was really my only opportunity to get low and take a picture this week, but I'm keeping my streak alive. #getlow #nicolebeusharris #ndbhphotography #dogphotography #standardpoodle
“Blue” Feeling a little uninspired and blue with this challenge - so a blueberry seemed to be the right choice for joining the forks. No deep thoughts to go with it, just a simple artistic idea. #leadinglines #blue #foodphotography #ndbhphotography #nicolebeusharris #forks Some other photos I thought about using this week: