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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

How Can We Miss You...


if you won't go away?

That is what I am certain y'all are saying to yourselves right about now.

Here's the facts...

I'm sick.

Like, coughing, sore-throat, stiff-neck, laryngitis-y sick.

Ugh.

Like light-sensitivity, can't stay upright for more than a few minutes sick.

But as a medical professional, and a card-carrying, charter member of the

~Better Living Through Chemistry Club~

I doped myself up with a veritable, life-giving cornucopia 
of healing pharmaceuticals and did one of the few things
that could make me feel alive again...

(and this is gonna sound weird and counter-intuitive to anyone without an artistic, creative bent)

I grabbed my camera and started to create

 I snapped a few pics of a favorite ironstone pitcher,
some vintage plates with absolutely delicious crazing,
and with a dash of chippy wood and other assorted background textures to add interest

And then I played


the original image


I tinkered with lighting


and hues


and zoom


and texture


ta-da and the end.

I'm a bit frustrated in that I fear I'm still better
at the photo editing part than the actual picture taking part.

True confession?

I'm still a little scared of my brand new, bad boy, all-the-bells & whistles camera.


I'm still shooting almost exclusively in auto-mode,
as I simply haven't had the time to dig deeper and learn
all I need to know about aperture, shutter speed, f-stop, ISO,
and a whole buncha other terms which are still largely Greek to me.

But there's time.

I just wanna be the best at everything I try to do, like yesterday.

Not a good trait.

so......

back to bed now!

Thanks for letting me come out and play for a bit,
and for indulging my proclivity towards true confessions and stream-of-consciousness rants.

Y'all are the best.

xo  smooches!!!  xo




72 comments:

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Go to bed and rest or I'll have to yell at you! Feel better!
XO

A Vintage Chic said...

Oh, Anne...so sorry you're sick! But look what it inspired you to create--gorgeous!!! Wish I had your skills, my friend (and your bad-boy camera, too!)

Hope you're feeling much better very soon!

Julie

Olive Cooper said...

Dear Anne, I know you know about meningitis for goodness sakes! Now I am worried. But will pray as discussed. Rest please. Play with that huge Nikon in bed...hehe.

xoxo,
Olive

A Cottage Muse said...

Goodness gracious get back in bed!! Although the photos are great! Hopefully there will be something good on TV for you to watch ~ when I am sick there never is!

stefanie said...

i love all the ways you played with the picture...I have a hard time doing that...lol

TinyBear said...

What are you doing in here Anne,
You´re suppose to be in your bed - lol
Sending good wishes
xo Tina

Morning T said...

Feel better Anne and get back to bed!

PS- your photos are gorgeous.
T

Creative Carmelina said...

it's so fun to play with photography! i love all the effects you've employed...
and once you get onto the iso and aperatures of it all you won't be able to stop! trust me

i took photography, pre-digital in highschool...and was hooked for life.
i even had my own darkroom...with chemical trays and everything...

i have to admit that digital is way more fun...less fumy and more carefree...because there's no wasting of film! blah, blah....

great stuff...even on autopilot, you still need good cropping sence...and you've done marvelously!

keep at it and that 'bad boy' will become your soul mate!

ciao bella
creative carmelina

*The Beautiful Life* said...

Anne! How pretty!!

So.... let me get this straight....

You doped up on your meds... then decided to create. You would have been right at home in the 60's girl!! :)

Can't wait to see what you create next!

But first, rest....

Be will, hon!

Ruth

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

You are amazing when you don't feel well! Big smile. I was told by a farmer....to spray Lysol and then breathe in deeply...since it kills every germ, it will kill your sick germs...and you'll get well again....
OK JUST JOKING!!
I'm sorry you aren't feeling well in your body but your mind is working at full speed and that we are all happy for! It is awful to have all those symptoms. Take care of yourself pharmaceutically!
Blessings & Cough Drops,
Debbie

Lori said...

your pictures are gorgeous...what a wonderful camera you have...mine has no bells or whistles...not even a squeak...feel better soon...if you haven't tried coldeze...give those a try...i think they work great!!!

Dorthe said...

Well ! Anne,
now you take care, dear,
you rest, and only playes a bit......
And your photoes are gorgeus, you are doing just great with shooting,-and the playing, too.
Hugs,hugs, and get better soon.
Dorthe

Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

Nothing like playing around with creativity. Cool. Hope you're feeling better soon. Aren't drugs divine??? ~Mindy

AuroraSuzette said...

Put down the camera, rest! and feel better soon.

Claudia said...

Feel better - the camera will still be there!

xo
Claudia

KarenSue said...

Oh I hope you feel better soon. I always think of what I would be doing if I were not sick, then when I'm better I still don't do it.
Love the photo shoot.

AllyJo said...

Hey friend Anne. I've had what you have for almost 3 weeks. I'm better, but I can't seem to kick it. Get better girlfriend.

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Hi Anne:
When I don't feel good, I usually throw furniture around. Setting up vignettes with dishes is so much smarter! Hope you feel better soon.
...and I LOVE your wedding photo that now graces your sidebar. It's a beautiful moment in time of you and Mr. Twig. Perfect!
xoxo
Donna

Abby's Garden said...

Great pics! Hope you feel better really soon:)

Abby:)

P.S. I love your camera, I have the D40 and am hoping to someday upgrade to the big mama you have, lol.

Bumpkin on a Swing said...

Hope you feel much better soon!
Love the texture photo!

sweetpea said...

best wishes for a speedy recovery anne. you need a big bowl of hot soup.

hugs,

shelley

sissie said...

Hi Anne,
I cannot imagine a true blogger doing anything else when they are sick as a dog. It's inside us and we can't help it!!! We will crawl out of bed, with our heads spinning, burning with fever and still snap a photo for our blog! Sounds normal to me. LOL!

I hope you feel better soon. I heart that camera.

hugs
Sissie

Becky said...

Hope you feel better soon too.Love the playing with the camera.You got a great one, I just have a little canon ,lol.Actually Im greek and my camera being small is hard to figure out as well.LOL

Have a nice evening!

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

OMG you are too funny. Sounds like great medication you are on. Feel better.
~Debra
Capers of the vintage vixens

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Sorry to hear you aren't feeling well, but I must say that you sure are creative when you're in this mode. I wouldn't you stay sick for long, but keep creating my friend.

Linda said...

Girl get some rest and feel better soon. I think taking your mind off yourself for a little bit is healing and that is what you did when taking the photos and playing.

The Flying Bee said...

I hope you feel better soon. Your pictures are great! Get some rest.

xoxo,
Adrienne

Pamela said...

Hi Anne

I hope you get well soon!! Your photos are awesome love them all! What a fantastic new camera that's what i need!

Your wedding photo is stunning!! You look beautiful and i love your dress!!
Feel Better soon!
Pamela xo

Beki - TheRustedChain said...

You are hilarious.

Get better!!

Polly said...

Hope you feel better soon! Ironstone can cure the blahs in a heartbeat!!

xo

Polly

It's me said...

How pretty Anne......hope you feeling better soon !!!

I am going to bed now.it...... is very late ....hugs from me.....................

Laurie said...

Ok, so I didn't leave a comment yesterday cause you already had a bunch and I wanted you to rest...I should've known that you can't keep a blogger down for long! Love the tickering with the photo and you did good, girl! Now, go back to bed! :)
Loves,
Laurie

Denise said...

Oh I hope you feel better soon!
I am so glad you got the D5000! You will love it. I learn so much better by seeing so I got the 2 DVD's exclusively on the D5000.......I love them. You can stop them and then practice........so helpful! Hope you are better for the long weekend!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

I must have the same crude you have! I tried to take my mind off feeling so bad by changing my tablescape. Take care of yourself.
Hugs,
Sherry

Jane said...

Sorry to hear you're sick....take your meds, get some rest and get better soon.
Your pictures look great. You are getting wonderful pictures with the auto mode.
Jane

Allison Shops said...

Feel better soon! If you've never read The Pioneer Woman guide to camera/taking pictures, head over there once you feel better. SO easy to understand. I've been considering the D5000 and D3000. Can't decide!

My Grama's Soul said...

Let's keep this simple......please get well!!!

Blessings,

Jo

*Ulrike* said...

Being sick is the pits! Hope you feel better soon, but I enjoyed looking at your photos.

Michelle May said...

Art saves doesn't it??? :)
Also, recently talked to a professional photographer that said all the new auto settings are so good that you no longer need to go manual. Get out!!! Good news for me as I have one of those bad boy camera's too! Fun, fun, fun!
Get better soon girlfriend!

Tina said...

Anne, your pictures are gorgeous and I love how you have used them as your header!! Love the fact that you got to relax and just do something you love, especially since you are also fabulous at it!!! Hope you feel better soon my sweet friend. Big get well hugs to you ~ Tina xx

Elizabeth said...

Anne,
Love,love, love those pics. Wow!
Hope you feel better soon!
Elizabeth

Bringing Pretty Back said...

Feel better soon! Oh my! That is quite a camera! How lucky are you!?
Kristin

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Your photos are awesome! I need a BAD BOY Camera :)
Hope you feel better soon. Allergies maybe ??
Deb :)

Debby said...

Great photos! I know you will get the bad boy all figured out. Hope you are feeling lots better soon.
debby

Shirley said...

You need lots of rest if it is like what has been going around in our neighborhood. I get to go see the doctor tomorrow. I always get a little anxious before I go. I love the pictures that you shared I just need to have better pictures. I am not very good at taking them. You take care. Have a wonderful day of doing nothing if possible, but It is awfully hard to do when you aren't use to it. Your Missouri Friend.

ROBERT said...

HOPE YOU GET BETTER SOON !! PRAYING FOR YOU...

Nancy said...

Feel better soon!!

Nancy

Diane Cook said...

Hope you feel better soon Anne.....I think you have the same impatient nature as I do...go figure =)

Theresa @ 612Riverside said...

Feel better soon Anne! I love the texture one, so seriously cool. What a better way to start feeling like yourself again... create! Take care, Theresa

Beth A. said...

You just can't keep a good girl down! Hope you get better and glad you were up and at 'em for at least a little bit!

Linda said...

Anne, pamper yourself and feel better soon...people in my family are sick with this same crud...it's going around!

Beach House Living said...

Oh that camera! How wonderful. For me the switch to a digital SLR was a big change from film. I'm working on the editing part.

Blue Creek Home said...

Check your temperature girl...your fever is making you delirious!!!

I can understand it though...I have been guilty of similar behavior!

{My 4th sister was visiting my 2nd sister last week and they came to your antique mall - small world!}

Feel better soon.
Rhonda

trash talk said...

I sure hope those smooches came with a face mask!
Do I need to send Dr. York (AKA Cat Daddy) out for a house call?
Feel better soon.
Debbie

koralee said...

Thank you for visiting me the other day and for your sweet comment..you blog is so lovely. I must admit as well ...I have had photoshop for 3 months and have not had the time to figure out how it works...summer project I keep telling myself. I will be back to visit again now that I have found you. xoxo

June said...

Hi Anne girl...I love it when you play around. your pictures are wonderful! And I think I am totally smitten over that top chippy plate!
Just keep playing and the details will fall into place. I used to do professional photography when I was a wee bit younger and had more ambition (pre garden days) so luckily I know the technical stuff about cameras, but it took me a lot of practice before I would do it as a business.(in the days of film processing) While I loved it, it took so much time away from my then young family, that I only did it for about ten years. Now, I'm just happy to snap a few shots of the grandchildren and pictures for the blog.
I do hope you get over the yucks real soon sweetie. At the risk of sounding like a mother...please get lots of rest.
hugs

Deepali Kalia Interior Design Blog Filling Spaces said...

how cool...

Sherry said...

Your photography is amazing. I do enjoy what others can do with their cameras. Take care and feel better soon.

Lululiz said...

It is so much fun playing around in photoshop. Mind you, I am no good at it myself, I need my boys to show me what to do, lol.
I hope you are on the mend now, its not much fun being so ill that you need to stay in bed, you poor thing.

ZAIRA said...

My poor friend!! You got the flu as well??? Just rest and in the meanwhile if you're willing to you will read camera instructions.... You will be a great photo taker very soon, I can see it.

Recover soon, a great kiss from me xoxo

French at hArt said...

Wow,
I really relate. Hope you are 100% by yesterday!
Au Revoir,
♥Danette

Theresa said...

Oh my goodness Anne, I sure hope you feel all better soon:) I love you pictures and the camera looks like one big, bad dude! I am wanting a new camera but hate to buy one when the one I have still works:) Enjoy your day my friend, feel better ASAP! Big HUGS!

Privet and Holly said...

SWEET ANNE! Don't know how I missed your post on my blog roll. It has been acting up lately ~ maybe it's got what you do??? I am SO sorry that you are ill and I hope that you will indulge yourself and stay cozy and eat chicken soup and watch tv. NO worrying about your camera! Your pics are already sublime, so, just rest. Take it easy. I'll be thinking about you! xx P&H

Libbie said...

I need to spend a day with you! I need to take time to figure out mine too!

Actually I am really thinking of going to a class :) But when!!! Probably never.

FILIGREE MOON said...

Anne, I do hope you feel better soon! Love your creative photos...getting to know a camera can be quite daunting! Get some rest. ~ Angela

tara said...

ohh I hope you feel better soon my dear, cause being that sick is just the pits!! if i lived closer I would bring you some ice cream and watch movies with you...but ya know the whole distance thing is kinda gettin' in the way! Gorgy photos my dear, you have the eye don't doubt that at all!!!!!!! and dive into manual you will la la love it! :)feel better soon...muwahhhhhh!

red.neck chic said...

don't make me come down there and duct tape you to your bed 'til you feel better...

:-D get well soon!!!
xoxoxo
robelyn

p.s. LOVE the photos!!!

beachy chic said...

I got hit with a crazy, acute sore throat last night.. took tylenol & it went away.. must be allergies or something. I hope you feel better before the weekend arrives! Your photos are great! I love all the texture.. incredible! You know, if I had that kind of camera I would be a little scared of it too. ;)

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Your photography is so inspiring to me! Even doped up, you are waaaay better than most! :0)

Take care and feel better soon!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

T's Daily Treasures said...

Sending well wishes your way. Have fun with your camera. My digital isn't working for me anymore. Even my son says I need to get a "real" camera. Love how you played with the original photo. I've never even tried any of the digital programs. Just not enough hours in the day to play with everything. Hope you are better soon. Take care! Tammy

Debra@Common Ground said...

Just lookin' at that thing makes ME scared! Now if you SHOW me I might learn, but hey, you're doing great! I'm so glad you put your wedding photo up, I was trying to find it the other day to show Aly and I looked all over the place. It's really exceptional, and can I have your arms?
love ya,
me

The Feathered Nest said...

Oh hon, I'm so sorry you're feeling so bad ~ my goodness girl, you'd better rest, rest and rest to get better. And that camera is so AMAZING Anne!!! I'm sure you'll get to know it better and better as the days pass. Now, please feel better! hugs and love, Dawn

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