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Sisterhood Stories – Conversation Ramblings

I had a conversation with my closest online friend the other day and it striked me that even if we’re oceans apart, and in different situations in our lives, we deal with the same issues.  We have the same fears, same kind of dreams and same observations of the inequity of it all.

Why does many talented, hard-working people get stuck and aren’t able to go forward and succeed while others breeze through it without any effort?  We’re talking about people we could compare to, not royalty or famous people.  And it seemed unfair.  That conversation, and an online article I read this morning, lead me to this post.

They say: “Success comes to those who work their asses off”, we do. Yet, we’re still waiting.  We’re not talking about world-wide recognition of some sort, just enough to have it easier.
While I believe that comparison is the thief of joy, how can one not compare itself to others? How do you make abstraction of it? How not to compare your work, your lifestyle, your knowledge. It’s sometimes unavoidable.

And then you compare yourself to the ones who have even less. You’re the one they are looking up to and they believe it’s unfair. You’re the one having it easy.
And then you go even further and think of the ones that, not just have less, but have close to nothing.  And do they look up to you and still think it’s unfair?  No.  Why?  They possess something we seem to have lost.  Joy.  
Joy prevents you from greed, makes you humble, proud, and grateful.  Joy isn’t given to you, it has to come from within.  And that’s the tricky part.  Us, living in the comfort of our homes, think that happiness comes through material possessions, social standing.  We have forgotten about joy.

Life will always seem to be unequal from our standpoint, and as far as I know, it sometimes is.
Now don’t tell me God has a plan for us, or for them.  He wouldn’t be that unfair. And I wouldn’t believe you.  Humanity has made it’s own plan and we all struggle for a sweet piece of it.
And karma?  Karma will come around they also say.  Yet, it never does.

Though we tried to make sense of it all, the more we talked, the more messed up it got.  There obviously isn’t any right answer to those questions.

Isn’t that the greatest thing though? Having friends from around the world to chat with and discover the many similarities between your life and theirs. Between your dreams and theirs.  Trying to re-invent the wheel, to think of a better world.  To laugh or to cry.  To dream under the same big sky together. And maybe someday, to get to meet xox

This post is part of a blog circle,  visit my friend Audrey‘s blog and make your way around the circle.  Much love to you.

Sisterhood Stories – Playing is creating

In an effort to get organized, and to save some time after I wasted hours trying to locate a file, I started the tedious task of keywording all of my recent images.  I know,  I know, I should have done it from the start.  But I didn’t.  I know better now.  The little time it will take me to keyword upon import, will save me hours in the end.  That said, it led me to go through all my archived files, falling in love  with some photos I had looked upon or wanting to re-edit some to change the mood.  I also found all my experimentation of the last year.  There is plenty!  I did play a lot this last year, and I had fun!

Whether you play with your compositions,  your camera settings or your software, you’re bound to get some nice surprises in the end.  You’re also going to ignite that creative spark, that elusive light that seems to dim now and then.  I know I need to play in order to remain creative.  Doing the same things over and over again does not work for me, I get bored way too easily.  I guess that’s why I fall in a creative slump on a regular cycle.

Playing keeps me on edge, and I learn tons of stuff too.  The creative possibilities are endless today, why not use them?  Even if you’ve been taking or editing photos for years now, you’ll still learn new things.  That knowledge will allow you to push your creativity up a notch, if not in the long run, at least enough to get that spark back.  And that’s enough for me.  I hate the feeling of wanting to create something, having that clear image in my head and not being able to pull it through.  Isn’t it frustrating?  I get so excited when I manage to make it, even though it took time and effort, it’s so worth it in the end.

So, here’s a showcase of my efforts to try and learn new things.  No perfection here, just trial, error and instinct.

Ghost effect created in PS.  From three different images, shot with that purpose in mind.

 Blur effect created in camera.  Set the speed to 1/13 and moved the camera vertically to create a blur that would make the trees look painted.

Stepping on thorns…  Used the Liquify Filter and it’s Turbulence tool to create thorns.

For this one, Polar Coordinates in PS again.  That was fun!

Composite made in PS with two photos of mine, taken with that concept in mind.

Dragon Boy, composite made with stock images and my own photos.

Double Exposure created in PS, with two images of mine.

Here’s my creativity slump therapy, what is yours?  This post is part of the Sisterhood Stories blog circle, visit Laura‘s blog and make your way around the circle, don’t forget to leave some love along the way…

Sisterhood Stories – Horizons

I’m just back from our family vacation and this year,  I had planned to widen my horizons photography-wise.  It’s no secret that landscape photography has always been the toughest for me.  I don’t know why,  I think that’s because I’m attracted to details.  So,  this vacation,  I made it my mission to experiment and take lots of landscape photos.  Get the bigger picture,  see large,  imagine what’s behind what I would usually frame.  I must say it was challenging,  I’m not a natural landscape photographer.  I even had a hard time shooting in horizontal,  vertical still being favored.  That’s how my mind works,  and even though I want to fight it,  sometimes I just can’t!  But I did,  for the sake of going through with my mission,  and I’m happy with the results.

I can see the difference in my landscape images and my fine art images.  My fine art requires more editing time to get the “mood” I want my photo to convey.  I still need to get it right on camera first though,  but even if it’s right I still need to play with it,  to create my own vision.  My landscape photos,  ask for more deliberate thought on my part,  before shooting.  But require way less editing time.  Nature is what it is,  for me.  No need to change colors,  just add contrast,  and dodge and burn to add dimension,  that’s about it.  It puts on a show by itself.  

So,  here are some phootgraphs I took while on vacation.  The Côte-Nord in all it’s glory,  the majesty of the St-Lawrence river and of the Saguenay Fjord…

And here’s a slideshow of our fishing trip on Vimeo.

Côte-Nord 2013 from Isabelle Lafrance on Vimeo.

 

This post is part of a blog circle, please visit Sue’s blog and leave some love along the way…

Sisterhood Stories – Summer Memories

Aaaah!  Summer!  There’s nothing quite like it.  The warmth, the light.  The days without routine, other than going to bed late and sleeping in.  Doing whatever our hearts dictate.    I wish it lasted longer.  The boys are having a great time together, even if they’re 5 years apart, they love to be with each other.  One anxiously awaiting for the other to be up in the morning, and checking his bedroom every ten minutes.  While others complain that their kids are fighting all the time while at home, I find my boys to be so relax and carefree.  That really allows them to enjoy the time spent together.  Really.  And that means the world to me.

I hope they will remember their summers the way I do.  I’m an only child, so my summers were spent with cousins.  The fun we had!!  Dressing up, camping in the backyard, swimming in the lake, exploring our little universe.  Hiding, building secret houses, creating secret clubs.  That was the best time of the whole year!

What are your best summer memories?  Share!!

This post is part of a blog circle, meet the lovely women who share their stories with us, and leave some love along the way.  Go to Sue’s blog… and also to Karrie’s blog

Sisterhood Stories – Your light

I no longer walk the same way.  My feet have purpose.

I no longer see the same things.  My eyes have vision.

I no longer touch lightly.   My hands hold your dreams.

Love was just a little girl’s dream.  Until I held you.

You shine a light so bright, it’s blinding.  Let no one in this universe dull your light.  Own it, and spread it.  Like the magic you carry around.  Touch with it.

This post is part of a blog circle, please visit Sue’s blog and leave some love along the way…

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