A picture I took of my favorite place and wishing I could go there now, but instead I need to do some Christmas shopping. I've never been one who likes to shop. Just take me out to the beach instead.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
Are you ready for some football? This is one of my favorite pictures of a Recent E-session. This couple was so much fun to photograph. They have a love for life and each other and really know how to have fun!
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Yay!!!! Finally, after about three years, I captured a King Fisher. :D Taken at Garner State Park this last weekend.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Also last weekend, I enjoyed Rick Sammon's presentation on Creative Live. Tomorrow through Saturday, join with me and go online to see and learn from some of the other Canon Explorer's of Light at the PDNPlus . I can't wait! Some of my favorite photographers whom I've learned so much from will be giving presentations. Like, Vincent Laforet , Eddie Tapp , and of course Rick Sammon.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
won a 1st Place ribbon for my entry, "Melody" in the Brazoria County Fair Photography Contest. Two of my other entries placed also but this one is my favorite. :D
printed on Metallic Paper
This one also won a first place blue ribbon ...
Monday, September 19, 2011
Sorry I've been absent lately-
but I'm so excited that I just had to share the picture of the humming bird that I captured today. I've been photographing these beauties every season for the last four years and I feel this is my best capture yet.
I used a tripod, live view, and off camera flash.
I love the catch lights in its eye. :D Makes me happy!
I haven't forgotten about the blog that I promised to write about using extension tubes - I'll post it soon.
Friday, September 2, 2011
Always when judging
Sunday, August 28, 2011
All Digital Downloads.
This set has a fiery theme.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
I didn't have a smaller bag or I would have put it over the camera.
It was a fun filled day and the rain was a welcome refreshment. :-)
Monday, August 22, 2011
I'm so excited about my new extension tubes but I'll blog more about that at a later date.
Right now, I'm posting my entry into Brian Matiash's contest that he's having over at Google +
The winner gets a free copy of the onOne Perfect Photo Suite
P.S. I used your texture brush on several of these images.
Here's my entry
Working For The Weekend
Saturday, August 13, 2011
I took this picture after a night of skating with family at our local skating rink. Some of the rules would still be relevant for today's youth, but I think it's time to update their sign. :)
I couldn't imagine my boys skating with tucked in shirt tails because tucked in shirt tails are for Church, not the skating rink!!!
I couldn't imagine myself wearing a shirt with it buttoned all the way to top either because that’s just way too restrictive. Choke, choke!
RULES and Finding my Style
If I were to go back in time to 1978 I'd imagine this rule was broken by a lot of roller skaters. Why? It was probably outdated even at that time. I'd imagine some of the rules were strictly enforced while others were overlooked, depending on who was managing the rink that night. If it were a religious person managing the rink, then they wouldn't have put up with a 1978 Disco Dancing stud with his shirt unbuttoned half way down to his belly button. However, if it was a cool cat running the rink, then he would have overlooked it.
How does this relate to finding my style? The past couple of weeks I've been trying to write a good "About Me" section on my website. I don't know if other photographers and artists have the same problem but I'm finding it very difficult to describe who I am and what my style is in a few sentences. I have looked at others websites and some describe their style in that section, when I get to that part I become stuck and can't continue. Well, after taking this picture, combined watching two movies where the main characters discover who they are, I've found out a little about myself.
I like rules! Rules are my friend :-) Rules guide and direct me but most importantly if I follow them I stay out of trouble. I’ve always been a rule follower and it’s helped me out in photography.
But when I first started out, I didn’t know the rules. I didn’t have any restrictions. I just had fun and played! I played with settings, played with angles, and (gasp) I didn’t use a tripod. Those were fun times, for sure.
Back then, I posted one of my pictures of a sunset which I felt was beautiful and someone made a comment that they liked the tilted horizon. Huh? What is tilting? I didn't even know what they were talking about, so I researched and found out that there were rules for Sunsets, several in fact.
What was I to do with these new rules? I learned them is what I did. I put them into practice, but at the time it seemed to hinder the creative process took the fun out of it.
I was used to just going out with a curious eye and capturing a moment and a mood. Now, I was forced to slow down, remember the rule and still make a pretty picture.
It was extremely difficult at first to be creative. However, after a while of practice, eventually I began to take the rules and combine them with my creativity. As time went on, the blending of the two became a natural thing. It felt wonderful to take my new learned skill and create even something more beautiful to me than before I knew the rule.
Now days when I approach a sunset picture, I know not to put the horizon in the middle but I still tilt it if I want. :)
Maybe there’s a rule about TILTING but those who like tilting will overlook the rule, right?
I’d love to hear how you came up with an “About Me” section on your website or blog.
Did you include your style or just list the obvious like you’re a photographer, where you’re from and what you do.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
The LOOK OUT
I wished I had checked out the happening place when I was younger because of all the wild and funny stories which I had heard from the older, cool kids. Unfortanetly I didn’t get the chance until I reached my early 30s and all I can say is I was disappointed because it was dark, silent and there were only two people inside, the bartender and a patron. Before while in its prime, I heard that partiers would dance the night away to songs like Wipeout, but now the only person who was wiped out was the guy sitting at the bar.
Several years later I ran across this place again while out on a picture adventure with my photographer buddies. The building with the cool sign were still there but no one was home. The erosion had torn down the pier that reached out to the water and the building was decorated with graffiti. Then, last week after enjoying an evening of boogie boarding at Surfside Beach, we drove by this place and I almost missed it because there was nothing left but a sad pile of lumber.
LOOK OUT for BURNOUT
GET OUT of your comfort zone. Explore the unfamiliar with camera in hand and practice your mastered technique on something new and interesting. You’ll find that firsthand experience hammers the nail of your technique into your being not just brain.
Turn Out only your best work for the world to see and keep your mess ups for your own eyes only. Yes, I know it feels good when all the things you’ve learned start to click so naturally you want to share what you’ve captured. But you must resist to
put out every shot that you take. Remember this-you’ll get even better with more time and in time those pictures that were blurry and out of focus will be ones that you’ll wish were for only your eyes to see.
When I first started in photography, I didn’t know the work of a single famous photographer. Just like an amateur would be, I had a passion to capture the beauty around me and the loved the challenge of learning which actually turned out to be a good thing because when I compared my work to others, I became overwhelmed with inadequacies and then felt like hiding in a cave.
I thought to myself ‘why would anyone want to see a picture that I took of a flower or bird when hundreds of other photographers had already taken pictures of the same subject and did a technically better job than I could’.
Thankfully, the passion for learning and curiosity kept me from hiding and I continued on by reading tutorials, practicing, and shared and received Shout Outs in the form of feedback on SmugMug .
I decided to
Break Out by entering a contest with my best picture. I struggled with putting myself out there at first, but finally decided what could it hurt-it was free to enter and if I didn’t win, then no harm done. Well, to my surprise, my picture won. Sadly though, before I knew I won, I received two terrible emails sent through my Smugmug site written in capitals of HOW bad I was, how horrible my photography was and how I should just throw my camera in a lake. I didn’t understand until later that these guys were called trolls, which showed just how new I was to the online world of photography.
BREAK OUT but don’t
Wipe out your wallet. With all the excitement of winning, I almost broke the bank by going out and buying all the equipment I thought I needed to impress and shoot with Rick Sammon, and Scott Bourne then only to find out that I brought more than was actually needed.
Take TIME OUT to be thankful and share what you’ve learned with others along the way.
One of them is-
Don't Hide Out and keep on shooting because
but it’s what is in your heart, and the willingness to share it.
Saturday, August 6, 2011
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Fine Art Nature Wallpapers
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Chasing the Texas Sunset
|Chasing The Texas Sunset by Rhonda Holcomb ©2011 Panoramic, H.D.R.|
"Adventure can be an end in itself. Self-discovery is the secret ingredient that fuels daring. --Grace Lichtenstein"
The inspiration behind the image Chasing The Texas Sunset
You don't have to go too far to chase your dreams because sometimes
fulfillment lies right outside your front door.
I found this to be true one March evening after spending a dreadful day inside tackling taxes. I had put off three years of taxes while following my passion, photography. I’ve enjoyed every minute while on my adventure but in the meantime a lot of other things were left undone. I am this way in pursuit of most of my enjoyable endeavors. I’m the type of person who gives a hundred percent to anything in which I find curious, enjoyable or entertaining. But here lately, I’ve been trying to balance all the roles in my life more effectively.
Anyway on this day, what I would like to call the Procrastination Monster, had taken a big bite out of my sanity. I know that I had deserved the attack but still I wanted to save myself so late that evening I packed up my camera bag, tripod, and the song I had been listening all day, Foreplay/Longtime by Boston and headed down a familiar road.
It’s not a destination that landscape photographers would find interesting, but it’s a place which I have found, where during springtime, I can capture a beautiful Texas Sunset. It’s down a china berry tree lined, dead end road only about a mile from my home. As I traveled down the road and listened to Foreplay/Longtime, my imagination wandered with the lyrics and my heart beat raced at the thought of the challenge I was about to undertake.
Challenges and good music always get my heart racing. I stepped out of my van, looked down the road to see if anyone was coming my way. Then I left the door opened so I could hear the song and breathed out a long sigh and looked at the western sky. The clouds were singing along with Boston and I knew this was going to be a perfect sunset. I set up my tripod, put my camera on manual focus and set up my shot for a H.D.R.- Panoramic. I knew I wanted the sun to have a star-burst effect so I set f-stop on F11. I also wanted to silhouette the fencepost so I set my ISO at 100 and the metering mode to pattern. I set up my composition, set my bracketing to one step over and under, plugged in the remote shutter and the show began as the sun started sitting in the horizon. I shot several frames in horizontal and then in vertical in three stops for H.D.R.
It seemed like time slowed down just for me while the lyrics, I’m taking my time, I’m just moving along played in the background. :-)
After the show was over and the sun set behind the fencepost, I packed up my gear really knowing in my soul that I didn’t have to travel to a places like Switzerland or Africa in order to create wonderful images. I could create and capture images with a since of mystery, mood and music within a mile of my home because it’s what’s in my heart and mind that truly shines through and sings out to the world.
On this day, a day of running from the Procrastination Monster and insanity, I also found that you don’t have to go too far to enjoy the chase and getting away to pursue what you love doesn’t have to take a long time because sometimes it’s just right outside your front door.
Sunday, July 31, 2011
I bought these hiking boots before heading out on the Trip to Washington which I won by entering a photo contest sponsored by Scott Bourne. http://www.flickr.com/groups/anpw/.
It was the first time I had ever flown in an Airplane and the first time I'd ever been to Washington. The experience is one I'll have in my memory bank forever. It was also the first time I spent $85.00 for a pair of boots. I had a twenty dollar pair once before when I was a little younger (in my thirties) and my mom would just gasp and say, "Those don't look good on you for everyday wear!". But I didn't care, I loved how steady I felt in them.
Feeling steady on my feet and having great balance is very important to me. I like protection too. Hiking boots protect your feet from water, sand and mud. I'm very adventurous so flip flops will not work for me. I'm also a no-frills, frugal kind of girl, so with boots I don't have to worry about taking time out for pedicures since no one is going to see my toes :-)
Plus, the money I've saved on pedicures has paid for these.
I'm also the type of person who likes to have the right tool for the job and these boots have proved to be one of my best tools. If it gets the job done then who cares what it looks like, although I think I look gorgeous in them. :)
This photo was taken at one of my favorite places Surfside, TX doing my favorite thing-beach combing.
the feet of a down to earth photographer
©2010 Rhonda Holcomb All Rights Reserved
94. looking down
Saturday, July 30, 2011
|From Scrapbook Photos|
Taken with my Android camera.
Balancing home life responsibilities and my creative passions like photography is an adventure in itself. I have so many
creative ideas running through my head all day long but I have to put them aside to tend to the everyday things like
cleaning, washing clothes, and cooking.
Don't get me wrong- I love the life I have been fortunately provided in the way of a nice house, a backyard
get away complete with a small pond and vegetable garden in a small quiet town but sometimes my heart and mind
want to get away from my spot of dirt and hit the road for more excitement.
On this day I did something right; I tended to my family needs and then headed out on my little adventure. I made the guys hamburgers and tator tots then loaded all my photography gear into my van and headed out to my favorite place-the beach. I can't say that it is always been this way. In the past, I've spent hours taking pictures, practicing my skills or creating art which left my family wondering what's for dinner and having to fend for themselves by making cold sandwiches or a bowl of cereal.
As in times past, I am usually fortunate enough to find a sea heart, sea purse or a hamburger at the place I decide to stop at which this time was beach mile 16. I combed the beach for little pieces of drift word, shells and rocks and was headed back to the van when I spotted a vehicle coming towards me so I looked down at the moment to avoid eye contact and what do I see? A hamburger! I thought to myself, I done something right. I took care of my family first and this little treasure is here to reward me. I snapped a couple of pictures and picked up my treasure and put it my pocket.
I now have this Memorable Moment displayed on my treasure shelf to remind me always to take care of
what is most important even if it is done in little ways.