12.24.2014

Wordless Wednesday: Christmas Memories

by Mary Denman   @MaryDenman

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday! 

But today's post will have words! 
I'm combining Wordless Wednesday and my Photo Tip about holiday/family shots.

Why you may ask? 

Well, I have all my kids home for the holidays.
I want to focus on them for the next couple of weeks so I need to step away from blogging for a couple of weeks.

So...I will return for Wordless Wednesday around Jan. 5.

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I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas or Hanukkah!

Do you see the reflection of the tree in his eyes?

12.16.2014

Wordless Wednesday: Wanna Build a Snowman?

by Mary Denman   @MaryDenman

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday! 
This snowman is my wishful thinking....
He showed up last year in January.
I'm wishing he'll come back in December.
But I live in the South, hence the wishful thinking!

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Isn't he just adorable??

12.15.2014

How do you use Portrait Versus Landscape Orientation? Part 2

by Mary Denman @MaryDenman

Mary Denman Photography


Today's photo tip is Part 2 in learning how to understand and use portrait and landscape orientations. This will help you learn how they affect your photography. We're going to examine pictures of people and see how each orientation affects them. We'll also look at a couple of shots with strong lines.



Reminder:

Portrait is the same as vertical orientation. 
Landscape is the same as taking a horizontal orientation. 

Let's get started. 

12.09.2014

Wordless Wednesday: First Snow & My Kids

by Mary Denman    @MaryDenman

Our first snow to play in! 
Sort of...we saw this snow while traveling. It was so pretty.
So we stopped for a few minutes.
Notice how appropriately my kids are dressed! ;)

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First Snow by Mary Denman

Four of my favorite people in the world....my youngest 4 kids. 

12.08.2014

Monday's Musings: What's Holding You Back?

By Mary Denman  @MaryDenman


My age has never bothered me. Turning 30 or 40? No big deal.

Fifty is coming in a little over a year. It really doesn't bother me.

I guess I could think about how I've probably already lived half my life. But even then, that doesn't mean my life is over.

Because it's not. Not by a long shot!

But do I live every day to the fullest? No.

Why? Because there are things that get in the way. Things that hold me back.

12.05.2014

Photo Tip Friday: How do you use Portrait Versus Landscape Orientation? Part 1

by Mary Denman @MaryDenman


Landscape by Mary Denman Photography
Today's photo tip is Part 1 in learning to understand portrait and landscape orientations and how they affect your photography. There are rarely hard and fast rules in photography so it's good to understand the strengths of using each orientation. This will help decide how you compose your shots.


As you get to know more about how to use them, then you can experiment.


The first thing to understand is that landscape is also known as horizontal orientation.

Likewise, portrait orientation is also known as a vertical shot.

12.02.2014

Wordless Wednesday - Red Tail Hawk

by Mary Denman
Twitter @MaryDenman

Welcome back for Wordless Wednesday.

Look who dropped by! 
I can't believe we have hawks sitting in our yard now!!

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Red Tail Hawk by Mary Denman 

Red Tail Hawk by Mary Denman

11.25.2014

Wordless Wednesday - Old Man Frost

by Mary Denman
Twitter @MaryDenman



Welcome back for Wordless Wednesday.
And a Happy Thanksgiving!

Old Man Frost dropped by! 
He left us some cool artwork.

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Old Man Frost by Mary Denman

Old man Frost by Mary Denman

11.24.2014

Monday's Musings - An Unusual Thankfulness

by Mary Denman    @MaryDenman

As Thanksgiving here in the states draws closer, lots of people are realizing they have much to be thankful for. 

I am, too. 

However, this year, my focus is a little different. I do want to be thankful and list the blessings in my life. 

But my Thanksgiving list isn't typical. You might even say it's a little unusual.


11.21.2014

Photo Tip Friday: Shooting in Low Light - Part 2 (at Family Gatherings)

by Mary Denman @MaryDenman


Thanksgiving Turkey
Taking pictures inside your home can be a challenge. Why? Because of low lighting. Without lots of natural lighting flooding in, our photos can be dark, grainy or blurry. That's pretty frustrating. But there is hope! Once you learn a little about your camera ISO works, you can start shooting inside and be happy with the results. 

In Part 1 of this series, I covered shooting in low light while outside. You can read Shooting in Low Light, Part 1 

With Thanksgiving and other family holidays headed our way, I wanted this week's tip to do double duty.

Taking inside shots can be challenging because of the lighting. But, since we will be gathering with family inside for Thanksgiving, I decided to use family pictures to help about both lighting AND getting good family shots!

Let's get started.

11.19.2014

Wordless Wednesday - The Last of Fall

by Mary Denman
Twitter @MaryDenman


Welcome back for Wordless Wednesday!

I am now in the process of restoring my computer and all the photos back on it!!
Here's my advice from this experience....

BACK UP YOUR COMPUTER IMMEDIATELY!! 

My computer quit working because the hard drive was full. 
I know, I know. 
Not a good plan. 
But fortunately, an Apple tech backed up my computer's entire contents onto an external hard drive and I now have a functioning computer once more!!!
I still have to go through all the photos and delete some, but I didn't lose anything....

Anyway, PLEASE look at backing up your computer to an external drive! 
You don't want to lose a year of your life like I did. :)

So, I will be back on track Friday with Photo Tips...
Taking pictures inside with low lighting. 

And thanks for going back to my Friday post and letting me know what you want for photo tips. 
You can still check out that post here and vote on what you want to learn!


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Happy WW!


11.17.2014

Monday's Musings - Seeing the Bigger Picture in Life

by Mary Denman
Twitter @marydenman


There are times in life when things happen and I don't understand. 

Some really hard times. Some really hard things. 

When I was young, I tended to question God's motives and ask "Why?"

"Why did Grandpa have to die?"

"Why did Mama Kate (my grandmother) have to die?" 

"Why did I have to have a tonsillectomy and have really bad post surgery complications?"

I, very immaturely, thought that if I loved God, things should and would go well for me. That I shouldn't hurt or suffer. 

Sadly, it led me to question God's motives. "If God loved me, then bad stuff wouldn't happen."

It has taken a lot of years and life to change my thinking. 

11.12.2014

Wordless Wednesday - Lake Como, Italy

by Mary Denman
Twitter @MaryDenman


Welcome back for Wordless Wednesday!

Drop by on Friday for Photography Tips.
This week will HOPEFULLY be Part 2: taking pictures in low-lighting INSIDE.


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I am having major computer issues and it may take a few days to get it resolved. I'm using my older computer for the moment because my new computer is holding my pictures hostage...  ;)

So I apologize if I can't get Friday's post up and running! 

But please consider popping over to my last Friday post here. 
I want to know what photography tips YOU would like to see. 
I listed topics you can choose from! 
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Here is a night time shot of Lake Como, Italy.

Have a great day! 




11.08.2014

Photo Tip Fridays: What Photography Tips Will Help you the Most?

by Mary Denman
Twitter: @MaryDenman
Instagram: @MaryFDenman

Welcome back!


Unfortunately, due to some pretty frustrating/huge/confounding (pick one or two, or all three) technical difficulties with my computers this week, your regularly scheduled Photo Tip, Part 2 on Taking Indoor Shots with Available Lighting has been pre-empted. I will be spending the weekend talking with tech geeks to solve the aforementioned challenges...

However, I thought I'd take this time to get a better sense of how I can best serve you with photography tips going forward. 

I know that you can search the web for any photography related questions you may have. So I want this place, my blog, to be a comfortable place you can come anytime for tips that relate to you and inspire you to do more with YOUR photography. To inspire you to use your own photography on your blog. 

11.04.2014

Wordless Wednesday - Fun Fall Shoot

by Mary Denman
Twitter: @MaryDenman
Instagram: MaryFDenman

Welcome back for Wordless Wednesday!

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I did a photo shoot recently.
With a GREAT subject....


Mary Denman Photography

10.31.2014

Photo Tip Friday: Creating Ghostly Images

by Mary Denman
Twitter @MaryDenman
Instagram @Maryfdenman


Today, I decided to teach you how to create ghostly photographic images. 

I learned this photo technique from my brother way back in the 80's. On film.  

I finally realized I could duplicate it on digital. 

So, today's tip will definitely be more technical. But worth it. 

Let's get started!  

10.28.2014

Wordless Wednesday - The Feeling of Fall

by Mary Denman
Twitter: @MaryDenman
Instagram: MaryFDenman

Welcome back for Wordless Wednesday!

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I was in the mountains recently.
Here's the feeling of fall . . . 

The feeling of fall, reflected in the lake by Mary Denman Photography

10.23.2014

Photo Tip Friday: Shooting in Low Light, Part 1

by Mary Denman
Twitter: @MaryDenman

Today's tip is about taking shots in dim lighting.

This week is Part 1 and we're going to cover photography in an outdoor setting.
Next week in Part 2, we'll cover indoor shots.

Taking photographs in low light can be challenging. We've all taken a shot in a low light situation, thinking it would be okay. But after you looked at the shot, it was too dark to be worth much.

So then you turned on the flash.

Either it didn't help at all (because the subject matter was too far away) or it washed out the shot (because the subject matter was too close).

And, you came away disappointed. Well, let's try and remedy that.

10.21.2014

Wordless Wednesday - Apple Picking

by Mary Denman
Twitter: @MaryDenman
Instagram: MaryFDenman

Welcome back for Wordless Wednesday!

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Here's part of my family going apple picking! Fun, fun!
We went apple picking! by Mary Denman

10.19.2014

Monday's Musings - Mom's Watching Over Us

by Mary Denman
Twitter: @MaryDenman

This past weekend, I got to go visit my Daddy. I love getting to hang out with him. We sit a lot. And that's fine with me. 

Actually, on Saturday afternoon, while my husband, son and my brother and his kids all went to the movies, Daddy and I had a contest. He sat on the sofa at one end and I lay down on the other. We raced to see who fell asleep first.  

Daddy won, hands down. But I won for the longest nap! 

We had good North Carolina Bar-B-Que, banana pudding and delicious apples. We read through some of Mom's memories that she and written down. (More about those in another post.) 

We just enjoyed being around each other. As we prepared to leave, I asked my husband to take my picture with Daddy. That's when I saw it. Look in the background of our shot...there are pictures of my Mom on the mantel, smiling and beautiful. Right over our shoulders! 

You know, it feels as if she's still here. I can't believe it's been a year and a half since we lost her. 

I think about her every single day. I feel her love, her encouragement. I miss her for sure! But I love how deeply she's taken up residence in my heart. 

I do feel as if Mom is watching over us, cheering us on. Still loving all of us. 

For that, I am ever so grateful! 

Mary


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10.14.2014

Wordless Wednesday: Fall is Here!

by Mary Denman
Twitter: @MaryDenman
Instagram: MaryFDenman

Welcome back for Wordless Wednesday!

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Fall is finally here!! 


Mary Denman Photography

10.10.2014

Photo Tip Friday: How to Take Black and White Photos

by Mary Denman    @MaryDenman


B&W portrait by Mary Denman Photography


Have you ever seen a black and white shot that just stood out? Have you ever wondered how to take photos like that? 

Today, I'm going to give you tips on how to take great black and whites. 

Let's get started.

TIP 1: Shooting black and white shots is different than shooting in color. 

Why? Can't you just convert a color photo to black and white? 

Sometimes, yes. But not always. 

10.07.2014

Wordless Wednesday - A Day in Our Life

by Mary Denman
Twitter: @MaryDenman
Instagram: MaryFDenman

Welcome back for Wordless Wednesday!

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I HAVE A SPECIAL QUESTION THIS WEEK:
How can I best help you with photograph tips and/or your blogging?
Is there something in particular you'd like to learn? 
Would you like a list of choices of topics? 

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Today's pictures are from a day spent visiting my son in college...

Camouflage son....

Hubby on the climbing wall

10.06.2014

Monday's Musings - Can One Person Really Make a Difference in this World?

by Mary Denman
Twitter: @MaryDenman
Instagram: @MaryFDenman

Topiaries in Bishopville, SC 
Recently, I thought about the question, "Can one person really make a difference in this world?" 

Or, more personally, "Can I make a difference in this world?"

Not long ago, I found myself in the small town of Bishopville, SC. We had dropped our son off at a Math and Science Camp and were headed out when my husband and I noticed topiaries down the median of the main street in town. Interesting, we thought. A bit unusual. But interesting.

Then, I saw a name on a sign as we drove out of the town. Pearl. 

I asked my husband to turn around and go back to the side road with the sign. I couldn't believe it. We had just driven by the road where Pearl Fryar lives. 

I was so excited. 

9.30.2014

Wordless Wednesday - Roses are Beautiful

by Mary Denman
Twitter: @MaryDenman
Instagram: MaryFDenman

Welcome back for Wordless Wednesday!

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Mary Denman Photography: Rose

9.29.2014

Monday's Musings - Wandering

by Mary Denman
Twitter: @MaryDenman
Instagram: @MaryFDenman

Last week, instead of taking the normal route home, I decided to explore a road I had never traversed.

I'm glad I did.

We can get into ruts in our lives. Being productive. Being efficient. Being busy.

While all of those things are fine, in and of themselves, we often forget to dream, ponder, or experience new things because we have so much "to do".

I have certainly found that to be true in my life.

So, I decided to take my camera and see what I could find on the back roads.

9.26.2014

Photo Tip Friday: Tips for Taking Active Pet Pictures, Part 2

by Mary Denman
Twitter: @MaryDenman
Instagram: MaryFDenman

Welcome back to Photo Tip Friday! Today I'm going to talk about how to take action shots with your pets. 

You can read about last week's post here: How do you take pet portraits? Part 1

What is the biggest difference between taking action shots and portrait shots of your pets? Movement. 

Portrait shots may be a little easier because your subject will be still. Or, you will want your pet to sit still for you. But what if they're active and moving around during your photo shoot? I'm going to teach you how to take action shots so you can do both! 

Let's get started. 

9.23.2014

Wordless Wednesday - Rainbow in my Yard

by Mary Denman

Twitter: @MaryDenman
Instagram: MaryFDenman



Welcome back for Wordless Wednesday!

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This week's tip will be learning how to take PET PHOTOS, Part 2: Action Shots

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I took these pictures all in one day...
After the first rain

Pouring rain in the sunshine

9.22.2014

Monday's Musings - Life Lessons from Michelangelo's David

by Mary Denman
twitter: @marydenman 
Exact replica of The David


I was fortunate enough to see Michelangelo's The David when I visited Florence (Firenze), Italy. The story behind it is amazing and is changing the way I think and operate in life. 

A very brief history. The statue was commissioned originally in 1464 and some rough work was done to the block by Agostino. He worked on it for 2 years. It was then neglected for 10 years. Then Antonio Rossellino worked on it briefly but was quickly terminated from the project. 

Here's where it gets really interesting. The stone was left in a supine position, in the open courtyard where it was started, exposed to the elements for the next 25 years. 25 years. 


9.19.2014

Photo Tip Friday: Tips for Taking Pet Portraits, Part 1

by Mary Denman

Welcome back to photo tip Friday. I'm excited to talk about how to take pet portraits. Next week will be all about action shots with your active pets! 

How do you take pet portraits?

One of the first suggestions I'll make is to get down on their level. Or take the photos when they are elevated to your level. 

Why?

You don't only see your pets from above. You cuddle with them. You hold them. 

So if you get at eye level with them for photos, it's much more intimate. 


Let's look at some other suggestions. 

9.16.2014

Wordless Wednesday - Green Hornet, Bees, Flowers, & Mushrooms

by Mary Denman
Twitter: @MaryDenman
Instagram: MaryFDenman



Welcome back for Wordless Wednesday!

Drop by on Friday for Photography Tips.
This week's tip will be learning how to take PET PHOTOS, Part 1: PET PORTRAITS.

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Enjoy the summer flowers, green hornet, bees and mushrooms.


Mary Denman Photography

9.15.2014

Monday's Musings - If There is no Struggle, Frederick Douglass Quote

by Mary Denman                                                                                   Instagram: maryfdenman

As many of you know, I've had a very difficult past year, losing loved ones very close together. It turned my life upside down. It's made my life a struggle at times. 

Recently, I came across this quote from Frederick Douglass. The line, "If there is no struggle, there can be no progress," really struck a cord with me. 

I want my life to be easier.  
I don't see struggle as a good thing.

That's why this quote hit me. 
I started thinking about it. 
Is it true? 

9.12.2014

Photo Tip Friday - Part 2: How to Take Pictures of Waterfalls

by Mary Denman
Twitter: @MaryDenman
Instagram: MaryFDenman

The Reedy River, normal water flow

Welcome back for Part 2 of How to Take Pictures of Waterfalls! In case you missed it, you can read last week's post here. 

(Note: Last week's photos of the falls were taken right after a torrential rainstorm. This week's shots are more typical of the water flow and were shot on a different day.)



We covered the two main options for taking waterfall photos: 
1) Stop the motion with a "fast speed" of film. Use an ISO of 800 or higher.
2) Blur the motion with a longer shutter opening. Use a time of 1/10 of a second or longer. (This second option requires a tripod or solid surface to set your camera on.) 

9.09.2014

Wordless Wednesday - Hawk in Flight

by Mary Denman
Twitter: @MaryDenman
Instagram: MaryFDenman



Welcome back for Wordless Wednesday!

Drop by on Friday for Photography Tips.
This week's tip will be learning how to take waterfall pictures, Part 2.
You can read about Part 1, here
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So, a funny thing happened while my son was mowing the yard....

A hawk, which may be a red-tail hawk, buzzed him....

My son just felt a blast of wind to look up and have this hawk flying over his head. My son said if he had reached up, he could have touched the wings. 
GLAD HE DIDN'T TRY!



9.08.2014

Monday's Musings...

Sorry I missed today's post, but I'll be here for Wordless Wednesday! 

Then, on Friday, I'll do Part 2 of How to Take Waterfall Pictures.

See you then! 

9.06.2014

Photo Tip Friday - Part 1: How to Take Pictures of Waterfalls & Water

by Mary Denman
Twitter: @MaryDenman
Instagram: MaryFDenman

Waterfall by Mary Denman


Today's tip is Part 1 of a 2 Part series to help you understand how to take pictures of waterfalls and water. While you may not have a waterfall that you frequent regularly, it's good to learn what to do so when it's time to take a shot, you're ready and get the photo you want! 




First of all, there are two main ways to take pictures of waterfalls. 
1) Take the photo at a fast enough speed to stop the action of the water. 
2) Take the photo at a long enough exposure to make the water look "milky" and smooth. 

These techniques are very different so I'll teach you both. 

Let's get started.

9.02.2014

Wordless Wednesday - Osprey with Fish

by Mary Denman
Twitter: @MaryDenman
Instagram: MaryFDenman


Welcome back for Wordless Wednesday!

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So when we were at the beach, I saw an Osprey nest on a cell phone tower. 
I stood patiently waiting for the birds to return from a fishing trip. 
I was rewarded with some great shots of the bird with a fish in its talons. 
Here are a few of them.
An Osprey bring food to its young

9.01.2014

Monday's Musings - Bloom Like a Rose Through the Thorns of Pain

By Mary Denman

Twitter: @MaryDenman
Instagram: Maryfdenman


Mary Denman Photography: Anne Brontë quote

Most every loves a rose. They are beautiful flowers. Lovely creatures. 

But you can't enjoy them fully without dealing with their thorns. 

Yes, you can buy thornless roses where someone else has broken them off. But you just can't grow roses or pick them without encountering the thorns. 


8.29.2014

Photo Tip Friday - Learn to Love your Camera: Playing with Perspective

by Mary Denman
Twitter: @MaryDenman
Instagram: MaryFDenman

Today, I want to challenge you to learn to love your camera. 

Why? Because when you learn to enjoy the process of taking pictures, you can really get better with your photography. 

Why? Because you'll allow yourself more freedom to try to take more pictures and try new things. 

Why do you need to do this? Because if you're always hoping for the perfect picture the first time, you'll be disappointed and will want to quit trying. 

But I want you to keep getting better and better. I'm always pushing myself and learning from others. 

So, how does this pertain to playing with perspective? I would love to show you! Let's get started!

8.26.2014

Wordless Wednesday - Our New Kittens!!

by Mary Denman
Twitter: @MaryDenman
Instagram: MaryFDenman


Welcome back for Wordless Wednesday!

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I have a good problem now.  My blog is growing which is so exciting.
But I'm finding myself unable to answer all the comments on Wednesdays...
So, please know that I will respond to as many as I can.
But if I can't get to everyone to respond,
please know I read all the comments and appreciate them VERY MUCH!!
But I will still try and visit your blog and leave a comment when you leave a comment here! 

Oh...and I finally got an Instagram account.... :) See above.

Today, I want to introduce you to our two rescue kitties!
The orange tabby is Emperor Kuzco.
The adorable long haired is Lady Catherine De Bourg.

Can you tell my kids named them??

They went from a shelter to having a bedroom all their own.
At least til they are well.
Then, they'll have the run of the house!

Happy WW!


Emperor Kuzco



Lady Catherine De Bourg




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