Authorstock 2018

Authorstock 2018 is coming up this weekend! Make sure to mark your calendar and come on out for March 3rd and 4th – there’s a ton of authors, speakers, workshops, how-tos, and more!

I’ll be there both days – I’d love to chat with you on any topic involving writing, publishing, marketing, and getting sales!

Depth of Field

The challenge for the week of Feb 26 to March 4, 2018 at is the theme of “Depth of Field”. This is about exploring the ways in which the aperture setting on a camera cause a shallow area of focus in an image. Here’s an example done by me, of a flower blossom.

See how the petunia itself is in focus, while the world behind it is out of focus? This is created with a shallow depth of field. The aperture of the lens was wide open, causing that to happen.

Be sure to sign up at so you can participate in future weekly challenges! This is a great way to stretch your photography wings :).

Common Objects Photography Challenge

The challenge for the week of Feb 19 to 25, 2018 at was the theme of “Common Objects”. Here is the photo that I took. It’s of the light switch in my office, which inspires me daily. It reminds me to be mindful and serene in all that I do.

What did you take? Share it so we can take a look!

Don’t forget to sign up at so you can participate in future weekly challenges! This is a great way to stretch your photography wings :).

Amazing Architecture photography challenge

So happy! Bob See and I have both made the top “All Star” level on the latest Amazing Architecture photography challenge. It ends tomorrow afternoon. Mine is in Seattle while his is in Myrtle Beach during Hurricane Irma.

Are you participating in this challenge? What did you submit?

Here’s my page –

levitation photo challenge

Thank you to Jennifer Waller Mottram for both taking this photo in the first place and then tracking it down for me tonight when I wanted to use it as an example :). The upcoming photography challenge for this week is a levitation photo challenge – how can you make an image seem like it has levitation in it? Without PhotoShop? It’s a fun challenge! Join me!

In the one below I used a trick of perspective to make it seem as if I was holding up the tower. How could similar techniques be used to make it seem as if something was levitating?

Architecture photography challenge

The weekly challenge for 52Frames this week was the Architecture photography challenge with an extra bonus for “wide angle”. I used the wide angle lens attachment for my cell phone. It’s pretty neat! If you’re not currently a member of 52Frames (it’s free) sign up now so you’re ready for next week. If you are a member, post your photo below!

Here’s what the image looked like with the standard cellphone lens.

When you add on the wide angle lens, you can suddenly see more in all four directions, although it’s a bit fuzzier. I stood in the exact same place for this. This is the Whitinsville Library in Whitinsville, MA.

Here is the lens kit I’m using: