Thursday, June 30, 2016
Friday, June 17, 2016
Two days ago, I took a photograph I think might be a little rare for an amateur photographer. It was of a sunspot using a Canon EOS Rebel T5/1200D and a 75-300mm zoom lens. I posted pics on my personal Facebook, but I want to share them here so more people can see it. Yes... I am showing off!
I spend a lot of time outdoors with my camera, usually shooting wildlife like eagles, hawks, osprey, herons, etc. (I am truly blessed to live in an environment that provides these opportunities.)
In all honesty... this was a 'happy accident.' It was in the morning just before 8am. The sun was visible but clouds had moved in front giving a 'veiled' look showing the crisp outline. I liked the effect and thought I would see what I could capture in an image.
I knew not to look directly at the sun, so I aimed the camera and shot an image. I also knew that the direct sun could possibly damage the electronics in the camera so I shot quickly, one at a time... five in all.
Later, as I was looking at them on my computer, I noticed a dark spot. At first I thought a bird had gotten in the way. But the spot was in the same place of the sun in each image regardless of the placement in the frame. I was a little excited but had to leave for work.
As soon as I got home, I researched online and found that... YES... there was a sunspot in that very place!!! Sunspot #2553! And I got it in an image... this is so cool! I wonder if NASA would be interested!?
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credit to KmBennett Art/ Kathryn M. Bennett
Here are NASA images as proof:
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Monday, June 13, 2016
Magic is out there... somewhere. I know it is because I have seen it, touched it, tasted it. Often it is in the beauty of the earth before me. Occasionally it is in the air like a smell, a sense,... a quickening. Sometimes it eludes me, but that is ok because I still know it is there.
I resist being a victim.
I endure now and will tomorrow.
Creativity is within me and must remain in shadow for the moment. Soon I will look to the shadows... and find my answers. I will learn how to heal.
I feel so disconnected here on the wrong side of the valley.
I miss everyone.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
I have been posting a lot of wildlife photos on my Facebook pages lately. I am surrounded by blue herons, mallard ducks, Canadian geese, red-tail hawks, ospreys, harriers, and much more.
But this time I think I will share something a little different.
Today was a trip to a doctor in Portland, Oregon for my parents. My sister asked me to ride along and, since I finally have a day off from work, I went. Part of me dreaded it... (afraid of the potential stress) but it went relatively well.
Portland is the nearest large metropolis and the city is working hard at establishing successful mass-transit systems. I was impressed that from one window I could see a multiple of transport modes... car, bicycle, motorcycle, bus, streetcar, light-rail, sky tram, boat, yacht, and pedestrians.
I got some great shots of the landscape from the tenth floor waiting room.
We had hoped to ride the sky tram but it got postponed. Maybe next time.
Sunday, April 10, 2016
I should have posted this last week but things were a little hectic with life things. So... here it is!
When able, I attend Oak Street Church in Silverton, Oregon. I have been going since 1991and the people there are my 'family.' No matter how long it is between visits I always feel I am coming home. I hope to live in Silverton again someday.
For a couple of years, they have been having an art show around Easter time. I was unable to submit before, but felt I should try this time (in spite of living 60 minute drive away). The exhibit coordinator John chose the subject of Saint Francis of Assisi.
For research, I watched films about him on YouTube. This one I really liked and almost chose an image from it for my painting.
I ended up using a photograph I had taken of a statue at the Christian Renewal Center in 2005 while attending a women's retreat with my church sisters. This image made the project very personal for me.
I already had a 10” x 30” canvas I had antiqued with brown walnut stain. It was in my studio waiting for the right project and I knew it would work great.
I painted the white acrylic background and then black oil 'drawing'. I kept it simple for a few reasons. Mostly because St. Francis himself proclaimed simplicity. Also, because I didn't have a lot of time to give to it (work, illness, family issues, etc.)
I am happy with how it turned out. Restful... like a statue in a garden. So I named it 'In the Garden.'
I heard the event was a success with good music and food. I wanted to go but had to work. Maybe next time!
The painting will also serve a second purpose. I was asked to donate a piece of artwork for a silent auction to raise funds to help rebuild an orphanage in Puerto Rico. A friend at Oak Street Church is dedicated to helping them. So it was an easy choice to donate this painting. I like to think Brother Francis would have approved.
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Friday, March 18, 2016
I have loved photography ever since I was a young girl and my mom gave me a Kodak Brownie camera to use. Film came on a roll and the pictures usually came out blurry but I loved it anyway. I sure wish I had some of the images. The oldest I have are from when I took a class in high school.
With the advent of digital photography, I have been able to dive in.
Until a couple of years ago, I made do with a small pocket camera. Then I got a better Sony Cybershot camera and I really took off. It also helps that I am surrounded by incredible and beautiful nature. I recently got a Canon DSLR and after a few months of it sitting (I was intimidated), I have been learning what it can do.
I frequently post 2 or 3 of my nature photos on my Facebook pages. The best ones usually go on my art page KmBennett Art.
Today, I got so many pictures I am happy with, that I decided to post them here.
This morning began with a spectacular sunrise. I barely had time to snap a few shots through my window before having to leave for work. The moment I got home I put on the mud boots and grabbed my cameras…
The best thing that happened was… a bald eagle flew right over me. It was SO cool!
I got a lot of pics of the local turkey vultures who have returned from their winter’s migration. Last summer they were landing on my house… very unsettling! This one was either checking me out, showing off, or both.
While out and about I was also visited by a mallard duck couple. They wanted to land in the nearby wetland pond but kept going when they saw me.
Other visitors were this young little robin…
…and a honey bee gathering pollen from the dandelions.
I think I did pretty good today (with a little help from Mother Nature)!