Monday, April 20, 2015

Still Life Challenge

This time it was all about still life photography!  A big thank you to all who participated!  We hope you enjoy this week's challenge!
"Woodland Still Life"
Canon EF 24-105mm @45mm
Canon 5D Mark III
ISO 400, f/18, 6.0 sec

"Winter Hydrangea"
Canon 5D Mark II
ISO 400, f/5.6
"Back to Basics"
Canon f/4 24-105mm @ 85mm
Canon 1DX
ISO 100, f/22, 1/200sec
400w White Diffused Strobe, 180mm Lamp Bowl
Canon 18-55mm
Canon 350D
ISO 400, f/3.5, 1/50 sec
Sony LT30P
ISO 50, f/2.4, 1/125 sec

"Summer Evening"
Canon Powershot S2 IS
ISO 100, f/3.5, 1/60 sec

"Sweet Spring"
Nikkor 18-105mm
Nikon 3300
ISO 400, f/5, 1/100 sec
Canon EOS 7D
ISO 100, f/1.8, 1/250 sec

Nikon D600
ISO 640, f/2.8, 1/640 sec

"Robina's Table"
Canon 100mm f/2.8L
Canon EOS 1100D
ISO 800, f/3.2, 1/125 sec

"A Measure of Love"
Nikkor 24-120mm VR @ 60mm
Nikon D200
ISO 100, f/9, 1/125 sec
Tamron 17-150mm @ 50mm
Canon 7D
ISO 400, f/5.6, 0.6 sec

"A Thousand Wishes"
Nikkor 50mm 1.8D
Nikon D600
ISO 400, f/2.2, 1/40 sec

"Glorious Technicolor"
Canon 50mm f/2.5
Canon 5D Mark II
ISO 100, f/3.5, 1/1600 sec
"Sew Simple"
Nikkor 70-180mm
Nikon D5100
ISO 100, f/4, 1/10 sec

Canon 55-250mm @ 84mm
Canon EOS Rebel T3
ISO 100, f/9, 1/500 sec

"Nostalgic Era"
Canon 100mm f/2.8L macro
Canon 5D Mark III
ISO 320, f/4, 1/40 sec

We hope you enjoyed our diverse collection!  Thanks so much for stopping by today!!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Springtime Challenge: Part Two!

Welcome to the second half of our springtime challenge! If you missed part one, be sure to see it here!  The great outdoors is calling, the birds are singing, and we're ready with our cameras in hand! Enjoy this visual feast for the eyes!  Cheers! 

"Tulip Showers"
Nikkor 50mm f/1.4
ISO 100, f/2, 1/13 sec

"Sweet Spring Pleasures"
Canon 5D
Canon 100mm macro L f/2.8
ISO 125, f/2.8, 1/250 sec

Nikon D600
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
ISO 250, f/2.8, 1/2500 sec

Canon 5D Mark II
Tokina 100mm f/2.8
ISO 250, f/9, 1/60 sec

Nikon 3300
ISO 400, f/5, 1/60 sec

Galaxy S5 with Macro Extender

"Tulips Rising"
Nikon D80
Tamron 18-170mm f/3.5-6.3 @ 70mm
ISO 100, f/8, 1/160 sec

"Spring Storm at Gozo"
Canon EOS 50D
Canon 40mm
ISO 800, f/5, 1/1250 sec

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Springtime Challenge: Part One!

This week's challenge was all about springtime, a season that many of us are excited about!  There was such a wonderful turnout for this challenge that we're going to break it up into two posts for you to enjoy!  Thanks so much to all who participated and we hope you who are visiting our little blog enjoy these photos as much as we did creating them!  Cheers!

"White Narcissus"
Canon EOS 7D
50mm 1.8 II
ISO100, f/2, 1/800 sec

"Bat Plant Flower"
Canon EOS 1DX
EF 24-105mm f/4 IS USM @ 105mm
ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/400 sec
"Art Thou a Hyacinth Blossom"
Nikon D600
Nikon 105mm
ISO 400, f/8, 1/13 sec
"Dew Covered Lupine Leaves"
Canon Rebel T1i
ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/40 sec

"Hello Spring"
Canon 60D
Canon 18-135mm
ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/320 sec

"Maybe You Could Stay a Bit Longer"
Nikon D800
Nikkor 105mm Macro
ISO 400, f/3, 1/3200 sec

Canon Rebel T3
ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/790 sec

"Pastel Beauty"
Canon 6D
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 @ 75mm
ISO 640, f/2.8, 1/400 sec

"Spring Harmony"
Nikon D3000
ISO 200, f/4, 1/30 sec

"Pink Cloud"
Canon 70D
Tamron Macro 90mm
ISO 640, f/5.6, 1/50 sec
Thanks for the visit and stay tuned for Part II! 

Monday, March 23, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Photo Challenge

This week we did a challenge for St. Patrick's day!  Enjoy!

Samsung Galaxy S5 with Macro Extender

"Irish Cream"
Canon EOS 1D X
Canon EF 24-105 f/4 IS USM lens
ISO 100, f/11, 1/80 sec

Canon Rebel
Tamron 28-200 @ 200mm
ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/30 sec

"Lucky Day"
Canon 5D
Canon EF 100mm Macro f/2.8 IS USM

Monday, February 9, 2015

The 40mm Lens Challenge

    The challenge was to use a 40mm lens!  A.K.A. the "Pancake" lens!  Mmm...sounds delicious!  :-)  It turns out not very many of us own this lens, but we sure were curious about what it could do!  Despite there not being too many submissions this time, I think what we did get is great for those of us who are shopping for new lenses!  Enjoy!

Title: "Macaroon by Window Light #4"
ISO: 125
1/40 sec
Nikon D800
Nikon 40mm Micro-Nikkor Lens 2200

Title: "Warm Winter Walk"
ISO: 200
1/60 sec
Canon EOS Rebel T1i
Canon EF 40mm 2.8 STM

Title: "Old Town-Gdansk-TriCity-Poland"
ISO: 100
1/400 sec
Canon 50D
Canon EF 40mm 2.8 STM

Monday, January 19, 2015

December 15: A Day in the Life of Darlene Seltzer

December 15: A Day in the Life of Darlene Seltzer of Studio Seltzer on Etsy. All photos taken with iPhone.

December 15th was a Monday and would normally have been a full workday for me, but my office at Oregon State University was closed to allow the mental health counseling staff to participate in training in Portland. The rest of the staff were offered the day off, but some, including myself, elected to work for half a day to complete a couple projects that are challenging to do during normal operating hours.

Preparing to make the nectar of the Goddesses.

I'm so proud of my son who loves Kindergarten and is always very excited to start his day there.

My family usually drops me off at work, but today I've driven myself, and as a non-parking permit holder, I've parked a few blocks away and am about to head out into the cold rainy morning.

 Lots of trees are still dropping their leaves well into December.

One of our goals for the day was to decorate our otherwise drab looking office for the winter holidays. This is the best we could do on our Dollar Store budget, but we like it.

Candy canes for our clients. Our office provides mental health services to over 700 students each term. Next to photography, psychology is my second love and was my field of study in college.

From the back office, we have a lovely view of Waldo Hall, built in 1907.

Walking back to my car through one of my favorite spots on campus.

Back at home with my favorite little girl. That adorable face works in her favor more often than it should.

Costume change! She hated the ballet class we signed her up for last summer, but she loves to dress up in her tights and leotard.

We went to Christmas Storybook Land for the first time. It's a free event that runs in the neighboring town for a couple weeks each December. As we stood in this spot, my son said, "This is the prettiest place I've ever seen in my whole life! I wish we could live here." I can't argue with that.

Back at home and the kids are performing their nightly clean-up ritual. Thanks to loving and generous family and friends, it often appears that a tornado dropped the contents of a toy store in our house.

One of the local middle schools sells and delivers trees as a school fundraiser each year. Even after trimming off the top of the tree, it's still too tall for the star. We love our festive living room nonetheless. Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight!