Photography

Atlanta Botanical Gardens

After a few days working from home and spending most of the day inside, I got really antsy. Thankfully I had this Friday off so Jeremy and I went to ABG. I got my fill of sunshine and flowers at the garden. So many beautiful specimens to photograph!

see everything in bloom
Photography

Solar Eclipse 2024

We had a partial eclipse over Atlanta yesterday. It didn’t get totally dark but we enjoyed a dimming of the skies and the cool crescent! I really want to experience totality one day — and in 2026 I will have another opportunity so I will make plans that time!

In the meantime, here are some shots from my yard yesterday!

See my take on the eclipse
Photography

Rain and Blossoms

It rained after a few weeks today. It’s supposed to be sunny for the rest of the blooming window of my “Kikuzakura” cherry blossom tree so this was my chance to take some rainy day photos. I’m glad the rain is early since the petals tend to fall fast if its raining later in the bloom! I hung outside my window to take these!

see blooms and more blooms
Photography

Wishlist

Ever since I moved into the mirrorless space, I’ve been coveting RF lenses. I have acquired the 24-70 and a 50mm, but my kit is still not complete. From my wedding days, I have an idea of what I consider a complete kit which is a range of focal lengths, including wide-angle (10-20mm), standard zoom (24-70mm), a good prime (50mm), telephoto (70-200mm), and super-telephoto (100-500mm) lenses.

I am sorely missing the wide ange and the telephoto lenses. I have had my eyes on the RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM and the RF70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM. I’ve been renting the latter when I travel — $150 is a lot more palatable than $2500. But lately, I’ve been missing that range in my day to day exploration of Atlanta + all the wildlife that visits my yard. Chasing hummingbirds, finches, and bluebirds would be nice. I often see migrating visitors like Cedar Waxwings or Red winged blackbirds and don’t have a great lens to grab.

I have the entire range of lenses in EF format. I think maybe it’s time to sell them all, put some $$ on top and get myself these additional lenses. We’ll see! Maybe I will pull the trigger soon!

I took this picture today using the 24-70 at the 70 end and then cropped it heavily in LR. I can’t wait to take closer photos with minimal cropping!

Photography, Travel

New Orleans

It had been a long time since I was last in New Orleans. It was pre-Katrina, the week princess Diana was killed in a car wreck. I think I was 12. Revisiting the cities we visited from my childhood is a weird experience. I’m a very different person with a very different understanding of the world — and subsequently a very different eye that wanders. New Orleans was a lot of fun — visiting with my husband,my brother and our friend Zac — but it was also a little sad, disconcerting even.

I had a similar feeling in Memphis, TN. The feeling of a bygone era where modern, paper thin effigies are gripping tightly to the scent of a long departed original spirit. At the same time, there was some quiet newness sprouting here and there inbetween the buzz of drunk revelers and musicians with access to speakers they’re not great at operating. The chaos, bohemian look… and smell… it’s still there. Old world charm still exudes from the neighborhoods outside bourbon street and the beads still litter every crevice — and shine like everything in NoLa deserves rings like Saturn.

Here’s a few photos from our journey — fun, delicious, rough, with fresh hewn memories made from the original experiences of my childhood.

check out Nola with me
Art

AI Art Update

Things have been wild in the AI generative community over the last few months. All the models are developing at breakneck speeds and we are achieving some really amazing generated content in seconds. I am still in awe as I witness the changes happening in the image generation subsection of AI. It’s also just so much fun to just throw prompts in and parse through and refine results. You can see the clear difference between the generated work I am able to prompt today, versus just a few months ago.

Here’s some of the work I’ve been able to generate, with relatively simple prompts. If you’re curious about the prompts, just check out my midjourney profile. It’s public!

You can see that facial features and consistency between variations has greatly improved.

A really neat new feature is that you can zoom out a photo and the surroundings will be rendered! Rendering the 2nd image above with more environment, zoomed out at 2x, gives us a really neat depth of field effect that takes inspiration from the colors and shapes of the original!

Check out where the models took me
Photography, Travel

San Nicolas

San Nicolas is a vibrant and culturally rich town located on the southern coast of Aruba.Once a bustling hub of the island’s oil industry, the town has evolved into a diverse community reflected in the murals all over the town. Jeremy, Zac and I took a couple hours to walk around and catch some of the personality up and down the streets. I chose to restrict myself to square format — and I love looking through these and remembering the hot windy day we spent there.

A moment that stood out was when Jeremy went “LOOK A PLANE” while driving back towards Koyari — and lo and behold someone had an old Aruba Airlines plane in their backyard clearly occupied!

Life

Sushi

Introducing Sushi, a delightful ball of fur that has joined the household, captivating hearts with each playful pounce. With mesmerizing eyes and a mischievous spirit, this adorable little guy adds joy to every moment — like biting my ankles gently while I try and take calls. He’s made our work-from-home days so much more fun. Welcome home, Sushi!

Photography

Snacks?

Since the quail live in the covered patio during most of the year, the local hawks will come visit and see if they can suss out a way to get into the cage. The raptors are not scared of us so I get some really nice photos in the meantime. It makes the quails a little nervous, but they’re perfectly safe and honestly their cushy lives could use a little excitement now and then.