Chadd and Donna walk in beauty.
I've just returned home from a marvelous and deep weekend spent with my mother and sister. They allowed me to photograph them for my project. Photographing people whom I have an intimate connection with, is becoming one the most profound artistic experiences I've ever embarked upon.
Vintage lens attached to an old camera body, opens a whole new world and way of seeing. I'm in love with my old Nikon lens.
Yesterday, I biked down a steep hill at 30mph, for the first time...I felt a sick kind of exhilaration afterward...I don't think I'm going to do that again...
In the meantime, I'm also having fun with my new Nikon 85mm f/1.8G lens. It's mounted on my old Nikon D40X, which I bought new when it first came out in 2007. I've graduated to investing in better glass for my camera. So, I'm working on building my palette of lenses before I move into a new camera. I've been researching Nikon's current options for dslr cameras...I feel myself settling in on the D750.
©Shelita Birchett Benash
Fall sunflowers are my muse. The heat has tinged the leaves of many...
All of my technology crashed over the summer. My 2011 iMac crashed at the beginning of July; then my iPad, then my iPhone... Will write more about that experience later.
For now, I feel the need to share my photography process. I've been taking digital photography courses at SUNY Dutchess. Right now, I'm taking a photojournalism course with Professor Lowell Handler. I'm learning so much, as I am delving deeper into incorporating digital storytelling into my artworks. Life-long-learning is where it's at...
I'm in the midst of taking a digital photography summer session course at the Duchess County Community College. I am learning so much, as I am gaining an appreciation for the technical aspects of taking good photographs. I am taking tons of photos; while experiencing much failure and many mistakes. That's the creative process. This is my first experience with shooting raw files, manual focus and tripod usage. This photograph was special, as it was my first time having the cows come over to me. This cow tried to lick my lens!
May mother adores her giant hosta. She goes to great lengths to protect it from the deer buffet. Nonetheless, the deer always win the end...They will eventually have the most beautiful bountiful dessert by end of summer. Gratitude. Impermanence.
Had the honor and pleasure of meeting Dimitri Kasterine, the photographer and documentary filmmaker of NEWBURGH PORTRAIT OF A CITY. His portraits grace the side of a warehouse building in Newburgh, NY. They are compelling and resonate with beautiful humanity.
VOICES: Artists Perspective 2015
Feels like I've been inside the center of a tornado of creativity lately.
Amos White V, the producer of AFTV, and I were happy to attend the National Association of Women Artists Exhibition, on April 2, 2015. "Voices." NAWA is celebrating its 125th anniversary. Their mission is all about "Empowering, promoting, supporting and encouraging women artists, since 1889." I had the opportunity to meet some of the artists and to hear stories about their works. Members from across the country were in attendance. I was moved by many of the works. The sense of community was palpable. Susan Phillips, Gallery Director, was so very welcoming to me. I love NAWA's enduring mission and feminine legacy. I look forward to featuring NAWA and its artists members on AFTV at the MNN studios in NYC.