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The Goddess of Spring

“If you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for a moment.” ― Georgia O'Keeffe

I am unofficially working on a project for the year that I am not fully prepared to reveal yet, but let's just say that this image is part of it.

Enjoy! ♥


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#pixelworld curated by +Alberto Carreras +PixelWorld

#promotephotography curated by  +Nikola Nikolski +Naghmeh Khadembashi +Milena Ilieva +Gittan Beheydt +Promote Photography 

#stunningmoment curated by +Stunning Moment +Alycia Miller +Zvonimir Fras

#showyourbestwork by +ShowYourBestWork +Britta Rogge

#inthelight by +andi rivarola +In the Light

#googlephotographers #googleplusphotos +Google+ Photos

#textureblendphotography by +Texture Blend Photography +Gemma Costa +Massimiliano Tuveri

#hqspportraits +HQSP Portraits curated by +Heiko Köster +Maurice Loy
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This is incredible +Shantha Marie Fountain !!! So beautiful xo 
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“And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” - Nelson Mandela






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#pixelworld curated by +Alberto Carreras +PixelWorld

#promotephotography curated by  +Nikola Nikolski +Naghmeh Khadembashi +Milena Ilieva +Gittan Beheydt +Promote Photography 

#stunningmoment curated by +Stunning Moment +Alycia Miller +Zvonimir Fras

#showyourbestwork by +ShowYourBestWork +Britta Rogge

#inthelight by +andi rivarola +In the Light

#googlephotographers #googleplusphotos +Google+ Photos

For +FloralFriday ( #floralfriday ) with +Tamara Pruessner +Eustace James +Kiki Nelson and +Beth Akerman 

#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Chandro Ji +Terrie Gray +Sandrine Berjonneau +Didier Caron
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Thankies kindly +Eustace James =D
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Thank you +Sally S =D
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Thankies so much +Sandra Parlow +Jeff Moreau (hope you are feeling better!) and my dear +Louisa Catharine Forsyth =D

This was a fun little bit of shrubbery we have growing in the office and almost reminds me that there is a world outside the workplace!
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Freaks & Geeks Revisited

I don't think I ever tried to fit in much, nor do I think I really cared.  I was always going to do what I was going to do, and to hell with the status quo.  I can recall when I first bleached my hair white in middle school.  I waited for my mom to go away on a business trip and suckered my dad into getting me the supplies.  When my mom got home, what could she do?  It was already done HA!

It carried on through school, as you can see by my 10th grade photo-op with my friend Jessica.  We were an odd mix of grunge babies, hippies, and candy ravers.  We weren't really defined and that was just how I liked it.

I still like to think I am pretty undefined because that means I can do anything and be anyone without trying to cram myself into some stereotypical box.

So, I encourage you all, on this +Blast From The Past kind of Thursday to live undefined and be undefined from any preconceived notions; just BE!

Enjoy this little reshare and have a great day! ♥

#blastfromthepast  with +Isabelle Fortin +Mark Rodriguez +Cheryl Cooper  #throwbackthursday   #tbt  
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+Kiki Nelson +Rachael Alexandra we can start a new tribe (( huggles))
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Konohanasakuya-hime | Blossom Princess

“Life: composted lessons for our hearts to blossom into our souls.” ― Soul Dancer

I am a child of Spring, born on the day it officially begins, and I always feel so energetic at this time of year.  I want to be out in the sun and feel the warmth; I want to be moving and creating in so many ways.  That being said, I decided to create a piece for the April Challenge that embodied that aspect of my personality for the PERSONALITY! theme.

In accordance with Easter and all things spring that has sprung in the world, I give you Konohanasakuya-hime, the blossom princess of Japanese lore that symbolizes delicate earthly nature.  She is also an icon for daily life and her symbol is that of the cherry blossom (as seen in my hair); one of my favorite blooms.

So much so, it is seen in a few of my tattoos.

I wish you all a wonderful Sunday and a happy Easter with your loved ones! ♥


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#pixelworld curated by +Alberto Carreras +PixelWorld

#promotephotography curated by  +Nikola Nikolski +Naghmeh Khadembashi +Milena Ilieva +Gittan Beheydt +Promote Photography 

#stunningmoment curated by +Stunning Moment +Alycia Miller +Zvonimir Fras

#showyourbestwork by +ShowYourBestWork +Britta Rogge

#inthelight by +andi rivarola +In the Light

#googlephotographers #googleplusphotos +Google+ Photos

#textureblendphotography by +Texture Blend Photography +Gemma Costa +Massimiliano Tuveri

#hqspportraits +HQSP Portraits curated by +Heiko Köster +Maurice Loy
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Yes phenomenal! Love it!!
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Persistent Bloom

"As long as we are persistence in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time." - Denis Waitley

This was created for my photography course in my last term in school.  We were told to create simulated depth of field (DOF) rather than just go with a large f-stop to create depth.

While the latter would have been much easier, I embraced the challenge and simulated the DOF and also enhanced the image to a finished piece.  I never like to leave my work half done.

I hope you enjoy! ♥

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#pixelworld curated by +Alberto Carreras +PixelWorld

#promotephotography curated by  +Nikola Nikolski +Naghmeh Khadembashi +Milena Ilieva +Gittan Beheydt +Promote Photography 

#stunningmoment curated by +Stunning Moment +Alycia Miller +Zvonimir Fras

#showyourbestwork by +ShowYourBestWork +Britta Rogge

#inthelight by +andi rivarola +In the Light

#googlephotographers #googleplusphotos +Google+ Photos

#tulipsaturday  with +Measie Elizabeth +Eustace James and +Marilyn Benham 

 #hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Kawthar A +Krystina Isabella Brion +Maria B-R +Zita Nahm +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk
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Lovely :)
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Mystified

"I think we're all fascinated and a little mystified by how the brain works. One of the most mysterious of the physical sciences is neurological science." - Alexis Denisof


As part of my Mystique series from last weekend, I decided to give another shot in the series a different look.  I processed this with a combination of LR, PS, and Nik. 

I can see some things I love about using the software, but it also drew me to see some weaknesses in my lighting, but I love the fact that our brains can process and analyze these things and find ways to correct it all in the future!

I hope you enjoy this slightly different offering! ♥

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#pixelworld curated by +Alberto Carreras +PixelWorld
#promotephotography curated by  +Nikola Nikolski +Naghmeh Khadembashi +Milena Ilieva +Gittan Beheydt +Promote Photography
#stunningmoment curated by +Stunning Moment +Alycia Miller +Zvonimir Fras
#showyourbestwork by +ShowYourBestWork +Britta Rogge
#inthelight by +andi rivarola +In the Light
#googlephotographers #googleplusphotos +Google+ Photos
#textureblendphotography by +Texture Blend Photography +Gemma Costa +Massimiliano Tuveri
 #hqspportraits +HQSP Portraits curated by +Heiko Köster +Maurice Loy
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+Randy Mulchin thanks so much for the kind words!  =D
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Mystique

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science." - Albert Einstein

For the #SSP  this week, I decided to embrace the undefined and mysterious vibe I have had this week, and present an image that captured, beauty, intrigue, hypnotic eyes, and shiny glitter!

If you wish to participate or just check things out, go to:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c3968ll63ocffl2ht5ae4d0omls

And, enjoy! ♥

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#pixelworld curated by +Alberto Carreras +PixelWorld

#promotephotography curated by  +Nikola Nikolski +Naghmeh Khadembashi +Milena Ilieva +Gittan Beheydt +Promote Photography 

#stunningmoment curated by +Stunning Moment +Alycia Miller +Zvonimir Fras

#showyourbestwork by +ShowYourBestWork +Britta Rogge

#inthelight by +andi rivarola +In the Light

#googlephotographers #googleplusphotos +Google+ Photos

 #hqspportraits +HQSP Portraits curated by +Heiko Köster +Maurice Loy

#selfportrait   #selfysunday   #selfysundayproject   #selfportraiture   #ringlight   #glitter   #beingundefined   #glamourandmystique   #eyes   #theexpressiveeye  
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Thankies +Sally S =D
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You Might Feel A Little Prick

Per +Gary Munroe's inquiry earlier, consider this my answer to the question!

Dr. Dakota is making her rounds today for a very awesomesauce +Movie Mashup Tuesday with +Isabelle Fortin and +Mark Rodriguez .

Enjoy! ♥

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+Sonja Miller Williams heehee thankies, my dear!
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Project Management - Design & Technology | Photographer, Qwerky Girl Designer, & eStudio Owner
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Winning, Being Awesomesauce, Project Management, Design, Photography, Marketing, Online Education, Learning
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Introduction
"If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves." T.A. Edison
 
I am Shantha Marie Fountain, and if you know me, then you DEFINITELY know that you have found the "right" me! I am a Project Manager at a college and I keep the online course development running smoothly with my slightly OCD behavior.  That is just my day job (It pays the bills...ALL of them!).  In addition to the day job, I am also a photographer, budding digital artist, and mixed medium creator of things in the Fort Myers, Florida area. 

I like to write (blog), read, watch movies (new and old), go on adventures, veg out with my munchkin, play video games, laugh at poop or other inappropriate phallic jokes and innuendo; I like techy things and geeky things galore.  For fun, I like to paint and draw or dream of my next tattoo. =) 

Art has always been a part of my life since I was discovered by one of my most favorite art teachers in middle school.  She showed me a way and a light through art I had never experienced until then.  I nurtured and fed that passion throughout my young adult life, but just like life, my priorities took me down a few different paths. After a decade of roaming, I made my way back home into an arts community and found photography and design to be new things (great things) I get to explore beyond my fine arts background. 

When asked not too long ago, the end of 2013, I believe, about what fascinates me about portraits and retouching, I said, "Retouching, to me, is removing the distractions to show the true beauty of the subject", and it is true.  I speculate that I use the same tools to draw the viewer's eye to different things as I did in fine arts from my past.  I don't believe in changing the subjects appearance to the point of creating a stranger in the pixels, I think that would do a disservice to myself and those that I capture, but to get the world to see all those amazing qualities that I see when I am behind the lens, now that it something to really put pride in.

I am of Russian descent and enjoy cooking (and eating) foods from all over the globe.  Cultures of other countries fascinate me, and I love to observe them.  Human nature is one of the most amazing and terrifying things. 

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: His eyes are closed." 

and 

"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." 

 ~Albert Einstein~ (An amazing human being) 

Is that what really makes up me?  Of course not!  This is only the introduction, remember...

"Remember the high board at the swimming pool? After days of looking up at it you finally climbed the wet steps to the platform. From there, it was higher than ever. There were only two ways down: the steps to defeat or the dive to victory. You stood on the edge, shivering in the hot sun, deathly afraid. At last you leaned too far forward, it was too late for retreat, and you dived. The high board was conquered, and you spent the rest of the day diving. Climbing a thousand high boards, we demolish fear, and turn into human beings." 

~Richard Bach A Gift of Wings~

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UPDATE: In 2012, I decided to spread my wings as the owner and sole photographer, designer, and artist of JuxtaPixels Photo and Design specializing in fine arts, modern digital design, and of course, conceptual and portrait photography.

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Curate The Following Themes:
#theexpressiveeye (a daily theme dedicated to the mysteries of the eye)

Specialty Theme (Year Round): This Is Halloween Photography ( #ThisIsHalloweenPhotography )
Specialty Theme (Year Round): Shot With Music ( #shotwithmusic )

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Ongoing Projects:
Reconstructions: Personal Reconstructions of Famous Portraits and Images From Portrait Photographers
Project Learning Experience: The Progression From Freshman To Graduate (#learnandgrowseries)

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Projects For The 2013 Year: 
Project 52 B&W (2013) (Done)
52-Week Self Portraiture Project (continuing '12-'13) (Done)
52-Week Mono/Chromatic Lighting Portraiture Project (2013) (Done)

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Goals For 2014:
So, here are the goals for 2014:

1. I will create at least 5 reconstructions this year;
2. I will create at least 6 images using a cell phone that parallel my DSLR standard;
3. During 2014, I will create no less than 5 tutorials.  There may be videos involved (1 tutorial will definitely have one for sure), but there will definitely be enough information in the post to recreate the style;
4.  I will try at least 3 new techniques in 2014;
5. Beginning January 8, 2014, I will begin creating organized folders for my images to be placed in on G+.  There will no longer be an out-of-control array of images;
6. I will be sure to post at least 1 image a week.  The goal is quality over quantity.  This means I will make a concerted effort each week to create something;
7. The word for the year is composition.  This means that I may take more shots because I want to attempt capturing the best angle for each piece of artwork.  Composition is going to be key;
8. I will make no less than 6 shots with the specific intent of being monochromatic or grayscale;
9. I will shoot at least one project for a commercial reason;
10. I will regularly participate in critiquing session online or locally;
11. I will make an effort to capture at least 3 candid or street photography shots;
12. There will be no lapse in my participation with SSP or The Art of Self Portraiture community;
13. School work will be a priority, and it will be shared with an open critique policy blanket attached - though, school work (in whole) will not count as one of the 14 other goals, but parts of them could if done prior to the class assignment;
14. There will be at least one epic landscape this year; and
15. I will learn something new each week and report about it here or on my blog; consider it a weekly reflection to decompress and move toward the fresh week.

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Communities I Mod:

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Recommendations For Circles:
Feel free to add me to these types of circles.

Photography
Graphic Design
Fine Art
Technology
Yoga
Fitness
Education
Project Management
Foodies
Digital Design
Video
Animation
Anime
Gaming
Painting
Science
Learning

(Basically, I am good with the arts and any other general nerdery all up in my stream)

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I participate in the +G+ Membership 


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I'm involved in Public Circles Project

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Google+ users I recommend: 

shane holsclaw 

I will add to this as I go, but this should get you started with a few of my favorite people! 

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Learn about the Public Circles Project: https://plus.google.com/111873853137122484021/posts/PtKotY6hLGg 
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Fort Myers, Florida
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Lehigh Acres, Florida - Rochester, New York - Goshen, New York - Cape Coral, Florida