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Jessica Maleski
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Photographer of Real Life & Still Life | Lover of the Light (both natural & artificial)
Photographer of Real Life & Still Life | Lover of the Light (both natural & artificial)

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Plus Post for Blurs and Unsharp +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers 
Week 5 & 6:

Somehow these last two weeks have been filled to the gills with too many things that are HIGH PRIORITY. You know what I mean, right? The kind of things that if they don't get done RIGHT AWAY, someone or something will suffer some terrible fate. So, as I was spending all my time running around with my hair on fire, writing posts and taking pictures was sadly taking a back seat. That sucks!

And it always makes me grumpy when I do that too. I try to shoot something everyday but then there are times when it just isn't physically possible-- there are only so many seconds in each day. And then there are times as well, where it just seems the well has run dry. Sometimes you have to force these situations and sometimes it's best to be patient and wait it out. I've waited them out before. 

I was happy though to find some time today to get the week 6 shots done and posted and now plus posted too. I'm thankful to be in the group with the opportunity to learn and push myself to try other methods. I don't want to let anyone down either so I want to push myself to create and post quality photos and to make pertinent and useful comments on everyone else's work as well. It's just that *%&^^ time thing...

As an eternal optimist, all I can say is, next week will be better. (I hope!!)

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Plus Post for Blurs and Unsharp +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers 
Week 4:
This week was all about multiple exposures for me. I know +Alex Lapidus gave us some other assignments to do, but I'm just a little bit obsessed with ME, so I did everything with that in mind. My favorite technique at the moment, is to stack 4 exposures in camera on the "bright" mode and then use a little bit of ICM in each frame. It blurs the details nicely but still allows for a readable scene.
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Weekly Plus Post for the Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2015  +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers with +Alex Lapidus

This week was about panning, a technique that I've tried a bit before but was never truly happy with. Although I loved the motion I would get, I was never satisfied with the sharpness of the subject. In a lot of the photos I had seen, the subject was sharply defined while the background was one big blur. I wasn't able to get that.

I spent two separate days working on panning and having the same trouble as always. So, I followed the advice in this video (shared by one of the generous program moderators - +Rosie Nixon ) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXzNtp1shXU and it helped. But something still wasn't right and I was finally able to determine that I was moving the camera too fast -- I was moving ahead of my subject and causing it to blur out as well.

I also played with some of the focus setting on my 5D MIII and while the jury is out on whether that helped or not, I can't help but think it did a little bit. I was able to change the priority on the 1st ai servo image to the release rather than perfect focus which kept the burst at a true 6fps and felt snappier. If you want to really get into the weeds, here is an interesting article that I found when I was thinking about some of the comments that +Richard Ball (another great program moderator) made: http://www.grantatkinson.com/blog/making-the-most-of-canons-new-autofocus-5dmk3-and-1dx

Anyway, it was a very productive week and I do feel like I've got a much better handle on this great technique so thanks for focusing my play this week! I'm always happy to go back to basics and really attempt to master technique - even when I feel like I know what I'm doing, there is always something to learn. Mikhail Baryshnikov (the famous ABT dancer/soviet defector) once said if you can't work up a sweat in a beginner's ballet class then you're doing it wrong. ; )
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2015-05-21
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Wisteria covered gazebo at Meadowlark Garden in Virginia   #photoimpressionism     #lensbaby   #multipleexposure   #intentionalcameramovement   #icm  +Unsharp Saturday v2.0 +FloralFriday 
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Spent the snowstorm practicing a new technique that I learned from Valda Bailey. Using intentional camera movement and multiple exposures I was able to create this image entirely in camera.   #intentionalcameramovement   #multipleexposure   #doubleexposure   #impressionism   #snowday   #snowstorm   #icm   #lensbaby   #seeinanewway  
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I've been playing around with multiple exposures and came up with this homage to cubism from a 4 shot in-camera multiple exposure. Those Canon blend modes are pretty awesome once you get a handle on them. ; ) #multipleexposure   #cubism  
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A bit of music on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Looking forward to a busy week and hoping to get a lot accomplished. Happy Monday! #monochromemonday   #guitarist   #badenguitar  
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