“Smokey Dreams”

Soooo my “final dance” is coming into form and tonight will be the final images going on display in Exhibition Dec 9th.  This has been a hard journey but I am so in love with photography more every day.  Join me in watching my final images be chosen… thanks so much to all my models and everyone who helped.  Enjoy the smoke dance… enjoy my smokey dreams and please leave a comment if you like





These 3 images were shot previously but after deleting (No idea how) more than 300 images I shot last week. I decided to go back and choose better images.  I think these are clearer, sharper and the smoke shows better what do you think ?? CC welcome !

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man smoking

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Smoke? What can I say ?! This is my portfolio subject for my final in my class.  How did I end up with this ? Well it was a transition from speed photography intent.  I practiced with all kinds of smoke like candles , matches and paper. Hundreds of “failed” images later I ended up with the intent to capture the “glamour” that was seen in the past with smokers.  I do not smoke but I am an ex-smoker.  I am fascinated by low key and capturing the romance of smoke now ! I will update with images as they are added or eliminated for final exhibition.  Please comment and CC is welcome AND encouraged.  smoke_editedf for print (1 of 1) edit by marilyn yesenia3_8x10 yesenia2nd_8x10 yesen_smoking_8x10 nelson2nd_8x10 nelson_8x10_1st

more images... Help me decide final images

more images… Help me decide final images


Serial Photography






OK. So serial photography as an assignment:   Have you heard of it ? I had not until it was assigned as one of our creative assignments in one of my classes at EFSC (Eastern Florida State College) . Now what is serial photography ?

Amazon describes it as : Using Themed Images to Improve Your Photographic Skills, focusing your photographic work on themes, objects, shapes, colors, and moods, rather than randomly searching for that one great shot.

Many others (including myself) would say this is one of the best ways to improve as a photographer.  In short, it is basically shooting with a theme then organizing them on a contact sheet for visualization.  It seems simple but it will get you thinking before you shoot.  You will search for a pattern and work for your images to be related.  I tried this with a few subjects since (as with every assignment) I could not make up my mind on what to shoot.  Now after shooting hundreds of photos at he last minute I decided I didn’t like any of them and shot for another theme looking for color.  The images shown are my final product and the last image is the contact sheet ( which I still think I could make better) . I had fun and was pleased with the results.  Now go out, SHOOT ! challenge yourself and show me your Serial photography !


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What is my inspiration ?  I like the way my portfolio class professor puts it ” It’s what makes your heart stop” .  So I have made it a task to look for inspiration every day as I get to where I need to be and of course where I dream to be.  I have struggled in this journey and know the only way I will be at this wonderful destination is by all means shooting , shooting, shooting.  Now that being said and getting back to inspiration , I look for photos every day. Photos that inspire me, photos that stop my heart and make me get that wonderful feeling inside.  Below I share some of these images (none mine). What is your inspiration ?





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