The Art of Photography

Taking photos seems to be a challenge for most of us that haven’t been schooled in the art of photography.  Getting the right balance of  light and controlling reflections has always been one of my biggest challenges when photographing my jewelry.  I can always count on sunshine most days of the year  living in the southwest and up until a few months ago I did all of my photography outdoors.  I thought about it and decided that I really didn’t want to have to fair the cold weather this year to take photographs so I purchased a photo tent a few months ago.

 My Photo Tent

It has been quite a challenge to learn how to get the light just right with photographing indoors.  It was like learning how to photograph from scratch all over again.  I had to learn how to control the  light source all over again and get the photograph staged just right.

I guess I have to count my lucky start for digital photography; otherwise I would have wasted countless rolls of photo film.  Just one of the advantages of modern photography, I guess.

Practice, Practice, Practice…..

Here is a look at some of my latest photos, certainly much better than when I first started using the photo tent.

 Red Agate and Malachite Bracelet

Green Aventurine and Amethyst Bracelet

Carnelian and Fire Agate Bracelet

Red Creek Jasper and Copper Link Bracelet

Have you had any similar experiences with your photography?  Please share you stories.

Red Creek Jasper

Red Creek Jasper Earrings

I had a very productive weekend.  I had several pieces on my agenda for the weekend and I finished them all and then some.  That sure doesn’t seem to be able to happen very often. 

Japser is absolutely one of my favorite stone.  It comes in so many varieties and a vast array of colors.  I found a new one I had not seen before, it is called Red Creek Jasper, there are so many colors and it is just magnficient.  I made a pair of earrings and bracelet with the jasper this weekend. 

Japer Facts:

  • Jasper is one of the birth stones listed for the Sun Sign of Virgo. It is also the Mystical birthstone for the month of October.
  • Jasper is an opaque and fine grained variety of Chalcedony. It is found in all colors including: red, brown, pink, yellow, green, grey/white and shades of blue and purple.
  • It often contains organic material and mineral oxides which give it interesting patterns, bands and colors. Many of these patterns resemble landscapes with mountains and valleys, thus the name “picture” is part of the name of many well know jaspers.
  • Jasper was a favorite gem in ancient times and is referenced in Greek, Hebrew, Assyrian and Latin literature.
  • Found worldwide, a wide variety of named jaspers is found in the western areas of the Unites States; California, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming and Washington.

Gem-Lore:

Jasper is known as the “supreme nurturer,” it sustains and supports during times of stress, and brings tranquility and wholeness.

Red Creek Japser Bracelet

Etsy and Artfire

I can not believe it has been six weeks since my last post. 

I have been working really hard on getting everything ready to get my Artfire and Etsy Store open while trying to get a major deadline out with my day job.   Both the Artfire store and Etsy store are now up and running.  I actually got a few things listed last night and this morning.  Here are a couple of them.  I am hoping to get more up there soon.   I have to say the whole process of setting up both the Artfire and the Etsy store was a fairly simple process.   Have a great week everyone.

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