IKEA Water Taxi: Brooklyn to Manhattan

Following the light of the setting sun.

Photo Challenge, Weeks 19-22: Mother Nature, Stairway, Macro, Geometry

2015 Photo Challenge, Week 19: Outdoor Photography – Mother Nature | “Graduation Bouquet”| Photo by LaShawnda Jones for Spirit-Harvest.com
2015 Photo Challenge, Week 20: Architecture – Stariwell | Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Entry | http://www.mbam.qc.ca/en/ | Photo by LaShawnda Jones for http://www.Spirit-Harvest.com
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2015 Photo Challenge, Week 21: Macro – Write | Overlooking Montreal from Mont Royal| Photo by LaShawnda Jones for http://www.Spirit-Harvest.com
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2015 Photo Challenge, Week 22: Numbers – Geometry | “Trump on Fifth” | Photo by LaShawnda Jones for http://www.Spirit-Harvest.com

Supermoon Lunar Eclipse (September 27, 2015)

Here are the best shots I managed – taken with a 70-300mm zoom lens, tripod and shutter release; with edits in Lightroom. I played around a lot with ISO and shutter release timing for exposure – hopefully, I learned something. Best yet, I was able to stay home and shoot the event from my “backyard” (that’s New York speak for slab between tall buildings) 🙂 – I thought I was going to have to brave Central Park at midnight for the best view. God is good – He’s always looking out for me! 😉

Comments and suggestions on photographing the moon are welcome.

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travel journal: a day in milano

Monday, August 10, 2015

I began and ended my vacation in Milan, Italy. Sight-seeing was not an interest for this trip, but I couldn’t bring myself to travel so far and not visit a note-worthy site and take some photos. I opted for the Duomo di Milano and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II across the plaza from the cathedral.

All of the below photos are stitched using Microsoft Image Composite Editor. Editing done in Lightroom.

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Remembering the Atrocities of Hiroshima

A couple of years ago, I saw Hiroshima, Mon Amour, a 1959 French film set in Hiroshima, Japan following the U.S. bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945. I had learned a very sanitized version of the bombings in school, but I don’t recall ever seeing the effects of the bombing, i.e. the large-scale destruction of life and the desolation of the survivors. Prior to watching Hiroshima, Mon Amour, I had not heard of the bombings in any personalized way. Suffice it to say that the film left an impression.

A couple of months ago, I visited Montreal, Quebec and spent an afternoon at the Botanical Garden. I spent the majority of my time that afternoon in the Japanese Garden. I trailed through the meditation spaces, lingered over the bonsai trees and wept over the Hiroshima memorial of drawings by survivors. I’ve been wanting to share this for a while, but it’s been difficult to revisit my photographs and the personal stories they captured. However, the 70th anniversary of the murder of so many Japanese people seemed to be an appropriate time to share the images.

We should all work to eliminate the idea that we need to destroy others in order for some to live with their own ideas of freedom. Visit the City of Hiroshima web site for current information about the city.

Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Part of the Pacific War, World War II
Two aerial photos of atomic bomb mushroom clouds, over two Japanese cities in 1945.
Atomic bomb mushroom clouds over Hiroshima (left) and Nagasaki (right)
Date August 6 and August 9, 1945
Location Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan
Result Allied victory
Belligerents
 United States
 United Kingdom
 Japan
Commanders and leaders
United States William S. Parsons
United States Paul W. Tibbets, Jr.
Empire of Japan Shunroku Hata
Units involved
Manhattan District: 50 U.S., 2 British
509th Composite Group: 1,770 U.S.
Second General Army:
Hiroshima: 40,000
Nagasaki: 9,000
Casualties and losses
20 U.S., Dutch, British prisoners of warkilled Hiroshima:

  • 20,000+ soldiers killed
  • 70,000–146,000 civilians killed

Nagasaki:

  • 39,000–80,000 killed

Total: 129,000–246,000+ killed

from Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomic_bombings_of_Hiroshima_and_Nagasaki

Harlem Book Fair: Virtual Visit to Spirit Harvest Table

This is for everyone who would like to visit my table at the Harlem Book Fair, but is unable to. I will be offering a 10-15% discount at the Fair and that offer will extend to anyone who shops from this blog post using this code: WPHBF.

Here’s a link to my Square store: Order Online
Order Online

Hope see you virtually!

Photo Editing: I Matter

This weekend I decided to begin Photoshop tutorials so I can become skilled at improving my finished photographic product. My self-learning course consisted of selection tools and background removal in Photoshop and experimenting with Topaz Impressions while using both as plugins to Lightroom CC 2015. The below edits are a combination of the techniques I’ve learned on YouTube and other tutorials as well as through trial and error.

I literally cheered when I was able to remove the female hand and phone from the tree-cluttered background. It’s not the smoothest removal, but it’s mine – and it only gets better from here. 🙂

First, I stitched together two photos of the image in Microsoft ICE. I was hoping a combination of the two shots would be better than either by itself. It was.

Evolution of Revolution: I Matter by LaShawnda Jones for Spirit Harvest
Evolution of Revolution: I Matter by LaShawnda Jones for Spirit Harvest

Then I edited the stitched photo in Photoshop. The chore in Photoshop was to remove the two upraised hands from the background. Once I accomplished that, I thought I could continue impressing myself! 🙂 I liked the cloudy sky (what says opposition and perseverance better than going through a storm?) and I thought: Wouldn’t it be great if there were a message on the phone? Then I went about figuring those two things out. This was one of my first Photoshop projects, ergo my excitement.

This is my final version (so far), titled: Evolution of Revolution.

Evolution of Revolution: I Matter by LaShawnda Jones for Spirit Harvest
Evolution of Revolution: I Matter by LaShawnda Jones for Spirit Harvest

Portrait: Three Great-Aunts in Chicago

Over July Forth weekend, I was able to have a short visit with three of my paternal grandmother’s sisters. Shown in the below photos, left to right, are Aunt Gloria, Aunt Juanita and Aunt Faye. I first connected with each of them at the family memorial gathering for my Grandmother, their sister, Jurl in 2013. I friended them each on Facebook and Aunt Faye has proven to be a prolific Facebook gamer – she’s online a lot. 🙂  Last weekend was my first return since Grandma’s memorial service and I must say, I was quite looking forward to sharing time with my elder ladies.

This weekend I decided to begin Photoshop tutorials so I can become skilled at improving my finished photographic product. My self-learning course consisted of selection tools and background removal in Photoshop and experimenting with Topaz Impressions while using both as plugins to Lightroom CC 2015. The below edits are a combination of the techniques I’ve learned on YouTube and other tutorials as well as through trial and error.

There’s so much life and personality in these shots, it’s been a joy to sit with my lady aunts again as I learned editing techniques.

3 Great-Aunts by LaShawnda Jones for Spirit Harvest Edits in LightRoom, PhotoShop and Topaz Impressions/Georgia O'Keefe I 100%
3 Great-Aunts by LaShawnda Jones for Spirit Harvest
Edits in LightRoom, PhotoShop and Topaz Impressions/Georgia O’Keefe I 100%
3 Great-Aunts by LaShawnda Jones for Spirit Harvest Edits in LightRoom, PhotoShop and Topaz Impressions/Oil Painting by Jimmy LaSala 100%
3 Great-Aunts by LaShawnda Jones for Spirit Harvest
Edits in LightRoom, PhotoShop and Topaz Impressions/Oil Painting by Jimmy LaSala 100%
3 Great-Aunts by LaShawnda Jones for Spirit Harvest Edits in LightRoom, PhotoShop and Topaz Impressions/Georgia O'Keefe I  65%
3 Great-Aunts by LaShawnda Jones for Spirit Harvest
Edits in LightRoom, PhotoShop and Topaz Impressions/Georgia O’Keefe I 65%
3 Great-Aunts by LaShawnda Jones for Spirit Harvest Edits in LightRoom, PhotoShop and Topaz Impressions/Water Color IV 72%
3 Great-Aunts by LaShawnda Jones for Spirit Harvest
Edits in LightRoom, PhotoShop and Topaz Impressions/Water Color IV 72%

Portrait: Hidden Light

Self-portrait experiment

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“You are the light that gives light to the world; don’t hide your light under a bowl.” ~ Matthew 5:14-15

PC Week 8: Architecture – Bridges

A post from the winter. I enjoyed the shooting and the editing of these photos.