Sunday, November 30, 2008

My photos in Maine Food & Lifestyle's December 08 Issue

When I arrived home from Thanksgiving weekend at my mother's and father's houses, this magazine was waiting for me in the pile of mail. I've been waiting and waiting for them to publish this issue, because I have four photos in it. First, in the Contents, or "On the Menu" section, in the top middle is my photo of the Ready Brothers, who I wrote about in an earlier post. They are two lobstermen who started a really amazing lobstering business called Catch a Piece of Maine:
The next photo is a scan of the page that has another photograph from the morning I went out on the Ready Brother's lobsterboat. This shows Portland Headlight in the background as they prepare a trap for resetting:
Finally, near the end of the magazine, are two photos of the Boyd Street Garden in Portland's East End neighborhood that I took for David Buchanan's regular quarterly column. I'm really happy about getting these photos into this wonderful magazine and can't wait for a chance to sit down and "consume" the entire issue at my leisure. I hope I will get the opportunity to provide more images for them in the future as it was really fun! Thanks for reading everyone! Cindy

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

CFW Photography News. . .

As of November 17th, 2008, I am now showing selected larger matted photos at Kennedy Studios on 42 Exchange Street in Portland! Marilyn and Jerry Andress, the owners, have been really generous and helpful in setting this up and I'm slowly learning this business of publicizing myself.

You can stop by the gallery seven days a week to see what I've got there. Their phone number is (207) 772-8766 and their website is . I'll have smaller matted photos after this weekend, which leads me to my next bit of news:

This Saturday the 22nd of November, I'm going to be selling my photographs, printed in 5x7 and matted out to 8x10 at the St. Bartholomew's Church craft fair. The fair runs from 9 to 3 pm and there are at least 20 other tables of great gifts for the holidays ranging from jewelry to crafts, and at least two of the tables will be manned (or womanned) by my mother (and a wonderful artist) Maureen Farr and three of her friends from Deer Isle's new Red Dot Gallery! There will also be food to buy--so you can have a nice bowl of chowder or a cup of hot cocoa before or after you look around.

I hope you'll all stop by the fair to at least say hi on Saturday and I'd love it if you could forward this post to anyone else you think might be interested in going as we want lots of people to come to the fair and shop! St. Bart's church is off of Route 77 in Cape Elizabeth at 8 Two Lights Road (in other words, it's off to the left just before you turn to go out to Two Lights.) If you need to call for directions, the number is 799-5528 and their website is: . Hope to see you there!

In other news: tomorrow, I'll be photographing the Victoria Mansion's holiday decorations and newly renovated Turkish Smoking Room for Portland Magazine. I can't wait, because I've wanted to photograph the mansion for ages, but they don't normally allow any photography. I'll also be photographing the gala opening ceremony for the holidays there on December 4th, from 6-8 pm, which means I'll have to dress up. . .

You can see the Victoria Mansion at their website: . It's a beautiful old brownstone building with very ornately decorated and appointed rooms. The Turkish Smoking Room has always been my favorite. I'm very excited to see its renovated state. You can actually take a virtual tour on the website, which will give you an idea of how gorgeous the rooms are, or you can visit it for yourself and magically go back in time to the Victorian Era.

Of course a post from me wouldn't be complete without what I've been working on photographically. So, here is what I did yesterday:

It is actually comprised of three bracketed shots that were taken to expose for more full highlights, midtones and shadows. It's called HDR or High Dynamic Range photography. I really like the effect, which to me looks a bit like an old re-colored postcard. My father put it together for me using an HDR program called Photomatix, which I don't have yet.

And on Monday, I drove down to the Old Port and took this shot of fishing boats behind Harbor Fish Market:

I really like the rich, golden light and saturation of colors in it. It's a new favorite of mine and I hope you like it as well.

Thanks for reading and looking as always! Cindy

Thursday, November 13, 2008

A few new photos from yesterday. . .

I visited my cousin, Dianne, yesterday out in Scarborough, and on the way home, stopped by an abandoned house that had intrigued me on the way there.

I was intrigued by how run-down the house was. I wish I knew how old it was, but I'm guessing late 1800s because it seems to have Italianate design in addition to the nifty lookout cupola on the top. And I love the counterpoint of the intense blue sky behind it, as today is grim and gray outside.

Last night, after I was done hypnotizing my class in Cumberland for Weight Loss, I stopped by Woodfords Church, on Woodfords Street in Portland to photograph the lighted steeple with the almost full moon next to it:

Just an interesting take on a church steeple really--nothing too exciting this time around. . . But as always, thanks for looking! ;-)

Monday, November 10, 2008

When Toys Attack--a frightening morning. . .

This morning, I decided it was high time that I cleaned my daughter's bedroom as it was quite a mess. Well, as soon as I walked in there, I was confronted by her old baby doll, Elise, who smiled eerily at me and said, "Mama! Mama!" I ran back out of the room, but she chased me into the hallway, where I managed to snap these pictures:and:

I finally managed to grab her and stuff her back into the toybox, but I had no sooner finished that when I turned around and discovered where all of our damned money's been going!I managed to grab the five, but he wolfed the dollar down like a greedy pig. . . I stuffed him in the toy box along with the baby doll, who kept knocking on the lid and crying. And then, I turned around and discovered that I was surrounded by a horde of vicious Littlest Pet Shop figures:

"Play with us! Play with us!" they whispered, all together, like something out of a horror movie. I backed away with them following slowly along until I got to the bedroom door, ran out into the hall and slammed the door shut on the whole awful experience.

I've heard a few high-pitched giggles, some skittering noises and a few thuds over the past hour, which is what prompted me to post this now. Just in case anything happens to me, you'll know who to blame!

Uh oh. . . What's that noise?

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Halloween fun!

On Halloween this year (2008) Maya chose to be a dark fairy at the last minute (mostly because I lamed out and didn't make her costume in time!) I took her outside as the sun was setting to get some hopefully cool shots of her in costume.

This one is pretty vampy!

Here she is being melancholy. . .

I call this one The Message, because it looks to me like she has a glowing message or letter held under the hand that is on the bricks. A sad message, by the looks of it. . .
And finally, here she is watching out the front door in anticipation of trick or treating!


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