Photographers recently had the opportunity to visit the historic Glensheen Mansion in Duluth for a photo meet. The mansion was decorated with twenty-five Christmas trees, twenty-five hidden elves and much more Holiday trim. As much as all the bright lights and ornaments were appealing, I found a display cabinet with these serving pieces on exhibit just as interesting. I chose to isolate focus on the cup design and let the other objects serve as the framing.
More of my images from Glensheen can be seen on my Northern Visions blog.
Taken on the NYC “Nostalgia Train” that runs during the Christmas holiday weekends.
It’s my pleasure to introduce our newest guest contributor, the talented Alena Shminke.
Am I ready to see a beauty?
My name is Alena Shminke. I was born and lived most of my life in Russia, but over the last two years, I have moved to Estonia. Frankly speaking, I’m a newcomer to photography, and I can’t say I was always interested in photography. I graduated from medical university and worked as a clinical psychologist for several years. Although medicine is a far stretch from art I was always interested and tried my hand in different art forms.
When I moved to Tallinn I had a lot of free time and since I couldn’t find a job I started to think about getting an education in the field of art. I chose photography because creating visual images is the most interesting to me and I have a lot of ideas I wish to embody. I really enjoy analog photography. I like to shoot on film, to develop films and to make prints in a darkroom.
Because of my interest in film photography, a vital part of my work is monochrome.
Possibly the most typical genre for me is fine-art and the most of the images you can see on my blog are still life’s and emotional (self) portraits.The personal part of photography for me is the more I shoot the more I feel that photography is something stronger than me. It makes me stand up and act even when I feel broken.
You can see more of my work on my blog – here
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Belted Galloway cows, Woodbury, Connecticut
For years I wondered why Belted Galloway cows are bred for that wide, white stripe. Now I know.
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More of my images can be seen
This I took during a break for ice-cream while driving through the New Forest in the south of England. This is where Donkeys, Ponies and the like can roam free and blag treats from tourists. They are quite tame as can be seen here.
I wanted to find an unusual angle for the shot, so I crept up behind this car to take a shot just as someone reached out. I was pleased with the result.
Leica Summilux-M-35 F/1.4 ASPH
PP in Silver Efex Pro II