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Our book, our little baby, is finally out there in the world!

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My three classmates and I are so proud of what we’ve accomplished. We are the smallest class of Biocommunications students to publish a book, and I think the document we created speaks to our individuality. You can think of it as a photography book, or a fine art book, or a coffee table book, or the perfect gift for everyone on your list. It’s all of those things. The book is also a fundraiser for the Randolph Community College Foundation. All our profits go towards student scholarships. How cool is that?

You can purchase the book through Blurb here – Lumen III: Impressions of Light

When you click through to Blurb you get to see a small preview of the book which will give you an idea of what to expect. I think you’ll love it.

You can also see my other posts about the lumen process by clicking below.

Thank you so much for your support!

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A Lumen Book

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I’ve mentioned the lumen book here and there over the past few months. My classmates and I are getting to the final stages of self-publishing our collection, which will be for sale soon. Proceeds from the sale of our book benefit students at Randolph Community College.  We are the third class to create a book of lumens and with just four of us, the smallest class to do so.

It’s easy to create a lumen, if you have the right materials. You can think of it as a photo because that’s what it is. An image created with light on a photographically sensitive material. Plant materials work best.

Here’s a photo I took while making a lumen one afternoon a few weeks ago. Grass + photo paper + UV light rays = LUMEN.

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Once created, the lumen can be scanned and stored in a dark box. Take the digital file into photoshop and play around a little to get a look that I like. Or in my case, play around a lot. Here’s the grass after being quiltified in photoshop:

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Many of my final lumens were created to be quilt-like, and they are completely different from the ones my classmates created. I’ve loved seeing each person’s lumens because we each approach the process in a unique way.  The book is going to be amazing and you’re going to love it. I’ll let you know when and where you can buy it when it’s ready.

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October 9, 2013 | Tooth

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It was two weeks ago that I pulled Maggie’s tooth out. It took a lot for her to work up the nerve, but she let me tug, it came out and she got a milkshake for her troubles.  Now the neighbor tooth is loose and when she wiggles it I swear it looks like it’s hanging by a thread. Tonight she found the courage, grabbed her Dad’s hand for moral support and I had a go. Nope. As loose as it seems, it’s still stuck in there good.

Yanking on your kid’s tooth and it doesn’t come out is pretty much the worst.

And that’s not all! We’ve learned a lot about portrait retouching (teeth, eyes, hair, eyebrows) so I practiced some of my skillz. Specifically I used a high pass filter to make her eyes sparkle and desaturated the yellows to whiten her teeth.


But you know. Practice.

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October 8, 2013 | Two Reasons

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Sitting in the computer lab at school, having stared at the screen for the better part of the day, it finally occurred to me that I could stay and stare more at the screen or leave before these cats were asleep. Saved my work, packed up, hit the road. Two best reasons to come home ever.

During my time on campus I have been working in photoshop a lot. I mean A LOT. The final project for my Digital Imaging class was a composite that needed to include at least six separate elements. As with my apple panorama, I struggled with coming up with my plan. After one major false start, I finally decided to create a book cover. For a book about me or by me? I don’t know. It’s just my book, that’s all.

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I’m learning that jumping into a project with only a vague idea of the end point doesn’t work for me. When it finally hit me to do a book cover, this is exactly what it looked like in my head, with the exception of a few elements that I photographed but didn’t end up in the final image. I literally sketched this out with pencil on paper and somehow that made the execution of the idea easier for me. Someone remind me next time, mkay? Before I start wandering aimlessly with my camera? Thanks.

So this started with my photo of the day and ended with my final project for Digital Imaging. Two reasons for my blog post? Just go with it.


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360 Pano


You can click to make this bigger, and I highly recommend doing that.

This is not my photo of the day, but it’s too cool not to share. I took this series of shots yesterday as part of a lab assignment for Digital Imaging class. It’s a 360 degree panoramic view of the heart of the Randolph Community College, morphed to look like a tiny planet. Come to think of it, the photography department often feels like it’s own little world. I think that’s why I like this so much. This technique is a fun little trick to have in my back pocket. Tiny world!!

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As I put together my final portfolio for Large Format, it was very important to me that the pictures looked unified even if the subject matter was disparate. I achieved this by mounting each ink jet print on a 12″ tall board with a 1/4″ border around three sides. The width of each board was dependent on each individual picture (although they appear to be the same width below, in real life they were the same height). I liked the results so much that I recreated my presentation in Photoshop, even down to the color of each board that I used. I also added a custom watermark that I learned how to make in class just this morning!

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New Blog Header

Today in class I learned how to create a custom blog header in photoshop! All my years blogging, and I’ve never known how to do this the right way. I feel clever. Here are the three headers I created. Click on them to see them bigger.







I’ll probably create some more custom headers for practice, but for now please help me decide which one to use!

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