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thistlecreek
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Posted: 9/28/2009 10:08:59 PM
*I started this last week, proud of myself that I would be done on Sunday! Ha! A Friday night visit with family turned into a whole weekend away from home, and last night when I figured I'd stay up and finish? My monitor died. It's always something!)

And away we go!

1. Who are you ?

I'm Michelle L. Olson. I'm Scott's wife and Ian and Jamie's Momma. And most recently I've become the den leader for Cub Scouts. I'm a self proclaimed weirdo, and I'm ok with it. I just turned 37, and its the first time in about 10 years that when someone asks me how old I am, that I can actually remember. Maybe it's having the # 7 is back in my age and I like that. My birthday is on the 7th of September, and I'd always thought that was something special since 7 is a lucky number.

Despite terrible raging allergies, I love animals and the great outdoors. My favorite color is green. All of them. Everything from Sage to Hunter to Olive to Kelly to Lime. I have yet to meet a color of green I don't like. (even Puce has its moments)

I love coffee, not a fan of Starbucks. I love the locally owned coffee house; Innkeepers. My favorite drink from them is a Breve;. Half Espresso, half cream or milk, with four Splenda's. I like my coffee like I like my men strong, blond, and sweet; and I love it when that statement makes my husband turn bright red.

I'm a collector and a saver, a pack rat. I'm working of weeding out the truly useless stuff and tossing it. but it is a never ending battle or a work in progress depending on your view point!

2. What inspired you to get into photography? And when?

More than just one thing it has been many things.

There was my Brother who let me take his 24mm box camera to camp over and over because it took pretty good photos for being just a little box, compared to the other cheapy cameras around the family. (I'd love to have that camera.. but its a memento for him too...)

There was the fellow camp counselor when I was about 18 who was a Photography major in college, who when I mentioned not wasting film on non-people photos that no one else would like said it was not wasted if I wanted the picture. If I liked something I should shoot it. I wish I could thank her, I've never forgotten that piece of advice.

And there was the Older Gentleman who went on Wheat harvest with us and let me drag around his extra camera and shoot endless amounts of film because he like to to take and have the pictures from everywhere we went. I have thanked him.

The biggest catalyst in making me strive to learn more and really understand more was after the birth of my first when I was using a p&s film camera to take all kinds of photos of him. I was so in love with him, I could just shoot at him all day. Seeing my enthusiasm for taking pictures my dad gave me His camera. A Pentax Spotmatic F that is almost as old as I am. My Dad does not part easily with his stuff, so for him to give me that camera was a big big deal. He showed me the light meter, and gave me a few pointers and off I went with the 75mm-300mm lens attached. I loved that I could let My son play in the yard and I could shoot from a distance, and get much more candid pictures than your standard "Smile at Mommy" snapshots. It was at least a year before I took the monster lens off the camera and put the 50mm 1.4 lens on it and learned the joys of that lens.

Having that camera, where I had the control over everything gave me the opportunity to learn how to do more than push the button.

3. What is your education? Degree? Self-taught? Workshops?

No formal education of any kind with regard to photography. With my Dad's camera I jumped in with fingers flying and learned by trial and error. I got back a lot of wasted film. But I learned with every snap.

4. What kind of photographer would you describe yourself as?

An equal opportunity shooter. If I can point the camera at it I will shoot it. I will literally shoot anything.

5. What kind of equipment do you use? Not every piece you own, but your favorites or use most often.

I currently shoot with a Nikon d40. I have the kit lens and the 55-200mm dx lens. I have a set of magnifying filters, that I use with the kit lens sometimes. Other than my old equipment that is everything.


6. What did/do you struggle with the most?

People. I always find the newborn shots so inspiring and I want so badly to get my hands on some newborns.

More specifically, getting the focus right on my son's eyes rather than his glasses. they are always dirty of scratched and its a challenge to get his eyes rather than glasses in focus.


7. What was your biggest "A-ha" moment? Cam be something technical/camera-related, something personal as it relates to photography, or something you learned about yourself as a photographer.

Just keep shooting don't stop at one photo. Try different angles.



8. Biggest lesson learned?

Not to be afraid to shoot what I want. I don't know how many times I did not pull out the camera when I first started getting serious in places where I did not want people to stare at me. Now? I just shoot. My neighbor will call me regularly to ask what I was shooting because she will have seen my car parked someplace and me standing out in a field or off in the weeds or lying on the ground. I've never wished that I had not stopped to take a photo, even if the photo is junk. But I have wished that I would have stopped. Plenty of times.

9. What's your greatest triumph or achievement? Could be just opening your own business, to awards, to a compliment.

It is always a compliment when someone looks at a photo of mine that I took on the side of the road and says "they never noticed that before".

And a well places "WOW" is always good.


10. What is one of the most important mistakes you made that served as a basis for your progression?

Stopping before I had the photo I set out to take. Or being afraid to stand in a public place with a camera to get the photo I wanted.



11. What is it about photography that makes your heart sing and your mind race with possibilities?

The capture of a moment. There is something about that moment when something catches my eye, makes my heart smile, or steals my breath. The ruby red flicker of a maple leaf or the glint of the dew on a spider web. Those fleeting moments where nature pulls me in just for that moment of beauty. Something about capturing that thing that makes my heart skip a beat, and taking it from a fleeting intangible moment and making it a solid memory is special.


12. Which do you like better - taking the photo or processing it? Why? Hard to say. I like capturing a moment with the camera, but I also like taking that capture through the processing that makes it look like my memory of the moment.

13. What inspires you? Could be anything - other photographers, nature, art, music, people, etc.

Everything? Nature. My children. Other people's children. Peas. Sunrise. Sunset. Pets. Family. Man-made stuff. God-made stuff. Everything.



14. What is something about you that we don't know? Could be something serious or silly- your choice.


My college degree is in Equine Science. And I spent the first two summers that I was married driving a Combine on wheat harvest.


15. Can you share with us your loved ones? Especially if they have been featured in your work?

Scott and Jamie

Jamie is Daddy's truck

Ian in his suit

A current favorite

Jamie, on the Tractor

My Uncle Ralph, responsible for my Equine Affliction.

My Dad, partly responsible for my Photography Addiction


16. Can you share your top tip/technique with us?

Don't assume you need better equipment to get better pictures, try to exhaust the capabilities of your camera push it to the edge of its limits.


17. Who are you picking next and why?

I want to pick everybody! I was still deciding between a few people, but I have decided to tap Jami, UtahMomX4, next. When Jami asked for contributions to help a friend in need a few months ago I was touched by her proactive generous need to help out a friend.



18. Please share some of your favorite works with us!!










































If you aren't tired of my photos there is always my Blogs to sift through HERE


~Michelle~
*When insPEAration calls you .. Answer it!*
~they make the weather and then they stand in the rain and say "Shit, it's raining!" ~
~Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply, Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.~

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_Shanna_
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Posted: 9/28/2009 10:30:25 PM
TFS! LOVE your photos. It's so great to get to know everyone better.


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Posted: 9/28/2009 10:35:49 PM
Have I mentioned how much I LOVE this pea of the week thing???
It's so great getting to know more about everyone!
And, Michelle, your images are absolutely beautiful! I was honestly holding my breath going through them. Absolutely amazing!

Jami- I can't wait to read yours! You are an amazing person who makes everyone around you smile. I'm so glad I got to meet you in Denver and I hope we get the chance to hang out again someday.


~Meg

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Posted: 9/28/2009 10:39:15 PM
Michelle,
Thanks for sharing yourself with us! LOVE your photos, it makes me just want to drag my camera around with me all the time, something I find ordinary (yah, I live on a farm), might mean a lot to someone else. Thanks for posting!

Jennifer G.

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Posted: 9/28/2009 10:39:28 PM
holy..oh my gosh...that spiderweb shot is awesome!!!! I love all of em, but that is wow! so is the horse from behind!

love your story!




"If you miss a photo that might have been wonderful, just be glad that you saw the moment. Seeing it is far more important than photographing it" -William Abranowicz

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What I'm shooting with
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thistlecreek
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Posted: 9/28/2009 10:40:07 PM
Thank You All!

I can talk forever but writing? That was hard! Sharing photos was easy, I could easily have shared every photo I've ever taken even the ones I should delete!

The spiderweb was an effort in frustration with the auto focus. if you look close you can see my jeep in the dew drops!


~Michelle~
*When insPEAration calls you .. Answer it!*
~they make the weather and then they stand in the rain and say "Shit, it's raining!" ~
~Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply, Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.~

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Posted: 9/28/2009 10:44:21 PM
Beautiful photos. Thank you!

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Posted: 9/28/2009 10:51:23 PM
Michelle, thank you so much for sharing yourself with us! It's great to get to know you better

Your work that you have shared here is absolutely beautiful!!!


Tracie

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Posted: 9/28/2009 10:51:45 PM
Gosh, it is so interesting to hear the varied and various things that pull people in to photography and what interests them about this hobby.

I really enjoyed reading about you, Michelle! It's great to hear the pride you take in your fearlessness in standing anywhere to take a shot (and not being embarrassed by it).

Great stuff!

Jami - can't wait to read yours!

Anne

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Posted: 9/28/2009 10:58:03 PM

Michelle, thank you so much for sharing yourself with us! It's great to get to know you better

Your work that you have shared here is absolutely beautiful!!!




This.


Blessings, Rebecca





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Posted: 9/28/2009 10:59:17 PM
I can totally relate about liking local coffee shops vs some of the big-box chains. That rocks!

I think I'd only seen a few of your photos before and I am just soooo in love with those clouds/plane shot and the processing you did for it, that I'd love to frame it somewhere in my home.

Thank you so much for sharing, I really enjoyed getting to know you a bit more.


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Posted: 9/28/2009 11:05:39 PM
Great job!!! Thanks for taking the time to share with us. Your photos are stunning. WOW.


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Posted: 9/28/2009 11:28:45 PM
I loved reading this Michelle. Your photos are fantastic!

-Becky

thistlecreek
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Posted: 9/28/2009 11:44:07 PM
Thank You all!
Heather, I did precious little to the cloud with the plane. That cloud was just awesome. The kicker is I was so into the Stearman Planes that day I did not take a picture of just that cloud.



~Michelle~
*When insPEAration calls you .. Answer it!*
~they make the weather and then they stand in the rain and say "Shit, it's raining!" ~
~Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply, Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.~

http://thistlecreekphotography.blogspot.com/

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Posted: 9/29/2009 12:12:05 AM
Thanks for sharing!! I love this! I feel like I know you sooo much better and I LOVE your work. THe shots of the horses eye, so awesome!


~~Trina~~



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Posted: 9/29/2009 12:14:18 AM
Loved reading all about you, thanks for sharing!


Lauren




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Posted: 9/29/2009 3:21:10 AM
I feel like I just had a cup of coffee with you!

You have some beautiful work! The photography industry needs people like you with your eye!

Cheers,
jewels



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Posted: 9/29/2009 6:30:10 AM
Michelle -thank you for sharing and voicing your inhibition about pulling the camera out in public (I suspect most of us can relate to that sensation/fear). Love all your shots, but the spider web - WOW and the wheat/fence - WOW!!


Nicki

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Posted: 9/29/2009 6:34:29 AM
Another great read. Thanks for sharing with us!


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Posted: 9/29/2009 6:37:39 AM
Thank you for sharing your wonderful story. Your writing is beautiful and funny. Your photographs are just beautiful. You truly capture an extra feeling behind your lens.

On a side note any one else feeling worried that your stories are no where as interesting as the photographers that have been featured? Congrats to all of you you have shared they have just been wonderful. ~Jackie


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Posted: 9/29/2009 6:54:48 AM
Thanks, so much for sharing, Michelle!!! I absolutely your orange maple leaf shot. I have tried for two years to get a shot like that of my own and they never turn out. Maybe this will be the year! The lighting on it just just delicious and of course the colors are equally scrumptious!!!


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thistlecreek
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Posted: 9/29/2009 7:02:06 AM
Thank You all


Trina, I have quite the little series of horse eyeballs, they are one of my favorite subjects.

Jackie, I don't feel like my own story is all that interesting, I think we get used to our own life and it is uninteresting for ourselves, but to others its still a new story!


~Michelle~
*When insPEAration calls you .. Answer it!*
~they make the weather and then they stand in the rain and say "Shit, it's raining!" ~
~Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply, Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.~

http://thistlecreekphotography.blogspot.com/

thistlecreek
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Posted: 9/29/2009 7:03:23 AM
Thank You Molly! Pretty soon it will me tree stalking season again. I'm a dangerous driver in Autumn!


~Michelle~
*When insPEAration calls you .. Answer it!*
~they make the weather and then they stand in the rain and say "Shit, it's raining!" ~
~Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply, Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.~

http://thistlecreekphotography.blogspot.com/

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Posted: 9/29/2009 8:00:18 AM
Wow Michelle - your photos!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!


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Posted: 9/29/2009 8:33:27 AM
It was great to get to know you better! I know the feeling about taking pictures and wondering who is watching. LOL I loved looking at your photos, and like Molly, I loved the leaf one! The spider web was so awesome too! I'm not sure where you are in central IL but I am in central IL too - Spfld. Maybe we aren't too far away! Thanks for sharing your background with us.

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Posted: 9/29/2009 8:35:15 AM
Oh Michelle...

This is fabulous, as are YOU! Thanks so much for sharing yourself with us~ it was so nice to start my day off with a big smile and to see your amazing photos!



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Posted: 9/29/2009 8:43:15 AM
TFS! I love the macro shots


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Posted: 9/29/2009 9:09:03 AM
I love getting to know everyone better! Those pictures are amazing!


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Posted: 9/29/2009 9:12:30 AM
thanks for sharing...i love your work and enjoyed hearing about your life.

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Posted: 9/29/2009 9:29:12 AM
Love your photos!

I can totally relate to not taking the shots you want in public. I have struggled with that since High School (many, many moons ago)when I was on the Yearbook staff. I guess I think everyone is looking at me when actually they probably aren't and secretly they want to do the same! So now, I'm just gonna go out there like no ones watching! Thanks for the inspiration!

Loved your story and getting to know you!

TFS


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Posted: 9/29/2009 9:36:05 AM
Wow!! Thank you so much for sharing with us. I can't tell you how you have inspired me today. I've been wanting to upgrade my equipment so badly lately but $$ is tight so I'm not. I have this stupid thought that if I upgrade my pics will be better. Then you said this:


Don't assume you need better equipment to get better pictures, try to exhaust the capabilities of your camera push it to the edge of its limits.



What you have done with your minimal equipment is breathtaking and very inspiring. You reminded me its not about what I don't have, but what I do have. Thank you so much for sharing and inspiring!


Bec



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Posted: 9/29/2009 9:45:58 AM
TFS your story. I love your work, the lighting is amazing.


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Posted: 9/29/2009 10:14:11 AM
Michelle, thanks so much for sharing your story. Your pixs are amazing, as others have said. Love the spiderweb, and all the others. It really shows that you have an eye for taking the ordinery everydday things that mosst people pass by but never really see the beauty in. You capture it beautifully with your (camera eye). Enjoyed getting to know you. This thread has really been fun. Look forward to hearing more pea-stories.


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Posted: 9/29/2009 10:24:07 AM
Thanks for telling us more about yourself! I love learning about all the fabulous peas!


~Katie~



My Gear -
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Posted: 9/29/2009 10:26:45 AM
Amazing work....thanks for sharing it as well as your story!



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Posted: 9/29/2009 10:44:19 AM
Michelle, thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful part of yourself! Your work is fantastic. When you told me that I could choose whatever pics I wanted from your blogs to use for the cards for Paul, I was in Heaven! There were so many gorgeous ones to choose from.

I'm so excited (and extremely intimidated) to do my interview. I feel like I don't even come close to the talent that has been shown so far, but I hope that I can at least share a bit of myself and maybe make someone smile.

Thanks again, Michelle!


~Jami

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Posted: 9/29/2009 10:54:14 AM
I so enjoyed reading your pea of the week post! Your photos are beautiful.


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Posted: 9/29/2009 11:06:43 AM
Thanks for sharing! Loving this pea a week thing! Just great!


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Posted: 9/29/2009 11:59:43 AM
Michelle,

WOW! You are such a wonderful writer and every single one of your shots is breathtaking!! I love them all, but especially the cloud ones. Simply stunning. I didn't want your interview to end -- I want to read and see more! (Come to think of it, I have thought that about the other Pea interviews... and yes, I am intimidated!)

I am very excited to read Jami's too.

TFS!


~Carolyn

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Posted: 9/29/2009 12:02:12 PM
Aw thanks for all the love peas! What a trip to be Pea of the week.


Bec, I have to remind myself of that still some days! I shot for 5.5 years with a sony cybershot. And I had to tell my husband a few times that the camera I had, that we could afford, while not the camera I secretly yearned for was definitely better than no camera at all. But I still get frustrated some days, especially when having cleaner high iso would be nice!

sssalad, I'm in the Galesburg area. I keep wondering if we could get PeoriaPeas get together going.

Jami, I am looking forward to your story!


~Michelle~
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Posted: 9/29/2009 12:33:24 PM
Thanks so much for sharing with us! I love your work, and I completely agree about regretting those times you didn't stop and shoot.



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Posted: 9/29/2009 12:55:26 PM

Jami, I am looking forward to your story!

Well, I AM pretty interesting....NOT! LOL!! However I have had a run-in with one of the celebrities on this season of Dancing with the Stars, so I'm sure you'll enjoy reading about that!


~Jami

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Posted: 9/29/2009 12:58:38 PM
I love this pea of the week thing. Thanks for sharing with us and your work is beautiful!


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Posted: 9/29/2009 1:20:16 PM
This was a great read, very inspiring, and I so enjoyed your photographs. I also loved your green shoes from the color of the month thread Like dragonflyfree, I also have been dying to upgrade my camera, but it just isn't going to happen as soon as I would like. I know it isn't just the camera, and now you have inspired me to try to make more with what I have. I just love your style. Thanks for sharing with us.


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Posted: 9/29/2009 1:52:51 PM
Your not too far away then! Isn't Galesburg kinda close to Macomb? My DD goes to school there. Would love to meet you some day! There has to be other peas around this area!

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Posted: 9/29/2009 2:47:28 PM
Love reading these!!!


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Posted: 9/29/2009 4:22:41 PM
Loving the Pea kinship doing this!



sssalad, its about 40 minutes to shoot down to Macomb.. every once in awhile I have to run the power bill down there! lol!


~Michelle~
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Posted: 9/29/2009 4:55:39 PM
Lovely to read, lovely to see. Thanks for sharing.

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Posted: 9/29/2009 6:51:49 PM
Thanks for taking the time to write this, Michelle! You have a beautiful family!!

Your macros are stunnnnning!!!


Whitney


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Posted: 9/29/2009 8:15:27 PM
Thank You both.


~Michelle~
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~they make the weather and then they stand in the rain and say "Shit, it's raining!" ~
~Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply, Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.~

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