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Posted 12/7/2009 by patspix in General Photography
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patspix
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Posted: 12/7/2009 10:52:58 AM
Here we go--are you ready?

1. Who are you? Please include a self-portrait and links to other sites featuring you, like your blog, website, etc. Pimp yourself out!

I'm Pat. I am married to my best friend Rick, who I met in high school when I was 15 (aww, isn't that cute?). We have 2 kids, a boy (still an unmarried hazard) and a married daughter who has provided us with 3 adorable granddaughters. I currently live outside of Seattle and absolutely LOVE living in the Pacific Northwest; the beauty here feeds my soul. I was born and raised in Michigan, and we have lived in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Colorado, Texas, and now the most gorgeous place imaginable, even with all the rain.

I had Rick AKA Mr. Shakey take my picture. He probably did better than I would've anyway!


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

Oh man--like most Peas, I've been dabbling in photography ever since I can remember. I'm not a scrapbooker, so there's never been that angle, but I've always been artistic; I paint and draw, and photography was just another way of capturing what I was seeing. I started with my Mom's old Kodak box camera (dating myself here), and even as a kid was more interested in taking pictures of nature than pictures of people. I "graduated" to a dSLR about 2 years ago; until then I'd been using a P&S. I was shooting with Lauren one day and she kindly encouraged me to see what I could do with her Nikon and I was hooked. For some reason I didn't feel like I was "good enough" to use a dSLR and Lauren helped me to see the folly in that. Thanks, Lauren!!!

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

Photography: I am self-taught, through reading and taught by osmosis by Peas, and by trial and error, a LOT of error. I've learned a lot through this Board and the wonderful group of photogs here who always have time to answer questions, and do so kindly and clearly. Everyone had so much patience for a fumbling naive newbie a few years ago.

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

I am a hobbyist, not a professional by any mean, nor do I aspire to be one. I would say that I am a nature/landscape/macro photographer, and always have been. In fact, even when our kids were small a lot of our vacation photos were scenic and not family shots. I am anything BUT a portrait photographer. The thought of taking posed photos of people makes me break out in a cold sweat. (and yes, I will have to take Christmas pictures of the grands, but those will be snappers!)

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

I shoot a Pentax K200D. My favorite lens that rarely leaves my camera is my macro lens--a 100mm 2.8. I have a couple of zooms that I love, too, but my macro in my main lens. It makes an awesome prime, too.

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

Oh, definitely the techical aspects. I do NOT have have techically-oriented brain, and still struggle with the whole exposure triangle (Manual) thing. Anything with numbers and math makes my palms sweaty and my brain freeze. I also struggle with editing; anything beyond the basics flummoxes me.

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

I think it was realizing that every shot doesn't have to be perfect. I have a tendency to be a perfectionist, and I am my biggest critic. Learning to back off and give myself breathing room was huge. I was so hung up with everything being perfect before I took the shot that I would miss the shot. Another liberating realization was that I was not, and never would be, a portrait photographer. People don't interest me as much as nature, and once I decided that it was ok to admit that and not feel guilty about it, I was much more comfortable shooting what I love. And one last thing--I'm not a camera snob; I still have my P&S and flip-flop between that and my big gun. There are just times when that good old P&S is going to do the job better than the big old hefty camera, no matter if it looks dorky.

8. Biggest lesson learned? Can be either about photography, the business, yourself, etc.

Be true to what your artistic eye sees. Don't feel that you have to shoot what everyone else shoots. You won't be happy with your work. I think we are all in photography to express an inner voice, and if we try to force that expression in the wrong direction, we won't be satisfied with the results.

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

I'd have to say that every time I get a photo that makes me go "YES!", that's a triumph for me. Seriously, though, a couple of years ago one of my macros was chosen for Photo of the Month on one of the digital camera web sites, and I felt like Sally Field at the Oscars. It was a moment of real validation for me.

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

ONE mistake?! There's been so many! Don't we all learn by our mistakes? At least, I do, or hope I do. Let's see, I think slowing down and realizing that you don't get The Shot in one exposure (if at all). When I started I would take just one shot, and didn't take the time to really see, really look. One I started slowing down and taking my time, I started seeing things differently. I took more time to set up and take the shot. I framed things differently. I tried different exposures or DOF or POV. I took more time to be creative, and to see creatively.

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

For me photography is all about holding the ephemeral. I love being able to capture details and moments that are fleeting--the refraction in a waterdrop that will vanish the moment the drop falls, or the curve of a flower petal, or the patterns that reflections create on the surface of a still lake or pond or even a puddle. I am fascinated at being able to catch nature's canvas--God has created such a exquisite world for us, and there are so many unbelievably beautiful vistas and small wonders all around us, just waiting for us to see them. The colors, the textures, the details large and small all around us are so incredible and amazing that I am always excited to look about me. Every day my surroundings change, just because of the weather or the way the light paints surfaces, or the way I notice things. Each day is full of miracles, fresh made for us to notice. It's up to us to see them and take advantage of the gift. Because I am so detail-oriented, once I discovered macro photography everything just fell into place for me. I love the quote "God is in the details" and when you think of macro photography, it is "God is seen in the details". His hand is so apparent in the big canvas all around us, but it is just as plain in all the incredible little details, too.

12. Which do you like better--taking the photo or processing it? Why?

Oh, no question about it--definitely taking the photo!! I get to be out in the middle of nature somewhere--in a garden, in the woods, on a beach, enjoying every single minute and breath. Taking the photo is just a bonus. Being in the zone and getting macro details in almost meditation to me, and photography nature is so calming and relaxing that it is invigorating (an oxymoron, I know!). Besides, I am a PS dummy. I bow down to the Peas who can really work the editing end of the process. I can manage to straighten and crop and USM, size for the web and for real excitement add a watermark, but other than that, I leave it to the pros.

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

I bet you can't guess that it's nature. How can one NOT be inspired by this beautiful world around us? It drives Rick and my family nuts that I am always pointing things out to them to notice--the way light falls through some pine boughs, the way a drift of clouds snags in the trees across the side of the mountains, or the way the sun shines through the leaves, turning them into stained glass---stuff like that. My photo idol is Art Wolfe; his work leaves me breathless, especially his macro and nature abstractions. And, a tip of the lens cap to Lauren and Lexi (6timemomma)--it was their work that drew me into Peas and had me sitting at the monitor with my jaw falling, and gave me the courage to join in the fun.

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

I am a compulsive reader and a spelling and grammar Nazi; nothing drives me nuts more quickly than spelling/grammar errors in books. I've been known to make corrections in library books. I love odd and quirky signs. I would rather be at a beach or near water than anywhere else. I taught quilting for nearly 20 years. I've never met a carbohydrate I didn't like, and would rather have carbs than chocolate (this woman must be seriously ill!)

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

Well, I don't have many photos of my family. My daughter and her family live halfway across the country and we just don't see them often enough. My son is allergic to cameras. And--this past year and a half my focus (no pun intended) has been on taking care of Rick, not taking his photo. But, here are a few...

David, our son


Rick (who is FINALLY--knock on wood--doing much better)


Miss C, the middle grand (this was July 2008)


Miss E, the oldest grand (July 2008)


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

Since my prime love is macro, I guess my top tip (isn't that redundant?) is to start looking at everything differently. Look at the details. Take time to notice the small things. You'll be amazed at the different world out there that is just waiting to be seen.

Use a tripod when you can for macro work, or if you are shooting low, beanbags work really well. HOLD YOUR BREATH if you are handholding the camera. Don't be afraid to get in weird positions to get a shot. People who know you expect it, and people who don't, don't matter. You'll never see them again anyway.

If you want to shoot refraction, look for a rounded drop. They have the best shape to show the image. Check out the drop from different angles. The image will change depending on where you are standing. Be sure what you want in the drop is behind the drop. Try different apertures. It's a balance between getting the image in the drop sharp and keeping a nice dreamy bokeh. I prefer a really soft bokeh so my image in the drop stands out. Once I've gotten inital focus (auto) on the drop I then manually focus on the refraction to get the image nice and sharp. Practice, practice.

17. Who are you picking next and why?

I'm picking Jess (2hoosiers1gem). I love her vision--she has such a great way of recording everyday life with her kids, and the sessions she's done have such a fun quality to them. She rocks the PP end of things, and is so creative. She is so giving too, and even though she is involved with her family she still has time to give to others. We love Jess and I'm sure there are lots of Peas who want to know more about her. WHOO WHOO Jess!!

18. Please share some of your favorite work with us!
macros






















Landscapes





sometimes it's all about the colors...






sometimes it's the light


the light this day at Mt. Rainier was so amazing that everything looked like a graphic poster. Incredible!!






again, light and mood




abstracts











a couple of flowers...




a little wildlife...





I hope I didn't mess this up. I'm not very computer-literate...


Pat
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a couple of P&S
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Posted: 12/7/2009 10:57:55 AM
Thank you for sharing yourself with us...It was nice to learn a bit more about you.

I've never told you this but I learned what "macro photography" was from your posts in the gallery even before I was a Pea here on the photoboard. I have always enjoyed and been amazed by your work.

marisol

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Posted: 12/7/2009 11:00:03 AM
You are such an inspiration in so many ways and Pat--that fog picture?? I NEED to buy a copy of that from you, it's just that incredible.



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Me too! I can remember many-a-night with my dad trying to help me through my Algebra problems--UGH.




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Posted: 12/7/2009 11:02:44 AM
Since I am at work I can't see your pictures but I wanted to say I really enjoyed reading your post. I absolutely love your macros so I will be checking out your images when I get home tonight. Thanks for sharing more about yourself with us.

Oh how exciting you picked Jess!!!


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Posted: 12/7/2009 11:03:05 AM
Oh wowza! Your macros and landscapes are breathtaking!


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Posted: 12/7/2009 11:03:47 AM
Aw Pat - it has been so great to read all this about you. You have such a beautiful spirit. Thanks for sharing your kindness with all of us peas




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Posted: 12/7/2009 11:12:03 AM
Thank you for sharing. From the day I started posting on this board, you have been there with kind words and encouragement. Rick did a brilliant job with your portrait - so I guess your off the hook for family portrait duty (also, not buying that allergic excuse from the boy!). I have to say, though, your first waterfall shot gave me goose-bumps. W.O.W.!! I've become a huge fan of your macros and landscapes and respect that you found your niche and are obviously very comfortable with it. Your unwavering dedication to Rick and your family is also so inspiring. Thank you and bless you.


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Posted: 12/7/2009 11:12:31 AM
Pat, I loved reading every word of this! Your macros and landscapes are amazing. And, I am so glad that Rick finally seems to be on the mend.

Thanks for sharing with us!


~ Karen


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Posted: 12/7/2009 11:31:00 AM
I loved reading about you, Pat. I absolutely love your photos. You have such a wonderful eye for seeing and capturing all those cool things out there that so many of us miss seeing. I am also glad to hear Rick is doing well.


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Posted: 12/7/2009 11:47:41 AM
As a fairly new person on this board, I really enjoy reading these and getting to know all about the fabulous photographers here! I LOVE your macro work. One day I will buy a macro lens - its definitely on my list. Your husband really did a wonderful job on your portrait! Thanks for sharing your story here.


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Posted: 12/7/2009 11:53:26 AM
Oh, Pat, what a lovely interview and lovely photos. Your shots always take my breath away. So magical.


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Posted: 12/7/2009 11:56:10 AM
Pat, I have been looking forward to this all weekend! Your work is jaw dropping. Everytime I look at your macros, I just sit and stare and get lost in them.

You are so beautiful inside and out and such a huge asset to our Pea community



Don't be afraid to get in weird positions to get a shot. People who know you expect it, and people who don't, don't matter. You'll never see them again anyway.




This is so true! And I chuckled at the part about never seeing them again anyway I always try to remind myself of that. Thanks for such an inspirational interview Pat


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Posted: 12/7/2009 12:12:51 PM
I am a fan!!!! I have always loved your photos and perspective. Thanks for the reminder to SLOW it down and really look at the details. Loved your interview. TFS



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Posted: 12/7/2009 12:38:23 PM
Pat, I've always been a fan, and have seen a lot of your work, but wow - the pictures you shared today - WOW!
Thanks for sharing your insight with all of us!



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Posted: 12/7/2009 1:40:39 PM
I came today to snoop at the Macro Monday thread, and to my suprise and delight!!! There you are, Sharing your vision and yourself!
I haven't been active here lately and I do miss it, and I must say that you are an Inspiration to me Pat!!!!! I love your take on the enviroment around you. I love the way you see beauty in the simple things, the lines and curves in everyday objects.
It was so nice to meet you here, and see that I wasn't the only one who loved a good bug picture.
Knowing that there is someone else who will hang upside down on a rock garden to get the "right " angle, makes me happy! You know that you are the "QUEEN" of all water drop refractions and what an asset you are to this board
So glad that Rick is doing well, and nice to see a new self portrait..even if Rick took it

Wonderful self interview, I loved it


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Posted: 12/7/2009 1:44:43 PM
amazing images, pat. glad to hear rick is better!


jodi

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Posted: 12/7/2009 1:55:16 PM
I also was looking forward to this interview; I really enjoy the landscapes (I live in the praries where nothing is taller than 12 feet) except the buildings of course. So far i've used my macro filter twice; will have to get out and do more. Love your macros and will try to do more. I love people who can "see" artistically I don't always remember to "see" most times it's just a feeling.


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Posted: 12/7/2009 1:57:43 PM
Pat thank you so much for sharing with us. You are one of my inspirations for macro.
I'm glad to hear the Rick is doing better.


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Posted: 12/7/2009 2:01:36 PM
Pat, seriously, girl. Your nature photography is amazing. I mean, breathtaking. Like, it should be somewhere where they pay you for it. Pay you a lot.

I don't think I've ever seen your son before. He is terribly handsome!

So glad to hear your hunny is feeling better!

TFS!



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Posted: 12/7/2009 2:02:30 PM
Pat, that was a wonderful interview! I love your determined, sweet spirit on this board.

And holy moly, lady, those macros take my breath away! The frost-edged leaves, the purple curly edged-whatever it is, the distant trees in the mist....I gasped out loud when I saw those! Wow, you rock the macro.

So glad, too, to hear that Rick is doing better!

Thank you for a wonderful read, and those amazing photos.

Anne

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Posted: 12/7/2009 2:06:23 PM
I was so excited to see your interview today! I love your macros, and it's part of what made me buy a macro lens. I'm glad to hear your hubby is doing better and to see more of your lovely photos.


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Posted: 12/7/2009 2:12:55 PM
Wow. Just wow. WOW. Your pictures are AMAZING!!!

Thank you so much for sharing your life with us. You & Rick have been on my mind often over the past months. I'm so glad to hear he's doing better!!


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Posted: 12/7/2009 2:44:35 PM
Pat, I too went looking for Macro photos and found to my surprise your posting .
It is wonderful to read more about you and to know that Rick is coming along health wise.
You have always being my inspiration on Two Peas and your comments have always been encouraging.
Your macros and especially your refractions are truly amazing. !!
Every thing you wrote about yourself, personality wise , was a mirror image of myself, we are so much alike.
BTW Rick did a wonderful job of your portrait , I find myself sitting here smiling back at you.
You certainly live in one of the most picturesque places on earth your landscapes too.
Thank you for being you. ((((( HUGS )))))


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Posted: 12/7/2009 3:07:12 PM

For me photography is all about holding the ephemeral. I love being able to capture details and moments that are fleeting--the refraction in a waterdrop that will vanish the moment the drop falls, or the curve of a flower petal, or the patterns that reflections create on the surface of a still lake or pond or even a puddle. I am fascinated at being able to catch nature's canvas--God has created such a exquisite world for us, and there are so many unbelievably beautiful vistas and small wonders all around us, just waiting for us to see them. The colors, the textures, the details large and small all around us are so incredible and amazing that I am always excited to look about me. Every day my surroundings change, just because of the weather or the way the light paints surfaces, or the way I notice things. Each day is full of miracles, fresh made for us to notice. It's up to us to see them and take advantage of the gift. Because I am so detail-oriented, once I discovered macro photography everything just fell into place for me. I love the quote "God is in the details" and when you think of macro photography, it is "God is seen in the details". His hand is so apparent in the big canvas all around us, but it is just as plain in all the incredible little details, too.



Pat,

Thank you so much for your lovely interview. I quoted the piece above because I thought it was so eloquent, and you express the same ideas in your beautiful work. Your photos are AMAZING.

Even though I love to shoot portraits more than landscapes or macros, I really enjoy hearing the point of view of someone on the "other side" and I can always appreciate looking at your stunning images.

I am also so excited you picked Jess -- one of my favorite "pea-ple"! Woo hooo! Can't wait!


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Posted: 12/7/2009 3:13:16 PM
Wow. Oh. Wow! Those macros are gorgeous!!! Thank you for taking the time to share with us!! Your work is inspiring!


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Posted: 12/7/2009 3:13:17 PM
Pat, I loved reading your interview and seeing your lovely shots. You just sound like such a genuine kind person!


~Steph~

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Posted: 12/7/2009 3:38:46 PM
Pat, thanks for sharing yourself on here, and also your AMAZING pictures. I thought I was done getting lenses, but I might have to reconsider and get that 100mm 2.8!!! I keep thinking to myself that I want a Nikon, but then you show me what our Pentax can do, and makes me glad I have that!
I don't see a lot of pictures from you usually, but now I will be watching your threads to see if you have posted some of your amazing Landscape and Macro photos!
(p.s. I am soooo sorry about my spelling/grammer, you must cringe sometimes )


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Posted: 12/7/2009 3:41:20 PM
I know Carolyn has already quoted this, but it bears repeating...

For me photography is all about holding the ephemeral. I love being able to capture details and moments that are fleeting--the refraction in a waterdrop that will vanish the moment the drop falls, or the curve of a flower petal, or the patterns that reflections create on the surface of a still lake or pond or even a puddle. I am fascinated at being able to catch nature's canvas--God has created such a exquisite world for us, and there are so many unbelievably beautiful vistas and small wonders all around us, just waiting for us to see them. The colors, the textures, the details large and small all around us are so incredible and amazing that I am always excited to look about me. Every day my surroundings change, just because of the weather or the way the light paints surfaces, or the way I notice things. Each day is full of miracles, fresh made for us to notice. It's up to us to see them and take advantage of the gift. Because I am so detail-oriented, once I discovered macro photography everything just fell into place for me. I love the quote "God is in the details" and when you think of macro photography, it is "God is seen in the details". His hand is so apparent in the big canvas all around us, but it is just as plain in all the incredible little details, too.



I love this so much!

You are truly an inspiration and I'm so glad to get to know you better. After reading this, I have made a decision...(scary! I don't make quick decisions!) I am going to start saving a for a macro lens. Your images are art.

Thank you so much for sharing!


Blessings, Rebecca





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Posted: 12/7/2009 4:23:26 PM
Pat, your photos are awesome! I, too, am a nature/landscape/macro gal who sweats at the thought of taking portraits! Thanks so much for sharing your interview with us.

Glad to hear that your hubby is doing so much better.


Lia

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Posted: 12/7/2009 4:39:25 PM
Pat - you so deserve to be pea of the Week!! I am such a fan of yours - I only dream of doing macros as beautiful as yours! your work!!! So glad Rick is feeling better... and got to say your son is very handsome!!


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Posted: 12/7/2009 5:06:52 PM
Pat,
I absolutely LOVED reading more about you. Your macros are such an inspiration to me. I am always in awe of your talent in those and your scenery shots. Wow, wow and WOW!!!!

It's been fun getting to know you on POTD, and you're one of the Peas who I would really like to meet in person someday. Your comments on my blog are always so sweet, heartfelt and insightful. You are such a sweetheart!



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Posted: 12/7/2009 5:22:06 PM
Pat I was so looking forward to your story. I submitted your name when that first list was starting to form hoping you would join in. When I first started looking at photography here I was always drawn to your wonderful landscape and nature photography. Definately where my heart is too. Great story and what wonderful images. Your water drop images are incredible love the leafs too. Thanks for sharing. ~Jackie


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Posted: 12/7/2009 5:29:13 PM
So glad to get to know you! You photos are AMAZING!!


*** Frankie ***

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Posted: 12/7/2009 5:36:36 PM
I was so glad to read this interview. Your macro, and most especially your water drops, shots are absolutely gorgeous. Of course, your nature shots are wonderful as well!

I've often wished I live close enough to you to sit and have coffee and talk. You just seem to be such a special, positive person.


Kerry
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Posted: 12/7/2009 5:39:56 PM
Your images take my breath away! Beautiful!


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Posted: 12/7/2009 5:57:45 PM
I couldn't wait for this one! You already know I love how you see/photograph things Going through them just now took my breath away! I am so happy to hear your DH is doing so much better. Your family is beautiful. So glad to see you back here


Melissa
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Posted: 12/7/2009 6:26:34 PM
I knew from the very first photo that I saw of yours that you were much more than a great photographer....you are an ARTIST that paints with a camera! I'd love to have a book on my coffee table of your work. I'd never tire of looking through it.
I feel about nature like you do Pat, but, you have the gift to express your feelings through your work. I'm as passionate about it, but lack the gift to bring my vision to light through photography like you can.
I love the 'self' photograph of you!!! You are a real cutie pie!!! And I too am so happy that Rick is on the mend!!!!

Hugs,


*Nancy*

~ "In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous." Aristotle ~


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Posted: 12/7/2009 6:52:32 PM
For me photography is all about holding the ephemeral. I love being able to capture details and moments that are fleeting--the refraction in a waterdrop that will vanish the moment the drop falls, or the curve of a flower petal, or the patterns that reflections create on the surface of a still lake or pond or even a puddle. I am fascinated at being able to catch nature's canvas--God has created such a exquisite world for us, and there are so many unbelievably beautiful vistas and small wonders all around us, just waiting for us to see them. The colors, the textures, the details large and small all around us are so incredible and amazing that I am always excited to look about me. Every day my surroundings change, just because of the weather or the way the light paints surfaces, or the way I notice things. Each day is full of miracles, fresh made for us to notice. It's up to us to see them and take advantage of the gift.




I had such a crummy day... and this just turned it around! You really have a way with words too!
I don't even know where to begin on those shots of yours... breathtaking... some I couldn't stop looking at. It's obvious where your passion lies...to thine own self be true! Thanks for sharing... really enjoyed all of it!
alisa



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Nikon 50mm f/1.4
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Posted: 12/7/2009 8:12:40 PM
Oh, Pat. This is WONDERFUL, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your "interview" and I literally just spent 30 minutes gasping out loud at the photos you posted. You have such a beautiful family, and your eye and vision for nature and macros is truly inspiring to me! I feel so blessed that you chose ME for the next interview- you have been so kind and encouraging to me and I hope you know how much your support has meant to me. You are amazing!



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Posted: 12/7/2009 8:46:00 PM
Your work is awe inspiring and you're so humble...I love that combo! I love it when you share your art.

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Posted: 12/7/2009 8:59:20 PM
OMG! You are awesome! I can see your love of nature and I love that first shot in particular!!!


Kelli

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Posted: 12/7/2009 9:18:03 PM
Pat- I remember first visiting the photo board and seeing your macro shots were some of the first images I recall seeing. I was hooked. I couldn't believe how you had captured something so beautiful that was so small, and the details in it were amazing. After that, I was hooked to the photo board and looked forward (and still do) to seeing your work on Macro Mondays.

I'm not much of a nature photographer, mostly because with 3 young ones I don't have time to sit still. But your work makes me want to slow down and look to see if I can find the beauty in the small things. Maybe sometime I'll have the time.

Love your work, your faith, and your soul- beautiful inside and out!

Thanks for sharing! Great interview!!!


Bec



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Posted: 12/7/2009 9:26:18 PM
Oh Pat, I absolutely love you!! And there were some photos I had not seen before. You are amazingly talented lady!! I LOVE the frosty leaf shot, and the foggy lake shot, and oh, those flower and leaf macros......BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for sharing a little more with us. Oh, and your son is a hottie!!


Esther

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Posted: 12/7/2009 9:49:10 PM
Pat, thank you! I love that we both had our shaky handed husbands do our pictures for us Rick did a great job!

There is so much of what you wrote that I can relate to. The part about portrait photography making you break out in a cold sweat? That's me to a T. I can't believe I'm actually building a portrait portfolio. Never would have thought that even 3 months ago. So, never say never

Love seeing so much of your work in one place, and your foggy image made me gasp. It is incredible! If you ever decide to make it available for sale please let me know. I have several images displayed around my house from other photog friends, I'd love to add this one!

Also, I'm so glad you picked Jess next, she's one of the peas I was having a difficult time deciding between!


Lauren




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Posted: 12/7/2009 9:59:28 PM
Pat, your work is stunning. Simply stunning. Those water drops...frost...oh my gosh!!!!

So thrilled to hear Rick is doing better! Thank your for sharing a bit about your self.




Staci
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Posted: 12/7/2009 11:10:20 PM
I was just telling my DH that I need a macro...now I can show him why!!! These are beautiful Pat, stunning!

I am also so glad your honey is better...and your son-wow-he's a looker


I too am sorry for my grammer/spelling! My only time on the computer is usually when I am nursing and he kicks the keyboard so I type fast

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Posted: 12/7/2009 11:29:11 PM

I love being able to capture details and moments that are fleeting--the refraction in a waterdrop that will vanish the moment the drop falls, or the curve of a flower petal, or the patterns that reflections create on the surface of a still lake or pond or even a puddle. I am fascinated at being able to catch nature's canvas--God has created such a exquisite world for us, and there are so many unbelievably beautiful vistas and small wonders all around us, just waiting for us to see them.


That's beautiful!

Your images are always amazing, Pat. I really enjoyed reading about you and seeing your favorite work!



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Posted: 12/7/2009 11:42:05 PM
Amazing work Pat! So good to get to know you from the interview.... thanks for sharing!



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Posted: 12/8/2009 10:35:52 AM
gorgeous images! I love the detail and color. Glad to hear Rick is doing better


~Lori
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Posted: 12/8/2009 11:54:14 AM
Wow... just W.O.W.!!! Pat, I've always loved your work. You're gifted both with the camera and with words. You truly have an artist's eye. Thanks so much for sharing a bit of yourself with us!

Rhonda


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