With the start of the holiday season I have decided to daily promotions through December. These may be a percent off deal in my Etsy shop, a free item with purchase, or, like today, a donation of a certain amount of my sales to a cause of my choice. You can “like” my Facebook (Ladybug Glass Studio) page to get daily updates, or check back here. To start the month off I am donating 10% of my Etsy shop sales from 1 PM Tuesday Dec. 1 through 1 PM Wednesday, Dec. 2 (Central Time Zone) to White Paws German Shepherd Rescue, a group we were lucky enough to find and adopt our 2 dogs through.
The new throw pillows available through Fine Art America started me thinking about having some of my images printed on fabric once again. This is something I have had in the back of my mind for a long time, and I have played with designs on Spoonflower, but never followed through with an order. Well, time has come! I ordered a few designs in their 8″ swatch format and they arrived today. With arrival of an adapter to try my macro lens on my husband’s new Sony a6000 mirrorless camera I had the perfect photo shoot opportunity. Here are some of the designs (I created a total of 11). They are “mirror repeat” patterns, each made with one of my macro photos. The pictures could be better, but this gives you the general idea. New product concepts are forming…..2015 should be interesting!
Happy New Year! and a belated Merry Christmas!
For the last year and a half, or so, I have been taking my photos with a Nikon D3200 with a Tamron 60mm F/2 Macro 1:1 lens, and have been pretty happy with most of the images. Sometimes, though, I find an interesting area that is smaller than I could shoot and enlarge to the size I really want (I have some images enlarged to 30″x40″, but they have to be pretty big to begin with). I have been dreaming of the Nikon D800 because of it’s 36 megapixels, but the reality is that it is not yet in my budget – just need a few more big prints to go to new homes to justify it. While I was at my local camera store (Camera Corner in Green Bay) drooling over the D800, the salesperson suggested trying extension tubes to allow me to get closer to the glass and thus increase the size of the photo. Finally, I have been trying it out. I can get much closer and stay in focus on some of those tiny portions of glass that have a lot going on. My full frame now is approximately 12mm by 5-6mm and there is a lot of detail that I can now get in focus. It will be interesting to see how some of these look enlarged.
Here is one photo I took last night. The glass is a 6″ disc that looks a bit boring without just the right light. Plus, as I find is often the case, most of the fun stuff can’t be seen without the magnification. I’m calling this one “Eye of the Beast”.
I had been wanting to do some prints as circles and finally did right before my first show in a very long time, Arti Gras in Green Bay. The standard circular prints on paper looked pretty neat, so I ordered some on aluminum. Of course they didn’t show up until after the show :(. But, the paper circles caught the interest of an art buying committee from a local technical college and they ordered three large metal circles. They just arrived and I can see more circular prints in the future!