Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Spring cleaning

I suffered a small blog disaster a few days ago, hit the wrong button and erased my customized 3-panel template.


So I tidied things up and revamped. Inspired by Ann's new blog, I wanted a cleaner look, too! Visitors should now be able to move around without bumping their shins, metaphorically speaking, on all those columns and widgets I had crammed in here.

Do you like it? Do you miss something I deleted? Let me know, and I'll try to add it back just for you! Will be tweaking things a bit in the day ahead.

The header is a variation of my best-selling design, Dragonfly & Vine. The 'side view' photo really captures the 3-D nature of paper filigree art.

It's a technique gleaned from Tracy Belair Gaito, who captures her work using distinctive, unusual camera angles. Her photos are some of the best I have seen with a very fresh, engaging perspective instead of the same old straight-on shot -- my default method.

So I've been trying to follow Tracy's lead and select different perspectives to accent unique details, as on this 50th anniversary mat gifted to my aunt and uncle several years ago.

Here's the straight-on view.

The drawback to angled views is you need a number of photos to show the entire piece, and even then it's often difficult to visualize the entire piece as a whole. So there is a place for both approaches.

Which do you find more appealing?

Visit Tracy's website to see more examples, particularly numbers 11, 17, 18 & 19 in her slide show. I would have shared those photos here, but I didn't want to wait for her permission to use them (and wouldn't violate her copyright by posting them without her okay). It's easier to just send you on over to visit her directly!

Got any great photo tips to share?
Would love to hear them!


runnerbean said...

Hi there P. - I love the new header image! What a lovely piece, too. The photo really draws me in and keeps me there, feeling all peaceful and happy. Even though I've been here twice now, and looked at the photo a few more times than that, I keep noticing more things in the softly lit and blurred background area. Hey! Dragonflies!

Paula B. - GemStateMom said...

Thanks, Tracy!
I debated whether to use the soft-focus feature on Picasa...but decided I liked the dreamy effect.

I am lovin' the fun stuff you can whip out in just a few minutes using Picasa 3...and it makes it so simple to upload to a Blogger/Blogspot blog.

runnerbean said...

"dreamy" is the perfect word for that photo! I've never used Picasa, but it sounds like a great app.

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