Welcome 2012! My new year’s resolution is to post regularly to the three blogs I write: on art photography, gourmet vegetarian food, and natural healing with essential oils.

Though my SpringMoon blog has appeared utterly neglected (no posts / updates since April 2008), I’ve been VERY busy with photography and art behind the scenes. Was gifted a new camera: Nikon 5000D and a 28-300mm lens by my incredibly generous sister in this time period. Have been teaching myself to use it and investing in professional quality equipment such as:
~ a Vanguard carbon fiber tripod and pistol grip swivel mount
~ a tabletop lightbox for food and product photography (still need better lights)

Also, with the encouragement of a Facebook friend, Ethan Tweedie, who does spectacular landscape photography in Hawaii, started taking a Lynda.com course on shooting in RAW, which is improving what I can do with my photography ~ preserving max exposure details in the highlights and shadows and a wide range of color hues. More on this in specific articles I have planned.

ivory gerbera daisy digital photo etching ~ Copyright 2012 Cynthe Brush

Sunny Gerbera Daisy ~ A summery flower to brighten your New Year.

Images to greet the new year: This pale ivory Gerbera Daisy shot several years ago is one of the first ‘high-key’ images I’ve taken with it’s dark center being the only strong point of contrast. Liked the image and have wanted to make a D’Gravure™ digital etching of it for a few years now. January 1st 2012 was the day. Hope you enjoy it.

My sister asked what the photographic term ‘High-Key’ meant. It’s when an image is primarily LIGHT: light subject, light background, bright light. ‘Low-Key’ is the opposite: dark subject, dark background, low lighting. Both are very powerful visual styles. Haven’t experimented yet, but am intrigued with the idea.

I’ve saturated this etching with more color than the ‘plain’ photographic image appears to have, bumping up the yellow & peachy (magenta) tones. Added a pale yellow background to fill in the nondescript white. Hope you like it!

The other image I prepared to greet the new year was a dramatic vista taken December 2007 in Mendocino county, north of us. The view is spectacular!

mendocino hills vista looking sw from orr springs road east of ukiah california

DEC 2007 ~ A typical sunny northern California winter day. Taken looking SW from Orr Springs Road just east of Ukiah. The scenic winding road runs west from Ukiah to Mendocino (on the Pacific coast).

As a standard photo it lacked detail and was too contrasty (bright highlights / deep featureless shadows). After some standard digital darkroom dodging & burning enhancements and re-interpreting it as a digital etching, it now has added visual ‘pop’ for a successful image.

My sister Victoria wanted to see a bit more saturation and wondered if perhaps her monitor needs calibration? Here’s my response to her Facebook comment:
RE: SaturationCould be the angle of your laptop screen and/or calibration. I could bump up the greens a tad. The yellows are fairly strong. Pushed the reds slightly, so the brown earthy patches didn’t look gray. And the blues are VERY dominant….didn’t want to overdo them.

Of course it’s perfectly fine to ‘over’ saturate, depending on what one’s aesthetic preferences and artistic goals are.

Hope YOU enjoy it.



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