On a recent visit to Vermont, I wanted to take up close and personal images of nature.  They say God is in the details.  I don’t know about that, but there is so much beauty in the details.  My thought was to get as close as I could to an object and take a picture with a shallow depth of field, turning the background into a blurry haze.

I’m pretty happy with the results, even though I brought the wrong lens with me.  I should have used a 35mm or 5omm prime lens with which I could get really close.  I didn’t, so I did the best I could.  Next time.

I’ve also been using Lightroom more and more and had a fun time getting lost in the image and marveling at the enormous change to the image that a tiny adjustment made to a single parameter made.  There was a certain zen in tweaking and tweaking, gradually working towards the final image.



Roses are dead...
Roses are dead…

I’ve been playing around with the VSCO app on my iPhone.  It allows you to take a little control of the phone’s camera and then offers many powerful ways to tweak the image.

I got it because, as much as I’d LIKE to have my camera on me when beauty presents itself, I usually don’t.  That may be a habit I should break.  In the meantime, I’ll have fun with this app and use it to try to capture the beauty in everyday life all around me.

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Bathroom Meet Cute

This is part of a scene I wrote and animated as part of an assignment for AnimSquad.  Inspired by the rigs, which come from AnimSquad, I decided on a ‘meet cute’ scenario but wanted to set it in an unusual place.  This shot needs a little more polish, but I think is almost there.  I have another 15-20 seconds of the scene to finish animating.  Look for it in the next month or two!

The voices are those of my talented co-workers Kate LaVallee and Tim Miner, who both brought added dimensions to the characters that I hadn’t thought of.  Egan Budd recorded the sessions.


I’ve been waiting for the skies to cloud up to take a photo of this wall of cranberry crates.  We’ve had such a long stretch of dry weather and/or torrential rains that I wondered if it was ever going to happen.

Finally, on Saturday, it clouded up with only a little drizzle to contend with.

Dog Gone

We said goodbye to Elsa and Josie today.  Otherwise know as Ethel and Lucy, we acquired them several weeks ago with the intention of keeping them.  Unfortunately, we quickly realized they were going to be much more than we were prepared to handle.  Admittedly, our timing for adopting dogs was not good.  With life a little up in the air, adding such a large responsibility was a mistake.  On top of that these sweet, loving animals were not only not house broken, but didn’t know any commands at all.  When we set out to adopt, we were clear about the dogs being a little older and used to living in a house.  Elsa and Josie are about three years old and loaded with energy.  They are loving and calm down very quickly, but just too much for us to handle at this time.

They are currently being boarded at Eva’s Play Pups and enjoying life on a 30 acre farm while they await adoption from the right family for them.  We wish them well and miss them.

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Ben Franklin Museum

Now that the Ben Franklin Museum has opened in Philadelphia, I can share some of the work I did for it.  Under the direction of Salvatore Raciti at MemoryCollective, I built several animations using Maya and After Effects to educate, in an entertaining way, the many aspects of Franklin and his impact on history.  I learned a lot about Franklin and enjoyed the process of animating the different pieces immensely.  I developed a great workflow to build these 2 1/2D animations, using illustrations by Katherine Streeter, rigging and animating them in Maya, then composting them in After Effects.  I hope to do more work like this in the near future and even have plans to try the same process but with paper cut-outs stop-motion animated.