Magic Happens

She started talking at three and hasn't stopped since...My grandchildren, my daughter, and my life with Tom are certainly my rai·son d’ê·tre!  However, photography is way up there on my list of things that bring me great enjoyment. If I were suddenly struck blind it would be devastating for me, because I would not be able to indulge my passion for this terrific art form.  When I look through my camera’s view finder I am always surprised. Although I may have looked at a particular scene many times, it is not unusual for me to suddenly see a great photograph develop. It was there all along. I just never noticed it before.

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I am often drawn into a scene in search of a photograph before I am even sure what I am looking for. I put the camera to my eye and I search, and search, and sometimes there is nothing. Every now and then,  when the light and shadows meet at just the right places there pops out of the scene a photograph that yells out to me, hey! here I am! and BAM! magic happens.

Here are a few of my favorite shots.

Running Free...

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Girls (14 of 16)

Lovely . . .
Lovely . . .
dk7, f5,1/250th, 400 iso, auto wb, flash used, soft box and umbrella lights. Edited in Picasa . Desaturated, and cropped for effect.
dk7, f5,1/250th, 400 iso, auto wb, flash used, soft box and umbrella lights. Edited in Picasa . Desaturated, and cropped for effect. Self Portrait by Marylia (Mo) Gacia of Pixlexia Photography
Early Morning Shoot
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Graham Cracker Crust, Chocolate Cake base for Smore's
Graham Cracker Crust, Chocolate Cake base for Smore’s
Pumpkin spice Cake with Butter Cream Icing
Pumpkin spice Cake with Butter Cream Icing
My overall favorite
Love and Laughter

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Art Effect

Downtown Tampa Bridge near Performing Arts Center

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Recital 2011 (42 of 47)

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Recital 2011 (15 of 47)

Bird on Fire – 2013 Winter Solstice

Image taken by Marylia (Mo) Garcia of Pixlexia Photography. D700, 28-200 mm, auto iso, manual mode, lightroo adjustments applied. Winter Solstice Sunrise over Lake Agnes, Polk City, FL @ 7:20 a.m.
Image taken by Marylia (Mo) Garcia of Pixlexia Photography. D700, 28-200 mm, auto iso, manual mode, lightroom adjustments applied. Winter Solstice Sunrise over Lake Agnes, Polk City, FL @ 7:20 a.m.

With so much talk about Happy Holidays vs. Merry Christmas, I thought it interesting that what is really going on is a very science based astronomical event called the Winter Solstice. The only significance that it holds is that during this event we experience the shortest length of time between the time the sun rises and the time the sun sets.

Image taken by Marylia (Mo) Garcia of Pixlexia Photography. D7000, 12-24 mm, manual focus, auto iso, manual mode, lightroom adjustments applied. Winter Solstice Sunrise over Lake Agnes, Polk City, FL @ 7:20 a.m.
Image taken by Marylia (Mo) Garcia of Pixlexia Photography. D7000, 12-24 mm, manual focus, auto iso, manual mode, lightroom adjustments applied. Winter Solstice Sunrise over Lake Agnes, Polk City, FL @ 7:20 a.m.

In Polk City, Florida, Today, Sunday, Dec 22, 2013, the sun will rise at 7:16 AM, and will set at 5:38 PM. The day will be 10h-21m-51s in length.

Image taken by Marylia (Mo) Garcia of Pixlexia Photography. D7000, 12-24 mm, manual focus, auto iso, manual mode, lightroom adjustments applied. Winter Solstice Sunrise over Lake Agnes, Polk City, FL @ 7:20 a.m.
Image taken by Marylia (Mo) Garcia of Pixlexia Photography. D7000, 12-24 mm, manual focus, auto iso, manual mode, lightroom adjustments applied. Winter Solstice Sunrise over Lake Agnes, Polk City, FL @ 7:20 a.m.

I snapped these images this morning as I scrambled out the door at 7 a.m. to position myself to be able to catch the sunrise. I was half asleep, stiff from my back issues, and my cameras had not been set up the night before. I got out there only to find the lens on my D7K wasn’t auto focusing, and my D700 wouldn’t fire because it had no memory card in it.

Image taken by Marylia (Mo) Garcia of Pixlexia Photography. D700, 28-200 mm, auto iso, manual mode, lightroom adjustments applied. Winter Solstice Sunrise over Lake Agnes, Polk City, FL @ 7:20 a.m.
Image taken by Marylia (Mo) Garcia of Pixlexia Photography. D700, 28-200 mm, auto iso, manual mode, lightroom adjustments applied. Winter Solstice Sunrise over Lake Agnes, Polk City, FL @ 7:20 a.m.

After expressing a few choice expletives, I manual focused the D7k, and ran inside to find a memory card for the D700. I recomposed myself and managed to fire off both cameras and captured a few beauties and a decisive moment or two.

Image taken by Marylia (Mo) Garcia of Pixlexia Photography. D700, 28-200 mm, auto iso, manual mode, lightroom adjustments applied. Winter Solstice Sunrise over Lake Agnes, Polk City, FL @ 7:20 a.m.
Image taken by Marylia (Mo) Garcia of Pixlexia Photography. D700, 28-200 mm, auto iso, manual mode, lightroom adjustments applied. Winter Solstice Sunrise over Lake Agnes, Polk City, FL @ 7:20 a.m.

Below is a gallery of my Winter Solstice Sunrise shots, enjoy a happy day free from other people’s preconceived ideas about anything. As always think for yourself and remember to enjoy life, that may be all we can do.

Authentic Duality

Tom and I are birthing a mutual creative endeavor which we named moTom.  At its core the concept is about balance, symmetry, and reflection. We share a mutual goal to create something that expresses symmetry in unexpected ways. I think of it as something that is in harmony with itself and it’s surroundings.  I call it an authentic duality. Tom refers to it as a reflective duality.

Tom and I approach photography differently. It is important for us not to succumb to the influence of the other’s photographic style. I like the surprise element, the not so perfect perfection, and I do not object to using photoshop filters and effects in my photographs.

Taken by Marylia (Mo) Garcia 12/19/13 at sunrise d700, manual mode, 28-200 mm, auto iso, lightroom adjustments applied
Taken by Marylia (Mo) Garcia 12/19/13 at sunrise d700, manual mode, 28-200 mm, auto iso, lightroom adjustments applied

Tom sets goals for his photography to be “as shot” with minimal or no photoshop adjustments. Tom brings his architectural training to his compositions.  For me it’s all about the decisive moment, for Tom it’s the structure, elements and composition.  We are going to have fun with this.

The moTom venture  will continue to move forward and I look forward to watching the gallery grow. I am excited to see what moTom will develop.

There is a certain intriguing quality in this type of image which can be  connected to a deeper philosophic message should you wish to explore that sort of thing. Perhaps the answer lies in asking the right question, as it does in all things. Are you living in the reflection or in the reality? These images reveal that sometimes it can be difficult to differentiate between the reality of the scene and its reflection. Being of a mystical mindset, I immediately philosophize this and apply these thoughts to how I am living my life.  I want to experience life from my own unique perception of reality, not someone else’s version of reality.

Our photography is all about our version of reality however far it allows us to bend it.

Geometry
Photo taken by Marylia Garcia of Pixlexia.com of the Tampa Museum of Art located on the grounds of the Curtis Hixon Water Font Park in Downtown Tampa. Photos taken on  December 2013. Equipment used: Nikon D700 28-200 mm lens iso200 auto wb manual mode

Authentic Duplicity, equal on both sides, can be flipped horizontally or vertically, and retain its integrity.  A complex geometry resulting in a simple expression.

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Photo taken by Marylia Garcia of Pixlexia.com of Beer Can buildingt located on the grounds of the Curtis Hixon Water Font Park in Downtown Tampa. Photos taken on December 2013. Equipment used: Nikon D700 28-200 mm lens iso200 auto wb manual mode

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