Lakeland Skyline at Night

Evening in Lakeland
Evening in Lakeland

A surprising an picturesque lake walk greets visitors in downtown Lakeland. The design and placement of the lights add a hint of nostalgia and reflect dreamily on the lake. The lake front felt pleasantly moody to me, and I couldn’t help shooting it with that in mind. Later I manipulated the photo to achieve the Flamingo Pink haze that adds a romantic feel to the image. I love the finished image. In one of the galleries below are other shots from the this session.

Tom and I enjoyed a nice steak dinner accompanied by a bottle of pinot noir at the Texas Cattle Company.

More night photography images.


Afterwards we indulged in a bit of nighttime photography. Tom recently acquired a Nikon D800E which has awesome low-light capabilities.  I challenged him with my Nikon D600. I haven’t seen Tom’s images yet, but I am very pleased with my shoot!

The night was clear, and the Christmas tree was already up with it’s many sparkly lights.


This presented a perfect opportunity to try out the new color balancing techniques I was reading about. It is a technique based in a system used by the old renaissance painters, like Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir, etc.


They utilized color in complimentary ways that illuminated their work. The same theory can be applied to photography by manipulating individual color channels using levels and curves. I was using a tripod with remote trigger but the infra red trigger didn’t work well at night and I had to manually fire the camera which gave me a bit of camera shake and blurry images. I wound up with a few great bokeh effects from that experience.   Very surreal and dreamy.

Another element in this technique is the abstraction of reality.  The unexpected surreal touches created from the camera shake resulted in surprising images. These images were a result of my auto focusing trying to achieve focus, and extremely wide open aperture settings to capture an exaggerated bokeh effect.

Evening in Lakeland

Enjoy and Soar!

Thanksgiving Gratitude

Yours, mine and now ours . . .
Yours, mine and now ours . . . Snapped by Desiree Lamb with my Nikon D600, 28-200 lens 400 iso, no flash in manual mode . All images used in this post were snapped by me, unless noted on the photograph . . .like this one.

Tom and I enjoyed a very nice Thanksgiving surrounded by Cully’s warm welcoming family.

Cully and Des with baby bear

I am so happy Cully is my son-in-law. He has brought so much happiness, healing, and unity to us. I am grateful for our Cully.


I am grateful for my Desiree, who brought three of the loveliest children any one could hope for into my life! I love her because of who she is, an intelligent, articulate, young woman,  who is a strong debater and a wonderful mother. No matter what life throws at her, she lands on her feet.


I am very grateful for Mallory, Ella, and Olive . . . what fun they are. I enjoy watching them grow, interact, fight with each other, and love each other. I am grateful I can still climb a tree with them . . .

I am grateful for Tom who loves me unconditionally and puts up with my quirks and shares the same passion for photography. You may not be able to tell by looking at him, but he is a classic rock n roll connoisseur. . . and from what I understand . . . quite the hell raiser in his day.  Tom is not fragile and is always ready for debate!  As his daughter so lovingly put it “he can be a handful!” I love you babe:)


Dinner was marvelous!

Olive Lamb, aka baby bear . . .

Cully, Des, and baby bear . .

Mallory and Jocelyn


Ella . . .






Sisters and Cousins

A ride with Pappy . . .

The Family Photo Shoot

Cully and Des and the girls . . .




Whether I’m sketching or taking photographs, or writing and assembling a blog post, for me  the creative process comes in waves.  My blog post often contain revisions where I add or subtract this or that . . . it’s an adventure.

Enjoy and Soar !