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Photography Society Annual Photo 2013

Dec. 12th, 2013 | 08:14 pm

Photography Society
Photo by Michelle Hall

Here we are gathered together for our annual photograph. The Fayetteville Photography Society. We should have taken off our name tags before the photo shoot. Hee hee. A fine looking bunch if I say so myself. I am in the front row second person from the right (black sweater). How is it that I am the only person holding a camera!!?? That's just not right :-(

Cheers,
Lynda

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Birthday Hallucination: Portrait of Steve

Dec. 9th, 2013 | 11:13 am


Photo by Lynda Ward / Visual-Stories.com

Today is my husband's birthday, so I thought it fitting to post a portrait of him. He sometimes acts as my unpaid assistant, so here he is adjusting my camera. Happy Birthday, Steve :-)

Love,
Lynda

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Nelson Mandela Dead, but the march for justice continues ...

Dec. 5th, 2013 | 08:34 pm

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Photo by The Southern Poverty Law Center, USA.

Indeed what made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves.

Morris Dees, Founder and Chief Trial Attorney of the Southern Poverty Law Center says, "The more we can learn from his life, the more we can amplify the drumbeat for human rights."

Read Mr. Dees' call to march on to the drumbeat here: http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/news/splc-remembers-human-rights-icon-nelson-mandela

R.I.P. Nelson Mandela.

And thank you,
Lynda

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Fayetteville NC's Annual Dickens Holiday Celebration

Nov. 28th, 2013 | 08:51 pm


Photo by Lynda Ward / Visual-Stories.com

Tomorrow in Fayetteville, NC, we start the Christmas season with our annual Dickens Festival. The streets will be filled with people dressed in Victorian costumes, complete with horse-drawn carriages and carolers singing. It really is a sight to behold. Our historic downtown is transformed into a bygone English era.

Above is my photo of Tiny Tim. The actors perform the play "A Christmas Carol" but then also roam the streets staying in costume and in character. This is the Tiny Tim character taking part in the candlelight procession.

What is it about festivals like this, which ends with our annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, that lifts the spirit? Whatever it is, I love it. And I love this time of year. I've always been a winter and a Christmas-time person.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!

Peace,
Lynda

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Masked Dancers, Burk Uzzle, & A Photography Contest

Nov. 21st, 2013 | 08:44 pm


Photo by Lynda Ward / Visual-Stories.com

When I was photographing these masked dancers yesterday, I couldn't help but think of the legendary Life Magazine photographer Burk Uzzle. If you've not seen Burk's photos of people in white face, check out his studio shots at: http://www.burkuzzle.com/driver.php?category=photos&subnav=studio

Burk Uzzle will be our special guest photographer for our upcoming Cape Fear Music Festival, A Celebration of Music and Photography, as well as our photography competition judge. For more on the photography contest visit: http://methodist.edu/capefearfestival/

The masked folks I photographed above are members of a troupe of dancers who performed at Methodist University's Pangea International Festival and were representing Africa. I really love the way the masks and their gloved hands photographed.

Cheers,
Lynda

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Portrait of Me by photographer Bryce Lankard

Nov. 14th, 2013 | 07:59 pm



My photography mentor's (Bryce Lankard) photos have appeared in magazines like Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, Allure, Newsweek, and Time, to mention a few, and he's shot everyone from celebrities to homeless people ... yesterday we took a short hike out to a homeless camp in the woods to do a shoot, and he added me to the list of folks he has photographed.

If you follow my blog or me on Facebook, you'll know that I typically hate all photos of myself. But I like this one, which is no doubt a sign that Bryce is truly a fantastic photographer :-)

You can check out Bryce's work on his website: www.BryceLankard.com ... and if you are so inclined, he teaches photography at Duke University, you can enroll in one of his classes!

Cheers,
Lynda

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Today's Find: The Way (way) Back in Time

Nov. 10th, 2013 | 02:10 pm


Photo taken in 1983 by Lynda Ward

Ahh, the things we find in old boxes!

I was cleaning out my storage area and I found this print of a photo I took back in the 1980s with my Pentax camera. (This is a scan of the print I found). I even developed and printed the film myself!

I actually entered this photo in an Emerging Photographer's competition, and it won the portrait category. I believe my mom has the matted and framed winning print with the ribbon still hanging on it. I remember being surprised that I won. This was my first photo competition, and I had simply been pleased to see my photo hanging with the others in the show. I didn't expect to win anything. But on the evening the show opened, I was surprised to see my photo had a ribbon on it :-)

The model is my friend Belinda, a college friend. She had just had her hair done, so we went to the park for a picnic and take some photos. I was in a photography class at the time, and the assignment was to focus on composition and balance.

I'll send her a copy :-)

Peace,
Lynda

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Out of Alaska: taking a portrait on the fly ...

Nov. 5th, 2013 | 09:04 pm



The challenge was to photograph A, who just moved here (to North Carolina) from Alaska. The room was dark. I didn't have any of my good lenses with me or any light equipment at all. I never use the flash on my camera, so that was out. But the building had a room with a wall of windows. And the sun was setting in a couple hours, so the sun streamed through those windows very nicely. I sat A in front of the windows where the light would hit the wall then bounce onto her.

I've never been asked to take a portrait of someone on the fly. Meaning I didn't go to the library expecting to take a photo of anyone. This wasn't a portrait session, so I didn't bring any photography equipment with me and only had my walk-about camera and lens.

But I kept noticing the room with the wall of windows and how the sun was streaming through, and I kept thinking how it might make nice light for a natural light photo of something or someone. Then A volunteered to model.

Of course a hair light might have been nice and maybe something to bounce more light onto her right side. But all I had was my camera, a wall of windows, and a white wall to her right. So that's what I went with, and with her red hair and blue eyes she looks so very pretty in that light.

Peace,
Lynda

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Wishing You a Spooky All Hallow's Eve

Oct. 31st, 2013 | 08:22 pm


Photo Credit: Lynda Ward, Visual-Stories.com

Another shot from my crazy, wacky, bird shoot, but this time at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Hopefully it's just spooky enough to work as a Halloween shot too. Happy Halloween!

Cheers,
Lynda

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Fun, Wacky, Bird Ballet @ Carolina Beach, NC

Oct. 27th, 2013 | 10:32 am


Photo by Lynda Ward / Visual-Stories.com


Okay how about something fun and a bit wacky for a change? My photography mentor has me working on composition and seeing things from a new perspective. So a trip to the beach this past week was a fantastic opportunity to practice this lesson and to try something fun! And the birds seem to be having fun too! In fact I felt a bit like I was in a Hitchcock movie, the beach was literally swarming with birds!

Peace,
Lynda :-)

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