My photo presented in a Woman in M.E. III exhibition

~Through the eyes of a child~
~Vaiko akimis~

This photo was presented in a project/exhibition “Woman in M.E.III”. It represents a beautiful, strong woman, tender mom, unique personality I am honored to be friends with. After she gave birth to her wonderful son, her sight got worse, to a minimum because of the diabetes she had since she was 8. Now, as she says, she learned to do the things she never did when she had a good sight – play the piano, dance, write songs, see things differently. And I believe this is a God gift. I admire her poetry, songs and they make me feel more things which are not obvious.

The EYES on her arms – her son’s eyes, they actually are her eyes now..

The SONG in the back is Slumber Song, by Schumann 1941, which I “accidentally” found to give this picture a mood – peace, comfort, grateful motherhood. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFrierI1Aiw)
Just one of her songs is here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=628073727241996&set=vb.100001181236362&type=2&theater and you can find more on her FB page

The NAME for this picture was given by Severina’s son – Aidas! He is almost 7. I didn’t name it myself on purpose. It was a feeling I could not describe looking at this picture but Aidas did a great job here! He is incredible, have a look at his own song here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=792340620778095&set=vb.100000064921362&type=2&theater

About Woman in M.E.III: https://www.facebook.com/Project.W.in.Me?ref=ts&fref=ts
video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au79fOifvo4&feature=youtu.be
Photos from Woman in M.E.III exhibition:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.637009106383522.1073741834.450954688322299&type=1
A big thanks to Margarita who made it possible 

Other posts about Severina:
** https://amoophoto.wordpress.com/2013/11/09/the-strongest-person-i-know/
**…mano vaikystės draugė – viena iš dvyniu, su ja pažįstamos nuo darželio laikų, kartu laukėmės, aš antro, ji pirmo vaiko.. …ji susirgo cukriniu diabetu. Nepaisant gydytojų nepalankios nuomonės, ji net nesvarstė, ar gimdys ar ne. lki šiol jai Aidas – didžiausia Dievo dovana. Ji nuolat sakydavo – ‘gyvenu viena karta, todėl reikia džiaugtis šia akimirka ir gailėtis to, ko dar nepadariau’. Ji visuomet buvo linksma, pasitikinti savimi, graži mergina.
Po gimdymo iš tikrųjų jos sveikata ėme sparčiai blogėti, ypač rega. Jai atliko kelias operacijas..buvo momentai, kai ji galvojo, kad niekada nebematys..Ačiū Dievui, šiandien dienai ji šiek tiek mato, tačiau didžiai visų nuostabai, po sunkaus periodo, ji ėme kurti muziką ir dainuoti! Žinau, kad nuo vaikystes kurdavo nerealius eilėraščius, tačiau kai išgirdau jos dainas, abstulbau. Beje, jipradėjo ir šokti ir daryti daug dalykų, kurių nedarė regėdama. Bet didžiausias stebuklas buvo, kai ji dalyvaudama vienoje aklųjų ir neregių stovykloje, prisėdusi prie seno fortepijono ėme groti..nematydama!
Aš verkiau kai klausiausi..nes tai buvo tiesiog nesuvokiama, ji niekad negrojo ir nedainavo anksčiau..
Na iš tiesų, ji gal savo istoriją plačiau ir tiksliau aprašytu..
šiai dienai, ji man, bene, stipriausia pažįstama moteris ir mama, jos sūnus – nerealus vaikas.. ji puikus pavyzdys kiekvienai verkšlenančiai dėl smulkmenų moteriai…na, man ji tiesiog stebuklas – Severina.

© Ausra Marcinkus Photography 2014

This is just a FRAGMENT. You can find the whole picture HERE

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The making of a fine art picture – “The Hunt”

I am really excited to have my canvas done. The canvas  of the very first fine art picture I made this year.  So as a salute to this I’m gonna post a condensed workflow  from the very untouched photo to a fully finished canvas. 

It all started at Photo Blitz. You can read more about it HERE and HERE. 

Before taking a picture I already knew that I would edit it in one or another way but .. I couldn’t see a clear picture in my mind yet. I thought – this guy would look a little creepy – that’s for sure! I wanted him to give my picture a feeling of waiting, for something, or somebody…  So I asked him (btw his name’s Arthur) to pose the way I wanted and took this shot:

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Well, lets’s take it for a start 🙂 I picked it acctually from a stack of around 30 shots. I took additional photos of a landscape.  Later on I added them up trying to compose a wider view keeping the man almost in the centre. I don’t like to use a wider lens because it distorts proportions of a subject in a landscape.  I used 50mm for all of those shots. This is how a rough mosaic of around 10 photos looked like in Photoshop:

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I spent quite “some” time smothering and aligning the edges..filling the gaps, clearing some background bits I didn’t like, making some mist and …oh ..lots of other painting there 🙂

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Then changed colors…many times.. and brought some light on this gentleman’s face,  a little magic dust and some plants started to crawl up his feet soaking up the anger and the hatred which now appeared on his face 🙂

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Some blood and scratches… I could feel the fight and somebody definitely fought back.. then I added some bats – I made their photos that same day (Halloween decorations):

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Then I had a vision of a girl..hiding .. and I had a perfect shot from the Photo Blitz that day as well where my model was Vita.:

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So, I took her and placed her here …where she is still  hiding, waiting ..  

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well, I don’t know how about you but looking at the hunter’s expression on his face.. and at the final picture – I don’t think she will get away.. 🙂 well, maybe not today?..  To be honest, I really enjoyed the process of making “The Hunt” . The more I worked on it the more I could see the picture I wanted to see and of course it’s my first “babe” so it is really important to me. I think the most important part is what I can feel when I look at it. How much time did it take?…umm..second question… 😉 

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The last thing I wanted to do is a canvas which could remind me my first steps into fine art. I used www.canvassale.co.uk and they were absolutely great in prices and quality. Honestly? I’ve never had a canvas..so it looks perfect for me. I made couple of more at once but they will remain silent until Christmas 🙂 I took this quick shot with my daughter hiding behind it 🙂  Now the canvas is hanging on a wall in a respectable place.

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Feel free to leave a comment of what you think of “The Hunt” or any part of making it.

Into Fine Art Photography

As I wrote earlier, Fine Art Photography always drew my attention but only a while ago I found out that I can do it too. And I want to! I just felt I didn’t know how to combine everything I see/feel into a photo before so I started learning. Bit by bit I’m working hard to create a vision, moment or simple fantasy but this is not actual work. Inspiration is the one determining whether anything you do is work or creative work  because you CAN work without any inspiration, but you CANNOT create without it. You can find my Fine Art Photography album on Facebook and yet there is one more long-matured picture to come! LIKE my FB page to see it first! And although I like all of my projects, this one was my favorite so far. I called it: 

  ~ Heart condition – Chrysalis ~

The results are here! Photos of the Photo Blitz Tournament

Finally, the day has come when all the photos of all photographers were revealed and put on a golden plate for judgement. If you missed my post about the Photo Blitz and what it was all about – you can read about it here. Two weeks – that’s all I had to choose and prepare my photos for the contest and actually it was not enough, I had more visions but … I’ll work on them later 😉 Introducing my photos I would like to say that I was inspired by  Brooke Shaden, when I watched her Fine Art Portraits workshop on Creative Live some time ago.  For sure, I’m into something more than photography and only time and lack of skills stops my imagination to be expressed on-screen or wall, yet 🙂 but I will reach for more.  So, even before taking part in Photo Blitz I knew that I will try “Fine Art” style  and I am happy with my very first results. It’s my first time for God’s sake! I’m excited! 😀 Finally, I was able to take the reality  and create something  that is only in my head and most of all – share it with somebody else. My husband was the first judge and he said he had some creeps at the beginning 🙂 Yes! That’s what I wanted! It took hours and hours of my time but I have no regrets because I had so much fun making these photos.  Couple of them are my favorite and I will definitely print them because you have to zoom them to see some fine details 😉 And yes! I like details! They all mean something, and I like to hide things so they are not so obvious, so take your time and maybe you’ll find something undiscovered 😉

You can VOTE for my photos by clicking LIKE under my all album HERE but first you’ll have to  join the Photo Blitz group in order to do so. The last day to vote is 28 June. There will be prizes for the best of the bests but as one lady posted – the participation in this event is the prize itself! And I agree 😉

OR even more important to me – you can watch my photos at my Facebook page and leave me a comment of what you think of any photo you like or don’t like and why. But what I am interested most is – WHAT DO YOU FEEL, when you look at it? Let me and others know! I would appreciate it so much! And this is only a glimpse of all of them: 

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