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dawn r. siebert-smith
Joined March 4th, 2010

"Happiness... it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort." ~Van Gogh

Canon EOS 40D
Canon EF 28-135mm IS
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 Wide Angle USM
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Nikon Coolpix S210 Point and Shoot
Sunpak Pro 523PX tripod

I am a full-time "serious" side has a passion for photojournalism and sports "creative" side is attracted to still life and scenic creative vision is empowered by natural light...I create my fine art images by photographing the light then composing the photo.

ARTIST STATEMENT: I love being able to capture and share the essence of a moment—its intimacy and nuance—through a photographic image, an image that appeals not just to the eye, but touches the heart and soul, and evokes emotion. My camera is but one tool I use in creating a meaningful, memorable experience for my viewers; most of my work is done before and after I hit the shutter button. I find beauty in the simplicity of everyday life: a daisy hanging over the edge of the road, local farmers conversing in a small town diner, in the hustle and bustle of downtown Pittsburgh or along the quiet backcountry roads of southwestern Pennsylvania. I carry my camera, and my eye for art, wherever I go.

PHOTOGRAPHER’S BIO: Born and raised in southwestern Pennsylvania, I’ve always felt a calling to be creative. In my early years, I thought perhaps I was destined to be an artist; however, a brief stint at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh taught me I was not going to be the next Monet. Still, I could not escape a sense of creativity, deep within me, just longing to find its outlet. Later in life, I tried my hand at creative writing, and jumped into an MFA program with both feet. Despite being disillusioned with my academic experience, I found my voice, and confidence, and knew I was on the right track to discovering my medium for artistic expression. Then, serendipitously, I stumbled upon photography a few years ago. I took to it like a fish to water—a hungry fish, for I could not learn enough fast enough. And, although I had discovered a new tool, I was able to bring to my new craft a lifetime of learning and yearning, as well as an innate artistic sense (a camera does not make a photographer any more than a brush makes a painter). I’ve also found I love the technical aspects of producing photographic images as much as I love the artistic aspects, and I’ve been blessed by the tutelage of several accomplished photographers in the region. I look forward to a lifetime of learning and experimenting, combining technique and artistry, and, most importantly, bringing visually and emotionally stimulating images to my viewers.

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????? · 2010-05-16: 23:36
????? Hi Dawn! I`ve been busy with work and at home the tulips continue to be dug out. My wife and I bought this place about a year and a half ago and we`ve been busy. I just used my wheelbarrow to move 8 yards of stone to a patio and have a full dump truck of soil being delivered next week. Every day there is something to plant. This is a brick bungalow that is 50 years old and I can`t imagine how the previous owner lived with the plants he had in place. (no trees, dry and hot backyard) So haven`t taken many pics but soon I`ll be out and at it again.
tracyseeger · 2010-05-14: 18:19
terrific set of love love #1...wonderful detail and color :o)
Thank you so much!
Shaparak · 2010-05-12: 22:57
wonderful capture...very nice framing and colors :o)
You are kind ... thank you a lot!
kif123 · 2010-05-12: 21:45
Reply ⇔ Ducky Duck
absolutely stunning get the nicest settings...WOW...fantastic capture :o)
Thank you!
drohask · 2010-05-11: 21:22
nice work guys...stunning floral how the gerbera fills the the point of view with the tulips :o)
We definitely enjoy getting to shoot flowers with the short season we have here in Nova Scotia. I'm sure there will be many more flower shots in the upcoming weeks.
drohask · 2010-05-11: 21:22
lovely set of images...nice detail in both :o)
Thank you so much!
drohask · 2010-05-11: 21:21
awesome concept to create this set of images...nicely done :o)
We wanted to try something new one day, so figured it was worth a shot. We were definitely pleased with our results. Thanks for the comment!
drohask · 2010-05-11: 21:03
beautiful set of the detail in the point of view and focal point in #2

wishing you both a happy day :o)
Thanks! We were trying to give two different types of views on two different flowers. Was definitely a fun day of shooting.

Thanks so much for the well wishes. Hope you have a great day as well!
lgnelson · 2010-05-11: 20:10
Reply ⇔ Sweetheart Tree
excellent set of images Larry...nicely the perspective and earthy colors
I experimented with PSE8 and photo merge on several of these, and really liked the results. All of the greens "popped!" Glad you liked them, Dawn!
lgnelson · 2010-05-11: 19:48
ah Larry, gray starting to show...what a co-winky dink, I have the same problem...LOL...although I go to a stylist to "cover up me gray"...I'm too dangerous :o)

#3 is a nice choice to include in this set :o)
Thanks, Dawn. Seems like my post is about coloring things, but that's not the theme. Think I got stuck on this one. Check out some of the others' posts for better clues.
Glad you liked my #3. The verse gives a better clue.