The Float & The Surge

The Float

I wanted this image to be surrealistic. I think I succeeded. heh.
I had this idea about floating up above a scene… like a dream, or like that moment you leave your body at the end. It wouldn’t be a razor sharp focus moment, or be quite like your everyday vision at all. It would be… dreamy. Softer focus, with colors that reflect how you feel about the world as you look down.

In my case… that’s warm. I love fall-colored trees, picnic tables, leaves on the ground, life. It’s idyllic to me. And floating above it is like some modern surrealistic movie with either a tortured youth narrating his drifty, tortured tale (think: American Beauty)… or the ending of a love story where the main character dies at the end of some horrible disease. I really dislike the latter, BTW… won’t even watch them! But I do love The Float that only seems to happen in those kinds of movies. (Exception: Beetlejuice. That had a great Float at the beginning.) As you can imagine, I don’t get to enjoy The Float as often as I like.

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Inspired by…

Inspiration 

I’ve always love those marvelous ancient Japanese paintings of plum blossoms on branches. Sometimes when I’m out photographing, I’ll see scenes that remind me of art from another time, in a particular style… or a movie scene will pop into my mind, I’ll hear music or have other flashes that are like neon signs pointing – not always subtly – to a particular composition. It’s not always quiet in that noggin of mine!

This day, I couldn’t help thinking about those Japanese blossom paintings when I spied this splashy display in forest next to the Buddhist Temple near Croton-on-Hudson, New York.

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Listen

My mother used to say “There’s nothing new under the sun”. Which was her shorthand for the idea that rather than spending time running around trying to come up with the ONE thing that no one else has ever thought of… go ahead and be inspired by what’s in front of you, what has moved you, what you love. If you truly listen (or SEE, to put it in photographic terms)… you’ll hear something unique, because YOU are unique. Spirit moves in its own way through you… and when you listen through its filter, a truly unique expression occurs.

I find that idea relaxing. It takes away the tension of worrying whether something I’m doing or creating is ‘good enough’. Just getting quiet and listening to that one, true voice on the inside – is the one, true thing in this world that I know for sure is worth paying attention to. It’s a lifelong journey… full of wonder and miracles. I’m glad I signed up for that ride!

New York, Macphun & The Fish

Presets & Textures… Oh My!

I love new experiences. Roll them in a nice coating of fun, learning curve rich goodness and I’m hooked!
Such was my experience in creating new presets and textures for Macphun. I was delighted and honored when they asked me to do so.

I went to town on them a few months ago. I’ve certainly created and used my own textures… but not strictly for and in black and white – and never presets. What a cool thing to do! (You can create your own too, BTW… it’s yet another way to create your own unique touches.)

Since then, I’ve been using them ALOT to fine tune and get ‘em dialed in. I finally like the results! And now… two are being released in their new Marketplace this week… the KHutt Urbex textures and The Dynamic Collection presets, both created for Tonality Pro. Click this link to see what they look like. Or just click on the images below.
(I put them here so you know what they’ll look like on the page.)

There are also presets and such from several other fabulous photographers – so if you like presets and textures, you MUST have a gander.

For any regular Macphun product you do decide to spring for… use the code KHUTT for 10% off your purchase. (Discount = yay!!)

However, please note that the presets and textures are not included in that discount. Sorry! But the good news is that they’re super inexpensive to begin with and you’ll barely miss it. :D

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The Veil Between Worlds

I knew this image would turn out impressionistically when I shot it. Mostly because when I saw it, it reminded me of a photographer whose work I just love: Philippe Sainte-Laudy.

I’ll admit I thought I might do some motion blur. But the quality of light that came out as I pleased my muse was what soared to the forefront instead. My muse needed pleasing, because we’ve been taking care of business – ALOT – lately! That’s important and all good… but she was definitely feeling neglected. So I let her play. We’re much happier with each other now. :D

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The forest itself absolutely magical in the late afternoon light. But I wanted it to feel a little surreal – like the same forest, but as if it stood just on the other side of the veil in a different reality selection, on another world. One that’s similar to ours, just altered in certain mystically beauteous ways. I’m betting you’ve been by those thin-veiled moments. They stop you in your tracks, you gawk and whisper “That’s just unbelievable!”. Yep… you’ve just seen a reflection of that world.

This was that.
I just made the veil a little thinner is all.

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5 Day Deal Was a Success!!

Well, THAT was a fun event! The 5 Day Deal was very, very successful! Over $205k raised for charity (I should know exactly how much in the next couple of days), thousands of happy customers… and even the servers will be happy, now that it’s over. Heh. I hear they went down a couple of times with the unexpected levels of demand. And they were beefed up from last time! Love that. Many thanks to those of you who used my code to purchase that incredible bundle of goodness… I hope you find new inspiration this winter as you work your way through all the tutorials, ebooks, presets, textures, discounts, etc! It was exciting to bring it all your way.

Moving Forward…

And now… moving on to new stuff… New York is up next, then a few days in Colorado, San Diego… then home, where I hope to stay for the holidays and rest of the year.
New website should be up in a month or less – launching a whole new KHutt era! My mind is reeling at the possibilities… frankly, some downtime will be in order just to get my brain re-organized for it all!

Before I fly tomorrow, I’m going back to a moment overlooking the hoodoos at Bryce Canyon, Utah last year… when the wonder, ancient-ness and peace of it all just washed over and filled me up with strength, beauty, inspired ideas and love. I’m going to carry that forward on behalf of all of us!

What Renews YOU?

Got a favorite place to renew? I’d love to hear it! Might take some notes, too… ;)

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New Seasons, New Works

Changing Seasons, New Ideas

There’s something about a change of seasons that makes you re-evaluate. Shake it out. Refocus. At least that’s what happens to me.
Fall’s a hard one to miss… Mother Nature showing off her flashy colors kind of slaps you face and says “WAKE UP!!!”. I love it when she does that.

And since my new website is coming around the final corner – and with it, new works – I’m tuned reaaaalllly finely to “New”. So highly tuned, I could sing an aria right now! Soprano. Which I’m not, normally.

This is one of my new works… which I’m sharing here first. It’s not going on social until the site launches. But I do love letting you guys in on stuff before it’s really, truly public!

This was from our recent foray down the Eastern Sierras. Man, what a necessary brain break! There’s just something about aspens in all their finery. Photographers in Colorado and Utah get these kinds of shots all the time – with the strong, vertical white lines of aspen trunks against the brilliant warm hues. But it’s not as common in California aspen for some reason. Except certain places in the Eastern Sierras. I think this might have been Bishop Creek. Or Hope Valley. I forget – so lost do I become in the swirling glory of color!

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I love an impressionistic turn too.. something I haven’t shared a lot. But I do have a set of works I call “The KHutt Collection” (with a chuckle, of course!) that’ll be on the new site. This is one of them. They’re all a bit different… but WAY more on the “artified” side of things than the realistic. They’re fun, something I’ve done for awhile… so I thought it was time to start showing them.


The 5Day Deal is still going… for 4 more days!

OH! And let’s not forget… that if YOU’RE a photographer looking for tools to learn new things, try new ideas and blow your own artistic mind for a new season of awesomeness…

REMEMBER the 5Day Deal!!    $2000 worth of training tools for photographers for only $89.
It sounds so car salesman, I know… but this one is for real.
I was stunned by how huge this sale was last time – and some people missed the deadline (it only goes for 5 days… this one ends October 20th at 9am PT!).
But this bundle is even bigger. So now I guess I’m double-stunned!

I thought I’d share some of the cool stuff from friends of mine,  renowned photographers one and all…

My gal pal Nicole Young’s got a landscape tutorial, Lightroom presets AND a book in the sale:

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Good friend Trey Ratcliff’s entire “Midnight in Paris” 7 hr series is part of the bundle too:

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The always fabulous Jaime Ibarra will have you compositing like a boss: (and clearly, saving money like one too!)

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Fellow Arcanum Master Scott Wyden Kivowitz is in there too:

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I swear, this bundle will keep you going all fall, winter… maybe even all year! I’ve got my eye on some things I want to learn too… because you can just never, EVER stop learning.

So if new seasons make you want to expand your photography mind and world too… click any of those images to learn more (and yes, if you end up buying… that link will credit me. Just being clear – and appreciative!)

Or click the ginormous…

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No matter what… I hope you rejoice in the season – whatever yours brings!

 

5Day Deal – Bigger Than Ever!

The 5Day Deal – BEGINS!!

Drum roll, please…. [as the crowd goes wild]

I’m setting this post to go public EXACTLY at 9am PT, 12 noon ET… because THAT’S when this fantaaaaastic event begins!!

But first, a quick confab. Some of you know what the 5Day Deal is, some of you don’t.
So that we’re all on the same playing field… here’s the rundown on the lowdown.

5Day Deal Is An Event, a Package & a Give-Back

An event… because it’s a sale that lasts for EXACTLY 5 days. Then it’s gone – POOF! And they’re not kidding about that!
A package... because all these incredible photographers & sponsors get together, throw some of their most popular tutorials, presets, textures – and sell it all as a bundle for a crazy low price.
A give-back… because 10% of every sale goes to 4 charity partners. That was the part that clinched my commitment last time. The goal is $100,000… and I bet they make it!

Basically, it’s $2000 worth of merchandise for $89, plus contribute to great causes. It’s crazy!
This is why I love bringing it to you… because it’s a freaking AWESOME deal.
I. Love. Deals. I hate paying full price for anything. And for once… mega goodness for mini outlay!!

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What’s In It For You, KHutt?

What do I get out of this deal? Fair question! Especially since on this round, I don’t even have stuff IN the sale.

If you wind up making a purchase after clicking on any of my links – I receive a small portion of each sale. It ain’t much, believe me! I’m just being honest and transparent about that up front. You’re under NO obligation to buy, nor will you be nagged or judged by mean girls after visiting the site and NOT making a purchase.

But the bigger reason I’m doing it is that the last time I did this,  1. I got the biggest kick out of  watching so many people get such fabulous tools for so little money. They were SOOOO excited… and I couldn’t believe how much fun that was!  And 2.  I was shocked to learn that we’d raised $45,000 for charity.  So when the 5Day Deal gang asked if I’d like to help share with folks this time around… I said HAIL YEAH!

I wouldn’t touch it with a 10 foot pole if it was a stinky deal with skanky people. Life’s WAY to short for that.

Anyway, I could blab ad nauseum about it… but why not just go find out and judge for yourself. (always preferable to BEING judged!)

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That’s all I’m sayin’.

If it’s not for you… we’re cool. If it is… ENJOY!

 

Lines, Contrast, Patterns = Monochrome

 My, What Strong Lines You Have!

This is a brand, spankin’ new photo. I haven’t posted it anywhere, except here. ‘Cause my blog gets first crack at everything. I’m partial that way.

It DID appear in a recent webinar I did on Tonality Pro for Macphun Software, because that’s how I processed it. This particular photo is just such a great example of how you can work with selective colors in Tonality Pro.

I do love this one… single shot, hand held… I found it while I was waiting for sunset at Donner Lake one evening this summer. I still remember the sound of the mosquito I was dodging at the time.

The little boat rental outfit was closed for the day… and all their boats were tied up, but this one was just as you see it. Such a classic set up – and perfect for a monochrome approach. The strong lines make it so; the verticals of the trees, the horizontal of the boat and dock… accentuated by the vertical orientation.

It’s a good thing to remember, should you wonder if a subject would make a good black and white image. Does it have strong lines, contrasts and repeating patterns? Then it’s probably a shoo-in for monochrome.

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 If You Like Learning…

On a whole other topic (but still related to learning)… remember last week when I said “Something Big is Coming?”
It starts tomorrow. I can’t give you the complete lowdown on the rundown until then, but I do get to say this much… Wow!

Yeah. Check in tomorrow… I’ll have the entire thing all laid out for ya. It’s COOL!

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Beauty Awakens Us

Would You…?

The questions cycles around with irregular regularity: “If you knew __________________ (the world were ending, this was your last day on the planet… you know, fill in the blank with whatever dire thingie you choose)… would you still photograph?”

Two things always come pop into my mind on that one…

First: you really never know WHAT you’d do until you’re faced with such a dire thingie. Or the opportunity to ONLY what your heart desires most.
Second: Yes. And if I didn’t have my camera with me… I’d take pictures with my eyes and imprint them on my soul. I would take the time to do that; that’s the part of photography I love most, anyway. And I know that THAT’S what I’ll be taking with me out of this whole photography deal.

Rolling In The Deeper Side of Things

“Good God, Karen!” I hear you exclaim. “What sent you off into the deep end of philosophical tangents?”
Well, I pretty much always think about such things. But on top of it, I gotta say – building a website as a brand to contain your true heart and soul fine tunes your focus. It makes you REALLY dig deep and think about what’s most important, what you stand for – and stand behind, it defines you in ways you never expect until you build one. Mine will reflect who I am more completely than ANY website I’ve ever had. And I’ve had them since 1998.

And then lately – that question has been cycling around, as it does. I’ve been seeing it on blogs, in articles, in conversation. In fact, I just read a variation on it again on a good photographer friend James Brandon’s blog.

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Sometimes It Takes a Talking Shrimp

Straight From The Talking Shrimp

Sometimes I like to share things here that certainly include photography – because I always post a photo (or video) – but aren’t only about photography.

‘Cause I believe that life should include the thing we love to do – but shouldn’t ONLY be about them. I’m a huge believer in cross-training. Besides, life is large and we should live it that way.

You need to meet (through her blog) Laura Belgray. She’s a copywriter. She’s fantastic. Her website is called “The Talking Shrimp.” I worked with her on the copy for my new website. You’ll see why.

But more than that, you need to read today’s post, which she called “This Sh*t’s Hard*.

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My Big, Fat Tonality Pro Webinar

Webinars-R-Us

Throw on your backpack and come with me to school!
Kidding.
Kinda.
OK, not entirely… because I really did to a webinar recently!
It was for Macphun Software and their black and white plugin Tonality Pro, which I adore.

I was asked to take viewers through a few images, KHutt style. I love it when they turn me loose like that. Don’t worry, I didn’t go crazy, I kept it real… and demo’d some different ways I like to use the layers feature, some fun techniques for using color along with black and white, how blending modes create a whole set of options – and lots more!

And so that you don’t have to lift a finger, I brought the entire experience… right here… to you.
‘Cause that’s how we roll over here.

Always remember… if you decide at any point “I gotta have that!”… you can save 10% on any Macphun Product with the code KHutt.
I swear, a good deal an awesome product practically makes me swoon.

Hope you enjoy! There will be more… ;)

Something Very Cool Is Coming!

Cool, Big, Awesome

Truth be told, not just one thing is coming. But perhaps we can think of THIS one as the kickoff of “Cool Thing Season.”

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Yep, something BIG is definitely coming next week… and I can’t wait! Those of you who’ve been around here for awhile know I love a deal. And I ONLY share high-quality content at really great prices – so I’m pretty sure you won’t be disappointed (hopefully that’s an understatement!) when I can finally announce this one. So stay tuned and watch for my post right here next Wednesday.

That’s all I can say for now. But trust me… it’s cool.
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