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Joy Serves G*d in Joy as a passionate performing percussionist, poet, publisher, photographer, publicist, sound healer, spiritual guide, artist, gardener and Gemini. "Ivdu Et Hashem B'Simcha" -Psalm 100:2 ....... Joy Krauthammer, active in the Jewish Renewal, Feminist, and neo-Chasidic worlds for over three decades, kabbalistically leads Jewish women's life-cycle rituals. ... Workshops, and Bands are available for all Shuls, Sisterhoods, Rosh Chodeshes, Retreats, Concerts, Conferences & Festivals. ... My kavanah/intention is that my creative expressive gifts are inspirational, uplifting and joyous. In gratitude, I love doing mitzvot/good deeds, and connecting people in joy. In the zechut/merit of Reb Shlomo Carlebach, zt'l, I mamash love to help make our universe a smaller world, one REVEALING more spiritual consciousness, connection, compassion, and chesed/lovingkindness; to make visible the Face of the Divine... VIEW MY COMPLETE PROFILE and enjoy all offerings.... For BOOKINGS write: joyofwisdom1 at gmail.com, leave a COMMENT below, or call me. ... "Don't Postpone Joy" bear photo montage by Joy. Click to enlarge. BlesSings, Joy

JOYous Nature Photo Walk

Art/Photography is a language of the soul, that expresses meaning and ineffable joy. 


Joy is available to lead you on a:


Dear Friends, 
I hope you’ll consider coming to retreat, DANCING WITH MY SOUL.
BlesSings, Joy

Weekend Retreat Jan. 23-25, 2015 Registration: contact Linda Zweig:  lindaleezweig@gmail.com

PHOTO WALK - Sunday, January 25, 2015,  Brandeis-Bardin, Simi Valley, CA

Guidance, Meditation, and Prayer
Connect with the Source of All BlesSings  

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JOYous Nature PHOTO WALK 

with Joy Krauthammer


"It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” - Henry David Thoreau  (1851)


On Joyous Nature Photo Walk (a slow walk special), with your camera or phone, shoot consciously with your spirit, heart and mind, all the joy, wonder and sacred moments you ‘see', and 'dance with your soul’ as you experience Hod / beauty that inspires awe and gratitude. 

Mindfully breathe in deeply and smile as you gaze upon The Creator’s gifts. Grasp essence of splendor that can’t be understood. Recognize and honor sparks of the Divine Presence, the radiance of energy we are also.

Prepare for Tu B’Shvat / Birthday of the Trees, and take home a fig tree, gift from Joy. 

Photos and videos by Joy, revealing the Holy One, fill her 80+ websites, are published in books, magazines, and on-line, and adorn spiritual and government websites. Her photos have been exhibited at the Jewish Federation, Exodus Festival, Brandeis-Bardin, Mount Sinai Cemetery, and 2014 at American Jewish University and 2014, Creative Soul Gallery, NY. Joy’s images are shared weekly online in 52 Frames, and Caffeinated Photographers, and daily in FaceBook.  

Following in the footsteps of her artistic maternal ancestors (and daughter), since a child, Joy has used a camera as medium (as well as words, earth, fiber, and a drum) for joyous and personal expression.

"I see Your Face in All Nature that I photograph." - Joy Krauthammer, MBA, Artist of Light

Brandeis-Bardin, Oct. 2014
© Joy Krauthammer 


Artist of Light:


10.30.2006
Dear Joy,
You are a gifted photographer, and your photographs reveal light.
Kol Tuv VShalom,
Yosef  
Reb Yosef Ben Shlomo HaKohen, z"l, Jerusalem


"This is the day that G*d has made
Let us rejoice and delight in it."   Psalm 118:24
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JOYous Nature Photo Walk
See, Shoot, and Share
with  Joy Krauthammer

Guidance, Meditation, and Prayer
Connect with the Source of All BlesSings

For Tu B'Shvat, Be a Tree,  Shehecheyanu prayer

To see each flower as coming, emanating, from the Holy One, The Source of All BlesSings,
I try to manifest/reveal the expression of G*d’s beauty here on earth with us.

With perception and awareness, eye and vision:
Early in the day, and outside-- to the flower, I say, “Good morning".  Be present.
The flower hears me. G*d hears me.  Have conversation, shmooze, look into the Face of G*d.  Into others’ eyes.

Separate from crowd, linger and/or go beyond path. Discover what is beyond. (Don’t stay stuck at entrance.)
Be alert.  See what others are peering at (i.e. peacock high in a tree).  Keep clicking.
Awareness for obstacles: poison ivy, loose stones, holes, and snakes.
Be adventuresome, don't be lazy, and don’t be late.  Catch the guide and tour bus.  Charge batteries.
Leave nature in good condition, no foot prints.

Self Consciousness: Missed bus in Russia, late in Bali, Tibet.
And hiding & shooting, I’ve been caught by guards, gendarmes and gardeners in: Huntington Library’s Rose Garden, CA, and shooting Generalissimo Francisco Franco, Spain, and vaulting* a Botanical Garden locked high gate in Texas after closing hours, and then personally escorted out.
*(Studying in Hebrew U. Jerusalem in an Art & Architecture of Synagogues summer course, I learned this act.)

Themes: Trees, leaves, flowers, bark, insects, animals, humans, rocks, water, paths, gates, fences, mountains, clouds, moon, sunrise, sunset, color.

COMPOSITION.  Framing.  4 finger frame.  Shoot Vertical Portrait and Horizontal Landscape. Brace camera. 
Horizon.  Keep level, unless you want horizon skewed. Lower or raise.  Use unusual perspective. 
Frame.  Shoot through overhanging branches, through windows. Use tunnels, arches or doorways. 
Placement of main subject.  Fill frame with subject.  Include?  Exclude?  
Macro.  Move into subject.  ZoomDon’t rely on Zoom.
Get close to be near to what is fascinating and inviting.  
See subject in their relationship to others, and their environment. Various angles. No photo bombing.
(Shoot a lone flower in the field, and feel its importance.)
Balance of relationships, harmonious, peaceful, equal weight.  Center symmetry.
Rule of Thirds.  Subject. Use, and position of 3x3 grid of horizontal and vertical lines.
Leading lines.  To connect elements to each other, to journey visually, lead viewer's eye.
Sense of depth - diagonal vs straight vs horizontal lines.   Use river and path lines in nature. 
Pattern repetition, emphasize, break pattern with contrast.  Create dynamic tension.
Negative Space.  In image, discover shape outside subject form, the area between and around objects.

Simplify or exaggerate.  Shutter speed, aperature, exposure, scale, forced perspective.

Perspective. Move camera and/or body. Move camera to change height: Standing at eye, and other levels.

Body positions.  Change to not only look down on the subject/flower, but to look into it, up to it.
Shoot object from behind, under and sideways, and even only partially to capture the essence. 
Bend down, crouch low, lie down, look up and closely into that flower or into sky to shoot.
Have camera so low or so high to gain height, you can’t even see into the viewer.

Vision.  Turn self around to see the other direction, and what’s behind you. 
What’s in back of subject/object? 
Depth of field (DOF) for background, foreground, sense of perspective.
Focus. Blur the background or foreground, so center of interest is what you focus on. Set mood.

SUBJECT ELEMENTS.  What characteristics appeal to you?
FOCUS on details: What is the shape, form, color (b/w) contrasts, texture, size, texture, smell, uniqueness?
Animals. Capture. Focus on eyes and head turned in your direction.
Find good specimen with what you desire, i.e. color, etc.
Limit, minimal may be best.
What new buds are opening, full, or dying?
Adjacent subjects (animals, buds and leaves) add interest. 
See little bugs, and macro capture them too.

Touch and feel carefully and gently the subject--leaves, stem, moss, petals, bark, stone.
The flower, grass can touch you too.  What is tree saying?

Attributes, soul. What is: quiet, funny, loving, colorful, meaningful, tiny, big, interacting, expressive?
Is there: beauty, joy, surprise, scary, loving, sound, silence, movement?
Backgrounds/foregrounds.  Avoid distractions. Distant backgrounds are good.
Check backgrounds.  No trees and poles growing out of people’s heads. 
Wait for non subjects to pass. Avoid moving objects unless you want movement. 
Rearrange space with freedom to change. 
Delete.  In shot or post processing.  Remove what you don’t want in picture.  Eliminate distractions.
Pick out, weed out dead flora, trash, feet, heads, and other unwanted debris. 
Ask, 'Will this add to or take away from the image?’

LIGHT. Natural. Where is light coming from?  Difference in time of day. 
Good before sunrise for color, before sunset with softer Golden Hour, and virbrant after sunset.
Overcast and cloudy are good to diffuse light. 
Use directional lighting. Move so that sun is at an angle to you, not only behind you.
How is light interacting with subject and scene?  See Silhouettes against the light.
Flash to fill in shadows.  Shade has even exposure.

Shadows.  Visible showing what? Create shadows purposefully.
May be positive and enhance, or may detract.
Reflections.  Seen in water, pool, raindrops, mirrors, windows, or objects.

Weather.  Shoot in the sun, in the rain.  Protect camera.
See in the raindrop or dew, colors reflecting the plant and surroundings.

Rules. Break them. Be patient. Meditate. Have Gratitude.
Express your passion, creativity and joy.


YOUR ARTISTIC VISION
What inspires you?  What is your vision?  Your passion?  Your meaning?  What is your message?
What is the intention of shooting the subject (flower, animal, tree, rock)?
What do you notice that you want others to see?
Elements.  What attracts you?   Identify those elements, their characteristics, and why you like them.
How do you perceive?  How can you be more observant?
How do you feel seeing and shooting?  Create an image of that feeling.  Share feeling image.
Identify Audience.  Self, family, friends, organizations, photo groups, blogs, FB, press, gallery?

Feel challenged. Create Art.
Have fun and joy in how you see and feel, and record the world in photographs.

The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.

"I walk.  I look.  I see.  I stop.  I photograph."   - Leon Levinstein
"It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”  - Henry David Thoreau  (1851)
"I see Your Face in All Nature that I photograph."  - Joy Krauthammer, MBA, Artist of Light (2012)
Shir ha Ma’alot” - A song of ascents: “Blessed are those who are in awe and walk in the ways of wonder."  
-Psalm 128:1

BlesSings to see, shoot, and share,
Joy Krauthammer



Excerpt from Creative Soul Featured Interview by Joy Krauthammer:

In photography, I'm concerned about communicating visually, and gratitude, and safety, risks, legality, morality, courage, comfort zones, caring, consciousness, honoring, respect, staying away from stress-filled scenes, spontaneity, capturing an image, memories, recording moments, telling a story, conveying a mood, new ideas, themes, subject, characteristics, composition, negative space, perspetive, height, width, distance, depth, light, flares, reflection, shadows, clarity, color, texture, shapes, curves, lines, symmetry, patterns, movement, humor, and emotions. 


For photo post-processing, my "creative process" mostly in isolation, includes much, and with joy of challenge, success and fun:  In PhotoShop I use 'tools'. With brushes, I may paint over my photos. I use rotations, straightening, curving, subtleties, relationships, size, angle, perspectives, and with layers, masks, alpha, filters, fonts, text, gradients, adjustments, effects, softening, defining, exposure, contrast, colors, saturations, highlights, shadows, opacity, vignettes, borders, retouching, dodging, burning, transforming to the fraction of an inch with cropping, and then choose resolution. Finally for the specific audience, I add watermark, captions, Torah quotes, explanations, and I size to share for web or print.

JOYous Nature Photo Walk  ~  See, Shoot, and Share  12.9.2014      joyofwisdom1@gmail.com

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''I will awake the dawn...’' - King David (Shulchan Aruch) 
Sheyeha Hu Meorer HaShachar”.


Photographing ~ My Devotion
Early each morning before dawn, joyously
 I again begin my day in wonder, like a child, 
at the edge of the cliff, closest to the horizon and the rising sun. 
For an hour today, from 5:30am, 
with camera in my hands, I am blown over again and again
 by the powerful gusts of wind cleaning the sky
 and distant mountains, 
and I smile 
in the radiance of G*d’s colorful surprises.
May your day be bright.
Love and blesSings, 
Joy Krauthammer ©



As I wait quietly for SUNRISE, and with Ineffable Natural Beauty, and G*d, The Source of All BlesSings 
I HAVE
Faith, Anticipation, Patience, Meditation, Gratitude, Reverence, Surprise, Awe, Amazement, Excitement, Newness, Glory, Exhilaration, Glee, Joy, Delight, Abundance, Fulfillment, Wonderment, At OneMent, Peace, Stillness, Silence, Connection, Prayer,
And, I try to capture Dawn.


The primary talent of an artist is his ability to step away from the externalities of the thing and, 
disregarding its outer form, gaze into its innerness and perceive its essence, 
and to be able to convey this in his painting (photography). 
This is how an artist can serve his Creator.”  - The Rebbe
"meraki. A word that modern Greeks often use to describe what happens when you leave a piece of yourself (your soul, creativity, or love) in your work. When you love doing something, anything, so much that you put something of yourself into it."  -Wiki

Ted Talk, Israel. Photographer Joy Krauthammer on exhibit:
How to photograph mushrooms, ants, roses under blue skies, and bottoms of furniture from low perspective:

Joy Revealed on floor of Apple store, photographing stools.
Seen LIVE from Israel in TED TALK, May 11, 2014.
Speaker Yosef Adest, CEO of 52 Frames.
52 Frames weekly challenge theme: Furniture
© Ted Talks