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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

Joy is available to lead you on a:

Brandeis-Bardin, Simi Valley, CA.   Sunday, January 25, 2015

Dancing With My Soul ~ Retreat Registration: Linda Zweig  lindaleezweig@gmail.com

(flyer words)


with Joy Krauthammer

"It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” - Henry David Thoreau  (Journal, 5 August 1851)

On Joyous Nature Photo Walk, with your camera or phone, shoot consciously with your 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 the Divine Presence, the radiance of energy we are, and is reflected back to us. 

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

Photos and videos by Joy fill her 80+ websites, are published in books, magazines, and on-line, and adorn spiritual and government websites. Revealing the Holy One, 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:

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

Joy is available to lead you on a

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:
Early in the day, and outside-- to the flower, I say, “Good morning".  Be present.
The flower hears me. G*d hears me.  Have a conversation, 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.

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.)

What is the intention of shooting the subject (flower, animal, tree, rock)?  What is your message? Feeling?
What do you notice that you want others to see?

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

Composition.  Framing. 4 finger frame. Landscapes or vertical. Brace camera.
Get close to be near to what is fascinating and inviting. Fill frame with subject.
Use Macro, move into subject. Don’t rely on Zoom.
Leading lines. To connect elements to each other, to journey visually, lead viewer's eye. 
Use river and path lines in nature. Frame with windows, archways.
Rule of Thirds. Subject. Don't center. Use 3x3 grid of horizontal and vertical lines.

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.

Negative Space. In image, discover shape outside subject form, the area between and around objects.

What Subject characteristics appeals to you?
What is the shape, form, color (b/w) contrasts, texture, size, texture, smell, uniqueness?
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?

See subject in their relationship to others, and their environment. 
(Shoot a lone flower in the field, and feel its importance.)

Simplify or exaggerate.  Use scale, shutter speed, aperature, exposure, forced perspective.

Elements.  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 capture them too.

Avoid unwanted backgrounds.  Rearrange space with freedom to change. 
Wait for non subjects to pass. Avoid moving objects unless you want movement. 
No trees and poles growing out of people’s heads. 
Delete.  Remove what you don’t want in picture.  In shot or post processing.
Pick out, weed out dead flora, trash, feet, heads, and other unwanted debris. 

Perspective.  Move camera and/or body. Standing at eye, and other levels.  
Move camera to change horizon height: lower or raise horizon. 
Keep horizons level, unless you want them skewed...
Use unusual perspective. 

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.

Natural Light. Where is light coming from?  Difference in time of day. 
Good before sunrise for color, before sunset with softer Golden Hour, and vibrant after sunset.
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.

Break rules. Be patient. Meditate. Have Grattitude. 
Express your passion, creativity and joy.

What inspires you?  What is your vision?  Your intention?  Your passion? Your meaning?
Elements.  What attracts you?   Identify those elements you like,  their characteristics, and why you like them.
How do you perceive? How can you be more observant?
How do you feel while 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.

"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)

BlesSings for seeing, shooting and sharing,
Joy Krauthammer

JOYous Nature Photo Walk  ~  See, Shoot, and Share  (rev. 10.18.2014)

“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
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How to photograph mushrooms and ants:

Photographer Joy on exhibit at Ted Talk, Israel
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


"You G*d are the Compassion, the Strength, the Beauty, the Victory, the Splendor, and the Foundation of everything in Heaven and on Earth. " (1 Chronicles 1:29)
I see Your Face in All Nature that I photograph.

Thanks to "52 Frames" for this post idea from our Week 37 Theme:

"What Is It?"


All posts are dated in archives, but the dates ARE IRRELEVANT.   :)
NEW PHOTO POSTS are posted according to themes/categories, not dates. 

All photos/materials in sites by Joy Krauthammer are under copyright by © Joy Krauthammer.
Permission by Joy Krauthammer, needed to copy/use. 

Peaches 'n Cream
Ashley & Scott's home-made peach jam on cream cheese and everything bagel
© Joy Krauthammer

Fig Insides
© Joy Krauthammer

Passion Fruit detail
© Joy Krauthammer

Passion Fruit
© Joy Krauthammer

Passion Fruit with Yogurt Waffle
© Joy Krauthammer

Persimmon, cereal and yogurt
© Joy Krautammer

Persimmon home-grown by Edith
enjoying berries and yogurt
© Joy Krauthammer

Persimmon home-grown by Edith
dried slice enjoying the afternoon sky
© Joy Krauthammer

Persimmon home-grown by Edith
dried slices zeroxed
© Joy Krauthammer

Persimmon home-grown by Edith
dried slice enjoying hybiscus flower
© Joy Krauthammer

Persimmon home-grown by Edith
Fresh Shin slice
© Joy Krauthammer

Anthropomorphic Elevator buttons
Arrived too late to submit to 52 Frames   :(
But arrived   :)
© Joy Krauthammer

Friend's Fancy Eye After Fall
© Joy Krauthammer

Bon Bon's Cat Feet
© Joy Krauthammer

Cat Fur in Berry Basket for Birds' Nests
52 Frames submission, "What Is It?"
© Joy Krauthammer

Sago Palm Seed Pods 1
© Joy Krauthammer

Sago Palm Seed Pods 2
© Joy Krauthammer

Sago Palm Seed Pods 4
© Joy Krauthammer

June Bugs devouring fig
© Joy Krauthammer

Guess: What is it?
© Joy Krauthammer 


"The color and top texture appear to be coconut, but it seems more gelatinous than that.
I have to guess that it is a fruit…suet would be less white.
It looks pretty yummy and juicy, but still gelatinous. ?????
Maybe in the melon family?"
"Pineapple sorbet!"
"Whoops…lemon sorbet!" - Amy

"However, this is a broken piece of fat that rose to the top of a jar of hot chicken broth.
(2nd possibility= wax from top of a canning jar.)
(3rd possibility, broken piece alabaster)"  - Faye

Biten hard-boiled egg white from friend's son's backyard chicken. 

"OF COURSE!!!!! 
It looks like an egg white!" - Amy