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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 ~ Ahavat Torah



Joyous Nature Photo Walk

Joy Krauthammer, guide
&
Ahavat Torah

Japanese Garden
Van Nuys, CA

Sunday, May 1, 2016  
10 am-12 noon
'May Day'

RSVP:  Ahavat Torah
lindabadger0713@yahoo.com
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Japanese Garden, SuihoEn (Garden of Water and Fragrance) 
Enjoy the 6.5 acre oasis: lake, streams, herons, egrets, ducks, coots, flowers, blossoming trees, bridges, waterfalls, stone lanterns, pathways, and symbolic tea room.

Cherry, plum, magnolia, willow and bamboo trees, and flowers: azaleas, camellias, wisteria, Indian hawthorn, clivia, iris, lotus, etc.

No tripods. No food. Yes– water, sunhat & sunscreen.
Garden Admission $5.  Senior $3.  Free Parking. 
Early time 10am because Garden guests are limited.
6100 Woodley Ave. (E side), between Burbank and Victory, Van Nuys, 91406

West off freeways 405 and north of 101 in the SF Valley.

Optional 'no host' lunch follows nearby at Lake House on golf course.


"Garden is authentic in every detail [and filled with symbolism]. The basic style of the garden is known as Chisen-Kaiyushiki, or “wet garden with promenade”, and is fashioned after those strolling gardens which were built during the 18th and 19th centuries for Japanese feudal lords on their vast estates.”  -The Garden


"Ahavat Torah led by our friend, artist, spiritualist, musician Joy Krauthammer 
on a guided Joyous Nature Photo Walk, in the magnificent Japanese Garden." - Shoshi, W. co-President
"These Photo Walks that Joy does are fun! - Judy K. co-President
"Toda raba to our friend, poet, musician and artist Joy Krauthammer for a beautiful, friendly, tranquil, and "Joy"ous Nature Photo Walk in the Japanese Garden in Van Nuys.  Afterwards we had a delicious and satisfying lunch at the nearby Lake House restaurant." - Shoshi Wilshfort and Judy Kollack.


Omer Count Day 8, May 1, 2016 ~ Chesed Sh b’Gevurah
How does your Chesed flow?  Like water? With what boundaries?
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Photo: Japanese Garden © Joy Krauthammer 2.21.2016
Snow Viewing Lantern, gift from Nagoya, LA's Japanese sister city.

Enjoy photos:
http://joys-travels.blogspot.com/2016/02/japanese-garden.html

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

TIPS

JOYous Nature Photo Walk 
See, Shoot and Share
with  Joy Krauthammer

Guidance, Meditation, and Prayer
Connect with the Source of All BlesSings
Dance with your camera.

Be a Tree, roots connected to G*d.   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 well-being, awareness and perception, eye and vision, mind and heart:
Early in the day, and outside-- to the flower, with gratitude I say, “Good morning". 

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 present, conscious, observe, slow down, look, view from different angles, be alert, be silent.  Breathe, hold breath. Breathe.
Awareness for obstacles: poison ivy, loose stones, puddles, 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.
Hiding & shooting, I’ve been caught and removed by guards, gendarmes and gardeners in: Huntington Library’s Rose Garden, CA, and shooting Generalissimo Francisco Franco, Spain, and vaulting over** a Botanical Garden locked high gate in Texas after closing hours, and then personally escorted out.
**(Studying in Hebrew Univ., Jerusalem in "Art & Architecture of Synagogues" summer course, I learned to vault over fence.)

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.  Zoom. Don’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. Energy of day.
For scale, use humans, animals and flowers.  (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.
Rule of Odds.  Odd numbered composition subjects are more appealing to the eye than even.
Leading lines.  To connect elements to each other, to journey visually, lead viewer's eye.
Sense of depth - diagonal vs straight vs. horizontal lines vs. converging.  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, kneel, 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. Mist for mystery.
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, puddles, 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.

Wabi Sabi. Find beauty in imperfections.


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)? 
Why are you taking this picture?  What do you notice that you want others to see?  

Pretty, evocative, moments, a story, instructional. Conveys drama, mystery, emotion and mood.
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.
Take time to do what makes your soul happy. 

The photographer artist reveals their self in the photo.


Art/Photography is a language of the soul– that expresses meaning and ineffable joy. 
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)
The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes, but having new eyes.” - Marcel Proust
"I see Your Face in All Nature that I photograph."  - Joy Krauthammer, MBA, Artist of Light (2012)
Blessed are those who are in awe and walk in the ways of wonder."  - Psalm 128:1 Shir ha Ma’alot” - A song of ascents

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    joy.52F@gmail.com

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''I will awake the dawn...’' - King David (Shulchan Aruch) 
Sheyeha Hu Meorer HaShachar.
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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, BlesSings,
And, I try to capture Dawn.
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I was so enthralled with morning while waiting for the sun to rise that I thought I would break out of my skin. Truly. My body couldn’t contain my pure joy, delight in the Beloved’s painting of the sky; It was beyond the beyond. The Mystery, and my astonishment, glee and wonder. Even twilight's blue was insane in its hue.  
Jan. 17, 2016
OMG, You are so awesome. Enraptured, my smile is stretched across my face.
Jan. 19, 2016
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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
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Photography Art Bio

Joy Krauthammer, MBA, a spiritual Jewish woman serves G*d in Joy, as a purple-loving visual Artist of Light, photographer, passionate performing percussionist, poet, sound healer, spiritual guide, photo walk guide, and gardener, as she makes visible the Face of the Divine.

Doing daily mitzvot, Joy shares her smile, vision and gifts. Judaism and Joy's art are connected through her neshama / soul with her love of G*d, Torah, and creativity. Her kavanot / intentions of art are to uplift, inspire, and to be authentic, truthful, and joyous with conscious connection of wholeness, healing and Oneness, expressed in Four Worlds of Spirit, Mind, Heart and Body.

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, 2014, 2015 at American Jewish University, and 2014 at 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 earth, fiber, and a drum) for joyous and personal expression.

Artist's Statement

Consciously with my heart and mind, gazing upon The Creator’s gifts, I photograph the joy, wonder and sacred moments experienced in Hod / beauty that inspire my awe and gratitude for splendor that can’t be understood. To reveal more spiritual consciousness, connection, compassion, and chesed/lovingkindness is to make visible the Face of the Divine. Post-processing becomes an additional meditation to bring forth joy.

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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

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Blessed are the photographers...
© Joy Krauthammer 



52Frames Photo Walk #2 ~ LA, CA, USA

All photos/materials in sites by Joy Krauthammer are under copyright by © Joy Krauthammer.
Permission by Joy Krauthammer, needed to copy/reprint/use. Request in Comments, FaceBook or write personally. 



52Frames ~ 2nd Annual

L.A. PHOTO WALK
Celebrate the 1st Day of Spring

Japanese Garden
Van Nuys, CA
Sunday, March 20, 2016  
9:45am-12 noon
on the spring equinox

RSVP: Joy Krauthammer

Japanese Garden, SuihoEn (Garden of Water and Fragrance) 
Enjoy the 6.5 acre oasis: lake, streams, herons, ducks, coots, flowers, blossoming trees, bridges, waterfall, stone lanterns, pathways, and symbolic tea room.

Cherry, plum, magnolia, willow and bamboo trees, and flowers: azaleas, camellias, wisteria, Indian hawthorn, clivia, iris, lotus, etc.

No tripods. No food. Yes, water. 
Sun hat, glasses, sun cream.
Garden Admission $5.  Free Parking. 
Early because Garden guests are limited.

6100 Woodley Ave. (E side), between Burbank and Victory, Van Nuys, 91406
Off freeways  405 and 101 in the SF Valley, just north of Santa Monica Mountain.


"Garden is authentic in every detail [and filled with symbolism]. The basic style of the garden is known as Chisen-Kaiyushiki, or “wet garden with promenade”, and is fashioned after those strolling gardens which were built during the 18th and 19th centuries for Japanese feudal lords on their vast estates.”  -The Garden

Join Joy for the Joyous Nature Photo Walk at Japanese Garden
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2015 52Frames LA Photo Walk  
Photos & TIPS:

2015 52Frames LA Photo Walk Album

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UN WORLD WATER DAY

52Frames LA Photo Walk #2, official participant 2016, 2015 in the UN World Water Day celebration.  
Sunday, March 20, 2016, 9:45am at Japanese Garden, Tillman Water Reclamation Plant.
Join global photographers and friends at Japanese Garden, Van Nuys, LA, CA. 
Bring a WATER quote, poem, blesSing or intention to share. 
RSVP. Guide, Joy Krauthammer 




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Japanes Garden  
© Joy Krauthammer 2.21.2016



© Joy Krauthammer  2.21.2016

© Joy Krauthammer  2.21.2016

© Joy Krauthammer  2.21.2016

© Joy Krauthammer  2.21.2016


© Joy Krauthammer  2.21.2016


© Joy Krauthammer  3.20.2016

© Joy Krauthammer  2.21.2016
© Joy Krauthammer  2.21.2016

© Joy Krauthammer  2.21.2016


© Joy Krauthammer  3.2.2016

© Joy Krauthammer  2.21.2016


52 Frames Photo Walk ~ LA, CA, USA

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

PHOTO TIPS ~ SCROLL DOWN





52Frames* Joyous Nature PHOTO WALK

Sunday, March 22, 2015, 9am

World Water Day

 We honor Water at
Lake Balboa 

Anthony Beilenson Park
6300 Balboa Blvd., San Fernando Valley, California, USA

with Joy Krauthammer and friends 


Special guest leads us in healing Water chant.

Everyone is invited to join us for a glorious morning of photography by the Lake. 

No fee.

PHOTO WALK ALBUM: 
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.972080616150392.1073742094.180889155269546&type=3


This week Lake Balboa has hundreds of blossoming Japanese Cherry (Sakura) Trees, and also blooming wisteria. There are fishermen, painters, walkers, children and dogs, and water cascade. The lake is visited by swans, geese, mallards, pelicans, herons, egrets, cranes, cormorants, coots and kayakers–me/Joy. 
Red-winged blackbirds, Monarch butterflies, ladybugs and bees love the land.
The paved path is 1.3 miles around Lake. 
There is a restroom on path and a lifeguard house.

PREPARE: walking shoes/sneakers for grass, charged camera, water, sun hat, and lotion for the 82 degrees. 

"52Frames Photographers is a (free) world-wide community of photography enthusiasts, taking on a fun, weekly photo challenge, while working together to improve their skills.” - 52Frames

PARK INFO:  http://www.laparks.org/DOS/aquatic/balboa/index.htm

PARKING: From Balboa Blvd. (west of 405 Freeway) entrance is (north of 101 Freeway) between Burbank and Victory on east side of Balboa. Enter driveway and pass the dirt parking lot on left, to the lake and follow curved road a few yards to the right. Two driveways down (first is the exit) turn left into paved parking lot. Parking is also off the road by the curb in the dirt both before and after parking lot entrance. 

If filled, exit lot, turn left, and go into next parking lot beyond first parking lot.
The earlier you arrive before 9am, easier to park for busy Sunday crowds while Japanese Cherry Trees are in bloom. 
Park opens at sunrise.  (Bus tours come from far.)  

** MEET: On north west side of the children's playground, adjacent to the first paved parking lot. You'll see the Lake a minute down the gentle slope.
** RSVP   Joy.52F at gmail.com 
and also on FB, PM me.

VALUABLES: Leave nothing visible in car or in trunk. Lock car.
(There may be dishonest people watching what you place and leave in your car/trunk.) 

* Dance and "Levitate" with your camera for 52Frames challenge Week 13.
Join 52Frames for our 2015 cycle:  www.52frames.com

On Photo Walk (slow walk special), with your charged 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 beauty that inspires awe and gratitude. 

Mindfully breathe in deeply and smile as you gaze upon the Universe's gifts. 
Grasp essence of splendor that can’t be understood. 

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

Joy's Photos of Lake Balboa:
http://joys-favorite-fotos.blogspot.com/2012/06/lake-balboa_1.html



Why Photographers Need to Do Photo Walks Together by Chris Gampat. 3.17.2015

http://www.thephoblographer.com/2015/03/17/why-photographers-need-to-do-photo-walks-together/#.VQhdjSliHBE


52Frames Los Angeles Photo Walk 

On a first day of spring and World Water Day, March 22, 2015, 52Framers and friends with guide, Joy Krauthammer, ‘focused' with intention on sharing water wisdom, chant and photography. This was our first ever 52Frames LOS ANGELES PHOTO WALK, and was held in the San Fernando Valley, California, USA. We walked totally around LAKE BALBOA and traversed the cascade, bridge and stream. Along with arbors of purple and white blossoming wisteria, the park is wonderfully known for the thousands of pink flowered Japanese Cherry Trees. Fascinating waterfowl are in abunDance and include swans, geese, mallards, pelicans, herons, egrets, cranes, cormorants and coots. We patiently waited for perfect bird shots. Colorful cultural celebrations were happening, and visitors from all ethnicities and faiths were enjoying, making for more fun photos. We had our own birthday festivity for Arnon and his family, Talia and Adir. 52Framers and friends also included Joy, Edi, Cherie plus Ruth, Judy, Jackie, Leslie, Joanne, and meditation guests Gilla and Kiu. The 27-acre Lake Balboa was a terrific location for 52Framers to prepare for “Levitation”, our week's photo challenge. - Joy Krauthammer


Joyous Levitation with Cherie, Balinese dancers and Mute Swans
Lake Balboa
composite © Joy Krauthammer  3.22.2015



Joyous Levitation with Double-Crested Cormorant
Lake Balboa
composite © Joy Krauthammer  3.22.2015


Wisteria Blossoms
Lake Balboa
© Joy Krauthammer  3.22.2015


 Black-Crowned Night Heron 
Lake Balboa
© Joy Krauthammer  3.22.2015



Global World Water Day Meditation with 52Frames' LA Photo Walk



52Frames LA PhotoWAlk Album

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TIPS
JOYous Nature Photo Walk 
See, Shoot, and Share
with  Joy Krauthammer


With well-being, awareness and perception, eye and vision, mind and heart:
Early in the day, and outside-- to the flower, with gratitude I say, “Good morning". 
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 present, conscious, observe, slow down, look, view from different angles, be alert, be silent. Sharpen visual skills.  Breathe, hold breath. 
Awareness for obstacles: poison ivy, loose stones, broken cement, puddles, soggy grass, holes, and snakes. 
Self Consciousness. 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. Respect nesting places.

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 LandscapeBrace 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.
For scale, use humans, animals and flowers.  (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.
Rule of Odds.  Odd numbered composition subjects are more appealing to the eye than even.
Leading lines To connect elements to each other, to journey visually, lead viewer's eye.
Sense of depth - diagonal vs straight vs horizontal lines vs converging.  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. (See Ted Talk)

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. Mist for mystery.
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, puddles, 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)?
Why are you taking this picture?  What do you notice that you want others to see?  

Pretty, evocative, moments, a story, instructional. Conveys drama, mystery, emotion and mood.
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.
Take time to do what makes your soul happy. 

The photographer artist reveals him/herself in the photo.
Art/Photography is a language of the soul– that expresses meaning and ineffable joy. 
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)
The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes, but having new eyes.” - Marcel Proust
"I see Your Face in All Nature that I photograph."  - Joy Krauthammer, MBA, Artist of Light (2012)
Blessed are those who are in awe and walk in the ways of wonder."  - Psalm 128:1 Shir ha Ma’alot” - A song of ascents

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, smudging, 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


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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, BlesSings,
And, I try to capture Dawn.
- Joy Krauthammer


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



Geeese, Lake Balboa
© Joy Krauthammer  3.15.2015
Shooting this low to the ground can be a bit scary with 
fast aggressive snappy geese coming at you.


Swans, Lake Balboa
© Joy Krauthammer  315.2015


Japanese Cherry / Sakura Tree
© Joy Krauthammer  315.2015 


Tracks to Passionate People
© Joy Krauthammer 


Ted Talk, Israel. Slide show photograph of photographer Joy Krauthammer.
How to photograph geese, mushrooms, ants (on their level), roses under blue skies, and bottoms of furniture from low perspective:

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

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