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Friday, December 07, 2007

CPV Party Pics - At least the first batch

I started uploading pictures from the CPV Holiday Party at the Egan's (on November 30). Here is a link to the my smugmug gallery where they now live:

The uploader started misbehaving so they are not all up yet. I will try again this weekend.

- Nadia

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Working with the New Camera

Well, the new D300 got a bit of a workout at a holiday party at the Egan's place in Potomac.

Some of my first shots were family portraits of the Egans. If you're all dressed up and looking fabulous, you should have your picture taken.

But you shouldn't take yourself too seriously - and you should have FUN!!!

I wandered around the party taking pictures of various people. Here is one of the shot. I will post more shots in the next couple of days.

On Saturday, Joe played with the new camera and managed to get Ivan to pose a little. This shot really shows that Ivan is part of the family. He is closing his eyes - just like my mother does in lots of pictures.

He is such a beautiful pup.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

November - Come and Almost Gone

I've always liked November since it is my birth month. I have not done as much photography this month as I would have liked.

I kept looking at the fall colors saying ... I'll catch that tomorrow. I missed a few things waiting until tomorrow.

The tree in front of our house was an incredible color yellow this year. And just across the street was a beautiful red-orange tree. I kept trying to figure out how to capture both colors in one shot. Luckily I did shoot this before the leaves were rained and blown away.

Skip ahead to Thanksgiving weekend. Charles' parents were visiting and I have been promising to take a portrait of them. And I was doubly inspired since we went to see the Ansel Adams and Annie Liebowitz exhibits at the Corcoran Gallery of Art on the day after Thanksgiving.

And time for my annual holiday shots of our friends' kids - twin 5 year old boys. I asked if they knew how to make fish faces. They did.

Since I hadn't used my lights in a while, rearranged some things in the studio, and was going to take some portraits, I tried to get Ivan to do some posing for me. He only cooperates so much.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Cross a place off of my list ...

I'll soon be able to cross a new place off of my list of places to go and take pictures ... DEATH VALLEY.

I signed up for a week long February 2008 photography workshop in Death Valley today given by two photographers, John Barclay and Dan Sniffin. Just from my interaction with them both today over email, I know that they are great guys ... and their work is beautiful.

John's website:

Dan's website:

What fun!!!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Holiday Cards

Did you go to a fabulous vacation spot this year (we went to Northern Arizona and the Grand Canyon - WOW) ... celebrate a life milestone (a birth, a marriage, a blending of families) ... are you mad about purple and can't find that card to match your obsession ... want to include your favorite pet in your holiday card but he just won't cooperate in the family portrait session or

... do you just want to step beyond the ordinary chain store photo greeting card - you know, "put picture in this box."

Consider ordering custom cards from me

... using pictures (yes, more than one picture if you want) that you and/or yours have taken or

... using pictures that I take (still spots left weekends in November and early December).

The folded and post cards are new this year. Folded and post cards come on 100 # text stock. Folded cards also come on linen or pearl paper stock.

Double click on any image to see it bigger.

Cards can be traditional, contemporary, religious, non-denominational or have a touch of fun and whimsy. I will work with you to design a card that is all YOU. Here are some examples of photo cards that I have done for our family and a few others - plus a few new designs that I am playing around with:

We couldn't have a card without Ivan.

The view from our front window during a winter snow storm - beautiful.

Our family is growing to include another pup - no the dinosaur is not part of the family.

Yes, there are a few dogs here ... but I will do cats and birds and other pets if you so desire.

West Virginia Barn

Sedona Sky

It truly is GRAND!

And more ...

For information on ordering cards ...

Nadia McIlhany
phone: 571.334.8224

Monday, October 15, 2007

Wild and Wonderful West Virginia

This past weekend, I took a photography workshop given by Bill and Linda Lane in Wild and Wonderful West Virginia. I took Friday off since I had to be there at 6pm and it was a 4 hour drive. I had hoped to stop for some pictures along the way but got out later than I had hoped so there was NO STOPPING. Too bad since the scenery was lovely.

After meeting my fellow photophiles, we all got to bed early in our rooms at the Marlinton Motor Inn because we had to meet for breakfast at 5:45 (in the AM).

Being on location in time to catch the sunrise was worth the hardship of waking up at 5 AM.

After the sunrise we were off to another location in the Monongahela National Forest. This site had a very picturesque fence that Bill says he loves to shoot in every season. It seemed like the perfect shot for the wide angle lens that I got this summer.

Besides the fence post there were winding trails that led to vistas of colorful fall foilage. Here is an image that I played with in Photoshop - creating a watercolor effect.

Next we hit the Williams River for some water action. I wanted to work on my moving water shots so I really enjoyed this spot. I wish some of the colors around the river had been a little more vibrant but they still cast some lovely golden reflections in the moving water.

In the afternoon, we got to shoot barns. Watch for that in my next post.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Portraits of Aaron

Joe's housemate, Aaron, asked me to take some pictures of him. Here they are ...

And then I decided to have a little artistic fun ...

Monday, August 06, 2007

Grand Views - Part III

Gotta love the "poofy" clouds and blue skies of the West. Here in the D.C. area we are experiencing the August haze.

Day Three of our vacation - this was a touring and learning day with local photographer Derek von Briesen. Derek picked me up in his 4-wheel drive vehicle and we drove off ths paved roads up Schnebly Hill Road for some beautiful vistas of the town of Sedona. I also saw a Coyote.

This formation is called the "Cowpies" - can you guess why?!

In addition to some beautiful views, Derek taught me a lot about using my camera and landscape photography composition. It was a great learning experience and reinforced many things that I already knew. I am much more comfortable with using my tripod now.

After Schnebly Hill Road, we headed up Oak Creek Canyon for some shots of Oak Creek and the West Fork of Oak Creek.

Weather cut the day short. Later in the evening Charles and I drove around Sedona looking for a sunset that never really came. We did see some cool water cascading off of red rocks but the lighting was not good to get a good shot. Here is a shot of a formation called "Coffee Pot."

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Grand Views - Part II

Day Two - up to Flagstaff (7,000 ft.) and the Arizona Snow Bowl (base 9,500 ft. - peak 11,500 ft). The ride up the chair lift was "cool" - literally. The gift shop does a good business in sweatshirts, long sleeve Ts, and blankets. But it is well worth going to the top where you can look down on the clouds.

There is a world class disc golf course around the base of the chair lift. But at more than 9,000 feet, it was difficult for Charles to play more than 2 holes. I just took pictures of the pretty flowers and sky.

After the Snowbowl (and a suprisingly good lunch at an off season ski resort eatery, we headed north west to Sunset Crater and Wupatki National Monuments. The landscape at Sunset Crater NM including its lava flow makes it seem like you are on the moon. I did not get any pictures that did it justice. You just have to go and see it for yourself.

Wupatki NM is the site of ruins of the ancient pueblo peoples. When the first rangers came to live at the Wupatki site, they actually lived in the ruins.

We ended day two driving back to Sedona through the southern route instead of going through Oak Creek Canyon. We stopped at the Bell Rock Vista to catch a view of Bell Rock. Unfortunately they were doing contruction next to the vista and they had placed contruction equipment in the path of our view. I shot around it.