Sunday, December 30, 2018

Best of 2018 - My Top Images

It's time to look back and take stock of the crop of images for the year. Here is my 2018 selection: 

Details for each image are as follows:
1. "Lush Lily Pads," shot at the water gardens after a rain storm.
2. "Water Flower," shot over the summer in the bog.
3. "Half of a Flower," also from the water gardens, this is a close up of a water lily in full bloom.
4. "A Natural Blush," this one shot in the gardens with shallow focus.
5. "Dancing Nature," from the gardens, this one also shallow focus.
6. "There is a Price on My Head," included from the water gardens series in part because I thought it was funny. Taken over the summer when I got stuck in a palapa next to a giant head due to an unseasonal rain storm. Well, it made me laugh anyway, I hope you enjoy it too.
7. "Lace Curtains, Red Porch," from my weekend in New England, this one shot in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. I love these kind of shots so thought fit to include it on my list.
8. "Old as Adam," from downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, shot back in May when I traveled up there for an opening, this is one of the quaint shops you find as you walk around the waterfront area.
9. "Clouds," I love doing these. This one from over the summer. Just looking up at the sky and shooting.
10. "Stars in the Sky," from Austin's Trail of Lights, part of the light display, also looking up.

It looks like the water gardens dominated my shooting for this year, as I did not get to travel as much as I would have liked. There is also considerably less architecture this time, more nature, but I guess that is to be expected as well, seeing as I have been shooting the water gardens a lot lately for licensing and such.

I hope you had a great 2018 photographically (and other ways too) and I can't wait to see what 2019 has in store for all of us. Happy shooting out there!

Until next time...

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Opportunity Weekend - December 29, 2018

an abstract shooting star pattern serves as a backdrop for a listing of calls for entry for photographers
It's almost the end of the year. Time to make resolutions and take stock of the year that was. For photographers, this time of introspection can be really beneficial. Looking back at some of the images you've crafted over the year can really give insight into new directions you might want to take in 2019, new things you might want to try, and, of course, new opportunities for you. That's where "Opportunity Weekend" can help. Every week Carol's Little World prepares a host of active opportunities for photographers and artists. All you have to do is check the list, follow the links, apply, and watch your artistic work take off like a shooting star. We have exciting plans for 2019 so watch this space for additional themes but, for now, here are the opportunities for this weekend. These are probably the last opportunities of 2018, so jump on them before they are gone like the year itself:
That's a bunch of opportunities to ring in the new year. Make the most of it and have a wonderful, art filled new year, y'all!

Until next time...

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Wearing Pajamas In Public

Have you ever inadvertently happened upon a trend and you didn't know what to make of it? The other day, I was on my way to one of those "Yankee Swap" style Santa type parties, you know the ones, where you bring a small gift and everybody goes berserk fighting over who has a better number and who can swap out the oh so coveted Chia Pet in favor of something one might actually want? Yeah, I was invited to one of those parties, so I decided to stop off at a store on the way home, to pick up the gift (in case you're wondering, all of my Secret Santa gifts are 80 proof.) I stopped at a local grocery "super center" type store, although I really don't know why they call it this as this particular store was neither "super" nor centrally located (but I digress) and started wandering the aisles looking for cookies (to go with the aforementioned 80 proof item, which I keep well stocked, by the way.) As I'm walking around (keeping in mind, it's after working hours, well, normal working hours anyway) I see this lady, a younger woman really, doing what appears to be her grocery shopping wearing a matching set of flannel pajamas. "That's odd," I thought to myself, "I mean, for starters, it really isn't even that cold out. Why is she walking around in flannel?" And then it dawned on me. She was out and about in her pajamas. Her pajamas! Yes, Santa, she saw fit to go out shopping, go out to her local "super center" (which, as we have already established, is neither "super" nor a "center" but work with me here please) wearing her flannel pajamas. Flannel pajamas out in public? Yes, indeed!

OK, so this might have been a fluke, right? A one off. A something some weird lady does across town at some random odd "super center" that's not really super and not really a center. Let's just chalk this up to random oddness and leave it be, yes? Well, not quite. Fast forward to last weekend when I found myself heading out to shoot some holiday lights (why I have been absolutely possessed with shooting holiday lights this year is left as an exercise to the reader. If you do happen to figure it out, please let me know. I too am curious, but I digress.) Since it was a mild night, I packed up the tripod, camera gear, and the like, and headed out to hit up some of the local displays. If you read this spot regularly, or even if you're just lazy and scroll down a bit, you can see the recent image I've posted of the Cedar Park tree (it really is a majestic tree, but I digress yet again. Apologies. I appear to be some kind of a digress queen, please worship accordingly.) While I was there, photographing the tree, I happened upon an entire family all decked out in their pajamas. Why, it was Mom, and Pop, and the little ones and they had slogged on down to the town center park, wearing their pajamas (matching pajamas too, I might add) carrying hot cocoa they could sip while admiring our local tree. Now, I can't really fault these fine folks, as they had sort of made a night of it, decking themselves out in matching pajamas, dragging along hot cocoa, and traveling to several holiday light displays around town, but, I have to admit, I appear to have stumbled upon a trend here. Everybody and their brother (well maybe their kids actually. Or maybe their brother's kids? I digress yet again!) appears to be out and about in their pajamas.

So, being the hipster that I am not, I decided to google this (because, I suppose, that's what non hipsters like me do, right?) And, sure enough, lo and behold, what might I find in the vaults of the Internets? Why, could it be that there is a new trend of wearing one's pajamas out in public? Why, yes, yes, there is! Apparently even celebrities are doing this now. Who knew this was a thing? Not I, that's for sure. But, seeing as I love my pajamas and all, and now it would appear that it's no longer not socially acceptable to wear them outside, I have decided I am not going to be one to let this pass. No, oh no, not me. Why, I've decided to not only join in on the trend, but I have the picture here to prove it! This is me, outside, wearing my pajamas. In case you're wondering, my little "helper" there is Chase. He does not seem too impressed with this trend, it's all just business as usual for him. He's a dog and knows nothing of these "pajamas" of which we speak, but I thought he was a kind of cute addition to my "Hey There! I'm outside in my pajamas!" photo so I kept him in. (Good dog, Chase, good boy!)

Pajamas all around town? Who knew this was a thing? It's now a thing, I tell you, a thing. And, who I am to buck a thing? Put your pajamas on and go for a walk. Go ahead, you know you want to.

Until next time...

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Holiday Wishes 2018

Cedar Park's town tree illuminated with holiday lights set against the backdrop of a nearly full moon in Texas
It's almost holiday time. I hope you got your shopping done! Time to eat too much and enjoy the festivities for the rest of the year. This is a shot of my local holiday display, set against the nearly full moon from over the weekend. This year, the solstice, the full moon, and the holiday lights all seemed to come together. I hope you get to enjoy some of that kind of magic wherever in the world you might find yourself this holiday season. I wish peace, joy, lots of presents (especially the photographic kind!) and plenty of good food and holiday cheer for one and all.

Look for opportunity weekend to pick back up after the Christmas holiday and I promise more blogging activities come the new year.

Until next time...

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Opportunity Weekened - December 16, 2018

It's time to let your holiday lights shine as well as your artwork. Why not take some time out of your busy holiday schedule, stop stringing up those lights for a moment, and start getting your work out there? Here are some opportunities for you:
That's a bunch of opportunities to keep you stringing along.

Until next time...


Friday, December 07, 2018

Opportunity Weekend - December 7, 2018

Pull up a seat at the table. Come on in, the opportunity is just getting served up. Yes, folks, it's time for another opportunity weekend. Without further ado, here are some opportunities for you this week:
Some great opportunities out there for you. Lots of luck getting after it this week. 

Until next time...

Saturday, December 01, 2018

Opportunity Weekend - December 1, 2018

Hard to believe it's already December, especially when it feels like autumn still here in my little corner of the world. Everything right now is very autumnal so I got in the mood and traipsed all the way into the backyard for this one. This is my take on "autumn leaves blowing in the wind" in case you could not guess. Wind, leaves, and pretty much autumn aside, here are some opportunities for you this week:
That's more opportunities than my tree has leaves just about now. I wish you all the best in getting after it.

Until next time...

Friday, November 23, 2018

Opportunity Weekend - November 23, 2018

It's Thanksgiving weekend, Black Friday and all right now in the 'States, but this does not mean you should let your artistic opportunities run dry. (Excuse the pun there. Sorry, but you know I'm all about the puns here at Carol's Little World. #NotReallySorryButAlright) Spigots, puns, and stones cast aside, here are some opportunities for you this weekend:
That's a bunch of opportunities for you to go out and get after. I know you're full from eating too much turkey but go on, go out and get some, let somebody else finish off the leftovers.

Until next time...

PS As a reminder, I have my holiday prints available over at Minted.com. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Holiday Prints - On Sale Now!


It's that time of year again. Yes, folks, it's Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday all rolled into one. For those of you who are so-inclined, this year I have launched not one but two holiday prints. Shown here, one is floral and one is sky. They join my other prints available over at Minted.com, where you can order prints and have them shipped directly to you. You can pick out the size and frame and everything. For those who tell me, "I love your work but it's too expensive!" why this is your opportunity to get yourself a bargain, as an 8x8 print starts at $23. Not a lot of clams for a lovely image and a great way to decorate the walls. (Nobody wants blank walls now, do you?)

For those of you who want to "go big or go home!" the prints are available in sizes up to 44 inch by 44 inch.  (I hope you have a big enough couch for that one.) Lots of options from which to choose and some great choices in framing and printing over at my little shop, so please check me out over on Minted for details. They accept all major credit cards, ship everywhere, and even have a sale going on, so do please checkout the discount code for Black Friday orders.

I would also appreciate a re-tweet, Facebook share, pin on Pinterest, or however else you can help me get the word out about my little shop. For those of you who can't purchase artwork directly, you can help out a lot just by sharing. It really helps a lot when you spread the word, honestly it does. I'm a small artist with limited resources, and I don't try to compete with some of the big brands out there but I do try to launch one or two things each holiday season and the time is now upon us for me to do just that. Any sharing or mention I can get goes a long way so please hit that like or share button and help me get the word out as best you can.

As usual, you can find prints of my work at my Minted shop: https://www.minted.com/store/carolslittleworld and also my work is available over at Getty Images for licensing: https://www.gettyimages.com/photos/carol-schiraldi?alloweduse=availableforalluses&family=creative&license=rf&phrase=carol%20schiraldi&sort=best#license

If there is an image of mine that you want for either a fine art print or licensing purposes, please feel free to reach out and I can make that happen for you. My work is also available as signed limited edition hand prints in various sizes directly from me, please shoot me an email if you are interested in obtaining a print that way as well. Lastly, look for my upcoming book, tentatively titled "Wanderings" to be launched soon.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with food, family, and friends, and wish you a joyous holiday season.

Until next time...


Monday, November 19, 2018

Where Do I Start? It Must be all that Crazy in the Air Right Now

There's been a lot going on for me right now. Where do I start? Let's see, maybe at the beginning?

Sometimes, you feel as if so much is happening and yet where to begin? How to even get a grip, right? And yet, quietly, sitting in the corner, is that image you always wanted to make. Maybe it's a bustling street corner or maybe it's the visual representation of a lonely tree basking in its solitude but, somehow, that image is calling you in, pulling you. It's your go to place. It's you comfort food. It's your safe space in a land of crazy. That image sits in wait, in the back of your mind, waiting patiently for you to give it life. It wants to be. It needs to be. And yet, somehow, only you can make it happen. Only you can bring it life, can bring it to life actually. Only you can make it be.

Photography has always been a coping mechanism. It's a way of dealing with the world. When the world gets crazy, heck, the images are there, they will always be there. Photography allows you to travel, even if you don't get to move out of the studio. It's an escape hatch. It's a safety valve. It's like the car in an old Bruce Springsteen song-it roars into life and whisks you away from all that is miserable in the world. It takes you places. In the old Springsteen songs, Mary sat in the passenger seat, the car took them away, and the highway, it was the highway, that gave them life, brought them to be as we remember them. For me, it's always been the camera and the image. The image is like that highway, always there, always present. It's the image that roars to life and lives out its existence in glory right in front of our eyes.

Yeah, there's been a lot going on. A lot. When I say I lot, I'm sure I'm thinking too myself, awe man, it's been too much, way too much. How am I going to even deal with all of this right now? But, the thing is, it doesn't really matter anymore. You know why? Yeah, it's the image. It's the image that'll always be there, always keep me going, keep me pressing on, like a beacon in the fog or a harbor in a tempest. Somehow, some way, even when it's all gone a little bit crazy, in fact just when it seems like everything has gone totally nuts, that's when the image shines through. Yeah, I'm so going to take a picture of something real soon now, I can feel it. It must be all of that crazy in the air right now.

One thing is for sure. There sure is a lot of crazy in the air right now and thank the universe I've got a camera that still works.

Until next time...


Sunday, November 18, 2018

Opportunity Weekend - November 18, 2018

Don't let some great opportunities float on by. Here are some opportunities for you this week:
I hope you found something on the list that floats your boat and that you go out and get after it. 

Until next time...

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Opportunity Weekend - November 11, 2018

You'll have to forgive me a bit. Reality has gotten too much for me to take so I've decided to delve into my own little fairyland. Imaginary lands aside, there are some real opportunities for you this week:
That's a bunch of opportunities for you to go out and get after so I suggest you get cracking. Opportunity might be colorful but it waits for no man (or woman) these days.

Until next time...


Saturday, November 03, 2018

Opportunity Weekend - November 3, 2018

Welcome to November, a time when I hope you will find a bounty of opportunities available for you. Here are some places looking for work right now:
That's a bunch of opportunities for you to go out and get after, so good luck, stay strong, and get some.

Until next time...


Sunday, October 28, 2018

Opportunity Weekend - October 28, 2018

Time for another rendition of Opportunity Weekend. This is where I list some opportunities that you might find useful. Here are the opportunities for this week:
That's a bunch of opportunities for you so please go out and get some.

Until next time...


Sunday, October 21, 2018

Opportunity Weekend - October 21, 2018

Don't be shy when it comes to getting after opportunities for your artwork. There are always places looking for artists and tons of opportunities, it's usually just a matter of finding the one that's right for your work. Here are some potential matches for this week's opportunity weekend:
That's a bunch of opportunities for you to get after this week. Don't be shy now, go on, go out and get some.

Until next time...


Saturday, October 13, 2018

Opportunity Weekend - October 13, 2018

Some great opportunities dancing your way this week. I do hope you find it in you to get out and get after it. Here we go:
That's a lot of entries to get after this week, so best of luck, knock 'em dead, and all.

Until next time...