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With Light and Laughter: Digital Artist Deb Booth

Deb Booth

I’m a soon-to-be 52 year old digital artist living in Virginia, USA. I began taking photographs in 2002, during a solo trip to Italy.  I wanted to bring back memories for myself, and for my friends and family who couldn’t see what I was seeing.  My husband bought me a printer so I could print out some of the pictures, and the printer came with photo editing software.  My son showed me a few tricks, like inverting colors… and I was hooked!

I like taking what “is” and turning it into what it “could be”. The actual taking of the image is only the first step on the journey for me. I really enjoy playing with my images using Photoshop Elements to add new emphasis, or remove distractions, or change the image completely.
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Blue Suede

This image was originally a lovely pink hydrangea. I played with the hues and came up with something different… but still recognizable. I like moving the editing program’s slider bars until my stomach tightens a bit, and I’ll utter an “ooh!” – then I know I’ve hit something exciting.

I like to challenge myself to continue moving forward on my artistic studies – to try new things, and learn new techniques. Along the way, I fell in love with fractal art, and began experimenting – ultimately taking a class using a free fractal program, Apophysis (which can be found and downloaded by doing a search for “Apophysis” at http://www.sourceforge.net).

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Abstract Tree

This image is a fractal, which is based upon repeating patterns – often found in nature. Some of my favorite fractals are ones that are reminiscent of something in ‘real life’ – like this icy, windswept-looking tree.

One of the other interesting things I’d experimented with was using a flat-bed scanner to take photos. Do you have a scanner? Then you have another camera – one that’s amazingly capable of capturing extremely small detail at high resolution.

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A Rose is a Rose

This image is a rose laid upon the scanner with crumpled white tissue paper behind it. I liked how the paper ended up looking a lot like a granite cave wall… and I liked how it looked hard and sharp, in comparison to the softly graceful lines of the rose.

My favorite subjects tend to be flowers – I love using the macro setting on my camera to capture a super closeup of something people see every day, but tend to overlook. You know how a band will do their version of someone else’s well-known song, and it’s called a ‘cover’? Well, the way I look at it, I do covers of some of Nature’s greatest hits.

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Dance of the Veils

This is an iris – up close and very personal.

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Curtain Parts

This image of a tulip is alllllmost abstract, to me. It’s readily identifiable as organic… you KNOW you’ve seen it before… but where?

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Trailing Clouds of Glory

Here’s a beautiful, all-white peony bloom with the colors more saturated. Aren’t those petals’ curves and ruffles gorgeous? Like a dance, in flower form.

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Intimacy

This was a beautiful confluence of lines and colors in a small garden center on a gray and blustery November day. I loved how the fronds seemed enmeshed in each other.

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Starry Starry Night in a Puddle

This was a puddle in my driveway… it was right after a rainstorm, and the sky still had clouds scudding along, looking threatening. I took the shot, and then came in and played with the colors… and suddenly, it looked like a night sky to me. But if you look closely, you can still see the asphalt in the upper and lower corners – and a stick that breaks the water line. And those things that look like stars in the night sky? They’re really just rocks in my driveway.
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Eye See You

Here’s one of my beloved kitties, Caramel. She’s no longer with us – we lost her 2 years ago – but I still smile when I see this shot of her. She was a lovely light in my life.

I get my inspiration from seeing sunlight streaming through the leaf of a plant…
or the lines of a building, or the swirl of ice etched on the windshield of my car.

I keep my camera in my purse at all times, just so I don’t have to kick myself for missing a shot. I’m constantly reminded that photography is a metaphor for life – the best, most dramatic shots are those that show a ‘battle’ between dark and light. It’s the contrasts that make it interesting.

I offer classes in digital editing (one on one at my home, or online), and in creative sight (how to help yourself “see” more wonderful opportunities for creativity, no matter what your chosen creative outlet is – photography, stained glass, quilting, cooking… everyone gets stuck sometimes. I have a few ways to help folks get UNSTUCK).

One of my newest favorite activities is creating slideshows using my images set to beautiful music… picking the perfect image for the crescendo in the music, and allowing it to change color, or mutate into another shot seamlessly, flowing gently one into another. I began my first slideshow as a project for my mom, who is in end-stage renal failure. She spends hours in dialysis each week, and I wanted to be able to give her a way to be somewhere else, mentally, while her body was a hostage of the tubes and machines that keep her alive. I call them relaxation videos – or visual meditations. The plan is to donate them to hospitals, hospice centers,patients and caregivers – and to sell them to the general public to finance those donations.

If you follow these links, you can see examples of my work on YouTube:

All Things Green and Gorgeous
Images of the Sky Throuout the Day
Different Shades
Serene and Tranquil

You can see more of my work on my website, http://www.DifferentLightStudio.com where I have prints, notecards, bookmarks, books, and videos for purchase. You could also sign up for my free newsletter there if you like. Or feel free to email me at deb@differentlightstudio.com – I’d love to hear from you.

I wish you light and laughter,

Deb Booth

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24 Responses to “With Light and Laughter: Digital Artist Deb Booth”

  1. Rob says:

    Wonderful photographs, you are very artistic and inventive with your camera.
    Rob

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  2. mili says:

    WoW

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  3. Bo says:

    SUPERB!!! LOVE these shots!

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  4. Michelle says:

    Georgia O’Keefe meets modern day technology. Go girl!

    ps everybody needs to google or buy the book EARTHING!! It will change your life and restore your health…

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  5. nara says:

    Excellent pictures and ideas…for creativity sky is the limit…I like all your photos and I learned some basic ideas from you…Thnaks a lot…dear…

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  6. Lauren says:

    This looks like so much fun!!! Now more than ever I want a better camera than my Cool Pix and “discover” how far I can go. Love the picture of the hydrangea and the purple sky…

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  7. Krupa Jobalia says:

    I LOVED the images… they are superb!

    thanks for the display!

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  8. Mariel says:

    I am SO impressed! Happy to hear you offer on-line classes. Thanks for sharing your beautiful art and also tips on how you created it.

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  9. Caroline says:

    Dear Deb,

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful art. I love flowers, cats and nature…and you enhance their beauty.

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  10. Deb Booth says:

    Thank you, one and all, for your kind comments! Honestly, you’ve made my day.

    I’d just like to point out – while getting the newest, best camera out there is fun, it’s really not the “only” consideration. The camera you have is only as good as the eye and the heart of the photographer using it. Some of my all-time favorite shots were taken using a Kodak 5 MP camera. Most of my ‘joy’ comes from the edits that are made, post-camera…playing with the image and changing things up.

    Thanks so much for taking the time to look at my work, and read my musings… and thank you, Cyndi, for allowing me this moment of “fame” :-) ))))))

    Light and laughter to you all, kind souls,

    Deb

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  11. Hello Deb,

    Your pictures are very beautiful.As a photographer myself, i am very
    impressed and inspired. Thanks for sharing.

    Onkar.

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  12. Deb Booth says:

    Thank you so much, Onkar – I truly appreciate your kind words!

    May your day be filled with light and laughter,

    Deb

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  13. [...] to best present her work — and I think I can speak for both of us when I say we are thrilled that Deb Booth agreed to create the video you see [...]

  14. Kathleen says:

    This is inspiring. It explains how people can create those
    beautiful slideshows that make it around the internet. Will be trying it.

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  15. Halida says:

    It is just unbelievably beautiful, especially white peony bloom. You are very, very talented. Please continue. I would love to see more. All the best forever.

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  16. Anna says:

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

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  17. Poppy says:

    The beauty of these images just made me cry…really resonated with them…thank you!

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  18. Susan says:

    I was feeling a bit down and discouraged this morning. I felt as though I was just drifting along with nothing to ignite my passion. I just was browsing my digital pictures and then checked my email. There was a link which led me to this site. When I saw your images they all but screamed at me that this is an art form which I can feel passionate about. The slideshow idea is wonderful. I am going now to read more of your links right now!

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  19. Leila says:

    I enjoyed your photos a lot. Thanks. The rose is especially lovely I think.

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  20. Melissa says:

    Wonderful photography. I can definitely feel how much fun you have working with the subjects and the orginal photos in order to create something new and exciting. You are obviously engaged with the world in an exciting and heart felt way. It’s so nice to see what flows from that relationship.

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  21. CC says:

    The hydrangea photo took my breath away. Thank you for your lovely work!

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  22. George says:

    I love your creative use of the medium and would like to use a couple of the photographs in the next club magazine. There isn’t any email address to ask your permission. Keep up the good work.

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  23. john macswayde clements says:

    lovely images, my dear, keep the flow and the inspiration
    going. there’s great truth in your work! bright blessings, john. X

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  24. [...] present her work – and I think I can speak for both of us when I say we are thrilled that Deb Booth agreed to create the video you see [...]

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