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Posted 18 February, 2013 by Carol | No comments

Say Cheese!

Just like a car mechanic’s car is always the last one get fixed, a photographer is the one that doesn’t have a family photo for the church directory. Gone are the days when Mom could buy matching outfits, and they would cheerfully (well, maybe not so cheerfully) pose in front of the Bradford Pear in the front yard. The Bradford Pear has not fared well through several storms, being struck by lightning as well as wind, and trying to coordinate a meeting with all our different schedules has been challenging, to say the least. It’s a lot easier to corner them one at a time, so here is our solution to the family photo problem. 

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Posted 30 November, 2012 by Carol | No comments

Cover Photo by McFarland Photography!

One of Carol McFarland’s photos was chosen for publication on the cover of the print and online versions of the 2012-13 Vienna, VA Ziplocal Phone Book!  Carol is co-owner of McFarland Photography.org, a Manassas, Virginia photography studio. The featured photograph is of the Vienna, Virginia Town Hall, and was captured during the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk on July 24, 2009.

Vienna Town Hall photo by Carol McFarland of www.mcfarlandphotography.org chosen for publication

Vienna Town Hall photo by Carol McFarland of www.mcfarlandphotography.org chosen for publication in the 2012-13 Vienna, VA Ziplocal Phone Book

 

 

 

Posted 5 July, 2010 by Carol | No comments

Lizzy



Lizzy, originally uploaded by calligraphycarol.

It’s not hard to take a good picture with a model as pretty as Lizzy!

Posted 5 July, 2010 by Carol | No comments

Nathan



Nathan , originally uploaded by calligraphycarol.

The “golden hour” just before sunset makes for some beautiful lighting.

Posted 5 July, 2010 by Carol | No comments

Renee Sunshine



Renee Sunshine, originally uploaded by calligraphycarol.

Getting some practice in with the 50mm, F1.4 lens. I’m glad I have some homemade models available. :)

Posted 2 July, 2010 by Carol | No comments

Dance Art



dance art, originally uploaded by calligraphycarol.

Experimenting with artistic techniques on a dance photograph.

Posted 22 June, 2010 by Carol | No comments

Cool Pool



Pool , originally uploaded by calligraphycarol.

Trying out my 50mm, F1.4 lens at the pool party my girls went to recently. I composed the photo to include the pool in the glasses’ reflection.

Posted 22 June, 2010 by Carol | No comments

My beloved



My beloved, originally uploaded by calligraphycarol.

Bill gave me a new lens the other day…one I’ve been wanting for quite awhile. Everyone raves about the 50mm f1.4 lens, and how it is perfect for portraits because it’s so fast, as well as the bokeh in the background. For those of you that are not familiar with what those terms mean, I’ll explain. A “fast” lens is one which you can use in low light situations, since it has a large aperture or opening.

Dictionary Definition: “A lens with a larger maximum aperture (that is, a smaller minimum f-number) is a fast lens because it delivers more light intensity (illuminance) to the focal plane, allowing a faster shutter speed”

Bokeh is that nice blurry background behind my husband. At this large aperture opening, there is only a small part of the photograph that is in focus (a shallow depth of field), and that’s just what you want for a portrait. You want to showcase and draw attention to your subject, and having a blurry background does that quite nicely.

I can tell already that this lens will be my favorite, and it will most likely stay on the camera most of the time. :)

Posted 9 June, 2010 by Carol | No comments

They Shall Mount Up with Wings Like Eagles



They Shall Mount Up with Wings Like Eagles, originally uploaded by calligraphycarol.

Each year at the last performance for Northern Virginia Dance Academy, they have the seniors do a solo that they choreograph themselves. I used one of the photographs from the solo to create this inspirational poster.

Posted 8 June, 2010 by Carol | No comments

Dance Photography



Pas de deux 2, NVDA, originally uploaded by calligraphycarol.

We have the pleasure of having a daughter who takes dance lessons at Northern Virginia Dance Academy in Manassas, Virginia. She has had a passion for dance since she was three years old. Last year she was asked to join the professional ballet company, The Asaph Ensemble. It is a joy to watch her dance gracefully; she shares her passion with the audience–it’s infectious!
June 5th was the year-end performances by the NVDA studio, and we were blessed to have the opportunity to take photographs there. Katelyn talked her brother, Nathan, into taking the partnering class this year, and he did an amazing job.