Diana Thornton: Blog https://photos.dianathornton.com/blog en-us (C) Diana Thornton diana@dianathornton.com (Diana Thornton) Thu, 09 Sep 2021 03:40:00 GMT Thu, 09 Sep 2021 03:40:00 GMT https://photos.dianathornton.com/img/s/v-12/u173478569-o322856751-50.jpg Diana Thornton: Blog https://photos.dianathornton.com/blog 96 120 New Online Shop https://photos.dianathornton.com/blog/2020/12/new-online-shop

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You are invited to visit my new Online Shop of cool products using my photographs. I have selected a few images from my collection that I thought would work well for phone cases and other products. I ordered an iPhone case using the hummingbird photo I took at my mom's house a few years ago. I absolutely LOVE it.

Ever since Covid stopped my musician clients from performing, they can’t order CDs from me. So I thought I'd see if I can make some money selling my photography through the Zenfolio site that I use to host my photography. They offer built-in ecommerce, high quality printing and direct shipping, and I’ve been meaning to set this up for years anyway.

I am starting with a few product collections: Phone Cases, Jigsaw Puzzles, Mousepads, Mugs, and of course Prints. Zenfolio offers excellent framing services or you can just order flat prints.

If you don’t see an image in a product collection that you like, you can browse my main gallery and order any of them as any product. I have a wide variety of cute animals, flowers, beautiful landscapes, and abstracts to choose from. I plan to add other products soon and I have a backlog of photos on my computer that I need to edit and upload. NOTE: Some images may not work well for the shape/size of a certain product. You'll have a chance to review and crop/reposition each item in your cart before ordering.

I appreciate your feedback about this. I'm still figuring out the best way to organize this, and there are a few issues with Zenfolio’s system I don’t like, but since I already subscribe to their service for my hosting and I like their quality and orders ship quickly, I will try to make it work.

Please share with friends and family. I appreciate your support!

Cheers,
Diana Thornton

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diana@dianathornton.com (Diana Thornton) https://photos.dianathornton.com/blog/2020/12/new-online-shop Sat, 05 Dec 2020 19:02:53 GMT
Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge Photo Safari https://photos.dianathornton.com/blog/2015/3/bogue-chitto-national-wildlife-refuge Just down the Interstate from me right at the Mississippi/Louisiana border is the exit for the Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge (not the State Park in Franklinton). I pass it every time I come into the city. I've never explored past the lake that sits right at the exit. So yesterday, with the great weather, I turned off into the swamp and did a little photo safari.

When you first turn off, there is a railroad bridge that crosses the Pearl River. It has some interesting textures and geometric shapes from below.

Then you drive on down a gravel road for a few miles and can stop off at some cypress swamps.

There was an interesting old rusty water pipe sticking out of the ground spouting water.  It offered some neat photos of the water backlit. Taken at high speed, the water looks like glass or ice.

I look forward to coming back again in the spring and summer.

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diana@dianathornton.com (Diana Thornton) https://photos.dianathornton.com/blog/2015/3/bogue-chitto-national-wildlife-refuge Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:05:18 GMT
Hummingbirds https://photos.dianathornton.com/blog/2013/9/hummingbirds My mom put out a couple hummingbird feeders on her back deck and before she knew it there were dozens of hummingbirds.

They are tricky to photograph well. This was my first attempt. I'll go back when the light is better and refine my technique for sharper photos.

 

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See more at www.dianathornton.com/hummingbirds

 

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diana@dianathornton.com (Diana Thornton) hummingbirds https://photos.dianathornton.com/blog/2013/9/hummingbirds Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:49:58 GMT
Dog Obedience Class https://photos.dianathornton.com/blog/2013/8/dog-obedience-class The Pearl River County SPCA in Picayune, MS, sponsors a dog obedience class. This is an often overlooked piece of the solution to reduce the numbers of homeless animals since so many dogs are turned in to shelters due to perceived "bad behavior" issues. But sadly, owners who are so quick to dump their family pet at the animal shelter are rarely willing to do anything to fix the problem, nor are they willing to admit that they are actually part of the problem. And far too often, the "problem" is nothing more than an excuse for not being willing to train and work with their dog.

The class I visited here in Picayune had 6 dedicated people spending the time to train their dogs - and more importantly, themselves. The love for their dogs was undeniable. These are indeed forever homes.

It was a treat to be able to donate my time to photograph the class and support these loving owners as they develop a deep and lasting relationship.

Please check out the rest of the gallery.

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diana@dianathornton.com (Diana Thornton) https://photos.dianathornton.com/blog/2013/8/dog-obedience-class Sun, 04 Aug 2013 16:53:14 GMT
Shelter Photography Before and After https://photos.dianathornton.com/blog/2013/7/shelter-photography-before-and-after A compelling, eye-catching photo can literally mean the difference between life and death for a homeless pet. Shelters that post quality photographs consistently report significant increases in adoptions, often as much as two to three times. I'll let you decide with some of my before/after images from my recent photo session at the Humane Society of South Mississippi in Gulfport:

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diana@dianathornton.com (Diana Thornton) animal rescue before and after humane society pet photography puppies shelter photography https://photos.dianathornton.com/blog/2013/7/shelter-photography-before-and-after Wed, 17 Jul 2013 18:50:00 GMT
Visions of a Blind Photographer https://photos.dianathornton.com/blog/2012/12/visions-of-a-blind-photographer Her images are haunting and remind us that the eyes are not the only part of us that see.

Sometimes when she’s taking pictures, Sonia Soberats forgets she cannot see.

Read the New York Times article here: http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/18/visions-of-a-blind-photographer/

 

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diana@dianathornton.com (Diana Thornton) Inspirations https://photos.dianathornton.com/blog/2012/12/visions-of-a-blind-photographer Wed, 12 Dec 2012 16:20:41 GMT
Spaymart Shelter Cats https://photos.dianathornton.com/blog/2012/12/Spaymart-October-2012 I started volunteer to do shelter photography. I’ve never had to work with lights and a backdrop in a studio situation, although this is a studio we threw together with a couple clamp lights, a sheet and a cat bed. I still didn’t have enough light, so some of the images are a little blurry, but for a first try, not bad. For the second session I bought some cheap battery operated LED video lights which worked pretty well for portability. Still not quite bright enough. My next investment is in a faster lens. These cats are at Spaymart's Mississippi cat sanctuary. They take in a lot of older cats. www.spaymart.org

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diana@dianathornton.com (Diana Thornton) Shelter Cats https://photos.dianathornton.com/blog/2012/12/Spaymart-October-2012 Thu, 06 Dec 2012 00:21:24 GMT
Quotes https://photos.dianathornton.com/blog/2012/10/Quotes “Every closed eye is not sleeping, and every open eye is not seeing.” – Bill Cosby

“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” – Jonathan Swift, Satirist

“Photography is, first of all, a way of seeing.” – Susan Sontag – Writer, Filmmaker, Activist

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

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“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.” – Sir John Lubbock, Politician, Scientist

“There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.” – Ansel Adams, Photographer

“The common eye sees only the outside of things, and judges by that, but the seeing eye pierces through and reads the heart and the soul, finding there capacities which the outside didn’t indicate or promise, and which the other kind couldn’t detect.” – Mark Twain, Author and Humorist

“It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.” – Helen Keller, Author and Activist

“Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.” – Imogen Cunningham, Photographer

“We emphasized the creativeness that happens at the moment of seeing over the kind that takes place in the dark room.” – Minor White, Photographer

“A thing is not what you say it is or what you photograph it to be or what you paint it to be or what you sculpt it to be. Words, photographs, paintings, and sculptures are symbols of what you see, think, and feel things to be, but they are not the things themselves.” – Wynn Bullock, Photographer

 

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diana@dianathornton.com (Diana Thornton) https://photos.dianathornton.com/blog/2012/10/Quotes Wed, 31 Oct 2012 10:50:34 GMT
Gallier Hall https://photos.dianathornton.com/blog/2012/10/Gallier-Hall IMG_0578IMG_0578-150x150 IMG_0577IMG_0577-150x150 IMG_0576IMG_0576-150x150 IMG_0575IMG_0575-150x150 statue LRstatue-LR-150x150 ]]> diana@dianathornton.com (Diana Thornton) https://photos.dianathornton.com/blog/2012/10/Gallier-Hall Tue, 02 Oct 2012 10:00:34 GMT Radio Tubes https://photos.dianathornton.com/blog/2012/5/Radio-Tubes On a recent trip to Austin, we stopped in to a neat shop called Uncommon Objects on S. Congress Ave. It’s packed to the ceiling with “old” things from the past. It is like a museum. This picture was a bin of old radio tubes.

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diana@dianathornton.com (Diana Thornton) https://photos.dianathornton.com/blog/2012/5/Radio-Tubes Mon, 21 May 2012 08:49:50 GMT