Saturday, December 30, 2017

Digital Artwork

I have always loved creating digital artwork! It started for me when I was taking photos early on and they were not good or clear and there really wasn't  much I could do to salvage them. They seemed like wasted space on my computer and a waste of time in general. Well...once I started playing with different photo filters I learned that I could take any photo and turn it into art! Now no image is wasted here.  With a little time and practice ,not to mention lots of research, I found so many ways to create beautiful pieces of digital art, like the one below that I made today.

Are you a fan of digital art??? Leave your comments below. I would love to hear from you!

Digital Artwork created from a photo by Julie Everhart

The next time you take a photograph and think there is nothing you can do to it to make it better, think again!  Do a search either online or with your phone in the app store and find some fun photo filters and give it a go.  You will never know until you try.

Thanks for stopping by and keep those cameras clicking and creative juices flowing,


No It's Not a Picasso

No It's Not A Picasso - Cellphone Artwork by Julie Everhart

Every now and then I get the urge to draw, sketch or paint. For some reason the artwork that flows the easiest from my hands is the Picasso style. How or why this happens I cannot explain it. But I do know that it is a very freeing form of artwork for me. Artwork in general should be that way, just an artful expression that you created with your own hands and thoughts. No rules and no wrong ways of doing things.  Do you like to doodle and create? Have you ever shared any of that artwork online or with your friends and family? If so, did people like what they saw?  Feel free to talk about in the comments below. Curious minds want to know!

Thank you for stopping by and keep those cameras clicking and creative minds flowing!


I hope that in this year to come

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.     Neil Gaiman

Winter Bliss

Many of the photos I am sharing on my blog have not been shared anywhere before  including the one below. I guess you could say its just part of my private collection. The photo I am showing below was taken from my front yard in upstate NY looking up towards the neighbors house in Jan 2009. Following all those ice storms came much snow.  When  I view this image I can remember standing there and asking myself what the heck is this Florida girl doing here??? It sure wasn't anywhere I wanted to be!!!  lol

Click on the photo to see an enlarged view
Winter Bliss by Julie Everhart
Overall when I look back and think about it...had I not lived up there that year I don't believe I would have any winter photos at all!  It sure was a learning experience for me that year with it being my first year learning photography and the harsh elements of taking those photos in that weather. Believe it or shutters can freeze up!!

Thank you for stopping by and keep those cameras clicking! Leave your comments or questions below...:) 


Remembering the Winter Ice Storms

Growing up in Eastern Pennsylvania we had allot of snow in the winter but not many ice storms.  When  I moved to upstate New York in 2008 this was something that seemed to be happening quite often that year.  As a new photographer it gave me many opportunities to take lots of frozen winter wonderland type photos. I would go out day and night and walk around on the cold crunchy snow and look for subjects to photograph.

The photo shown below is one of the photos from that year.  Just a cute little sparrow sitting on some frozen branches.  The white streaks you see in the background of the photo is the freezing rain that is falling from the sky. I would feed these little birdies daily as I did many deer and squirrels that year.  It was a pretty tough winter for the animals that year ( as it was for this human, lol)

Click on the photo to see an enlarged view
Little Sparrow on Frozen Branches - Photo by Julie Everhart

Thanks for stopping by and keep those cameras clicking!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Still Life Photography???

In all my trial and errors of learning what kind of photographer I wanted to be I would try my eye at still life photography.  I never really got into it but that didn't mean I didn't try it! LOL. I came across this pretty deer figurine and on a bright and sunny December day in upstate NY back in 2008 I took it outside, placed it in the grass, got down on my belly and gave it whirl.  I quickly discovered that getting into those positions were not easy or fun to do!   Although it looked like the grass was dry, it wasn't. I got up and was wet and muddy.  So much for outside still photography! Hats off to those photographers that are really good at it. If I do any still photography today... it would be indoors. Click on the images to see an enlarged view.

Still Life Photography of a Wooden Deer by Julie Everhart

Still Life Photography of a Wooden Deer by Julie Everhart

So here is what I got wet and muddy for... were the shots worth it in your opinion??? Feel free to leave your comments below. 

Thanks for stopping by!


Silhouette of Iron Animal with Winter Bokeh

Silhouette of Iron Animal with Winter Bokeh- photo by Julie Everhart

The winter of 2008 while I was first learning photography and always desperately searching for things to take photos of I came across this iron wind chime that was left behind and dangling outside of the barn.  It was originally an old 3 stall horse barn but this wind chime didn't exactly look like a horse to me, nonetheless I photographed it.   I had a black and tan doberman at the time ( RIP Zena) and thought it more looked like her or a dog of some sort?  Any guesses for what you think it might be? Leave your comments below..:)

Sometimes things are best left to the imagination and need no description.  The look of what I was after here was more about the sunset and silhouette and the winter bokeh in the background.  I think I accomplished what I was going for.  

Thank you for stopping by and as always...

Keep Those Cameras Clicking!

Motophoto Alert!! Hairpin Curve Ahead

Motophoto Alert!! Hairpin Curve Ahead- Photo by Julie Everhart

It's been a long time since I have shared or talked about my "Motophotos".  A Motophoto is word that was made up and is best described as a photo you take while in a moving vehicle.  Ya know... like when you just don't really have a way to get the photo you want any other way so you grab your camera and turn it on and quickly snap the image!   This photo was taken on this day 9 years ago while driving near Ellenville, NY.  

When we got to the bottom of the curve I had to get out of the vehicle and get a photo of what it looked like. Click on images to see an enlarged view.

hairpin turn (also hairpin bend, hairpin curve or corner etc.), named for its resemblance to a hairpin/bobby pin, is a bend in a road with a very acute inner angle, making it necessary for an oncoming vehicle to turn about 180° to continue on the road.

And of course Motophotos are best taken from the passenger side while you are NOT driving the vehicle.  Stay safe my friends and thanks for stopping by!

Keep those cameras clicking!

A Ride Down Memory Lane- Looks Can Be Deceiving!!!

I have recently been going back in my computer looking at images that I took when I first started doing photography ( I began in June 2008).  The images I am showing here were taken in Upstate NY in the Shawangunk Mountains on this very day 9 years ago.  I took a ride that day with my camera and went out in search of something cool to take photos of. I didn't realize at the time just how much there actually was to take photos of but I think I was still discovering what it was that took my eye.  The one thing I knew was that I loved was landscapes and nature photography.  I didn't do much in the way of people or architecture but occasionally something got my attention.

The photos here are of the same house taken from different locations. In this first image it makes you wonder how you get to the house and it looks very intriguing! The photo was taken from a bridge just a few hundred yards away from the house. Click on the photos for an enlarged view.

House in the woods photo by Julie Everhart

House in Woods in Shawangunk Mountains- Photo by Julie Everhart
As I drove across the bridge and down the road I got a clear view of the house and the mountains. I always thought this was a gorgeous setting for a house and one that was very secluded. It was becoming more clear to me everyday that nature and landscapes is what had my attention.

As the photographer you have the choice of how you want to present the images and what mood you want to give the viewer. This is the beauty of photography as seen through my eyes. Thank you for stopping by today and going back down memory lane with me...:)

Keep those cameras clicking,


Thursday, December 28, 2017

3 Deer on Foggy Hill

3 Deer on Foggy Hill -Photography by Julie Everhart

While I was looking back through my photo archives I came across this photo that I took exactly 9 years ago today when I was living in upstate New York.  Funny how fast time flies. I can still remember standing there on that cold foggy morning admiring those deer. There were 5 of them and one of them was a very young spike buck.  In this image I focused on the 3 you see standing here. I didn't have any fancy Nikon cameras back then, in fact, this shot was taken with my Canon PowerShot SX10 IS which I had just received as a Christmas gift.  

This photo was taken back when I first started doing photography.  So much has changed for me since then.  If you would like to see more of my work to see how much I have grown visit my Gurushots profile ( and Yes, today I am a GURU on the site).  

They who sing through the summer

"They who sing through the summer must dance in the winter."
- Italian Proverb

Keep those fireplaces burning

Keep those fireplaces burning 

Warm Winter Wishes

"No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn."
- Hal Borland

Advice is like the snow

"Advice is like the snow. The softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon and the deeper it sinks into the mind.”
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"People don’t notice whether it’s winter

"People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy."
- Anton Chekhov

To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake

"To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold."  - Aristotle

May light always surround you;

“May Light always surround you;

Hope kindle and rebound you.May your Hurts turn to Healing;Your Heart embrace Feeling.May Wounds become Wisdom;Every Kindness a Prism.May Laughter infect you;Your Passion resurrect you.May Goodness inspire your Deepest Desires.Through all that you Reach For, May your arms Never Tire.” ― D. Simone

Time Spent with Cats...

Time spent with cats is never wasted.
Sigmund Freud 

Winter Quote by Dr. Seuss

How did it get so late so soon?

It's night before it's afternoon.
December is here before it's June.
My goodness how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon?
~Dr. Seuss

Beautiful Winter Gif

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” 

― Edith Sitwell

New Years Resolutions...

“One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: 

To rise above the little things.”

 –John Burroughs

Inspirational Quote for the New Year

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.”

Abraham Lincoln

Snowfall Gif

Stay warm!!

Happy New Year from Julie

May 2018 be your best year yet! 

Happy New Year 2018