About thedigitaljeanie

I’m a self-taught photographer and way back when I used to love taking photos, but I allowed a business that I started in 2004 to take over my life and my photographic repertoire was reduced to quick product shots and how-to tutorials. When I joined the PhotoChallenge in December 2015, I was looking to rekindle my creativity and bring some joy back into my photography. I jumped in with both feet and have not looked back. I believe that photography can change the way we see and interact with the world around us. Some people may think that I hide behind the camera, but I feel that I experience the world in a much more intimate way when I am creating a composition in my viewfinder. In those moments distractions disappear, my mind focuses and I am fully present. It is just me and my camera capturing a moment in time that might otherwise go unnoticed. My background is as varied as the photos that I take. I’ve trained and worked as a software engineer, a massage therapist, an English teacher in Vietnam, a photo restoration artist (which is how I learned Photoshop) and for the past twelve years I have run a small software business with my husband where I have been published in numerous books and magazines, appeared on PBS television, created designs for fabric, quilts and machine embroidery and won awards for some of my quilts. It should come as no surprise that I am intensely curious about life and love to learn new things. I am blessed to live in the beautiful state of Colorado, USA in the Rocky Mountain foothills outside of Fort Collins with my husband and cat. You can find me online at: Photos: flickr.com/photos/the-digital-jeanie/ Day job: KaleidoscopeCollections.com Facebook: facebook.com/jeaniesa

2019 WEEK 17: Stitched Panoramas & Vertoramas

This week your challenge is to create a stitched panorama or a vertorama (vertical panorama). I am emphasizing “stitched” because in a future challenge I will be building on that READ MORE →

2019 WEEK 14: Titles

We’re taking a different approach to the photo challenge this week. I recently returned from a photography workshop with Colleen Miniuk-Sperry where my personal challenge was to be more creative READ MORE →

2019 WEEK 12: Window Reflections

I’ve been known to lament window reflections as having ruined a photo, but every so often I find reflections that add an important compositional element. That’s what we’re going for READ MORE →

2019 WEEK 8: Trees

We’ve had a few weeks of indoor challenges so it’s time to get outside! This week we’ll focus on trees. You can photograph a single tree or many trees, an READ MORE →

2019 WEEK 6: Refraction in Water Drops

This is something I’ve been wanting to try for a while now, so I thought I would bring you along to join in the fun. Please note, this challenge is READ MORE →

2019 WEEK 4: Smoke, Steam or Vapor

It’s time for a technique challenge! I had so much fun photographing smoke for my photo in Week 2 that I wanted to make it a challenge for everyone. Feel READ MORE →

2019 WEEK 2: Guilty Pleasures – Food & Drink PLUS Commenting

Forget New Year’s resolutions this week! What food or drink do you think you could NEVER give up because it brings you so much pleasure? This isn’t meant to be READ MORE →

2019 WEEK 1: Time

Since we’re starting a brand new year, this week’s challenge theme is “time”. You can choose a more literal representation of time (clocks, watches, calendars, etc), or a more abstract READ MORE →

Plans for the 2019 Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge

Looking forward to 2019, we are announcing some changes that we plan to make to the weekly challenges: For the last few years, the challenge write-ups have evolved to the READ MORE →

WEEK 52: B&W Holiday Lights

Your goal this week is to take a B&W photo with holiday lights as a component of your composition. There are lots of possibilities for creative images with holiday lights which is why I have once again chosen them for a challenge theme. READ MORE →