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Watcher Feature (Just comment!) + Snail News

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 1, 2012, 6:02 PM




I hope you all had a happy Halloween!

:sun: Snail News :sun:

(If you're confused, you may want to read the article I wrote long ago explaining some of the background behind my snaily obsession. I'll probably write a new, better version soon though!)

First, the bad news:
Unfortunately, the last of my snails that I rescued from my high school's lab in August 2009 passed away over this last summer. If only the little guys knew how famous they've managed to get thanks to you all!
I updated the calendar they star in for 2013 due to requests, in case you're interested:

Snails Calendar 2014 by MichelleRamey

And, the better news:
With rainy season creeping up on us here in Berkeley, I keep seeing snails on the path to my morning classes; I try to move as many as I can into the plants on either side of the sidewalk, but I inevitably keep encountering ones that have been crushed underfoot by other students rushing to class. I don't want to be too explicit, but I can tell that some of them are still alive despite having crushed shells, and it's heartbreaking. I simply can't stand by and see anyone--snail or human--suffer like that, so I decided I have to do something about it!

If I can convince my roommate to let me, I'm going to order myself an aquarium and set up a little snail recovery center in my dorm room. I'll probably have to sneak lettuce and other snail treats out of the dining commons, but I'm sure I won't get in too much trouble. :giggle:

So, if all goes well, you can expect some photos of my patients in the not-too-distant future. :aww:

:spotlight-left: Watcher Feature! :spotlight-right:

As some of you may remember, I've gotten into the habit of doing watcher features here and there, so I thought I'd do another one to show appreciation for all you guys' support! :heart:

How it works: you comment on this journal with whatever you want (it does not have to say "I want a feature!"), I assign you a number based on what number commenter you are, and then after a few days to a week (depending on how quickly I receive responses), I use a random number generator and feature a few of my favorite pieces by the people whose numbers win. Sounds confusing, but just think of it as a lottery where you don't have to keep track of your number :XD: That means, it isn't first come first serve; everyone has an equal chance!
So, comment away :aww:

Edit: Please do not post me links to your pictures in comments here! If your number wins, I'll be choosing my favorite photos from your gallery--so no need to self promote here ;)

Thanks for reading!
:heart: Michelle

October Feature!

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 14, 2012, 3:40 PM




I'll be doing a watcher feature and the announcement for my upcoming contest in the near future, so keep an eye out! :aww:

And now, a feature of some of my favorites from a photography thumbshare thread I started ages ago--I was bowled over by the caliber of everyone who posted! :faint:

ISSENDI . by GabrielleIsabeau Leapfrog by tuftedpuffin Southern Cross III by Grayda Lucky day by Amelie1994 Cosmo's Couch by KingStephenArthur Venomous by TheUnknownAssassin The King Sleeps by amalia-x The Best You Never Had by Lain-AwakeAtNight The Stone Lion by pinballwitch Move by Photosock Colgada by iniclof Poppy's Diamonds by Kiara-Vestigium Seattle Skyline by yo13dawg Solitude (Golden Gate Bridge) by nyl  Wind of Fate by bimbom img_3107 by kaush Endless by Deere Making Friends by flowerhippie22 Playing with Fire by Jini-Eggplant Sparks by DramasticStar Autumn's Twisted Love by SonikGroove Spider in the Glass by hyenacub Til Sunbeams Find You by FreeSpiritFotography .:Blue Mystery:. by WhiteSpiritWolf Droplets by SilentXeno B a l a n c e by StFamous Emptiness by zonnevlokje running in my sleep/ sleeping in my bed by zelenOo Bonfire II by Perbear42

(A quick question about feature etiquette since I've been out of the dA groove for quite awhile now: is it now the norm to post "big thumbs" in features, or are normal-sized thumbs still okay? Also, is there any way to make the thumbs flow nicely in journals like they do when browsing?)

Thanks for stopping by,
:heart: Michelle

I've Missed DeviantArt.

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 6, 2012, 4:11 PM




The more that things in my life have been changing, the more it feels like I've hardly talked to you guys or been particularly active here in years. I've missed all my friends on DeviantArt, as well as the amazing support I've always gotten from this place. So, as I transition to the new community that is UC Berkeley in just 2 short weeks, I'm hoping to find some familiarity in my old (albeit virtual) community here. :)

So, I do believe I'm back. I'm hoping to stay active amid the bustle that is college, at least. I'll probably have less fine art and more portraits/photojournalism to upload, but hopefully I'll be able to improve in those areas with feedback from you guys!

I'm finally going to answer my loads of comments that I've read but have never gotten around to answering (I appreciate every single one of them!), read and comment on some journal entries, and finally try to keep up with things.

And, I'm going to get another contest going! I'm thinking a general photography theme. If you'd be interested in donating a feature or even a prize, I'd be truly grateful :heart:

So, how are things going with you all? I'd love to hear from you, it's been ages!

Journal Skin Commissions: Open Once Again!

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 13, 2012, 4:46 PM


Now that I'm a soon-to-be starving college student, I need to start raising some money! So, in addition to selling plushies in my Etsy Shop, I've decided to re-open journal skin commissions. Any sales/commissions are highly appreciated!

I'll start with some general info:
:bulletblack: Examples: michelleramey.deviantart.com/g…
:bulletwhite: To commission me, just read this journal, decide what you want, and send me a note!
:bulletblack: I code all my CSS by hand. Yes, that means I type it-- no outside programs!
:bulletwhite: A CSS can take an hour to a few days depending on how complicated the style/images are to work with.
:bulletblack: If you commission a CSS from me, I don't stop working once I finish the CSS; if you ever need something tweaked or have problems with it in the future, I'll be happy to help! :)

Installable Spring-Sakura Skin by MichelleRameyInstallable Sunset JournalSkin by MichelleRameyInstallable Heart Journalskin by MichelleRameyInstallable Arcane Journalskin by MichelleRamey


Pricing

I now only take payments through Paypal (which is really easy to use, I promise), instead of points, because sadly, I need real money now! Prices will depend on how complicated the task will be, so the following are merely guidelines.
:bulletred: Background pattern, simple content box(es) : 7$ (Example: michelleramey.deviantart.com/a…
:bulletorange: Header image/banner, simple content box(es) :  8$ (Example: michelleramey.deviantart.com/a…
:bulletyellow: Header & Footer image/banner, simple content box(es) : 10$ (Example: michelleramey.deviantart.com/a…
:bulletgreen: Varying prices: 3+ images, me having to create/find an image for you that isn't easily accessible, etc.

Installable Snail Journal Skin by MichelleRameyInstallable Leaf Journal Skin by MichelleRameyInstallable Crayon JournalSkin by MichelleRameyInstallable End of Fall Skin by MichelleRamey


How to Commission

:spotlight-left: If you are artistically inclined, feel free to design what you want the skin to look like in some kind of art program and show me! Then we can work from there--it'll be a lot easier. :)

:bulletred: First off, you'll need an image or some kind of basis for your skin. If you'd like to include one or more image(s), they must either be your own work or that of a stock provider (which are the basis for many of my skins).
:bulletorange: Next, tell me what style you want, if you have a specific one in mind; if you don't, I'll base it off the template I use for my other skins. That means I need to know how many content boxes you'd like (the less boxes, the less buggy!), if you want the content box to be a visible box or just text on the background (like this CSS), whether or not you want a footer/header banner and how big they should be, what area(s) of the skin you'd like the title/timestamp on, and so on.
:bulletyellow: Tell me what details you'd like! Color scheme, text color, font (I'll use Candara if not otherwise specified), link color, link mouseover changes, box width, etc. If you leave details blank, I'll choose what I think is best--you can always tell me to tweak it after I show you the rough draft :)
:bulletgreen: If you like any of my current free skins and would simply like me to replace the colorscheme/images with your own, let me know! That will not only be easier for me, but for you to envision how it's going to turn out.
:bulletblue: I may be making a sort of "Commission" form/guide sheet that's more visual and less paragraph-like... so let me know if you'd be interested in that :XD:

If your eyes are sore by now, I understand! :giggle: Just talk to me if you're at all interested in a custom CSS: I'm willing to negotiate or explain anything you may be unclear about :)

MichelleRamey

I am not dead just yet!

Journal Entry: Fri Mar 9, 2012, 7:02 PM



A business, projects, and... college interviews.  :faint: But the good news is, I've been accepted to Berkeley and UCLA so far!
Anyways, those three things have essentially been my life as of late.


The Business

In short, senior year hasn't been quite as relaxing as everyone told me it would be! Well, I suppose part of that is my own fault, because my friend and I started a little business of sorts 2 weeks ago: Cookies to Go. We take orders from people in San Diego (or, soon, from all over the country once we open up our shipping option officially), we bake them from scratch, and we deliver/ship them to their doors--and 25% of the profit goes to charity. We're just starting up, but we've been getting steady business! We'd really, really appreciate it if you'd like our Facebook page, as we could use all the support we can get! :heart:

Or, for those of you who prefer other ways of networking, we have a Tumblr and a Twitter too :aww: (We'll follow you back if you tell us you're from dA!)

Some of our baked things that I've uploaded to dA (that I couldn't resist photographing, naturally) :

Polka Dot Cupcakes by MichelleRameySugar Cookies by MichelleRameyCakepops by MichelleRamey

There are a lot more on our site, but I'll keep uploading them to dA if you guys like them! :aww:



Photography

For those of you who watch me solely for photography (which is probably most of you :XD:), I've still been photographing up a storm; instead of water and snails, however, it's been abstracts, baked goods (above), and some portrait work here and there. Because of the understandably less-than-enthusiastic reception of my abstract work on dA, I've stopped uploading it mostly--but I've turned it into a photo essay, with people's interpretations of the photos and the photos themselves about to be turned into a book.
In other photo-related news, I've been featured in two La Jollan (San Diego) exhibitions: one, a big fundraiser in the area, and the other, a museum called the Athenaeum.



That's pretty much been my life minus the typical school load of being stupid enough to take 7 classes, 5 of them being APs... :XD: And therefore, I've had significantly less time for dA, sadly! :( I've been catching up on my 1,500 comments, though... thank you to everyone who continues to support me with the kind comments and faves :heart:
Also, the Genesis contest has been canceled for the time being, due to a very low number of entries as well as my own extended absence. I'll have another one soon though!

And, for those of you who commented on my last watcher feature offer that I never managed to put up (I'm sorry :faint:), I'll be doing another one soon, don't worry :)

  • Reading: The Man who Tasted Shapes
  • Watching: Common App
  • Eating: Funyuns
  • Drinking: Indian Tea

Want to be featured? + 2 Calendars!

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 30, 2011, 6:39 PM




In order to save precious space in your inbox (I know I don't appreciate spam :giggle:), I'm going to combine my announcements into one journal:

:spotlight-left: I've made two new calendars! And though I hadn't even known, apparently there's currently a calendar sale going on, so they're 5$ off at the  moment! I really appreciate all of your support-- each order, wish, comment, or fave means a lot to me :aww:

:bulletblack: :new: 2012 Water Calendar:

2012 Water Calendar by MichelleRamey

A collection of my watery classics for photographers and splash enthusiasts everywhere :meow:

:bulletblack: :new: 2012 Snail Calendar:

Snails Calendar 2014 by MichelleRamey

A revamped version of my 2011 snail calendar: it has new covers, new photos, and the old photos have been cleaned up/brightened/now fit better into the calendar format!





:spotlight-left: And now, another watcher feature! As I've been doing for awhile now, I like to feature the people who support me and my art. :heart:

So, if you're a watcher, just comment on this journal, and you'll randomly be assigned a number (that you don't need to know/keep track of). In a few days, I'll choose 10-15 numbers via random.org, and the winning numbers will be featured in my journal! :)

Also, in other news, I'm currently running around like a crazy person trying to get early college applications and arts supplements done, so... my dA activity has been lacking :( That should change by the time I find out whether or not I'm accepted to my first choice school though -crosses fingers-

Thanks for reading!
Michelle

  • Mood: Screwed
  • Reading: The Man who Tasted Shapes
  • Watching: Common App
  • Eating: Funyuns
  • Drinking: Indian Tea

Commissions Closed, Contest, and busy busy busy!

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 11, 2011, 2:04 PM




:bulletblack: I've been having hard drive problems once again, and though I backed up my photos (phew!) the templates I made long ago around which I model my CSS have been lost. Though I can remake them, I'm afraid I don't have the time to do that at the moment and keep up with commissions--so I'm afraid they're closed for the time being! I'll still be putting up the occasional free-for-use skin once in awhile when I get inspired though. :)

Sorry to everyone who's been waiting for your commissions--I think I noted you all, but just in case I haven't, I decided to post a journal to let you know.

:bulletblack: Don't forget about the Genesis Photography Contest! Contest article: news.deviantart.com/article/15…

:bulletblack: Sorry if I've been slow to answer comments and questions--as usual, the school year is a taxing time! What with senior year college apps, getting sick, and the usual crazy load of work my school piles on its students, I've hardly had time to go on dA :(

And that's all for now! Thanks for reading :)

  • Mood: Tired
  • Reading: The Man who Tasted Shapes
  • Drinking: Indian Tea

Watcher feature #4 Results!

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 15, 2011, 11:36 AM


And now it's time for watcher feature #4! :) If you're a watcher and you commented on my last journal, then you were assigned a number corresponding to what number commenter you were--and here's what random.org generated:

32 14 3 6 12
7 16 20 31 25

And here are the features!

32) Freckle-fly

you say you don't want it... by Freckle-flyWhite Rose by Freckle-flyWater Drop by Freckle-fly

14) DelgadoPhotography

Be Alright by DelgadoPhotographyTo the Sea by DelgadoPhotographyLambda by DelgadoPhotography

3) Doveyyyy

Valiant by DoveyyyyMH - Banshee by DoveyyyyAria by Doveyyyy

6) Belchishche

Eustoma by BelchishcheMellinus arvensis by BelchishcheLizard's Ear by Belchishche

12) Rainroad

Mauja's Tears by RainroadGrumper Cat by RainroadBlackthorn by Rainroad

7) persekore

Tremere by persekoreHallowed Rose by persekoreFire and Rain by persekore

16) SlyNinja

George by SlyNinjaThe Legend by SlyNinjaMercury by SlyNinja

20) billiegirl

:thumb207319397::thumb187177969::thumb207198551:

31) purpledino92

snails like soda too by purpledino92predator by purpledino92iconic by purpledino92

25) Nelinc83

Aquasity by Nelinc83:thumb206468754:Fiery Waves by Nelinc83

Keep an eye out for the next one--maybe you'll get lucky next time too! :aww:

  • Mood: Sociable
  • Listening to: A7x
  • Reading: The Orestia
  • Watching: Capybaras
  • Drinking: Pineapple juice

Watcher Feature #4: Just Comment!

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 4, 2011, 3:14 PM




:bulletblack: And here we go again! To show some dA love and appreciation for all of you guys who support me and keep me on this site, I like to do watcher features once in awhile :aww: And, it's also a good way for me (and other watchers) to see your art and interact too!

Just comment on the journal, and you'll be assigned a number (no need for you to know/remember it) and in a few days I'll choose 10-15 numbers using random.org, and I'll feature pieces by the winners. But, instead of having people comment just saying "I want a feature!" or something, how about.... tell me something simple, like your favorite animal! :giggle: Or start a conversation, anything's fine with me :)

Or... you can even guess what mine is!

:bulletblack: In other news, I get back from Panama in a few days... meaning prepare yourselves for quite a few Panamanian photos! To see some I haven't posted here yet, see my facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/Michell…

  • Mood: Sociable
  • Listening to: A7x
  • Reading: The Orestia
  • Watching: Capybaras
  • Drinking: Pineapple juice

Add me on Facebook, a DD, and Panama!

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 26, 2011, 4:21 PM




Another little news update!

:bulletblack: I've had a facebook page for my photography for ages, but never really did much with it--I've decided to clear it out and start again, and use it more like a blog! Like the page to see more photos (especially people and self portraits) than I post on dA: Michelle Ramey Photography

(It looks small now, but I'll be adding more photos soon!)

:bulletblack: Thanks so much to all of you for the continued support, and especially to Kaz-D for giving me the honor a 4th Daily Deviation! I can't believe it, I never thought I'd get another :faint:

Middleman by MichelleRamey

:bulletblack: And finally, starting at 4am tomorrow, I'll be on my way to Panama for 10 days. If I'm not dying of heat exhaustion (mostly exaggeration, but I have some blood issues that make me really heat sensitive :XD:), I'll be taking lots of photos, so expect to see those in 2 weeks or so! Also, if you've commissioned a journal skin, I doubt I'll be able to work on it until after I get back--I'll try to see what I can do on my little netbook that I'm bringing with me, though :)

Thanks for reading!
Michelle

  • Mood: Awestruck
  • Listening to: Beta to the Max
  • Reading: The Invisible Man
  • Watching: CSI
  • Drinking: V8

Hospitals, Bookcovers, and a Contest at last!

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 13, 2011, 10:01 AM


:bulletblack: So, the last few weeks have been a bit of a nightmare for me... my boyfriend's had appendicitis for about 2 weeks, but didn't get to the hospital until Saturday--when it had already burst :faint:. This can be fatal in many cases, so needless to say, the last few days have been... scary, to say the least. I've pretty much spent all my waking hours in the hospital with him, hence my inability to get on the internet!

Luckily, he's improved a lot, had the tube taken out of his stomach, and is coming home today, so here I am!

:bulletblack: In better news, I've had 2 of my photos published as book covers lately (making the total 3), with one of them being a commission and the other a redistribution request. I did a bit of bartering and got lenses in exchange for Peach Boy, and was paid 100$ for the reprinting right for Free Fire :)

Side-by-side photos with bookcovers:
Free Fire Book Cover by MichelleRameyPeach Boy Book Cover by MichelleRamey

:bulletblack: And now... time for a contest! I'll be posting a news article soon, but first, I wanted to find people who would be willing to donate a feature or prizes so I can list you in the news article... just comment below or note me if you're interested! (And you can still participate if you donate a prize, of course)

And here's a sneak peak of the contest theme for all my watchers who took the time to read this journal:
The theme is... Genesis!

Thanks for reading everyone :thanks:

  • Mood: Sociable
  • Reading: Kafka
  • Playing: Minecraft/WoW
  • Drinking: Coffee

It's all over now...

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 3, 2011, 7:09 PM


School, that is! Meaning that, for a few months, I'm now free to waste time on the internet (aka deviantart) at my leisure, and finally take photos I'm not being paid to take. In fact, almost all of my photography lately has consisted of paid shoots--which is why you guys haven't been seeing any of it!

If you're interested in seeing my non-fine art photography, however, feel free to check out my (somewhat new) official site: www.miraphotography.net. It still needs some work, but because I coded most of it, I'm pretty hesitant to change things up for the time being.

And now, some news:

:bulletblack: Want a custom journal skin all your own? I do commissions! See the journal for info: michelleramey.deviantart.com/j…
:bulletblack: I'm considering doing a "feature of the week" news article project of sorts... thoughts?
:bulletblack: I'm back on tumblr! Feel free to follow me--I'll probably follow you back: michelleramey.tumblr.com/
:bulletblack: I decided to push my next contest back a month or two and will be announcing it soon. For the time being, if you want to enter a contest, feel free to check out my group: the Animal-Love-Club is currently hosting an Animal Personality contest.
:bulletblack: Ever need inspiration? YourPhotoMuse, my most recent and probably my favorite project, is growing fast, and we'd love to have you.
:bulletblack: For any fellow fish and/or pet-lovers who were following my fish problems, Tatsu is now doing fine :) Thanks for all your suggestions and concern!

And that's all for now--happy summer everyone :)

  • Mood: Sociable
  • Reading: Kafka
  • Playing: Minecraft/WoW
  • Drinking: Coffee
YourPhotoMuse is a concept that sprang from a little light painting challenge between DelgadoPhotography and I, and has turned into a group aimed at giving our fellow deviants inspiration when they may be out of ideas or stuck in a rut. If you ever find yourself looking for inspiration, you may just want to join us! :)

And so, turning our own little challenge into something bigger, the first of YourPhotoMuse's prompts was light painting. Using long shutter speeds and flashlights, glowsticks, or whatever they could find, the prompt inspired members to produce beautiful, surreal works of their own. Now that the prompt has ended, DelgadoPhotography and I would like to feature the members' lovely work! :)

And here's what we admins came up with:

:spotlight-left: :icondelgadophotography: DelgadoPhotography:

Lambda by DelgadoPhotographyZippo by DelgadoPhotographyGymkhana by DelgadoPhotographyDragon's Breath by DelgadoPhotographyEchoes by DelgadoPhotography

:spotlight-left: :iconmichelleramey: MichelleRamey:

Conjure by MichelleRameyRedbull Gives You Wings by MichelleRameyWizard by MichelleRameyConjure II by MichelleRamey

:spotlight-left: And here are our favorites from the members' submissions:

Light Painting 1 by IraMustyPhotographyPiano by A-ANIL:thumb197405281:Light Swirl by funnysneakers42:thumb203411440:D R I F T E R by JAYSMILES23at the streets by picturearts

:spotlight-left: All submissions (48) :

Echoes by DelgadoPhotography Guitar by A-ANIL Sleep by A-ANIL Piano by A-ANIL Trapped in the light by Grayda Sparklers by Grayda Arthrax by bigred-doogster Playing with light by youwatchmebleed lustrous Force by lykhoi96 Amongst the Grass by ExiledSeraph6 Shadow Dance by Lyrak at the streets by picturearts Aurora by Lyrak Glass project. by waggysue Swirl by Lyrak MY HAND IS ON FIRE by LunaLovegood36 :thumb197405281: Day 220 by LunaLovegood36 Lightpainting 2 by Lyrak Green Fire by Lyrak :thumb203411440: veins-01 by 3three6 Morning Spiral by AP3RTUR3 Blue Glow by JAYSMILES23 Heart Strings by JAYSMILES23 Light Fairy by JAYSMILES23 Light Becka by VampireBoodle D R I F T E R by JAYSMILES23 Felis Magicaus by Loriele Light Painting 1 by IraMustyPhotography L.E.D Light sword Test 1 by 222jaspa Day 216 by LunaLovegood36 :thumb194846726: Light painting experiment by Lyrak Light Painting x3 by VampireBoodle :thumb161094008: DAS meditation by Dasreiiyye :thumb202797365: Light Swirl by funnysneakers42 Becka Light by VampireBoodle Jump by ErickaUbasa :thumb187116496: :thumb126245407: What light is this? by Loriele Lambda by DelgadoPhotography Zippo by DelgadoPhotography Gymkhana by DelgadoPhotography Dragon's Breath by DelgadoPhotography


So what is the new prompt? Check out YourPhotoMuse later today to find out! :)

CSS/Journal Skin Commissions: Open!

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 14, 2011, 6:53 PM


:spotlight-left: Please see the new journal for the updated info.:spotlight-right:





Yes, this journal consists of walls of text: I want to be as thorough as possible to avoid confusion. I've finally decided to officially open skin commissions! So, I'll start with  some general info:
:bulletblack:  Examples: michelleramey.deviantart.com/g…
:bulletwhite: I code all my CSS by hand. Yes, that means I type it-- no Dreamweaver!
:bulletblack:  I make/alter the images in photoshop and upload them to my own host (and now dA can host them)
:bulletwhite: A CSS can take an hour to a few days depending on how complicated the style/images are to work with.
:bulletblack:  If you commission a CSS from me, I don't stop working once I finish the CSS; if you ever need something tweaked or have problems with it in the future, I'll be happy to help! :)

Installable Spring-Sakura Skin by MichelleRameyInstallable Sunset JournalSkin by MichelleRameyInstallable Heart Journalskin by MichelleRameyInstallable Arcane Journalskin by MichelleRamey


Pricing

You can pay with either Paypal or :points:. (The former being cheaper.) Prices will depend on how complicated the task will be, so the following are merely guidelines.
:bulletred: Background pattern, simple content box(es) : 500 :points: or 5$ (Example: michelleramey.deviantart.com/a…
:bulletorange: Header image/banner, simple content box(es) : 600 :points: or 6$ (Example: michelleramey.deviantart.com/a…
:bulletyellow: Header & Footer image/banner, simple content box(es) : 700 :points: or 7$ (This skin, or michelleramey.deviantart.com/a…
:bulletgreen: Varying prices: Content boxes that aren't the same width/in the same plane (ask me if you're confused!), 3+ images, me having to create/find an image for you that isn't easily accessible

Installable Snail Journal Skin by MichelleRameyInstallable Leaf Journal Skin by MichelleRameyInstallable Crayon JournalSkin by MichelleRameyInstallable End of Fall Skin by MichelleRamey


How to Commission

:spotlight-left: If you are artistically inclined, feel free to design what you want the skin to look like in some kind of art program and show me! Then we can work from there--it'll be a lot easier. :)

:bulletred: First off, you'll need an image or some kind of basis for your skin. If you'd like to include one or more image(s), they must either be your own work or that of a stock provider, as long as you have their permission to use their work.
:bulletorange: Next, tell me what style you want, if you have a specific one in mind: if you don't, I'll base it off the template I use for my other skins. That means I need to know how many content boxes you'd like (the less boxes, the less buggy!), if you want the content box to be a visible box or just text on the background (like this CSS), whether or not you want a footer/header banner and how big they should be, what area(s) of the skin you'd like the title/timestamp on, and so on.
:bulletyellow: Tell me what details you'd like! Colorscheme, text color, font (I'm awful with fonts, so please do tell me what you'd like!) link color, link mouseover changes, box width, etc. If you leave details blank, I'll choose what I think is best--you can always tell me to tweak it after I show you the rough draft :)
:bulletgreen: If you like any of my current free skins and would simply like me to replace the colorscheme/images with your own, let me know! That will not only be easier for me, but for you to envision how it's going to turn out.
:bulletblue: I may be making a sort of "Commission" form/guide sheet that's more visual and less paragraph-like... so let me know if you'd be interested in that :XD:

If your eyes are sore by now, I understand! :giggle: Just talk to me if you're at all interested in a custom CSS: I'm willing to negotiate or explain anything you may be unclear about :)

MichelleRamey

  • Mood: Eager

Contest Impending + News!

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 4, 2011, 5:45 PM


First of all, I'm going to be announcing the next contest soon! (Probably next weekend). And this time, it's going to be a theme, not just a genre (ex: "Inspiration" instead of "Macro"). Anyone who would like to preemptively offer features/prizes for the winners would be much appreciated :aww:

Random news:

:bulletblack: I'm going to force myself to get back into water/snail photography, despite how busy I've been! I've missed the little guys, and the splashes :giggle:

:bulletblack: I recently had a near-panic attack involving poison ivy during a canyon excursion with DelgadoPhotography--after tromping through bushes, I realized they all had 3 leaves! I obsessively washed my clothes and wiped down my equipment with Tecnu, and by some miracle, we both emerged unscathed :XD: Just a warning to fellow nature photographers, though: watch where you venture!

:bulletblack: I'm so proud of what the members of my newest project, YourPhotoMuse, have been able to come up with in the form of lightpainting photography :) I'll be posting a feature soon!

:bulletblack: I ended up making my own business cards from moo.com, and they turned out well! Thank you to everyone who designed one, I really appreciate it.

:bulletblack: Tatsu (betta fish) is recovering from what I believe was tail-biting... a large portion of his tail is missing. I don't think it was fin rot because a) he's been perfectly active/hungry b) there was no whitish/reddish edging to his fins. Also, I'm almost sure it wasn't ripped by something in his tank because his plants are real and the rocks are smooth. I'm thinking the tailbiting was caused by stress from keeping the aquarium light on during the day to help prevent plant death... oh how that backfired :faint:

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Watcher Feature #3! (+ A big announcement)

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 28, 2011, 6:47 PM


Before I do the feature, I wanted to make an announcement... I've started a new group! And this time, it actually has a vision, not just a genre. As some of you may have seen in my poll, I wanted to start a "photo-prompt" group to get fellow photographers out of creative ruts or photo-block, and with some brainstorming by my co-founder and friend DelgadoPhotography and I, YourPhotoMuse was born!

If you're interested in getting inspired or helping to inspire others with photography, take a look at YourPhotoMuse--I'd really appreciate any support of my newest (perhaps crazy) project! :giggle:

:iconyourphotomuse::iconyourphotomuse::iconyourphotomuse:

And now, onto the feature:

So just like the last times, I assigned everyone who commented on the last journal a number (going by order of comments, of course), and used Random.org to generate 10 numbers. And they were...

35, 18, 15, 22, 10, 26, 14, 11, 19, 32

And here's the feature! :)

35) leilani-m
Color confused by leilani-mPortrait of a frog by leilani-mFrozen in time by leilani-m

18) pinballwitch
Lazy by pinballwitchBee Eaters by pinballwitchWaterbucks Watching by pinballwitch

15) Baary
Nightbringer by BaaryAngel by BaarySunset by Baary

22) Photographly
:thumb183809704: :thumb195780573::thumb188315222:

10) JtheQ
Wheatgrass at beach by JtheQangel bird by JtheQPalm from the Lanai by JtheQ

26) Kiara-Vestigium
Copperband Butterflyfish by Kiara-Vestigium:thumb180848417:bell flower by Kiara-Vestigium

14) Lyrak
Blue Lion by LyrakBlack Rose by LyrakEndless Lake by Lyrak

11) carpemomentumphoto
:thumb182915827:Autumn love falls by carpemomentumphotoferris wheel of dreams by carpemomentumphoto

19) Winterous
Number 19
My time, my dear, has come, I fear, my thanks for love you've given me.
And all the joys from you, my boy, have pushed it to infinity.
Alas, my heart, death do us part, I love you with sincerity.
The memories, you give to me, will last me for eternity.
There was an old lady...There was an old lady who swallowed a Spy.
I don't know why she swallowed a Spy.
Perhaps she'll die!
There was an old lady who swallowed a Pyro,
That sprayed and spasmed inside like a gyro!
She swallowed the Pyro to kill the Spy,
I don't know why she swallowed a Spy.
Perhaps she'll die!
There was an old lady who swallowed a Heavy,
What a levy to swallow a Heavy!
She swallowed the Heavy to kill the Pyro,
She swallowed the Pyro to kill the Spy,
I don't know why she swallowed a Spy.
Perhaps she'll die!
There was an old lady who swallowed a Sniper,
Such a viper so swallow a Sniper!
She swallowed the Sniper to kill the Heavy,
She swallowed the Heavy to kill the Pyro,
She swallowed the Pyro to kill the Spy,
I don't know why she swallowed a Spy.
Perhaps she'll die!
There was an old lady who swallowed a Scout,
I was in doubt she'd swallow a Scout.
She swallowed the Scout to kill the Sniper,
She swallowed the Sniper to kill the Heavy,
She swallowed the Heavy to kill the Pyro,
She swallowed the
Number 20
From time to time I wish to die,
Those times I cannot breathe,
This feeling is extreme.
The times that life elates me are,
So few and far between,
This item I believe.
The time between these two extremes,
Is simply empty space,
I dwell on what I need.


32) DemonOfThorns
730 by DemonOfThornsYou Will Not Falter by DemonOfThornsStalking Path by DemonOfThorns

Thanks for commenting everyone, and if you didn't get lucky this time, don't worry-- there will be more to come! :)
MichelleRamey

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Want a Feature? Just Comment! (+ Animal contest)

Journal Entry: Sat Mar 26, 2011, 12:35 PM


:sun: First of all, if you're interested in entering an "Animal Personality" contest, just check out the Animal-Love-Club (you have to join the group to enter, though!)

And that's right, I'm doing it again! If you're one of my watchers, just comment on this journal (saying anything really, even if you just want to talk :giggle: ) if you'd like to be featured, and I'll pick 10-20 numbers from a random number generator to choose who gets featured.

PS: If you haven't already, I'd appreciate it if you welcomed my friend and fellow photographer DelgadoPhotography to dA!

Suspension by DelgadoPhotographyDragon's Breath by DelgadoPhotographyNevermore by DelgadoPhotographyZippo by DelgadoPhotographyEmpty by DelgadoPhotographyMultifaceted by DelgadoPhotography

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With all the lovely works I see being submitted to Macro-Photographers--your friendly neighborhood high-quality macro group--I decided I just had to share some of my favorites! Do take a look, and consider watching/joining the group if you're a fan of macro yourself. :)

i don't mind the sun sometimes by hannarchy Out on a Limb by Orcadus A BREATH OF COLORS by ArwenArts Micro world. Sun power-station by AlexGontar ALWAYS TOGETHER by ArwenArts Shadow Puppets by billy-pilgrim :thumb181358053: Standing there by AlexAidonidis Wrong  Place To Be A Giant by xeneras  Melancholic Spider by GiorgosMaravelakis A Bite To Eat by JustinKelly05 Love is everywhere by Angie-Pictures pretty fly by Tulgay FACET DRAGONFLY by franzauruz182 :thumb200082625: 1mm Jelly bean by AimishBoy Ladybugs by benas1971 is ok I pose for you by fiathriel Single Mother by AimishBoy a Clamplike Device by Piddling 1mm Gazelle by AimishBoy Piggyback by Angie-Pictures Invisible by Justysiak Robber Fly by RichardConstantinoff Hunger by Metkan the other world by wolf-minori Specked Bush-Cricket by KeldBach Cutie in a Dream 1 by Metkan :thumb200725995: Water Drops 82 by ovidiupop Crystal by Piddling VOLCANIC DROP by ArwenArts Toxic Drop by jvrichardson :thumb185513163: Milk drops I by Matus201 Always remember by Justysiak The Big Snowflake by nnIKOO Melting Snow Flakes 03 by Loveless-Dreamers F25 Snow Flakes by SleepingDeadGirl the snowflake by wolf-minori Blow My Mind - In Colors by IngoSchobert Like a Rainbow by BleeedingRose Fill the Heart by NiroStyle Warped Reflections by KeldBach Blackberry Lips by alexskyline Mirror by Daaniera The gang by AimishBoy .november.rain. by candymax Ink by PorcelainPoet CHAIN OF FREEDOM by ArwenArts

Thanks for looking, and be sure to show the artists (and Macro-Photographers) some love!

MichelleRamey

Want to design a business card?

Journal Entry: Sat Mar 5, 2011, 1:42 PM


As some of you may know, I don't only do fine art/macro/wildlife photography--I have a San Diego based business doing portraits, events, portfolio shots for models and actors, Christmas Cards/family portraits, and even fashion. I've had a freewebs site for awhile, but whenever people around here ask for a business card, I never have one--so I've decided I need to make one!

I am not, however, the best at designing business cards :XD:

Though I know I could make... adequate... ones on my own, I thought I'd ask you guys: is there anyone who would be interested in helping to design a business card for me?

It's only if you have free time and want to give it a try,  enjoy graphic design, or have experience designing your own; I'd be willing to give points/buy a subscription for whoever makes one I decide to use :aww:

Sadly, the URLs michelleramey.com, rameyphotography.com, rameyphoto.com, and michellephotography.com are all taken... the main alternatives I've thought of are michellerameyphoto.com and michellerameyphotography.com, but they're so long... my friend also suggested miraphotography.com, but I can't decide! So, suggestions are more than welcome... just check if they're taken first :)

Information that would need to be included:
:bulletblack: Email: michelleramey9@yahoo.com
:bulletblack: Website: (Choose one of the 3 alternatives from above or suggest your own... if you choose Miraphotography.com, talk to me first! I'd also want to include "Mira photography" on the card itself somehow.)
:bulletblack: Possibly one/a few of my photos on the card

If you're interested, please talk to me! I'd be grateful for any advice/suggestions as well :aww:

(Feel free to do it through a site, as I plan to print it through zazzle, vistaprint, etc.)

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Please fave the article if you find it helpful, so more people can learn the difference! :aww:

As a co-owner of HighSpeedPhoto and a high speed photographer myself, you wouldn't believe how much confusion I witness surrounding the phenomenon that is high speed photography, especially confusing it with long exposure photography. Though both high speed and long exposure photography are based around movement, they aren't interchangeable terms; in fact, they are essentially opposites! Where high speed photography demands the fastest shutter speed you can manage (and often even a flash), long exposure is generally a shutter speed of over a second, recording movement over time.

Because the shutter distinctions may be confusing to some people, I've collected some art (much of the high speed work from the members of HighSpeedPhoto) showing each category from the wonderful photographers here on Deviantart!

:spotlight-left: High Speed Photography :spotlight-right:

Though many associate high speed photography with water splashes, there's more to it than just water. There's human action, objects flying or breaking, explosions, smoke rising, animals fighting or playing, birds flying--whatever you can think of that is movement clearly frozen in time by a fast shutter speed or flash.

protection by avibitter I've got the blues... by nomkcalb Lady in Red by nomkcalb THE LIQUID ARCH by ArwenArts VOLCANO DROPLET by ArwenArts Fluidity by Spryguyuk High Speed Photography - 003 by comepartmental Martini glasses by byredis Broken by Davenit Wounded by Davenit Missed by Davenit Cognac2 by byredis Unleash The.. by ilhaman Bang Boom Bang by signs4silence Splash... by hquer Balloon Pop 2000fps by KellyJane Just Before The Big Bang by IngoSchobert Make Your Own Happiness by oO-Rein-Oo Bullet Time by anderton Colour by Tom-Willemen burnout by Torsten-Hufsky Cross Jump I by NieuweNaam Water Dance 11 by ducmphung Watch_Out by maitham786 Kailani rebuffs Wolfgang by Lupinicious Jawzahr z Peronowki by Czertice Approaching Dragon by ernieleoKing Of Percussion by oO-Rein-Oo

:spotlight-left: Long Exposure Photography :spotlight-right:

Though there are less examples of long exposure photography on Deviantart than there are of high speed, it definitely has a niche of its own. While high speed photography attempts to clearly freeze movement, long exposure seeks to capture the path of movement--to draw it out over time. Whether it be waterfalls, moving cars, light painting, or people moving; long exposure photography is often characterized by blurs, smooth lines, and paths of light.

Long Exposure by markroutt Long Exposure by ourneverland Long Exposure Embers2 by Triple7 High Speed by BreakfastOfChampions High Speed by AlixInWonderLand Ferris Wheel Long Exposure by MisterDedication :thumb45559125: colour exposure. by 4420 Brussels by Night by BenHeine 39 Second by Selta :thumb181240680: thirsty light by isischneider Water Slide by Davenit waterfall by Jay-In-A-Half-Shell WATERFALL by crichton380

Thanks for reading, and if you like high speed photography, go check out :iconhighspeedphoto:! :)
MichelleRamey