Stargazer lilies

12 07 2021

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Thought I’d play with the black velvet background behind this group of Stargazer lilies blooming in my backyard garden this afternoon. I’ve previously done single blooms (mostly of Bearded irises), but wanted to see what the effect would be for an entire grouping of blooms. I shot this image with my iPhone 12 Pro Max using the Camera+ 2 app in macro mode.





American lotus

11 07 2021

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Nikon D850, Nikkor 105mm micro





Blue Dasher dragonfly

11 07 2021

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Nikon D850, Tamron 180mm macro





In the studio with Michael Powell

25 06 2021
In the studio with Michael #ConversePride
Michael P says: I am celebrating Pride Month 2021 with sole. T-shirt from the Converse 2021 Pride Collection, hightop Converse All-star Sneakers 2020 Pride Edition, and white Levi’s 501 jeans.
Michael is an accomplished nature/wildlife photographer as well as a gifted storyteller. Check out his blog here: https://michaelqpowell.com/




Gladiolus in my garden

18 06 2021

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Alliums

19 05 2021

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Irises at Green Spring Gardens

19 05 2021

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Pocket garden, year #2

19 05 2021

And so it begins—my second year of creating the “hanging garden of Babylon,” as Michael calls it. This year I added a lot more punchy color with red and pink polka dot plants and geraniums with colorful leaves. I added an Asparagus fern, coleus, white and green polka dot plants, sweet potato vines in three color variations and several ivies. Stay tuned for the metamorphosis!





Bleeding hearts

18 05 2021

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(Nikon D850, Nikkor 105mm micro lens)





Bearded irises galore in my garden (bouquet #2)

13 05 2021

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Bearded irises galore in my garden (bouquet #1)

13 05 2021

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Bearded iris blooming in my garden

8 05 2021

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Japanese Roof Iris

29 04 2021

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iPhone 12 Pro Max / Camera+ 2 app in macro mode

 





Japanese Roof Iris

29 04 2021

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Nikon D850 / Nikkor 105mm micro





Peony ‘Henri Potin’ (Paeonia lactiflora)

26 04 2021

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(iPhone 12 Pro Max, Camera+ 2 app in macro mode)





Roof iris ‘Alba’

26 04 2021

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(iPhone 12 Pro Max, Camera+ 2 app in macro mode)

 





Siberian iris with bumblebee

26 04 2021

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Photography in the Garden Mini-Magazine

14 04 2021

Here’s my updated Photography in the Garden how-to magazine. Enjoy!

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Download here: garden-howto-102020-web





Smartphone Nature Photography Workshop at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, VA

14 04 2021
Saturday, May 1
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
(Social distancing / masking will be in place for safety)
(16-Adult) Learn techniques to improve your smartphone nature photography with the help of professional photographer Cindy Dyer. Get a better understanding of composition, color and lighting, and learn how to use your camera settings. Then, practice what you learned with an in-class garden photography shoot, critique and lesson on editing. The program at Green Spring Gardens runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The cost is $55 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.
Green Spring Gardens is located at 4603 Green Spring Road in Alexandria, VA.
To register, visit https://bit.ly/3wWcBJq
Want to see more of my smartphone photography?




Feed me, Seymour!

14 04 2021

This one is, well, um, interesting. It’s got a Little Shop of Horrors “Feed me, Seymour” vibe. I’ll capture it fully unfurled and see if its demeanor changes.

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Parrot tulips blooming in my new garden bed

14 04 2021

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Bleeding hearts

11 04 2021

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Parrot tulip blooming in my garden

10 04 2021

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Grape hyacinth (Muscari) blooming in my garden

9 04 2021

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African daisy (Osteospermum)

31 03 2021

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African daisy (Osteospermum)

31 03 2021

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Lobo in the painting studio

21 03 2021

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Pixel

2 02 2021

Pixel just hanging out on the “itty bitty kitty city” cat tree

© Cindy Dyer. All right reserved. iPhone 8Plus, Snapseed2 app border





Hearing Life Magazine: 2020 Recap

2 01 2021

Here’s a recap of Hearing Life magazine from 2020. I design, edit, and provide photography for the magazine, which is published by the Hearing Loss Association of America.

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020 ISSUE: This issue delves into the important role that the arts play in our lives. Find inspiration from a musician and sound engineer who persevered in the face of severe tinnitus and unexplained hearing loss. Reflect on how four contemporary films depict characters with hearing loss. Be amazed by how a young woman born with hearing loss has tapped into other senses to pursue her love of music as a violinist. Learn about recent advocacy for captioning in live theaters. And pick up some technology know-how to make your TV time a more enjoyable listening experience. You can read select PDFs from the issue here.

MARCH/APRIL 2020 ISSUE: In this health care-focused issue, meet an inspiring businessman and activist with purpose, who’s driven to end social isolation and loneliness. Read about Walk4Hearing, now celebrating its fifteenth year of connecting people to people and about three of our research-focused Walk sponsors. Learn how HLAA Chapters and people everywhere are working to educate health care providers about the needs of people with hearing loss in clinical settings. Be inspired by how one woman’s frightening experience in the OR sparked the idea for a business. You can read select PDFs from the issue here.

MAY/JUNE 2020 ISSUE: Read about HLAA’s partnership with American Girl in honor of the company’s 2020 Doll of the Year, Joss Kendrick, to increase awareness and educate people about hearing loss. The 15th Anniversary Walk4Hearing begins as usual, but this spring the Walk Day gatherings will be online celebrations—all with the same spirit of commitment and community. Learn how to ask for accommodations in the workplace, especially during this time of COVID-19. Be inspired by Camilla Gilbert, who overcame obstacles living with microtia and atresia, and how three women in New Jersey joined forces to create a new HLAA Chapter. And read the touching story from two HLAA members who honor their friend, Grace Waegell Tiessen, a pioneer of hearing loss causes and a long-time champion of HLAA. You can read select PDFs from the issue here.

JULY/AUGUST 2020 ISSUE: In this issue of Hearing Life, we focus on children and young adults with hearing loss. Featured on the cover is 14-year-old Katherine Pawlowski, who was the first Walk4Hearing ambassador when she was just eight years old. We catch up with Katherine and learn how she has continued her advocacy work. The Ida Institute’s Growing Up With Hearing Loss resource offers guidance and strategies for children with hearing loss. HLAA member David Seligman explains how simply checking a box about a healthy issue on a school application changed his life. Paige Stringer, founder of The Global Foundation for Children With Hearing Loss, shares her hope for global solutions to address hearing loss. The HLAA Austin Chapter offers tips on how they are attracting young adults and developing younger generation chapter leaders. You can read select PDFs from the issue here.

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2020 ISSUE: In this issue of Hearing Life, you’ll meet our cover subject, Matt Hay, in “Nowhere Man.” The Beatles gave him “Help” when he needed it. Songs like “Nowhere Man,” “Yesterday,” and “Blackbird” had a way of summing up his feelings when his hearing started to go. He turned to their music when his auditory brain stem implant helped him restore some of his hearing. Audiologist Amy Bernstein takes us through the evolution of hearing aids in “From Cow to Now.” Golf pro Herb Rubenstein shows how improving your hearing can improve your golf game. Derek Berry recaps HLAA’s first-ever virtual Experience HLAA! Stephen Frazier shares how Richard Davila II, owner of Livingston Hearing, decided it was time for his company to “get in the hearing loop.” Psychologist Michael Harvey relays how sharing a diagnosis of hearing loss with others can result in shared experiences of transport, self-realization, self-reflection, and commitments to action. And finally, Gayle Raif offers sage advice and life strategies for those who are newly-diagnosed with hearing loss. The entire digital issue is available here.

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020 ISSUE: In this issue of Hearing Life, we honor five veterans—Don Doherty, Mark Brogan, Carol Halla, David Schible, and Shilo Harris—and learn about their advocacy, adventures, and lives since they last graced the pages of our magazine. The Ida Institute shares a resource on making communication clear when wearing face masks. Audiologist Amy Bernstein explains how Bluetooth technology can help people with hearing loss in her article, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Tooth, Bluetooth. In My Disappearing Hearing, Jane Biehl shows how self-advocacy, perseverance, and a strong support system helped her navigate through her health crises, disappearing hearing, and the COVID-19 pandemic. A week-long college reunion forces Sarah Maas to address trauma and to realize that hearing is vitally linked to self-expression, identity, connection, belonging and acceptance. And finally, clinical psychologist Michael Harvey shares how a patient’s connection to this grandfather through the song, Young at Heart, brought him some relief and coping skills with his tinnitus. Want more? Become a member of HLAA. We want to show you that you’re not alone. You can view select PDFs of this issue here.





Ginkgo branches

23 11 2020

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