Printing – the magical final step

It’s finally time for me to print some of my new portrait work.  I need fine art prints, so I’ll be doing the printing myself to keep control of the whole process.  My printer is an Epson Stylus Pro 3880 and in this case, I am using Hahnemuhle fine art papers.

There is no comparison to holding a piece of art in your hands that you created from start to finish.

Do you print your own photographs?  Or do you send yours out?


Do You Film?

As in do you still use analog cameras?  Like many, I started out with a film camera and have recently returned to using one, even in the studio.  But recently I also bought this gorgeous twin lens reflex camera and am loving it!  It’s a bit challenging composition wise, but an absolute joy.  This one is a Yashica Mat-124 G, but I would love to own a Rolleiflex one day too.

What is your dream analog camera?


Return to the UK

One more return for 2017 will be a move back to the UK.  I love Switzerland and I will be sad to leave this beautiful country and my beloved friends, but I also love the UK.  That’s the downside of being an expat – you are never fully home anywhere anymore because you have left pieces of your heart all over the world.  But how wonderful it is to see so many places and make so many diverse friends.  💗

I will continue to teach online, locally and run workshops around the world.  Maybe there will even be some new UK workshops.  So far we’ve managed to find a new home and a new school and I’ve even applied to graduate school!  A new adventure awaits.

This isn’t my new home – it’s a semi-long exposure taken inside The British Museum. 😉


Black and White Filter – Luminar

How nice to be featured by the team at Macphun for the black and white filter in their powerful new Luminar Software.  If you don’t have it already, you should definitely take a look at getting it.  And if you decide to go for it, you can get a small discount as a gift from me, with the code “Athena10”.

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return to portrait work…

I left portrait work many years ago to pursue an adventure in travel and landscape photography.  Recently, events aligned to pull me back into portrait work and I must say, I enjoyed it.  So I have taken another tentative step back into it, with a new project, “purity”.

The “purity project” explores our ideas about the word purity as it relates culturally to women and girls, in contrast to what they are in the literal sense of purity.  So far, I am only sharing it on a separate instagram account, @AthenaCareyLifeprints, but I am sharing all of it, making floral crowns, sourcing and making the dresses, behind-the-scenes videos, studio setup and shooting, editing in Photoshop and the final pieces.

I’d love for you to follow the account to join me on this adventure. 🙂


Xume Filter Adaptors

Exciting news for everyone using round ND filters.  Xume filter adaptors have recently teamed up with Manfrotto.  Manfrotto Xume adaptors will be the same wonderful design that we are used to:   a magnetic adapter ring screws onto the front of your lens and the filter screws into a metal filter adaptor.  Once these two pieces are installed, the cumbersome unscrewing (and potential dropping) of your filters becomes a thing of the past!

The filter holders and lens adapters are available in eight sizes: 49mm, 52mm, 58mm, 62mm; 67mm, 72mm, 77mm and 82mm and are priced from $10.99 to $34.99.

For more information visit the Manfrotto website. 🙂



Botany Bay Sephia Series 01

It’s been a long time since I have posted on the blog, primarily because I have been super busy.  As you may know, I have returned to university seeking a second degree.  My return was meant to be part time, but circumstances shifted and I ended up going back full time.  Needless to say, things have been pretty hectic and free time has been severely limited.  The end is in sight now though, so I am going to gradually be returning to normal operations and updating the blog more regularly.

Aside from going back to school, several other new things are in the works for me.  I’ll share them soon.  🙂

For now, lets start with a pretty picture.  This is from a new series I am working on, from one of my favorite places, Botany Bay.


Rayleigh’s Curse 2016

airy_disk_spacing_near_rayleigh_criterionJust in time for Halloween!  

Ok, so it’s not really a curse, although until now, for anyone involved in optics, including photographers, it sort of has been.  Here’s why:

Optical resolution is the ability of any optical device (telescope, microscope, binoculars, cameras) to distinguish fine detail.  It is limited by something called Rayleigh’s Criterion, named after Lord Rayleigh, a nineteenth century physicist.  What this criterion says, very simply put, is that for small bits of detail to be visually clear, the centres of their diffraction patterns must be farther apart than their widths.  In the example here, the top image represents their being farther apart than their widths, the middle image shows them meeting at that width and the bottom image shows them closer than their widths.

Schmeh” you say?  “I’m not into science stuff.”  But if you are a photographer,  you actually are into science – very much so.  From its very beginnings, in the days of Niepce and Daguerre, photography has been the product of science and it continues to be.

So back to Rayleigh’s criterion… It is the “curse” that causes diffraction, the hard limit on our ability to see finer details in our images.  It’s that bit of blurriness that we try so hard to avoid, in order to get the sharpest images possible, the limit of physics holding us back.  But recently, scientists at the Complutense University of Madrid have managed to break this limit, opening up the possibility for greater resolution in the world of optics – in our world of photography.

Presently we are using information taken from the intensity of light, but the international team in Madrid has discovered that more information can be extracted from the phase of light.  In doing so, they managed to reach resolutions seventeen times beyond the Rayleigh limit.  So the “limit” has not necessarily been in the nature of optics, but rather in our own methods!  A shift in method could offer exceptional new possibilities to everyone using optics, including photographers.

See, you are into science.  😉

Image By Spencer Bliven (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


Macphun Creative Kit plus educational bundle *huge discount*

Screen Shot 2016-05-02 at 12.54.08Macphun’s creative kit is by far the best photo editing plugin package for photographers using Mac computers. For a limited time, you can buy it at a discounted rate and receive a bundle of photography educational materials as well, including my Africa with Athena video. If you don’t have the creative kit already, this is an offer too good to miss.  😀
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