Visioning

photography and digital scrapbooking


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Digital Scrapbook Layouts: Easy with Templates

ScrapHappy Page Template Mini: Mega Photo is my new product for quick and easy digital scrapbook layouts. Use the templates as is, or modify with your own creative touches.

Digital scrapbook layouts print beautifully! I printed the layouts, then trimmed the pages and added to the album I created for Mallory, my grandniece. Memories to treasure!

Update: Digital scrapbooking products by Karen Chandler are no longer available.


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Holmes County: Old Farm Buildings Part 2

Holmes County, Ohio Part 2 includes an abandoned farm that was most recently owned by an Amish farmer. The first 6 photos are from that farm. Portions of siding are missing from the barn – probably an act of vandalism.

The last two photos show the house and part of the farmland near Shreve where my grandparents lived until 1958. When I look at the house, I can imagine my beloved Grandmother walking to the garden behind the house to cut rhubarb or pick beans. The outside of the house and yard has changed little since those days, except for new construction on the right side of the house. Obviously a fresh coat of paint would make the house look better. The last photo is a small part of the view from the yard. The view has not changed. I think that is remarkable and wonderful!


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Holmes County: Old Farm Buildings Part 1

My recent trip to Ohio included visiting back roads in Holmes County. The textures of rust and faded paint were everywhere at the abandoned or nearly abandoned farms I discovered. I especially enjoyed photographing the windows and doors of old houses. I always wonder if the original residents had a happy life there so many years ago.

The turkey vulture photo was a bit disappointing. The location is a wide valley that was formerly a wetland. Turkey vultures perched all over the driftwood, but we startled them when we traveled the unpaved road and all but two flew away.

I will post Part 2 photos from Holmes County soon!


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Vintage Charm in Ashland County

Designs on antique window frames, peeling paint, and rusted metal are the vintage elements I love to discover and photograph.  Our recent trip to my home state of Ohio included visits to back roads and small towns where I was fortunate to find some favorite photography subjects. I especially enjoyed discovering the beautifully detailed vintage house. It is currently under renovation and will eventually be a focal point on a quiet street near downtown Ashland.

We were fortunate to have good weather and a little more time than usual during our stay in Ohio. I was able to visit other rural areas in the north central part of the state and will be posting those photos soon.


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Old Made Older

A theme from my recent visit to Ohio was old buildings. Some photos did not fit neatly into my previous posts, so I decided to have some fun with them and process in Color Efex 4. The worn quality of the structures became more pronounced by adding several filters. It was fun and I hope you enjoy seeing some very old buildings!


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Small Town Charm

Our recent visit to Ashland, Ohio included a walk through lovely city streets and the campus of Ashland University. The charm of this town (and many others in the area) is best enjoyed in person. But I hope these photos and my brief captions communicates some of the natural beauty of this midwestern town.

Click on the first photo to open the photo carousel. All photos, Canon 60D.


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Amish Farm Scenes

Amish farms are found throughout Ashland County, Ohio. Typically, Amish farmland and buildings are well maintained, even though residents do not use electricity from the grid or own motor vehicles. Power for the household is generated by windmills and gasoline generators. Teams of horses pull wagons and equipment for planting and harvesting crops.

My goal for this set of photos is to explore the beauty of the farms and to respectfully meditate on this antiquated farming community. I was careful not to overtly photograph the faces of the Amish, since they adhere to the scriptural admonition to avoid “graven images”. And they simply do not want to draw attention to themselves by posing for photos. How the Amish live and conduct themselves interests me, but I neither idealize nor judge their lifestyle.

All photos: Canon 60D.

Click on each photo to enlarge and see details.

amish farmhouse

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Amish farmhouses are usually large and have an early 1900’s look. A row of rhubarb plants can be seen in the foreground.

amish farmer harvesting crops

ISO 640, 50mm, f/13, 1/640.

This Amish farmer is harvesting corn by hand; bundling the stalks and stacking them neatly. His young children are along for the ride.

amish house and long lane

ISO 500, 100mm, f/18, 1/125.

This plain house with rustic fence posts made a lovely setting when viewed from the road.

amish milk cans

ISO 500, 100mm, f/18, 1/125.

I found these milk cans at the end of a narrow lane. Amish dairy farm practices are definitely old-style.

amish signs at mailbox

ISO 640, 100mm, f/18, 1/160.

I enjoyed seeing the charming display of  hand-lettered signs! (I altered the address on the mailbox to respect the resident’s privacy.)

amish laundry on clothesline

ISO 640, 100mm, f/18, 1/200.

Hand sewn Amish clothing carefully hung to dry in the sun. Plain styles and colors are traditional.

amish produce stand

ISO 100, 50mm, f/6.3, 1/320.

A charming produce stand next to a township road. We selected some items and drove down the lane to deliver the money. We saw five or six smiling children working in the garden. They were all carrying baskets full of vegetables!

amish for sale signs

ISO 400, 100mm, f/18, 1/125.

Interesting to see the items and services for sale at this Amish residence.

amish horse and buggy

ISO 100, 50mm, f/7.1, 1/400.

A young woman and child enjoying a ride in the autumn sunshine.


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Ohio Farms: Antique Barns and Landscapes

The plentiful antique barns in north central Ohio are fun to photograph. Some are restored and others abandoned, but I find all of them interesting. Most of the barns were painted white in years past. Red paint is now more common and I think the color adds to the charm.

I took these photos in the area where I grew up. Even as a young child, I appreciated the landscape views of valleys, hills, and grain fields. You might have guessed – I miss this rural area where the pace of life is slower and the beauty of nature abounds.

All photos: Canon 60D.


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Antique Windows

We made a spur-of-the-moment trip last week. I wanted to help my parents with some tasks around the house and shoot photos in the rural areas of north central Ohio. The landscape there is full of interesting things to photograph:  farms scattered in gently rolling hills, Amish culture, antique homes and barns, wildflowers, quaint villages, ancient cemeteries, and wetlands. I now have many photos to enjoy and categorize, so look for Ohio-theme blog posts in the weeks to come. We enjoyed every minute of our visit and hope to return soon!

While traveling around the countryside, I was drawn to the windows of old buildings. I decided to start a series of window photos and was able to get nine examples. I especially liked seeing the landscape reflected in windows, or curtains that hinted of a simple decor from decades ago.

All photos: Canon 60D.

Click on the horizontal photos to enlarge.

vintage window and door

ISO 800, 100mm, f/18, 1/20.

This abandoned house in Savannah, Ohio had a mystery door next to one of the windows!

window in antique red barn

ISO 640, 50mm, f/13, 1/800.

Small window on a barn built in 1880. The window and texture of the painted wood were the features I found most interesting.

ancient window in abandoned house

ISO 640, 25mm, f/18, 1/100.

This window is from an abandoned farmhouse in a wide valley. I like seeing the reflection of grain fields and sky.

four windows in an old house

ISO 500, 100mm, f/18, 1/80.

I found this house in a small Ohio town. The lovely designs under the soffit and over the windows are still pretty after many years in the elements.

handcrafted window in restored brick church

ISO 640, 100mm, f/18, 1/40.

This handcrafted window is one of many in a restored brick church near Ashland, Ohio. Hints of the perfect autumn day reflect in the glass. (A future post will include more photos of this building, which is now a residence.)

old storage shed windows

ISO 800, 100mm, f/18, 1/80.

I found this old storage shed in a small town. The windows displayed a plethora of items and pride in the state of Ohio.

diamond window in old brick church

ISO 320, 100mm, f/18, 1/250.

This little diamond window is on the west side of an ancient church. Light from the setting sun illuminated the strong focal point.

country town post office window

ISO 800, 100mm, f/18 1/640.

The wall of windows on the front of this post office face a busy road. Taking the photo from the side was my only option, but this angle provided interest as well.

tall window in antique house

 500, 100mm, f/18, 1/15.

This fancy window hints of a once elegant brick house.


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Ohio Scenery

Two months ago, I visited my parents in northern Ohio. I was able to squeeze in a couple visits to secluded country roads; hoping to find photography subjects. These photos were handheld and taken somewhat under duress. I had to work fast to avoid being covered in dust when vehicles approached on unpaved roads!