Wendy Seagren’s Best Photography for 2017/thruthelensephotography

Wendy Seagren’s Best Photography for 2017/thruthelensephotography

Wendy Seagren’s Best Photography for 2017/thruthelensephotography.  After living in our 5th wheel for almost 5 months and enjoying all the places we traveled to photograph, I suddenly began to not feel well.  So we headed home to Camas, Wa.  After many diagnostic tests, exploratory surgeries and some misdiagnosis,  on Aug. 15th I was diagnosed with bladder cancer.  While everyone was out photographing the eclipse, I had my own personal eclipse while I underwent surgery for 9 hours to remove the cancer.  Recovery did not go well either.  I spent a good part of 4 weeks in and out of the hospital.  By the time I finally started to feel better it was time to start chemo on Nov.15 2017.  I won’t kid you here.  Chemo is hard on your body.  My white count is so low that it is better to stay home and away from the crowds.  It is flu and cold season.  I dare not catch any communicable disease.

While I have all this time on my hands,  I truly enjoy photo editing.  I am watching as many UTube videos on compositing in Photoshop as I can find.  I am using photos of the animals that I took while in Palm Desert to create these composite photos.

I am writing this page for a selfish reason. I want to give meaning to my life by sharing with you what I have realized:

– Don’t waste your time on work that you don’t enjoy. It is obvious that you cannot succeed in something that you don’t like. Patience, passion, and dedication come easily only when you love what you do.  I love creating these individual portraits of light.  Photography became my life when I retired from the insurance industry.  If only I had figured that out when I was going to college.  At least I found my passion,  it was not to late.

 – It’s stupid to be afraid of others’ opinions. Fear weakens and paralyzes you. If you let it, it can grow worse and worse every day until there is nothing left of you, but a shell of yourself. Listen to your inner voice and go with it. Some people may call you crazy, but some may even think you‘rea legend.

– Take control of your life.  Take full responsibility for the things that happen to you. Limit bad habits and try to lead a healthier life. Find something that makes you happy. Most of all, don’t procrastinate. Let your life be shaped by decisions you made, not by the ones you didn’t.

Leave a mark in this world. Have a meaningful life, whatever definition it has for you. Go towards it. The place we are leaving is a beautiful playground, where everything is possible. Yet, we are not here forever. Our life is a short spark in this beautiful little planet that flies with incredible speed to the endless darkness of the unknown universe. So, enjoy your time here with passion. Make it interesting. Make it count!

It is with great honor that I can say that I received Professional Photographer’s of America International Photo Competion Silver Medal Award for 2017.  Photos from left, Shaped By Storms received highest award, the prestigious Loan Award.  Second from left is  Attractive Nuisance, Merit Award, Third from left is Golden Commandments, Merit Award.  The 4th from the left is Celestial Cascades, Merit Award.

Aloe Cactus Palm Desert Living MuseumTunnel View, Shaped By Storms, Yosemite NP

The following photos are my current composites that I love to create.

Great Fairy Rescue

Great Fairy Rescue

Cirque du Soleil, Mystère

I plan on being out photographing again by May 2018.  I have learned make your life interesting, make it count.  Do what you love to do.  Happy Photographing and have a wonderful New Year