Sunday, December 9, 2007

Sensi - my baby

This is my baby, Sensi McRaney.

Sensi is 11 years old and I cannot imagine my life without him. We found out recently that he has cancer, so we had a tumor removed last Monday. Now, 30 or so stitches later and 1 pound lighter, we are recovering. He's doing great and *hopefully* the incredible oncologists and surgeons were able to remove all of those scary cancer cells and we'll have a full recovery.
Isn't he beautiful?

Friday, December 7, 2007

Poor Man's Mailbox

Have you ever noticed how mail seems to multiply? Especially if you have been out of town for a few days!

First you have one day's mail, minding it's own business.
Then the mail has a party.

And the mail invites more guests...

And the mail multiplies...

And multiplies...

And multiplies...

Sunday, November 25, 2007

2008 McRaney Calendar Now Available

Last year was my first calendar, and while it was one of the top selling calendars on, I wanted this year's calendar to be bigger, brighter, more artistic, better quality and more beautiful. I think that I have achieved that goal. I'm really excited about my 2008 calendar! It is called My Mississippi fine art photography by Ellen McRaney.

Almost all of the images were taken in Mississippi, and the very few that were not were included for specific reasons that fit with my idea of what Mississippi means to me.

So everyone go check out my calendar and give me a 5-star rating so I can top the charts again! Just click on this link: .

Calendars can be ordered either directly through or directly from me.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Boone Hall Oaks

Earlier this month, I was at the Peter Anderson Arts Festival in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. I have had an image on display that I call "Oak Alley at Boone Hall." This image is an infrared image and is the first image in this post. A lady at Peter Anderson asked me if I had the image in color. I told her I would have to look, that I took this original image as an infrared, but that I had also shot color images at the same location with a different camera the same day, I've just never had a chance to look at them. So here are the color versions that I am FINALLY getting around to processing! My mom will be so happy. So does anyone have a favorite? Comments are welcome! em

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Biloxi Bay Bridge Opening!

This first image with the fireworks is called "Celebrations" and when I sign, I date it with the date of when the image was taken, 11-1-07.

The second image is called "Biloxi Bridge 2007 at Dusk," not very original, but I wanted people to be able to see it! If anyone has a better idea for a name, let me know! I may change it!

The third image is "Biloxi Bridge Fireworks Red 11-1-07" while the fourth image is "Biloxi Bridge Fireworks Blue 11-1-07."

The fifth image is the only one that was not taken on 11-1-07. It is a montage of images that includes an image of the old bridge as it was, taken in 2001, (with cars on it and everything!) an image of the bridge after Katrina from the same angle with the draw bridge up as it was for so long, and several images that are close-up that show what Katrina did to our bridge. This fifth image is the "Bridge Montage."

The sixth image is "Mike Sekul," the name of the schooner.

The seventh image is "Schooners Crossing," which actually has both of the Biloxi schooners, the Mike Sekul and the Glenn L. Swetman, one on each side, going under the bridge on the day it was opened for traffic.

Growing up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, I cannot tell you how exciting it is that the brand new Biloxi Bay Bridge has two lanes open!!! After Katrina, the old bridge was completely destroyed. Now, two years later, there is finally access across the bay to Point Cadet/Biloxi. To celebrate this, November 1, 2007, the day two lanes of the bridge opened to traffic, there were all kinds of celebrations. There were speeches by Govener Haley Barbour and by the mayors of both Ocean Springs and Biloxi, there was a festival on the Ocean Springs side of the bridge that went into the night with live music and fireworks. There was a parade of motorcycles and vintage cars that went over the bridge first once the ceremonial ribbon tying was finished. There were commemorative medals, books, coloring books and "snap-on" bracelettes. In short, it was a really, really big deal. I was so excited to be at home for the opening and be able to capture the festivities in my images. Here are some of the many images that I took that day. I hope you enjoy them!

The eighth image is called "Schooners Kissing."
The ninth image I've not named yet, (feel free to give me some suggestions!), but has both schooners with the Ocean Springs front beach in the background.
The tenth image, shows the bridge at it's current state, just before it was opened for the motorcycle and vintage car crossing.
The eleventh image shows a section of the bridge with the motorcycles crossing for the first time.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

ACP October 2007 and McRaney Photography

October is Atlanta Celebrates Photography and this month I have work on display in several different galleries.
At The Seen Gallery, in Decatur, Georgia, I have several framed pieces on display, including my 2007 Marble Festival Fine Arts Exhibit 1st Place winner (see pictured in post before this one). Also at The Seen, I have matted work available and additional framed pieces are available to be seen upon request. Just ask Amy or Bill!
(321 West Hill Street Decatur, GA
I am exhibiting with the Atlanta Photographic Society at the Unitarian Univeralist Congregation Church from October 1 - October 28, 2007. In this exhibition I won second place for color prints with "Phillipsburg Knob." My friend and shooting partner, Ron Holt, won best of show, first, second, third and honorable mention for black & white prints! I knew there was a reason I liked to shoot with him! The exhibit is open whenever the church is open.
(1911 Cliff Valley Way Atlanta, GA 404.634.5134)

I am involved with two exhibitions with Women in Focus. One was juried by Susan Todd-Raque and is being shown at the Ferst Center for the Arts on Georgia Tech campus. Both of my images being shown at the Ferst Center are infrared images that were taken in the Charleston area. This show will be on display from October 2 - October 30, 2007.
(349 Ferst Drive Atlanta, GA open Tuesday - Thursday 11 - 1 p.m., Monday - Friday 1 - 5 p.m., and by appointment)
The second show that I am exhibiting in with Women in Focus is at Digital Arts Studio. This show will be up from October 6 - November 5, 2007.
(1082 Huff Road Atlanta, GA open Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. & Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Lots of different areas with work on display, so if anyone has a chance to check out one of the shows, let me know what you think!

Marble Festival Fine Art Exhibition Win!

Although the photographs have been on display for the Marble Festival Fine Art Exhibition for the past two weeks, the "official opening" of the show was last night to kick off the weekend of the Marble Festival festivities that will be going on all weekend in Jasper, Georgia.
I was excited to see that I had placed first in the photography division with "Merry"!
The show will be ending on Sunday, at the conclusion of the Marble Festival weekend at 4 p.m.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Marble Festival & Fine Art Exhibition

The 2007 Marble Festival Fine Art Exhibition is currently on display at the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce in Jasper, Georgia. It is a juried show and this year I have 6 pieces on display. The show will continue through the end of the Marble Festival which is next weekend (Oct. 6/7).
These are a few of my pieces that are on display. St. Mary's Falls are located in Glacier National Park on the east side of the continental divide.
The Fairhope Tulips are blooming every year in mid-March. Fairhope is in south Alabama and I usually participate in an arts festival that is held there at just the right time to enjoy the gorgeous tulips. These were in front of the library.
Merry was taken late one night on the boardwalk in Kemah, Texas.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Morning in the Garden Part 2

Here are a few more from last Sunday morning. Please leave comments!
I always love to shoot in the gardens, but today I was shooting for a photo club competition. I have to choose 10 images that I took from today only at the Botanical Gardens. The images in this post and in the post before this one are my 14 favorite images, but I have finally narrowed it down and I know which 10 I am going to enter. Can you guess which ones?

Morning in the Gardens

My early new year's resolution is to be a better blogger.

With that said, last Sunday I went to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Here are some of my favorites from that morning. Let me know what you think! Comments are always welcome.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Two Blue

Last night was the Southeastern Photographic Society's monthly meeting and competition. This months theme was "BIG" and there was no time frame limitation. It was a good night for me! I won first place for black & white print and first place for color print.

My black & white print entry was a recent image of a father's hand with Ava's hands...his 3 month old daughter.
My color entry was a body builder named George. We went to the Sope Creek area and of all of the shots, this was my favorite from the shoot. I loved this pose!

Thursday, July 5, 2007

After the Fireworks

Here are a couple of images from tonight after the Silverbacks game!
It was a great game. We won 3-2.