In late May it suddenly hit me that I might like to start taking photographs. Other than an occasional shot or vacation photos, I'd never taken pictures before...nor had any classes, experiences, or photography-minded relatives to nudge my interest. My only guide was an appreciation for nicely composed photos....based solely on my humble and inexperienced opinion. With the delete button close at hand, there was nothing to lose. Anything awful could be whisked away in an instant. I made lots and lots of deletions....but I was delighted too to find some things of value.
This post is in response to Ashley Sisk's call out for a trip through 2010's photos and moments. Sort of a "best of" album I guess. Great idea Ashley-I sure did take a boat load of photos...and I only have a 1/2 year's worth. It kind of blows my mind how many photos I'll take in 2011.
Here's my list of 25 images:
Me: This is me, on my birthday. I had a very difficult birthday this year....I was really sad and had no idea why. I later found out I had mistakenly taken the wrong medication-I'm so glad it was an easy fix. I felt immediately better when the mistake was corrected.
I like the pink hues in this shot and the sense of longing in my eyes. I also like the fact that I feel a LOT better than this now.
I Love You: These are my two sweeties. I love them both so much.
Tula is intensely timid and rarely lets me get a photo of her in the house. She is a wonderful walking companion and very patient while I take photos out in the world.
Princess P is confident and affectionate. She is an indoor cat and keeps me company when I'm lounging, blogging or reading. She is always happy to pose for the camera....a true diva indeed.
Still Laughing: A weekend in a cabin on the lake with 5 friends was filled with silly laughter and not much sleep. I smile every time I think about it.
Winter Wonderland: It's only been the past couple weeks that we've had snow. These snow covered steps looked beautiful beneath a fresh few inches.
Birthday: My nephew Quinn on his 4th birthday....check out the Thomas the Train cake!
Friends: I know this has an "s" on it....but when I hear the word friend I think of Laura. I don't have many photos of her and although this is just part of her....I can see all of her in it. I like this shot because she's looking right at me. Often times I think that she's the only person in the world that really sees me. And she's smiling-that's even better.
I Was Inspired: This was a very early photo that inspired me....."hey I can do this!" I had no idea if I would actually have success taking photos or not, and this photo gave me confidence. I was also inspired by the name on this sweet little row boat; "Grace".
Spring Fever: Spring comes late to Maine so by the time it arrives, my fever is running quite high. This spring for the first time I fell in love with peonies. I couldn't stop taking photos of them. How could I have missed these lovelies for so many years? I won't ever ignore them again.
Travel or Vacation: I love this shot I took while spending a weekend in Boston this fall. I had a great time playing with the city lights and the view from my hotel room.
Summer Days: This is one of my favorite images from this past August. I love the light in the summer months and miss it terribly during winter. On this evening the pink color of the setting sun was especially delicious.
A Day in My Life: I'm not sure I get to the beach everyday, but being near the water is important to me. Sometimes I forget how much, but I see it echoed here in this collection. If everyday started as beautifully as this one from late September, it would be delightful.
All Smiles: You can't convince me that Tula isn't smiling. Love my girl looking so happy.
Autumn Harvest: In September I went mountain hiking for the first time ever. It about killed me, but no regrets. On the way home my friends and I stopped at a sweet little farm stand where I found this wonderful display of pumpkins.
Family: Here again are the stars of my family. One of my desires for 2011 is to become more at ease in taking photos of people. I do have people in my family, just not too many photos of them.
Celebrate: I forget what these things are called, but they always signal a celebration is at hand.
Let's Do It Again: Other than a slight levels adjustment this is SOOC. It was the most spectacular sunset I captured this year. My Aunt Lois was with me, so I call this "Lois' Sunset". Lois hasn't been feeling well and has been in the hospital nearly a month now....I'm hoping we can get an ice cream and a show like this again sometime soon.
I Miss You: I love this dusky photo from last summer. I miss summer and this scene typifies a summer mood that I long for.
Beautiful: I think I already mentioned my love affair with peonies. Lest you think I was kidding....here's another beauty. Isn't it marvelous?
Dress Up: I am so NOT a dress up kind of girl. I'm all about blue jeans, sneakers, and being comfy. Sorry....I do have many other endearing qualities however.
Macro: I don't have a macro lens, but I do enjoy close-up photos. Love the details on this dandelion I found lingering beyond season in mid-October.
Holidays: I like letting Christmas quietly come and go, but lights are something I enjoy about the season. I had fun playing with the colorful lights on the tree in town and then trying out some Photoshop filters.
My Favorite: I have no idea why this photo appeals to me so much...it just does. It was the catalyst for my selecting "red" as a theme for my final project in my digital photography class. I rarely drink beer, so it's not that...I just like it. Who knows why?
Don't Ever Change: This is the waterfront view from my family's get-away cottage on the coast of Maine. It is a place we all go to refresh and unwind. I hope this spot remains unchanged for all my lifetime. Spending time watching the gulls soar and the waves lap against the rocks from these Adirondack chairs is an automatic stress reducer and something I never tire of.