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Friday, December 28, 2012

Celebrating My December Selfie Check-In


Ill Wind 105/365
Ill Wind 105/365

Linking with Christy for December's {in the picture}.



In The Picture



2012 is almost over.  Back in January on sort of a lark I decided to join Christy in a year long selfie project.  I am celebrating that I made it the entire way.  It was part of her New Year's Resolution-and many of those who signed on were also making it a resolution.  I don't do resolutions, so I entered the arena with no expectations....and am now among the last standing that made it the entire way through.  That is celebratory, isn't it?  Yay me.



Self BW Texture
Self BW



I guess I don't look like I'm celebrating in this image, but that's part of my learning along the way.  There are, and I have, a gazillion moods.  Sometimes they are reflected in images in an "acting it out way", yet other times there's just no hiding-sadness and sorrow; laughter and joy; indifference.  It all comes through.  I am glad I took the chance to make not only "pretty" pictures, but also some more intense.  Every day is NOT perfect.  There are blogs I've seen though, where you'd think that was the case.  God bless if it really is.


Selective Selfie
Selective Selfie


Here's a recent shot-taken at the same time as the one above.  I may be able to see myself a little bit better after doing this for a year-or at least look.  Is it a good thing to be better at pretending?  Maybe if I have to go to one of those boring cocktail networking meetings that I hate more than brussel sprouts.


Selfie Mosaic
Selfie Mosaic

Here are 2 images from each month, in order.  I don't know if they show growth or not.  I think I got better about being more direct with the camera over time.  I learned that I like hands and feet shots-not over faces, but I find-especially hands-tell a lot silently.  I like that.  Apparently the color blue is a favorite as well....either that or it was just a quirk.  I also got better at jump shots along the way....thank goodness.  I was horrible at them back in February.


Square Biz
Square Biz

See?  I've just got to get my arms to do something a little more attractive.

Here are some of my most faves from the last year.

Brown Eyes
Brown Eyes

A Walk 1/365
A Walk

Cuba Selfie
Cuba Selfie



A special celebration shout out to Christy.  Hosting a meme means not only keeping yourself going and motivated, but keeping those that are along for the ride going too.  I am most appreciative to Christy's dedication to this project.


Thanks for reading over my self-serving selfie post.  Will I continue to take selfies-why not?  When they don't seem to work, there's always that delete button.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Scavenger

Linking with Ashley for this week's Scavenger Hunt Sunday




Two more sleeps until the big day, at least that's what my nephew and niece tell me.  While I would not wish to go through childhood again, especially the teen years, being 6 or 4 with the overwhelmingly exciting anticipation of Christmas has to be one of the best things ever.  My nephew has written about 10 letters to Santa, starting back in July.  I believe my resourceful brother puts off the "I wants" by saying, "well....ask Santa."  My equally resourceful nephew gets right to it, no matter the season.

I feel like Scott Kelby when he writes those one page introductions to his chapters....those pages have nothing to do with what's to follow they're just his opportunity to blab about whatever is on his mind.  Now if I could only write a book that would make me money I'd be all set.



Smitten BW 99/365
Smitten BW

Joy:  I mean, come on.  This little girl has got me wrapped and it's totally obvious.


Casco Bay Bridge BW 107/365
Casco Bay Bridge BW 107/365

Tangled:  Tangled trees.
It was a tough weather week here.  One day snow, many days of dreary rain.  One predicted sunny day that was rainless, but gray and overcast the whole time.  Hard to take any interesting photos....unless you take them from the car.


The Good Silver
The Good Silver

Silver:  This was at my friend's house.  She has good silver.  I have adequate eating utensils. 


Party of One
Party of One

Guilty Pleasure:  Since early November I've been avoiding the guilty pleasures one might be inclined to eat or drink.  It is paying off somewhat, so I don't want to stop.  Once you get going it's much easier to say no.  So an archive shot from a day last spring when I treated myself to an expensive but delicious meal at the Four Seasons.


Guardian Angel BW
Guardian Angel BW

Angel:  I'm not too thrilled with this shot, but it fills the prompt.  She was watching over a grave site.  Very sweet and much more lasting than flowers.


OK, "D for done".  Another Sunday, another SHS. 

Wishing all who celebrate a happy holiday, a safe holiday, a warm and cozy holiday filled with love.  This holiday is my least favorite.  I have excused myself from the holiday this year-no gifts to be exchanged.  I'm hopeful keeping the day commercial free will help me enjoy it in some way....but I did make sure to get that nephew and niece something fun.  This holiday is for the children.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Black and White



 
Workshop Door BW
Workshop Door BW


Skateboard Shadows BW 80/365
Skateboard Shadows BW 80/365



Spoon and Bokeh BW 77/365
Spoon and Bokeh 77/365



Contemplation BW
Contemplation BW




I've been processing a lot in black and white the last few months. Kind of don't know why....just cuz. Maybe I'm coming to a point where I'm appreciating something different in what I'm shooting; maybe I'm bored and I'm trying to change something, maybe there's no reason at all, maybe I'll figure it out later.

I know that I don't yet "see" in black and white when I'm taking an image and I know that I don't know exactly what calls to be processed in black and white nor do I know how to make the most of my black and white shots in the processing process, but I guess that means soldier on. Practice, practice, practice. I'll get to Carnegie Hall that way, right?



Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Lights at Night





Connecting with Kat over at the "Kat Eye Studio" for this month's Exploring with a Camera topic which is Night Photography.  If you haven't done a little reading on Kat's blog each month when she shares her Exploring series-I'd like to recommend it.  I find the topics helpful in looking or considering my photography in different ways.  Sometimes it provides that little boost to get me going again.



Not My House
Not My House



I don't think I'm very good at night photography.  I'm really entranced with light, so darkness isn't very inspiring to me.  This time of year when it's so dark is emotionally very hard for me.  Me no like it.  At all. But sometimes it's all that's left in a day when there ain't no clicks on the camera.  Additionally as Kat talked about in a recent post, the tripod, although often necessary, does not appeal to me.  It is cumbersome, cold on my hands, and it feels like an enemy not a friend.  By the time I've got it all adjusted my energy for the shot is waning.


I actually do like the results of some of the night shots I take though.  (Note to self:  Get out there, damn it.)

The Plains
The Plains

Here's a shot I took last year.  This is a blue hour shot, not really a night, night, night shot, but it totally hits me.  I can't remember if I used tripod or not.  Shit, I can't remember what I did last month, forget last year.


Shopping
Shopping


I can remember that I used tripod for this one....because I took it last Friday.  Doh!

This silent little artist inspired shopping area-empty for the evening was a great place to mess around.  It was quaint and had tons of lights.  I did use the tripod,  but also ditched it when it became frustrating, and then when back to it later.  I suppose that's a good way to keep sane.


Wreathe on the Door
Wreathe on the Door


Here's another from that evening-no tripod-this is part of the "maintain sanity" collection.




Lonely Friday Night BW 103/365
Lonely Friday Night BW 103/365


I recently shared this, forgive the repeat.....this is my fave from that night, because it is not a holiday shot.  I turned my car around to play with this scene, and yes I used the tripod. 

There was so much I wanted to capture here-there is a couple in the 2nd window talking and that's what first caught my eye (and of course their dryer went off and they started moving soon after I started).  I also like the barren feel.  There is a Christmas tree in the far right window and the desolate nature of the empty building aside from those two aspects was the gotcha appeal for me.  The car there was a blessing and a curse as I would have liked to move in closer (with my klunky tripod), but you know....you have to make it work, but I think the car keeps the image from being too static and enhances the mood.


Rapid Rays
Rapid Rays


Store windows are an element of night photography I like.  Not in a voyeur sense, but as someone not "in" but outside of life's busyness.  A chance to imagine what is happening indoors in the light.

Nighthawks
Nighthawks


Here's another night shot-from Cuba.  That green glow was legit the color that was there.  Reminds me some of Edward Hopper's Nighthawks painting.  Charlotte was waiting patiently for her mojito.  While I was "in" not out, it has that same kind of feel.  I had rented quality lenses so I was able to get this without a tripod which I wasn't permitted to bring.  Aw shucks.


Night Blur
Night Blur

Here's another archive shot-one I really like.  It puts a little abstraction into the night which I think is kind of cool.  Mystery in a shot; I like that.


Well, I suppose I've blabbed on long enough.  If you've read this far you get a gold star and a thank you very much from me, and perhaps you should check your sanity level.  Egad I made a watch here when I was only asked what time it was.

Oh one more thing: Something on my "to do" list is to make a light box.  Got most of the materials, just have to put it together.  (Another note to  self: I think putting it together now rather than procrastinating until March is a good idea.)  I think the light box might be a nice way to off-set the darkness right in my very own home.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Sunday Scavenger

Here we are again...linking with Ashley for this week's Scavenger Hunt Sunday.  Booyah!!




Cutting right to the chase.  Really it's best.  I ramble on about nothing in particular, so....this is a blessing.  Trust me.




Lonely Friday Night BW 103/365
Lonely Friday Night BW 103/365

Sparkly:  So not what anyone else will think of as sparkly-but, that's me.  Beating my own drum, marching away.  Weel, the lights are sparkly in the night, there is a Christmas tree in the far right window and a couple sitting in window # 2.  I found this scene rich, but was limited in what I was able to capture.  I do like what's here though.  Kind of film noir.


Late Day at the Salon
Late Day at the Salon

Door:  It's so freakin' dark.  Geeeez.  Caught a view through a door of a woman getting her hair done.  Really, you gotta just get what you can get.  How long until Daylight Savings?


In the Corner
In the Corner

Decorate:  Going for a natural organic type decoration this week.


Holiday Decor
Holiday Decor

Stripes:  This image fits this topic or any of those above.  It is sparkly, on a door; it's been used to decorate, and I see some stripes in that pretty bow.


Nap Time
Nap Time

A Few Favorite Things:  Well napping, my comfy couch, and my cat-Princess P. 

I've been spending so much time tending to my dog that the little miss is a smidge jealous or on the needy side, or perhaps it's just all about her-and apparently it is judging by the look on her face.
It is not about me at all, is it?  How did my 7 lbs of fur and purr get to be in charge?

Thank you for all your kind wishes for Tula last week.  She is coming around.  Only one more week must she wear the lampshade/cone of shame before stitches come out.  Appreciate all the positive vibes that came from my peeps in bloggerland.

Kitchen Help
Kitchen Help

As you can see, she feels well enough to return to her kitchen chores.


I, like many others, have been sending healing warm thoughts and energy to Sandy Hook and it's residents-those directly affected and those indirectly affected.  So much senseless loss, heartache, trauma.  All one can do is keep believing in good.

Hope you have a great weekend and let's all stay safe and remember in the hubbub of the next couple weeks, what it is that's really important.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Sunday Scavenger

Linking with Ashley for this week's Scavenger Hunt Sunday.




I'm delighted that we are enjoying warm weather for the most part so far this late fall.  Saves my sanity some.  I hope I didn't just jinx myself.  Sunset tonight 4:08.  That just ain't nat'rul.  Honestly.  Hard to find a window to shoot photos, but I did get a chance to get out mid day a couple times this past week.  Soldier on.


Four Pins 96/365
Four Pins 96/365

Season:  I suppose this was to be holiday related.  Oh well, I'm off beat.
Saw this little summer style clothes line at a beach house all closed up for the season.  Reminded me that in summer the pins would hold swimsuits and towels that blow in the warm breeze.

Pan Am
Pan Am

Colorful:  As I was finishing up with the clothespins, I heard the train whistle.  Ran down and across the street just in time to grab a box car shot.  If you visit me often, you know I love graffiti.  I really can't explain it-I just do.  So much so I recognize that Raket piece.  I may be getting too involved.

Clear Skies
Clear Skies

Weather:  My kind of day!  I don't do a lot of selective color, but it seems to work here.

Small w/Texture 98/365
Small 98/365

Silhouette:  Not every day has been sunny skies.  This one I added a Kim Klassen texture to.

Poor Tula 97/365
Poor Tula 97/365

Calm:  Trying to keep Tula quiet and calm.  Another surgery-she already had one in July.  Something went wrong with a plate and it had to be removed.  This girl has been thru a lot.  I'm hoping this will finally get her fully mobile again.  She totally deserves it.

Still
Still

Here's a prettier view of calm.  Caught the last peeks of sun before it dipped below the tree line.



And that's the SHS completed for another week.  I enjoyed this group of items.  Lots of ways to interpret them.  Happy weekend to you.









Monday, December 3, 2012

Photo Heart Connection







Linking with Kat for this month's Photo Heart Connection.  Haven't heard the word whether or not Kat plans to continue this into 2013, but I hope so.  It's a meme that I enjoy posting and sharing in.  Kat if you're looking for votes, I vote yes.





Almost Like Summer 70/365
Almost Like Summer 70/365



Here's November's winner for my heart.  An odd thing I notice about this PHC exercise; it depends on mood, frame of mind, time of day, surrounding circumstances, etc when you're flowing over a month of photos as to which strikes your heart.  Last night I looked through and came up with a different image.  This morning as I post, the above takes the cake.  Feelings; they're an interesting mixed bag.

I'm having trouble being at all excited or moved or inspired while I'm taking images.  I'm glad I decided to pursue a 365 (I'm about 90 days in and still on board).  The daily task-interesting choice of description word-is keeping me out there and going.  The darkness of the season is truly dragging me down.

From time to time out on the trail, and usually rather unexpectedly, I become inspired and things click-oooh, bad unintended pun.  The shot from above was from such a day.  On a whim I decided to head down to the harbor to see if I could "get it done" for the day.  Instead inspiration hit and I came up with a nice collection of images.  No one was around other than a lobsterman power washing his boat.  I had the docks to myself, yucky bait smell and all, and enjoyed the solitude.

I've been working a lot with low POV shots, perhaps I need a different result when shooting the same old stuff.  The sun was warm despite a strong wind, the sky blue. I was stretched out flat at the end of the float trying to work the bright light in the sky, the shimmer off the water, the line of the vapor trail, and the boats themselves without turning them to silhouettes.  I think I managed.

But what I remember most when I review this image, is reflected in the title.  In this season of short days and long dark nights, a bonus day of light and warmth, and an unexpected inspiration, is a little gift from something bigger than me, to me.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Scavenger

Linking with Ashley.  It's Scavenger Hunt Sunday time again.




Unplanned View 81/365
Unplanned View 81/365

Missing:  Yup.  Think this is a little Sandy leftover.  Always wondered what was behind that fence.

Ten on Top
Ten on Top

Numbers:  These are numbers I like.  Sadly, they're going the wrong direction.  Out of my house rather than in to my house.  Me no gusta.

Sugar Plum Fairy
Sugar Plum Fairy

Purple:  First (mini) dance recital for my niece.  She is watching closely the dance teacher to make sure she's doing the right steps.  Cute.

Drums BW
Drums BW

Music:  Had to reach into the archives for this.  I've been keeping music on the outskirts of my life lately, so I'm not inclined to have any images of it.  Drums are my absolute favorite instrument.

Colorful Ladies
Colorful Ladies

Bracelet:  Totally, totally stumped on this one.  I rarely wear jewelry.  Finding something with bracelet/s was really tough.  This piece of Cuban art will have to suffice.



I'm not very chatty today which is unusual and likely a blessing.  I often blah, blah, blah on about inane things that don't really need space anywhere outside of my head.  Perhaps this means I don't have anything in my head today.  Working; maybe that's the problem.  Hope you're having a great day relaxing.  Thanks for taking a visit over to my space.