Day 72 (12 March 2012) Church

Tonight as I was driving home I passed this Episcopal church and saw its stained glass window in my rear view mirror.  I had to stop and do some shooting 🙂

For some reason Lightroom couldn’t read the files on my memory cards to upload them.  I had to use the Canon software to convert them from RAW to JPG, so I didn’t have an oppertunity to do any correction/editing.  So, if they don’t look  as good as they could, I’ll fix them once I get LR to work.  I’m not too thrilled with any of them, thought I think I can fix some of them.  I wasn’t paying attention to the lights and didn’t notice different lighting types/colors.  I’ll post an update after I fix them.

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Day 71 (11 March 2012) Boston, MA

Ok, so I know it’s past midnight, but I did take these shots on the 11th 🙂  I JUST got home from spending all day in MA, with a few hours in Boston w/ my gr.  We ran across these two guys drumming on buckets (similar to what I’ve seen in NYC subways) and they were pretty good, so we watched for a while (yes, I did throw in some money).  Later, we were relaxing on a bench and looked up and saw these lights which were neat to look at.

Anyway, it’s late and I have to be up soon, so I’ll leave you with these photos (the rest will be up on Flickr this week, inc. some light painting):

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Boston Drummers

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Light Post

Day 70 (10 March 2012) Mooween Park

Today I decided to have a low-key day, slept in real late, took a short hike, and had a good evening w/ a bunch of guys at church watching the movie Courageous.

These photos were taken at Mooween Park on Cedar Lake in Lebanon, CT. The park used to be a campground up untill the 60s, so there were lots of ‘ruins’ from it which were interesting to explore.

Old Car

Old Abandoned Car Rusting Away

Rocks

Rocks Piled, marking the trail

Abandoned Tree Fort

Abandoned Tree Fort

Day 69 (9 March 2012) Let Your Light Shine Through

Today I took a quick break from work to shoot since I won’t have time tonight after work.  My intent was to shoot some lichen on a rock in my yard, but I wasn’t impressed with how they turned out.  I also shot some leaves silhouetted against the sun.  This shot, cropped and slightly de-saturated, is pretty neat, as you can see all the veins that fed this leaf when it was still living.

Leaf Silhoutte

1/500, f/5.6, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens w/ 4x close-up filter (Silhoutte)

Honored

The Versatile Blogger
Yesterday I was honored by amazing artist/photographer StudioJan by being nominated for the  Versatile Blogger award!  It is very humbling to not only be noticed, but to be thought of for any sort of recognition, especially since I’m so new to photography as an art (I’ve taken photos all my life, but only recently put any effort into learning and practicing).  I’ve been encouraged by all of you who follow this blog, and especially by the encouragement you leave me in the form of ‘likes’ and comments.  So many of you create such great photos that to have you notice mine is very uplifting!

The rules of the award
If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.
Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

My 15 nominations (in no particular order)
1. pablobuitrago365
2. Travel Photography by Dimitrii Lezine
3. Denzil Jennings Photography
4. h2o by Joanna
5. In My Back Pocket – Photography
6. Project 365 by Kenneth Todd
7. Waterbook
8. Chief of the least
9. MAZE A DAY
10. rubicorno
11. Harish Photoblog
12. BehindtheLens
13. Plower for Christ
14. ShootAbout
15. Patrick’s Photography

Check out their blogs and am sure you’ll find some new awesome blogs to follow

7 things about me other than my obvious love for photography
1.  I am a follower of Jesus
2. I love going on adventures (travel, trying new things, etc)
3. I enjoy trying new foods, esp. various ethnic foods
4. I still have my first car (a 1973 Chevy El Camino I bought in high school)
5. I served in the US Navy (Submarines) for 8 years, inc. a deployment to Afghanistan
6. My current career is as an engineer, but am going to school to be a financial planner/counselor
7. I love the Great Outdoors, and spend as much time as I can doing various activities there (hiking, camping, 4-wheeling, snowboarding, etc, etc)

This blog just recently reached 60 followers, which is something I never would have imagined happening when I started this project!  That is a huge boost to my confidence, and has encouraged me on the days that I really didn’t feel like trying to shoot something.  And in making myself shoot something everyday, I’ve noticed that I have begun to look at the world around me differently.  I can see beauty in everyday objects and scenes.  I often find myself looking at something and wondering, “I wonder if that would make an interesting photo.” 🙂

I want to thank you all for your unwavering support and encouragement!  Y’all Rock!

Day 68 (8 March 2012) Wood

Today on my way home from work I stopped by a little creek that runs next to the highway.  I took several shots, but only a few came out, the first one of a large root bundle that had been worn by the frequent floods.  The second was of the bark of a tree that had great texture.

I’ll have to stop by later in the spring when it greens up and I have more light.

Driftwood

55 mm, 1/20 sec, f/8.0, ISO 400, 18-55mm kit lens (Driftwood)

Bark

55 mm, 1/15 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400, 18-55mm kit lens (Bark)

Day 67 (7 March 2012) Combat

Today I was sitting at my table working, and looked over and saw the sunlight streaming through the sliding door.  It alighed upon my combat boots (staged there for when it snows), and it brought back memories of my time in Afghanistan.  I’m very thankful to God that I did not see any combat, nor have to fire my weapon in offence or self defence.  Other than a few tense moments on convoy, the memories are generally good.

But seeing the glint of the sunlight off the dog tag laced onto my boots made me pause and think of all those that didn’t come home.

Regardless of your views of the war and of politics, I urge you to honor those that gave their all for this country, and in hopes of bringing peace and prosperity to the oppressed.

Combat Boot

55 mm, 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (In Honor Of Those Who Gave It All)

Day 66 (6 March 2012) Hunger

Today I wanted to experiment with my close-up lenses some more.  And I wanted to eat pie.  So, why not do both?  I also tried shooting the coffee grounds still in the coffee maker and the aluminium foil that was covering the pie.  Sad thing is that writing about it makes me want to get another piece!  I think  you’ll want one, too!

Apple Pie

34 mm & 10x lens, 1/25 sec, f/5.6, ISO 800, 15-55mm kit lens (Apple Pie)

Hungry

18 mm, 1/20 sec, f/5.6, ISO 800, 18-55mm kit lens (Hungry)

Coffee

55 mm & 10x lens, 1/15 sec, f/5.6, ISO 3200, 18-55mm kit lens (Coffee)

Foiled

55 mm & 10x lens, 1/15 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400, 18-55mm kit lens (Foiled)

Day 65 (5 March 2012) Moon in Tree

I know this shot’s been done almost to the point of clichĂ©, but I still think it’s cool to see the moon during the day, esp. when there is something interesting to frame it with.  Being my typical busy Monday, I shot this right before I ran back out the door.  I didn’t want to stay up any later by finding a cool spot to freeze while shooting for 45 min tonight.

I did do some minor editing (increasing the exposure a little while decreasing it on the moon) so you could see the features of the moon.  Maybe tomorrow I’ll try a HDR shot so I don’t have to play with brushes (I know it’s not a great job I did here, but I’m still trying practicing a steady hand w/ the mouse).  Anyway, I at least love the color that the sky was, and maybe I should have shot w/o the moon in it.

Moon Tree

87 mm, 1/30 sec, f/11, ISO 100, Sigma 50-200mm lens (Moon Tree)

Day 64 (4 March 2012) The Workbench

This afternoon I was cleaning up my garage while waiting on a ‘job’ to show up (I do a little auto repair on the side; helps fund this hobby 🙂 ) and realized that my garage is FULL of interesting thing I can shoot.  I can’t belive I’ve been doing this project for 64 days, now, and all the times that I couldn’t think of something to shoot, this has been here all along, just waiting for a day like today.

Nut and Bolt

55 mm, 1/20 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1600, 18-55mm kit lens w/ 10x close up filter (Nut and Bolt)

Nails

55 mm, 1/20 sec, f/8.0, ISO 1600 (Nails)

Wire Spool

26 mm, 1/20 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1600 (Wire Spool)

Railroad Spike

29 mm, 1/20 sec, f/11, ISO 1600 (Railroad Spike)

Day 63 (3 March 2012) Chair Lift

I spent today on the slopes at Wattchuset Ski Resort snowboarding! After dealing with rain for a couple hours, the weather started cooperating an it dried out, and cooled off. This caused some really thick fog near the summit. Not having my DSLR with me, I shot this with my iPhone. It was challenging bombing down the mountain with such limited visibility, but it just added to the challenge!

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Day 62 (2 March 2012) The Edge and The Pond

Tonight I bring you two different shots.  The first one is a test of my new close-up filter kit.  I shot the blade of my Letherman (which I carry everywhere except the airport).  I can’t wait to have some more time to experiment with these lenses.  I’ve been wanting to break into macro photography for a while, but haven’t had the cash to get a good macro lens.  The $12 I spent on this kit will allow me to keep putting money aside for a quality lens.

That was going to be my only shot for today, but on my way home from a friend’s house, I took the shortest way (according to Garmin), and ended up passing the pond in the second shot.  I probably wouldn’t have noticed it, as I was paying more attention to the pot holes on the dirt road that my GPS directed me along, but there were several deer in a field bordering the road, so I slowed down then noticed the pond.  Sometimes deer near a road are a good thing 🙂

The Edge

55 mm, 1/20 sec, f/11, ISO 1600, 18-55mm kit lens w/ 10x close up filter (The Edge)

The Pond

18 mm, 30 sec, f/11, ISO 800, 18-55mm kit lens (The Pond)

Day 61 (1 March 2012) Rain Drop

First of all, I’m just glad to say that the post number and day of the month are in alignment again!  No more math, lol!

But on to why you are here.  Today, other than work, I really needed to finish my paper (which was due yesterday, but thanks to the snow, class was canceled!), so I didn’t really do much with my camera.  But while sitting at my table after lunch plugging away at work, I looked out on my deck and saw several large water drops suspended on a piece of patio furniture.  Not having a macro lens, or any macro equipment, I took my lens off, turned it backwards, and attempted to shoot a particular large drop with both lens and camera hand-held (I have a close-up filter kit on order!).  While this photo isn’t anything that would win an award, I thought the black, curved ‘line’ on the drop was interesting.  And since it’s late, it’s what I’m posing 🙂  I decided to rotate the photo 180 to give it a more abstract feel.

For those of you who have shot great water drop shots, what suggestions do you have for attempting this once my filters arrive?

Water Drop

1/25 sec, ISO 1600, kit lens inverted and hand held (water drop)