Day 194 (12 July 2012) A Good Book. . .

“You’re the same today as you’ll be in five years except for the people you meet and the books you read.”  – Charlie “Tremendous” Jones

I believe that is true, 100%!  And as such, I love to read.  I try to read between 1 and 2 books a month, as many non-fiction as I can, with some great fiction thrown in for fun 🙂 One of my favorite things to do?  Curl up with a good book, especially in the warm sun on a cool day 🙂

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60 mm (cropped), 6 sec, f/8/0, ISO 100 (Isaac Asimov)

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60 mm, 1/2 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 (A good Read)

I don’t read very many paper books these days (unless it’s a text book or one lent to me), as I do most of my reading on my Kindle.  I have to say that I LOVE my Kindle and read so much more since getting it.  It’s much easier to hold than a book (lighter and no cramps from holding the paperback open).  But the biggest reason is that when I finish a book, I don’t have to make the trip to the book store, shop around for something good, and get it back home.  I can buy a book directly from the device!  Or when I pre-order a book, the day it’s released I have it for my reading pleasure!  And when I do travel, it’s usually a long trip; no more hauling 4 books hoping I don’t run out of reading material 🙂  If  you are a reader, I highly recommend getting an e-reader!

Day 193 (11 July 2012) I Want To Ride My Bi-Cycle!

Took some macro shots of my bike (Yes, it needs a good cleaning 🙂 ).  Was a fun shoot!  I was trying to bring out the shape and texture of the chain and rear gears.  Shooting made me want to break it out and go for a ride!

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Day 192 (10 July 2012) Flowers and Bugs

One thing I like about doing yard work s that I get more than a drive-by look at my yard, and the flowers, plants, and nature that it contains.  As I was mowing after dinner tonight, I spotted some flowering plants that I had not seen/noticed before.  And while shooting one set, I noticed the beetle in the last photo.

Shooting at home is a great way to relax after a day at work, IMO.  Especially since I don’t have to drive anywhere, and I have plenty to shoot with my macro lens 🙂

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60 mm, 1/10 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60 mm macro lens (Looking Up)

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60 mm, 1.6 sec, f/7.1, ISO 100, 60 mm macro lens (Purple Flower)

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60 mm, 1/4 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100, 60 mm macro lens (Beetle)

Day 191 (9 July 2012) 10 Minute Challenge, II

Today’s shot is a my submission to a “10 Minute Challenge” hosted by SeeingSpotsPhoto and WhereToWillie.  It’s a shot of a small power plant across the Thames River from the CT town of Gales Ferry.

The gist of a 10 minute challenge is to travel for 10 minutes, by any method (car, bike, foot, skis, riding mower, etc), stop, and shoot what you find.  I did this before and it is a great way to shoot when you can’t think of anything (which happens a lot to me on this 366 challenge), or just need to be jolted from the daily grind in your photography.  If you have not done this, I challenge you to do it!  It requires almost no planning, and you can do it in 30 min (or less, if it’s on your way somewhere).  Let me know if you do; I’d like to see what you discover close to where you are 🙂

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18 mm, 60 sec, f/13, ISO 200 (Power Plant on the Thames River)

Day 190 (8 July 2012) Laundry Time

As I was sitting on my deck reading during dinner (it was actually cooler inside than outside this evening) and wondering what I could shoot, I noticed my seldom-used clothes line, and the clothes pins that have been sitting, faithfully, for about 6 years, waiting to be used again.

I’m curious as to what caption you would put on these simple images.  When I look at these, they seem to have a life of their own, like they are creatures rather than inanimate objects.  Let me know what you see, how you might caption these, or what emotions they may evoke! (I’ve left off captions so you can be free to create your own!)

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60 mm, 1/4 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens 

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60 mm, 1.6 sec, f/10, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens 

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60 mm, 0.4 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens 

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60 mm, 0.5 sec, f/7.1, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens 

This is just another example of finding inspiration in every-day objects you have lying around your home 🙂  I’d be intersted to see your own take using something like this!

Day 189 Part II – Sail Fest 2012

Here are some more photos I took yesterday, but didn’t get a chance to look at/process/post.  If you missed my fireworks photos from yesterday, you should check them out!  If you’ve never shot fireworks and want a quick tutorial, I can post one, or you can google one of the dozens that are out there, just let me know 🙂

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60 mm, 1/640 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Lunch Time)

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18 mm, 1/125 sec, f/11, ISO 100 (Street Fair)

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60 mm, 1/40 sec, f/11, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Stacked Cups)

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60 mm, 1/40 sec, f/11, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Stacked Cups)

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60 mm, 1/250 sec, f/5.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Colorful Dresses)

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60 mm, 1/800 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Tie-died)

Day 189 (7 July 2012) Fireworks! – SailFest 2012

Today Was spent enjoying the festivities of SailFest 2012 here in the Groton/New London, CT area.  I started the morning watching the OpSail 2012, which is a parade of “tall ships” including the Coast Guard Cutter, Eagle, a US Navy amphib, and several others.  Then I went to downtown New London to see the street fair, then back to the Groton side for the fireworks!

Below are a few of my Fireworks images, but I did shoot all the events of the day (though it’s now past midnight, so I’m not gonna review/edit all 200+ photos from today right now!). I think tomorrow I’ll do a supplement with other images from the day, and maybe a brief tutorial on how I shoot fireworks (based on tutorials I’ve read, and my limited experience).

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18 mm (cropped), 3 sec, f/10, ISO 100 (SailFest Fireworks)

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18 mm (cropped), 6 sec, f/10, ISO 100 (SailFest Fireworks)

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18 mm (cropped), 2 sec, f/10, ISO 100 (SailFest Fireworks)

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18 mm (cropped), 13 sec, f/11, ISO 100 (SailFest Fireworks)

Day 188 (6 July 2012) Frogs and Benches

In my town there is a Lion’s Club skating pond that in the summer is a good spot to see frogs (assuming you don’t scare them off).  There are some benches and pick-nick tables, too, so it would be a good spot to enjoy lunch 🙂

I don’t shoot wildlife that often, but was able to get some shots of the frogs using my 50-200mm lens (which is too short to be of much use, IMO, which is why I haven’t used it in months).  But anyway, I hope you enjoy the change of pace 🙂

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200 mm, 1/40, f/8.0, ISO 100, 50-200mm Sigma (Peak-a-Frog)

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200 mm, 1/60, f/5.6, ISO 100, 50-200mm Sigma (Camo-frog)

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175 mm, 1/40, f/8.0, ISO 400, 50-200mm Sigma ( Bull Frog)

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60 mm, 1/125, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60 mm macro lens (Broken Bench)

Day 187 (5 July 2012) Thistle Sunset

One of the challenges for me with this 365 project is that I have to come up with an idea of something to shoot every day.  It’s a HUGE stretch for me to think creatively that much, and it shows sometimes.  Today was one of those days where I didn’t have a great idea till shortly before shooting.  I was on my way to a friend’s to work out and saw the sign for Harkness Park and made the decision to go there to shoot the sunset.  I’m glad I didn’t have a different idea 🙂

I couldn’t decide which images I like best, so there are a few for your viewing pleasure. I almost didn’t post the last one, cause I like the others so much more, but I added it for variety 🙂

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60 mm, 1/160 sec, f/5.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Thistle Sunset)

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60 mm, 1/500 sec, f/5.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Thistle Silhouette)

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60 mm, 1/800 sec, f/5.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Glowing Thistle)

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18 mm, 1/25 sec, f/14, ISO 100 (Harkness Park Sunset)

Day 186 (4 July 2012) Independence Day Sparklers

Happy Independence Day all!

For Americans, today is the day we celebrate the anniversary of our independence as a nation.  Nation wide this is celebrated with parades, memorial services, pick nicks, BBQs, and fire works.  Many towns either had their fireworks or parades this past weekend or this coming weekend.  So today was a chill day with some friends and some sparklers after dark 🙂  My friend brought her three kids over for some sparkler fun, and they just went wild in my yard and had a good time 🙂  I joined in, too, but that photo was pretty boring compared to theirs.

I’ll be attending a huge fire works show this Sat night in Groton.  Of course I’ll have my camera, tripod, and cable release ready to capture the show!  So stay tuned for those 🙂

I shot these all at 18 mm, f/8.0, ISO 100 in bulb mode with a cable release (held shutter open for duration of sparklers, 30-60 sec).  I used f/8.0 so the kids could run around and keep the sparklers mostly in focus, and ISO 100 since they were so bright.

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Day 185 (3 July 2012) Yellow Flowers – Macro

I saw this flower blooming in my yard a couple days ago, and finally got around to shooting it!  I’m not sure what it is, so if you know, please tell me!

I find “random” flowers and plants blooming at various times of the year; I’ve not worked in the flower beds, so whatever the previous owner put in still pops up to surprise me 🙂

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60 mm, 1/15 sec, f/9.0, ISO 100, 60 mm macro lens (Soft Flower)

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60 mm, 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 160, 60 mm macro lens (Yellow Flower)

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60 mm, 1/15 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200, 60 mm macro lens (Pollen)

Day 184 (2 July 2012) Keys

I have a lot of keys.  Keys to padlocks, keys to cars, keys to houses, and keys to I’m not sure what.  I’m always afraid to throw away a key when I find it, because if I find it’s lock, I’ll be happy I kept it 🙂

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60 mm, 0.6 sec, f/5.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Keys, Black & White)

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60 mm, 0.8 sec, f/3.5, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Keys)

So, question for you: what you like to see me shoot?  Something I’ve done before that you enjoy?  Something new that you saw/heard of? Or some other crazy idea?  I think it would be fun to take suggestions and see what I can come up with 🙂

Day 183 (1 July 2012) Self Portrait

Today marks the half way point of this 366 project!! It also marks the completion of the photo scavenger hunt project.  The last photo is an “Abstract Self Photo.”  It represents how I look at the world since starting this project.

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 This project has been much more than I expected, in may ways.  First of all, I never anticipated the amount of time this project would take!  It’s not for anyone with time constraints, lol!  But I have noticed that my skill has improved a TON in the past 6 months.  I guess when you practice something everyday, you are bound to improve 🙂  I also have seen that I have a creative side that I never knew about, and that it comes out when I’m behind the camera.  I’ve gotten a lot of positive feed back both from all y’all here in this community, and from my own friends who, like me, never saw this side of me.

I want to thank you all for that support and encouragement and I push through to the end of this project!

 – Jeremy