Day 364-366 Last photos from 2012

This post is WAY overdue, I know, but it’s here 🙂 I was a bit distracted the last few days of 2012 spending time with my fiancé 🙂  But I was reminded that I still need to wrap up this project.

It took me about 4 days for the momentum of the project to slow down enough for me to not take a photo during an entire day!  It was a weird experience after spending a year taking photos every day to not pick up my camera, but it was nice to not have to worry about the project while I was spending the time w/ my new fiancé before she went back to Spain for 3 months.

I’ve not given up photography, but am spending more time learning more, reading, watching videos on photography.  My focus in 2013 is to focus on improving my technique, skills, and creative eye.  I might try to take up some portrait gigs for friends as practice, too 🙂

I currently am working to set up a new website, where I can showcase my best work, and still keep up a blog with a more appropriate name than “365photosbyjeremy” 🙂  Once it’s up I’ll let  you all know so you can follow me at my new home 🙂  Until then I’ll keep posting some images here as I work on the new site.  I hope you will content to follow my work and provide feedback.

Well, here are the last few images from 2012, I hope you enjoy them!

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Days 353-363 (18-28 Dec 2012) Catch Up Post, and GOOD NEWS!!

These past several days have been crazy, busy, and awesome!  I have not had a chance to post, but I have taken photos every day (even if just with my iPhone), so I am still on track for this project!!!

Below are some of the photos, the most important/best ones of these several days.  Some have not been processed yet, and others (such as the iPhone snapshots) are not worth posting here.  Starting next year, I will move my blog to another WordPress address; I have a few reserved, but will let you know the new address to subscribe to.  I will not be doing another 365 project, but I will still be making photos all the time, and posting.  My goal is to have a site (WordPress or other) where I can post not only a blog, but also galleries to show off my best work.  I will also be buying a domain name (or two) and professional hosting.

Please take a moment and view below what is my absolute favorite photo of all time!!

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She said YES!!!!!

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Christmas with my Fiancé

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Maine Lobster Pots

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FIshing Boats in Portland ME

2012_Dec_26_Lensbaby_024Rain On A Window (Shot with my new Lensbaby Spark!)

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Latte (Shot with my new Lensbaby Spark!)

Day 346 (11 Dec 2012) Glass of Water

How boring is a glass of water?  Or how ordinary?  Have you ever noticed the little bubbles of air that come out of solution as the glass sits?  I noticed the way the glass and bubbles glowed when was carrying up my glass w/ my phone underneath with the screen on.  It was kind of neat, neat enough to take a break from my cramming, er, I mean studying, for my finals this week to snap a few images.  Nothing spectacular or exciting, unfortunately, just happy to tick off one more day closer to 366 🙂

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Day 339 (4 Dec 2012) Pepsi Bottle, or More Creative Shots of Trash

Tonight while finishing up my studies I started to wonder what I would shoot.  I looked over at the empty Pepsi bottle sitting on my desk next to my binder and the shape of the threads on the top caught my eye.  I thought, “I bet that might make an interesting black and white photo.”  What do you think?  Agree?  Disagree?  I’m curious to see why. 🙂

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P.S. This bottle will be recycled, if you were worried 😉

Day 330 (25 Nov 2012) Cows At Rest

I pass this field several times a week, and can’t help but watch the cows as I drive by.  It seems at times that they live a life of ease, with nothing to do but relax and eat all day.  Then I go grab a burger and realize that maybe I don’t want that life!

Let me know what you think of the treatment I gave these images.  The foreground wasn’t very interesting, and the sky wasn’t that great, either, so I cropped them out.  The grass is a mix of dead and green, so it was hard to get the cattle to stand out a lot; that’s why I tried the B&W in the last one.  Critiques are welcome!

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Day 327 (22 Nov 2012) Happy Thanksgiving!!

Yesterday was Thanksgiving, and I was blessed to be able to spend it with my girlfriend’s family.  She is in Spain, and my parents are in CA, so It was good to be able to be with ‘family’ yesterday.  I brought my turkey fryer and introduced them to the best turkey the’ve ever had 🙂

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Day 321 (16 Nov 2012) Harry’s Place

In the summer and into the fall Harry’s Place is a happen’ place.  Lines almost to the road, just waiting for their chance to get their own savory burger 🙂

But alas, it is not longer burger stand season, and Harry’s Place is closed for the season 😦

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Day 286 (12 Oct 2012) Grocery Store Pumpkin

I’m sooo not fully back into the routine!  About 8pm I realized I had not shot a single image all day, and I still had lots to do to prep for a hike tomorrow,  including running to the local grocery store to pick up some trail food and cider (I’ll be bringing it hot in a thermos for the Summit reward!).  As I was leaving the store, I noticed the typical grocery store bin full of pumpkins that you see this time of year in every grocery story.  So I grabbed my camera and snapped a few shots.  Deff not art of my best stuff, but I did get my daily photo 🙂 Tomorrow will be Fall Foliage from New  Hampshire!!  THAT will be good stuff!!

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Day 260 (17 Sep 2012) Empty Field, or Corny Photos

I’ve shot corn fields full of corn before, but how about an empty corn field?  I think they are pretty interesting with the short stubble all in rows and the odd ears lying on the ground.  But what really caught my eye about this field a few days ago was a lone corn stalk in the middle of the field.  Just one, all by itself.

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18 mm, 1/50 sec, f/8, ISO 100 (Lone Corn Stalk)

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18 mm, 1/15 sec, f/8, ISO 100 (Last Sunset)

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18 mm, 1/30 sec, f/8, ISO 200 (Heaven Bound)

Day 251 (8 Sep 2012) Snow White, or A Child’s Tale

As you probably know, I try to participate in as many of the photo challenges SeeingSpotsPhotography hosts/co-hosts, as they are fun, and almost always push the envelope of my skills and/or creativity level.  This month’s challenge was “to bring to life an image that represents both details from your favorite childhood tale AND your feeling about that part of the tale.”

After polling friends on Facebook for ideas, I settled on something to do with Snow White.  I picked the scene where the step mother/witch gives Snow the poised apple.  That was always the saddest part of the movie; betrayal by her own family.  These day’s that part is sadly not limited to a fairy tale; thousands of children are betrayed by their own families: violence, abuse, irresponsible decisions, etc.  Even in “good” families children are often neglected by parents who put career/success before family.  I do believe that most parents’ intent is to provide the best childhood for their kids, but never learned from their parents the best methods and are perpetuating the mistakes.  One thing I’m doing, well before I get married and start a family, is reading books about family, raising kids, being a good husband/man, and talking to/observing families I know.  I know I won’t be perfect, but I hope to build upon the many good things I learned from my parents and go forth from there.

Anyway, I didn’t intend to go off on a tangent, but anyway, here are the two images I created today.  I “like” the first one the best for this challenge, but the second is good too.  Which one do you think I should submit?  I’m also open to suggestions on editing these (not gonna reshoot), if you think a different technique could help them.

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I had a different idea, but ended up getting home too late last night after the fair to try the idea I had with my friend, so I did this all solo; tripod, infrared remote, flashlight, and a bit of thread to hold the apple.

Day 224 (11 Aug 2012) Camp Fire and S’mores

Spend the afternoon at a friend’s house celebrating their son’s graduation.  We finished the night off w/ a fire and s’mores.  Great night 🙂

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27 mm, 1/13 sec, f/4.5, ISO 400 (Sparks are Flying)

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55 mm, 1/13 sec, f/4.5, ISO 400 (Flames)

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36 mm, 1/8 sec, f/4.5, ISO 800 (Roasting Marshmallows)

Day 214 (1 Aug 2012) Grilled Corn

Wow, It’s hard to believe that it’s August already!  Where has the year gone?  Summer is almost over 😦  But one of my favorite things to do in the summer is to cook on the grill, and my grilled corn is always asked for at cookouts 🙂

My method of grilling is quite different than that of most people I know.  I actually grill the ears after I husk them.  My secret recipe is this: rub the ear down with butter (the real stuff, not the oil-based stuff that comes in a tub), and sprinkle lightly with Lawry’s Seasoning Salt.  Then I put it on a hot grill, turning till each side is cooked (some kernels start to brown/blacken).  Serve hot!  You can use any seasoning you like: garlic, pepper, curry, etc.  Try it and you will love it!!  Or your money back 🙂

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60 mm, 1/25 sec, f/11, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Grilled Corn)

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60 mm, 1/160 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (Grilled Corn, up close)

 

Day 208 (26 July 2012) Cracked

Ever get in a creative rut?  Can’t think of something to shoot or an idea for a photo to make?  Just check the trash!  Well, if you have some old chicken or fish, you may not want to do that, LOL.  A few days ago I bought some eggs to use for some photography experimentation with light.  I saved a couple of the shells because I knew there would be a day where I needed an interesting subject to shoot.  Today was that day!

I experimented with different orientations, DoFs, number of ‘subjects’, etc.  I did a black & white conversion in Lightroom, because I like the texture and shape (and brown eggs just are not very interesting from a color standpoint).  When I was setting up, the available light I used was the lighting fixture above my dining room table.  The fixture has 3 bulbs which make for multi-shadows, so I unscrewed two of the bulbs to give a simple shadow.  I hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed creating them!

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60 mm, 3.2 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Cracked)

 

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60 mm, 0.6sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Empty Eggs)

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60 mm, 3.2 sec, f/9.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Cracked Open)

Day 202 (20 July 2012) Connecticut Corn

You may not know it if you never leave the larger towns, cities, and major highways of Connecticut, but CT has a thriving agriculture industry.  Nestled in the rolling hills, away from major highways and large towns & cities are thousands of acres of corn!  I run past a couple fields during my morning jogs, and when I take the backroads in the eastern part of the state, I see lots and lots of corn.  As such, corn mazes are also quite popular (and fun!).  Also, the local sweet corn is available all summer long, both in major grocery stores and road side produce stands.  It’s perfect the perfect grilling companion for a steak (or chicken or burger or . . . )!

What statistics I could find say that there are about 300 farms planting 4,600 acres of corn (as of 2007) in this small state.  Sure, a single farm in Iowa will surpass that, but this is New England 🙂

These photos are from one such farm along my jogging route:

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18 mm, 1/60 sec, f/11, ISO 100 (Connecticut Corn)

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55 mm, 1/40 sec, f/11, ISO 400 (Rolling Hills of Corn)

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33 mm, 1/60 sec, f/10, ISO 100 (Tall Corn)

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60 mm, 1/40 sec, f/11, ISO 800, 60mm macro lens (Corn Tassels)

Day 201 (19 July 2012) Egg-celent Shadows

A few days a go I read a post on the Photofocus blog about lighting.  It suggested using a light source and an egg to see how different positions and distances for the light would affect the image.  So last time I went grocery shopping I bought a half dozen eggs, cooked with 5 tonight and kept the other for my practice.

Here are some of the shots I found interesting.  However, I did learn a bit about how the light envelops, or doesn’t, the subject.  I would like to do this exercise again, with more time, to really just study it.  I can’t say I’m ready to go buy a bunch of studio lights, but I have a little bit better understanding of how distance and angle affect the image, and can try to use this in my photography 🙂

I’ll probably also submit one of these to the Silhouette photo challenge, which I highly encourage you to join!

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50 mm, 1/250 sec, f/1.8, ISO 100, EF 50mm f/1.8 (Egg Shadow)

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50 mm, 1/640 sec, f/1.8, ISO 100, EF 50mm f/1.8 (Egg Silhouette)

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50 mm, 1/640 sec, f/1.8, ISO 100, EF 50mm f/1.8 (Half Moon Egg)

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50 mm, 1/1000 sec, f/1.8, ISO 100, EF 50mm f/1.8 (Full Moon Egg)

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 169 (17 June 2012) Summer Fun

Today after church was spend w/ a good friend and her kids. After some catch we went to a local farm called Cows & Cones. The kids can see and pet some live stock, run in the open field, and get really good ice cream. Later the kids and I played on their trampoline. A friend suggested that I set up the camera on a tripod and remotely trigger it. So I did. It was a lot of fun and the kids LOVED having their photos taken and then seeing them 🙂

This first photo I would like you to let me know what you think of it. The editing, composition, etc. I’m looking for honest critiques. I can post the original if will help (just let me know, and I’ll edit the post). Thanks in advance! The second is just for fun 🙂

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20 mm, 1/400 sec, f/3.5, ISO 100 (Ice Cream Time)

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18 mm, 1/200 sec, f/3.5, ISO 1600 (Trampoline Fun)

Day 153 (1 June 2012) Hot & Ready

First of all I would like to thank all of you who gave me feed back on which photo to use out of yesterday’s post for the Long Exposure photo challenge held at Seeingspotsphoto & Nick Exposed.  #3, the carousel, received the most votes, between here and the link posted on my FB page.  I think it’s my fav, too, so I’m glad that it was chosen 🙂

This evening after work I headed to a friends house to help her break in her new charcoal grill with a bunch of friends.  After the coals were ready I shot some photos (I had to act quick, as the crowd looked hungry, lol).  I was tempted to shoot the 3 ft flames coming from the match-light briquets, but didn’t want to break from the conversation.  Is it bad that I get tempted to disengage from people to take photos?  Since I was able to shoot some good flame shots on Monday, I wasn’t too worried about “missing the shot” today and decided relationships were *gasp!* more important than photography. 🙂

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Almost Ready

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Grill’n Time!

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Heat

Day 146 (25 May 2012) Color and Trash

I tend to recycle as much as I can (it saves me money on trash service, not going to debate the environmental pluses/minuses of recycling here), and had a few of my cleaned out yogurt containers sitting on the counter ready to go to the recycle bin, but the colors caught my eye a few days ago, so I left them for such a time as this 🙂

I thought it would be cool to play with them a little in front of the camera as an exercise in color.  I also hope this encourages you to look at everything around you for inspiration for shooting!  Look at the images below and then think about that they are of my trash!  Subjects for your work can be anything!  I challenge you to look for interesting subjects in new and abnormal locations/places, maybe even your own trash can!

And as an FYI, I’m leaving in about 15 min to head back up to the ADK Mountains in upstate New York for tonight and tomorrow.  I may not get a chance to post tomorrow, but I will be taking some photos, you can be sure 🙂  I’ll definitely post on Sunday.

Line of Colors

60 mm, 1/10 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm Canon macro lens (Line of Colors)

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60 mm, 1/5 sec, f/3.5, ISO 100, 60mm Canon macro lens (Array of Color)

Color Wheel

60 mm, 1/50 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm Canon macro lens (Color Wheel)

Tower of Color

60 mm, 1/30 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200, 60mm Canon macro lens (Tower of Color)

Day 142 (21 May 2012) Rock and Roll

Tonight on my way home I passed through foggy Waterford, CT, and thought a shot of something in the fog would be cool.  But when I pulled into a parking lot, I saw this music store right next to a music themed pizza restaurant.  I thought it was kind of cool, esp w/ the neon in the window.

I also stopped at a small pond to try some stuff out.  The last one is just light painting with a flash light, then using split toning to change it from white to colors.  I dedicate the last one to my awesome gf 🙂

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Rock and Roll Pizza

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