Here is the next photo challenge, co-hosted by Check it out and join in!!

One of the hardest things for any photographer to do is be objective about their work.  It’s not surprising – photography is an emotional art.  You aren’t just sharing an image.  You’re sharing your vision of the world, and your feelings about the moment as you press the shutter.  Photographers pour their heart into their work, and sometimes, it’s difficult to separate the emotional attachment you have for an image from the compositional and connective realities of what lies within the frame.

So David Pasillas and I are issuing a two-part mini-challenge.  First, push the limits of your creativity.  Second, embrace your objectivity.

Step 1: Grab your camera, any camera. Creativity isn’t limited by the tool, it lies within the artist.

Step 2: Pick a subject and take 100 different photos of it.

AGGGGHHHHHH!!  100 photos!!!???!!  We know, it’s a very intimidating number, but before you run for…

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Join me in July’s Photo Challenge!! An keep an eye out for my submissions in this fun project!


Ummm…wait…that came out wrong.  What I meant to say is that it’s time to announce the details on this month’s Community Collaboration Project (CCP for those of you who are hip to acronyms and initialisms).

But First!!

Before we spill the beans about this month’s skill set project, we wanted to give a RIDICULOUSLY LOUD, GINORMOUSLY HUGE thank you to all who have participated in our last couple projects!!  Did we mention we had over 100 images submitted to our Scavenger Hunt??  OVER 100!!  Seriously, give yourselves a round of applause.  I mean, think about it…you took on an ambitious project, rocked it full of creativity, and throughout it all, you continued to make new friends (*cough network cough*) all while becoming stronger photographers.  That’s like a win-win-win…um…win.  Or a win x 4.  Or a win to the 4th degree?


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Community Collaborative Project :: June

Join me in this really cool and challenging Photo Challenge!

I usually just tell you about them and link to them, but this is easier for me, and provides all the info upfront to you. Hope to see y’alls work in the final showcase!


We are excited to bring you this months Community Collaboration Project (CCP? That could catch on ;)  )!!

But first, before we get into the AWESOME project theme, Shannon and I wanted to send out a HUGE thank you to all who have participated in our last couple projects!! With out all of your continued support, these projects would be uber lame. We look forward to continuing to make these projects bigger and better in order to consistently stretch your creative imagination and skill sets. :)

So with that being said… if you’ve been following along on our Facebook pages (you doooo follow the Nick Exposed and Seeing Spots pages, right??) then you know we’ve been leaving you clues about this month’s theme.  The trick was…the fact that we were leaving clues was the clue!  So, without further ado… We bring you this month’s CCP…

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Sunshine Award

Sunshine Award

Yesterday I was honored by Camila (Thank you!!) with the Sunshine Award!

Now the rules are as follows:

  1. Include the logo award in your post.
  2. Answer some questions about yourself (I think it’s 6 more random things about me).
  3. Nominate some of the other bloggers that you love.
  4. Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated.
  5. Share the love and link the person who nominated you.

Ok, so 6 six about me…

1. I’m a Christian
2. My favorite color is green
3. I have moved homes 29 times in my life
4. I love sushi (and just about any ‘ethnic’ food)
5. I’m an engineer and financial counselor
6. My first car (which I still have) is older than I am

The following blogs are some of my favorites.  I can’t nominate everyone, so here are some of my favorites:

pablobuitrago365 – Pablo has received many awards, I think, and for obvious reasons; check out his blog!

The Northeastern Hippie – a blog w/ great tasting and healthy recipes, great photos, and musings on life.  She’s a good friend and a good blogger, check her blog out!

Quotography – new blog, but a great combo of quotes and photos – great photography and great insights – one of the most creative photographers I’ve met!  Learning a lot about being creative from her blog


Day 36 (5 Feb 2012) Low Water

Today I took the long way home from church.  Well, it’s really shorter in distance, but longer in time (staying off of the freeway), and has much more varied scenery.  I stopped at a pull off near a lake and noticed that the water level was very low; probably because we haven’t had much rain or snow this winter.  I hope for the sake of the summer boaters that this lake fill up by late spring!  The second photo is of a structural member of the dock; I found the shape and color of the rust intriguing, along with the pile of fresh-water mussel shells under it.

I thought about trying to photograph something in honor of the Super Bowl, but since I’m not really into sports, and am just going for the friends, fun, and commercials, I figured I’d shoot something that I thought was interesting.

Low Water

18 mm, 1/400 sec, f/11, ISO 100, EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens (Low Water)

Rusty Pier

55 mm, 1/250 sec, f/5/6, ISO 100, EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens (Rusty Pier)