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

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Latte (Shot with my new Lensbaby Spark!)

Day 338 (3 Dec 2012) Sunrise in the fog

This was one of those mornings we have here in New England where a warm, humid day is followed by a cool night, resulting in patches of dense fog.  There is something about fog that lends an air of mystery to the landscape, that just draws me into it.  I just want to enter in and see what it’s hiding my sight.

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Mystery In The Field

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Morning Fog

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Morning Commute

This project is winding down, with less than a month to go!!  I’m excited about that fact!  This has been a HUGE commitment, more than I could have ever imagined when I began 338 days ago.  While I’m on track to meet my goal of taking a photo every day, other goals have been pushed aside to reach this one (most notably my goal to read 24 books this year, I might get to 16-18).  However, I have learned A LOT and my skill has improved more so in the last year than the all the previous years combined!  From my photography side of things, it has been worth it, but overall, taking into account the time I should have been studying, reading, doing house/yard work, etc, I’m not sure.  And to be honest, I’m not sure it matters at this point.

I will not be doing another 365 project in 2013, but I will still be very active with my camera still!  I will spend a lot more time learning and studying techniques, learning more about editing, and not feeling the pressure to come up with an idea at 10pm when I should be sleeping, just to say I shot that day.  If you have a lot of time, or really want to improve your photography, I do recommend a 365 project.  If you don’t have a lot of time, a 52 project (one a week) might be more fitting.

Now as this project approaches completion, I am looking for an idea for my last post of the year; something to top off a year of shooting some great images with style!  I’m open for suggestions, but with the caveat that I do have to work the 31st.  So fire away!

I’m also looking for ideas of what you would like to see in the next year.  I will be posting my best images, at minimum.  But I could start creating some tutorials on my favorite styles/techniques (both to help y’all out, and to make me learn them better!), and maybe do some gear reviews, of the stuff I have used (which is limited).  I don’t see this as a profession, but maybe someday I can make some money to by new gear 😀

Day 289 (15 Oct 2012) Autumn Morning

This morning as I was leaving for work, I saw what is represented in the first two images from my drive way.  These are the days when I’m glad I live out in the country, many miles from the nearest big town or city.  It’s great having the relitive peace and quite (I can hear the occassional car or truck on the road near by), and the dark nights (pretty decent for night photography).  It’s hard to imagine living in a city or large town on days like this.  I included both images because I’m not sure which composition I like the best; each has elements that speak to me in how they are captured.

The other images were taken at Horse Pond in Salem, CT, on my way into town to teach a personal finance class called Financial Peace University.  Fall is my favorite time of year, and in New England, it’s even better because of the fall foliage.  I actually met an Irish couple during my flight back from Spain  (the Dublin – Boston leg) who fly to the US to be “leaf peepers” almost every year.  It’s great to live in such a beautiful area!!

For those of you who are near/in CT, I have planned a Fall Foliage hike at Sleeping Giant State park that is open to anyone who wants to join.  Of course there will be lots of photography, so leave a comment and I’ll give you details if you are interested!

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Day 156 (4 June 2012) Sunrise

This morning I was sitting at my computer eating my cereal and I looked up and saw the sun peaking up above the tree line.  With the clouds present for the upcoming rain, it made a spectacular sight!

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Sunrise from my front yard

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Sunrise from my front yard

On a side note, tomorrow I leave for the Nashville, TN, area for some training that will help me launch a new career as a personal financial counselor!  I’m excited for this, as I’ve been waiting a couple years to do this course 🙂  I won’t have a lot of extra time to make it into the city to shoot, but I want to try to get there Wednesday night.  I’ll of course have my camera with me, and shoot when/what I can.

Day 89 (29 March 2012) Gum Drop Sunrise

So, it is really two themes, not one like the title suggests.

But this morning on my way down my driveway, I saw the sun starting to peak over the trees.  I usually see this, but it was the shape and color of the clouds that cause me to stop and pick up my camera (It’s usually sitting on my passenger seat while driving for moments such as these).  I wish I wasn’t running late for work or else I would have stayed longer and watched the sun fully rise.

On my way home from work I had to stop at a drug store for something.  Drug stores cary the candy that I used to eat as a kid that I don’t see most other place, such as circus peanuts, orange wedges, Boston baked beans, and of course, gum drops.  I thought it would be fun to shoot them with my macro lens (and it was!), but I noticed a disturbing fact: the longer I shot, the less gum drops remained in the bag!  I wonder what happened to them . . . 😉

Sunrise

32 mm, 1/160 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (Sunrise)

Red Gum Drop

60 mm, 1/6 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Red Gum Drop)

Gum Drop Row

0 mm, 0.8 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Gum Drop Row)

Gum Drop Stop

0 mm, 1/6 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Gum Drop Stop)

Day 38 (7 Feb 2012) Dawn Breaks

This morning as I was sitting at my computer enjoying some granola, I was able to enjoy the  transition of the sky from night to light; I feel really blessed to have this view from my office! the first shot is that view (but shot from outside), the second is from my front steps (looking just to the right, or south, of the first one).  It was almost a shame to disturb the moment by grabbing my camera and running outside (still in PJs), but I’ll just savor it tomorrow morning 🙂

Dawn Breaks

18 mm, 1/15 sec, f/5.0, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (Dawn Breaks)

The Coming Day

18 mm, 1/15 sec, f/5.0, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (The Coming Day))