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From every angle

“Cock your hat – angles are attitudes.” Frank Sinatra I often find myself resorting to similar subject matter for my 365 project. I don’t mind the repetition and try to challenge myself to capture the same subject in different ways. I love how a new perspective changes the tone of an image. Summer is a perfect time to capture the same subjects at different angles, phases, and lighting. Fall and winter bring different light and new subjects, but I will be sad to leave the warmth of summer behind. Posted in response to this week’s WordPress photo challenge.

It’s a blur

“There is no such thing as perpetual tranquility of mind while we live here; because life itself is but motion, and can never be without desire, nor without fear, no more than without sense.” – Thomas Hobbes There’s nothing more rewarding as a parent than watching my son grow. And even though everyone warned me, I didn’t expect that it would happen so fast. Somehow, in watching other people parent, things seem to happen more slowly. Maybe because I don’t witness the daily developments that turn into bigger milestones. When people ask how my son is doing, I feel like I say the same things month after month. “Oh, he’s running/climbing all over.” Or, “He’s using more words now.” It’s difficult to convey what these cursory reports really mean to us. And likely people don’t really want to hear all the details of how my son mastered a piece of playground equipment that he’s been attempting for weeks. 🙂 It’s hard to explain how special it feels to hear your toddler put a string of words together …

Early bird – Cherry blossom sunrise

“To him whose elastic and vigorous thought keeps pace with the sun, the day is a perpetual morning.” – Henry David Thoreau Every spring in DC, anticipation builds for the arrival of the cherry blossoms.  The blossoms signify many things – from the long-awaited arrival of warmer weather to the less-anticipated commencement of tourist season.  But whether you’re a blossom veteran or a first-time visitor, it’s hard not to be in awe of the abundance of life when seeing the blossoms at their peak around the Tidal Basin. Sunrise is probably the most peaceful time to catch the blossoms before the crowds get heavy and the light grows harsh. I love early mornings and the feeling of getting a fresh start while much of the world around me is still asleep.  It’s usually hard to make time to shoot during the best light, other than quick morning or evening shots here and there.  So making this sunrise cherry blossom shoot happen was extra special for me.  Of course, it was extra special for the hundreds …

A peek at the cherry blossoms

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln Happy Friday!  The cherry blossoms reached their peak bloom in DC last weekend, so I had the bittersweet problem of having too many pictures to choose from for my 365 shots this week.  I visited the Tidal Basin twice, so caught the blooms in different light.  I have many more photos to share in a separate post.  🙂

Capturing spring

“The beginning is always today.” ― Mary Shelley April has turned out to be a wonderful time to start a 365 photography project.  It’s a new season and fresh start and motivation comes a little easier when the weather is warmer.  I don’t even mind the rain so much as long as the chill is gone.  Every year when spring arrives, I commit (in vain) to learning the names of all the blossoms.  Something about being able to say, “Oh, look at those star magnolia blossoms over there” makes be feel like a budding (haha) botanist.  It’s like a survival skill somehow.  Except, I doubt knowing the names of flowering trees is going to help much in the zombie apocalypse.  (Neither, likely, are my similar attempts to learn the native birds in Virginia.)Anyway, I usually forget the names of all but one blossom every year, so at this rate, I may have learned them all by the time my son graduates college.  Perhaps blogging about them will aid in learning, so I’ll share this week’s lesson:  the …

dog, toddler, window

A year of photos: my 365 project

“We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence then is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle I finished my first 365 photography project a few weeks ago and to celebrate, I wanted to share some of my favorite images from the year.  Embarking on a 365 project was the best step I’ve taken to improve my photography.  No amount of reading tutorials or browsing others’ work online (although I do that plenty) could have taught me more than what I learned from daily shooting. Just Get Better When my son was born in 2013, I drooled over all the adorable newborn photos on Pinterest, but was too late to book a photographer.  So I thought I’d take some time during my maternity leave to (finally) learn to use my DSLR.  I got some shots that are dear to me, but nowhere near the quality I had hoped for.  I’d consider doing a 365 project before, but had been too intimidated to commit to one.  However, after a few months of frustrating images, I knew that a long-term commitment was just what I needed. …

childhood christmas tree

Happy holiday tips

“It’s rather difficult, when one has MANY friends, to show loyalty to them all at the same time…” – Tove Jannson Holiday planning and a busy schedule have put a bit of a damper on my time for photo editing (as well as my ability to articulate coherent thoughts), so instead of trying to force something meaningful to sprout from my own mind, I offer some meaningful sprouts from others’ minds. The Hands Free Way to Photograph your Christmas – With Christmas just around the corner, I confess to having stressed just a little about the best way to photograph Christmas morning.  My son may actually be interested in opening gifts this year and I want to capture that, but I also want to be present and just enjoy the moment with my family.  So I was excited to come across Melissa Stottman’s tutorial on using an interval timer as a hands free way to photograph Christmas.  Hands free and I get to be in my Christmas morning photographs!  And the bow on top (if you’re so inclined)? A time lapse video with the shots that also makes a …